Period
to 25 October 2021

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 25 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 734 625 897
Rank change year-on-year -109 +272 +81
Permanent jobs citing HNC 324 63 183
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.13% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.19% 0.60% 0.58%
Number of salaries quoted 155 35 86
10th Percentile £26,250 £21,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £32,500 £26,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,325 £40,000 £41,250
Median % change year-on-year +5.81% -3.03% +26.92%
75th Percentile £49,375 £51,250 £52,500
90th Percentile £56,762 £59,875 £66,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £38,263 £42,180
% change year-on-year +4.54% -9.29% +29.78%

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 27,308 10,464 31,334
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.61% 21.41% 23.00%
Number of salaries quoted 15,200 8,066 23,389
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,250
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,750 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.54% +8.33% -

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 25 October 2021.

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 25 October 2021. 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 -38 263 £40,000 +4.54% 183
England -131 254 £42,325 +4.51% 169
South West -70 51 £40,000 -1.84% 20
Midlands -76 49 £35,000 +55.56% 33
North of England -100 45 £42,500 -0.58% 43
South East -120 44 £45,000 +10.40% 46
London -226 37 £52,500 -13.40% 7
East of England -83 31 £31,990 +42.18% 19
Work from Home -243 31 £55,000 +144.44% 11
North East - 26 £38,750 - 7
East Midlands - 26 £38,750 - 12
Scotland -65 24 £25,000 -26.74% 10
West Midlands -90 23 £34,000 +51.11% 21
Northern Ireland -34 13 - - 4
Wales - 12 - - 8
North West -93 11 £42,500 -25.93% 20
Yorkshire -94 8 £52,674 +134.10% 16

For the 6 months to 25 October 2021, 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.

1 170 (52.47%) HND
2 159 (49.07%) Degree
3 96 (29.63%) Computer Science
4 95 (29.32%) Microsoft
5 93 (28.70%) Software Engineering
6 88 (27.16%) Facilities Management
6 88 (27.16%) Retail
7 83 (25.62%) Microsoft Office
8 79 (24.38%) SQL Server
9 78 (24.07%) Windows
9 78 (24.07%) Social Skills
10 75 (23.15%) Problem-Solving
11 67 (20.68%) Marketing
12 62 (19.14%) Management Information System
12 62 (19.14%) Continuous Improvement
13 60 (18.52%) QA
14 56 (17.28%) Windows Server
15 55 (16.98%) C
16 52 (16.05%) Driving Licence
17 51 (15.74%) XML
17 51 (15.74%) Security Cleared
18 49 (15.12%) SCADA
19 48 (14.81%) COSHH
20 45 (13.89%) Preventative Maintenance
21 44 (13.58%) Line Management
21 44 (13.58%) Service Delivery
22 43 (13.27%) SQL
23 42 (12.96%) Systems Engineering
24 39 (12.04%) XSLT
24 39 (12.04%) Systems Analysis

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 9 (2.78%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.23%) Skype for Business
3 3 (0.93%) WinCC
Applications
1 83 (25.62%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (4.32%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (1.54%) AutoCAD
5 4 (1.23%) SPSS
5 4 (1.23%) Stata
6 2 (0.62%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 12 (3.70%) Oracle Applications
1 12 (3.70%) Oracle EBS
1 12 (3.70%) Oracle ERP
2 8 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.23%) Maximo
4 2 (0.62%) Epicor Tropos
4 2 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 33 (10.19%) Azure
2 18 (5.56%) Microsoft 365
3 8 (2.47%) Dynamics 365
3 8 (2.47%) OneDrive
4 5 (1.54%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.23%) Power Platform
6 1 (0.31%) GitHub
6 1 (0.31%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 24 (7.41%) Profibus
2 18 (5.56%) DNS
3 9 (2.78%) DHCP
4 8 (2.47%) Firewall
5 7 (2.16%) RS-232
6 6 (1.85%) Ethernet
6 6 (1.85%) TCP/IP
6 6 (1.85%) VoIP
7 4 (1.23%) PABX
7 4 (1.23%) Remote Desktop
8 3 (0.93%) Modbus
8 3 (0.93%) RS-485
8 3 (0.93%) VLAN
9 2 (0.62%) Internet
9 2 (0.62%) Intranet
9 2 (0.62%) MPLS
9 2 (0.62%) VPN
9 2 (0.62%) WAN
9 2 (0.62%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.62%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (24.38%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.85%) MongoDB
2 6 (1.85%) MySQL
2 6 (1.85%) PostgreSQL
2 6 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 6 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 6 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 6 (1.85%) Tableau
3 4 (1.23%) Power BI
4 2 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.62%) SQL Server 2019
5 1 (0.31%) Data Vault
Development Applications
1 10 (3.09%) JIRA
2 3 (0.93%) Git (software)
2 3 (0.93%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.31%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.31%) JMeter
3 1 (0.31%) Postman
3 1 (0.31%) Selenium
General
1 88 (27.16%) Retail
2 78 (24.07%) Social Skills
3 67 (20.68%) Marketing
4 24 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
5 23 (7.10%) Telecoms
6 20 (6.17%) Manufacturing
7 16 (4.94%) Finance
8 10 (3.09%) Organisational Skills
9 9 (2.78%) Pharmaceutical
10 8 (2.47%) Aerospace
10 8 (2.47%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 8 (2.47%) Military
11 7 (2.16%) Automotive
11 7 (2.16%) Electronics
11 7 (2.16%) Multimedia
12 6 (1.85%) Public Sector
13 4 (1.23%) Back Office
13 4 (1.23%) Environmental Health
13 4 (1.23%) Fire and Rescue
13 4 (1.23%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 68 (20.99%) Analyst
2 40 (12.35%) Systems Engineer
3 39 (12.04%) Customer Analyst
3 39 (12.04%) Systems Analyst
4 29 (8.95%) Mobile Engineer
5 27 (8.33%) Developer
5 27 (8.33%) Junior
5 27 (8.33%) Junior Analyst
6 26 (8.02%) Junior Systems Analyst
6 26 (8.02%) Software Engineer
7 21 (6.48%) Control Systems Engineer
8 19 (5.86%) Electrical Supervisor
9 18 (5.56%) Support Engineer
10 13 (4.01%) .NET Developer
10 13 (4.01%) Support Analyst
11 12 (3.70%) ERP Analyst
11 12 (3.70%) Java Developer
11 12 (3.70%) PHP Developer
11 12 (3.70%) Test Analyst
12 11 (3.40%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (15.74%) XML
2 39 (12.04%) XSLT
3 27 (8.33%) .NET
4 25 (7.72%) AngularJS
5 13 (4.01%) .NET Framework
5 13 (4.01%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 12 (3.70%) Angular 2
6 12 (3.70%) Kendo UI
6 12 (3.70%) NgRx
6 12 (3.70%) Spring
6 12 (3.70%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 62 (19.14%) Management Information System
2 52 (16.05%) Driving Licence
3 49 (15.12%) SCADA
4 20 (6.17%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.78%) CAN bus
5 9 (2.78%) FMCG
6 7 (2.16%) Data Centre
7 5 (1.54%) Acoustics
8 4 (1.23%) BYOD
8 4 (1.23%) e-Learning
8 4 (1.23%) NHS
8 4 (1.23%) Pharmacovigilance
9 3 (0.93%) Embedded Systems
10 1 (0.31%) Analogue Electronics
10 1 (0.31%) CCTV
10 1 (0.31%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 78 (24.07%) Windows
2 56 (17.28%) Windows Server
3 12 (3.70%) Windows 10
4 11 (3.40%) Linux
5 9 (2.78%) Windows 7
6 7 (2.16%) Windows Server 2019
7 6 (1.85%) Unix
7 6 (1.85%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.54%) Ubuntu
8 5 (1.54%) Windows Server 2016
9 2 (0.62%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.31%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (29.63%) Computer Science
2 93 (28.70%) Software Engineering
3 88 (27.16%) Facilities Management
4 75 (23.15%) Problem-Solving
5 62 (19.14%) Continuous Improvement
6 45 (13.89%) Preventative Maintenance
7 44 (13.58%) Line Management
7 44 (13.58%) Service Delivery
8 42 (12.96%) Systems Engineering
9 39 (12.04%) Systems Analysis
10 33 (10.19%) Quality Management
11 32 (9.88%) Information Management
12 28 (8.64%) Validation
13 27 (8.33%) Coaching
13 27 (8.33%) DevOps
14 26 (8.02%) Workflow
15 25 (7.72%) Unit Testing
16 22 (6.79%) ERP
17 21 (6.48%) Project Delivery
18 20 (6.17%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 55 (16.98%) C
2 43 (13.27%) SQL
3 25 (7.72%) T-SQL
4 24 (7.41%) Java
5 16 (4.94%) C#
6 15 (4.63%) JavaScript
7 12 (3.70%) PHP
8 9 (2.78%) PowerShell
9 6 (1.85%) Shell Script
10 4 (1.23%) Ladder Logic
11 3 (0.93%) C++
Qualifications
1 170 (52.47%) HND
2 159 (49.07%) Degree
3 51 (15.74%) Security Cleared
4 28 (8.64%) SC Cleared
5 16 (4.94%) Computer Science Degree
6 14 (4.32%) ISTQB
6 14 (4.32%) Microsoft Certification
7 13 (4.01%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (3.70%) MCSA
9 11 (3.40%) DV Cleared
10 9 (2.78%) NVQ Level 3
11 8 (2.47%) MCSE
12 4 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.93%) CCNA
13 3 (0.93%) CCNP
13 3 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.62%) A+ Certification
14 2 (0.62%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (18.52%) QA
2 48 (14.81%) COSHH
3 12 (3.70%) NEBOSH
4 9 (2.78%) GMP
5 7 (2.16%) GDPR
6 6 (1.85%) IEC 61508
7 5 (1.54%) Cyber Essentials
8 4 (1.23%) Disclosure Scotland
8 4 (1.23%) ISO 13485
9 3 (0.93%) Def Stans
9 3 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 2 (0.62%) ISO 9001
10 2 (0.62%) SLA
11 1 (0.31%) IASME
11 1 (0.31%) NIST
11 1 (0.31%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 22 (6.79%) Active Directory
2 5 (1.54%) Firmware
3 4 (1.23%) Forefront TMG
4 2 (0.62%) DFS Replication
4 2 (0.62%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 13 (4.01%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (3.70%) HP ALM
3 7 (2.16%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (2.16%) SCCM
4 4 (1.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 4 (1.23%) MOM
4 4 (1.23%) SCOM
Vendors
1 95 (29.32%) Microsoft
2 33 (10.19%) Siemens
3 20 (6.17%) Oracle
4 13 (4.01%) HP
5 12 (3.70%) JD Edwards
6 6 (1.85%) CA
6 6 (1.85%) EMC
6 6 (1.85%) Rockwell
7 5 (1.54%) Avaya
7 5 (1.54%) SAP
8 4 (1.23%) NCR
9 3 (0.93%) Cisco
9 3 (0.93%) Juniper
10 2 (0.62%) Cognos
10 2 (0.62%) Dell
10 2 (0.62%) Lumension
10 2 (0.62%) Remedy