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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 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
21 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 791 693 776
Rank change year-on-year -98 +83 +132
Permanent jobs citing HNC 438 213 152
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.27% 0.23% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.09% 1.11% 0.76%
Number of salaries quoted 145 90 85
10th Percentile £26,989 £30,424 £26,300
25th Percentile £31,133 £34,375 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,000 £42,899 £39,598
Median % change year-on-year -2.09% +8.34% -1.01%
75th Percentile £55,000 £57,500 £47,000
90th Percentile £62,629 £61,600 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,500 £40,000 £39,799
% change year-on-year +1.25% +0.51% +6.13%

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 40,165 19,178 20,129
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.61% 20.87% 21.46%
Number of salaries quoted 17,064 12,480 15,117
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £28,750
25th Percentile £40,853 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £73,550 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £91,250 £86,250 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 21 May 2022.

Salary histogram for HNC in the UK

HNC
Top 17 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 May 2022. 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
Jobs
UK excluding London +13 386 £40,500 +1.25% 125
England -87 360 £45,000 +4.90% 107
South East -35 102 £48,000 +20.00% 20
North of England -7 89 £32,500 -5.11% 22
Scotland -24 55 £31,133 +2.00% 20
South West -46 49 £39,500 +8.15% 14
East of England -46 44 £57,744 - 15
London -230 43 £52,500 -8.70% 10
North West -42 41 £22,500 - 9
Midlands -64 36 £40,000 -12.09% 25
Work from Home -273 36 £52,500 -6.67% 20
Yorkshire -18 33 £32,500 -5.11% 10
East Midlands -28 23 £40,000 -15.79% 16
North East - 15 £40,000 - 3
Wales -31 13 £38,500 - 7
West Midlands -55 13 £41,225 -3.57% 9
Northern Ireland -40 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 21 May 2022, 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.

1 238 (54.34%) Microsoft
2 213 (48.63%) Preventative Maintenance
3 212 (48.40%) PPP
3 212 (48.40%) Stakeholder Management
3 212 (48.40%) QMS
4 120 (27.40%) Degree
5 113 (25.80%) HND
6 111 (25.34%) Social Skills
7 74 (16.89%) Security Cleared
8 48 (10.96%) Windows
9 47 (10.73%) Systems Engineering
10 37 (8.45%) Self-Motivation
11 33 (7.53%) Microsoft Office
12 32 (7.31%) Linux
12 32 (7.31%) Management Information System
13 31 (7.08%) Finance
14 30 (6.85%) Aerospace
14 30 (6.85%) Oracle
14 30 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
15 29 (6.62%) Software Engineering
16 26 (5.94%) Agile
16 26 (5.94%) Collaborative Working
16 26 (5.94%) Aviation
17 25 (5.71%) SCADA
17 25 (5.71%) Computer Science
17 25 (5.71%) Project Management
18 24 (5.48%) Continuous Improvement
18 24 (5.48%) Customer Requirements
19 23 (5.25%) Windows Server
19 23 (5.25%) Active Directory

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 10 (2.28%) WinCC
2 5 (1.14%) Appian
3 4 (0.91%) SharePoint Server
4 3 (0.68%) SharePoint
Applications
1 33 (7.53%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (2.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 8 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (1.60%) AutoCAD
5 4 (0.91%) CATIA
6 1 (0.23%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.23%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 15 (3.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.14%) Oracle BPM
Cloud Services
1 15 (3.42%) Dynamics 365
2 14 (3.20%) Microsoft 365
3 13 (2.97%) Azure
4 12 (2.74%) IaaS
4 12 (2.74%) SaaS
5 8 (1.83%) AWS
5 8 (1.83%) Azure Active Directory
5 8 (1.83%) GCP
6 5 (1.14%) Linode
7 1 (0.23%) Figma
7 1 (0.23%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 212 (48.40%) PPP
2 17 (3.88%) RS-232
3 16 (3.65%) Remote Desktop
4 15 (3.42%) VoIP
5 13 (2.97%) Firewall
5 13 (2.97%) PABX
6 12 (2.74%) Internet
7 7 (1.60%) Ethernet
8 6 (1.37%) LAN
8 6 (1.37%) TCP/IP
8 6 (1.37%) WAN
9 5 (1.14%) VLAN
10 4 (0.91%) Profibus
10 4 (0.91%) RS-485
10 4 (0.91%) VPN
11 2 (0.46%) DHCP
11 2 (0.46%) DNS
11 2 (0.46%) RS-422
11 2 (0.46%) SNMP
11 2 (0.46%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (4.79%) SQL Server
2 16 (3.65%) PostgreSQL
3 13 (2.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 11 (2.51%) MongoDB
4 11 (2.51%) MySQL
4 11 (2.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 11 (2.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (1.14%) Geospatial Data
5 5 (1.14%) GIS
6 2 (0.46%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (0.46%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 21 (4.79%) JIRA
2 5 (1.14%) Oracle APEX
2 5 (1.14%) Ranorex
2 5 (1.14%) Tricentis qTest
3 3 (0.68%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.46%) Subversion
5 1 (0.23%) MSI
General
1 111 (25.34%) Social Skills
2 31 (7.08%) Finance
3 30 (6.85%) Aerospace
4 26 (5.94%) Aviation
5 21 (4.79%) Electronics
6 19 (4.34%) Military
7 16 (3.65%) Telecoms
8 14 (3.20%) Organisational Skills
8 14 (3.20%) Police
9 13 (2.97%) Fire and Rescue
10 6 (1.37%) Analytical Skills
10 6 (1.37%) Manufacturing
10 6 (1.37%) Marketing
11 5 (1.14%) Automotive
11 5 (1.14%) Law
12 4 (0.91%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 4 (0.91%) Local Government
12 4 (0.91%) Public Sector
13 3 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.23%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 212 (48.40%) Support Manager
1 212 (48.40%) Technical Manager
1 212 (48.40%) Technical Support
1 212 (48.40%) Technical Support Manager
2 52 (11.87%) Systems Engineer
3 26 (5.94%) IT Engineer
4 23 (5.25%) Software Engineer
5 22 (5.02%) IT Support
6 21 (4.79%) Control Systems Engineer
7 20 (4.57%) Analyst
8 14 (3.20%) Field Engineer
8 14 (3.20%) Field Service Engineer
9 13 (2.97%) Field Telecoms Engineer
9 13 (2.97%) IT Support Engineer
9 13 (2.97%) Support Analyst
9 13 (2.97%) Support Engineer
9 13 (2.97%) Telecoms Engineer
10 12 (2.74%) Administrator
10 12 (2.74%) Customer Engineer
10 12 (2.74%) Customer Service Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (1.60%) Web Services
2 3 (0.68%) .NET
2 3 (0.68%) XML
2 3 (0.68%) XSLT
3 2 (0.46%) EDI
3 2 (0.46%) Middleware
3 2 (0.46%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 37 (8.45%) Self-Motivation
2 32 (7.31%) Management Information System
3 25 (5.71%) SCADA
4 13 (2.97%) IoT
4 13 (2.97%) NHS
5 5 (1.14%) Algorithms
5 5 (1.14%) CCTV
5 5 (1.14%) Client/Server
5 5 (1.14%) Data Structures
6 4 (0.91%) Data Centre
7 2 (0.46%) Robotics
7 2 (0.46%) Verilog
7 2 (0.46%) VHDL
8 1 (0.23%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.23%) FPGA
8 1 (0.23%) Renewable Energy
8 1 (0.23%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 48 (10.96%) Windows
2 32 (7.31%) Linux
3 23 (5.25%) Windows Server
4 17 (3.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 17 (3.88%) Windows Server 2016
4 17 (3.88%) Windows Server 2019
5 13 (2.97%) Ubuntu
6 12 (2.74%) Windows 10
7 11 (2.51%) Unix
8 7 (1.60%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.23%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (48.63%) Preventative Maintenance
2 212 (48.40%) QMS
2 212 (48.40%) Stakeholder Management
3 47 (10.73%) Systems Engineering
4 30 (6.85%) Problem-Solving
5 29 (6.62%) Software Engineering
6 26 (5.94%) Agile
6 26 (5.94%) Collaborative Working
7 25 (5.71%) Computer Science
7 25 (5.71%) Project Management
8 24 (5.48%) Continuous Improvement
8 24 (5.48%) Customer Requirements
9 20 (4.57%) Defect Tracking
10 17 (3.88%) CAD
10 17 (3.88%) Line Management
10 17 (3.88%) Software Testing
11 16 (3.65%) Physics
12 15 (3.42%) Coaching
12 15 (3.42%) Customer Engagement
12 15 (3.42%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (5.25%) C#
1 23 (5.25%) SQL
2 18 (4.11%) PowerShell
3 16 (3.65%) Shell Script
4 15 (3.42%) C++
5 10 (2.28%) Java
6 8 (1.83%) C
7 6 (1.37%) Python
8 1 (0.23%) Data Mining Extensions (DMX)
8 1 (0.23%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 120 (27.40%) Degree
2 113 (25.80%) HND
3 74 (16.89%) Security Cleared
4 22 (5.02%) SC Cleared
5 19 (4.34%) Chartered Engineer
6 15 (3.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (2.74%) MCSA
8 11 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
8 11 (2.51%) MCSE
9 7 (1.60%) DV Cleared
10 6 (1.37%) ISTQB
10 6 (1.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 5 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.46%) CCNA
12 2 (0.46%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.23%) A+ Certification
13 1 (0.23%) MCDST
13 1 (0.23%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (1.83%) QA
2 7 (1.60%) IEC 61131
3 5 (1.14%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.23%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (5.25%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (1.37%) SCCM
2 5 (1.14%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 238 (54.34%) Microsoft
2 30 (6.85%) Oracle
3 15 (3.42%) QinetiQ
3 15 (3.42%) Siemens
4 9 (2.05%) Facebook
5 8 (1.83%) Rockwell
6 5 (1.14%) Google
6 5 (1.14%) Progress
7 4 (0.91%) VMware
8 3 (0.68%) Cisco
8 3 (0.68%) CrowdStrike
8 3 (0.68%) Proofpoint
8 3 (0.68%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (0.68%) Synology
8 3 (0.68%) Twitter
8 3 (0.68%) YouTube
9 2 (0.46%) SAP
9 2 (0.46%) Sun
10 1 (0.23%) Apple
10 1 (0.23%) Atmel