Period
to 27 February 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North of 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 27 February 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
England > North of England
6 months to
27 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 92 117 95
Rank change year-on-year +25 -22 +20
Permanent jobs citing WAN 331 399 603
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North of England 3.06% 2.53% 3.18%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 20.64% 18.57% 18.79%
Number of salaries quoted 337 323 605
Median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +12.50% -11.11% +20.00%
10th Percentile £26,250 £22,850 £22,200
90th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £72,500
England median annual salary £49,601 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year +10.22% -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 North of England with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North of England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 1,604 2,149 3,209
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North of England 14.84% 13.62% 16.92%
Number of salaries quoted 1,250 1,766 2,664
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +10.53%
10th Percentile £25,725 £23,500 £22,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £65,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North of England

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the North of England

WAN
Salary Trend in the North of England

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

Salary trend for WAN in the North of England

WAN
Salary Histogram in the North of England

Salary distribution for jobs citing WAN in the North of England over the 6 months to 27 February 2021.

Salary histogram for WAN in the North of England

WAN
Job Locations in the North of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the North of England region over the 6 months to 27 February 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
North West +43 182 £45,000 +15.38% 39
Yorkshire -4 113 £42,500 -1.16% 29
North East +14 36 £36,000 +7.46% 13
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 North of England region with a requirement for WAN.

1 279 (84.29%) LAN
2 201 (60.73%) Cisco
3 190 (57.40%) Firewall
4 153 (46.22%) Windows
5 129 (38.97%) Active Directory
6 106 (32.02%) Cisco Certification
7 104 (31.42%) VMware
8 101 (30.51%) Microsoft 365
9 96 (29.00%) Microsoft
10 85 (25.68%) VPN
10 85 (25.68%) Azure
11 79 (23.87%) Windows Server
12 77 (23.26%) VMware Infrastructure
13 75 (22.66%) DNS
13 75 (22.66%) TCP/IP
14 74 (22.36%) CCNP
15 71 (21.45%) Cisco ASA
16 70 (21.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 68 (20.54%) MPLS
18 62 (18.73%) Wireless
19 57 (17.22%) CCNA
20 55 (16.62%) VLAN
21 54 (16.31%) Linux
22 52 (15.71%) AWS
23 50 (15.11%) Network Security
23 50 (15.11%) Wi-Fi
24 49 (14.80%) DHCP
24 49 (14.80%) Hyper-V
25 48 (14.50%) ITIL
26 47 (14.20%) Fortinet

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North of 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 31 (9.37%) MS Exchange
2 23 (6.95%) SharePoint
3 17 (5.14%) IIS
4 13 (3.93%) Apache
5 10 (3.02%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (1.51%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.60%) DNN
7 2 (0.60%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.60%) IBM Domino
7 2 (0.60%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.30%) Confluence
Applications
1 28 (8.46%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.91%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.30%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 1 (0.30%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 101 (30.51%) Microsoft 365
2 85 (25.68%) Azure
3 52 (15.71%) AWS
4 16 (4.83%) SaaS
5 14 (4.23%) Mimecast
6 11 (3.32%) Azure Active Directory
6 11 (3.32%) OneDrive
7 10 (3.02%) IaaS
8 6 (1.81%) AWS IoT
9 4 (1.21%) PaaS
9 4 (1.21%) Power Platform
10 2 (0.60%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.60%) Cloudflare
10 2 (0.60%) GitHub
11 1 (0.30%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 1 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.30%) G Suite
11 1 (0.30%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 279 (84.29%) LAN
2 190 (57.40%) Firewall
3 85 (25.68%) VPN
4 75 (22.66%) DNS
4 75 (22.66%) TCP/IP
5 71 (21.45%) Cisco ASA
6 68 (20.54%) MPLS
7 62 (18.73%) Wireless
8 55 (16.62%) VLAN
9 50 (15.11%) Network Security
9 50 (15.11%) Wi-Fi
10 49 (14.80%) DHCP
11 42 (12.69%) BGP
12 41 (12.39%) SAN
13 36 (10.88%) OSPF
14 32 (9.67%) VoIP
15 27 (8.16%) WLAN
16 26 (7.85%) Cisco Nexus
17 22 (6.65%) EIGRP
18 16 (4.83%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (4.83%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.21%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (0.91%) Oracle Database
3 3 (0.91%) Power BI
4 2 (0.60%) MySQL
4 2 (0.60%) Redis
5 1 (0.30%) Big Data
5 1 (0.30%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.30%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.30%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.30%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.30%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (1.21%) JIRA
2 1 (0.30%) Bitbucket
General
1 23 (6.95%) Telecoms
2 17 (5.14%) Finance
3 15 (4.53%) Law
4 8 (2.42%) Electronics
5 7 (2.11%) Public Sector
6 5 (1.51%) Local Government
6 5 (1.51%) Marketing
7 4 (1.21%) Manufacturing
8 3 (0.91%) Back Office
8 3 (0.91%) Retail
9 2 (0.60%) Legal
9 2 (0.60%) Publishing
10 1 (0.30%) Advertising
10 1 (0.30%) Banking
10 1 (0.30%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.30%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 117 (35.35%) Network Engineer
2 59 (17.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 46 (13.90%) Senior Network Engineer
4 45 (13.60%) IT Engineer
5 39 (11.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 33 (9.97%) Analyst
7 32 (9.67%) Cisco Engineer
8 29 (8.76%) Support Engineer
9 26 (7.85%) Security Engineer
10 25 (7.55%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 25 (7.55%) Network Security Engineer
11 22 (6.65%) Architect
12 20 (6.04%) IT Support
13 15 (4.53%) Support Analyst
13 15 (4.53%) WAN Engineer
14 14 (4.23%) 3rd Line Support
14 14 (4.23%) Systems Engineer
15 13 (3.93%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 13 (3.93%) LAN Engineer
15 13 (3.93%) LAN/WAN Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.02%) Web Services
2 3 (0.91%) 802.1X
2 3 (0.91%) JSON
2 3 (0.91%) Middleware
3 2 (0.60%) .NET
3 2 (0.60%) ActiveMQ
3 2 (0.60%) COM+
3 2 (0.60%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (0.60%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (0.60%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 45 (13.60%) Data Centre
2 18 (5.44%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (5.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 12 (3.63%) Public Cloud
3 12 (3.63%) Replication
4 10 (3.02%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (2.72%) FMCG
6 7 (2.11%) Clustering
6 7 (2.11%) Smartphone
7 6 (1.81%) Augmented Reality
8 5 (1.51%) User Experience
9 4 (1.21%) Driving Licence
9 4 (1.21%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.21%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.21%) NHS
9 4 (1.21%) Thin Client
10 2 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
11 1 (0.30%) AS400
11 1 (0.30%) PlayStation
11 1 (0.30%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 153 (46.22%) Windows
2 79 (23.87%) Windows Server
3 54 (16.31%) Linux
4 31 (9.37%) Windows 10
5 26 (7.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (5.44%) Windows 7
6 18 (5.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 14 (4.23%) Windows Server 2016
8 13 (3.93%) Windows Server 2019
9 8 (2.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.30%) Android
10 1 (0.30%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.30%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (21.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 48 (14.50%) ITIL
3 37 (11.18%) Disaster Recovery
4 22 (6.65%) Problem-Solving
4 22 (6.65%) Project Management
5 21 (6.34%) Digital Transformation Programme
6 18 (5.44%) Configuration Management
6 18 (5.44%) Migration
7 17 (5.14%) Cybersecurity
8 15 (4.53%) Network Design
9 14 (4.23%) Change Management
10 13 (3.93%) Kalman Filter
10 13 (3.93%) Web Filtering
11 12 (3.63%) E-Commerce
11 12 (3.63%) High Availability
11 12 (3.63%) Multi-Factor Authentication
11 12 (3.63%) Network Architecture
12 11 (3.32%) Business Continuity
12 11 (3.32%) Computer Science
12 11 (3.32%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 32 (9.67%) SQL
2 22 (6.65%) PowerShell
3 12 (3.63%) Python
4 4 (1.21%) Tcl
5 3 (0.91%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.30%) C
6 1 (0.30%) Perl
Qualifications
1 106 (32.02%) Cisco Certification
2 74 (22.36%) CCNP
3 57 (17.22%) CCNA
4 18 (5.44%) CCIE
4 18 (5.44%) Microsoft Certification
5 16 (4.83%) JNCIP
5 16 (4.83%) MCSE
6 15 (4.53%) DBS Check
6 15 (4.53%) ITIL Certification
7 14 (4.23%) Security Cleared
8 13 (3.93%) Degree
9 12 (3.63%) MCSA
10 9 (2.72%) SC Cleared
11 8 (2.42%) MCITP
12 7 (2.11%) CCSA
13 3 (0.91%) CCDE
13 3 (0.91%) MCP
13 3 (0.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 2 (0.60%) CEH
14 2 (0.60%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.04%) SLA
2 17 (5.14%) PCI DSS
3 13 (3.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.51%) PMO
5 4 (1.21%) GDPR
6 1 (0.30%) NCSC
System Software
1 129 (38.97%) Active Directory
2 77 (23.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (14.80%) Hyper-V
4 16 (4.83%) vSphere
5 15 (4.53%) Virtual Servers
6 8 (2.42%) XenDesktop
7 7 (2.11%) XenApp
8 3 (0.91%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (0.91%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.60%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 2 (0.60%) pfSense
9 2 (0.60%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.30%) Docker
10 1 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.30%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 30 (9.06%) SCCM
2 25 (7.55%) FortiGate
3 14 (4.23%) Microsoft Intune
4 12 (3.63%) WSUS
5 8 (2.42%) NetBackup
5 8 (2.42%) Norton AntiVirus
5 8 (2.42%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 8 (2.42%) Terraform
6 5 (1.51%) Ansible
7 4 (1.21%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.21%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (1.21%) Puppet
8 3 (0.91%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (0.91%) Cisco UCCX
8 3 (0.91%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.60%) Nagios
9 2 (0.60%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.60%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.60%) vRealize
9 2 (0.60%) WMI
Vendors
1 201 (60.73%) Cisco
2 104 (31.42%) VMware
3 96 (29.00%) Microsoft
4 47 (14.20%) Fortinet
5 42 (12.69%) Juniper
6 38 (11.48%) CheckPoint
6 38 (11.48%) HP
7 30 (9.06%) Veeam
8 29 (8.76%) F5
8 29 (8.76%) Palo Alto
9 24 (7.25%) Citrix
10 21 (6.34%) Meraki
10 21 (6.34%) SonicWALL
11 16 (4.83%) Aruba
11 16 (4.83%) Dell
12 12 (3.63%) Mitel
12 12 (3.63%) Sophos
13 11 (3.32%) Avaya
13 11 (3.32%) Google
13 11 (3.32%) NetApp