Period
to 10 May 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 10 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
North West > Manchester
6 months to
10 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 138 119 117
Rank change year-on-year -19 -2 +3
Permanent jobs citing WAN 61 99 168
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in Manchester 1.62% 2.27% 2.71%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.73% 16.53% 14.55%
Number of salaries quoted 54 78 148
10th Percentile £22,500 £25,525 £22,350
25th Percentile £41,250 £31,656 £31,438
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £46,750 £43,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.74% +8.72% +14.67%
75th Percentile £62,500 £57,875 £53,750
90th Percentile £72,625 £62,875 £65,750
North West median annual salary £46,000 £41,500 £43,000
% change year-on-year +10.84% -3.49% +7.50%

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 414 599 1,155
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Manchester 10.97% 13.76% 18.66%
Number of salaries quoted 319 471 830
10th Percentile £29,750 £26,000 £22,750
25th Percentile £40,000 £32,500 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £49,482 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -9.06% +9.96% +12.50%
75th Percentile £62,500 £61,250 £60,000
90th Percentile £70,000 £69,366 £67,500
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 10 May 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 10 May 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
Stockport +23 8 £23,000 -25.20%
Bolton - 5 £42,000 -
Wigan - 3 £50,000 -
Altrincham -9 1 - -
WAN
North West

For the 6 months to 10 May 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 49 (80.33%) LAN
2 36 (59.02%) Cisco
3 33 (54.10%) Active Directory
3 33 (54.10%) Firewall
4 31 (50.82%) Windows
5 23 (37.70%) VMware
5 23 (37.70%) Azure
5 23 (37.70%) Microsoft 365
6 20 (32.79%) Windows Server
6 20 (32.79%) DNS
7 17 (27.87%) Microsoft
7 17 (27.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 17 (27.87%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (26.23%) VMware Infrastructure
9 15 (24.59%) Data Centre
10 14 (22.95%) VPN
11 13 (21.31%) Fortinet
11 13 (21.31%) SD-WAN
12 12 (19.67%) Social Skills
13 11 (18.03%) ITIL
13 11 (18.03%) AWS
14 10 (16.39%) Network Security
14 10 (16.39%) Windows 10
14 10 (16.39%) Cisco Certification
14 10 (16.39%) SAN
14 10 (16.39%) MS Exchange
14 10 (16.39%) Wireless
15 9 (14.75%) Disaster Recovery
15 9 (14.75%) DHCP
15 9 (14.75%) MPLS

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 10 (16.39%) MS Exchange
2 8 (13.11%) SharePoint
3 2 (3.28%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (11.48%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 23 (37.70%) Azure
1 23 (37.70%) Microsoft 365
2 11 (18.03%) AWS
3 4 (6.56%) Power Platform
4 3 (4.92%) IaaS
4 3 (4.92%) Route 53
4 3 (4.92%) SaaS
5 1 (1.64%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.64%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.64%) Mimecast
5 1 (1.64%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.64%) PaaS
5 1 (1.64%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 49 (80.33%) LAN
2 33 (54.10%) Firewall
3 20 (32.79%) DNS
4 14 (22.95%) VPN
5 13 (21.31%) SD-WAN
6 10 (16.39%) Network Security
6 10 (16.39%) SAN
6 10 (16.39%) Wireless
7 9 (14.75%) DHCP
7 9 (14.75%) MPLS
8 8 (13.11%) NAS
9 7 (11.48%) Cisco Firepower
9 7 (11.48%) Cisco IOS
9 7 (11.48%) VLAN
9 7 (11.48%) WLAN
10 6 (9.84%) BGP
10 6 (9.84%) Cisco ASA
10 6 (9.84%) FTP
10 6 (9.84%) IPsec
10 6 (9.84%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.56%) Power BI
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server
General
1 12 (19.67%) Social Skills
2 6 (9.84%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (9.84%) Electronics
3 5 (8.20%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.64%) Automotive
4 1 (1.64%) Back Office
4 1 (1.64%) Finance
4 1 (1.64%) Influencing Skills
4 1 (1.64%) Law
4 1 (1.64%) Local Government
4 1 (1.64%) Presentation Skills
4 1 (1.64%) Public Sector
4 1 (1.64%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (22.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (18.03%) Network Engineer
3 10 (16.39%) Systems Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) IT Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) Security Engineer
4 7 (11.48%) Support Technician
5 6 (9.84%) Analyst
5 6 (9.84%) Network Security Engineer
6 5 (8.20%) Architect
6 5 (8.20%) Azure Engineer
6 5 (8.20%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (8.20%) Network Architect
7 4 (6.56%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (6.56%) 2nd Line Support Technician
7 4 (6.56%) IT Support
7 4 (6.56%) Senior Network Engineer
7 4 (6.56%) Senior Network Security Engineer
7 4 (6.56%) Senior Security Engineer
8 3 (4.92%) IT Support Technician
8 3 (4.92%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.20%) JSON
2 3 (4.92%) LDAP
3 1 (1.64%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.64%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 15 (24.59%) Data Centre
2 6 (9.84%) Public Cloud
3 3 (4.92%) Clustering
3 3 (4.92%) PKI
4 2 (3.28%) Replication
4 2 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.64%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (1.64%) Fat Client
5 1 (1.64%) Life Science
5 1 (1.64%) NHS
5 1 (1.64%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.64%) Renewable Energy
5 1 (1.64%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (1.64%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 31 (50.82%) Windows
2 20 (32.79%) Windows Server
3 17 (27.87%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (16.39%) Windows 10
5 8 (13.11%) Linux
6 5 (8.20%) Windows Server 2019
7 3 (4.92%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (1.64%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.64%) Windows 7
8 1 (1.64%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (27.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 11 (18.03%) ITIL
3 9 (14.75%) Disaster Recovery
4 8 (13.11%) Cybersecurity
4 8 (13.11%) Network Design
4 8 (13.11%) Project Management
5 6 (9.84%) Analytical Thinking
5 6 (9.84%) Capacity Planning
5 6 (9.84%) Change Management
5 6 (9.84%) Computer Science
5 6 (9.84%) CRM
5 6 (9.84%) Server Virtualisation
5 6 (9.84%) Storage Management
6 5 (8.20%) Problem Management
7 4 (6.56%) Load Balancing
7 4 (6.56%) Migration
7 4 (6.56%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (6.56%) WAN Optimisation
8 3 (4.92%) Information Security
8 3 (4.92%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 9 (14.75%) PowerShell
2 6 (9.84%) Python
3 3 (4.92%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.28%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (16.39%) Cisco Certification
2 7 (11.48%) CCNA
2 7 (11.48%) MCSE
2 7 (11.48%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (9.84%) CCNP
3 6 (9.84%) ITIL Certification
3 6 (9.84%) MCITP
3 6 (9.84%) MCSA
4 5 (8.20%) SC Cleared
4 5 (8.20%) Security Cleared
5 3 (4.92%) DBS Check
6 2 (3.28%) CEH
6 2 (3.28%) Degree
6 2 (3.28%) JNCIP
7 1 (1.64%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (1.64%) CISM
7 1 (1.64%) CISMP
7 1 (1.64%) CISSP
7 1 (1.64%) MBCS
7 1 (1.64%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.84%) SLA
2 2 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (3.28%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.64%) NCSC
3 1 (1.64%) NIST
3 1 (1.64%) PMO
System Software
1 33 (54.10%) Active Directory
2 16 (26.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (13.11%) Virtual Servers
4 5 (8.20%) VMware NSX
5 4 (6.56%) Hyper-V
5 4 (6.56%) vSphere
6 3 (4.92%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (13.11%) SCCM
2 7 (11.48%) FortiGate
3 6 (9.84%) Terraform
3 6 (9.84%) WSUS
4 5 (8.20%) Ansible
5 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (4.92%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.64%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (1.64%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (1.64%) Puppet
Vendors
1 36 (59.02%) Cisco
2 23 (37.70%) VMware
3 17 (27.87%) Microsoft
4 13 (21.31%) Fortinet
5 7 (11.48%) Palo Alto
5 7 (11.48%) SolarWinds
6 6 (9.84%) CheckPoint
6 6 (9.84%) Sophos
6 6 (9.84%) ZyXEL
7 5 (8.20%) CA
8 4 (6.56%) Apple
8 4 (6.56%) Citrix
8 4 (6.56%) Dell
8 4 (6.56%) F5
8 4 (6.56%) Meraki
9 3 (4.92%) HP
9 3 (4.92%) Salesforce.com
10 2 (3.28%) Aruba
10 2 (3.28%) Juniper
10 2 (3.28%) WatchGuard