Period
to 20 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 138 119 143
Rank change year-on-year -19 +24 -7
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,466 3,411 3,666
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.31% 2.72% 2.45%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.27% 18.08% 16.31%
Number of salaries quoted 1,453 2,838 3,213
Median annual salary £49,000 £45,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.89% -5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,800 £25,000 £26,750
90th Percentile £75,000 £75,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £40,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +12.50% -5.88% +1.19%

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 9,008 18,871 22,483
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.17% 15.05% 15.03%
Number of salaries quoted 7,176 15,065 17,844
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

WAN
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for WAN in the UK

WAN
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing WAN over the 6 months to 20 January 2021.

Salary histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing WAN within the UK over the 6 months to 20 January 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 -27 1,313 £47,500 +5.56% 223
UK excluding London -6 1,003 £45,000 +12.50% 195
London -56 379 £60,000 +14.29% 45
North of England +41 300 £42,500 +6.25% 68
Work from Home +12 240 £52,500 -16.00% 37
South East -42 223 £47,500 +6.74% 48
Midlands -31 163 £42,500 +6.25% 31
North West +60 162 £45,000 +12.50% 41
South West +36 146 £45,000 +8.43% 23
Yorkshire +4 101 £41,750 -1.76% 19
East of England +16 98 £47,500 +18.75% 8
West Midlands -37 90 £50,000 +13.64% 17
East Midlands -11 71 £40,000 +6.67% 14
Scotland +26 42 £36,500 -12.05% 11
North East +26 37 £38,000 +26.67% 8
Wales +13 27 £44,000 +14.29% 4
Northern Ireland 0 8 £45,000 +40.63% 2

For the 6 months to 20 January 2021, 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 with a requirement for WAN.

1 1,162 (79.26%) LAN
2 780 (53.21%) Cisco
3 776 (52.93%) Firewall
4 587 (40.04%) Windows
5 514 (35.06%) Microsoft
6 492 (33.56%) VMware
7 484 (33.02%) Active Directory
8 483 (32.95%) Cisco Certification
9 439 (29.95%) Azure
10 389 (26.53%) VPN
11 372 (25.38%) Office 365
12 323 (22.03%) Windows Server
13 315 (21.49%) TCP/IP
14 312 (21.28%) DNS
15 310 (21.15%) CCNP
16 285 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
17 277 (18.89%) ITIL
18 263 (17.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 262 (17.87%) CCNA
20 255 (17.39%) Wireless
21 239 (16.30%) Data Centre
22 238 (16.23%) Network Security
23 234 (15.96%) DHCP
24 221 (15.08%) MPLS
25 219 (14.94%) Linux
26 218 (14.87%) Wi-Fi
27 217 (14.80%) AWS
28 201 (13.71%) Cisco ASA
29 196 (13.37%) VLAN
30 191 (13.03%) BGP

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
1 150 (10.23%) MS Exchange
2 79 (5.39%) SharePoint
3 42 (2.86%) IIS
4 40 (2.73%) Skype for Business
5 38 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (1.16%) Apache
7 16 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2010
8 11 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (0.48%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.41%) Apache Spark
11 5 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.34%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (0.20%) CMS
13 3 (0.20%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.14%) Apache Solr
14 2 (0.14%) DNN
14 2 (0.14%) IBM Domino
15 1 (0.068%) Confluence
15 1 (0.068%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 139 (9.48%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.98%) MS Visio
3 11 (0.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.068%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.068%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 5 (0.34%) Carpe Diem
2 1 (0.068%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.068%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.068%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
2 1 (0.068%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 439 (29.95%) Azure
2 372 (25.38%) Office 365
3 217 (14.80%) AWS
4 67 (4.57%) Azure Active Directory
5 59 (4.02%) IaaS
6 47 (3.21%) SaaS
7 42 (2.86%) GCP
8 23 (1.57%) Mimecast
9 22 (1.50%) Route 53
9 22 (1.50%) Slack
10 19 (1.30%) OneDrive
11 18 (1.23%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 18 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
12 14 (0.95%) PaaS
13 7 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.41%) AWS IoT
14 6 (0.41%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 3 (0.20%) Cloudflare
15 3 (0.20%) Dynamics 365
15 3 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 1,162 (79.26%) LAN
2 776 (52.93%) Firewall
3 389 (26.53%) VPN
4 315 (21.49%) TCP/IP
5 312 (21.28%) DNS
6 255 (17.39%) Wireless
7 238 (16.23%) Network Security
8 234 (15.96%) DHCP
9 221 (15.08%) MPLS
10 218 (14.87%) Wi-Fi
11 201 (13.71%) Cisco ASA
12 196 (13.37%) VLAN
13 191 (13.03%) BGP
14 183 (12.48%) VoIP
15 147 (10.03%) OSPF
16 124 (8.46%) SAN
17 111 (7.57%) Cisco Nexus
18 97 (6.62%) WLAN
19 84 (5.73%) Internet
20 67 (4.57%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (6.07%) SQL Server
2 10 (0.68%) Big Data
3 9 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
4 8 (0.55%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (0.48%) MongoDB
5 7 (0.48%) Relational Database
6 6 (0.41%) Hadoop
6 6 (0.41%) MySQL
6 6 (0.41%) NoSQL
6 6 (0.41%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.34%) Impala
7 5 (0.34%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (0.27%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (0.27%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.27%) Redis
9 3 (0.20%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.20%) Blockchain
9 3 (0.20%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (0.20%) HBase
Development Applications
1 13 (0.89%) Git (software)
2 10 (0.68%) JIRA
2 10 (0.68%) Sonatype Nexus
3 9 (0.61%) Bitbucket
4 7 (0.48%) Metasploit
4 7 (0.48%) WebScarab
5 6 (0.41%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.20%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.20%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.20%) Visual Studio
6 3 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 2 (0.14%) GitLab
8 1 (0.068%) WebLogic Workshop
General
1 169 (11.53%) Finance
2 109 (7.44%) Telecoms
3 52 (3.55%) Public Sector
4 46 (3.14%) Banking
5 38 (2.59%) Law
6 26 (1.77%) Retail
7 18 (1.23%) Legal
8 15 (1.02%) Electronics
9 12 (0.82%) Manufacturing
9 12 (0.82%) Marketing
10 11 (0.75%) Local Government
11 10 (0.68%) Military
11 10 (0.68%) Publishing
12 7 (0.48%) Aerospace
12 7 (0.48%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.48%) Fire and Rescue
13 6 (0.41%) Back Office
13 6 (0.41%) Investment Banking
14 4 (0.27%) Advertising
14 4 (0.27%) Games
Job Titles
1 465 (31.72%) Network Engineer
2 206 (14.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 163 (11.12%) Senior Network Engineer
4 139 (9.48%) Support Engineer
5 116 (7.91%) Analyst
6 114 (7.78%) IT Engineer
7 110 (7.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 90 (6.14%) Cisco Engineer
9 85 (5.80%) Architect
10 75 (5.12%) Security Engineer
11 72 (4.91%) Cisco Network Engineer
12 69 (4.71%) IT Support
13 63 (4.30%) Consultant
14 55 (3.75%) 3rd Line Support
15 53 (3.62%) Network Security Engineer
16 48 (3.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 48 (3.27%) IT Manager
16 48 (3.27%) Systems Engineer
17 47 (3.21%) Windows Engineer
18 44 (3.00%) Network Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (1.23%) .NET
2 17 (1.16%) Middleware
3 15 (1.02%) 802.1X
4 13 (0.89%) LDAP
5 12 (0.82%) YAML
6 11 (0.75%) FIX Protocol
7 9 (0.61%) SAML
8 8 (0.55%) JSON
8 8 (0.55%) Web Services
8 8 (0.55%) XMPP
9 7 (0.48%) OAuth
9 7 (0.48%) OAuth2
9 7 (0.48%) OpenID
10 6 (0.41%) COM
10 6 (0.41%) Kafka
10 6 (0.41%) X-Windows
11 5 (0.34%) XML
12 3 (0.20%) Elastic Stack
12 3 (0.20%) HTML
12 3 (0.20%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 239 (16.30%) Data Centre
2 55 (3.75%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (3.75%) Management Information System
3 46 (3.14%) Self-Motivation
4 37 (2.52%) Replication
5 34 (2.32%) Public Cloud
6 33 (2.25%) Driving Licence
6 33 (2.25%) Hybrid Cloud
7 31 (2.11%) Clustering
8 24 (1.64%) Client/Server
9 20 (1.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 19 (1.30%) PKI
10 19 (1.30%) User Experience
11 17 (1.16%) Private Cloud
12 14 (0.95%) EPoS
12 14 (0.95%) NHS
12 14 (0.95%) Smartphone
12 14 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
13 10 (0.68%) Cloud Native
13 10 (0.68%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 587 (40.04%) Windows
2 323 (22.03%) Windows Server
3 219 (14.94%) Linux
4 113 (7.71%) Windows 10
5 105 (7.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 81 (5.53%) Windows Server 2016
7 65 (4.43%) Windows Server 2008
8 60 (4.09%) Windows 7
9 58 (3.96%) Windows Server 2019
10 28 (1.91%) Android
11 23 (1.57%) CentOS
11 23 (1.57%) Mac OS X
12 22 (1.50%) Unix
13 14 (0.95%) Mac OS
14 13 (0.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 10 (0.68%) Oracle Linux
15 10 (0.68%) Ubuntu
15 10 (0.68%) Windows 8
16 8 (0.55%) Apple iOS
17 6 (0.41%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 277 (18.89%) ITIL
2 263 (17.94%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 154 (10.50%) Problem-Solving
4 111 (7.57%) Disaster Recovery
5 104 (7.09%) Cybersecurity
6 103 (7.03%) Mentoring
7 96 (6.55%) Network Design
8 95 (6.48%) Migration
9 91 (6.21%) DevOps
10 85 (5.80%) Network Monitoring
11 84 (5.73%) Information Security
12 78 (5.32%) Project Management
13 75 (5.12%) Presales
13 75 (5.12%) Service Delivery
14 63 (4.30%) Project Delivery
15 61 (4.16%) Change Management
16 60 (4.09%) SIEM
17 55 (3.75%) Continuous Improvement
18 53 (3.62%) Agile Software Development
19 51 (3.48%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 108 (7.37%) SQL
2 75 (5.12%) PowerShell
3 72 (4.91%) Python
4 15 (1.02%) Bash Shell
5 12 (0.82%) Perl
5 12 (0.82%) VB.NET
6 10 (0.68%) C
7 7 (0.48%) PHP
8 6 (0.41%) C#
9 5 (0.34%) R
10 4 (0.27%) JavaScript
11 3 (0.20%) Lisp
11 3 (0.20%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.14%) C++
12 2 (0.14%) Java
12 2 (0.14%) Tcl
13 1 (0.068%) AWK
13 1 (0.068%) Ruby
13 1 (0.068%) VB
Qualifications
1 483 (32.95%) Cisco Certification
2 310 (21.15%) CCNP
3 262 (17.87%) CCNA
4 116 (7.91%) Microsoft Certification
5 91 (6.21%) Degree
6 80 (5.46%) Security Cleared
7 67 (4.57%) CCIE
8 61 (4.16%) MCSA
9 57 (3.89%) MCSE
10 51 (3.48%) SC Cleared
11 44 (3.00%) CISSP
12 42 (2.86%) JNCIA
13 36 (2.46%) CCDP
14 35 (2.39%) JNCIP
15 31 (2.11%) DBS Check
15 31 (2.11%) MCP
16 29 (1.98%) JNCIS
17 28 (1.91%) ITIL Certification
18 27 (1.84%) MCITP
19 25 (1.71%) CCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (7.44%) SLA
2 44 (3.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 28 (1.91%) PCI DSS
4 19 (1.30%) GDPR
5 17 (1.16%) NIST
6 11 (0.75%) PMO
7 8 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials
7 8 (0.55%) QA
8 7 (0.48%) COBIT
8 7 (0.48%) ISO 9000
8 7 (0.48%) OASIS TOSCA
9 6 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
9 6 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 5 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 3 (0.20%) NCSC
12 1 (0.068%) Data Quality
12 1 (0.068%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.068%) NIST 800
System Software
1 484 (33.02%) Active Directory
2 285 (19.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 168 (11.46%) Hyper-V
4 57 (3.89%) vSphere
5 37 (2.52%) VMware ESXi
6 33 (2.25%) Virtual Servers
7 31 (2.11%) VMware Server
8 29 (1.98%) Docker
8 29 (1.98%) XenApp
9 23 (1.57%) Virtual Machines
10 18 (1.23%) VMware NSX
11 16 (1.09%) XenDesktop
12 14 (0.95%) VMware Workstation
13 12 (0.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 12 (0.82%) Terminal Services
14 10 (0.68%) DFS Replication
15 9 (0.61%) Firmware
15 9 (0.61%) KVM
16 6 (0.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 5 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 72 (4.91%) SCCM
2 64 (4.37%) Ansible
3 42 (2.86%) Puppet
4 41 (2.80%) Microsoft Intune
5 37 (2.52%) Nagios
6 35 (2.39%) FortiGate
7 32 (2.18%) Opscode Chef
8 28 (1.91%) SCOM
9 27 (1.84%) Kubernetes
10 26 (1.77%) Terraform
11 25 (1.71%) Cisco CUCM
11 25 (1.71%) vCenter Server
12 22 (1.50%) Nessus
13 17 (1.16%) WSUS
14 16 (1.09%) Cisco Prime
15 15 (1.02%) Microsoft Clustering
16 14 (0.95%) SCVMM
16 14 (0.95%) WMI
17 11 (0.75%) Cisco UCCX
18 10 (0.68%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 780 (53.21%) Cisco
2 514 (35.06%) Microsoft
3 492 (33.56%) VMware
4 171 (11.66%) Juniper
5 155 (10.57%) Palo Alto
6 137 (9.35%) CheckPoint
7 118 (8.05%) Meraki
8 108 (7.37%) Fortinet
9 98 (6.68%) F5
10 97 (6.62%) Citrix
11 82 (5.59%) Veeam
12 71 (4.84%) Dell
12 71 (4.84%) HP
13 64 (4.37%) SolarWinds
14 56 (3.82%) Aruba
15 48 (3.27%) Avaya
15 48 (3.27%) SonicWALL
16 43 (2.93%) NetApp
17 39 (2.66%) Sophos
18 36 (2.46%) Riverbed