Period
to 1 April 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 1 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
England > North West
6 months to
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 127 101 133
Rank change year-on-year -26 +32 -14
Permanent jobs citing WAN 181 299 333
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the North West 2.24% 2.97% 2.58%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.07% 16.49% 20.00%
Number of salaries quoted 139 277 280
Median annual salary £40,500 £46,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -12.90% +24.00% -
10th Percentile £25,600 £26,250 £21,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £67,500 £57,563
England median annual salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -5.26% +5.56% +5.88%

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 West with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 1,126 1,813 1,665
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.93% 17.99% 12.89%
Number of salaries quoted 866 1,337 1,294
Median annual salary £40,500 £45,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -10.00% +12.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £24,250 £22,750 £22,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £67,500 £63,750
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £46,250
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Salary Histogram in the North West

Salary distribution for jobs citing WAN in the North West over the 6 months to 1 April 2020.

Salary histogram for WAN in the North West

WAN
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the North West region over the 6 months to 1 April 2020. 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
Manchester -21 104 £42,500 -5.56% 25
Cheshire +10 32 £45,000 -5.26% 11
Lancashire +9 15 £37,500 -13.79% 4
Merseyside -28 14 £31,250 -35.57% 1
Cumbria - 7 £26,500 - 2
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 1 April 2020, 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 West region with a requirement for WAN.

1 156 (86.19%) LAN
2 101 (55.80%) Windows
3 95 (52.49%) Cisco
4 85 (46.96%) Office 365
5 83 (45.86%) Active Directory
6 77 (42.54%) Microsoft
7 70 (38.67%) Firewall
8 59 (32.60%) VMware
9 52 (28.73%) ITIL
10 49 (27.07%) Azure
11 47 (25.97%) Data Centre
12 44 (24.31%) Cisco Certification
13 43 (23.76%) Windows Server
14 42 (23.20%) TCP/IP
15 40 (22.10%) SLA
16 36 (19.89%) VPN
17 34 (18.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 33 (18.23%) VMware Infrastructure
19 30 (16.57%) Windows 10
19 30 (16.57%) SQL
19 30 (16.57%) Management Information System
20 29 (16.02%) MS Exchange
20 29 (16.02%) CCNA
20 29 (16.02%) AWS
21 27 (14.92%) Problem-Solving
22 25 (13.81%) CCNP
22 25 (13.81%) DNS
23 24 (13.26%) Analytical Skills
24 23 (12.71%) Network Security
25 22 (12.15%) Microsoft Certification

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 29 (16.02%) MS Exchange
2 17 (9.39%) SharePoint
3 12 (6.63%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (5.52%) IIS
5 7 (3.87%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (1.66%) Apache
6 3 (1.66%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.55%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.55%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 16 (8.84%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 7 (3.87%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 85 (46.96%) Office 365
2 49 (27.07%) Azure
3 29 (16.02%) AWS
4 19 (10.50%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (2.76%) Amazon ECS
5 5 (2.76%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (2.21%) GCP
7 3 (1.66%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 3 (1.66%) AWS CodeBuild
7 3 (1.66%) AWS CodePipeline
8 2 (1.10%) Amazon EC2
8 2 (1.10%) Amazon S3
8 2 (1.10%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (1.10%) CloudFront
8 2 (1.10%) G Suite
8 2 (1.10%) IaaS
8 2 (1.10%) PaaS
8 2 (1.10%) SaaS
8 2 (1.10%) Serverless
9 1 (0.55%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 156 (86.19%) LAN
2 70 (38.67%) Firewall
3 42 (23.20%) TCP/IP
4 36 (19.89%) VPN
5 25 (13.81%) DNS
6 23 (12.71%) Network Security
7 21 (11.60%) DHCP
7 21 (11.60%) SAN
8 20 (11.05%) VoIP
9 19 (10.50%) MPLS
9 19 (10.50%) Wireless
10 18 (9.94%) Wi-Fi
11 16 (8.84%) VLAN
12 15 (8.29%) Cisco ASA
13 11 (6.08%) BGP
14 9 (4.97%) Cisco Nexus
14 9 (4.97%) IP Telephony
15 7 (3.87%) OSPF
16 6 (3.31%) Cisco Wireless
16 6 (3.31%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.94%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.87%) MySQL
3 3 (1.66%) Amazon Aurora
3 3 (1.66%) MongoDB
3 3 (1.66%) NoSQL
3 3 (1.66%) Redis
4 2 (1.10%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 2 (1.10%) Amazon RDS
5 1 (0.55%) Big Data
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 14 (7.73%) Telecoms
2 12 (6.63%) Retail
3 11 (6.08%) Public Sector
4 9 (4.97%) Finance
5 6 (3.31%) Fire and Rescue
6 5 (2.76%) Police
7 3 (1.66%) Publishing
8 2 (1.10%) Banking
8 2 (1.10%) Games
8 2 (1.10%) Manufacturing
8 2 (1.10%) Marketing
9 1 (0.55%) Legal
Job Titles
1 38 (20.99%) Network Engineer
2 28 (15.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 22 (12.15%) Analyst
4 16 (8.84%) Security Engineer
5 15 (8.29%) Support Engineer
6 13 (7.18%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 13 (7.18%) Senior Network Engineer
7 12 (6.63%) 3rd Line Support
7 12 (6.63%) Technical Engineer
8 11 (6.08%) AWS Engineer
8 11 (6.08%) Network Security Engineer
8 11 (6.08%) Service Analyst
8 11 (6.08%) Service Desk Analyst
9 10 (5.52%) Cisco Engineer
10 9 (4.97%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
10 9 (4.97%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 9 (4.97%) Cloud Engineer
10 9 (4.97%) IT Support
11 8 (4.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 8 (4.42%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.76%) .NET
2 4 (2.21%) Web Services
3 1 (0.55%) 802.1X
3 1 (0.55%) HTML
3 1 (0.55%) JBoss Seam
3 1 (0.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 47 (25.97%) Data Centre
2 30 (16.57%) Management Information System
3 24 (13.26%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (4.42%) Driving Licence
4 8 (4.42%) e-Learning
5 7 (3.87%) Replication
5 7 (3.87%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (3.31%) Xbox
7 5 (2.76%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (1.66%) Mobile App
8 3 (1.66%) NHS
9 2 (1.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 2 (1.10%) Fat Client
9 2 (1.10%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
9 2 (1.10%) Thin Client
9 2 (1.10%) User Experience
9 2 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.55%) Clustering
10 1 (0.55%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 101 (55.80%) Windows
2 43 (23.76%) Windows Server
3 30 (16.57%) Windows 10
4 19 (10.50%) Windows 7
5 16 (8.84%) Linux
6 13 (7.18%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (5.52%) Windows Server 2003
8 9 (4.97%) Android
9 8 (4.42%) Apple iOS
9 8 (4.42%) Windows Server 2016
10 7 (3.87%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (3.31%) Windows Server 2019
12 4 (2.21%) Unix
12 4 (2.21%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (28.73%) ITIL
2 34 (18.78%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 27 (14.92%) Problem-Solving
4 21 (11.60%) Incident Management
4 21 (11.60%) Problem Management
5 16 (8.84%) Migration
6 13 (7.18%) Kalman Filter
6 13 (7.18%) Service Management
7 12 (6.63%) Cybersecurity
7 12 (6.63%) Service Delivery
8 11 (6.08%) ITSM
8 11 (6.08%) Mentoring
9 10 (5.52%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (5.52%) Disaster Recovery
10 9 (4.97%) Change Management
11 8 (4.42%) Change Control
11 8 (4.42%) Network Design
11 8 (4.42%) PRINCE2
12 7 (3.87%) Continuous Improvement
12 7 (3.87%) Service Desk Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (16.57%) SQL
2 8 (4.42%) PowerShell
2 8 (4.42%) Python
3 5 (2.76%) C#
4 2 (1.10%) Bash Shell
4 2 (1.10%) Java
4 2 (1.10%) VB
4 2 (1.10%) VBScript
5 1 (0.55%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 44 (24.31%) Cisco Certification
2 29 (16.02%) CCNA
3 25 (13.81%) CCNP
4 22 (12.15%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (9.39%) Degree
5 17 (9.39%) MCSE
6 14 (7.73%) Security Cleared
7 11 (6.08%) ITIL Certification
8 8 (4.42%) CCIE
9 6 (3.31%) CCDP
10 5 (2.76%) A+ Certification
10 5 (2.76%) MCP
11 4 (2.21%) CISSP
11 4 (2.21%) MCITP
11 4 (2.21%) MCSA
11 4 (2.21%) Network+ Certification
11 4 (2.21%) SC Cleared
12 3 (1.66%) AWS Certification
12 3 (1.66%) DBS Check
12 3 (1.66%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (22.10%) SLA
2 8 (4.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.10%) GDPR
3 2 (1.10%) PMO
4 1 (0.55%) COBIT
4 1 (0.55%) NCSC
4 1 (0.55%) NIST
4 1 (0.55%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 83 (45.86%) Active Directory
2 33 (18.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (11.05%) Hyper-V
4 10 (5.52%) VMware ESXi
5 7 (3.87%) XenApp
6 6 (3.31%) XenDesktop
7 5 (2.76%) VMware NSX
7 5 (2.76%) VMware Workstation
7 5 (2.76%) vSphere
8 4 (2.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 4 (2.21%) Docker
8 4 (2.21%) Firmware
9 3 (1.66%) vCloud
10 2 (1.10%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.55%) BitLocker
11 1 (0.55%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.55%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 19 (10.50%) SCCM
2 11 (6.08%) Cisco CUCM
3 8 (4.42%) FortiGate
4 7 (3.87%) Ansible
4 7 (3.87%) Kubernetes
5 6 (3.31%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (3.31%) Puppet
5 6 (3.31%) Terraform
6 5 (2.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 5 (2.76%) SCOM
7 2 (1.10%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.55%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.55%) CA Spectrum
8 1 (0.55%) Cacti
8 1 (0.55%) Cisco Prime
8 1 (0.55%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.55%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.55%) OpenView
8 1 (0.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 95 (52.49%) Cisco
2 77 (42.54%) Microsoft
3 59 (32.60%) VMware
4 20 (11.05%) HP
5 16 (8.84%) Citrix
6 14 (7.73%) Palo Alto
7 12 (6.63%) Meraki
7 12 (6.63%) NetApp
8 11 (6.08%) Apple
8 11 (6.08%) Juniper
9 8 (4.42%) CheckPoint
9 8 (4.42%) Dell
9 8 (4.42%) Fortinet
9 8 (4.42%) Virgin Media
10 7 (3.87%) F5
10 7 (3.87%) Mitel
10 7 (3.87%) ProCurve
10 7 (3.87%) Samsung
10 7 (3.87%) ServiceNow
10 7 (3.87%) SolarWinds