Period
to 21 October 2019

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 21 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
England > North West
6 months to
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 101 115 86
Rank change year-on-year +14 -29 +32
Permanent jobs citing WAN 286 330 428
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 2.84% 2.82% 3.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 18.29% 16.60% 22.03%
Number of salaries quoted 223 273 351
North West median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £43,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - -1.16% +7.50%
10th Percentile £23,250 £21,250 £21,000
90th Percentile £60,000 £73,750 £58,750
England median annual salary £43,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -4.44% - +3.45%

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 1,564 1,988 1,943
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 15.55% 17.01% 15.24%
Number of salaries quoted 1,142 1,617 1,556
North West median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% +3.23%
10th Percentile £23,500 £21,250 £22,750
90th Percentile £67,375 £65,000 £57,500
England median annual salary £46,809 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.45% +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 21 October 2019.

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 21 October 2019. 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 +19 172 £42,958 +7.39% 47
Cheshire +2 57 £32,500 -31.58% 19
Merseyside -5 31 £35,000 -22.22% 3
Lancashire -5 24 £37,633 -16.37% 2
Cumbria -13 1 - - 2
WAN
England

For the 6 months to 21 October 2019, 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.

1 241 (84.27%) LAN
2 163 (56.99%) Windows
3 150 (52.45%) Active Directory
4 149 (52.10%) Microsoft
5 148 (51.75%) Cisco
6 125 (43.71%) Firewall
7 113 (39.51%) VMware
8 104 (36.36%) Office 365
9 99 (34.62%) DNS
10 86 (30.07%) Windows Server
11 85 (29.72%) TCP/IP
12 78 (27.27%) Cisco Certification
13 76 (26.57%) ITIL
14 72 (25.17%) VMware Infrastructure
15 70 (24.48%) Azure
16 67 (23.43%) DHCP
17 60 (20.98%) Data Centre
18 54 (18.88%) CCNP
18 54 (18.88%) Microsoft Office
19 53 (18.53%) VPN
19 53 (18.53%) Windows 10
20 48 (16.78%) Windows Server 2012
21 46 (16.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 44 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
22 44 (15.38%) Network Security
23 43 (15.03%) Internet
24 42 (14.69%) Wireless
25 41 (14.34%) MS Exchange
25 41 (14.34%) Hyper-V
26 38 (13.29%) VoIP

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 41 (14.34%) MS Exchange
2 36 (12.59%) SharePoint
3 23 (8.04%) IIS
4 12 (4.20%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (4.20%) SharePoint 2013
5 7 (2.45%) Apache
5 7 (2.45%) Exchange Server 2013
5 7 (2.45%) IBM Notes
6 3 (1.05%) Skype for Business
7 1 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.35%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.35%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.35%) WordPress
Applications
1 54 (18.88%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (3.50%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (2.10%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.35%) Dynamics GP
2 1 (0.35%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 104 (36.36%) Office 365
2 70 (24.48%) Azure
3 28 (9.79%) AWS
4 12 (4.20%) Cloud Computing
5 11 (3.85%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (3.85%) GCP
6 10 (3.50%) IaaS
7 5 (1.75%) PaaS
8 4 (1.40%) SaaS
9 1 (0.35%) Azure Stack
9 1 (0.35%) G Suite
9 1 (0.35%) IBM Cloud
9 1 (0.35%) OneDrive
9 1 (0.35%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 241 (84.27%) LAN
2 125 (43.71%) Firewall
3 99 (34.62%) DNS
4 85 (29.72%) TCP/IP
5 67 (23.43%) DHCP
6 53 (18.53%) VPN
7 44 (15.38%) Network Security
8 43 (15.03%) Internet
9 42 (14.69%) Wireless
10 38 (13.29%) VoIP
11 36 (12.59%) SAN
12 31 (10.84%) VLAN
13 28 (9.79%) MPLS
14 27 (9.44%) BGP
15 25 (8.74%) OSPF
16 21 (7.34%) SMTP
17 19 (6.64%) Wi-Fi
18 16 (5.59%) WLAN
19 15 (5.24%) IPsec
19 15 (5.24%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (6.99%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.70%) MySQL
3 1 (0.35%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (0.35%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (1.40%) Visual Studio
General
1 26 (9.09%) Telecoms
2 18 (6.29%) Public Sector
3 12 (4.20%) Retail
4 11 (3.85%) Fire and Rescue
4 11 (3.85%) Police
5 8 (2.80%) Finance
6 5 (1.75%) Housing Association
7 4 (1.40%) Manufacturing
8 3 (1.05%) Banking
9 2 (0.70%) German Language
9 2 (0.70%) Italian Language
9 2 (0.70%) Legal
9 2 (0.70%) Polish Language
9 2 (0.70%) Russian Language
9 2 (0.70%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.35%) French Language
10 1 (0.35%) International Banking
10 1 (0.35%) Local Government
10 1 (0.35%) Marketing
10 1 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 60 (20.98%) Network Engineer
2 48 (16.78%) Analyst
3 39 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 28 (9.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 28 (9.79%) Support Engineer
5 27 (9.44%) Service Analyst
5 27 (9.44%) Service Desk Analyst
6 22 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support
7 21 (7.34%) Architect
8 18 (6.29%) IP Engineer
9 16 (5.59%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 16 (5.59%) Network Operations Engineer
9 16 (5.59%) WAN Engineer
10 15 (5.24%) Consultant
10 15 (5.24%) IP Network Engineer
11 14 (4.90%) Cisco Engineer
12 13 (4.55%) Administrator
13 12 (4.20%) 1st Line Support
13 12 (4.20%) Cisco Network Engineer
13 12 (4.20%) Core Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (5.59%) Web Services
2 6 (2.10%) Middleware
3 4 (1.40%) .NET
4 3 (1.05%) 802.1X
5 2 (0.70%) HTML
5 2 (0.70%) HTML5
5 2 (0.70%) JSON
5 2 (0.70%) SOAP
5 2 (0.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 60 (20.98%) Data Centre
2 25 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (8.04%) Management Information System
4 19 (6.64%) Driving Licence
5 11 (3.85%) Data Protection Act
6 8 (2.80%) PKI
6 8 (2.80%) Smartphone
7 7 (2.45%) iPhone
7 7 (2.45%) Xbox
8 5 (1.75%) Clustering
8 5 (1.75%) Fat Client
8 5 (1.75%) FlexPod
8 5 (1.75%) FMCG
8 5 (1.75%) Thin Client
9 4 (1.40%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 4 (1.40%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.40%) Self-Motivation
10 3 (1.05%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.05%) Enterprise Storage
10 3 (1.05%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 163 (56.99%) Windows
2 86 (30.07%) Windows Server
3 53 (18.53%) Windows 10
4 48 (16.78%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (11.19%) Windows 7
6 29 (10.14%) Linux
7 21 (7.34%) Windows Server 2008
8 17 (5.94%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (2.45%) Android
10 5 (1.75%) Mac OS X
11 4 (1.40%) Unix
12 3 (1.05%) VMS
13 2 (0.70%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.35%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.35%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (26.57%) ITIL
2 46 (16.08%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 44 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
4 33 (11.54%) Project Management
5 29 (10.14%) Change Management
5 29 (10.14%) Network Design
6 28 (9.79%) Migration
7 26 (9.09%) Mentoring
8 25 (8.74%) Project Delivery
9 24 (8.39%) Agile Software Development
9 24 (8.39%) Disaster Recovery
9 24 (8.39%) PRINCE2
9 24 (8.39%) Service Delivery
10 21 (7.34%) Presales
11 20 (6.99%) Stakeholder Management
12 19 (6.64%) Problem Management
13 18 (6.29%) Incident Management
13 18 (6.29%) Information Security
14 17 (5.94%) Asset Management
14 17 (5.94%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 21 (7.34%) SQL
2 9 (3.15%) PowerShell
3 2 (0.70%) Bash Shell
3 2 (0.70%) C#
3 2 (0.70%) JavaScript
3 2 (0.70%) PHP
3 2 (0.70%) Python
3 2 (0.70%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 78 (27.27%) Cisco Certification
2 54 (18.88%) CCNP
3 37 (12.94%) CCNA
3 37 (12.94%) Microsoft Certification
4 29 (10.14%) MCSE
5 26 (9.09%) Degree
6 12 (4.20%) JNCIP
7 11 (3.85%) CCDP
8 10 (3.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 9 (3.15%) CCIE
9 9 (3.15%) ITIL Certification
10 8 (2.80%) MCSA
11 7 (2.45%) CEH
12 6 (2.10%) CISSP
12 6 (2.10%) CompTIA Security+
12 6 (2.10%) DBS Check
12 6 (2.10%) GIAC
12 6 (2.10%) GSEC
13 5 (1.75%) VCAP
13 5 (1.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (9.79%) SLA
2 10 (3.50%) GDPR
3 7 (2.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (1.05%) ISO 22301
4 3 (1.05%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.05%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.05%) PMO
5 1 (0.35%) BS7799
5 1 (0.35%) Cyber Essentials
System Software
1 150 (52.45%) Active Directory
2 72 (25.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (14.34%) Hyper-V
4 22 (7.69%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (6.29%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (5.59%) Terminal Services
6 16 (5.59%) vSphere
7 12 (4.20%) Virtual Desktop
8 11 (3.85%) VMware Workstation
9 10 (3.50%) XenApp
10 9 (3.15%) VMware NSX
11 7 (2.45%) XenDesktop
12 3 (1.05%) vCloud
12 3 (1.05%) Virtual Servers
13 2 (0.70%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.70%) Docker
13 2 (0.70%) Firmware
14 1 (0.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 20 (6.99%) SCCM
2 12 (4.20%) SCOM
3 11 (3.85%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 11 (3.85%) Opscode Chef
3 11 (3.85%) Puppet
3 11 (3.85%) WSUS
4 10 (3.50%) Terraform
5 8 (2.80%) FortiGate
6 5 (1.75%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (1.05%) Ansible
7 3 (1.05%) Cisco UCCX
7 3 (1.05%) vCenter Server
8 2 (0.70%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.70%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.70%) Nagios
9 1 (0.35%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.35%) OpenNMS
9 1 (0.35%) SmoothWall
9 1 (0.35%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 149 (52.10%) Microsoft
2 148 (51.75%) Cisco
3 113 (39.51%) VMware
4 34 (11.89%) Meraki
5 32 (11.19%) Citrix
6 27 (9.44%) Juniper
7 26 (9.09%) NetApp
8 19 (6.64%) Palo Alto
8 19 (6.64%) SolarWinds
9 14 (4.90%) HP
10 13 (4.55%) Veeam
11 12 (4.20%) Fortinet
12 9 (3.15%) BT
13 8 (2.80%) Remedy
14 7 (2.45%) Lotus
14 7 (2.45%) Redback
14 7 (2.45%) ServiceNow
14 7 (2.45%) Sophos
15 6 (2.10%) F5
16 5 (1.75%) Openreach