Period
to 18 April 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for SD-WAN skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited SD-WAN over the 6 months to 18 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
UK
6 months to
18 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 525 588 692
Rank change year-on-year +63 +104 +408
Permanent jobs citing SD-WAN 342 410 472
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.41% 0.37% 0.32%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 3.14% 2.47% 2.07%
Number of salaries quoted 307 336 301
10th Percentile £42,000 £38,250 £41,250
25th Percentile £50,000 £47,600 £52,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £60,000 £62,500 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.00% -3.85% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £72,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,750 £81,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £65,000
% change year-on-year - -7.69% +8.33%

SD-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 with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 10,894 16,573 22,837
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.94% 15.06% 15.36%
Number of salaries quoted 8,292 13,233 17,747
10th Percentile £28,500 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £34,250 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £66,250 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -

SD-WAN
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing SD-WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for SD-WAN in the UK

SD-WAN
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing SD-WAN.

Salary trend for SD-WAN in the UK

SD-WAN
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing SD-WAN over the 6 months to 18 April 2021.

Salary histogram for SD-WAN in the UK

SD-WAN
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing SD-WAN within the UK over the 6 months to 18 April 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
England +68 297 £60,000 -7.69% 47
UK excluding London +91 196 £60,000 - 32
London +50 111 £67,500 -3.57% 15
Work from Home -100 91 £65,000 - 6
North of England +53 71 £60,000 +22.45% 8
North West +66 41 £60,000 +14.29% 7
South East +52 40 £62,500 -3.85% 3
Yorkshire +6 27 £62,500 -10.71% 1
South West +15 26 £58,750 -6.00% 12
East of England +44 24 £60,000 +6.67%
Midlands +46 23 £50,000 +46.52% 8
East Midlands +24 13 £55,000 +100.00% 1
West Midlands +24 10 £39,250 +4.67% 7
Wales - 8 £60,000 -
Scotland -1 7 £75,000 +57.56% 1
North East +8 3 £32,500 -19.25%

For the 6 months to 18 April 2021, IT jobs citing SD-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 with a requirement for SD-WAN.

1 303 (88.60%) WAN
2 199 (58.19%) Cisco
3 185 (54.09%) Firewall
4 167 (48.83%) LAN
5 136 (39.77%) Cisco Certification
6 120 (35.09%) MPLS
7 113 (33.04%) Azure
8 103 (30.12%) CCNP
9 96 (28.07%) Network Security
10 92 (26.90%) Data Centre
11 85 (24.85%) Presales
11 85 (24.85%) Fortinet
12 83 (24.27%) Microsoft
13 80 (23.39%) BGP
14 76 (22.22%) VPN
15 73 (21.35%) Wireless
16 70 (20.47%) OSPF
17 66 (19.30%) ITIL
18 65 (19.01%) AWS
19 62 (18.13%) Palo Alto
20 60 (17.54%) Windows
20 60 (17.54%) Active Directory
21 56 (16.37%) VMware
22 51 (14.91%) Network Design
22 51 (14.91%) CCNA
22 51 (14.91%) Juniper
23 48 (14.04%) Microsoft 365
24 46 (13.45%) Wi-Fi
25 42 (12.28%) Meraki
26 41 (11.99%) VMware Infrastructure

SD-WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 13 (3.80%) MS Exchange
2 9 (2.63%) SharePoint
2 9 (2.63%) Skype for Business
3 7 (2.05%) OpenStack
4 2 (0.58%) Apache Solr
5 1 (0.29%) IIS
Applications
1 14 (4.09%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (2.92%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.58%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.29%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 113 (33.04%) Azure
2 65 (19.01%) AWS
3 48 (14.04%) Microsoft 365
4 16 (4.68%) Azure Active Directory
5 10 (2.92%) IaaS
6 9 (2.63%) SaaS
7 7 (2.05%) GCP
8 6 (1.75%) Route 53
8 6 (1.75%) Slack
9 4 (1.17%) AWS CloudFormation
9 4 (1.17%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 4 (1.17%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.88%) AWS Direct Connect
11 2 (0.58%) Mimecast
11 2 (0.58%) PaaS
12 1 (0.29%) iTunes
Communications & Networking
1 303 (88.60%) WAN
2 185 (54.09%) Firewall
3 167 (48.83%) LAN
4 120 (35.09%) MPLS
5 96 (28.07%) Network Security
6 80 (23.39%) BGP
7 76 (22.22%) VPN
8 73 (21.35%) Wireless
9 70 (20.47%) OSPF
10 46 (13.45%) Wi-Fi
11 39 (11.40%) Cisco ASA
11 39 (11.40%) Cisco Firepower
11 39 (11.40%) DNS
12 37 (10.82%) VLAN
13 35 (10.23%) Ethernet
14 32 (9.36%) TCP/IP
15 29 (8.48%) DHCP
16 28 (8.19%) Cisco IOS
17 26 (7.60%) Cisco ISE
17 26 (7.60%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.05%) SQL Server
2 3 (0.88%) MySQL
3 2 (0.58%) Blockchain
3 2 (0.58%) MariaDB
3 2 (0.58%) MongoDB
3 2 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (0.58%) Redis
Development Applications
1 6 (1.75%) Sonatype Nexus
2 2 (0.58%) GCC
2 2 (0.58%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 27 (7.89%) Telecoms
2 17 (4.97%) Finance
3 14 (4.09%) Marketing
4 11 (3.22%) Electronics
4 11 (3.22%) Publishing
5 7 (2.05%) Retail
6 6 (1.75%) Banking
6 6 (1.75%) Law
7 3 (0.88%) Military
8 2 (0.58%) Digital Economy
8 2 (0.58%) Legal
9 1 (0.29%) Advertising
9 1 (0.29%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 106 (30.99%) Network Engineer
2 85 (24.85%) Architect
3 51 (14.91%) Network Architect
4 49 (14.33%) Consultant
5 39 (11.40%) Network Consultant
6 34 (9.94%) Senior Network Engineer
7 26 (7.60%) Solutions Architect
8 22 (6.43%) Cisco Engineer
9 21 (6.14%) WAN Engineer
10 19 (5.56%) Security Architect
11 18 (5.26%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 17 (4.97%) Security Engineer
13 15 (4.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 15 (4.39%) Network Security Engineer
13 15 (4.39%) WAN Consultant
14 14 (4.09%) Analyst
14 14 (4.09%) Support Engineer
15 13 (3.80%) LAN Engineer
15 13 (3.80%) LAN/WAN Engineer
15 13 (3.80%) Network Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (3.51%) JSON
2 7 (2.05%) 802.1X
3 4 (1.17%) Velocity
4 2 (0.58%) Middleware
4 2 (0.58%) React
4 2 (0.58%) REST
4 2 (0.58%) SOAP
4 2 (0.58%) Web Services
4 2 (0.58%) WebRTC
4 2 (0.58%) YAML
5 1 (0.29%) .NET
5 1 (0.29%) CSS
5 1 (0.29%) Elastic Stack
5 1 (0.29%) LDAP
5 1 (0.29%) SAML
5 1 (0.29%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 92 (26.90%) Data Centre
2 27 (7.89%) Public Cloud
3 14 (4.09%) Management Information System
4 13 (3.80%) Private Cloud
5 12 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
6 7 (2.05%) Hybrid Cloud
6 7 (2.05%) Self-Motivation
7 6 (1.75%) Replication
8 5 (1.46%) Clustering
9 4 (1.17%) Podcast
10 3 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.88%) Mobile App
10 3 (0.88%) PMI
11 2 (0.58%) e-Health
11 2 (0.58%) FMCG
11 2 (0.58%) Social Media
11 2 (0.58%) Virtual Team
12 1 (0.29%) Cyberthreat
12 1 (0.29%) Robotics
12 1 (0.29%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 60 (17.54%) Windows
2 38 (11.11%) Linux
3 32 (9.36%) Windows Server
4 14 (4.09%) Windows Server 2019
5 13 (3.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (3.51%) Windows 10
7 8 (2.34%) Windows Server 2016
8 7 (2.05%) Mac OS X
9 5 (1.46%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (1.17%) CentOS
10 4 (1.17%) Ubuntu
11 3 (0.88%) Android
11 3 (0.88%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.29%) Unix
12 1 (0.29%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 85 (24.85%) Presales
2 66 (19.30%) ITIL
3 51 (14.91%) Network Design
4 32 (9.36%) Mentoring
5 29 (8.48%) Network Virtualisation
6 25 (7.31%) Capacity Planning
6 25 (7.31%) Migration
7 24 (7.02%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 21 (6.14%) Service Delivery
9 20 (5.85%) Change Management
9 20 (5.85%) ITIL V3
9 20 (5.85%) Problem-Solving
10 18 (5.26%) DevOps
10 18 (5.26%) Stakeholder Management
11 17 (4.97%) Project Delivery
11 17 (4.97%) Thought Leadership
12 15 (4.39%) Network Architecture
12 15 (4.39%) Project Management
12 15 (4.39%) Security Architecture
13 14 (4.09%) Deadline-Driven
Programming Languages
1 37 (10.82%) Python
2 14 (4.09%) PowerShell
3 10 (2.92%) Perl
4 9 (2.63%) SQL
5 2 (0.58%) Bash Shell
5 2 (0.58%) Go
5 2 (0.58%) JavaScript
5 2 (0.58%) PHP
5 2 (0.58%) TypeScript
6 1 (0.29%) C
Qualifications
1 136 (39.77%) Cisco Certification
2 103 (30.12%) CCNP
3 51 (14.91%) CCNA
4 33 (9.65%) CCIE
5 21 (6.14%) Security Cleared
6 18 (5.26%) SC Cleared
7 15 (4.39%) Degree
8 10 (2.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 9 (2.63%) JNCIA
10 7 (2.05%) MBA
11 6 (1.75%) CISSP
12 5 (1.46%) TOGAF Certification
13 4 (1.17%) CCDA
13 4 (1.17%) CCIE Routing and Switching
14 3 (0.88%) CISM
14 3 (0.88%) CITP
14 3 (0.88%) PMI Certification
15 2 (0.58%) AWS Certification
15 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Certification
16 1 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.05%) OASIS TOSCA
2 5 (1.46%) SLA
3 4 (1.17%) GDPR
4 3 (0.88%) COBIT
4 3 (0.88%) PMO
5 2 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.58%) NIST
5 2 (0.58%) NIST 800
6 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.29%) QA
System Software
1 60 (17.54%) Active Directory
2 41 (11.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (4.68%) VMware NSX
4 7 (2.05%) Hyper-V
4 7 (2.05%) KVM
5 6 (1.75%) Docker
6 5 (1.46%) vSphere
7 3 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 31 (9.06%) Ansible
2 21 (6.14%) Terraform
3 15 (4.39%) FortiGate
4 10 (2.92%) Nagios
5 6 (1.75%) Kubernetes
5 6 (1.75%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (1.75%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.75%) Puppet
6 5 (1.46%) Cacti
6 5 (1.46%) SCCM
6 5 (1.46%) SolarWinds Orion
7 4 (1.17%) HAProxy
7 4 (1.17%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (1.17%) ZABBIX
8 3 (0.88%) SCOM
8 3 (0.88%) SCSM
9 2 (0.58%) CA Spectrum
9 2 (0.58%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.58%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 199 (58.19%) Cisco
2 85 (24.85%) Fortinet
3 83 (24.27%) Microsoft
4 62 (18.13%) Palo Alto
5 56 (16.37%) VMware
6 51 (14.91%) Juniper
7 42 (12.28%) Meraki
8 30 (8.77%) CheckPoint
9 29 (8.48%) SolarWinds
10 21 (6.14%) Avaya
11 14 (4.09%) CA
11 14 (4.09%) HP
12 13 (3.80%) Aruba
12 13 (3.80%) BT
12 13 (3.80%) Google
12 13 (3.80%) Mitel
12 13 (3.80%) Riverbed
13 12 (3.51%) F5
14 11 (3.22%) Citrix
14 11 (3.22%) ShoreTel