Period
to 26 July 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 26 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
England > North of England
6 months to
26 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 141 83 40
Rank change year-on-year -58 -43 +91
Permanent jobs citing WAN 311 334 1,187
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North of England 2.19% 3.40% 6.07%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.41% 23.77% 29.96%
Number of salaries quoted 283 274 726
10th Percentile £26,050 £26,750 £24,500
25th Percentile £33,125 £32,750 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £40,500 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.94% -4.71% +10.39%
75th Percentile £55,000 £56,250 £50,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £62,500 £60,552
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% -4.26%

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 2,158 1,405 3,962
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North of England 15.23% 14.31% 20.26%
Number of salaries quoted 1,610 1,135 2,598
10th Percentile £25,000 £26,000 £22,000
25th Percentile £35,283 £32,500 £29,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year - +12.50% -
75th Percentile £58,750 £57,500 £52,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £65,750 £62,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
% change year-on-year - +8.70% -3.16%

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 26 July 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 26 July 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 -37 168 £45,000 +5.88% 66
Yorkshire -55 117 £42,500 +6.25% 40
North East -19 26 £35,000 - 10
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 26 July 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.

1 272 (87.46%) LAN
2 162 (52.09%) Cisco
3 158 (50.80%) Firewall
4 140 (45.02%) Microsoft
5 133 (42.77%) Windows
6 129 (41.48%) Active Directory
7 128 (41.16%) Microsoft 365
8 98 (31.51%) Azure
9 85 (27.33%) Windows Server
10 84 (27.01%) Cisco Certification
11 74 (23.79%) VMware
12 65 (20.90%) Data Centre
12 65 (20.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 60 (19.29%) CCNA
14 58 (18.65%) DNS
15 57 (18.33%) VPN
16 54 (17.36%) Wireless
17 53 (17.04%) CCNP
17 53 (17.04%) VMware Infrastructure
18 50 (16.08%) SD-WAN
19 46 (14.79%) ITIL
20 45 (14.47%) Wi-Fi
20 45 (14.47%) Social Skills
21 44 (14.15%) TCP/IP
22 42 (13.50%) DHCP
22 42 (13.50%) Hyper-V
23 40 (12.86%) Network Security
23 40 (12.86%) VoIP
24 37 (11.90%) MS Exchange
25 32 (10.29%) Microsoft Office

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 37 (11.90%) MS Exchange
2 27 (8.68%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.61%) Confluence
3 5 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (0.96%) IIS
4 3 (0.96%) Oracle Workflow
5 2 (0.64%) Apache
5 2 (0.64%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (0.32%) nginx
Applications
1 32 (10.29%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.32%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.64%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 128 (41.16%) Microsoft 365
2 98 (31.51%) Azure
3 25 (8.04%) AWS
4 15 (4.82%) IaaS
5 14 (4.50%) SaaS
6 13 (4.18%) Azure Active Directory
7 11 (3.54%) OneDrive
8 10 (3.22%) PaaS
9 9 (2.89%) Power Platform
10 3 (0.96%) Route 53
11 2 (0.64%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.64%) PowerApps
12 1 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.32%) Amazon ELB
12 1 (0.32%) AWS Elastic Beanstalk
12 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.32%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.32%) GCP
12 1 (0.32%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 272 (87.46%) LAN
2 158 (50.80%) Firewall
3 58 (18.65%) DNS
4 57 (18.33%) VPN
5 54 (17.36%) Wireless
6 50 (16.08%) SD-WAN
7 45 (14.47%) Wi-Fi
8 44 (14.15%) TCP/IP
9 42 (13.50%) DHCP
10 40 (12.86%) Network Security
10 40 (12.86%) VoIP
11 31 (9.97%) Cisco ASA
11 31 (9.97%) MPLS
12 30 (9.65%) SAN
13 26 (8.36%) VLAN
14 19 (6.11%) Cisco Firepower
15 17 (5.47%) Cisco IOS
15 17 (5.47%) WLAN
16 15 (4.82%) BGP
16 15 (4.82%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (6.75%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.61%) Oracle Database
3 4 (1.29%) Power BI
4 3 (0.96%) RDBMS
4 3 (0.96%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.32%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.61%) JIRA
2 1 (0.32%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.32%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.32%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 45 (14.47%) Social Skills
2 18 (5.79%) Public Sector
3 16 (5.14%) Telecoms
4 14 (4.50%) Manufacturing
5 11 (3.54%) Finance
6 8 (2.57%) Law
6 8 (2.57%) Local Government
7 7 (2.25%) Presentation Skills
8 6 (1.93%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (1.93%) Banking
8 6 (1.93%) Retail
9 5 (1.61%) Organisational Skills
10 4 (1.29%) Aerospace
11 3 (0.96%) Documentation Skills
11 3 (0.96%) Legal
12 2 (0.64%) Automotive
12 2 (0.64%) Back Office
13 1 (0.32%) Electronics
13 1 (0.32%) Marketing
13 1 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 95 (30.55%) Network Engineer
2 46 (14.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 26 (8.36%) IT Engineer
4 25 (8.04%) Analyst
5 24 (7.72%) Senior Network Engineer
6 20 (6.43%) Support Engineer
7 19 (6.11%) 2nd Line Support
7 19 (6.11%) Architect
7 19 (6.11%) IT Support
8 17 (5.47%) Cisco Engineer
8 17 (5.47%) Cisco Network Engineer
8 17 (5.47%) IT Manager
9 15 (4.82%) Network Architect
9 15 (4.82%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
10 13 (4.18%) Support Technician
11 12 (3.86%) Security Engineer
12 11 (3.54%) Project Manager
12 11 (3.54%) WAN Engineer
13 10 (3.22%) IT Support Engineer
14 9 (2.89%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.54%) LDAP
2 10 (3.22%) JSON
3 7 (2.25%) Web Services
4 1 (0.32%) .NET
4 1 (0.32%) 802.1X
4 1 (0.32%) COM
4 1 (0.32%) Django
4 1 (0.32%) LAPP Stack
4 1 (0.32%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 65 (20.90%) Data Centre
2 17 (5.47%) Public Cloud
3 10 (3.22%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (2.89%) Private Cloud
5 8 (2.57%) FMCG
6 7 (2.25%) Driving Licence
7 6 (1.93%) Management Information System
8 4 (1.29%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (1.29%) PKI
9 3 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.96%) HP Storage
10 2 (0.64%) Fat Client
10 2 (0.64%) Life Science
10 2 (0.64%) Renewable Energy
10 2 (0.64%) Replication
10 2 (0.64%) Thin Client
11 1 (0.32%) AS400
11 1 (0.32%) Biotechnology
11 1 (0.32%) Device Driver
11 1 (0.32%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 133 (42.77%) Windows
2 85 (27.33%) Windows Server
3 30 (9.65%) Windows 10
4 27 (8.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 27 (8.68%) Windows Server 2019
5 22 (7.07%) Windows Server 2016
6 18 (5.79%) Linux
7 13 (4.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (3.22%) Windows 7
9 8 (2.57%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 4 (1.29%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.96%) AIX
12 3 (0.96%) Unix
13 1 (0.32%) Android
13 1 (0.32%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.32%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (20.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 46 (14.79%) ITIL
3 27 (8.68%) Disaster Recovery
4 22 (7.07%) Network Design
4 22 (7.07%) Problem-Solving
4 22 (7.07%) Project Management
4 22 (7.07%) Service Delivery
5 20 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
6 19 (6.11%) Migration
7 16 (5.14%) Agile Software Development
8 15 (4.82%) Load Balancing
9 14 (4.50%) High Availability
9 14 (4.50%) Project Delivery
10 13 (4.18%) Continuous Improvement
10 13 (4.18%) Presales
11 12 (3.86%) Configuration Management
12 11 (3.54%) Change Management
12 11 (3.54%) PRINCE2
13 10 (3.22%) Collaborative Working
13 10 (3.22%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (7.72%) PowerShell
2 18 (5.79%) SQL
3 13 (4.18%) Python
4 3 (0.96%) Shell Script
5 2 (0.64%) C
5 2 (0.64%) Tcl
6 1 (0.32%) C++
6 1 (0.32%) Perl
Qualifications
1 84 (27.01%) Cisco Certification
2 60 (19.29%) CCNA
3 53 (17.04%) CCNP
4 26 (8.36%) Security Cleared
5 25 (8.04%) SC Cleared
6 17 (5.47%) Microsoft Certification
7 15 (4.82%) Degree
8 13 (4.18%) CCIE
9 10 (3.22%) MCSE
10 9 (2.89%) ITIL Certification
11 6 (1.93%) DV Cleared
11 6 (1.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (1.61%) MCSA
13 4 (1.29%) Computer Science Degree
13 4 (1.29%) MCITP
14 3 (0.96%) CISSP
14 3 (0.96%) JNCIA
14 3 (0.96%) Network+ Certification
15 2 (0.64%) CCDP
15 2 (0.64%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (9.00%) SLA
2 11 (3.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.93%) NIST
3 6 (1.93%) PMO
4 3 (0.96%) Cyber Essentials
4 3 (0.96%) GDPR
5 2 (0.64%) ISO 9001
5 2 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.64%) ITGC
5 2 (0.64%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.32%) HAZOP
System Software
1 129 (41.48%) Active Directory
2 53 (17.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (13.50%) Hyper-V
4 15 (4.82%) Virtual Servers
5 10 (3.22%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (3.22%) XenDesktop
6 8 (2.57%) vSphere
7 7 (2.25%) Virtual Desktop
7 7 (2.25%) VMware NSX
8 4 (1.29%) XenApp
9 3 (0.96%) DFS Replication
10 2 (0.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.64%) Terminal Server
10 2 (0.64%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.32%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 21 (6.75%) Microsoft Intune
1 21 (6.75%) SCCM
2 15 (4.82%) Ansible
3 14 (4.50%) FortiGate
4 13 (4.18%) Terraform
5 8 (2.57%) Single Sign-On
6 7 (2.25%) SCOM
7 6 (1.93%) NetBackup
7 6 (1.93%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (1.93%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 5 (1.61%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 4 (1.29%) WSUS
10 3 (0.96%) Backup Exec
10 3 (0.96%) Cisco Prime
11 2 (0.64%) Jamf Pro
11 2 (0.64%) Microsoft Clustering
12 1 (0.32%) Nagios
12 1 (0.32%) OSSEC
12 1 (0.32%) vCenter Server
12 1 (0.32%) vRealize
Vendors
1 162 (52.09%) Cisco
2 140 (45.02%) Microsoft
3 74 (23.79%) VMware
4 29 (9.32%) Palo Alto
5 28 (9.00%) Meraki
6 26 (8.36%) Fortinet
7 25 (8.04%) HP
8 24 (7.72%) Citrix
9 16 (5.14%) F5
9 16 (5.14%) Juniper
9 16 (5.14%) Veeam
10 13 (4.18%) CheckPoint
10 13 (4.18%) Dell
11 12 (3.86%) SolarWinds
12 11 (3.54%) Mitel
13 6 (1.93%) CA
13 6 (1.93%) EMC
13 6 (1.93%) Red Hat
13 6 (1.93%) Symantec
13 6 (1.93%) WatchGuard