Period
to 24 August 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 24 August 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
24 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 1015 1064 1000
Rank change year-on-year +49 -64 -32
Permanent jobs citing HNC 160 181 293
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.091% 0.092% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.34% 0.49%
Number of salaries quoted 142 142 226
UK median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000
10th Percentile £23,775 £26,300 £20,625
90th Percentile £46,250 £51,125 £57,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £32,000
% change year-on-year - +9.38% -

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 42831 52615 59648
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.37% 26.79% 27.54%
Number of salaries quoted 32869 42504 47395
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,091 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.97% +5.23% -

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 24 August 2017.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 16 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 24 August 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 +36 149 £35,000 - 16
England +43 147 £35,000 - 15
North of England +11 46 £40,000 +6.67% 5
South East +79 45 £36,500 -2.67% 2
North West -10 28 £40,000 +14.29% 2
South West +16 20 £25,000 -37.50% 3
Midlands +38 19 £35,250 +5.62% 3
Yorkshire +15 14 £43,750 +16.67% 3
East of England -2 12 £26,500 -24.29% 1
West Midlands +37 10 £30,000 -14.29% 1
East Midlands +11 9 £42,500 +27.34% 2
London +11 5 £40,000 +21.21% 1
North East +21 4 £34,000 -45.60%
Northern Ireland -11 4 £35,000 -
Wales +5 2 £41,000 +9.33%
Scotland +1 1 £22,000 -20.00% 2

For the 6 months to 24 August 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 92 (57.50%) HND
2 81 (50.63%) Degree
3 33 (20.63%) Manufacturing
4 30 (18.75%) Electronics
4 30 (18.75%) Microsoft
5 28 (17.50%) Computer Science
6 27 (16.88%) Driving Licence
7 25 (15.63%) Windows
7 25 (15.63%) SQL
8 23 (14.38%) Microsoft Office
9 22 (13.75%) Cisco Certification
10 21 (13.13%) C#
10 21 (13.13%) Software Engineering
11 20 (12.50%) SQL Server
12 19 (11.88%) Cisco
13 18 (11.25%) .NET
14 17 (10.63%) JavaScript
14 17 (10.63%) HTML
15 16 (10.00%) Project Management
16 15 (9.38%) Finance
16 15 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
16 15 (9.38%) Mathematics
17 14 (8.75%) CCNA
18 13 (8.13%) WAN
18 13 (8.13%) LAN
18 13 (8.13%) MVC
18 13 (8.13%) Continuous Improvement
19 12 (7.50%) Security Cleared
19 12 (7.50%) QA
19 12 (7.50%) Ethernet

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 (4.38%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.75%) Skype for Business
3 4 (2.50%) MS Exchange
3 4 (2.50%) WinCC
4 3 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (1.88%) SAS
5 2 (1.25%) Confluence
6 1 (0.63%) CMS
6 1 (0.63%) IIS
Applications
1 23 (14.38%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (6.88%) SOLIDWORKS
3 10 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (5.00%) AutoCAD
5 3 (1.88%) Autodesk Inventor
5 3 (1.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (1.88%) Photoshop
5 3 (1.88%) Solid Edge
5 3 (1.88%) SPSS
6 2 (1.25%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.25%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.63%) CATIA
7 1 (0.63%) Mathcad
7 1 (0.63%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.63%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.63%) Siemens NX
7 1 (0.63%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 4 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.88%) SAP ERP
3 2 (1.25%) SAP PM
4 1 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.63%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 13 (8.13%) LAN
1 13 (8.13%) WAN
2 12 (7.50%) Ethernet
3 11 (6.88%) TCP/IP
4 10 (6.25%) Wireless
5 9 (5.63%) VoIP
6 8 (5.00%) Firewall
6 8 (5.00%) Modbus
6 8 (5.00%) MPLS
6 8 (5.00%) Profibus
7 7 (4.38%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (3.75%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (2.50%) BGP
9 4 (2.50%) EIGRP
9 4 (2.50%) OSPF
9 4 (2.50%) RIP
9 4 (2.50%) VPN
10 3 (1.88%) Internet
10 3 (1.88%) Network Security
10 3 (1.88%) VSAT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.75%) GIS
3 4 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (2.50%) RDBMS
3 4 (2.50%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (1.88%) MySQL
4 3 (1.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.63%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.63%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 6 (3.75%) JIRA
2 4 (2.50%) Rational DOORS
3 3 (1.88%) CruiseControl
3 3 (1.88%) Git (software)
3 3 (1.88%) NUnit
3 3 (1.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.25%) Bugzilla
4 2 (1.25%) JIRA Agile
4 2 (1.25%) Rational Rhapsody
4 2 (1.25%) Zephyr
5 1 (0.63%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.63%) Subversion
5 1 (0.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (20.63%) Manufacturing
2 30 (18.75%) Electronics
3 15 (9.38%) Finance
4 10 (6.25%) Telecoms
5 8 (5.00%) Automotive
6 4 (2.50%) Aerospace
7 3 (1.88%) Military
8 2 (1.25%) Legal
8 2 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.63%) Avionics
9 1 (0.63%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 15 (9.38%) Analyst
2 14 (8.75%) Design Engineer
3 13 (8.13%) Developer
3 13 (8.13%) Hardware Engineer
4 10 (6.25%) Field Engineer
4 10 (6.25%) PLC Engineer
5 9 (5.63%) Installations Engineer
5 9 (5.63%) Quality Engineer
6 8 (5.00%) Mechanical Engineer
6 8 (5.00%) PLC Software Engineer
6 8 (5.00%) Project Engineer
6 8 (5.00%) Software Engineer
7 7 (4.38%) Applications Support
7 7 (4.38%) Field Hardware Engineer
7 7 (4.38%) Mechanical Design Engineer
7 7 (4.38%) Support Analyst
7 7 (4.38%) Systems Engineer
7 7 (4.38%) Tester
8 6 (3.75%) .NET Developer
8 6 (3.75%) Systems Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (11.25%) .NET
2 17 (10.63%) HTML
3 10 (6.25%) CSS
4 9 (5.63%) ASP.NET
5 7 (4.38%) jQuery
6 6 (3.75%) Ajax
6 6 (3.75%) ASP.NET MVC
7 5 (3.13%) Node.js
8 4 (2.50%) Web Services
9 3 (1.88%) AngularJS
9 3 (1.88%) CSS3
9 3 (1.88%) HTML5
9 3 (1.88%) SOAP
9 3 (1.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 3 (1.88%) WCF
9 3 (1.88%) XML
9 3 (1.88%) XSL
10 1 (0.63%) .NET Framework
10 1 (0.63%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 28 (17.50%) Computer Science
2 27 (16.88%) Driving Licence
3 15 (9.38%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (4.38%) Data Centre
5 5 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.13%) SCADA
6 4 (2.50%) PKI
7 3 (1.88%) Device Driver
7 3 (1.88%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 3 (1.88%) Graphic Design
7 3 (1.88%) Robotics
8 2 (1.25%) Embedded Systems
8 2 (1.25%) Infotainment
8 2 (1.25%) Mobile App
8 2 (1.25%) PMI
8 2 (1.25%) Renewable Energy
8 2 (1.25%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.63%) MPEG
9 1 (0.63%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 25 (15.63%) Windows
2 11 (6.88%) Windows Server
3 7 (4.38%) Linux
4 4 (2.50%) Android
5 3 (1.88%) Apple iOS
5 3 (1.88%) Embedded Linux
5 3 (1.88%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (1.88%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (1.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.25%) Unix
7 1 (0.63%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (13.13%) Software Engineering
2 16 (10.00%) Project Management
3 15 (9.38%) Mathematics
4 13 (8.13%) Continuous Improvement
4 13 (8.13%) MVC
5 11 (6.88%) CAD
5 11 (6.88%) Test Automation
6 10 (6.25%) Line Management
6 10 (6.25%) Process Improvement
6 10 (6.25%) SDLC
6 10 (6.25%) Service Delivery
6 10 (6.25%) Time Management
7 9 (5.63%) Software Testing
8 8 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (5.00%) Validation
9 7 (4.38%) CRM
9 7 (4.38%) Quality Management
10 6 (3.75%) Finite Element Analysis
10 6 (3.75%) Industrial Design
10 6 (3.75%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 25 (15.63%) SQL
2 21 (13.13%) C#
3 17 (10.63%) JavaScript
4 12 (7.50%) Java
5 11 (6.88%) C
6 9 (5.63%) PHP
7 8 (5.00%) T-SQL
8 6 (3.75%) C++
8 6 (3.75%) Embedded C
8 6 (3.75%) VB
9 5 (3.13%) Python
10 4 (2.50%) VB.NET
11 3 (1.88%) Embedded C++
11 3 (1.88%) MATLAB
12 2 (1.25%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.63%) Delphi
13 1 (0.63%) Fortran
13 1 (0.63%) XAML
Qualifications
1 92 (57.50%) HND
2 81 (50.63%) Degree
3 22 (13.75%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (8.75%) CCNA
5 12 (7.50%) Security Cleared
6 11 (6.88%) MCSE
6 11 (6.88%) Microsoft Certification
7 10 (6.25%) CCNP
8 9 (5.63%) Computer Science Degree
8 9 (5.63%) SC Cleared
9 7 (4.38%) MCSA
10 5 (3.13%) CCIE
11 4 (2.50%) A+ Certification
11 4 (2.50%) Network+ Certification
12 3 (1.88%) DV Cleared
12 3 (1.88%) Numerate Degree
12 3 (1.88%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 3 (1.88%) Six Sigma Green Belt
13 2 (1.25%) ISTQB
13 2 (1.25%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.50%) QA
2 7 (4.38%) ISO 9000
2 7 (4.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (3.13%) ISO 14001
3 5 (3.13%) ISO 22301
3 5 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 5 (3.13%) SLA
4 4 (2.50%) ISO 9001
5 2 (1.25%) Data Quality
5 2 (1.25%) TickIT
6 1 (0.63%) ARP4754
6 1 (0.63%) DO-160
6 1 (0.63%) DO-178B
6 1 (0.63%) NEBOSH
6 1 (0.63%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 10 (6.25%) Active Directory
2 3 (1.88%) Firmware
2 3 (1.88%) VMware ESXi
2 3 (1.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.63%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (1.25%) MOM
2 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 1 (0.63%) SCOM
Vendors
1 30 (18.75%) Microsoft
2 19 (11.88%) Cisco
3 7 (4.38%) Juniper
3 7 (4.38%) SAP
3 7 (4.38%) Siemens
4 6 (3.75%) Allen-Bradley
4 6 (3.75%) F5
4 6 (3.75%) Oracle
5 5 (3.13%) Aruba
5 5 (3.13%) Avaya
5 5 (3.13%) CheckPoint
5 5 (3.13%) Palo Alto
6 4 (2.50%) Nokia
6 4 (2.50%) Remedy
6 4 (2.50%) Rockwell
6 4 (2.50%) Virgin Media
7 3 (1.88%) Adobe
7 3 (1.88%) Ciena
7 3 (1.88%) VMware
8 2 (1.25%) EMC