Period
to 21 October 2017

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 21 October 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1013 1014 967
Rank change year-on-year +1 -47 +43
Permanent jobs citing HNC 165 208 338
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.095% 0.11% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.41% 0.56%
Number of salaries quoted 150 162 270
UK median annual salary £32,500 £32,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - -7.14% +6.06%
10th Percentile £22,750 £25,025 £20,000
90th Percentile £46,250 £53,750 £56,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,500 £33,375 £32,500
% change year-on-year -2.62% +2.69% -3.77%

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 42146 50330 59989
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.21% 26.34% 27.38%
Number of salaries quoted 32367 40426 47857
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

HNC
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing HNC.

Salary trend for HNC in the UK

HNC
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing HNC over the 6 months to 21 October 2017.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 15 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 21 October 2017. 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 +36 155 £32,500 -2.62% 31
England +20 155 £32,500 - 30
North of England +27 46 £36,000 -4.00% 16
South East +39 39 £32,250 -6.52% 5
South West +2 26 £25,500 -23.32% 1
Midlands +33 24 £30,000 -10.11% 5
North West -8 23 £37,500 +7.14% 3
East of England +27 19 £27,000 -18.18% 3
Yorkshire +26 18 £37,000 -1.33% 11
West Midlands +15 14 £27,500 - 4
East Midlands +34 10 £40,000 +19.85% 1
North East +21 5 £26,500 -40.45% 2
London -6 5 £27,000 -12.20%
Northern Ireland -27 3 £35,000 -
Scotland -14 1 £26,000 -1.89% 1

For the 6 months to 21 October 2017, IT jobs citing HNC also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for HNC.

1 83 (50.30%) Degree
2 81 (49.09%) HND
3 37 (22.42%) Manufacturing
4 33 (20.00%) Electronics
5 27 (16.36%) Microsoft
6 26 (15.76%) Microsoft Office
7 25 (15.15%) Windows
7 25 (15.15%) Computer Science
8 22 (13.33%) SQL
8 22 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (12.73%) Cisco
10 20 (12.12%) C#
10 20 (12.12%) Driving Licence
11 18 (10.91%) SQL Server
12 17 (10.30%) CCNA
12 17 (10.30%) Analytical Skills
13 15 (9.09%) JavaScript
13 15 (9.09%) .NET
13 15 (9.09%) Software Engineering
14 14 (8.48%) Mathematics
14 14 (8.48%) MCSE
14 14 (8.48%) Microsoft Certification
14 14 (8.48%) Project Management
15 13 (7.88%) Java
15 13 (7.88%) Finance
15 13 (7.88%) QA
16 12 (7.27%) Continuous Improvement
16 12 (7.27%) SOLIDWORKS
16 12 (7.27%) Telecoms
16 12 (7.27%) CAD

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 7 (4.24%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.42%) WinCC
3 3 (1.82%) Confluence
3 3 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (1.82%) MS Exchange
3 3 (1.82%) SAS
3 3 (1.82%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 26 (15.76%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (7.27%) SOLIDWORKS
3 9 (5.45%) AutoCAD
4 4 (2.42%) Autodesk Inventor
4 4 (2.42%) Microsoft Excel
5 3 (1.82%) Photoshop
5 3 (1.82%) SPSS
6 2 (1.21%) CATIA
6 2 (1.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (1.21%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.21%) Solid Edge
7 1 (0.61%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.61%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.61%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 3 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.82%) SAP PM
2 1 (0.61%) Dynamics NAV
Communications & Networking
1 11 (6.67%) Ethernet
2 10 (6.06%) LAN
2 10 (6.06%) WAN
3 8 (4.85%) Modbus
3 8 (4.85%) Profibus
3 8 (4.85%) TCP/IP
3 8 (4.85%) Wireless
4 6 (3.64%) MPLS
4 6 (3.64%) VoIP
5 5 (3.03%) Cisco Nexus
5 5 (3.03%) Firewall
6 4 (2.42%) BGP
6 4 (2.42%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (2.42%) EIGRP
6 4 (2.42%) Network Security
6 4 (2.42%) OSPF
6 4 (2.42%) RIP
6 4 (2.42%) Unified Communications
7 3 (1.82%) VPN
7 3 (1.82%) VSAT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.91%) SQL Server
2 8 (4.85%) GIS
3 4 (2.42%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (2.42%) RDBMS
3 4 (2.42%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.21%) MySQL
6 1 (0.61%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.61%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 6 (3.64%) JIRA
2 3 (1.82%) Bugzilla
2 3 (1.82%) JIRA Agile
2 3 (1.82%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.21%) Rational DOORS
3 2 (1.21%) Zephyr
4 1 (0.61%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.61%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.61%) Subversion
4 1 (0.61%) Visual Studio
General
1 37 (22.42%) Manufacturing
2 33 (20.00%) Electronics
3 13 (7.88%) Finance
4 12 (7.27%) Telecoms
5 7 (4.24%) Automotive
6 5 (3.03%) Aerospace
7 4 (2.42%) Retail
8 3 (1.82%) Law
8 3 (1.82%) Military
9 2 (1.21%) Billing
9 2 (1.21%) Legal
9 2 (1.21%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.61%) Avionics
10 1 (0.61%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 27 (16.36%) Analyst
2 12 (7.27%) Design Engineer
2 12 (7.27%) Hardware Engineer
2 12 (7.27%) PLC Engineer
2 12 (7.27%) Support Analyst
3 10 (6.06%) Field Engineer
3 10 (6.06%) Quality Engineer
4 9 (5.45%) Installations Engineer
5 8 (4.85%) Developer
5 8 (4.85%) PLC Software Engineer
5 8 (4.85%) Software Engineer
5 8 (4.85%) Systems Engineer
5 8 (4.85%) Test Engineer
5 8 (4.85%) Tester
6 7 (4.24%) Applications Support
6 7 (4.24%) Field Hardware Engineer
6 7 (4.24%) Network Support
6 7 (4.24%) Project Engineer
6 7 (4.24%) Senior Quality Engineer
7 6 (3.64%) Software Quality Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (9.09%) .NET
2 11 (6.67%) HTML
3 7 (4.24%) ASP.NET
3 7 (4.24%) CSS
4 6 (3.64%) Ajax
4 6 (3.64%) jQuery
5 5 (3.03%) Node.js
6 4 (2.42%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (1.82%) CSS3
7 3 (1.82%) HTML5
7 3 (1.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (1.82%) XML
7 3 (1.82%) XSL
8 1 (0.61%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.61%) Web Services
8 1 (0.61%) WPF
8 1 (0.61%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 25 (15.15%) Computer Science
2 20 (12.12%) Driving Licence
3 17 (10.30%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.64%) Management Information System
4 6 (3.64%) SCADA
5 5 (3.03%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.03%) Robotics
6 4 (2.42%) Mobile App
6 4 (2.42%) PKI
7 3 (1.82%) CMDB
7 3 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (1.82%) Graphic Design
7 3 (1.82%) NHS
8 2 (1.21%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.61%) CCTV
9 1 (0.61%) EPoS
9 1 (0.61%) iPhone
9 1 (0.61%) STB
9 1 (0.61%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 25 (15.15%) Windows
2 10 (6.06%) Windows Server
3 5 (3.03%) Linux
4 3 (1.82%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (1.82%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (1.21%) CentOS
5 2 (1.21%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.61%) Android
6 1 (0.61%) Solaris
6 1 (0.61%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (9.09%) Software Engineering
2 14 (8.48%) Mathematics
2 14 (8.48%) Project Management
3 12 (7.27%) CAD
3 12 (7.27%) Continuous Improvement
4 11 (6.67%) MVC
5 10 (6.06%) Line Management
6 9 (5.45%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (5.45%) Process Improvement
6 9 (5.45%) Software Testing
7 8 (4.85%) SDLC
7 8 (4.85%) Service Delivery
7 8 (4.85%) Test Automation
7 8 (4.85%) Test Scripting
8 7 (4.24%) ITIL
8 7 (4.24%) Quality Management
9 6 (3.64%) CRM
9 6 (3.64%) Industrial Design
9 6 (3.64%) Network Management
9 6 (3.64%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (13.33%) SQL
2 20 (12.12%) C#
3 15 (9.09%) JavaScript
4 13 (7.88%) Java
5 7 (4.24%) T-SQL
5 7 (4.24%) VB
6 6 (3.64%) C
6 6 (3.64%) Python
7 5 (3.03%) PHP
8 4 (2.42%) PL/SQL
8 4 (2.42%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.21%) C++
9 2 (1.21%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.61%) Delphi
10 1 (0.61%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.61%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.61%) XAML
Qualifications
1 83 (50.30%) Degree
2 81 (49.09%) HND
3 22 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
4 17 (10.30%) CCNA
5 14 (8.48%) MCSE
5 14 (8.48%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (6.06%) MCSA
7 9 (5.45%) CCNP
7 9 (5.45%) Numerate Degree
8 8 (4.85%) Security Cleared
9 7 (4.24%) Computer Science Degree
9 7 (4.24%) SC Cleared
10 4 (2.42%) A+ Certification
10 4 (2.42%) Network+ Certification
11 3 (1.82%) CCIE
11 3 (1.82%) NVQ Level 4
12 2 (1.21%) ISTQB
12 2 (1.21%) MCP
12 2 (1.21%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 2 (1.21%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (7.88%) QA
2 8 (4.85%) ISO 14001
3 7 (4.24%) ISO 9001
3 7 (4.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (3.64%) ISO 9000
5 5 (3.03%) ISO 22301
5 5 (3.03%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 4 (2.42%) Data Quality
7 3 (1.82%) SLA
8 1 (0.61%) ARP4754
8 1 (0.61%) DO-160
8 1 (0.61%) DO-178B
8 1 (0.61%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.61%) TickIT
System Software
1 9 (5.45%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (1.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.61%) Firmware
Vendors
1 27 (16.36%) Microsoft
2 21 (12.73%) Cisco
3 9 (5.45%) Siemens
4 8 (4.85%) Allen-Bradley
4 8 (4.85%) Oracle
5 5 (3.03%) Juniper
6 4 (2.42%) F5
6 4 (2.42%) Nokia
6 4 (2.42%) Remedy
6 4 (2.42%) Rockwell
6 4 (2.42%) SAP
6 4 (2.42%) Virgin Media
7 3 (1.82%) Adobe
7 3 (1.82%) Aruba
7 3 (1.82%) Avaya
7 3 (1.82%) CheckPoint
7 3 (1.82%) Ciena
7 3 (1.82%) Palo Alto
7 3 (1.82%) VMware
8 2 (1.21%) SolarWinds