Period
to 21 August 2018

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 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 988 1039 1095
Rank change year-on-year +51 +56 -73
Permanent jobs citing HNC 170 161 185
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.091% 0.094%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.43% 0.37% 0.35%
Number of salaries quoted 117 141 146
UK median annual salary £32,500 £35,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -7.14% - -
10th Percentile £22,500 £24,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £50,000 £46,250 £51,875
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,500 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year -7.14% - +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 39,972 43,225 53,094
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.65% 24.52% 26.94%
Number of salaries quoted 29,732 33,183 42,889
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 August 2018.

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 21 August 2018. 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 +20 159 £32,500 -7.14% 152
England +40 155 £34,250 -2.14% 140
Midlands +45 58 £35,000 -0.71% 35
South East +2 44 £35,000 -4.11% 34
West Midlands +62 42 £35,000 +16.67% 25
East of England +31 19 £37,500 +41.51% 18
North of England +9 19 £24,000 -40.00% 32
North West +7 16 £24,000 -40.00% 17
East Midlands +6 16 £32,500 -23.53% 10
London +27 9 £35,000 -12.50% 7
Scotland -2 9 £31,000 +40.91% 11
South West -9 5 £37,500 +50.00% 14
Northern Ireland 0 3 - -
Yorkshire +24 2 £31,750 -27.43% 11
Wales +8 2 £29,250 -28.66% 8
North East -20 1 - - 4

For the 6 months to 21 August 2018, 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 72 (42.35%) HND
2 71 (41.76%) Degree
3 62 (36.47%) Windows
4 53 (31.18%) Microsoft
5 29 (17.06%) SLA
6 28 (16.47%) Electronics
6 28 (16.47%) Problem-Solving
7 27 (15.88%) Linux
8 25 (14.71%) ITIL
8 25 (14.71%) Driving Licence
9 24 (14.12%) Firewall
10 23 (13.53%) Microsoft Office
10 23 (13.53%) Microsoft Certification
11 22 (12.94%) Incident Management
12 21 (12.35%) TCP/IP
12 21 (12.35%) Self-Motivation
13 18 (10.59%) Telecoms
13 18 (10.59%) Finance
13 18 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
13 18 (10.59%) Office 365
14 17 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
14 17 (10.00%) ITSM
14 17 (10.00%) Service Delivery
14 17 (10.00%) CRM
15 16 (9.41%) SharePoint
15 16 (9.41%) WAN
15 16 (9.41%) LAN
15 16 (9.41%) Service Management
15 16 (9.41%) CAD
15 16 (9.41%) SCCM

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 16 (9.41%) SharePoint
2 14 (8.24%) Skype for Business
3 12 (7.06%) MS Exchange
4 11 (6.47%) Exchange Server 2007
4 11 (6.47%) SharePoint Server
5 6 (3.53%) CMS
Applications
1 23 (13.53%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (4.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (2.94%) Microsoft Project
4 4 (2.35%) AutoCAD
4 4 (2.35%) SOLIDWORKS
5 3 (1.76%) Autodesk Inventor
6 2 (1.18%) MS Visio
6 2 (1.18%) Revit
7 1 (0.59%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.59%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 11 (6.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.18%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.59%) Maximo
3 1 (0.59%) MIS ActiveH
3 1 (0.59%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 18 (10.59%) Office 365
2 14 (8.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (6.47%) IaaS
4 3 (1.76%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.76%) Mimecast
5 2 (1.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (14.12%) Firewall
2 21 (12.35%) TCP/IP
3 16 (9.41%) LAN
3 16 (9.41%) Skype
3 16 (9.41%) WAN
4 10 (5.88%) MPLS
5 9 (5.29%) VPN
6 6 (3.53%) BGP
6 6 (3.53%) DSL
6 6 (3.53%) DWDM
6 6 (3.53%) OSPF
6 6 (3.53%) SHDSL
6 6 (3.53%) VoIP
7 5 (2.94%) SAN
7 5 (2.94%) VLAN
8 4 (2.35%) CTI
8 4 (2.35%) Ethernet
8 4 (2.35%) Internet
9 3 (1.76%) LTE
9 3 (1.76%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (8.24%) SQL Server
2 12 (7.06%) Relational Database
3 10 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (4.12%) GIS
5 2 (1.18%) MySQL
5 2 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.59%) DTS
Development Applications
1 7 (4.12%) Rational DOORS
2 6 (3.53%) Bugzilla
3 5 (2.94%) LabVIEW
4 2 (1.18%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.18%) JUnit
5 1 (0.59%) JIRA
5 1 (0.59%) Subversion
5 1 (0.59%) Visual Studio
General
1 28 (16.47%) Electronics
2 18 (10.59%) Finance
2 18 (10.59%) Telecoms
3 15 (8.82%) Manufacturing
4 10 (5.88%) Retail
5 5 (2.94%) Billing
5 5 (2.94%) Legal
6 4 (2.35%) Aerospace
7 3 (1.76%) Automotive
7 3 (1.76%) Local Government
7 3 (1.76%) Military
8 2 (1.18%) Avionics
8 2 (1.18%) Games
9 1 (0.59%) Advertising
9 1 (0.59%) Banking
9 1 (0.59%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.59%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 25 (14.71%) Analyst
2 19 (11.18%) Support Engineer
3 11 (6.47%) IT Support
4 10 (5.88%) Hardware Engineer
4 10 (5.88%) IT Engineer
4 10 (5.88%) Support Analyst
5 9 (5.29%) Configuration Engineer
6 8 (4.71%) Design Engineer
6 8 (4.71%) Installations Engineer
6 8 (4.71%) Software Engineer
6 8 (4.71%) Test Engineer
7 7 (4.12%) Applications Support
7 7 (4.12%) Applications Support Analyst
7 7 (4.12%) Operations Analyst
7 7 (4.12%) Project Manager
8 6 (3.53%) Desktop Engineer
8 6 (3.53%) Field Engineer
8 6 (3.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (3.53%) Service Analyst
8 6 (3.53%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.76%) .NET
2 2 (1.18%) Hibernate
2 2 (1.18%) HTML
2 2 (1.18%) JMS
2 2 (1.18%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 25 (14.71%) Driving Licence
2 21 (12.35%) Self-Motivation
3 18 (10.59%) Analytical Skills
4 12 (7.06%) Management Information System
5 9 (5.29%) Computer Science
6 5 (2.94%) Algorithms
6 5 (2.94%) Virtual Team
7 4 (2.35%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.18%) Robotics
8 2 (1.18%) SCADA
8 2 (1.18%) User Experience
9 1 (0.59%) Acoustics
9 1 (0.59%) Analytical Mindset
9 1 (0.59%) CCTV
9 1 (0.59%) Data Centre
9 1 (0.59%) Embedded Systems
9 1 (0.59%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 62 (36.47%) Windows
2 27 (15.88%) Linux
3 17 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (9.41%) Windows Server
5 12 (7.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (6.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (3.53%) Solaris
7 6 (3.53%) Unix
7 6 (3.53%) Windows 2000 Server
8 4 (2.35%) Windows 10
8 4 (2.35%) Windows 7
9 2 (1.18%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.59%) Android
10 1 (0.59%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (16.47%) Problem-Solving
2 25 (14.71%) ITIL
3 22 (12.94%) Incident Management
4 17 (10.00%) CRM
4 17 (10.00%) ITSM
4 17 (10.00%) Service Delivery
5 16 (9.41%) CAD
5 16 (9.41%) ITIL V3
5 16 (9.41%) Service Management
6 15 (8.82%) Change Management
7 12 (7.06%) Line Management
7 12 (7.06%) Mathematics
7 12 (7.06%) Problem Management
8 10 (5.88%) Software Engineering
9 9 (5.29%) Validation
10 8 (4.71%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (4.71%) PRINCE2
11 7 (4.12%) IT Strategy
11 7 (4.12%) Project Management
11 7 (4.12%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 15 (8.82%) SQL
2 12 (7.06%) C
3 8 (4.71%) C++
4 7 (4.12%) Python
5 6 (3.53%) Assembly Language
5 6 (3.53%) Bash Shell
6 5 (2.94%) PowerShell
7 3 (1.76%) C#
8 2 (1.18%) Java
8 2 (1.18%) VB
9 1 (0.59%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.59%) Perl
9 1 (0.59%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.59%) VB6
Qualifications
1 72 (42.35%) HND
2 71 (41.76%) Degree
3 23 (13.53%) Microsoft Certification
4 10 (5.88%) Numerate Degree
5 7 (4.12%) MCSA
6 5 (2.94%) MCITP
6 5 (2.94%) MCP
6 5 (2.94%) MCSE
6 5 (2.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (2.35%) Security Cleared
8 2 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (1.18%) NVQ Level 3
8 2 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (1.18%) SC Cleared
9 1 (0.59%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.59%) CCNA
9 1 (0.59%) ISTQB
9 1 (0.59%) Network+ Certification
9 1 (0.59%) NVQ Level 4
9 1 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (17.06%) SLA
2 9 (5.29%) QA
3 2 (1.18%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.18%) PMO
4 1 (0.59%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.59%) ISO 14001
4 1 (0.59%) ISO 26262
4 1 (0.59%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 15 (8.82%) Active Directory
2 10 (5.88%) Virtual Machines
3 9 (5.29%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (4.12%) Firmware
5 5 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (2.94%) vSphere
5 5 (2.94%) XenApp
6 3 (1.76%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 3 (1.76%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (1.18%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.59%) KVM
Systems Management
1 16 (9.41%) SCCM
2 10 (5.88%) SCVMM
3 5 (2.94%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 5 (2.94%) SCOM
4 2 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.59%) PaperCut
5 1 (0.59%) SafeCom
5 1 (0.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 53 (31.18%) Microsoft
2 14 (8.24%) Cisco
3 12 (7.06%) Red Hat
4 9 (5.29%) VMware
5 8 (4.71%) Citrix
5 8 (4.71%) HP
5 8 (4.71%) Nokia
6 6 (3.53%) Alcatel-Lucent
6 6 (3.53%) Juniper
6 6 (3.53%) OpenText
6 6 (3.53%) Sun
6 6 (3.53%) Telindus
7 5 (2.94%) NetApp
7 5 (2.94%) Oracle
7 5 (2.94%) ServiceNow
7 5 (2.94%) Siemens
8 4 (2.35%) Avaya
8 4 (2.35%) CheckPoint
8 4 (2.35%) Genesys
8 4 (2.35%) McAfee