Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 655 780 919
Rank change year-on-year +125 +139 +171
Permanent jobs citing HNC 200 175 209
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.16% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.14% 0.74% 0.57%
Number of salaries quoted 92 92 136
10th Percentile £28,750 £27,500 £22,500
25th Percentile £33,033 £30,000 £29,583
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Median % change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
75th Percentile £57,500 £47,000 £52,500
90th Percentile £61,125 £52,250 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £39,598 £37,500
% change year-on-year +1.02% +5.59% +7.14%

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 17,589 23,576 36,682
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.84% 21.44% 24.68%
Number of salaries quoted 11,882 17,770 26,717
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £51,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +6.80% +3.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%

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 20 April 2021.

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 20 April 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 +128 177 £40,000 +1.02% 130
England +137 152 £40,000 +0.51% 124
South West +44 63 £36,525 -2.07% 11
Midlands +18 34 £45,000 -3.23% 24
South East +67 30 £40,000 - 26
West Midlands -8 21 £40,000 -13.98% 15
Northern Ireland - 18 £44,500 -
Work from Home -116 17 £61,500 +33.70% 9
Scotland +17 15 £30,523 +35.66% 8
East Midlands - 13 £46,250 - 9
London +97 11 £58,069 +43.38% 7
East of England +62 8 £22,500 -32.33% 17
North of England +25 8 £24,250 -40.85% 39
North West +34 4 - - 14
Yorkshire +4 4 £24,250 -43.09% 16
Wales - 3 - - 3

For the 6 months to 20 April 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.

1 144 (72.00%) Degree
2 129 (64.50%) HND
3 56 (28.00%) Problem-Solving
4 53 (26.50%) Aerospace
4 53 (26.50%) Security Cleared
5 46 (23.00%) Software Engineering
6 44 (22.00%) Agile Software Development
6 44 (22.00%) C#
6 44 (22.00%) Customer Requirements
7 42 (21.00%) Systems Engineering
8 41 (20.50%) .NET
9 34 (17.00%) Software Testing
10 32 (16.00%) Continuous Improvement
11 31 (15.50%) SC Cleared
12 29 (14.50%) Logistics
12 29 (14.50%) Microsoft
12 29 (14.50%) Project Management
13 28 (14.00%) Self-Motivation
14 27 (13.50%) Test Automation
14 27 (13.50%) SQL
15 24 (12.00%) Computer Science
16 23 (11.50%) Windows
16 23 (11.50%) Management Information System
17 22 (11.00%) JavaScript
18 21 (10.50%) Manufacturing
18 21 (10.50%) Business Development
18 21 (10.50%) Unit Testing
18 21 (10.50%) Azure
18 21 (10.50%) Waterfall
18 21 (10.50%) Issue Tracking

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 13 (6.50%) IIS
2 3 (1.50%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (0.50%) MS Exchange
3 1 (0.50%) SharePoint
Applications
1 17 (8.50%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (8.00%) AutoCAD
3 13 (6.50%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (3.50%) MS Visio
5 5 (2.50%) Simulink
6 3 (1.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.50%) ALPHACAM
7 1 (0.50%) Autodesk Inventor
7 1 (0.50%) EPLAN
7 1 (0.50%) Mathcad
7 1 (0.50%) Revit
7 1 (0.50%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (1.50%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.00%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.50%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.50%) SAP GTS
3 1 (0.50%) SAP IBP
3 1 (0.50%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 21 (10.50%) Azure
2 10 (5.00%) Microsoft 365
3 7 (3.50%) AWS
4 2 (1.00%) GitHub
5 1 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
5 1 (0.50%) Power Platform
5 1 (0.50%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 15 (7.50%) Wireless
2 13 (6.50%) HTTP
3 11 (5.50%) Wi-Fi
4 9 (4.50%) TCP/IP
5 7 (3.50%) Wireshark
6 6 (3.00%) DNS
6 6 (3.00%) Firewall
7 5 (2.50%) Bluetooth
7 5 (2.50%) Broadband
7 5 (2.50%) PBX
8 4 (2.00%) DMZ
8 4 (2.00%) LAN
8 4 (2.00%) TETRA
9 2 (1.00%) 3G
9 2 (1.00%) 4G
9 2 (1.00%) 5G
9 2 (1.00%) Radio Access Network
9 2 (1.00%) SDH
9 2 (1.00%) VoIP
10 1 (0.50%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.00%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.50%) Oracle Database
3 9 (4.50%) Relational Database
4 5 (2.50%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.00%) DB2
5 2 (1.00%) MySQL
6 1 (0.50%) CouchDB
6 1 (0.50%) Lumira
6 1 (0.50%) Power BI
6 1 (0.50%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.50%) SAP Data Services
6 1 (0.50%) SAP HANA
6 1 (0.50%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 13 (6.50%) Oracle Forms
2 7 (3.50%) Selenium
3 6 (3.00%) Git (software)
4 5 (2.50%) JIRA
4 5 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (2.00%) JMeter
6 2 (1.00%) Cypress.io
6 2 (1.00%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.00%) Maven
6 2 (1.00%) Postman
6 2 (1.00%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.50%) TestDirector
General
1 53 (26.50%) Aerospace
2 21 (10.50%) Manufacturing
3 16 (8.00%) Electronics
4 15 (7.50%) Military
4 15 (7.50%) Police
5 14 (7.00%) Telecoms
6 12 (6.00%) Public Sector
7 10 (5.00%) Automotive
8 6 (3.00%) Finance
9 5 (2.50%) Retail
10 3 (1.50%) Multimedia
11 2 (1.00%) Local Government
11 2 (1.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 50 (25.00%) Systems Engineer
2 42 (21.00%) Software Engineer
3 26 (13.00%) Principal Engineer
4 15 (7.50%) .NET Developer
4 15 (7.50%) Developer
5 13 (6.50%) C# .NET Developer
5 13 (6.50%) C# Developer
5 13 (6.50%) Full Stack Developer
5 13 (6.50%) Principal Systems Engineer
6 11 (5.50%) Design Engineer
6 11 (5.50%) Senior Software Engineer
7 10 (5.00%) Analyst
7 10 (5.00%) Control Systems Engineer
8 9 (4.50%) C# Software Engineer
8 9 (4.50%) Desktop Engineer
8 9 (4.50%) Senior .NET Developer
8 9 (4.50%) Senior C# .NET Developer
8 9 (4.50%) Senior C# Developer
8 9 (4.50%) Senior Developer
8 9 (4.50%) Senior Full Stack Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (20.50%) .NET
2 20 (10.00%) .NET Framework
2 20 (10.00%) ASP.NET
3 15 (7.50%) ASP.NET MVC
4 14 (7.00%) RESTful
5 13 (6.50%) .NET Core
5 13 (6.50%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 13 (6.50%) Blazor
5 13 (6.50%) Classic ASP
5 13 (6.50%) Razor View Engine
6 9 (4.50%) React
7 7 (3.50%) Ajax
7 7 (3.50%) AngularJS
7 7 (3.50%) Node.js
7 7 (3.50%) REST
7 7 (3.50%) STL
8 5 (2.50%) JSON
9 4 (2.00%) CSS
9 4 (2.00%) HTML
10 2 (1.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 28 (14.00%) Self-Motivation
2 23 (11.50%) Management Information System
3 14 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (5.50%) Driving Licence
5 7 (3.50%) CCTV
5 7 (3.50%) Digital TV
5 7 (3.50%) Video\Live Streaming
6 6 (3.00%) Smart City
7 5 (2.50%) Organisational Skills
8 4 (2.00%) PKI
8 4 (2.00%) Private Cloud
8 4 (2.00%) Wiki
9 3 (1.50%) Enterprise Storage
9 3 (1.50%) Robotics
9 3 (1.50%) SCADA
10 2 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (1.00%) Greenfield Project
11 1 (0.50%) ASIC
11 1 (0.50%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 23 (11.50%) Windows
2 18 (9.00%) Linux
3 11 (5.50%) Unix
4 8 (4.00%) Windows 10
5 7 (3.50%) Embedded Linux
5 7 (3.50%) Windows 7
6 5 (2.50%) Android
6 5 (2.50%) Apple iOS
7 4 (2.00%) Windows Server
7 4 (2.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.00%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (1.00%) Solaris
8 2 (1.00%) SUSE
8 2 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (28.00%) Problem-Solving
2 46 (23.00%) Software Engineering
3 44 (22.00%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (22.00%) Customer Requirements
4 42 (21.00%) Systems Engineering
5 34 (17.00%) Software Testing
6 32 (16.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 29 (14.50%) Logistics
7 29 (14.50%) Project Management
8 27 (13.50%) Test Automation
9 24 (12.00%) Computer Science
10 21 (10.50%) Business Development
10 21 (10.50%) Issue Tracking
10 21 (10.50%) Unit Testing
10 21 (10.50%) Waterfall
11 18 (9.00%) Web Development
12 17 (8.50%) Mentoring
13 16 (8.00%) Coaching
13 16 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
14 15 (7.50%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 44 (22.00%) C#
2 27 (13.50%) SQL
3 22 (11.00%) JavaScript
4 18 (9.00%) TypeScript
5 15 (7.50%) C++
6 14 (7.00%) C
7 12 (6.00%) Python
8 11 (5.50%) Perl
9 8 (4.00%) Bash Shell
10 5 (2.50%) MATLAB
11 4 (2.00%) PowerShell
12 2 (1.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 144 (72.00%) Degree
2 129 (64.50%) HND
3 53 (26.50%) Security Cleared
4 31 (15.50%) SC Cleared
5 17 (8.50%) Computer Science Degree
6 12 (6.00%) Chartered Engineer
7 6 (3.00%) CCNP
7 6 (3.00%) Cisco Certification
8 5 (2.50%) ISTQB
9 4 (2.00%) CCNA
10 3 (1.50%) DV Cleared
11 2 (1.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 1 (0.50%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.50%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.50%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 1 (0.50%) MCDST
12 1 (0.50%) MCP
12 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.50%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.50%) QA
2 8 (4.00%) HAZOP
3 6 (3.00%) GDPR
4 5 (2.50%) MISRA
5 3 (1.50%) COSHH
5 3 (1.50%) Def Stans
5 3 (1.50%) JSP 440
5 3 (1.50%) SLA
6 2 (1.00%) NEBOSH
7 1 (0.50%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (6.50%) Active Directory
2 6 (3.00%) VMware ESXi
3 5 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (2.00%) Firmware
4 4 (2.00%) vSphere
5 2 (1.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 5 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (2.00%) vRealize
3 2 (1.00%) Amdocs OSS
3 2 (1.00%) Kubernetes
3 2 (1.00%) Netcool
3 2 (1.00%) OpenView
3 2 (1.00%) vCenter Server
4 1 (0.50%) Ansible
4 1 (0.50%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.50%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.50%) Puppet
4 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 29 (14.50%) Microsoft
2 15 (7.50%) Oracle
3 14 (7.00%) Cisco
4 9 (4.50%) VMware
5 8 (4.00%) EMC
6 7 (3.50%) HP
7 5 (2.50%) SAP
8 4 (2.00%) CA
8 4 (2.00%) Fortinet
8 4 (2.00%) Juniper
8 4 (2.00%) Palo Alto
9 3 (1.50%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (1.00%) Autodesk
10 2 (1.00%) BMC
10 2 (1.00%) BroadVision
10 2 (1.00%) Comptel
10 2 (1.00%) Cramer
10 2 (1.00%) Google
10 2 (1.00%) Remedy
10 2 (1.00%) ServiceNow