Period
to 17 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for HND qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 17 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Diploma (HND)
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 637 729 865
Rank change year-on-year +92 +136 +85
Permanent jobs citing HND 119 290 258
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.23% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.95% 1.05% 0.71%
Number of salaries quoted 56 185 173
Median annual salary £45,000 £35,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +28.57% - -
10th Percentile £30,339 £22,500 £23,550
90th Percentile £58,750 £47,500 £54,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,500 £34,180 £32,500
% change year-on-year +18.49% +5.17% -7.14%

HND 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 12,497 27,712 36,532
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.19% 21.97% 24.17%
Number of salaries quoted 9,172 20,879 27,097
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.88%

HND
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing HND as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for HND in the UK

HND
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing HND.

Salary trend for HND in the UK

HND
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing HND over the 6 months to 17 January 2021.

Salary histogram for HND in the UK

HND
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing HND within the UK over the 6 months to 17 January 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
England +132 97 £42,500 +21.43% 59
UK excluding London +47 90 £40,500 +18.49% 65
South West +82 44 £45,000 +8.43% 12
South East +128 18 £40,000 +6.67% 9
London +205 14 £57,500 +60.41% 8
Work from Home -46 13 £50,000 - 3
North of England +64 12 £38,500 -0.73% 10
Midlands +20 9 £49,118 +96.47% 11
North East +20 7 £38,000 +34.42%
West Midlands +12 7 £44,559 +78.24% 5
Yorkshire +31 4 - - 1
Wales +47 3 - - 5
East Midlands +59 2 £50,000 +153.16% 6
Northern Ireland +19 2 - - 4
Scotland +17 2 £45,500 +71.61% 5
North West +68 1 £40,500 +35.00% 9

For the 6 months to 17 January 2021, IT jobs citing HND 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 HND.

1 86 (72.27%) Degree
2 72 (60.50%) HNC
3 37 (31.09%) Agile Software Development
4 32 (26.89%) Test Automation
5 31 (26.05%) Customer Requirements
6 29 (24.37%) Software Engineering
6 29 (24.37%) Aerospace
7 27 (22.69%) Security Cleared
7 27 (22.69%) Systems Engineering
8 25 (21.01%) Problem-Solving
9 24 (20.17%) Unit Testing
10 23 (19.33%) C#
10 23 (19.33%) Issue Tracking
11 20 (16.81%) Waterfall
11 20 (16.81%) Continuous Improvement
11 20 (16.81%) .NET
12 19 (15.97%) Business Development
13 18 (15.13%) Project Management
13 18 (15.13%) Analytical Skills
14 17 (14.29%) Microsoft
15 16 (13.45%) Logistics
15 16 (13.45%) Self-Motivation
16 15 (12.61%) JavaScript
16 15 (12.61%) Windows
16 15 (12.61%) Manufacturing
16 15 (12.61%) Military
17 14 (11.76%) Management Information System
17 14 (11.76%) Java
18 13 (10.92%) HTML
18 13 (10.92%) Computer Science

HND
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 3 (2.52%) Apache
1 3 (2.52%) Moodle
2 2 (1.68%) Confluence
3 1 (0.84%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.84%) IIS
3 1 (0.84%) Tomcat
Applications
1 11 (9.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (6.72%) AutoCAD
2 8 (6.72%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (5.88%) MS Visio
4 3 (2.52%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (1.68%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.84%) EPLAN
Cloud Services
1 10 (8.40%) Azure
2 4 (3.36%) Office 365
2 4 (3.36%) Yarn
3 3 (2.52%) G Suite
4 2 (1.68%) AWS
5 1 (0.84%) GCP
5 1 (0.84%) Google App Engine
5 1 (0.84%) Power Platform
5 1 (0.84%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.08%) Wi-Fi
2 11 (9.24%) Wireless
3 5 (4.20%) LAN
4 4 (3.36%) Broadband
4 4 (3.36%) Intrusion Detection
4 4 (3.36%) Network Security
5 3 (2.52%) Firewall
5 3 (2.52%) Radio Access Network
5 3 (2.52%) WAN
5 3 (2.52%) Wireshark
6 2 (1.68%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.84%) 5G
7 1 (0.84%) Cisco Nexus
7 1 (0.84%) DNS
7 1 (0.84%) HTTP
7 1 (0.84%) Internet
7 1 (0.84%) Modbus
7 1 (0.84%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (0.84%) VoIP
7 1 (0.84%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.24%) SQL Server
2 10 (8.40%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.36%) Data Mining
3 4 (3.36%) MySQL
3 4 (3.36%) Oracle Database
4 2 (1.68%) Big Data
4 2 (1.68%) Geospatial Data
4 2 (1.68%) GIS
4 2 (1.68%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.68%) Spark SQL
4 2 (1.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.84%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.84%) BigQuery
5 1 (0.84%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.84%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.84%) Power BI
5 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.84%) SQL Server 2019
5 1 (0.84%) SQLite
5 1 (0.84%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 11 (9.24%) Git (software)
2 10 (8.40%) Maven
3 6 (5.04%) Cypress.io
3 6 (5.04%) Selenium
4 5 (4.20%) JIRA
5 4 (3.36%) JUnit
5 4 (3.36%) webpack
6 3 (2.52%) eggPlant
6 3 (2.52%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (2.52%) Visual Studio
7 2 (1.68%) JMeter
7 2 (1.68%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.84%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.84%) LabVIEW
8 1 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.84%) TestDirector
General
1 29 (24.37%) Aerospace
2 15 (12.61%) Manufacturing
2 15 (12.61%) Military
3 10 (8.40%) Telecoms
4 9 (7.56%) Public Sector
5 5 (4.20%) Automotive
6 4 (3.36%) Finance
7 3 (2.52%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (2.52%) Retail
8 2 (1.68%) Electronics
8 2 (1.68%) Marketing
9 1 (0.84%) Back Office
9 1 (0.84%) Police
Job Titles
1 20 (16.81%) Software Engineer
1 20 (16.81%) Systems Engineer
2 9 (7.56%) Design Engineer
2 9 (7.56%) Developer
3 8 (6.72%) Senior Systems Engineer
4 7 (5.88%) Architect
4 7 (5.88%) Control Systems Engineer
4 7 (5.88%) Installations Engineer
4 7 (5.88%) Principal Engineer
4 7 (5.88%) Senior Software Engineer
5 6 (5.04%) Java Engineer
5 6 (5.04%) Java Software Engineer
6 5 (4.20%) Analyst
6 5 (4.20%) Principal Systems Engineer
6 5 (4.20%) Project Engineer
6 5 (4.20%) Tester
7 4 (3.36%) C# Software Engineer
7 4 (3.36%) Desktop Engineer
7 4 (3.36%) Network Engineer
7 4 (3.36%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (16.81%) .NET
2 13 (10.92%) HTML
3 10 (8.40%) Spring
4 9 (7.56%) CSS
5 6 (5.04%) AngularJS
5 6 (5.04%) Hibernate
5 6 (5.04%) Node.js
6 4 (3.36%) HTML5
6 4 (3.36%) Jest
6 4 (3.36%) Spring Boot
6 4 (3.36%) Vue.js
7 3 (2.52%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.52%) DHTML
7 3 (2.52%) jQuery
7 3 (2.52%) LAMP
7 3 (2.52%) XHTML
7 3 (2.52%) YUI
8 2 (1.68%) Angular 2
8 2 (1.68%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.68%) React
Miscellaneous
1 18 (15.13%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (13.45%) Self-Motivation
3 14 (11.76%) Management Information System
4 10 (8.40%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (5.88%) CCTV
5 7 (5.88%) Digital TV
6 4 (3.36%) Reference Data
7 3 (2.52%) e-Learning
7 3 (2.52%) LIMS
8 2 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (1.68%) Smart City
Operating Systems
1 15 (12.61%) Windows
2 7 (5.88%) Linux
3 4 (3.36%) Windows 10
4 3 (2.52%) Unix
4 3 (2.52%) Windows Server
5 2 (1.68%) Windows 7
5 2 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (1.68%) Windows Server 2019
6 1 (0.84%) Debian
6 1 (0.84%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.84%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (31.09%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (26.89%) Test Automation
3 31 (26.05%) Customer Requirements
4 29 (24.37%) Software Engineering
5 27 (22.69%) Systems Engineering
6 25 (21.01%) Problem-Solving
7 24 (20.17%) Unit Testing
8 23 (19.33%) Issue Tracking
9 20 (16.81%) Continuous Improvement
9 20 (16.81%) Waterfall
10 19 (15.97%) Business Development
11 18 (15.13%) Project Management
12 16 (13.45%) Logistics
13 13 (10.92%) Computer Science
14 12 (10.08%) 3D Modelling
14 12 (10.08%) Risk Assessment
15 10 (8.40%) Stakeholder Management
16 9 (7.56%) DevOps
16 9 (7.56%) ITIL
16 9 (7.56%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (19.33%) C#
2 15 (12.61%) JavaScript
3 14 (11.76%) Java
4 8 (6.72%) SQL
5 7 (5.88%) C++
6 5 (4.20%) Python
7 4 (3.36%) Bash Shell
7 4 (3.36%) C
7 4 (3.36%) Java 8
7 4 (3.36%) PHP
8 3 (2.52%) PowerShell
9 2 (1.68%) Scala
10 1 (0.84%) Go
10 1 (0.84%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 86 (72.27%) Degree
2 72 (60.50%) HNC
3 27 (22.69%) Security Cleared
4 8 (6.72%) SC Cleared
5 6 (5.04%) DV Cleared
5 6 (5.04%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (4.20%) Chartered Engineer
7 3 (2.52%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.52%) ISEB
7 3 (2.52%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (1.68%) MCSE
8 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.68%) NVQ Level 4
9 1 (0.84%) A+ Certification
9 1 (0.84%) APMP
9 1 (0.84%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.84%) MCP
9 1 (0.84%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.56%) QA
2 7 (5.88%) HAZOP
3 5 (4.20%) GDPR
4 4 (3.36%) Data Quality
5 3 (2.52%) Def Stans
5 3 (2.52%) GLP
5 3 (2.52%) GMP
5 3 (2.52%) Good Clinical Practice
5 3 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (2.52%) JSP 440
6 2 (1.68%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.84%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (6.72%) Firmware
2 7 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (3.36%) Active Directory
3 4 (3.36%) Docker
4 1 (0.84%) DFS Replication
4 1 (0.84%) HDFS
4 1 (0.84%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.84%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 5 (4.20%) Kubernetes
2 4 (3.36%) Hadoop YARN
3 3 (2.52%) Nmap
4 2 (1.68%) Ansible
4 2 (1.68%) CASB
5 1 (0.84%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.84%) Prometheus
5 1 (0.84%) SCSM
5 1 (0.84%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 17 (14.29%) Microsoft
2 9 (7.56%) Oracle
3 8 (6.72%) VMware
4 3 (2.52%) Google
4 3 (2.52%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (1.68%) Cisco
5 2 (1.68%) EMC
6 1 (0.84%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.84%) Cognos
6 1 (0.84%) CommVault
6 1 (0.84%) Dell
6 1 (0.84%) Juniper
6 1 (0.84%) NetApp
6 1 (0.84%) Siemens