Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
England > North West
6 months to
24 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 137 110 106
Rank change year-on-year -27 -4 +18
Permanent jobs citing WAN 178 302 385
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.03% 2.85% 3.01%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.08% 16.03% 21.58%
Number of salaries quoted 140 253 318
North West median annual salary £40,000 £43,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -6.98% +7.50% -
10th Percentile £22,750 £21,250 £21,000
90th Percentile £62,500 £72,000 £60,000
England median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000

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 1,180 1,884 1,784
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 13.45% 17.78% 13.96%
Number of salaries quoted 945 1,573 1,407
North West median annual salary £40,000 £45,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -11.11% +12.50% +3.90%
10th Percentile £23,500 £22,750 £22,000
90th Percentile £65,000 £66,000 £61,250
England median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing WAN as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing WAN in the North West.

Salary trend for WAN in the North West

WAN
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing WAN in the North West over the 6 months to 24 January 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 24 January 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 -26 91 £42,708 -0.68% 39
Cheshire +18 48 £32,500 -21.21% 18
Merseyside -14 18 £30,000 -27.88% 13
Lancashire -10 11 £37,500 -13.79% 10
Cumbria -22 3 £26,500 -49.52%
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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.

1 147 (82.58%) LAN
2 112 (62.92%) Windows
3 98 (55.06%) Active Directory
4 89 (50.00%) Cisco
5 88 (49.44%) Microsoft
6 72 (40.45%) Office 365
7 68 (38.20%) ITIL
7 68 (38.20%) Firewall
8 67 (37.64%) VMware
9 52 (29.21%) Windows Server
10 51 (28.65%) TCP/IP
11 48 (26.97%) Data Centre
12 44 (24.72%) DNS
13 43 (24.16%) VMware Infrastructure
13 43 (24.16%) Windows 10
14 39 (21.91%) Azure
14 39 (21.91%) Cisco Certification
15 38 (21.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 35 (19.66%) Windows 7
17 32 (17.98%) DHCP
18 31 (17.42%) Citrix
18 31 (17.42%) MS Exchange
19 30 (16.85%) VPN
20 26 (14.61%) Problem-Solving
21 25 (14.04%) CCNP
22 24 (13.48%) AWS
23 23 (12.92%) Hyper-V
23 23 (12.92%) CCNA
23 23 (12.92%) SLA
23 23 (12.92%) Microsoft Office

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 31 (17.42%) MS Exchange
2 20 (11.24%) SharePoint
3 15 (8.43%) IIS
4 8 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (2.81%) IBM Notes
6 3 (1.69%) Apache
6 3 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 23 (12.92%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.69%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.81%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.56%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 72 (40.45%) Office 365
2 39 (21.91%) Azure
3 24 (13.48%) AWS
4 8 (4.49%) GCP
5 7 (3.93%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (1.12%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (1.12%) Amazon ECS
6 2 (1.12%) Amazon S3
6 2 (1.12%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (1.12%) AWS Lambda
6 2 (1.12%) CloudFront
6 2 (1.12%) Serverless
7 1 (0.56%) G Suite
7 1 (0.56%) IaaS
7 1 (0.56%) PaaS
7 1 (0.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 147 (82.58%) LAN
2 68 (38.20%) Firewall
3 51 (28.65%) TCP/IP
4 44 (24.72%) DNS
5 32 (17.98%) DHCP
6 30 (16.85%) VPN
7 22 (12.36%) MPLS
7 22 (12.36%) SAN
8 21 (11.80%) Wireless
9 20 (11.24%) Network Security
10 15 (8.43%) VoIP
10 15 (8.43%) Wi-Fi
11 11 (6.18%) Cisco ASA
11 11 (6.18%) DMZ
12 9 (5.06%) VLAN
13 8 (4.49%) BGP
13 8 (4.49%) DSL
13 8 (4.49%) WLAN
14 5 (2.81%) Internet
14 5 (2.81%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (5.62%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.12%) Amazon DynamoDB
2 2 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
2 2 (1.12%) MySQL
3 1 (0.56%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (1.12%) Visual Studio
General
1 18 (10.11%) Public Sector
2 11 (6.18%) Fire and Rescue
2 11 (6.18%) Telecoms
3 10 (5.62%) Finance
3 10 (5.62%) Police
4 4 (2.25%) Retail
5 2 (1.12%) German Language
5 2 (1.12%) Italian Language
5 2 (1.12%) Legal
5 2 (1.12%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.12%) Polish Language
5 2 (1.12%) Russian Language
5 2 (1.12%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.56%) Banking
6 1 (0.56%) Games
6 1 (0.56%) International Banking
6 1 (0.56%) Marketing
6 1 (0.56%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 43 (24.16%) Network Engineer
2 33 (18.54%) Analyst
3 32 (17.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 19 (10.67%) Support Engineer
5 18 (10.11%) Service Analyst
5 18 (10.11%) Service Desk Analyst
6 15 (8.43%) IT Support
7 13 (7.30%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 12 (6.74%) IT Engineer
9 11 (6.18%) Security Engineer
10 10 (5.62%) 1st Line Support
10 10 (5.62%) 3rd Line Support
10 10 (5.62%) Cisco Engineer
10 10 (5.62%) Cloud Engineer
11 9 (5.06%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 9 (5.06%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 8 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support
12 8 (4.49%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
12 8 (4.49%) Network Security Engineer
12 8 (4.49%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.37%) Web Services
2 5 (2.81%) .NET
3 3 (1.69%) HTML
3 3 (1.69%) XML
4 2 (1.12%) HTML5
4 2 (1.12%) JSON
4 2 (1.12%) SOAP
5 1 (0.56%) JBoss Seam
Miscellaneous
1 48 (26.97%) Data Centre
2 17 (9.55%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (7.87%) Management Information System
4 10 (5.62%) Data Protection Act
5 7 (3.93%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (3.37%) Xbox
7 5 (2.81%) iPhone
8 4 (2.25%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.69%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.69%) e-Learning
10 2 (1.12%) Data Structures
10 2 (1.12%) Hybrid Cloud
10 2 (1.12%) Replication
10 2 (1.12%) User Experience
11 1 (0.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 1 (0.56%) Fat Client
11 1 (0.56%) Greenfield Project
11 1 (0.56%) Private Cloud
11 1 (0.56%) Public Cloud
11 1 (0.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 112 (62.92%) Windows
2 52 (29.21%) Windows Server
3 43 (24.16%) Windows 10
4 35 (19.66%) Windows 7
5 13 (7.30%) Linux
6 12 (6.74%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (4.49%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (3.93%) Android
8 7 (3.93%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (1.69%) Windows 8
9 3 (1.69%) Windows XP
10 2 (1.12%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.12%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (38.20%) ITIL
2 38 (21.35%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 26 (14.61%) Problem-Solving
4 20 (11.24%) Migration
5 17 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
5 17 (9.55%) PRINCE2
6 14 (7.87%) Service Delivery
7 13 (7.30%) Change Management
7 13 (7.30%) Mentoring
7 13 (7.30%) Project Management
8 12 (6.74%) Incident Management
8 12 (6.74%) Problem Management
9 11 (6.18%) Asset Management
9 11 (6.18%) Data Protection
9 11 (6.18%) Network Design
10 10 (5.62%) Data Security
10 10 (5.62%) Identity Management
10 10 (5.62%) Kalman Filter
10 10 (5.62%) Project Delivery
10 10 (5.62%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (8.43%) SQL
2 8 (4.49%) PowerShell
3 6 (3.37%) C#
4 3 (1.69%) Python
4 3 (1.69%) VB.NET
5 2 (1.12%) Bash Shell
5 2 (1.12%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.12%) PHP
Qualifications
1 39 (21.91%) Cisco Certification
2 25 (14.04%) CCNP
3 23 (12.92%) CCNA
4 22 (12.36%) Microsoft Certification
5 17 (9.55%) MCSE
6 15 (8.43%) Degree
7 10 (5.62%) MCSA
8 6 (3.37%) Security Cleared
9 5 (2.81%) A+ Certification
9 5 (2.81%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (2.81%) MCITP
10 4 (2.25%) JNCIP
10 4 (2.25%) Network+ Certification
10 4 (2.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (1.69%) CCIE
11 3 (1.69%) DBS Check
11 3 (1.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (1.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (1.12%) AWS Certification
12 2 (1.12%) NCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (12.92%) SLA
2 3 (1.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (1.69%) PMO
3 2 (1.12%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.56%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (0.56%) GDPR
4 1 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 98 (55.06%) Active Directory
2 43 (24.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (12.92%) Hyper-V
4 12 (6.74%) XenApp
5 10 (5.62%) VMware Workstation
5 10 (5.62%) XenDesktop
6 6 (3.37%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (3.37%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (2.81%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.81%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (2.81%) vSphere
8 3 (1.69%) BitLocker
8 3 (1.69%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 3 (1.69%) Firmware
8 3 (1.69%) VMware NSX
9 2 (1.12%) vCloud
10 1 (0.56%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.56%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 17 (9.55%) SCCM
2 10 (5.62%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 10 (5.62%) SCOM
3 9 (5.06%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (5.06%) Puppet
3 9 (5.06%) Terraform
4 5 (2.81%) FortiGate
5 3 (1.69%) Ansible
6 2 (1.12%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.56%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.56%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.56%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 89 (50.00%) Cisco
2 88 (49.44%) Microsoft
3 67 (37.64%) VMware
4 31 (17.42%) Citrix
5 22 (12.36%) NetApp
6 19 (10.67%) Meraki
7 17 (9.55%) Palo Alto
8 15 (8.43%) HP
9 13 (7.30%) SolarWinds
10 11 (6.18%) Juniper
11 10 (5.62%) Apple
12 9 (5.06%) Fortinet
13 7 (3.93%) Samsung
14 6 (3.37%) McAfee
15 5 (2.81%) CheckPoint
15 5 (2.81%) F5
15 5 (2.81%) Intel
15 5 (2.81%) Lotus
15 5 (2.81%) Remedy
15 5 (2.81%) ServiceNow