Period
to 4 December 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 4 December 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
UK
6 months to
4 Dec 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 741 489 639
Rank change year-on-year -252 +150 +259
Permanent jobs citing SD-WAN 333 254 491
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.45% 0.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 2.02% 3.01% 2.36%
Number of salaries quoted 306 223 307
10th Percentile £32,500 £36,250 £39,350
25th Percentile £41,625 £46,188 £47,600
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £57,500 £65,000
Median % change year-on-year -4.35% -11.54% -
75th Percentile £77,500 £73,750 £77,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,250 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £57,500
% change year-on-year - -13.04% -11.54%

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 16,518 8,442 20,844
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.91% 15.04% 15.35%
Number of salaries quoted 11,443 6,932 16,571
10th Percentile £27,500 £29,000 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
75th Percentile £69,750 £67,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £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 4 December 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 4 December 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 -215 299 £54,000 -6.09% 79
UK excluding London -162 181 £50,000 - 57
London -223 118 £72,500 +11.54% 23
Work from Home -205 72 £62,500 -3.85% 11
South East -109 54 £55,000 -8.33% 10
North of England -108 48 £50,000 +5.26% 25
North West -66 39 £46,250 +12.80% 19
Midlands -99 33 £50,000 - 12
South West -72 27 £50,000 +25.00% 3
East of England -84 25 £50,500 -12.17% 6
West Midlands -82 22 £50,500 +1.00% 8
East Midlands -64 11 £47,500 -5.00% 4
Yorkshire -82 7 £67,500 +35.00% 1
North East -25 2 £43,000 -21.82% 5
Wales -54 2 £60,000 +4.35%
Scotland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 4 December 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.

1 285 (85.59%) WAN
2 198 (59.46%) Cisco
3 153 (45.95%) Firewall
4 115 (34.53%) Social Skills
5 111 (33.33%) Azure
6 104 (31.23%) Cisco Certification
7 95 (28.53%) LAN
8 88 (26.43%) MPLS
9 86 (25.83%) CCNP
10 85 (25.53%) Microsoft
11 80 (24.02%) BGP
12 72 (21.62%) Data Centre
13 67 (20.12%) VPN
14 65 (19.52%) Telecoms
14 65 (19.52%) VMware
15 60 (18.02%) Windows
16 59 (17.72%) OSPF
17 54 (16.22%) Fortinet
18 51 (15.32%) Network Security
19 50 (15.02%) AWS
20 49 (14.71%) Palo Alto
21 48 (14.41%) Microsoft 365
21 48 (14.41%) Active Directory
22 47 (14.11%) ITIL
23 46 (13.81%) CCNA
24 45 (13.51%) Meraki
25 43 (12.91%) Wireless
26 42 (12.61%) VoIP
26 42 (12.61%) Problem-Solving
27 41 (12.31%) Project Management

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 12 (3.60%) MS Exchange
2 6 (1.80%) Cloud Foundry
3 5 (1.50%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.50%) Skype for Business
4 3 (0.90%) IIS
4 3 (0.90%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (0.30%) OpenStack
Applications
1 15 (4.50%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.30%) Toggl
Cloud Services
1 111 (33.33%) Azure
2 50 (15.02%) AWS
3 48 (14.41%) Microsoft 365
4 25 (7.51%) PaaS
5 23 (6.91%) IaaS
6 22 (6.61%) SaaS
7 14 (4.20%) GCP
8 9 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (1.80%) Amazon EKS
9 6 (1.80%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 6 (1.80%) IBM Cloud
9 6 (1.80%) MinIO
9 6 (1.80%) OpenShift
9 6 (1.80%) Stackdriver
10 5 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
11 4 (1.20%) AWS CodeCommit
11 4 (1.20%) AWS CodePipeline
11 4 (1.20%) AWS Lambda
11 4 (1.20%) Azure Key Vault
11 4 (1.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 285 (85.59%) WAN
2 153 (45.95%) Firewall
3 95 (28.53%) LAN
4 88 (26.43%) MPLS
5 80 (24.02%) BGP
6 67 (20.12%) VPN
7 59 (17.72%) OSPF
8 51 (15.32%) Network Security
9 43 (12.91%) Wireless
10 42 (12.61%) VoIP
11 39 (11.71%) Cisco ASA
11 39 (11.71%) DNS
11 39 (11.71%) IPsec
12 38 (11.41%) Wi-Fi
13 34 (10.21%) Cisco Firepower
14 33 (9.91%) TCP/IP
14 33 (9.91%) WLAN
15 32 (9.61%) Cisco Nexus
15 32 (9.61%) DHCP
16 25 (7.51%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (3.60%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.00%) Amazon RDS
3 7 (2.10%) NoSQL
4 3 (0.90%) Oracle Database
4 3 (0.90%) RDBMS
4 3 (0.90%) Relational Database
5 2 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.30%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.30%) DB2
6 1 (0.30%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 10 (3.00%) Jenkins
2 6 (1.80%) GitLab
3 4 (1.20%) Bitbucket
3 4 (1.20%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.30%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 115 (34.53%) Social Skills
2 65 (19.52%) Telecoms
3 25 (7.51%) Finance
3 25 (7.51%) French Language
3 25 (7.51%) German Language
4 21 (6.31%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (5.41%) Legal
6 16 (4.80%) Italian Language
6 16 (4.80%) Portuguese Language
6 16 (4.80%) Spanish Language
7 15 (4.50%) Banking
7 15 (4.50%) Marketing
8 13 (3.90%) Law
9 9 (2.70%) Digital Economy
9 9 (2.70%) Manufacturing
9 9 (2.70%) Multimedia
10 8 (2.40%) Presentation Skills
10 8 (2.40%) Retail
11 7 (2.10%) Brand Awareness
11 7 (2.10%) Military
Job Titles
1 84 (25.23%) Network Engineer
2 53 (15.92%) Architect
3 27 (8.11%) Network Architect
4 24 (7.21%) Analyst
4 24 (7.21%) Project Manager
5 20 (6.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 20 (6.01%) Senior Network Engineer
6 17 (5.11%) Consultant
7 15 (4.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 15 (4.50%) Security Manager
8 14 (4.20%) Support Analyst
9 13 (3.90%) Solutions Architect
10 12 (3.60%) Desktop Analyst
10 12 (3.60%) Network Consultant
10 12 (3.60%) Network Manager
10 12 (3.60%) Product Manager
10 12 (3.60%) Support Engineer
10 12 (3.60%) WAN Engineer
11 11 (3.30%) Cisco Engineer
11 11 (3.30%) Network Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.30%) JSON
2 7 (2.10%) Elastic Stack
2 7 (2.10%) Kafka
3 6 (1.80%) Node.js
3 6 (1.80%) RabbitMQ
4 5 (1.50%) Web Services
5 3 (0.90%) Middleware
5 3 (0.90%) REST
5 3 (0.90%) SOAP
5 3 (0.90%) YAML
6 2 (0.60%) ISPF
7 1 (0.30%) 802.1X
7 1 (0.30%) ActiveMQ
7 1 (0.30%) CSS
7 1 (0.30%) LAPP Stack
7 1 (0.30%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 72 (21.62%) Data Centre
2 35 (10.51%) Public Cloud
3 11 (3.30%) PKI
3 11 (3.30%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (2.10%) Management Information System
5 6 (1.80%) Cloud Native
5 6 (1.80%) Data Protection Act
5 6 (1.80%) Hybrid Cloud
6 5 (1.50%) Analytical Mindset
6 5 (1.50%) Private Cloud
6 5 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (1.50%) Virtual Team
7 3 (0.90%) Cyber Defence
7 3 (0.90%) Driving Licence
8 2 (0.60%) CCTV
8 2 (0.60%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (0.60%) FlexPod
8 2 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.30%) Hedge funds
9 1 (0.30%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 60 (18.02%) Windows
2 29 (8.71%) Windows Server
3 21 (6.31%) Windows 10
4 12 (3.60%) Linux
5 11 (3.30%) Windows Server 2019
6 7 (2.10%) Android
6 7 (2.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (1.80%) Unix
8 5 (1.50%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.90%) AIX
10 2 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.30%) CentOS
11 1 (0.30%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.30%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (14.11%) ITIL
2 42 (12.61%) Problem-Solving
3 41 (12.31%) Project Management
4 36 (10.81%) Network Design
5 34 (10.21%) Agile Software Development
6 28 (8.41%) Cybersecurity
6 28 (8.41%) Migration
7 26 (7.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 25 (7.51%) Change Management
8 25 (7.51%) Disaster Recovery
9 24 (7.21%) Project Delivery
10 23 (6.91%) Presales
10 23 (6.91%) PRINCE2
11 22 (6.61%) Load Balancing
12 21 (6.31%) Continuous Improvement
12 21 (6.31%) Service Delivery
13 20 (6.01%) DevOps
13 20 (6.01%) Network Management
13 20 (6.01%) Network Monitoring
14 19 (5.71%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (7.81%) Python
2 24 (7.21%) SQL
3 18 (5.41%) PowerShell
4 15 (4.50%) C
5 7 (2.10%) Java
6 6 (1.80%) C#
6 6 (1.80%) Go
7 5 (1.50%) VBScript
8 4 (1.20%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.30%) C++
Qualifications
1 104 (31.23%) Cisco Certification
2 86 (25.83%) CCNP
3 46 (13.81%) CCNA
4 32 (9.61%) Degree
5 29 (8.71%) Security Cleared
6 26 (7.81%) CCIE
7 22 (6.61%) SC Cleared
8 11 (3.30%) Microsoft Certification
9 9 (2.70%) CCIP
9 9 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
10 8 (2.40%) MCSE
10 8 (2.40%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 7 (2.10%) Master's Degree
12 6 (1.80%) JNCIP
13 5 (1.50%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 4 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (1.20%) HP APS
14 4 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
14 4 (1.20%) PMP
15 3 (0.90%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (8.11%) SLA
2 11 (3.30%) GDPR
3 9 (2.70%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 3 (0.90%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 3 (0.90%) NCSC
5 3 (0.90%) NIST
6 1 (0.30%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.30%) PMO
System Software
1 48 (14.41%) Active Directory
2 35 (10.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (6.01%) Hyper-V
4 14 (4.20%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (2.40%) Docker
5 8 (2.40%) VMware NSX
6 7 (2.10%) vSphere
7 6 (1.80%) Ceph
7 6 (1.80%) KVM
8 5 (1.50%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 5 (1.50%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.60%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.60%) Firmware
9 2 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.30%) NLBS
Systems Management
1 19 (5.71%) FortiGate
2 18 (5.41%) Ansible
3 16 (4.80%) Microsoft Intune
4 14 (4.20%) SCCM
4 14 (4.20%) Terraform
5 11 (3.30%) Puppet
6 9 (2.70%) Opscode Chef
7 8 (2.40%) Kubernetes
7 8 (2.40%) vCenter Server
8 7 (2.10%) ZABBIX
9 6 (1.80%) Prometheus
9 6 (1.80%) Salt
10 5 (1.50%) WSUS
11 4 (1.20%) Backup Exec
11 4 (1.20%) SCOM
11 4 (1.20%) Stealthwatch
12 2 (0.60%) Cisco CUCM
12 2 (0.60%) Cisco Prime
12 2 (0.60%) Failover Clustering
13 1 (0.30%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 198 (59.46%) Cisco
2 85 (25.53%) Microsoft
3 65 (19.52%) VMware
4 54 (16.22%) Fortinet
5 49 (14.71%) Palo Alto
6 45 (13.51%) Meraki
7 35 (10.51%) Citrix
8 33 (9.91%) CheckPoint
9 23 (6.91%) SolarWinds
10 22 (6.61%) Juniper
11 19 (5.71%) Aruba
12 16 (4.80%) F5
13 13 (3.90%) Veeam
14 12 (3.60%) Riverbed
15 11 (3.30%) Arista
15 11 (3.30%) Google
15 11 (3.30%) Zscaler
16 10 (3.00%) Dell
16 10 (3.00%) Dynatrace
17 9 (2.70%) IBM