Period
to 21 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for WAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited WAN over the 6 months to 21 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK > England
6 months to
21 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 176 125 127
Rank change year-on-year -51 +2 +21
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,436 2,682 3,767
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 1.92% 2.68% 2.74%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.59% 17.65% 17.57%
Number of salaries quoted 1,229 2,200 2,959
10th Percentile £29,360 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £36,000 £32,000 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £46,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +2.22%
75th Percentile £60,000 £61,250 £61,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £75,000
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £46,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +2.22%

WAN is in the Communications and Computer Networking category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 9,845 15,198 21,442
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 13.14% 15.18% 15.59%
Number of salaries quoted 7,537 12,240 16,677
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £34,750 £33,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +1.06%
75th Percentile £66,250 £64,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in England

WAN
Salary Trend in England

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing WAN in England.

Salary trend for WAN in England

WAN
Salary Histogram in England

Salary distribution for jobs citing WAN in England over the 6 months to 21 April 2021.

Salary histogram for WAN in England

WAN
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the England region over the 6 months to 21 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
London -113 356 £57,000 +3.64% 65
North of England 0 322 £42,500 +4.94% 60
South East -25 303 £45,000 +3.45% 52
Midlands -30 200 £40,000 - 51
North West +36 174 £45,000 +12.50% 35
South West -37 155 £45,000 +16.88% 40
West Midlands -24 124 £42,500 -3.41% 30
Yorkshire -27 112 £42,500 -5.56% 16
East of England -29 92 £44,500 +4.71% 16
East Midlands -12 78 £37,500 +15.38% 21
North East +7 36 £33,500 - 9
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 21 April 2021, IT jobs citing WAN 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 across the England region with a requirement for WAN.

1 1,164 (81.06%) LAN
2 769 (53.55%) Firewall
3 709 (49.37%) Cisco
4 573 (39.90%) Windows
5 516 (35.93%) Microsoft
6 496 (34.54%) Active Directory
7 420 (29.25%) VMware
8 412 (28.69%) Cisco Certification
9 373 (25.97%) Azure
10 366 (25.49%) Microsoft 365
11 333 (23.19%) VPN
12 320 (22.28%) Windows Server
13 303 (21.10%) TCP/IP
14 289 (20.13%) CCNP
15 282 (19.64%) ITIL
16 275 (19.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 267 (18.59%) DNS
18 266 (18.52%) SD-WAN
19 252 (17.55%) VMware Infrastructure
20 248 (17.27%) Data Centre
21 232 (16.16%) Linux
22 223 (15.53%) Network Security
23 219 (15.25%) CCNA
24 210 (14.62%) MPLS
25 208 (14.48%) Wireless
26 200 (13.93%) DHCP
27 198 (13.79%) VLAN
28 184 (12.81%) Wi-Fi
29 178 (12.40%) MS Exchange
30 177 (12.33%) Cisco ASA

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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
1 178 (12.40%) MS Exchange
2 95 (6.62%) SharePoint
3 39 (2.72%) IIS
4 23 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2010
5 22 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2013
6 21 (1.46%) Apache
7 13 (0.91%) Skype for Business
8 5 (0.35%) IBM Notes
8 5 (0.35%) SAS
9 4 (0.28%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2007
10 2 (0.14%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.14%) Confluence
10 2 (0.14%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.14%) IBM Domino
10 2 (0.14%) JBoss
10 2 (0.14%) nginx
11 1 (0.070%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.070%) Site Server
11 1 (0.070%) Tomcat
Applications
1 103 (7.17%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (1.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.97%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.070%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.070%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.35%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.14%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.070%) Magento
3 1 (0.070%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.070%) Sage 300 ERP
3 1 (0.070%) Sage CRM
3 1 (0.070%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.070%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 373 (25.97%) Azure
2 366 (25.49%) Microsoft 365
3 169 (11.77%) AWS
4 54 (3.76%) IaaS
5 42 (2.92%) Azure Active Directory
6 37 (2.58%) PaaS
7 30 (2.09%) SaaS
8 19 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
8 19 (1.32%) Mimecast
9 12 (0.84%) OneDrive
10 11 (0.77%) GCP
11 10 (0.70%) Azure Sentinel
12 8 (0.56%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 7 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
13 7 (0.49%) Dynamics 365
13 7 (0.49%) Route 53
13 7 (0.49%) Slack
14 6 (0.42%) Azure Cosmos DB
14 6 (0.42%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 6 (0.42%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 1,164 (81.06%) LAN
2 769 (53.55%) Firewall
3 333 (23.19%) VPN
4 303 (21.10%) TCP/IP
5 267 (18.59%) DNS
6 266 (18.52%) SD-WAN
7 223 (15.53%) Network Security
8 210 (14.62%) MPLS
9 208 (14.48%) Wireless
10 200 (13.93%) DHCP
11 198 (13.79%) VLAN
12 184 (12.81%) Wi-Fi
13 177 (12.33%) Cisco ASA
14 155 (10.79%) BGP
15 142 (9.89%) VoIP
16 139 (9.68%) WLAN
17 133 (9.26%) OSPF
18 110 (7.66%) SAN
19 98 (6.82%) Cisco Nexus
20 96 (6.69%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (4.87%) SQL Server
2 7 (0.49%) MySQL
3 6 (0.42%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (0.42%) Azure SQL Database
3 6 (0.42%) MongoDB
4 5 (0.35%) Big Data
4 5 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (0.35%) Power BI
5 4 (0.28%) Apache Cassandra
5 4 (0.28%) Blockchain
5 4 (0.28%) Hadoop
5 4 (0.28%) NoSQL
5 4 (0.28%) RDBMS
5 4 (0.28%) Relational Database
5 4 (0.28%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (0.21%) HBase
6 3 (0.21%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.21%) Redis
6 3 (0.21%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 17 (1.18%) Git (software)
2 14 (0.97%) Sonatype Nexus
3 10 (0.70%) Bitbucket
4 9 (0.63%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.63%) JIRA
5 5 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
5 5 (0.35%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.14%) GCC
7 2 (0.14%) GitLab
8 1 (0.070%) Chocolatey
8 1 (0.070%) CircleCI
8 1 (0.070%) Visual Studio
General
1 140 (9.75%) Finance
2 120 (8.36%) Telecoms
3 64 (4.46%) Banking
4 49 (3.41%) Public Sector
5 34 (2.37%) Retail
6 33 (2.30%) Law
7 21 (1.46%) Manufacturing
8 19 (1.32%) Marketing
9 12 (0.84%) Legal
10 11 (0.77%) Aerospace
11 10 (0.70%) Local Government
11 10 (0.70%) Military
12 8 (0.56%) Back Office
13 7 (0.49%) Electronics
14 6 (0.42%) Publishing
15 5 (0.35%) Fire and Rescue
16 4 (0.28%) Billing
17 3 (0.21%) Advertising
17 3 (0.21%) Multimedia
18 2 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 439 (30.57%) Network Engineer
2 203 (14.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 137 (9.54%) Support Engineer
4 131 (9.12%) Senior Network Engineer
5 126 (8.77%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 124 (8.64%) IT Engineer
7 106 (7.38%) Analyst
8 102 (7.10%) Architect
9 87 (6.06%) IT Support
10 78 (5.43%) Cisco Engineer
11 70 (4.87%) Security Engineer
12 65 (4.53%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 60 (4.18%) 3rd Line Support
14 57 (3.97%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
15 56 (3.90%) Consultant
16 49 (3.41%) Network Architect
17 46 (3.20%) Network Security Engineer
18 44 (3.06%) Systems Engineer
19 43 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support
20 41 (2.86%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (1.74%) JSON
2 20 (1.39%) 802.1X
3 18 (1.25%) Web Services
4 16 (1.11%) .NET
5 11 (0.77%) FIX Protocol
6 10 (0.70%) HTML
6 10 (0.70%) LDAP
6 10 (0.70%) XML
7 9 (0.63%) COM
7 9 (0.63%) YAML
8 7 (0.49%) REST
9 6 (0.42%) XMPP
10 4 (0.28%) Kafka
11 3 (0.21%) Middleware
11 3 (0.21%) SOAP
12 2 (0.14%) COM+
12 2 (0.14%) CSS
12 2 (0.14%) Regular Expression
12 2 (0.14%) X-Windows
13 1 (0.070%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 248 (17.27%) Data Centre
2 69 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (3.83%) Self-Motivation
4 45 (3.13%) Management Information System
5 42 (2.92%) Public Cloud
6 39 (2.72%) Organisational Skills
7 37 (2.58%) Driving Licence
8 29 (2.02%) Clustering
9 27 (1.88%) Replication
10 23 (1.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 23 (1.60%) PKI
11 22 (1.53%) Hybrid Cloud
12 15 (1.04%) Client/Server
13 14 (0.97%) FMCG
13 14 (0.97%) Private Cloud
13 14 (0.97%) User Experience
14 10 (0.70%) Virtual Team
15 9 (0.63%) AS400
15 9 (0.63%) Fibre Optics
15 9 (0.63%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 573 (39.90%) Windows
2 320 (22.28%) Windows Server
3 232 (16.16%) Linux
4 129 (8.98%) Windows 10
5 92 (6.41%) Windows Server 2016
6 90 (6.27%) Windows Server 2012
7 61 (4.25%) Windows 7
7 61 (4.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 61 (4.25%) Windows Server 2019
8 32 (2.23%) Android
9 24 (1.67%) CentOS
10 22 (1.53%) Unix
11 18 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
13 12 (0.84%) Mac OS X
14 10 (0.70%) Ubuntu
15 9 (0.63%) Windows 8
16 8 (0.56%) Apple iOS
16 8 (0.56%) Mac OS
17 5 (0.35%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 282 (19.64%) ITIL
2 275 (19.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 132 (9.19%) Network Design
4 122 (8.50%) Problem-Solving
5 119 (8.29%) Disaster Recovery
6 111 (7.73%) Project Management
7 109 (7.59%) Presales
8 75 (5.22%) Change Management
9 74 (5.15%) Project Delivery
10 73 (5.08%) DevOps
11 72 (5.01%) Service Delivery
12 65 (4.53%) Mentoring
13 61 (4.25%) SIEM
14 57 (3.97%) Agile Software Development
15 54 (3.76%) Cybersecurity
16 53 (3.69%) Migration
16 53 (3.69%) Service Management
17 52 (3.62%) Incident Management
17 52 (3.62%) Information Security
18 50 (3.48%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 146 (10.17%) PowerShell
2 109 (7.59%) SQL
3 64 (4.46%) Python
4 18 (1.25%) Bash Shell
5 12 (0.84%) C
6 10 (0.70%) Java
7 9 (0.63%) C#
7 9 (0.63%) PHP
8 7 (0.49%) JavaScript
9 6 (0.42%) Perl
9 6 (0.42%) VB.NET
10 5 (0.35%) R
10 5 (0.35%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.28%) C++
11 4 (0.28%) Tcl
12 3 (0.21%) VB
13 2 (0.14%) Lisp
13 2 (0.14%) TypeScript
14 1 (0.070%) AWK
14 1 (0.070%) Rust
Qualifications
1 412 (28.69%) Cisco Certification
2 289 (20.13%) CCNP
3 219 (15.25%) CCNA
4 100 (6.96%) Security Cleared
5 89 (6.20%) Degree
6 82 (5.71%) CCIE
7 81 (5.64%) Microsoft Certification
8 76 (5.29%) SC Cleared
9 41 (2.86%) MCSE
10 35 (2.44%) MCSA
11 33 (2.30%) JNCIA
12 28 (1.95%) JNCIP
13 26 (1.81%) DV Cleared
14 24 (1.67%) MCITP
15 19 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
15 19 (1.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 18 (1.25%) CCDP
16 18 (1.25%) DBS Check
17 17 (1.18%) CISSP
17 17 (1.18%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 60 (4.18%) SLA
2 27 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.46%) PMO
4 18 (1.25%) PCI DSS
5 15 (1.04%) GDPR
6 11 (0.77%) NIST
7 9 (0.63%) QA
8 6 (0.42%) Cyber Essentials
8 6 (0.42%) NCSC
9 5 (0.35%) COBIT
9 5 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 2 (0.14%) NIST 800
13 1 (0.070%) HIPAA
13 1 (0.070%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 1 (0.070%) ISO/IEC 27005
13 1 (0.070%) ITGC
System Software
1 496 (34.54%) Active Directory
2 252 (17.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 128 (8.91%) Hyper-V
4 54 (3.76%) vSphere
5 35 (2.44%) XenApp
6 32 (2.23%) Docker
7 31 (2.16%) VMware ESXi
8 27 (1.88%) Terminal Server
8 27 (1.88%) Virtual Servers
9 26 (1.81%) VMware NSX
10 20 (1.39%) XenDesktop
11 10 (0.70%) VMware Workstation
12 9 (0.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 9 (0.63%) Virtual Machines
13 6 (0.42%) Firmware
14 5 (0.35%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.35%) VMware Server
15 4 (0.28%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 3 (0.21%) DFS Replication
16 3 (0.21%) KVM
Systems Management
1 87 (6.06%) SCCM
2 64 (4.46%) Ansible
3 45 (3.13%) Terraform
4 42 (2.92%) FortiGate
5 41 (2.86%) Microsoft Intune
6 34 (2.37%) Kubernetes
7 29 (2.02%) Puppet
8 22 (1.53%) Nagios
9 19 (1.32%) WSUS
10 18 (1.25%) Cisco CUCM
11 16 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
11 16 (1.11%) SCOM
12 15 (1.04%) Cisco Prime
13 13 (0.91%) Microsoft Clustering
14 12 (0.84%) NetBackup
15 11 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
16 10 (0.70%) ITRS Geneos
17 9 (0.63%) Nessus
18 8 (0.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
18 8 (0.56%) WMI
Vendors
1 709 (49.37%) Cisco
2 516 (35.93%) Microsoft
3 420 (29.25%) VMware
4 167 (11.63%) Juniper
5 163 (11.35%) Palo Alto
6 121 (8.43%) Fortinet
7 117 (8.15%) CheckPoint
8 110 (7.66%) Citrix
9 99 (6.89%) Meraki
10 93 (6.48%) F5
11 79 (5.50%) SolarWinds
12 75 (5.22%) Veeam
13 67 (4.67%) HP
14 60 (4.18%) Aruba
15 48 (3.34%) Dell
16 47 (3.27%) Avaya
17 39 (2.72%) SonicWALL
18 36 (2.51%) Red Hat
19 32 (2.23%) Sophos
20 31 (2.16%) Symantec