Period
to 19 October 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 19 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK > England
6 months to
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 210 131 95
Rank change year-on-year -79 -36 +55
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,841 1,127 4,031
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in England 1.67% 2.53% 3.20%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.75% 16.50% 20.42%
Number of salaries quoted 1,616 953 3,055
10th Percentile £27,750 £29,000 £25,000
25th Percentile £32,500 £36,250 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £50,000 £43,500
Median % change year-on-year -10.00% +14.94% -3.33%
75th Percentile £61,659 £62,500 £58,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £73,750
UK median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £42,750
% change year-on-year -5.26% +11.11% -5.00%

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 14,442 6,832 19,745
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 13.09% 15.35% 15.68%
Number of salaries quoted 9,983 5,621 15,561
10th Percentile £27,500 £30,000 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,000 £46,809
Median % change year-on-year -3.85% +11.09% -1.45%
75th Percentile £68,750 £68,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
% change year-on-year - +8.70% -3.16%

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -110 551 £55,000 -8.33% 100
South East -41 370 £45,000 -10.00% 97
North of England -62 352 £42,500 +3.66% 130
Midlands -46 268 £45,000 +5.88% 59
North West -41 209 £41,500 -7.78% 64
South West -49 158 £40,000 +14.29% 44
West Midlands -82 142 £45,000 +2.27% 37
East of England -49 133 £42,500 -12.82% 40
East Midlands -6 121 £45,000 +12.50% 22
Yorkshire -83 119 £45,000 +12.50% 48
North East -27 24 £34,000 -9.33% 18
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 1,474 (80.07%) LAN
2 950 (51.60%) Firewall
3 827 (44.92%) Microsoft
4 795 (43.18%) Cisco
5 769 (41.77%) Windows
6 694 (37.70%) Active Directory
7 658 (35.74%) Microsoft 365
8 610 (33.13%) Azure
9 568 (30.85%) Social Skills
10 500 (27.16%) VMware
11 459 (24.93%) VPN
12 456 (24.77%) Windows Server
13 416 (22.60%) TCP/IP
14 404 (21.94%) Cisco Certification
15 397 (21.56%) DNS
16 373 (20.26%) ITIL
17 343 (18.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 327 (17.76%) Data Centre
19 326 (17.71%) DHCP
20 314 (17.06%) VMware Infrastructure
21 300 (16.30%) Wi-Fi
22 290 (15.75%) CCNP
23 278 (15.10%) Wireless
24 271 (14.72%) Hyper-V
25 267 (14.50%) MPLS
26 261 (14.18%) Windows 10
27 259 (14.07%) Microsoft Office
28 256 (13.91%) SD-WAN
29 237 (12.87%) AWS
30 233 (12.66%) CCNA

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
1 184 (9.99%) MS Exchange
2 141 (7.66%) SharePoint
3 62 (3.37%) IIS
4 41 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2013
5 34 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
6 21 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2007
7 14 (0.76%) Skype for Business
8 10 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 9 (0.49%) Confluence
9 9 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
10 6 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.27%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.22%) SAS
13 3 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
14 2 (0.11%) WebSphere
15 1 (0.054%) Apache
15 1 (0.054%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 259 (14.07%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (1.25%) MS Visio
3 19 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 15 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.054%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.054%) Weka
Business Applications
1 19 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.54%) Dynamics NAV
2 10 (0.54%) Sentinel
3 4 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.16%) Exchequer
5 2 (0.11%) Magento
5 2 (0.11%) Sage 300 ERP
5 2 (0.11%) Sage CRM
6 1 (0.054%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 658 (35.74%) Microsoft 365
2 610 (33.13%) Azure
3 237 (12.87%) AWS
4 114 (6.19%) IaaS
5 91 (4.94%) PaaS
6 89 (4.83%) SaaS
7 76 (4.13%) Azure Active Directory
8 35 (1.90%) OneDrive
9 28 (1.52%) GCP
9 28 (1.52%) Power Platform
10 27 (1.47%) Mimecast
11 25 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
12 20 (1.09%) Azure Storage
13 14 (0.76%) AWS CodeCommit
13 14 (0.76%) AWS CodePipeline
13 14 (0.76%) Cloudflare
13 14 (0.76%) OpenShift
14 11 (0.60%) Amazon EKS
14 11 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
15 10 (0.54%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 1,474 (80.07%) LAN
2 950 (51.60%) Firewall
3 459 (24.93%) VPN
4 416 (22.60%) TCP/IP
5 397 (21.56%) DNS
6 326 (17.71%) DHCP
7 300 (16.30%) Wi-Fi
8 278 (15.10%) Wireless
9 267 (14.50%) MPLS
10 256 (13.91%) SD-WAN
11 232 (12.60%) Network Security
12 227 (12.33%) VLAN
13 198 (10.76%) BGP
14 166 (9.02%) VoIP
15 164 (8.91%) OSPF
16 151 (8.20%) SAN
17 132 (7.17%) Internet
18 108 (5.87%) WLAN
19 92 (5.00%) Cisco ASA
20 88 (4.78%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 29 (1.58%) MySQL
3 16 (0.87%) PostgreSQL
4 10 (0.54%) Big Data
4 10 (0.54%) MongoDB
4 10 (0.54%) NoSQL
5 9 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
6 8 (0.43%) Crystal Reports
6 8 (0.43%) DB2
6 8 (0.43%) OLAP
6 8 (0.43%) OLTP
7 7 (0.38%) SQL Server 2019
8 6 (0.33%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.33%) Data Lake
9 5 (0.27%) MariaDB
9 5 (0.27%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.27%) Power BI
9 5 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.22%) Tableau
11 3 (0.16%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 33 (1.79%) JIRA
2 26 (1.41%) Git (software)
3 24 (1.30%) Jenkins
4 14 (0.76%) Bitbucket
5 13 (0.71%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 11 (0.60%) GitLab
7 10 (0.54%) Vagrant
7 10 (0.54%) Visual Studio
8 7 (0.38%) Sonatype Nexus
9 4 (0.22%) eggPlant
10 2 (0.11%) LoadRunner
10 2 (0.11%) Zephyr
11 1 (0.054%) Burp Suite
11 1 (0.054%) Metasploit
11 1 (0.054%) MSI
11 1 (0.054%) sqlmap
General
1 568 (30.85%) Social Skills
2 185 (10.05%) Telecoms
3 169 (9.18%) Finance
4 135 (7.33%) Analytical Skills
5 92 (5.00%) Banking
6 85 (4.62%) Manufacturing
7 60 (3.26%) Organisational Skills
8 53 (2.88%) Law
9 51 (2.77%) Public Sector
10 44 (2.39%) Legal
11 37 (2.01%) Retail
12 29 (1.58%) Documentation Skills
13 23 (1.25%) French Language
14 22 (1.20%) Local Government
15 20 (1.09%) Presentation Skills
16 19 (1.03%) German Language
16 19 (1.03%) Marketing
17 16 (0.87%) Influencing Skills
18 15 (0.81%) Aerospace
19 14 (0.76%) Inclusion and Diversity
Job Titles
1 412 (22.38%) Network Engineer
2 233 (12.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 192 (10.43%) Analyst
4 173 (9.40%) Support Engineer
5 137 (7.44%) Architect
5 137 (7.44%) IT Engineer
6 133 (7.22%) IT Support
7 109 (5.92%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 98 (5.32%) Senior Network Engineer
9 85 (4.62%) 2nd Line Support
9 85 (4.62%) Support Analyst
10 78 (4.24%) IT Manager
11 65 (3.53%) 3rd Line Support
12 60 (3.26%) Administrator
13 58 (3.15%) Consultant
14 56 (3.04%) Infrastructure Manager
14 56 (3.04%) IT Support Engineer
14 56 (3.04%) Security Engineer
15 55 (2.99%) Cisco Engineer
16 54 (2.93%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (1.36%) LDAP
2 17 (0.92%) .NET
3 16 (0.87%) 802.1X
4 14 (0.76%) JSON
5 12 (0.65%) Web Services
6 10 (0.54%) .NET Core
6 10 (0.54%) AngularJS
6 10 (0.54%) ASP.NET
6 10 (0.54%) Django
6 10 (0.54%) Express
6 10 (0.54%) MEAN Stack
6 10 (0.54%) Node.js
6 10 (0.54%) Ruby on Rails
7 6 (0.33%) SAML
8 5 (0.27%) HTML
9 4 (0.22%) EDI
9 4 (0.22%) ISPF
9 4 (0.22%) OAuth
9 4 (0.22%) REST
10 3 (0.16%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 327 (17.76%) Data Centre
2 98 (5.32%) Management Information System
3 84 (4.56%) Self-Motivation
4 72 (3.91%) Driving Licence
5 68 (3.69%) Public Cloud
6 55 (2.99%) Video Conferencing
7 41 (2.23%) User Experience
8 31 (1.68%) PKI
9 26 (1.41%) Clustering
9 26 (1.41%) Private Cloud
10 24 (1.30%) Data Protection Act
10 24 (1.30%) iPad
10 24 (1.30%) iPhone
11 22 (1.20%) Blackberry
12 18 (0.98%) Fibre Optics
13 17 (0.92%) Fat Client
13 17 (0.92%) Thin Client
14 15 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
14 15 (0.81%) Virtual Team
15 14 (0.76%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 769 (41.77%) Windows
2 456 (24.77%) Windows Server
3 261 (14.18%) Windows 10
4 221 (12.00%) Linux
5 199 (10.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 172 (9.34%) Windows Server 2016
7 133 (7.22%) Windows Server 2019
8 107 (5.81%) Windows Server 2008
9 85 (4.62%) Windows 7
10 59 (3.20%) Android
11 47 (2.55%) Windows 8
12 43 (2.34%) Windows Server 2003
13 41 (2.23%) Mac OS X
14 33 (1.79%) Unix
15 26 (1.41%) Apple iOS
16 20 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 13 (0.71%) Debian
17 13 (0.71%) Mac OS
18 10 (0.54%) Ubuntu
19 6 (0.33%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 373 (20.26%) ITIL
2 343 (18.63%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 210 (11.41%) Problem-Solving
4 197 (10.70%) Project Management
5 173 (9.40%) Disaster Recovery
6 141 (7.66%) Service Delivery
7 120 (6.52%) Project Delivery
8 118 (6.41%) Cybersecurity
9 115 (6.25%) Mentoring
10 113 (6.14%) Migration
11 100 (5.43%) Change Management
12 95 (5.16%) Presales
12 95 (5.16%) PRINCE2
13 94 (5.11%) Agile Software Development
14 91 (4.94%) DevOps
15 84 (4.56%) Incident Management
15 84 (4.56%) Stakeholder Management
16 82 (4.45%) Continuous Improvement
17 81 (4.40%) Network Design
18 80 (4.35%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 194 (10.54%) PowerShell
2 117 (6.36%) SQL
3 73 (3.97%) Python
4 26 (1.41%) C
5 25 (1.36%) Bash Shell
6 19 (1.03%) Perl
7 17 (0.92%) PHP
8 15 (0.81%) C#
8 15 (0.81%) VB.NET
9 13 (0.71%) C++
10 12 (0.65%) Java
10 12 (0.65%) JavaScript
10 12 (0.65%) Shell Script
11 10 (0.54%) Ruby
11 10 (0.54%) VB
12 8 (0.43%) Go
13 7 (0.38%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 404 (21.94%) Cisco Certification
2 290 (15.75%) CCNP
3 233 (12.66%) CCNA
4 160 (8.69%) Degree
5 145 (7.88%) Microsoft Certification
6 92 (5.00%) MCSE
7 81 (4.40%) Security Cleared
8 73 (3.97%) MCSA
9 72 (3.91%) CCIE
10 55 (2.99%) SC Cleared
11 51 (2.77%) CISSP
12 50 (2.72%) Computer Science Degree
13 44 (2.39%) JNCIA
14 40 (2.17%) CCDP
15 36 (1.96%) MCP
16 33 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
17 28 (1.52%) CISM
17 28 (1.52%) JNCIS
18 24 (1.30%) MCITP
19 21 (1.14%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (7.44%) SLA
2 51 (2.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 37 (2.01%) GDPR
4 23 (1.25%) PMO
5 17 (0.92%) NIST
6 16 (0.87%) PCI DSS
7 15 (0.81%) Cyber Essentials
8 12 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 8 (0.43%) NCSC
9 8 (0.43%) QA
10 6 (0.33%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 6 (0.33%) ISO 9001
11 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
12 4 (0.22%) GLBA
13 3 (0.16%) HIPAA
13 3 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
15 1 (0.054%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 1 (0.054%) IEC 61508
15 1 (0.054%) JSP 440
System Software
1 694 (37.70%) Active Directory
2 314 (17.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 271 (14.72%) Hyper-V
4 76 (4.13%) VMware ESXi
5 68 (3.69%) XenApp
6 66 (3.59%) vSphere
7 33 (1.79%) Docker
8 31 (1.68%) XenDesktop
9 26 (1.41%) Terminal Server
10 22 (1.20%) Virtual Machines
10 22 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.03%) Virtual Desktop
12 17 (0.92%) VMware NSX
12 17 (0.92%) VMware Workstation
13 10 (0.54%) BitLocker
14 9 (0.49%) Firmware
14 9 (0.49%) VMware Server
15 6 (0.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 5 (0.27%) DFS Replication
16 5 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 126 (6.84%) SCCM
2 105 (5.70%) Microsoft Intune
3 62 (3.37%) Terraform
4 58 (3.15%) Ansible
5 48 (2.61%) Single Sign-On
6 44 (2.39%) WSUS
7 37 (2.01%) FortiGate
8 35 (1.90%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 26 (1.41%) Kubernetes
10 25 (1.36%) vCenter Server
11 24 (1.30%) Cisco CUCM
11 24 (1.30%) Nagios
12 20 (1.09%) Puppet
13 17 (0.92%) NetBackup
14 14 (0.76%) SolarWinds Orion
15 13 (0.71%) Icinga
15 13 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
16 12 (0.65%) Cisco Prime
17 11 (0.60%) SCOM
18 10 (0.54%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 827 (44.92%) Microsoft
2 795 (43.18%) Cisco
3 500 (27.16%) VMware
4 207 (11.24%) Citrix
5 184 (9.99%) Palo Alto
6 169 (9.18%) Juniper
7 162 (8.80%) Meraki
8 120 (6.52%) CheckPoint
9 116 (6.30%) SolarWinds
10 105 (5.70%) Veeam
11 102 (5.54%) HP
12 87 (4.73%) Aruba
13 80 (4.35%) F5
14 78 (4.24%) Fortinet
15 76 (4.13%) Dell
16 67 (3.64%) Apple
17 39 (2.12%) Oracle
17 39 (2.12%) SonicWALL
18 36 (1.96%) Sophos
19 35 (1.90%) Mitel