Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies requiring WAN skills. It includes a benchmarking guide to the annual salaries offered in vacancies that cited WAN over the 6 months leading up to 23 June 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
23 Jun 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 138 159 264
Rank change year-on-year +21 +105 -61
Permanent jobs citing WAN 2,171 2,119 2,700
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.98% 2.29% 1.56%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 15.67% 13.97% 11.78%
Number of salaries quoted 1,634 1,528 2,106
10th Percentile £27,750 £30,683 £30,000
25th Percentile £35,000 £36,250 £37,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £47,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - -5.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £62,500 £63,750 £66,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £80,000 £78,625
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £44,000
% change year-on-year - -3.41% -2.22%

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
UK

WAN falls under the Communications and Computer Networking category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies requiring communications or computer networking skills.

Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 13,853 15,169 22,929
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 12.61% 16.40% 13.27%
Number of salaries quoted 9,443 7,634 11,811
10th Percentile £26,250 £28,000 £28,250
25th Percentile £32,500 £35,750 £37,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £51,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year -6.86% -2.86% +5.00%
75th Percentile £63,750 £70,938 £70,000
90th Percentile £77,500 £86,250 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,886 £45,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year -0.25% -5.26% +5.56%

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 23 June 2024.

Salary histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 19 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 23 June 2024. 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
Jobs
England +37 1,985 £47,500 +2.15% 262
UK excluding London +4 1,545 £42,500 - 233
Work from Home +31 827 £55,000 +4.76% 101
London +48 543 £57,500 +4.26% 53
North of England +28 455 £45,000 - 57
Midlands +36 345 £42,000 +5.00% 42
West Midlands +66 285 £41,000 -4.09% 26
South East -36 276 £50,000 +14.94% 70
North West +13 249 £45,000 - 33
South West -5 228 £45,000 +5.88% 32
Yorkshire +71 182 £55,000 +22.22% 19
East of England +33 165 £42,500 +3.66% 24
Scotland -80 79 £45,000 +5.88% 7
East Midlands -56 54 £45,000 +20.00% 16
North East -21 45 £38,000 -10.59% 6
Wales +9 36 £40,500 -4.71% 9
Northern Ireland -6 4 £37,500 -11.76% 4
Isle of Man - 2 - -
Channel Islands - 1 - -

WAN
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 306 (14.09%) Microsoft Exchange
2 206 (9.49%) SharePoint
3 60 (2.76%) IIS
4 22 (1.01%) SharePoint 2013
5 21 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
6 9 (0.41%) Skype for Business
7 8 (0.37%) CMS
7 8 (0.37%) WebSphere
8 7 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (0.23%) Confluence
10 5 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2007
10 5 (0.23%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.14%) SAS
12 2 (0.092%) Apache
12 2 (0.092%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.092%) nginx
13 1 (0.046%) Site Server
Applications
1 172 (7.92%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (1.15%) MS Visio
3 19 (0.88%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.14%) SPSS
6 2 (0.092%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 1 (0.046%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
1 5 (0.23%) Salesforce CRM
2 3 (0.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.092%) Epicor Tropos
3 2 (0.092%) Shopify
4 1 (0.046%) Sage 300 ERP
4 1 (0.046%) SAP Business One
4 1 (0.046%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 869 (40.03%) Azure
2 755 (34.78%) Microsoft 365
3 279 (12.85%) AWS
4 235 (10.82%) Entra ID
5 103 (4.74%) IaaS
6 99 (4.56%) SaaS
7 89 (4.10%) GCP
7 89 (4.10%) PaaS
8 73 (3.36%) OneDrive
9 59 (2.72%) Cloud Computing
10 37 (1.70%) Power Platform
11 36 (1.66%) Azure DevOps
12 30 (1.38%) Azure Sentinel
13 27 (1.24%) Mimecast
14 20 (0.92%) Dynamics 365
15 17 (0.78%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 14 (0.64%) GitHub
16 14 (0.64%) Microsoft Purview
17 13 (0.60%) AWS Direct Connect
17 13 (0.60%) Nutanix
Communications & Networking
1 1,548 (71.30%) LAN
2 935 (43.07%) Firewall
3 655 (30.17%) SD-WAN
4 507 (23.35%) VPN
5 444 (20.45%) Wireless
6 418 (19.25%) DNS
7 417 (19.21%) Wi-Fi
8 355 (16.35%) DHCP
9 348 (16.03%) TCP/IP
10 313 (14.42%) MPLS
11 246 (11.33%) Network Security
12 245 (11.29%) VLAN
13 226 (10.41%) BGP
14 179 (8.25%) WLAN
15 174 (8.01%) OSPF
16 173 (7.97%) Internet
17 142 (6.54%) VoIP
18 141 (6.49%) SAN
19 100 (4.61%) IPsec
20 87 (4.01%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 112 (5.16%) SQL Server
2 21 (0.97%) NoSQL
3 17 (0.78%) Amazon RDS
4 14 (0.64%) MySQL
5 12 (0.55%) Azure SQL Database
5 12 (0.55%) Power BI
6 11 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
7 10 (0.46%) DB2
8 5 (0.23%) InfluxDB
8 5 (0.23%) MariaDB
9 4 (0.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 3 (0.14%) Big Data
10 3 (0.14%) EDRMS
10 3 (0.14%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.092%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.092%) Crystal Reports
11 2 (0.092%) Data Warehouse
11 2 (0.092%) DTS
11 2 (0.092%) DynamoDB
11 2 (0.092%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 19 (0.88%) JIRA
2 13 (0.60%) Jenkins
3 7 (0.32%) Git
3 7 (0.32%) GitLab
3 7 (0.32%) Katalon Studio
4 4 (0.18%) MSBuild
4 4 (0.18%) Rational DOORS
4 4 (0.18%) TeamCity
5 3 (0.14%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.046%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (0.046%) Bitbucket
General
1 642 (29.57%) Social Skills
2 207 (9.53%) Analytical Skills
3 195 (8.98%) Finance
4 118 (5.44%) Telecoms
5 111 (5.11%) Retail
6 73 (3.36%) Law
7 72 (3.32%) Inclusion and Diversity
8 52 (2.40%) Organisational Skills
9 46 (2.12%) Legal
10 43 (1.98%) Manufacturing
11 41 (1.89%) Documentation Skills
12 38 (1.75%) Public Sector
13 37 (1.70%) Presentation Skills
14 27 (1.24%) Banking
15 25 (1.15%) Aerospace
16 24 (1.11%) Electronics
17 20 (0.92%) Police
18 17 (0.78%) Marketing
19 12 (0.55%) Games
19 12 (0.55%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 455 (20.96%) Network Engineer
2 344 (15.85%) Senior
3 285 (13.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 248 (11.42%) Analyst
5 197 (9.07%) Architect
5 197 (9.07%) IT Support
6 180 (8.29%) Support Engineer
7 129 (5.94%) IT Engineer
8 122 (5.62%) Lead
9 116 (5.34%) Senior Network Engineer
10 91 (4.19%) Consultant
11 78 (3.59%) 2nd Line Support
12 74 (3.41%) Support Analyst
13 72 (3.32%) IT Analyst
14 71 (3.27%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 71 (3.27%) Security Architect
15 69 (3.18%) IT Manager
16 67 (3.09%) Senior Architect
17 65 (2.99%) 3rd Line Engineer
18 63 (2.90%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (1.47%) 802.1X
2 26 (1.20%) LDAP
3 20 (0.92%) HTML
4 16 (0.74%) REST
4 16 (0.74%) WebRTC
5 11 (0.51%) SAML
5 11 (0.51%) YAML
6 9 (0.41%) XMPP
7 8 (0.37%) .NET
7 8 (0.37%) WebSphere MQ
7 8 (0.37%) XML
8 7 (0.32%) EDI
9 4 (0.18%) Akka
9 4 (0.18%) Web Services
10 2 (0.092%) Middleware
10 2 (0.092%) Node.js
10 2 (0.092%) React
10 2 (0.092%) RESTful
10 2 (0.092%) ServiceStack
10 2 (0.092%) TAPI
Miscellaneous
1 334 (15.38%) Data Centre
2 142 (6.54%) Management Information System
3 116 (5.34%) Driving Licence
4 85 (3.92%) Public Cloud
5 79 (3.64%) Video Conferencing
6 59 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
6 59 (2.72%) Wiki
7 58 (2.67%) Clustering
7 58 (2.67%) PKI
8 47 (2.16%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 45 (2.07%) IoT
10 36 (1.66%) Onboarding
11 31 (1.43%) Client/Server
12 29 (1.34%) Hybrid Cloud
13 26 (1.20%) Replication
14 24 (1.11%) PMI
15 20 (0.92%) NHS
16 18 (0.83%) Security Posture
17 17 (0.78%) Private Cloud
18 16 (0.74%) GNSS
Operating Systems
1 851 (39.20%) Windows
2 436 (20.08%) Windows Server
3 235 (10.82%) Windows 10
4 229 (10.55%) Linux
5 125 (5.76%) Android
6 91 (4.19%) Windows Server 2016
7 90 (4.15%) Windows Server 2019
8 55 (2.53%) VMS
9 52 (2.40%) Apple iOS
10 50 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
11 45 (2.07%) Mac OS
11 45 (2.07%) Ubuntu
12 30 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 30 (1.38%) Windows 7
13 27 (1.24%) CentOS
14 20 (0.92%) Unix
15 17 (0.78%) VyOS
15 17 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
16 10 (0.46%) Windows XP
17 9 (0.41%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 391 (18.01%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 371 (17.09%) Problem-Solving
3 346 (15.94%) ITIL
4 278 (12.81%) Cybersecurity
5 242 (11.15%) Customer Service
6 175 (8.06%) Project Management
7 169 (7.78%) Mentoring
7 169 (7.78%) Project Delivery
8 166 (7.65%) Agile
9 154 (7.09%) Disaster Recovery
10 152 (7.00%) Presales
11 139 (6.40%) Computer Science
12 130 (5.99%) Roadmaps
13 129 (5.94%) Service Delivery
14 127 (5.85%) Time Management
15 118 (5.44%) Information Security
16 106 (4.88%) Mobile Device Management
17 101 (4.65%) Migration
18 100 (4.61%) DevOps
19 94 (4.33%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 190 (8.75%) PowerShell
2 146 (6.73%) SQL
3 95 (4.38%) Python
4 42 (1.93%) Bash
5 27 (1.24%) Java
6 26 (1.20%) Perl
7 16 (0.74%) C++
8 11 (0.51%) MATLAB
9 8 (0.37%) C
9 8 (0.37%) Tcl
9 8 (0.37%) VB
10 7 (0.32%) C#
10 7 (0.32%) PHP
11 3 (0.14%) Bicep
11 3 (0.14%) JavaScript
11 3 (0.14%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.092%) Korn
12 2 (0.092%) Kusto Query Language
13 1 (0.046%) VBA
Qualifications
1 458 (21.10%) Cisco Certification
2 382 (17.60%) Degree
3 289 (13.31%) CCNA
4 251 (11.56%) Security Cleared
5 237 (10.92%) CCNP
6 124 (5.71%) SC Cleared
7 108 (4.97%) Computer Science Degree
8 89 (4.10%) CCIE
9 84 (3.87%) DV Cleared
10 83 (3.82%) Microsoft Certification
11 64 (2.95%) Azure Certification
11 64 (2.95%) CISSP
12 52 (2.40%) Master's Degree
13 51 (2.35%) MCSE
14 43 (1.98%) AWS Certification
14 43 (1.98%) CCSP
15 42 (1.93%) (ISC)2 CCSP
15 42 (1.93%) CCDP
15 42 (1.93%) DBS Check
16 36 (1.66%) JNCIA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 116 (5.34%) SLA
2 66 (3.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 61 (2.81%) NIST
4 55 (2.53%) Cyber Essentials
5 33 (1.52%) GDPR
6 18 (0.83%) PCI DSS
7 15 (0.69%) QA
8 14 (0.64%) PMO
9 11 (0.51%) Accessibility
10 9 (0.41%) COSHH
11 8 (0.37%) NCSC
12 6 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
13 5 (0.23%) COBIT
13 5 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 3 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
14 3 (0.14%) JTAG
14 3 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 2 (0.092%) ISO 9001
16 1 (0.046%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 1 (0.046%) SOC 2
System Software
1 791 (36.43%) Active Directory
2 401 (18.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 280 (12.90%) Hyper-V
4 100 (4.61%) VMware ESXi
5 73 (3.36%) vSphere
6 72 (3.32%) XenDesktop
7 71 (3.27%) XenApp
8 58 (2.67%) VMware NSX
9 50 (2.30%) Microsoft App-V
10 45 (2.07%) Docker
11 31 (1.43%) Virtual Desktop
12 28 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
13 23 (1.06%) Firmware
14 9 (0.41%) Virtual Servers
15 8 (0.37%) Embedded Firmware
16 7 (0.32%) NFS
17 6 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
18 5 (0.23%) Citrix Hypervisor
19 4 (0.18%) KVM
19 4 (0.18%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 216 (9.95%) Microsoft Intune
2 144 (6.63%) SCCM
3 109 (5.02%) FortiGate
4 100 (4.61%) Ansible
5 99 (4.56%) Terraform
6 53 (2.44%) Kubernetes
7 51 (2.35%) AirWatch
8 50 (2.30%) WSUS
9 45 (2.07%) Single Sign-On
10 33 (1.52%) Stealthwatch
11 23 (1.06%) Jamf Pro
12 21 (0.97%) Active Directory Federation Services
12 21 (0.97%) vCenter Server
13 20 (0.92%) VxRail
14 19 (0.88%) Failover Clustering
15 17 (0.78%) Autotask
15 17 (0.78%) CASB
15 17 (0.78%) Puppet
16 14 (0.64%) ZABBIX
17 12 (0.55%) Opsgenie
Vendors
1 940 (43.30%) Microsoft
2 855 (39.38%) Cisco
3 584 (26.90%) VMware
4 266 (12.25%) Meraki
5 225 (10.36%) Juniper
6 224 (10.32%) Fortinet
7 151 (6.96%) Citrix
8 137 (6.31%) HP
9 128 (5.90%) Palo Alto
10 118 (5.44%) Aruba
11 96 (4.42%) SolarWinds
12 95 (4.38%) Veeam
13 94 (4.33%) CheckPoint
14 83 (3.82%) Dell
15 82 (3.78%) Apple
16 60 (2.76%) Ruckus Wireless
17 49 (2.26%) Adobe
17 49 (2.26%) F5
18 48 (2.21%) NetApp
19 46 (2.12%) Google