Period
to 22 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 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 22 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
England > Midlands
6 months to
22 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 124 97 56
Rank change year-on-year -27 -41 +37
Permanent jobs citing WAN 258 163 466
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the Midlands 2.49% 2.94% 4.42%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.23% 18.15% 23.87%
Number of salaries quoted 223 139 376
10th Percentile £24,000 £29,338 £21,500
25th Percentile £32,500 £35,000 £29,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £42,500 £37,925
Median % change year-on-year - +12.06% -10.76%
75th Percentile £53,750 £53,750 £53,750
90th Percentile £62,500 £58,750 £58,750
England median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% -

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 the Midlands with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Midlands
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 1,590 898 1,952
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 15.34% 16.22% 18.53%
Number of salaries quoted 1,059 714 1,466
10th Percentile £25,500 £26,275 £23,500
25th Percentile £31,250 £33,250 £31,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
75th Percentile £55,000 £55,000 £53,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £70,000 £61,250
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% -

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Salary Trend in the Midlands

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

Salary trend for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Salary Histogram in the Midlands

Salary distribution for jobs citing WAN in the Midlands over the 6 months to 22 January 2022.

Salary histogram for WAN in the Midlands

WAN
Job Locations in the Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 January 2022. 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
Jobs
West Midlands -23 155 £42,500 - 47
East Midlands -37 92 £42,500 +6.25% 30
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2022, 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 Midlands region with a requirement for WAN.

1 212 (82.17%) LAN
2 123 (47.67%) Cisco
3 115 (44.57%) Windows
4 105 (40.70%) Microsoft
5 101 (39.15%) Firewall
6 100 (38.76%) Active Directory
7 93 (36.05%) Azure
8 90 (34.88%) Microsoft 365
9 88 (34.11%) Windows Server
10 77 (29.84%) VMware
11 67 (25.97%) Cisco Certification
12 65 (25.19%) VPN
13 61 (23.64%) Data Centre
14 59 (22.87%) Wi-Fi
15 54 (20.93%) DNS
16 53 (20.54%) VMware Infrastructure
17 52 (20.16%) Social Skills
18 51 (19.77%) ITIL
19 49 (18.99%) SD-WAN
20 48 (18.60%) TCP/IP
21 47 (18.22%) DHCP
21 47 (18.22%) Problem-Solving
22 45 (17.44%) SQL
23 44 (17.05%) Wireless
24 42 (16.28%) Windows 10
25 40 (15.50%) SCCM
25 40 (15.50%) SLA
26 39 (15.12%) CCNP
26 39 (15.12%) Telecoms
27 38 (14.73%) CCNA

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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 20 (7.75%) SharePoint
2 12 (4.65%) IIS
3 7 (2.71%) MS Exchange
4 6 (2.33%) Liferay
5 4 (1.55%) Apache
5 4 (1.55%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (1.55%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.16%) Elasticsearch
6 3 (1.16%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.16%) OpenStack
7 2 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 35 (13.57%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
2 1 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 93 (36.05%) Azure
2 90 (34.88%) Microsoft 365
3 24 (9.30%) AWS
4 21 (8.14%) Azure Active Directory
5 15 (5.81%) Power Platform
6 12 (4.65%) OneDrive
6 12 (4.65%) PaaS
7 11 (4.26%) IaaS
8 8 (3.10%) Dynamics 365
9 7 (2.71%) GCP
10 2 (0.78%) Azure App Service
10 2 (0.78%) Azure Storage
10 2 (0.78%) Google Workspace
10 2 (0.78%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.78%) SaaS
11 1 (0.39%) Azure Key Vault
11 1 (0.39%) Azure Monitor
11 1 (0.39%) Power Automate
11 1 (0.39%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 212 (82.17%) LAN
2 101 (39.15%) Firewall
3 65 (25.19%) VPN
4 59 (22.87%) Wi-Fi
5 54 (20.93%) DNS
6 49 (18.99%) SD-WAN
7 48 (18.60%) TCP/IP
8 47 (18.22%) DHCP
9 44 (17.05%) Wireless
10 31 (12.02%) VLAN
11 29 (11.24%) WLAN
12 28 (10.85%) Network Security
13 25 (9.69%) MPLS
14 24 (9.30%) OSPF
15 23 (8.91%) BGP
16 18 (6.98%) VoIP
17 17 (6.59%) IPsec
18 15 (5.81%) Cisco ASA
19 14 (5.43%) Cisco ISE
20 13 (5.04%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (9.69%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.33%) Power BI
2 6 (2.33%) SQL Server 2016
2 6 (2.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (1.94%) Data Lake
3 5 (1.94%) MySQL
4 3 (1.16%) NoSQL
4 3 (1.16%) OLAP
4 3 (1.16%) OLTP
4 3 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (0.78%) GIS
5 2 (0.78%) QGIS
6 1 (0.39%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.39%) DB2
6 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 9 (3.49%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.71%) Git (software)
3 6 (2.33%) Postman
4 4 (1.55%) Rational DOORS
5 3 (1.16%) JIRA
General
1 52 (20.16%) Social Skills
2 39 (15.12%) Telecoms
3 30 (11.63%) Manufacturing
4 24 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
5 20 (7.75%) Retail
6 15 (5.81%) Finance
7 14 (5.43%) Law
8 11 (4.26%) Presentation Skills
9 8 (3.10%) Legal
10 7 (2.71%) Aerospace
10 7 (2.71%) Automotive
10 7 (2.71%) Public Sector
11 6 (2.33%) Organisational Skills
12 5 (1.94%) Documentation Skills
13 4 (1.55%) Inclusion and Diversity
14 2 (0.78%) Back Office
15 1 (0.39%) Banking
Job Titles
1 57 (22.09%) Network Engineer
2 38 (14.73%) Analyst
3 23 (8.91%) IT Engineer
4 22 (8.53%) Support Engineer
5 20 (7.75%) IT Support
6 17 (6.59%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 17 (6.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 14 (5.43%) Support Analyst
7 14 (5.43%) WAN Engineer
8 13 (5.04%) Infrastructure Manager
8 13 (5.04%) Service Analyst
8 13 (5.04%) Service Desk Analyst
9 11 (4.26%) Architect
9 11 (4.26%) Cloud Engineer
9 11 (4.26%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 11 (4.26%) IT Analyst
9 11 (4.26%) IT Manager
9 11 (4.26%) Network Specialist
10 10 (3.88%) LAN Engineer
10 10 (3.88%) LAN/WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.88%) Web Services
2 9 (3.49%) JSON
2 9 (3.49%) RESTful
2 9 (3.49%) XML
3 6 (2.33%) CSS
3 6 (2.33%) HTML
3 6 (2.33%) SOAP
3 6 (2.33%) XSD
4 3 (1.16%) ActiveMQ
4 3 (1.16%) ARM Templates
4 3 (1.16%) EDI
4 3 (1.16%) Elastic Stack
4 3 (1.16%) gRPC
4 3 (1.16%) Kafka
4 3 (1.16%) LAPP Stack
4 3 (1.16%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 61 (23.64%) Data Centre
2 17 (6.59%) Self-Motivation
3 13 (5.04%) Driving Licence
4 10 (3.88%) Public Cloud
5 9 (3.49%) Clustering
5 9 (3.49%) Fat Client
5 9 (3.49%) Thin Client
6 8 (3.10%) Fibre Optics
7 5 (1.94%) Digital Signage
7 5 (1.94%) e-Learning
7 5 (1.94%) User Experience
8 4 (1.55%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.16%) Cloud Native
9 3 (1.16%) IPTV
9 3 (1.16%) Tandem
10 2 (0.78%) Data Protection Act
10 2 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
10 2 (0.78%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.78%) Smartphone
11 1 (0.39%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 115 (44.57%) Windows
2 88 (34.11%) Windows Server
3 42 (16.28%) Windows 10
4 30 (11.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (10.47%) Windows Server 2016
6 22 (8.53%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (8.14%) Windows 7
8 20 (7.75%) Windows Server 2019
9 19 (7.36%) Linux
10 6 (2.33%) Android
11 5 (1.94%) Unix
12 4 (1.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.55%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.78%) Apple iOS
13 2 (0.78%) Windows 2000 Server
13 2 (0.78%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.39%) AIX
14 1 (0.39%) CentOS
14 1 (0.39%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (19.77%) ITIL
2 47 (18.22%) Problem-Solving
3 28 (10.85%) Disaster Recovery
4 24 (9.30%) Change Management
5 20 (7.75%) Continuous Improvement
6 18 (6.98%) Mentoring
7 17 (6.59%) Agile Software Development
7 17 (6.59%) Coaching
8 16 (6.20%) DevOps
8 16 (6.20%) Project Delivery
9 15 (5.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 15 (5.81%) Presales
10 14 (5.43%) ITSM
10 14 (5.43%) Migration
10 14 (5.43%) Preventative Maintenance
11 13 (5.04%) Capacity Management
11 13 (5.04%) Storage Management
12 12 (4.65%) Security Patching
12 12 (4.65%) Service Management
12 12 (4.65%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 45 (17.44%) SQL
2 19 (7.36%) PowerShell
3 13 (5.04%) Python
4 6 (2.33%) Groovy
4 6 (2.33%) Java
4 6 (2.33%) JavaScript
4 6 (2.33%) T-SQL
5 5 (1.94%) C++
6 3 (1.16%) C
7 2 (0.78%) MATLAB
7 2 (0.78%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 67 (25.97%) Cisco Certification
2 39 (15.12%) CCNP
3 38 (14.73%) CCNA
4 20 (7.75%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (6.59%) Degree
6 15 (5.81%) CCDP
7 13 (5.04%) CCIE
8 12 (4.65%) A+ Certification
8 12 (4.65%) MCP
8 12 (4.65%) MCSE
9 11 (4.26%) CISSP
9 11 (4.26%) Security Cleared
10 10 (3.88%) CISM
10 10 (3.88%) MCSA
11 9 (3.49%) SC Cleared
12 7 (2.71%) CCIE Security
13 6 (2.33%) CWNA
14 4 (1.55%) MOS
15 3 (1.16%) JNCIA
15 3 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (15.50%) SLA
2 6 (2.33%) PMO
3 4 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.16%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.16%) QA
5 1 (0.39%) GDPR
System Software
1 100 (38.76%) Active Directory
2 53 (20.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (13.18%) Hyper-V
4 14 (5.43%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (4.65%) Docker
6 9 (3.49%) XenApp
7 8 (3.10%) BitLocker
8 4 (1.55%) VirtualBox
8 4 (1.55%) vSphere
9 2 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.39%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 40 (15.50%) SCCM
2 26 (10.08%) WSUS
3 13 (5.04%) FortiGate
3 13 (5.04%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (4.65%) Kubernetes
5 7 (2.71%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 6 (2.33%) Single Sign-On
6 6 (2.33%) Terraform
7 4 (1.55%) SCOM
7 4 (1.55%) Stealthwatch
8 3 (1.16%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.78%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.78%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (0.78%) Kustomize
10 1 (0.39%) Cisco CME
10 1 (0.39%) vRealize
10 1 (0.39%) VxRail
Vendors
1 123 (47.67%) Cisco
2 105 (40.70%) Microsoft
3 77 (29.84%) VMware
4 31 (12.02%) Meraki
5 25 (9.69%) HP
6 21 (8.14%) SolarWinds
7 18 (6.98%) Veeam
8 17 (6.59%) Juniper
9 15 (5.81%) Citrix
10 14 (5.43%) WatchGuard
11 13 (5.04%) Fortinet
12 12 (4.65%) Avaya
13 11 (4.26%) CheckPoint
13 11 (4.26%) Dell
13 11 (4.26%) Palo Alto
13 11 (4.26%) ProCurve
14 9 (3.49%) ServiceNow
15 7 (2.71%) Mitel
16 6 (2.33%) Apple
16 6 (2.33%) Forcepoint