Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 170 119 130
Rank change year-on-year -51 +11 +16
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,591 3,044 3,923
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.92% 2.67% 2.64%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 14.78% 17.73% 17.27%
Number of salaries quoted 1,357 2,463 3,152
10th Percentile £29,000 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £35,250 £32,000 £32,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £45,891
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% -1.94% +1.98%
75th Percentile £61,250 £61,250 £61,250
90th Percentile £76,875 £74,750 £72,725
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £41,400 £42,500
% change year-on-year +8.70% -2.59% -

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 10,765 17,167 22,720
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.96% 15.08% 15.26%
Number of salaries quoted 8,197 13,725 17,682
10th Percentile £28,575 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £34,000 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £65,500 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 13 April 2021.

Salary histogram for WAN in the UK

WAN
Top 18 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 13 April 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 -52 1,411 £47,500 +5.56% 270
UK excluding London -27 1,133 £45,000 +8.70% 243
London -104 358 £60,000 +9.09% 56
North of England +4 321 £45,000 +11.11% 68
South East -38 289 £47,500 +5.56% 47
Work from Home -10 287 £55,000 -15.38% 51
Midlands -27 194 £40,000 +4.58% 44
North West +33 176 £45,500 +13.75% 37
South West -29 151 £45,000 +18.42% 37
West Midlands -22 122 £42,500 +6.25% 28
Yorkshire -26 110 £42,500 -5.56% 23
East of England -25 92 £42,500 - 17
East Midlands -16 74 £40,000 +19.05% 16
Scotland -1 58 £42,000 -4.00% 20
North East +4 35 £36,000 +7.46% 8
Wales +6 26 £44,000 +14.29% 7
Northern Ireland -18 6 £45,000 +40.63% 2
Channel Islands +6 5 £80,000 +220.00% 2

For the 6 months to 13 April 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 1,281 (80.52%) LAN
2 827 (51.98%) Firewall
3 766 (48.15%) Cisco
4 630 (39.60%) Windows
5 550 (34.57%) Microsoft
6 541 (34.00%) Active Directory
7 462 (29.04%) Cisco Certification
8 449 (28.22%) VMware
9 412 (25.90%) Azure
10 393 (24.70%) Microsoft 365
11 370 (23.26%) VPN
12 345 (21.68%) Windows Server
13 343 (21.56%) TCP/IP
14 324 (20.36%) CCNP
15 302 (18.98%) ITIL
16 296 (18.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 289 (18.16%) SD-WAN
18 287 (18.04%) DNS
19 281 (17.66%) VMware Infrastructure
20 271 (17.03%) Data Centre
21 256 (16.09%) Linux
21 256 (16.09%) Wireless
22 248 (15.59%) Network Security
23 242 (15.21%) MPLS
24 224 (14.08%) CCNA
25 218 (13.70%) DHCP
25 218 (13.70%) VLAN
26 197 (12.38%) Cisco ASA
27 194 (12.19%) Wi-Fi
28 185 (11.63%) AWS

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
1 180 (11.31%) MS Exchange
2 101 (6.35%) SharePoint
3 38 (2.39%) IIS
4 28 (1.76%) Exchange Server 2013
5 25 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2010
6 23 (1.45%) Apache
7 15 (0.94%) Skype for Business
8 9 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (0.50%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.38%) Apache Spark
10 6 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
11 5 (0.31%) IBM Notes
11 5 (0.31%) SAS
12 2 (0.13%) Apache Solr
12 2 (0.13%) Confluence
12 2 (0.13%) Elasticsearch
12 2 (0.13%) IBM Domino
12 2 (0.13%) JBoss
12 2 (0.13%) nginx
12 2 (0.13%) Tomcat
Applications
1 116 (7.29%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (0.82%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.063%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (0.25%) Sentinel
2 2 (0.13%) NetSuite
2 2 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.063%) Magento
3 1 (0.063%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.063%) Sage 300 ERP
3 1 (0.063%) Sage CRM
3 1 (0.063%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 412 (25.90%) Azure
2 393 (24.70%) Microsoft 365
3 185 (11.63%) AWS
4 56 (3.52%) IaaS
5 52 (3.27%) Azure Active Directory
6 37 (2.33%) PaaS
7 32 (2.01%) SaaS
8 20 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
9 19 (1.19%) Mimecast
10 14 (0.88%) OneDrive
11 12 (0.75%) GCP
12 10 (0.63%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 9 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
14 7 (0.44%) Dynamics 365
14 7 (0.44%) Slack
15 6 (0.38%) Google Play
15 6 (0.38%) Power Platform
15 6 (0.38%) Route 53
16 5 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 4 (0.25%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 1,281 (80.52%) LAN
2 827 (51.98%) Firewall
3 370 (23.26%) VPN
4 343 (21.56%) TCP/IP
5 289 (18.16%) SD-WAN
6 287 (18.04%) DNS
7 256 (16.09%) Wireless
8 248 (15.59%) Network Security
9 242 (15.21%) MPLS
10 218 (13.70%) DHCP
10 218 (13.70%) VLAN
11 197 (12.38%) Cisco ASA
12 194 (12.19%) Wi-Fi
13 175 (11.00%) BGP
14 155 (9.74%) OSPF
15 150 (9.43%) VoIP
16 141 (8.86%) WLAN
17 122 (7.67%) SAN
18 115 (7.23%) Cisco Nexus
19 105 (6.60%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (4.78%) SQL Server
2 8 (0.50%) MongoDB
2 8 (0.50%) MySQL
2 8 (0.50%) Relational Database
3 7 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
4 6 (0.38%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (0.38%) Big Data
4 6 (0.38%) Cosmos DB
4 6 (0.38%) Hadoop
4 6 (0.38%) NoSQL
4 6 (0.38%) PostgreSQL
4 6 (0.38%) Power BI
4 6 (0.38%) RDBMS
5 5 (0.31%) Impala
6 4 (0.25%) Apache Cassandra
6 4 (0.25%) Blockchain
6 4 (0.25%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (0.25%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (0.19%) Apache Hive
7 3 (0.19%) HBase
Development Applications
1 16 (1.01%) Git (software)
1 16 (1.01%) Sonatype Nexus
2 9 (0.57%) Bitbucket
3 8 (0.50%) Jenkins
3 8 (0.50%) JIRA
4 5 (0.31%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (0.31%) TeamCity
5 4 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 2 (0.13%) GCC
6 2 (0.13%) GitLab
7 1 (0.063%) Chocolatey
7 1 (0.063%) CircleCI
7 1 (0.063%) Visual Studio
General
1 162 (10.18%) Finance
2 126 (7.92%) Telecoms
3 71 (4.46%) Banking
4 55 (3.46%) Public Sector
5 41 (2.58%) Law
5 41 (2.58%) Retail
6 27 (1.70%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.19%) Marketing
8 14 (0.88%) Publishing
9 13 (0.82%) Electronics
10 12 (0.75%) Legal
11 11 (0.69%) Aerospace
11 11 (0.69%) Military
12 10 (0.63%) Local Government
13 9 (0.57%) Back Office
14 6 (0.38%) Fire and Rescue
15 4 (0.25%) Advertising
15 4 (0.25%) Billing
15 4 (0.25%) Games
15 4 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 462 (29.04%) Network Engineer
2 225 (14.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 145 (9.11%) Support Engineer
4 143 (8.99%) Senior Network Engineer
5 142 (8.93%) IT Engineer
6 129 (8.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 125 (7.86%) Architect
8 122 (7.67%) Analyst
9 92 (5.78%) IT Support
10 80 (5.03%) Cisco Engineer
11 79 (4.97%) Security Engineer
12 78 (4.90%) Consultant
13 66 (4.15%) Cisco Network Engineer
14 60 (3.77%) 3rd Line Support
15 58 (3.65%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
16 57 (3.58%) Network Architect
17 56 (3.52%) Network Security Engineer
18 53 (3.33%) Network Consultant
19 46 (2.89%) IT Support Engineer
19 46 (2.89%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (1.57%) JSON
2 19 (1.19%) 802.1X
3 18 (1.13%) .NET
3 18 (1.13%) Web Services
4 12 (0.75%) Middleware
5 11 (0.69%) FIX Protocol
5 11 (0.69%) YAML
6 10 (0.63%) HTML
6 10 (0.63%) XML
7 9 (0.57%) COM
7 9 (0.57%) LDAP
8 8 (0.50%) REST
9 6 (0.38%) Kafka
9 6 (0.38%) XMPP
10 4 (0.25%) SOAP
11 2 (0.13%) COM+
11 2 (0.13%) LAMP
11 2 (0.13%) React
11 2 (0.13%) Regular Expression
11 2 (0.13%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 271 (17.03%) Data Centre
2 77 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
3 64 (4.02%) Self-Motivation
4 52 (3.27%) Management Information System
5 45 (2.83%) Public Cloud
6 37 (2.33%) Driving Licence
7 31 (1.95%) Clustering
8 29 (1.82%) Replication
9 26 (1.63%) Hybrid Cloud
10 25 (1.57%) PKI
11 22 (1.38%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
12 16 (1.01%) User Experience
13 15 (0.94%) Client/Server
13 15 (0.94%) NHS
14 14 (0.88%) FMCG
14 14 (0.88%) Virtual Team
15 11 (0.69%) EMC VNX
15 11 (0.69%) Private Cloud
15 11 (0.69%) Smartphone
16 10 (0.63%) Fibre Optics
Operating Systems
1 630 (39.60%) Windows
2 345 (21.68%) Windows Server
3 256 (16.09%) Linux
4 141 (8.86%) Windows 10
5 94 (5.91%) Windows Server 2012
6 92 (5.78%) Windows Server 2016
7 67 (4.21%) Windows Server 2008
8 65 (4.09%) Windows 7
9 54 (3.39%) Windows Server 2019
10 38 (2.39%) Android
11 28 (1.76%) CentOS
12 23 (1.45%) Unix
13 18 (1.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 16 (1.01%) Oracle Linux
15 14 (0.88%) Ubuntu
15 14 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
16 12 (0.75%) Mac OS
16 12 (0.75%) Mac OS X
17 10 (0.63%) VMS
18 9 (0.57%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (18.98%) ITIL
2 296 (18.60%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 136 (8.55%) Network Design
4 134 (8.42%) Problem-Solving
5 121 (7.61%) Presales
6 119 (7.48%) Disaster Recovery
7 107 (6.73%) Project Management
8 92 (5.78%) Service Delivery
9 86 (5.41%) Mentoring
10 81 (5.09%) Change Management
10 81 (5.09%) Cybersecurity
11 77 (4.84%) Project Delivery
12 74 (4.65%) DevOps
13 70 (4.40%) Migration
14 68 (4.27%) SIEM
15 67 (4.21%) Information Security
16 63 (3.96%) Agile Software Development
17 51 (3.21%) Incident Management
17 51 (3.21%) Stakeholder Management
18 50 (3.14%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 147 (9.24%) PowerShell
2 110 (6.91%) SQL
3 79 (4.97%) Python
4 24 (1.51%) Bash Shell
5 16 (1.01%) Perl
6 12 (0.75%) C
7 10 (0.63%) Java
7 10 (0.63%) PHP
8 9 (0.57%) C#
9 8 (0.50%) JavaScript
9 8 (0.50%) VB.NET
10 5 (0.31%) R
11 4 (0.25%) C++
11 4 (0.25%) Tcl
11 4 (0.25%) VB
12 3 (0.19%) Shell Script
12 3 (0.19%) TypeScript
13 2 (0.13%) Go
13 2 (0.13%) Lisp
14 1 (0.063%) VBA
Qualifications
1 462 (29.04%) Cisco Certification
2 324 (20.36%) CCNP
3 224 (14.08%) CCNA
4 104 (6.54%) Degree
5 100 (6.29%) Security Cleared
6 92 (5.78%) CCIE
7 90 (5.66%) Microsoft Certification
8 75 (4.71%) SC Cleared
9 45 (2.83%) MCSE
10 41 (2.58%) MCSA
11 34 (2.14%) JNCIA
12 30 (1.89%) JNCIP
13 28 (1.76%) MCITP
14 27 (1.70%) CISSP
14 27 (1.70%) DBS Check
15 26 (1.63%) DV Cleared
16 24 (1.51%) CCDP
17 21 (1.32%) ITIL Certification
18 20 (1.26%) Computer Science Degree
19 18 (1.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 82 (5.15%) SLA
2 33 (2.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (1.38%) GDPR
4 21 (1.32%) PCI DSS
5 19 (1.19%) PMO
6 11 (0.69%) NIST
6 11 (0.69%) QA
7 7 (0.44%) OASIS TOSCA
8 6 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
9 5 (0.31%) COBIT
9 5 (0.31%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 4 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 4 (0.25%) NCSC
10 4 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 2 (0.13%) NIST 800
12 1 (0.063%) HIPAA
12 1 (0.063%) ISO 9001
12 1 (0.063%) ISO/IEC 27005
System Software
1 541 (34.00%) Active Directory
2 281 (17.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 151 (9.49%) Hyper-V
4 55 (3.46%) vSphere
5 40 (2.51%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (2.14%) Virtual Servers
7 33 (2.07%) Docker
8 32 (2.01%) XenApp
9 25 (1.57%) VMware NSX
10 23 (1.45%) Terminal Server
11 20 (1.26%) XenDesktop
12 10 (0.63%) KVM
12 10 (0.63%) VMware Workstation
13 9 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
14 8 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 6 (0.38%) Firmware
15 6 (0.38%) Terminal Services
15 6 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
16 5 (0.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
17 4 (0.25%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 85 (5.34%) SCCM
2 66 (4.15%) Ansible
3 49 (3.08%) FortiGate
4 47 (2.95%) Microsoft Intune
5 46 (2.89%) Terraform
6 35 (2.20%) Kubernetes
7 31 (1.95%) Nagios
8 29 (1.82%) Puppet
9 28 (1.76%) SCOM
10 18 (1.13%) Cisco CUCM
10 18 (1.13%) WSUS
11 16 (1.01%) Opscode Chef
12 15 (0.94%) Cisco Prime
13 12 (0.75%) Microsoft Clustering
13 12 (0.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 12 (0.75%) NetBackup
14 11 (0.69%) BladeLogic
14 11 (0.69%) Norton AntiVirus
14 11 (0.69%) vCenter Server
15 10 (0.63%) ITRS Geneos
Vendors
1 766 (48.15%) Cisco
2 550 (34.57%) Microsoft
3 449 (28.22%) VMware
4 182 (11.44%) Juniper
5 173 (10.87%) Palo Alto
6 135 (8.49%) Fortinet
7 122 (7.67%) CheckPoint
8 106 (6.66%) Citrix
9 105 (6.60%) Meraki
10 96 (6.03%) F5
11 89 (5.59%) Veeam
12 81 (5.09%) SolarWinds
13 71 (4.46%) HP
14 64 (4.02%) Aruba
15 60 (3.77%) Dell
16 52 (3.27%) Avaya
17 48 (3.02%) Red Hat
18 39 (2.45%) SonicWALL
19 34 (2.14%) Oracle
20 33 (2.07%) EMC