Period
to 12 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London 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 12 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 87 74 132
Rank change year-on-year -13 +58 -19
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,166 3,157 2,439
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 3.32% 3.85% 2.53%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 20.00% 21.71% 16.01%
Number of salaries quoted 978 2,376 2,069
Median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £26,750 £24,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £67,500 £67,500 £67,500
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £47,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% -4.26% +4.44%

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 UK excluding London with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 5,829 14,544 15,232
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 16.61% 17.72% 15.83%
Number of salaries quoted 4,473 10,514 11,828
Median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,750 £23,500
90th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £65,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £46,500
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.23% +3.33%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing WAN in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing WAN in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

Salary histogram for WAN in the UK excluding London

WAN
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 12 August 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
North of England -40 310 £40,000 -5.88% 47
South East +4 307 £50,000 +11.11% 39
Midlands -10 177 £45,000 +5.88% 33
North West +26 162 £45,000 +5.88% 27
South West 0 140 £32,500 -18.75% 22
West Midlands +6 134 £47,500 +11.76% 22
East of England +39 123 £47,000 +34.29% 11
Yorkshire -44 116 £40,000 -5.88% 16
Scotland +55 56 £45,000 -10.00% 9
East Midlands -13 41 £37,500 +15.38% 11
Wales +45 40 £39,500 -3.66% 1
North East +2 32 £35,000 -6.84% 4
Northern Ireland +4 15 £30,000 +30.43% 1
WAN
UK

For the 6 months to 12 August 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 UK excluding London region with a requirement for WAN.

1 947 (81.22%) LAN
2 654 (56.09%) Cisco
3 566 (48.54%) Firewall
4 448 (38.42%) VMware
5 446 (38.25%) Windows
6 371 (31.82%) Cisco Certification
7 352 (30.19%) Active Directory
8 341 (29.25%) Microsoft
9 271 (23.24%) Azure
10 269 (23.07%) Office 365
11 266 (22.81%) ITIL
12 265 (22.73%) VPN
13 251 (21.53%) Windows Server
14 249 (21.36%) Wireless
15 243 (20.84%) CCNP
16 240 (20.58%) VMware Infrastructure
17 236 (20.24%) Data Centre
18 225 (19.30%) TCP/IP
19 219 (18.78%) CCNA
20 218 (18.70%) DNS
21 210 (18.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 198 (16.98%) DHCP
23 197 (16.90%) MPLS
24 176 (15.09%) SAN
25 174 (14.92%) VoIP
26 172 (14.75%) VLAN
27 171 (14.67%) BGP
28 167 (14.32%) Problem-Solving
29 162 (13.89%) Juniper
30 152 (13.04%) Cisco ASA

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 66 (5.66%) MS Exchange
2 54 (4.63%) SharePoint
3 27 (2.32%) Skype for Business
4 25 (2.14%) IIS
5 23 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2013
6 20 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (1.03%) OpenStack
8 2 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.17%) JBoss
8 2 (0.17%) Sitefinity
9 1 (0.086%) Apache
9 1 (0.086%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.086%) MS Project Server
9 1 (0.086%) WebSphere
Applications
1 86 (7.38%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.34%) Oracle Payables
2 4 (0.34%) Sage CRM
2 4 (0.34%) SAP ERP
3 3 (0.26%) Exchequer
4 2 (0.17%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 271 (23.24%) Azure
2 269 (23.07%) Office 365
3 115 (9.86%) AWS
4 38 (3.26%) Cloud Computing
5 34 (2.92%) SaaS
6 29 (2.49%) Azure Active Directory
7 28 (2.40%) IaaS
8 17 (1.46%) PaaS
9 15 (1.29%) OneDrive
10 12 (1.03%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (0.94%) Mimecast
12 10 (0.86%) GCP
13 6 (0.51%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 6 (0.51%) Power Platform
14 5 (0.43%) Amazon ECS
15 4 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
15 4 (0.34%) AWS CodeBuild
15 4 (0.34%) AWS CodePipeline
16 3 (0.26%) G Suite
17 1 (0.086%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 947 (81.22%) LAN
2 566 (48.54%) Firewall
3 265 (22.73%) VPN
4 249 (21.36%) Wireless
5 225 (19.30%) TCP/IP
6 218 (18.70%) DNS
7 198 (16.98%) DHCP
8 197 (16.90%) MPLS
9 176 (15.09%) SAN
10 174 (14.92%) VoIP
11 172 (14.75%) VLAN
12 171 (14.67%) BGP
13 152 (13.04%) Cisco ASA
14 151 (12.95%) Network Security
15 141 (12.09%) OSPF
16 130 (11.15%) Wi-Fi
17 89 (7.63%) Cisco Nexus
18 71 (6.09%) EIGRP
19 70 (6.00%) WLAN
20 56 (4.80%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (5.75%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.11%) MySQL
3 8 (0.69%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (0.60%) Big Data
5 6 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
5 6 (0.51%) Power BI
6 4 (0.34%) Amazon Aurora
6 4 (0.34%) MongoDB
6 4 (0.34%) NoSQL
6 4 (0.34%) Oracle Database
6 4 (0.34%) Redis
6 4 (0.34%) SQL Server 2012
7 3 (0.26%) SQL Server 2017
7 3 (0.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 2 (0.17%) SQL Server 2014
9 1 (0.086%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.086%) Cosmos DB
9 1 (0.086%) DB2
9 1 (0.086%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.086%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 7 (0.60%) Selenium
2 5 (0.43%) Git (software)
3 4 (0.34%) Metasploit
3 4 (0.34%) WebScarab
4 3 (0.26%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.086%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.086%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.086%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 109 (9.35%) Finance
2 83 (7.12%) Telecoms
3 35 (3.00%) Public Sector
3 35 (3.00%) Retail
4 14 (1.20%) Manufacturing
5 11 (0.94%) Law
5 11 (0.94%) Military
6 8 (0.69%) Advertising
7 7 (0.60%) Aerospace
7 7 (0.60%) Marketing
8 6 (0.51%) Back Office
8 6 (0.51%) Legal
9 5 (0.43%) Banking
10 4 (0.34%) Automotive
10 4 (0.34%) Korean Language
11 3 (0.26%) Publishing
12 2 (0.17%) French Language
13 1 (0.086%) Billing
13 1 (0.086%) Games
13 1 (0.086%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 359 (30.79%) Network Engineer
2 121 (10.38%) Analyst
3 120 (10.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 90 (7.72%) Senior Network Engineer
5 83 (7.12%) IT Support
6 82 (7.03%) Support Engineer
7 65 (5.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 62 (5.32%) Architect
9 57 (4.89%) IT Engineer
10 56 (4.80%) 3rd Line Support
11 51 (4.37%) Cisco Engineer
12 48 (4.12%) IT Manager
13 45 (3.86%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 41 (3.52%) Security Engineer
15 38 (3.26%) 2nd Line Support
15 38 (3.26%) Consultant
15 38 (3.26%) Systems Engineer
16 34 (2.92%) Network Analyst
16 34 (2.92%) Team Leader
17 33 (2.83%) Network Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (1.29%) 802.1X
2 12 (1.03%) REST
3 11 (0.94%) .NET
4 7 (0.60%) AngularJS
4 7 (0.60%) ASP.NET
4 7 (0.60%) Middleware
4 7 (0.60%) Node.js
4 7 (0.60%) React
4 7 (0.60%) WCF
4 7 (0.60%) WPF
5 6 (0.51%) LDAP
5 6 (0.51%) Web Services
6 5 (0.43%) CSS
6 5 (0.43%) SOAP
7 4 (0.34%) OAuth
7 4 (0.34%) OAuth2
7 4 (0.34%) OpenID
7 4 (0.34%) SAML
7 4 (0.34%) X-Windows
8 3 (0.26%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 236 (20.24%) Data Centre
2 75 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (5.66%) Management Information System
4 63 (5.40%) Self-Motivation
5 26 (2.23%) Driving Licence
6 23 (1.97%) Hybrid Cloud
7 21 (1.80%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 21 (1.80%) Public Cloud
7 21 (1.80%) Video Conferencing
8 18 (1.54%) Clustering
9 17 (1.46%) Client/Server
10 16 (1.37%) PKI
11 15 (1.29%) Replication
12 12 (1.03%) Mobile App
13 9 (0.77%) CCTV
14 8 (0.69%) Security Operations Centre
15 7 (0.60%) NHS
15 7 (0.60%) Private Cloud
15 7 (0.60%) Renewable Energy
16 6 (0.51%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 446 (38.25%) Windows
2 251 (21.53%) Windows Server
3 136 (11.66%) Linux
4 109 (9.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 96 (8.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 85 (7.29%) Windows 10
7 76 (6.52%) Windows Server 2016
8 53 (4.55%) Windows 7
9 48 (4.12%) Windows Server 2019
10 32 (2.74%) Unix
11 25 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
12 20 (1.72%) Android
13 17 (1.46%) Apple iOS
14 16 (1.37%) Windows 8
15 10 (0.86%) Solaris
16 9 (0.77%) Ubuntu
17 8 (0.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 6 (0.51%) Mac OS
18 6 (0.51%) VyOS
19 3 (0.26%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 266 (22.81%) ITIL
2 210 (18.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 167 (14.32%) Problem-Solving
4 103 (8.83%) Disaster Recovery
5 83 (7.12%) Incident Management
6 78 (6.69%) Mentoring
7 75 (6.43%) Change Management
8 72 (6.17%) Network Design
9 67 (5.75%) Project Management
10 65 (5.57%) Service Delivery
11 60 (5.15%) Cybersecurity
12 57 (4.89%) Agile Software Development
13 54 (4.63%) Information Security
14 52 (4.46%) Network Monitoring
15 49 (4.20%) Network Management
16 48 (4.12%) Problem Management
17 46 (3.95%) Presales
18 45 (3.86%) DevOps
19 44 (3.77%) Capacity Planning
19 44 (3.77%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 122 (10.46%) SQL
2 54 (4.63%) PowerShell
3 50 (4.29%) Python
4 20 (1.72%) Bash Shell
5 18 (1.54%) Perl
6 14 (1.20%) JavaScript
7 8 (0.69%) C#
8 7 (0.60%) PHP
8 7 (0.60%) TypeScript
8 7 (0.60%) VBA
9 6 (0.51%) VBScript
10 5 (0.43%) Shell Script
11 4 (0.34%) C
12 3 (0.26%) C++
12 3 (0.26%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.17%) Java
13 2 (0.17%) VB
14 1 (0.086%) Ada
14 1 (0.086%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 371 (31.82%) Cisco Certification
2 243 (20.84%) CCNP
3 219 (18.78%) CCNA
4 114 (9.78%) Microsoft Certification
5 95 (8.15%) Degree
6 81 (6.95%) Security Cleared
7 80 (6.86%) MCSE
8 73 (6.26%) SC Cleared
9 63 (5.40%) CCIE
10 52 (4.46%) MCSA
11 33 (2.83%) DV Cleared
11 33 (2.83%) Server+ Certification
12 32 (2.74%) CCDP
13 27 (2.32%) JNCIA
14 26 (2.23%) ITIL Certification
14 26 (2.23%) JNCIS
15 20 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
16 17 (1.46%) CCIE Routing and Switching
17 13 (1.11%) CISSP
17 13 (1.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 128 (10.98%) SLA
2 49 (4.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.72%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 19 (1.63%) PCI DSS
5 16 (1.37%) GDPR
6 8 (0.69%) NCSC
7 5 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
7 5 (0.43%) ISO 9000
8 4 (0.34%) ISO 9001
8 4 (0.34%) NIST
9 3 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 3 (0.26%) QA
10 2 (0.17%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.086%) COBIT
11 1 (0.086%) Disclosure Scotland
11 1 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 1 (0.086%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 352 (30.19%) Active Directory
2 240 (20.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 130 (11.15%) Hyper-V
4 49 (4.20%) VMware ESXi
5 48 (4.12%) vSphere
6 38 (3.26%) Virtual Machines
7 24 (2.06%) VMware NSX
8 21 (1.80%) Docker
9 19 (1.63%) XenApp
10 17 (1.46%) Virtual Servers
11 15 (1.29%) VMware Workstation
12 14 (1.20%) VMware Server
13 13 (1.11%) XenDesktop
14 9 (0.77%) KVM
15 8 (0.69%) NFS
16 6 (0.51%) Firmware
16 6 (0.51%) Xen
17 5 (0.43%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 5 (0.43%) vCloud
18 3 (0.26%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 79 (6.78%) SCCM
2 43 (3.69%) FortiGate
3 27 (2.32%) Cisco Prime
4 25 (2.14%) Kubernetes
4 25 (2.14%) SCOM
5 24 (2.06%) Puppet
5 24 (2.06%) WSUS
6 21 (1.80%) Ansible
6 21 (1.80%) Cisco CUCM
7 19 (1.63%) vCenter Server
8 15 (1.29%) SCVMM
9 14 (1.20%) Opscode Chef
9 14 (1.20%) Terraform
10 9 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
11 8 (0.69%) Backup Exec
11 8 (0.69%) Microsoft Intune
12 6 (0.51%) NetBackup
13 5 (0.43%) CASB
14 4 (0.34%) Microsoft Clustering
14 4 (0.34%) Nexpose
Vendors
1 654 (56.09%) Cisco
2 448 (38.42%) VMware
3 341 (29.25%) Microsoft
4 162 (13.89%) Juniper
5 141 (12.09%) CheckPoint
6 135 (11.58%) Citrix
7 117 (10.03%) Meraki
8 116 (9.95%) Palo Alto
9 107 (9.18%) Fortinet
10 77 (6.60%) HP
11 65 (5.57%) F5
12 58 (4.97%) SolarWinds
13 44 (3.77%) Veeam
14 37 (3.17%) Aruba
14 37 (3.17%) Dell
15 36 (3.09%) NetApp
16 35 (3.00%) Sophos
17 29 (2.49%) Brocade
18 28 (2.40%) Avaya
18 28 (2.40%) Riverbed