Period
to 10 August 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 10 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
6 months to
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 114 99 147
Rank change year-on-year -15 +48 -22
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,784 4,505 4,021
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 2.77% 3.14% 2.34%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 17.97% 20.07% 15.52%
Number of salaries quoted 1,526 3,479 3,470
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% -4.26% +4.44%
10th Percentile £28,500 £25,000 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £74,000 £72,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500

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 9,928 22,444 25,910
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.44% 15.62% 15.11%
Number of salaries quoted 7,751 16,908 20,482
Median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £46,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £28,750 £25,750 £25,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £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 10 August 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 10 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
England -17 1,616 £47,500 +5.56% 169
UK excluding London -10 1,182 £42,500 - 145
London -13 534 £57,500 +15.00% 35
North of England -42 313 £40,250 -5.29% 38
South East +2 312 £50,000 +11.11% 38
Midlands -13 178 £45,000 +5.88% 26
North West +28 164 £45,000 +5.88% 20
South West -3 143 £32,500 -18.75% 23
West Midlands +1 136 £48,750 +14.71% 17
Work from Home -6 129 £52,500 -16.00% 15
East of England +41 125 £46,750 +33.57% 9
Yorkshire -43 118 £40,000 -5.88% 14
Scotland +50 55 £45,000 -10.00% 8
Wales +42 42 £39,500 -5.95% 2
East Midlands -14 40 £37,500 +15.38% 9
North East +5 31 £35,000 -4.11% 4
Northern Ireland -1 16 £30,000 +30.43% 1

For the 6 months to 10 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 with a requirement for WAN.

1 1,416 (79.37%) LAN
2 1,042 (58.41%) Cisco
3 897 (50.28%) Firewall
4 603 (33.80%) Windows
5 601 (33.69%) VMware
6 581 (32.57%) Cisco Certification
7 554 (31.05%) Microsoft
8 489 (27.41%) Active Directory
9 461 (25.84%) VPN
10 446 (25.00%) Azure
11 405 (22.70%) Office 365
12 392 (21.97%) Data Centre
13 386 (21.64%) ITIL
13 386 (21.64%) Wireless
14 373 (20.91%) CCNP
15 350 (19.62%) TCP/IP
16 345 (19.34%) VMware Infrastructure
17 339 (19.00%) DNS
17 339 (19.00%) Windows Server
18 327 (18.33%) MPLS
19 320 (17.94%) BGP
20 312 (17.49%) CCNA
21 306 (17.15%) DHCP
22 276 (15.47%) Network Security
23 274 (15.36%) OSPF
24 271 (15.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
25 264 (14.80%) VoIP
26 250 (14.01%) CheckPoint
27 243 (13.62%) Finance
28 238 (13.34%) Palo Alto

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
1 102 (5.72%) MS Exchange
2 79 (4.43%) Skype for Business
3 75 (4.20%) SharePoint
4 42 (2.35%) IIS
5 33 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
6 32 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (1.12%) CMS
8 14 (0.78%) OpenStack
9 8 (0.45%) Elasticsearch
10 3 (0.17%) JBoss
10 3 (0.17%) WordPress
11 2 (0.11%) Apache
11 2 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.11%) Sitefinity
11 2 (0.11%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.056%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.056%) Drupal
12 1 (0.056%) Joomla!
12 1 (0.056%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.056%) nginx
Applications
1 136 (7.62%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (1.57%) MS Visio
4 11 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
3 4 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
3 4 (0.22%) Sage CRM
3 4 (0.22%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.17%) Exchequer
5 2 (0.11%) assyst
5 2 (0.11%) Sage 50
5 2 (0.11%) Shopify
6 1 (0.056%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 446 (25.00%) Azure
2 405 (22.70%) Office 365
3 226 (12.67%) AWS
4 69 (3.87%) Azure Active Directory
5 48 (2.69%) SaaS
6 43 (2.41%) IaaS
7 42 (2.35%) GCP
8 41 (2.30%) Cloud Computing
9 32 (1.79%) Mimecast
10 20 (1.12%) PaaS
11 18 (1.01%) G Suite
12 17 (0.95%) OneDrive
13 16 (0.90%) Azure ExpressRoute
14 13 (0.73%) Slack
15 12 (0.67%) Route 53
16 11 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
17 8 (0.45%) Cloudflare
17 8 (0.45%) Power Platform
18 5 (0.28%) Smartsheet
19 4 (0.22%) Amazon ECS
Communications & Networking
1 1,416 (79.37%) LAN
2 897 (50.28%) Firewall
3 461 (25.84%) VPN
4 386 (21.64%) Wireless
5 350 (19.62%) TCP/IP
6 339 (19.00%) DNS
7 327 (18.33%) MPLS
8 320 (17.94%) BGP
9 306 (17.15%) DHCP
10 276 (15.47%) Network Security
11 274 (15.36%) OSPF
12 264 (14.80%) VoIP
13 235 (13.17%) Wi-Fi
14 233 (13.06%) VLAN
15 222 (12.44%) Cisco ASA
16 216 (12.11%) SAN
17 137 (7.68%) Cisco Nexus
18 132 (7.40%) WLAN
19 120 (6.73%) EIGRP
20 117 (6.56%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (4.93%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.01%) Amazon RDS
2 18 (1.01%) MySQL
3 11 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (0.39%) Big Data
4 7 (0.39%) NoSQL
4 7 (0.39%) Power BI
5 4 (0.22%) Amazon Aurora
5 4 (0.22%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.22%) Oracle Database
5 4 (0.22%) Redis
5 4 (0.22%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (0.22%) SQL Server 2017
5 4 (0.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.11%) DB2
6 2 (0.11%) Relational Database
6 2 (0.11%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.056%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.056%) Cosmos DB
7 1 (0.056%) SQL Server 2019
Development Applications
1 10 (0.56%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 8 (0.45%) Git (software)
2 8 (0.45%) Selenium
3 6 (0.34%) Metasploit
4 4 (0.22%) Sonatype Nexus
4 4 (0.22%) WebScarab
5 3 (0.17%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.17%) JIRA
6 2 (0.11%) Artifactory
6 2 (0.11%) Gradle
7 1 (0.056%) GitLab
7 1 (0.056%) Visual Studio
General
1 243 (13.62%) Finance
2 141 (7.90%) Telecoms
3 52 (2.91%) Retail
4 47 (2.63%) Public Sector
5 39 (2.19%) Law
6 32 (1.79%) Financial Institution
7 27 (1.51%) Banking
8 19 (1.07%) Legal
8 19 (1.07%) Marketing
9 18 (1.01%) Military
10 15 (0.84%) Manufacturing
11 11 (0.62%) Advertising
12 6 (0.34%) Aerospace
12 6 (0.34%) Back Office
12 6 (0.34%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.34%) Publishing
13 5 (0.28%) Automotive
13 5 (0.28%) Billing
14 4 (0.22%) Japanese Language
14 4 (0.22%) Korean Language
Job Titles
1 596 (33.41%) Network Engineer
2 204 (11.43%) Senior Network Engineer
3 176 (9.87%) Analyst
4 172 (9.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 118 (6.61%) Support Engineer
6 110 (6.17%) Cisco Engineer
7 106 (5.94%) IT Support
8 98 (5.49%) Architect
9 97 (5.44%) Cisco Network Engineer
10 86 (4.82%) IT Engineer
11 83 (4.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 74 (4.15%) Consultant
13 67 (3.76%) 3rd Line Support
13 67 (3.76%) IT Manager
14 63 (3.53%) Security Engineer
15 56 (3.14%) 2nd Line Support
16 55 (3.08%) Network Analyst
17 54 (3.03%) Network Security Engineer
18 48 (2.69%) Network Architect
19 46 (2.58%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (2.58%) 802.1X
2 24 (1.35%) REST
3 15 (0.84%) XMPP
4 14 (0.78%) LDAP
5 11 (0.62%) .NET
6 10 (0.56%) Middleware
7 7 (0.39%) AngularJS
7 7 (0.39%) ASP.NET
7 7 (0.39%) Node.js
7 7 (0.39%) React
7 7 (0.39%) WCF
7 7 (0.39%) Web Services
7 7 (0.39%) WPF
8 6 (0.34%) CSS
8 6 (0.34%) YAML
9 5 (0.28%) OAuth
9 5 (0.28%) SAML
9 5 (0.28%) SOAP
9 5 (0.28%) XML
9 5 (0.28%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 392 (21.97%) Data Centre
2 103 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
3 87 (4.88%) Management Information System
4 81 (4.54%) Self-Motivation
5 54 (3.03%) Video Conferencing
6 47 (2.63%) Hybrid Cloud
7 36 (2.02%) Public Cloud
8 33 (1.85%) Driving Licence
9 31 (1.74%) Clustering
10 27 (1.51%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 23 (1.29%) Replication
12 20 (1.12%) Client/Server
12 20 (1.12%) PKI
13 17 (0.95%) Private Cloud
14 15 (0.84%) CCTV
15 14 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
16 13 (0.73%) Mobile App
16 13 (0.73%) Virtual Team
17 9 (0.50%) Fibre Optics
17 9 (0.50%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 603 (33.80%) Windows
2 339 (19.00%) Windows Server
3 206 (11.55%) Linux
4 146 (8.18%) Windows 10
5 134 (7.51%) Windows Server 2008
6 132 (7.40%) Windows Server 2012
7 109 (6.11%) Windows Server 2016
8 101 (5.66%) Windows 7
9 59 (3.31%) Windows Server 2019
10 50 (2.80%) Unix
11 28 (1.57%) Windows 8
12 27 (1.51%) Android
13 25 (1.40%) Mac OS X
13 25 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
14 22 (1.23%) Apple iOS
15 15 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 14 (0.78%) Solaris
17 12 (0.67%) Mac OS
18 11 (0.62%) Ubuntu
19 6 (0.34%) VyOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 386 (21.64%) ITIL
2 271 (15.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 233 (13.06%) Problem-Solving
4 137 (7.68%) Project Management
5 124 (6.95%) Disaster Recovery
6 121 (6.78%) Network Design
7 118 (6.61%) Project Delivery
8 110 (6.17%) Incident Management
9 107 (6.00%) Network Monitoring
10 106 (5.94%) Change Management
11 101 (5.66%) Load Balancing
11 101 (5.66%) Mentoring
12 93 (5.21%) DevOps
13 92 (5.16%) Service Delivery
14 86 (4.82%) Cybersecurity
15 85 (4.76%) Presales
16 82 (4.60%) Agile Software Development
16 82 (4.60%) Migration
17 78 (4.37%) Information Security
17 78 (4.37%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 141 (7.90%) SQL
2 94 (5.27%) Python
3 73 (4.09%) PowerShell
4 24 (1.35%) Bash Shell
5 21 (1.18%) Perl
6 14 (0.78%) JavaScript
7 10 (0.56%) Shell Script
7 10 (0.56%) VBScript
8 8 (0.45%) C#
8 8 (0.45%) PHP
9 7 (0.39%) TypeScript
9 7 (0.39%) VBA
10 6 (0.34%) C
11 5 (0.28%) C++
11 5 (0.28%) VB
12 3 (0.17%) VB.NET
13 2 (0.11%) Java
13 2 (0.11%) Java 8
13 2 (0.11%) Scala
14 1 (0.056%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 581 (32.57%) Cisco Certification
2 373 (20.91%) CCNP
3 312 (17.49%) CCNA
4 158 (8.86%) Microsoft Certification
5 131 (7.34%) Degree
6 107 (6.00%) MCSE
7 101 (5.66%) Security Cleared
8 97 (5.44%) CCIE
9 80 (4.48%) SC Cleared
10 61 (3.42%) MCSA
11 56 (3.14%) CCDP
12 46 (2.58%) DV Cleared
13 35 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
14 34 (1.91%) JNCIA
14 34 (1.91%) Server+ Certification
15 31 (1.74%) Computer Science Degree
15 31 (1.74%) JNCIS
16 26 (1.46%) MCP
17 23 (1.29%) CISSP
18 22 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (8.97%) SLA
2 55 (3.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 20 (1.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 19 (1.07%) PCI DSS
5 17 (0.95%) GDPR
6 8 (0.45%) NCSC
6 8 (0.45%) NIST
7 7 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
8 6 (0.34%) ISO 9000
9 5 (0.28%) PMO
10 4 (0.22%) COBIT
10 4 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (0.22%) ISO 9001
11 3 (0.17%) Data Quality
11 3 (0.17%) QA
12 2 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 2 (0.11%) NIST 800
13 1 (0.056%) Disclosure Scotland
13 1 (0.056%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 489 (27.41%) Active Directory
2 345 (19.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 192 (10.76%) Hyper-V
4 69 (3.87%) vSphere
5 65 (3.64%) VMware ESXi
6 58 (3.25%) Virtual Machines
7 35 (1.96%) VMware NSX
8 33 (1.85%) XenApp
9 30 (1.68%) Docker
10 28 (1.57%) XenDesktop
11 19 (1.07%) Virtual Servers
11 19 (1.07%) VMware Server
12 18 (1.01%) VMware Workstation
13 17 (0.95%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 17 (0.95%) Virtual Desktop
14 14 (0.78%) Terminal Services
15 12 (0.67%) Firmware
16 10 (0.56%) KVM
17 9 (0.50%) NFS
18 6 (0.34%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 107 (6.00%) SCCM
2 57 (3.20%) Ansible
3 55 (3.08%) FortiGate
4 43 (2.41%) Cisco CUCM
5 38 (2.13%) Puppet
6 33 (1.85%) Kubernetes
6 33 (1.85%) SCOM
6 33 (1.85%) Single Sign-On
7 31 (1.74%) Cisco Prime
8 30 (1.68%) SCVMM
9 26 (1.46%) Microsoft Intune
9 26 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
10 25 (1.40%) Terraform
10 25 (1.40%) WSUS
11 24 (1.35%) vCenter Server
12 22 (1.23%) Nagios
13 19 (1.07%) Cisco UCCX
14 16 (0.90%) Backup Exec
15 8 (0.45%) Opsgenie
16 7 (0.39%) Observium
Vendors
1 1,042 (58.41%) Cisco
2 601 (33.69%) VMware
3 554 (31.05%) Microsoft
4 250 (14.01%) CheckPoint
5 238 (13.34%) Palo Alto
6 220 (12.33%) Juniper
7 198 (11.10%) Citrix
8 173 (9.70%) Meraki
9 141 (7.90%) Fortinet
10 133 (7.46%) F5
11 118 (6.61%) HP
12 86 (4.82%) SolarWinds
13 67 (3.76%) Aruba
14 59 (3.31%) Riverbed
15 56 (3.14%) Veeam
16 51 (2.86%) Dell
17 49 (2.75%) Avaya
18 41 (2.30%) NetApp
18 41 (2.30%) Sophos
19 39 (2.19%) Infoblox