Period
to 22 October 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for HNC qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 22 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 624 880 982
Rank change year-on-year +256 +102 +72
Permanent jobs citing HNC 64 184 200
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.13% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.61% 0.58% 0.51%
Number of salaries quoted 49 88 136
Median annual salary £35,000 £42,240 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -17.14% +20.68% +1.45%
10th Percentile £21,250 £26,250 £22,500
90th Percentile £59,875 £68,750 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £30,750 £42,240 £35,000
% change year-on-year -27.20% +20.68% +2.94%

HNC is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 10,530 31,555 39,117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.50% 23.07% 23.74%
Number of salaries quoted 7,882 23,079 29,003
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing HNC as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing HNC.

Salary trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing HNC over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 14 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing HNC within the UK over the 6 months to 22 October 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
UK excluding London +230 59 £30,750 -27.20% 82
England +267 52 £26,500 -37.26% 70
South West +101 23 £40,750 -3.39% 13
North of England +180 14 £22,500 -43.75% 10
Midlands +73 10 £22,500 -52.63% 17
West Midlands +47 9 £22,500 -53.85% 7
North West +130 8 £57,375 +43.44% 8
East of England +143 6 £22,500 -47.06% 9
Yorkshire +128 6 £22,500 -45.78% 2
Northern Ireland +22 6 £40,000 +42.86% 2
Work from Home +20 6 £22,500 -46.73% 4
Scotland +82 5 £40,750 +63.00% 6
London +240 4 £65,000 +36.84% 3
South East +199 4 £40,763 -3.50% 18

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, IT jobs citing HNC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads with a requirement for HNC.

1 49 (76.56%) Degree
2 27 (42.19%) HND
3 21 (32.81%) Microsoft
3 21 (32.81%) Test Automation
4 20 (31.25%) Windows
5 17 (26.56%) Computer Science
6 16 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 13 (20.31%) SC Cleared
7 13 (20.31%) Analytical Skills
8 12 (18.75%) Performance Testing
8 12 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
8 12 (18.75%) Windows Server
9 11 (17.19%) Active Directory
9 11 (17.19%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (17.19%) Office 365
10 10 (15.63%) Azure
10 10 (15.63%) QA
10 10 (15.63%) Mathematics
10 10 (15.63%) PRINCE2
10 10 (15.63%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (14.06%) Microsoft Office
12 8 (12.50%) SharePoint
12 8 (12.50%) VMware
12 8 (12.50%) Software Engineering
12 8 (12.50%) JIRA
12 8 (12.50%) Microsoft Intune
12 8 (12.50%) Driving Licence
13 7 (10.94%) Windows 10
13 7 (10.94%) Customer Requirements
13 7 (10.94%) Public Sector

HNC
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 8 (12.50%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.69%) CMS
3 1 (1.56%) Confluence
Applications
1 9 (14.06%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (10.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.13%) Quantrix
3 2 (3.13%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.56%) Cognos TM1
1 1 (1.56%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 11 (17.19%) Office 365
2 10 (15.63%) Azure
3 7 (10.94%) Azure Active Directory
3 7 (10.94%) OneDrive
4 2 (3.13%) WhatsApp
5 1 (1.56%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.81%) Intrusion Detection
1 5 (7.81%) Network Security
2 4 (6.25%) 4G
2 4 (6.25%) 5G
2 4 (6.25%) Broadband
2 4 (6.25%) Radio Access Network
2 4 (6.25%) TCP/IP
2 4 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
3 3 (4.69%) 2G
3 3 (4.69%) 3G
3 3 (4.69%) UTRAN
4 2 (3.13%) DNS
4 2 (3.13%) Firewall
4 2 (3.13%) Internet
4 2 (3.13%) Intranet
4 2 (3.13%) VoIP
4 2 (3.13%) VPN
4 2 (3.13%) WAN
4 2 (3.13%) Wireless
5 1 (1.56%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (10.94%) Relational Database
1 7 (10.94%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.69%) MS Access
3 2 (3.13%) QlikView
3 2 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (3.13%) SQL Server 2019
3 2 (3.13%) Tableau
4 1 (1.56%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 8 (12.50%) JIRA
2 7 (10.94%) Selenium
3 5 (7.81%) Cypress.io
3 5 (7.81%) Maven
4 3 (4.69%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.56%) JMeter
General
1 7 (10.94%) Public Sector
2 6 (9.38%) Finance
3 4 (6.25%) Aerospace
3 4 (6.25%) Legal
3 4 (6.25%) Telecoms
4 3 (4.69%) Publishing
5 2 (3.13%) Law
5 2 (3.13%) Local Government
6 1 (1.56%) Fire and Rescue
6 1 (1.56%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.56%) Military
6 1 (1.56%) Police
Job Titles
1 11 (17.19%) Tester
2 7 (10.94%) Deskside Support
2 7 (10.94%) Desktop Support
3 6 (9.38%) 2nd Line Support
3 6 (9.38%) Automation Tester
4 5 (7.81%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 5 (7.81%) Analyst
4 5 (7.81%) Java Engineer
4 5 (7.81%) Java Software Engineer
4 5 (7.81%) Software Engineer
4 5 (7.81%) Software Tester
5 4 (6.25%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 4 (6.25%) Data Analyst
5 4 (6.25%) Developer
5 4 (6.25%) RAN Engineer
5 4 (6.25%) Senior Automation Tester
5 4 (6.25%) Senior Tester
6 3 (4.69%) Administrator
6 3 (4.69%) Network Administrator
6 3 (4.69%) RAN Design Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.38%) Hibernate
1 6 (9.38%) Spring
2 5 (7.81%) CSS
2 5 (7.81%) HTML
3 3 (4.69%) ODBC
3 3 (4.69%) XML
4 1 (1.56%) RESTful
4 1 (1.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.31%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (12.50%) Driving Licence
3 6 (9.38%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (9.38%) Management Information System
4 3 (4.69%) Embedded Systems
4 3 (4.69%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (4.69%) Smartcard
5 2 (3.13%) Analytical Mindset
5 2 (3.13%) SCADA
6 1 (1.56%) ASIC
6 1 (1.56%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 1 (1.56%) Renewable Energy
6 1 (1.56%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.56%) User Experience
6 1 (1.56%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 20 (31.25%) Windows
2 12 (18.75%) Windows Server
3 7 (10.94%) Windows 10
4 3 (4.69%) Windows Server 2016
5 2 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (3.13%) Windows Server 2019
6 1 (1.56%) Android
6 1 (1.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (32.81%) Test Automation
2 17 (26.56%) Computer Science
3 12 (18.75%) Performance Testing
4 11 (17.19%) Agile Software Development
5 10 (15.63%) Mathematics
5 10 (15.63%) PRINCE2
6 8 (12.50%) Software Engineering
7 7 (10.94%) Customer Requirements
7 7 (10.94%) Line Management
7 7 (10.94%) Software Testing
7 7 (10.94%) System Integration Testing
8 6 (9.38%) Configuration Management
8 6 (9.38%) ITIL
8 6 (9.38%) Network Planning
8 6 (9.38%) Programme Management
8 6 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
8 6 (9.38%) System Testing
8 6 (9.38%) Test Strategy
8 6 (9.38%) Waterfall
9 5 (7.81%) Benchmarking
Programming Languages
1 7 (10.94%) Java
2 5 (7.81%) JavaScript
2 5 (7.81%) SQL
2 5 (7.81%) VBA
3 3 (4.69%) VB
4 2 (3.13%) C++
5 1 (1.56%) C
5 1 (1.56%) C#
5 1 (1.56%) Python
Qualifications
1 49 (76.56%) Degree
2 27 (42.19%) HND
3 16 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 13 (20.31%) SC Cleared
5 12 (18.75%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (15.63%) Computer Science Degree
7 7 (10.94%) A+ Certification
7 7 (10.94%) ISTQB
7 7 (10.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (10.94%) MCDST
8 5 (7.81%) MCSE
9 3 (4.69%) CCNA
9 3 (4.69%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (4.69%) MCTS
9 3 (4.69%) Postgraduate
9 3 (4.69%) RHCSA
9 3 (4.69%) VCDX
10 2 (3.13%) DV Cleared
10 2 (3.13%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (15.63%) QA
2 6 (9.38%) SLA
3 2 (3.13%) ISO 9001
3 2 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 11 (17.19%) Active Directory
2 7 (10.94%) Firmware
3 5 (7.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (4.69%) vSphere
5 2 (3.13%) DFS Replication
5 2 (3.13%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 8 (12.50%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (10.94%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (4.69%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (4.69%) vCenter Server
4 1 (1.56%) SCSM
Vendors
1 21 (32.81%) Microsoft
2 8 (12.50%) VMware
3 7 (10.94%) HP
4 6 (9.38%) Capita
5 5 (7.81%) Cisco
6 4 (6.25%) BT
6 4 (6.25%) Oracle
7 3 (4.69%) Huawei
7 3 (4.69%) McAfee
7 3 (4.69%) NetApp
7 3 (4.69%) Nokia
7 3 (4.69%) Palo Alto
7 3 (4.69%) Red Hat
7 3 (4.69%) Splunk
8 2 (3.13%) Cognos
8 2 (3.13%) Dell
9 1 (1.56%) NEC
9 1 (1.56%) Siemens
9 1 (1.56%) Xilinx