Period
to 22 October 2020

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 22 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 124 98 147
Rank change year-on-year -26 +49 -15
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,252 4,261 3,883
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.56% 3.11% 2.36%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 16.75% 20.04% 15.85%
Number of salaries quoted 1,143 3,251 3,365
Median annual salary £47,500 £43,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.47% -4.44% -
10th Percentile £28,750 £25,000 £26,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £72,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £41,500 £40,500
% change year-on-year +8.43% +2.47% +1.25%

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 7,474 21,263 24,501
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.26% 15.54% 14.87%
Number of salaries quoted 5,962 16,335 19,384
Median annual salary £50,500 £45,750 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.38% -3.68% +5.56%
10th Percentile £29,750 £25,750 £26,000
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £75,000
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 22 October 2020.

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 22 October 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
England -27 1,143 £50,000 +12.36% 215
UK excluding London -25 839 £45,000 +8.43% 192
London -32 363 £60,000 +20.00% 40
North of England -32 243 £41,000 +0.81% 58
South East -23 188 £50,000 +11.11% 45
Midlands -24 153 £42,500 - 39
Work from Home -1 136 £50,000 -4.76% 24
North West +29 124 £45,000 +5.88% 31
South West +9 111 £35,000 -12.50% 23
West Midlands -12 105 £44,000 -7.37% 25
Yorkshire -45 96 £40,000 - 22
East of England +30 76 £47,500 +27.52% 10
East Midlands -15 46 £40,000 +14.29% 14
Scotland +57 34 £48,750 +50.00% 10
Wales +40 33 £39,500 -7.06% 7
North East +15 23 £37,500 +56.25% 5
Northern Ireland -13 2 £47,500 +48.44%

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 with a requirement for WAN.

1 996 (79.55%) LAN
2 766 (61.18%) Cisco
3 646 (51.60%) Firewall
4 456 (36.42%) Microsoft
5 454 (36.26%) Cisco Certification
5 454 (36.26%) VMware
6 447 (35.70%) Windows
7 408 (32.59%) Active Directory
8 381 (30.43%) Azure
9 343 (27.40%) VPN
10 307 (24.52%) Office 365
11 294 (23.48%) ITIL
12 288 (23.00%) CCNP
13 278 (22.20%) DNS
14 277 (22.12%) Wireless
15 255 (20.37%) CCNA
16 253 (20.21%) Data Centre
17 248 (19.81%) Windows Server
18 241 (19.25%) MPLS
19 236 (18.85%) VMware Infrastructure
20 230 (18.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 228 (18.21%) TCP/IP
22 224 (17.89%) DHCP
22 224 (17.89%) BGP
23 206 (16.45%) Wi-Fi
24 204 (16.29%) Network Security
25 195 (15.58%) AWS
26 188 (15.02%) OSPF
27 184 (14.70%) CheckPoint
28 172 (13.74%) Finance

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 88 (7.03%) MS Exchange
2 58 (4.63%) Skype for Business
3 47 (3.75%) SharePoint
4 31 (2.48%) Exchange Server 2013
5 26 (2.08%) IIS
6 14 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2010
7 11 (0.88%) Elasticsearch
8 9 (0.72%) CMS
9 6 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.16%) DNN
12 1 (0.080%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.080%) Confluence
12 1 (0.080%) Drupal
12 1 (0.080%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.080%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.080%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.080%) Smallworld
12 1 (0.080%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.080%) WordPress
Applications
1 113 (9.03%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.48%) MS Visio
3 8 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
4 7 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.080%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 5 (0.40%) Carpe Diem
2 1 (0.080%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.080%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 381 (30.43%) Azure
2 307 (24.52%) Office 365
3 195 (15.58%) AWS
4 59 (4.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 46 (3.67%) IaaS
6 45 (3.59%) GCP
7 43 (3.43%) SaaS
8 23 (1.84%) Route 53
8 23 (1.84%) Slack
9 21 (1.68%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 19 (1.52%) Cloud Computing
11 15 (1.20%) Mimecast
12 14 (1.12%) PaaS
13 12 (0.96%) OneDrive
14 6 (0.48%) AWS IoT
15 5 (0.40%) G Suite
15 5 (0.40%) Smartsheet
16 4 (0.32%) Amazon S3
16 4 (0.32%) Power Platform
17 3 (0.24%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 996 (79.55%) LAN
2 646 (51.60%) Firewall
3 343 (27.40%) VPN
4 278 (22.20%) DNS
5 277 (22.12%) Wireless
6 241 (19.25%) MPLS
7 228 (18.21%) TCP/IP
8 224 (17.89%) BGP
8 224 (17.89%) DHCP
9 206 (16.45%) Wi-Fi
10 204 (16.29%) Network Security
11 188 (15.02%) OSPF
12 170 (13.58%) Cisco ASA
13 164 (13.10%) VoIP
14 160 (12.78%) VLAN
15 140 (11.18%) SAN
16 100 (7.99%) Cisco Nexus
17 89 (7.11%) EIGRP
18 77 (6.15%) WLAN
19 73 (5.83%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (5.11%) SQL Server
2 13 (1.04%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (0.48%) MySQL
4 5 (0.40%) Big Data
4 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.32%) Redis
6 3 (0.24%) Blockchain
6 3 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (0.24%) Power BI
6 3 (0.24%) SQL Server 2019
7 2 (0.16%) Amazon Aurora
7 2 (0.16%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.16%) NoSQL
7 2 (0.16%) OLAP
7 2 (0.16%) OLTP
7 2 (0.16%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (0.16%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.080%) GIS
Development Applications
1 11 (0.88%) Git (software)
2 9 (0.72%) JIRA
3 8 (0.64%) Jenkins
3 8 (0.64%) Sonatype Nexus
4 7 (0.56%) Metasploit
4 7 (0.56%) WebScarab
5 6 (0.48%) Bitbucket
6 5 (0.40%) Selenium
7 4 (0.32%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.16%) GitLab
8 2 (0.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.080%) WebLogic Workshop
General
1 172 (13.74%) Finance
2 72 (5.75%) Telecoms
3 33 (2.64%) Public Sector
4 30 (2.40%) Financial Institution
4 30 (2.40%) Law
5 22 (1.76%) Banking
6 14 (1.12%) Legal
6 14 (1.12%) Military
7 9 (0.72%) Advertising
8 8 (0.64%) Marketing
9 7 (0.56%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.56%) Retail
10 6 (0.48%) Manufacturing
11 4 (0.32%) French Language
11 4 (0.32%) Local Government
12 3 (0.24%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.24%) Electronics
13 2 (0.16%) Fire and Rescue
13 2 (0.16%) Front Office
14 1 (0.080%) German Language
Job Titles
1 471 (37.62%) Network Engineer
2 182 (14.54%) Senior Network Engineer
3 163 (13.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 121 (9.66%) Analyst
5 97 (7.75%) Cisco Engineer
6 87 (6.95%) Cisco Network Engineer
7 79 (6.31%) Support Engineer
8 65 (5.19%) IT Engineer
9 61 (4.87%) Security Engineer
10 58 (4.63%) IT Support
11 56 (4.47%) Architect
12 54 (4.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 53 (4.23%) IT Manager
14 51 (4.07%) Network Security Engineer
15 46 (3.67%) 3rd Line Support
16 43 (3.43%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
17 42 (3.35%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 42 (3.35%) Infrastructure Manager
18 40 (3.19%) Consultant
19 37 (2.96%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (2.00%) 802.1X
2 14 (1.12%) Middleware
3 11 (0.88%) YAML
4 9 (0.72%) LDAP
5 8 (0.64%) SAML
6 7 (0.56%) .NET
6 7 (0.56%) OAuth
6 7 (0.56%) OAuth2
6 7 (0.56%) OpenID
6 7 (0.56%) XMPP
7 6 (0.48%) X-Windows
8 5 (0.40%) JSON
8 5 (0.40%) Web Services
9 4 (0.32%) Regular Expression
10 3 (0.24%) REST
11 2 (0.16%) ActiveMQ
11 2 (0.16%) CSS
11 2 (0.16%) Elastic Stack
11 2 (0.16%) RabbitMQ
12 1 (0.080%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 253 (20.21%) Data Centre
2 51 (4.07%) Self-Motivation
3 45 (3.59%) Analytical Skills
4 41 (3.27%) Management Information System
5 39 (3.12%) Public Cloud
6 38 (3.04%) Hybrid Cloud
7 32 (2.56%) Clustering
8 23 (1.84%) Replication
9 19 (1.52%) Client/Server
9 19 (1.52%) Video Conferencing
10 16 (1.28%) Driving Licence
11 15 (1.20%) Private Cloud
12 13 (1.04%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
13 12 (0.96%) Fat Client
13 12 (0.96%) Thin Client
14 11 (0.88%) PKI
14 11 (0.88%) Smartphone
15 10 (0.80%) Mobile App
15 10 (0.80%) User Experience
16 9 (0.72%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 447 (35.70%) Windows
2 248 (19.81%) Windows Server
3 144 (11.50%) Linux
4 82 (6.55%) Windows 10
4 82 (6.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 74 (5.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 54 (4.31%) Windows Server 2016
7 50 (3.99%) Windows Server 2019
8 39 (3.12%) Windows 7
9 23 (1.84%) Mac OS X
10 22 (1.76%) Unix
11 13 (1.04%) Android
12 10 (0.80%) Windows 8
13 8 (0.64%) Apple iOS
13 8 (0.64%) Windows XP
14 7 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 7 (0.56%) Solaris
15 6 (0.48%) Data ONTAP
15 6 (0.48%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.40%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 294 (23.48%) ITIL
2 230 (18.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 164 (13.10%) Problem-Solving
4 100 (7.99%) Mentoring
4 100 (7.99%) Network Monitoring
5 96 (7.67%) Project Management
6 87 (6.95%) DevOps
7 85 (6.79%) Cybersecurity
8 80 (6.39%) Change Management
8 80 (6.39%) Migration
9 73 (5.83%) Disaster Recovery
10 71 (5.67%) Project Delivery
11 70 (5.59%) Information Security
12 65 (5.19%) Incident Management
13 57 (4.55%) Load Balancing
13 57 (4.55%) Network Design
13 57 (4.55%) Network Management
14 51 (4.07%) Proactive Monitoring
15 49 (3.91%) Agile Software Development
16 45 (3.59%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 85 (6.79%) SQL
2 60 (4.79%) Python
3 54 (4.31%) PowerShell
4 14 (1.12%) Bash Shell
5 9 (0.72%) C
6 7 (0.56%) VB.NET
7 5 (0.40%) JavaScript
8 4 (0.32%) Perl
9 3 (0.24%) PHP
9 3 (0.24%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.16%) VBScript
11 1 (0.080%) C++
11 1 (0.080%) Java
11 1 (0.080%) Lisp
11 1 (0.080%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 454 (36.26%) Cisco Certification
2 288 (23.00%) CCNP
3 255 (20.37%) CCNA
4 126 (10.06%) Microsoft Certification
5 67 (5.35%) Degree
5 67 (5.35%) MCSE
6 66 (5.27%) MCSA
7 60 (4.79%) Security Cleared
8 54 (4.31%) CCIE
9 45 (3.59%) SC Cleared
10 43 (3.43%) CCDP
11 37 (2.96%) CISSP
12 35 (2.80%) Server+ Certification
13 34 (2.72%) ITIL Certification
14 33 (2.64%) JNCIS
15 32 (2.56%) JNCIA
16 26 (2.08%) DV Cleared
17 24 (1.92%) MCP
18 23 (1.84%) Computer Science Degree
19 20 (1.60%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (8.95%) SLA
2 46 (3.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.68%) PCI DSS
4 17 (1.36%) GDPR
5 16 (1.28%) NIST
6 13 (1.04%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 8 (0.64%) COBIT
8 7 (0.56%) ISO 9000
9 5 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.40%) NCSC
10 4 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (0.32%) PMO
11 3 (0.24%) ISO 9001
12 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 1 (0.080%) Data Quality
13 1 (0.080%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.080%) NIST 800
13 1 (0.080%) QA
System Software
1 408 (32.59%) Active Directory
2 236 (18.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 129 (10.30%) Hyper-V
4 43 (3.43%) Virtual Machines
5 39 (3.12%) vSphere
6 37 (2.96%) VMware ESXi
7 35 (2.80%) VMware Server
8 24 (1.92%) XenApp
9 21 (1.68%) Docker
10 19 (1.52%) VMware NSX
11 18 (1.44%) Virtual Servers
12 15 (1.20%) XenDesktop
13 12 (0.96%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 9 (0.72%) DFS Replication
15 8 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
16 7 (0.56%) Firmware
16 7 (0.56%) Terminal Services
17 6 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 6 (0.48%) VMware Workstation
18 5 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 56 (4.47%) SCCM
2 52 (4.15%) Ansible
3 38 (3.04%) FortiGate
4 34 (2.72%) Nagios
5 33 (2.64%) Cisco CUCM
5 33 (2.64%) Microsoft Intune
5 33 (2.64%) Puppet
6 30 (2.40%) SCVMM
7 28 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
8 25 (2.00%) SCOM
9 19 (1.52%) Kubernetes
10 16 (1.28%) Cisco Prime
10 16 (1.28%) Cisco UCCX
10 16 (1.28%) Nessus
10 16 (1.28%) vCenter Server
11 15 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
11 15 (1.20%) WSUS
12 11 (0.88%) Terraform
13 8 (0.64%) Nexpose
14 7 (0.56%) Core Impact
Vendors
1 766 (61.18%) Cisco
2 456 (36.42%) Microsoft
3 454 (36.26%) VMware
4 184 (14.70%) CheckPoint
5 167 (13.34%) Palo Alto
6 143 (11.42%) Juniper
7 125 (9.98%) Meraki
8 124 (9.90%) Citrix
9 120 (9.58%) Fortinet
10 91 (7.27%) F5
11 59 (4.71%) HP
12 56 (4.47%) SolarWinds
13 54 (4.31%) Dell
14 50 (3.99%) Veeam
15 47 (3.75%) Riverbed
16 46 (3.67%) Avaya
17 42 (3.35%) Aruba
18 40 (3.19%) NetApp
19 30 (2.40%) Sophos
20 29 (2.32%) Blue Coat