Period
to 12 April 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 12 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Higher National Diploma (HND)
UK
6 months to
12 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 664 777 784
Rank change year-on-year +113 +7 +150
Permanent jobs citing HND 186 229 338
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.20% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.09% 0.94% 0.92%
Number of salaries quoted 82 149 229
10th Percentile £27,500 £22,500 £26,000
25th Percentile £31,563 £25,000 £29,256
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £40,000 £34,500 £35,000
Median % change year-on-year +15.94% -1.43% +1.45%
75th Percentile £53,438 £41,666 £51,250
90th Percentile £58,750 £48,000 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +6.06%

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 17,125 24,359 36,707
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.75% 21.46% 24.65%
Number of salaries quoted 11,631 18,331 26,847
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,350
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +2.86%

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 12 April 2021.

Salary histogram for HND in the UK

HND
Top 17 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 12 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 +60 153 £40,000 +14.29% 98
England +85 140 £40,000 +14.29% 92
South West -7 54 £45,000 +13.64% 13
South East +93 32 £40,000 +28.00% 21
Midlands +7 18 £53,750 +115.00% 25
Work from Home -100 18 £55,000 +19.57% 10
North of England +39 17 £40,000 -5.88% 23
London +114 13 £57,500 +60.41% 4
North East +27 13 £40,000 -13.04% 2
Northern Ireland +17 13 - - 3
Scotland -1 11 £25,825 -2.60% 3
West Midlands -3 10 £47,500 +90.00% 12
East Midlands +30 8 £53,750 +175.64% 13
East of England +51 5 £32,500 - 6
Wales +28 3 - - 2
North West +27 2 - - 9
Yorkshire +7 2 - - 12

For the 6 months to 12 April 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.

1 142 (76.34%) Degree
2 123 (66.13%) HNC
3 58 (31.18%) Agile Software Development
4 51 (27.42%) Software Engineering
5 49 (26.34%) Problem-Solving
6 41 (22.04%) Security Cleared
7 38 (20.43%) Systems Engineering
8 37 (19.89%) Customer Requirements
8 37 (19.89%) Computer Science
9 35 (18.82%) Software Testing
10 34 (18.28%) C#
11 31 (16.67%) .NET
12 30 (16.13%) Project Management
12 30 (16.13%) Aerospace
13 29 (15.59%) Test Automation
14 28 (15.05%) Logistics
15 27 (14.52%) Windows
15 27 (14.52%) Continuous Improvement
16 25 (13.44%) JavaScript
17 24 (12.90%) Manufacturing
17 24 (12.90%) Unit Testing
17 24 (12.90%) Issue Tracking
18 23 (12.37%) Linux
19 22 (11.83%) Business Development
20 21 (11.29%) SQL Server
20 21 (11.29%) Waterfall
21 20 (10.75%) Azure
21 20 (10.75%) Public Sector
21 20 (10.75%) Microsoft
21 20 (10.75%) QA

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 8 (4.30%) Apache
2 7 (3.76%) Confluence
3 5 (2.69%) Tomcat
4 4 (2.15%) nginx
5 3 (1.61%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.54%) IIS
6 1 (0.54%) SharePoint
Applications
1 12 (6.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (4.84%) Microsoft Office
3 8 (4.30%) AutoCAD
4 7 (3.76%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.61%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.54%) ALPHACAM
6 1 (0.54%) EPLAN
6 1 (0.54%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.54%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 20 (10.75%) Azure
2 10 (5.38%) Microsoft 365
3 3 (1.61%) AWS
3 3 (1.61%) Google Workspace
3 3 (1.61%) Yarn
4 2 (1.08%) Power Platform
5 1 (0.54%) GCP
5 1 (0.54%) Google App Engine
5 1 (0.54%) SaaS
5 1 (0.54%) Stackdriver
Communications & Networking
1 16 (8.60%) Wireless
2 9 (4.84%) Wi-Fi
2 9 (4.84%) Wireshark
3 8 (4.30%) Firewall
4 6 (3.23%) TCP/IP
5 5 (2.69%) BGP
5 5 (2.69%) DNS
5 5 (2.69%) EIGRP
5 5 (2.69%) IPsec
5 5 (2.69%) LAN
5 5 (2.69%) Network Security
5 5 (2.69%) OSPF
5 5 (2.69%) PBX
6 4 (2.15%) BIG-IP
6 4 (2.15%) Cisco ASA
6 4 (2.15%) DMZ
6 4 (2.15%) ICMP
6 4 (2.15%) TETRA
6 4 (2.15%) VoIP
6 4 (2.15%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (11.29%) SQL Server
2 11 (5.91%) Relational Database
3 10 (5.38%) NoSQL
4 7 (3.76%) Data Mining
4 7 (3.76%) Oracle Database
5 6 (3.23%) MariaDB
5 6 (3.23%) MongoDB
6 5 (2.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.08%) Power BI
8 1 (0.54%) Big Data
8 1 (0.54%) BigQuery
8 1 (0.54%) CouchDB
8 1 (0.54%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.54%) Ingres
8 1 (0.54%) MySQL
8 1 (0.54%) Spark SQL
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.54%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 19 (10.22%) Git (software)
2 10 (5.38%) JIRA
3 9 (4.84%) Selenium
4 7 (3.76%) Bitbucket
5 5 (2.69%) Maven
6 4 (2.15%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (2.15%) Visual Studio
6 4 (2.15%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (1.61%) eggPlant
7 3 (1.61%) JUnit
7 3 (1.61%) Rational DOORS
7 3 (1.61%) webpack
8 2 (1.08%) Cypress.io
8 2 (1.08%) JMeter
8 2 (1.08%) LabVIEW
9 1 (0.54%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.54%) TestDirector
General
1 30 (16.13%) Aerospace
2 24 (12.90%) Manufacturing
3 20 (10.75%) Public Sector
4 16 (8.60%) Telecoms
5 14 (7.53%) Military
6 11 (5.91%) Electronics
7 9 (4.84%) Automotive
7 9 (4.84%) Finance
7 9 (4.84%) Marketing
8 4 (2.15%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (1.61%) Multimedia
10 2 (1.08%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (19.35%) Software Engineer
2 35 (18.82%) Systems Engineer
3 23 (12.37%) Principal Engineer
4 17 (9.14%) Design Engineer
5 16 (8.60%) Analyst
6 12 (6.45%) Developer
7 11 (5.91%) Principal Systems Engineer
7 11 (5.91%) Senior Software Engineer
7 11 (5.91%) Support Analyst
8 10 (5.38%) Network Engineer
9 9 (4.84%) C# Software Engineer
9 9 (4.84%) Control Systems Engineer
9 9 (4.84%) Desktop Engineer
10 7 (3.76%) Installations Engineer
10 7 (3.76%) Senior Systems Engineer
11 6 (3.23%) .NET Developer
11 6 (3.23%) IT Analyst
11 6 (3.23%) IT Support
11 6 (3.23%) IT Support Analyst
11 6 (3.23%) Principal Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (16.67%) .NET
2 19 (10.22%) AngularJS
3 17 (9.14%) HTML
4 15 (8.06%) Node.js
5 14 (7.53%) CSS
6 10 (5.38%) ASP.NET
7 9 (4.84%) Spring
8 8 (4.30%) JSON
8 8 (4.30%) React
9 7 (3.76%) XML
10 6 (3.23%) .NET Framework
10 6 (3.23%) Ajax
10 6 (3.23%) Angular 2
10 6 (3.23%) Django
10 6 (3.23%) Hibernate
10 6 (3.23%) jQuery
10 6 (3.23%) LAMP
10 6 (3.23%) REST
10 6 (3.23%) STL
11 5 (2.69%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.60%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (8.06%) Management Information System
3 14 (7.53%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (3.76%) CCTV
4 7 (3.76%) Digital TV
4 7 (3.76%) Driving Licence
4 7 (3.76%) Reference Data
5 6 (3.23%) Public Cloud
5 6 (3.23%) Smart City
5 6 (3.23%) Video\Live Streaming
6 5 (2.69%) Data Centre
6 5 (2.69%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (2.15%) Robotics
7 4 (2.15%) Wiki
8 3 (1.61%) LIMS
9 2 (1.08%) 3D Printing
9 2 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (1.08%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.08%) SCADA
10 1 (0.54%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 27 (14.52%) Windows
2 23 (12.37%) Linux
3 13 (6.99%) Unix
4 8 (4.30%) Windows 10
5 6 (3.23%) Embedded Linux
5 6 (3.23%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.08%) Windows Server
7 1 (0.54%) Debian
7 1 (0.54%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.54%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (31.18%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (27.42%) Software Engineering
3 49 (26.34%) Problem-Solving
4 38 (20.43%) Systems Engineering
5 37 (19.89%) Computer Science
5 37 (19.89%) Customer Requirements
6 35 (18.82%) Software Testing
7 30 (16.13%) Project Management
8 29 (15.59%) Test Automation
9 28 (15.05%) Logistics
10 27 (14.52%) Continuous Improvement
11 24 (12.90%) Issue Tracking
11 24 (12.90%) Unit Testing
12 22 (11.83%) Business Development
13 21 (11.29%) Waterfall
14 15 (8.06%) Coaching
15 14 (7.53%) Mentoring
15 14 (7.53%) Validation
16 13 (6.99%) DevOps
16 13 (6.99%) Risk Assessment
Programming Languages
1 34 (18.28%) C#
2 25 (13.44%) JavaScript
3 19 (10.22%) Python
3 19 (10.22%) SQL
4 17 (9.14%) Java
5 15 (8.06%) C++
6 10 (5.38%) Bash Shell
6 10 (5.38%) C
6 10 (5.38%) TypeScript
7 9 (4.84%) Perl
8 3 (1.61%) Java 8
8 3 (1.61%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.54%) Go
9 1 (0.54%) PHP
9 1 (0.54%) Scala
Qualifications
1 142 (76.34%) Degree
2 123 (66.13%) HNC
3 41 (22.04%) Security Cleared
4 17 (9.14%) SC Cleared
5 15 (8.06%) Computer Science Degree
6 9 (4.84%) CCNP
6 9 (4.84%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (3.23%) DV Cleared
8 5 (2.69%) CCIE
8 5 (2.69%) Chartered Engineer
9 4 (2.15%) CCNA
10 3 (1.61%) ISEB
10 3 (1.61%) ISTQB
11 2 (1.08%) CEH
11 2 (1.08%) MCDST
11 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.54%) A+ Certification
12 1 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.54%) JNCIA
12 1 (0.54%) Postgraduate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (10.75%) QA
2 11 (5.91%) GDPR
3 8 (4.30%) Data Quality
3 8 (4.30%) HAZOP
4 4 (2.15%) GMP
5 3 (1.61%) Def Stans
5 3 (1.61%) GLP
5 3 (1.61%) Good Clinical Practice
5 3 (1.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (1.61%) JSP 440
5 3 (1.61%) NEBOSH
6 2 (1.08%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.54%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 8 (4.30%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.61%) Docker
3 3 (1.61%) Firmware
4 1 (0.54%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.54%) NLBS
4 1 (0.54%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 4 (2.15%) Kubernetes
1 4 (2.15%) Suricata
2 3 (1.61%) Hadoop YARN
2 3 (1.61%) Nmap
3 2 (1.08%) CASB
4 1 (0.54%) Ansible
4 1 (0.54%) Cisco CUCM
4 1 (0.54%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.54%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 20 (10.75%) Microsoft
2 16 (8.60%) Cisco
3 14 (7.53%) Oracle
4 9 (4.84%) Fortinet
5 6 (3.23%) Juniper
6 5 (2.69%) F5
6 5 (2.69%) VMware
7 4 (2.15%) Palo Alto
7 4 (2.15%) SolarWinds
7 4 (2.15%) Splunk
8 3 (1.61%) Google
9 2 (1.08%) BroadVision
9 2 (1.08%) EMC
10 1 (0.54%) Atlassian
10 1 (0.54%) Autodesk
10 1 (0.54%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.54%) Cognos
10 1 (0.54%) CommVault
10 1 (0.54%) NetApp
10 1 (0.54%) SAP