Period
to 19 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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)
North West > Manchester
6 months to
19 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 164 91 114
Rank change year-on-year -73 +23 +22
Permanent jobs citing WAN 83 70 171
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in Manchester 1.49% 2.70% 2.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.35% 19.72% 17.65%
Number of salaries quoted 74 63 140
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,600 £23,250
25th Percentile £31,250 £36,896 £28,946
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £52,500 £43,000
Median % change year-on-year -19.05% +22.09% +10.26%
75th Percentile £56,875 £62,500 £60,000
90th Percentile £67,500 " £76,375
North West median annual salary £41,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -7.78% +5.88% +6.25%

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 Manchester with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Manchester
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 672 355 969
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Manchester 12.06% 13.69% 14.99%
Number of salaries quoted 469 313 763
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,400 £23,500
25th Percentile £38,947 £36,896 £31,188
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £52,500 £44,721
Median % change year-on-year -4.76% +17.39% +4.00%
75th Percentile £61,250 £62,500 £58,750
90th Percentile £74,000 £70,000 £70,082
North West median annual salary £45,000 £46,932 £42,500
% change year-on-year -4.12% +10.43% -

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in Manchester

WAN
Salary Trend in Manchester

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

Salary trend for WAN in Manchester

WAN
Salary Histogram in Manchester

Salary distribution for jobs citing WAN in Manchester over the 6 months to 19 October 2021.

Salary histogram for WAN in Manchester

WAN
Job Locations in Manchester

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the Manchester 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
Salford -5 5 £40,000 +5.66% 2
Altrincham - 5 £32,500 -
Cheadle - 3 - - 2
Stockport -2 2 £23,000 -4.17% 3
Bolton -12 1 £24,000 -57.71% 1
Bury - 1 £27,500 -
Oldham - 1 £45,000 - 1
WAN
North West

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 Manchester region with a requirement for WAN.

1 72 (86.75%) LAN
2 46 (55.42%) Microsoft
3 43 (51.81%) Firewall
3 43 (51.81%) Azure
4 38 (45.78%) Windows
5 36 (43.37%) Microsoft 365
6 35 (42.17%) Cisco
7 29 (34.94%) Windows Server
8 28 (33.73%) Active Directory
9 26 (31.33%) VMware
10 22 (26.51%) ITIL
11 21 (25.30%) VMware Infrastructure
11 21 (25.30%) Social Skills
12 20 (24.10%) AWS
13 19 (22.89%) Hyper-V
14 18 (21.69%) Network Security
14 18 (21.69%) Data Centre
15 17 (20.48%) VPN
16 16 (19.28%) DNS
16 16 (19.28%) MPLS
16 16 (19.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 15 (18.07%) Wireless
18 14 (16.87%) DHCP
19 13 (15.66%) MS Exchange
19 13 (15.66%) Citrix
19 13 (15.66%) IaaS
20 12 (14.46%) Windows Server 2012
20 12 (14.46%) Cisco Certification
20 12 (14.46%) Microsoft Office
21 11 (13.25%) CCNA

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 (15.66%) MS Exchange
2 7 (8.43%) SharePoint
3 3 (3.61%) Oracle Workflow
4 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (2.41%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 12 (14.46%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 43 (51.81%) Azure
2 36 (43.37%) Microsoft 365
3 20 (24.10%) AWS
4 13 (15.66%) IaaS
5 8 (9.64%) SaaS
6 3 (3.61%) PaaS
7 2 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (2.41%) Power Platform
7 2 (2.41%) Route 53
8 1 (1.20%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 72 (86.75%) LAN
2 43 (51.81%) Firewall
3 18 (21.69%) Network Security
4 17 (20.48%) VPN
5 16 (19.28%) DNS
5 16 (19.28%) MPLS
6 15 (18.07%) Wireless
7 14 (16.87%) DHCP
8 11 (13.25%) VLAN
9 9 (10.84%) SAN
9 9 (10.84%) SD-WAN
9 9 (10.84%) TCP/IP
10 6 (7.23%) Remote Desktop
10 6 (7.23%) VoIP
10 6 (7.23%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (6.02%) BGP
11 5 (6.02%) Cisco IOS
11 5 (6.02%) iSCSI
11 5 (6.02%) NAS
11 5 (6.02%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.82%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.61%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.61%) RDBMS
2 3 (3.61%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.20%) Power BI
4 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.20%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 1 (1.20%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 21 (25.30%) Social Skills
2 8 (9.64%) Telecoms
3 7 (8.43%) Finance
4 5 (6.02%) Law
5 4 (4.82%) Legal
5 4 (4.82%) Manufacturing
6 3 (3.61%) Banking
6 3 (3.61%) Public Sector
7 2 (2.41%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.41%) Local Government
7 2 (2.41%) Organisational Skills
7 2 (2.41%) Presentation Skills
7 2 (2.41%) Retail
8 1 (1.20%) Automotive
8 1 (1.20%) Marketing
8 1 (1.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 13 (15.66%) Support Engineer
2 11 (13.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (12.05%) Analyst
3 10 (12.05%) Network Engineer
4 7 (8.43%) IT Engineer
5 6 (7.23%) 3rd Line Support
5 6 (7.23%) Architect
5 6 (7.23%) Head of Infrastructure
5 6 (7.23%) IT Manager
5 6 (7.23%) IT Support
5 6 (7.23%) Project Manager
6 5 (6.02%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (6.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) WAN Engineer
7 4 (4.82%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 4 (4.82%) Consultant
7 4 (4.82%) IT Project Manager
7 4 (4.82%) Network Architect
7 4 (4.82%) Support Analyst
7 4 (4.82%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.61%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (21.69%) Data Centre
2 6 (7.23%) PKI
2 6 (7.23%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (4.82%) Clustering
3 4 (4.82%) Driving Licence
4 3 (3.61%) Smart Meter
5 2 (2.41%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.41%) NHS
5 2 (2.41%) Private Cloud
5 2 (2.41%) Social Media
6 1 (1.20%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.20%) Device Driver
6 1 (1.20%) Freedom of Information
6 1 (1.20%) Freedom of Information Act
6 1 (1.20%) IVR
6 1 (1.20%) Life Science
6 1 (1.20%) Machine to Machine
6 1 (1.20%) Renewable Energy
6 1 (1.20%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 38 (45.78%) Windows
2 29 (34.94%) Windows Server
3 12 (14.46%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (4.82%) Linux
4 4 (4.82%) Windows 10
5 3 (3.61%) AIX
6 2 (2.41%) Windows 2000 Server
6 2 (2.41%) Windows 7
6 2 (2.41%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (1.20%) Android
7 1 (1.20%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.20%) Mac OS
7 1 (1.20%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.20%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (26.51%) ITIL
2 16 (19.28%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 11 (13.25%) Migration
4 9 (10.84%) PRINCE2
4 9 (10.84%) Problem-Solving
4 9 (10.84%) Project Management
5 8 (9.64%) Stakeholder Management
6 7 (8.43%) Business Continuity
6 7 (8.43%) Disaster Recovery
7 6 (7.23%) Data Security
7 6 (7.23%) Infrastructure Management
7 6 (7.23%) Load Balancing
8 5 (6.02%) Network Architecture
8 5 (6.02%) Presales
8 5 (6.02%) Service Management
9 4 (4.82%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (4.82%) Cybersecurity
9 4 (4.82%) High Availability
9 4 (4.82%) ITSM
9 4 (4.82%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 10 (12.05%) PowerShell
2 3 (3.61%) Shell Script
2 3 (3.61%) SQL
3 1 (1.20%) C
3 1 (1.20%) C++
3 1 (1.20%) Python
Qualifications
1 12 (14.46%) Cisco Certification
2 11 (13.25%) CCNA
3 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Certification
4 4 (4.82%) MCSE
5 3 (3.61%) CCNP
5 3 (3.61%) Degree
5 3 (3.61%) SC Cleared
5 3 (3.61%) Security Cleared
6 2 (2.41%) CEH
6 2 (2.41%) CISSP
6 2 (2.41%) CompTIA Security+
6 2 (2.41%) PMI Certification
6 2 (2.41%) PMP
6 2 (2.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (2.41%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 1 (1.20%) AWS Certification
7 1 (1.20%) CCIE
7 1 (1.20%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.43%) SLA
2 1 (1.20%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.20%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
2 1 (1.20%) GDPR
2 1 (1.20%) PMO
2 1 (1.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 28 (33.73%) Active Directory
2 21 (25.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (22.89%) Hyper-V
4 7 (8.43%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (4.82%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (2.41%) DFS Replication
6 2 (2.41%) Docker
6 2 (2.41%) Firmware
6 2 (2.41%) vSphere
6 2 (2.41%) XenApp
7 1 (1.20%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 4 (4.82%) Active Directory Federation Services
2 3 (3.61%) SCCM
2 3 (3.61%) WSUS
3 1 (1.20%) Ansible
3 1 (1.20%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.20%) Jamf Pro
3 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.20%) vCenter Server
3 1 (1.20%) vRealize
Vendors
1 46 (55.42%) Microsoft
2 35 (42.17%) Cisco
3 26 (31.33%) VMware
4 13 (15.66%) Citrix
5 10 (12.05%) Sophos
6 8 (9.64%) HP
7 6 (7.23%) Veeam
8 5 (6.02%) F5
8 5 (6.02%) Meraki
9 4 (4.82%) Fortinet
9 4 (4.82%) McAfee
9 4 (4.82%) Oracle
10 3 (3.61%) CheckPoint
10 3 (3.61%) Dell
10 3 (3.61%) Google
10 3 (3.61%) IBM
10 3 (3.61%) Palo Alto
11 2 (2.41%) Ruckus Wireless
11 2 (2.41%) Salesforce.com
11 2 (2.41%) Spiceworks