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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 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
6 months to
20 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 237 186 122
Rank change year-on-year -51 -64 -3
Permanent jobs citing WAN 2,679 1,675 2,527
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.65% 1.84% 2.68%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.38% 14.30% 17.96%
Number of salaries quoted 2,099 1,424 2,096
10th Percentile £30,000 £29,595 £26,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £36,000 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £48,500 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +3.09% +7.78% -
75th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year -3.33% +5.88% -

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 21,643 11,715 14,070
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.30% 12.89% 14.92%
Number of salaries quoted 11,837 8,732 11,210
10th Percentile £28,250 £28,513 £26,863
25th Percentile £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £50,000 £49,362
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.29% +5.03%
75th Percentile £70,000 £67,500 £65,000
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +1.12% +4.71%

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 May 2022.

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 May 2022. 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 -45 2,296 £50,000 +4.17% 350
UK excluding London -24 1,606 £43,500 -3.33% 287
Work from Home -58 981 £52,500 -4.55% 97
London -37 813 £59,483 +3.90% 98
North of England -29 412 £42,500 -5.56% 95
South East -50 383 £45,000 - 47
Midlands +23 346 £47,500 +13.77% 51
West Midlands +2 216 £52,500 +23.53% 27
South West 0 193 £40,500 -10.00% 30
North West -66 179 £42,500 -10.53% 43
Yorkshire -2 166 £42,500 - 29
East of England -38 154 £47,500 -5.00% 26
Scotland -23 102 £40,000 -4.76% 25
East Midlands -24 91 £45,000 +12.50% 21
North East +14 66 £39,750 +10.42% 23
Wales -45 26 £45,000 +20.00% 9
Northern Ireland -12 15 £32,564 -27.64% 5

For the 6 months to 20 May 2022, 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 2,084 (77.79%) LAN
2 1,307 (48.79%) Cisco
3 1,224 (45.69%) Firewall
4 1,039 (38.78%) Windows
5 1,029 (38.41%) Microsoft
6 969 (36.17%) Azure
7 945 (35.27%) Active Directory
8 872 (32.55%) Microsoft 365
9 757 (28.26%) Cisco Certification
10 626 (23.37%) VPN
11 625 (23.33%) ITIL
12 620 (23.14%) Social Skills
13 609 (22.73%) VMware
14 600 (22.40%) Wireless
15 592 (22.10%) Windows Server
16 582 (21.72%) SD-WAN
17 574 (21.43%) DNS
18 569 (21.24%) Data Centre
19 491 (18.33%) Wi-Fi
20 483 (18.03%) CCNP
21 471 (17.58%) DHCP
22 467 (17.43%) TCP/IP
23 450 (16.80%) CCNA
24 401 (14.97%) VMware Infrastructure
25 383 (14.30%) MPLS
26 381 (14.22%) Linux
27 366 (13.66%) AWS
28 352 (13.14%) Network Security
28 352 (13.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
29 343 (12.80%) 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
1 215 (8.03%) SharePoint
2 207 (7.73%) MS Exchange
3 69 (2.58%) Exchange Server 2010
4 52 (1.94%) IIS
5 38 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2013
6 32 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2007
7 27 (1.01%) Apache
8 20 (0.75%) Confluence
9 16 (0.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 15 (0.56%) OpenStack
11 11 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2003
11 11 (0.41%) Tomcat
12 10 (0.37%) Elasticsearch
13 9 (0.34%) Cloud Foundry
13 9 (0.34%) CMS
13 9 (0.34%) Skype for Business
14 6 (0.22%) Liferay
14 6 (0.22%) SAS
15 3 (0.11%) SharePoint 2010
15 3 (0.11%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 234 (8.73%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (1.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 51 (1.90%) MS Visio
3 46 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 24 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.037%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.037%) Blender
5 1 (0.037%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (0.49%) NetSuite
2 11 (0.41%) Sentinel
3 7 (0.26%) SAP GTS
4 6 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.19%) Toggl
6 4 (0.15%) BambooHR
7 1 (0.037%) Dynamics AX
7 1 (0.037%) Oracle ERP
7 1 (0.037%) Refinitiv Enterprise Platform
7 1 (0.037%) RMDS
7 1 (0.037%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 969 (36.17%) Azure
2 872 (32.55%) Microsoft 365
3 366 (13.66%) AWS
4 205 (7.65%) Azure Active Directory
5 170 (6.35%) PaaS
5 170 (6.35%) SaaS
6 166 (6.20%) IaaS
7 77 (2.87%) GCP
8 65 (2.43%) Mimecast
9 64 (2.39%) OneDrive
10 38 (1.42%) Azure Sentinel
11 32 (1.19%) Power Platform
12 31 (1.16%) Azure Monitor
13 24 (0.90%) Rubrik
14 22 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
15 16 (0.60%) Cloudflare
16 15 (0.56%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 15 (0.56%) GitHub
17 14 (0.52%) Akamai
17 14 (0.52%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 2,084 (77.79%) LAN
2 1,224 (45.69%) Firewall
3 626 (23.37%) VPN
4 600 (22.40%) Wireless
5 582 (21.72%) SD-WAN
6 574 (21.43%) DNS
7 491 (18.33%) Wi-Fi
8 471 (17.58%) DHCP
9 467 (17.43%) TCP/IP
10 383 (14.30%) MPLS
11 352 (13.14%) Network Security
12 343 (12.80%) BGP
13 308 (11.50%) OSPF
14 298 (11.12%) WLAN
15 280 (10.45%) VLAN
16 252 (9.41%) Cisco Nexus
17 251 (9.37%) SAN
18 250 (9.33%) VoIP
19 192 (7.17%) Cisco ASA
20 180 (6.72%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 149 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 67 (2.50%) MySQL
3 65 (2.43%) PostgreSQL
4 49 (1.83%) MariaDB
5 45 (1.68%) InfluxDB
6 26 (0.97%) Relational Database
7 16 (0.60%) Power BI
8 14 (0.52%) NoSQL
9 12 (0.45%) Azure SQL Database
10 9 (0.34%) Amazon Aurora
10 9 (0.34%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 9 (0.34%) Amazon Redshift
10 9 (0.34%) Redis
11 8 (0.30%) Amazon RDS
12 6 (0.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 4 (0.15%) RDBMS
13 4 (0.15%) Riak
14 3 (0.11%) Tableau
15 2 (0.075%) GIS
15 2 (0.075%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 55 (2.05%) JIRA
2 54 (2.02%) Git (software)
3 37 (1.38%) Jenkins
4 12 (0.45%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 10 (0.37%) Visual Studio
6 7 (0.26%) Bitbucket
6 7 (0.26%) Robot Framework
6 7 (0.26%) Subversion
7 6 (0.22%) Postman
8 4 (0.15%) LabVIEW
9 1 (0.037%) Burp Suite
9 1 (0.037%) GitLab
9 1 (0.037%) Metasploit
9 1 (0.037%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (0.037%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.037%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.037%) TeamCity
General
1 620 (23.14%) Social Skills
2 343 (12.80%) Finance
3 232 (8.66%) Analytical Skills
4 217 (8.10%) Telecoms
5 175 (6.53%) Organisational Skills
6 92 (3.43%) Public Sector
7 90 (3.36%) Banking
8 84 (3.14%) Law
9 83 (3.10%) Documentation Skills
10 82 (3.06%) Retail
11 74 (2.76%) Legal
11 74 (2.76%) Manufacturing
12 71 (2.65%) Presentation Skills
13 66 (2.46%) Marketing
14 39 (1.46%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 37 (1.38%) Back Office
16 33 (1.23%) Aerospace
17 30 (1.12%) Electronics
18 24 (0.90%) Military
19 22 (0.82%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 732 (27.32%) Network Engineer
2 291 (10.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 285 (10.64%) Analyst
4 227 (8.47%) Architect
5 222 (8.29%) Support Engineer
6 213 (7.95%) IT Engineer
7 201 (7.50%) Senior Network Engineer
8 177 (6.61%) IT Support
9 135 (5.04%) Support Analyst
10 124 (4.63%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 112 (4.18%) Cisco Engineer
12 111 (4.14%) Network Architect
13 104 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support
14 102 (3.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 98 (3.66%) Network Manager
16 96 (3.58%) Cisco Network Engineer
16 96 (3.58%) IT Support Engineer
17 88 (3.28%) Cloud Engineer
18 87 (3.25%) IT Manager
19 84 (3.14%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (1.64%) 802.1X
2 36 (1.34%) Web Services
3 31 (1.16%) Middleware
4 29 (1.08%) .NET
5 25 (0.93%) JSON
6 22 (0.82%) HTML
7 21 (0.78%) LDAP
8 17 (0.63%) XML
9 16 (0.60%) ARM Templates
9 16 (0.60%) Kafka
10 13 (0.49%) Elastic Stack
10 13 (0.49%) REST
11 12 (0.45%) LAMP
11 12 (0.45%) RESTful
11 12 (0.45%) SOAP
12 10 (0.37%) CSS
13 9 (0.34%) SAML
14 8 (0.30%) OAuth
15 7 (0.26%) gRPC
16 6 (0.22%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 569 (21.24%) Data Centre
2 186 (6.94%) Management Information System
3 158 (5.90%) Public Cloud
4 82 (3.06%) Self-Motivation
5 69 (2.58%) Driving Licence
5 69 (2.58%) User Experience
6 61 (2.28%) PKI
7 52 (1.94%) NHS
8 51 (1.90%) IoT
9 47 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
10 44 (1.64%) Hybrid Cloud
11 38 (1.42%) Clustering
12 32 (1.19%) Private Cloud
13 28 (1.05%) Replication
14 26 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
15 25 (0.93%) Cloud Native
15 25 (0.93%) Fat Client
15 25 (0.93%) Thin Client
16 24 (0.90%) Legacy Systems
17 23 (0.86%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 1,039 (38.78%) Windows
2 592 (22.10%) Windows Server
3 381 (14.22%) Linux
4 320 (11.94%) Windows 10
5 263 (9.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 233 (8.70%) Windows Server 2016
7 178 (6.64%) Windows Server 2019
8 108 (4.03%) Windows Server 2008
9 90 (3.36%) Windows 7
10 78 (2.91%) Unix
11 52 (1.94%) Android
12 48 (1.79%) CentOS
12 48 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 38 (1.42%) Apple iOS
14 34 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
15 27 (1.01%) Ubuntu
16 26 (0.97%) Mac OS
17 21 (0.78%) Mac OS X
18 20 (0.75%) Windows 8
19 12 (0.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 625 (23.33%) ITIL
2 352 (13.14%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 319 (11.91%) Agile
3 319 (11.91%) Problem-Solving
4 289 (10.79%) Project Management
5 246 (9.18%) Service Delivery
6 242 (9.03%) Cybersecurity
7 225 (8.40%) Change Management
8 209 (7.80%) Project Delivery
9 205 (7.65%) Load Balancing
10 198 (7.39%) Disaster Recovery
11 168 (6.27%) DevOps
12 167 (6.23%) Business Continuity
13 159 (5.94%) Migration
14 142 (5.30%) Presales
15 138 (5.15%) Network Design
16 136 (5.08%) Incident Management
17 135 (5.04%) Computer Science
18 129 (4.82%) Information Security
19 126 (4.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 265 (9.89%) PowerShell
2 200 (7.47%) Python
3 166 (6.20%) SQL
4 62 (2.31%) Bash
5 36 (1.34%) C
6 32 (1.19%) Perl
7 20 (0.75%) Java
7 20 (0.75%) VB.NET
8 19 (0.71%) C#
9 16 (0.60%) C++
10 15 (0.56%) JavaScript
11 10 (0.37%) Shell Script
12 7 (0.26%) Bicep
12 7 (0.26%) T-SQL
13 6 (0.22%) Groovy
13 6 (0.22%) MATLAB
13 6 (0.22%) VBScript
14 5 (0.19%) PHP
15 4 (0.15%) VBA
16 2 (0.075%) VB
Qualifications
1 757 (28.26%) Cisco Certification
2 483 (18.03%) CCNP
3 450 (16.80%) CCNA
4 301 (11.24%) Degree
5 240 (8.96%) Security Cleared
6 222 (8.29%) Microsoft Certification
7 185 (6.91%) SC Cleared
8 138 (5.15%) CCIE
9 110 (4.11%) MCSE
10 81 (3.02%) MCSA
11 80 (2.99%) CCDP
12 71 (2.65%) DV Cleared
13 68 (2.54%) MCP
14 64 (2.39%) ITIL Certification
15 50 (1.87%) JNCIA
16 48 (1.79%) CISSP
17 38 (1.42%) MCITP
18 36 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
18 36 (1.34%) TOGAF Certification
19 27 (1.01%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 230 (8.59%) SLA
2 83 (3.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 70 (2.61%) GDPR
4 39 (1.46%) Cyber Essentials
5 37 (1.38%) PCI DSS
6 35 (1.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 31 (1.16%) PMO
8 18 (0.67%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 18 (0.67%) NIST
9 13 (0.49%) QA
10 5 (0.19%) GxP
10 5 (0.19%) NCSC
11 4 (0.15%) COBIT
11 4 (0.15%) HL7
11 4 (0.15%) ISO 9000
11 4 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 4 (0.15%) RMADS
12 3 (0.11%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.11%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 945 (35.27%) Active Directory
2 401 (14.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 290 (10.82%) Hyper-V
4 100 (3.73%) vSphere
5 88 (3.28%) VMware ESXi
6 63 (2.35%) XenApp
7 61 (2.28%) Docker
8 42 (1.57%) VMware NSX
9 39 (1.46%) Virtual Desktop
10 29 (1.08%) Virtual Servers
11 26 (0.97%) Firmware
12 19 (0.71%) ProxySG
13 18 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
13 18 (0.67%) VMware Workstation
14 15 (0.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 15 (0.56%) XenDesktop
15 10 (0.37%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 10 (0.37%) KVM
15 10 (0.37%) Terminal Server
15 10 (0.37%) Xen
Systems Management
1 219 (8.17%) SCCM
2 167 (6.23%) Terraform
3 145 (5.41%) Microsoft Intune
4 126 (4.70%) Ansible
5 119 (4.44%) FortiGate
6 86 (3.21%) WSUS
7 78 (2.91%) Kubernetes
8 51 (1.90%) SCOM
9 47 (1.75%) Cisco CUCM
10 34 (1.27%) Nagios
10 34 (1.27%) Puppet
11 33 (1.23%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 33 (1.23%) Cisco Prime
12 31 (1.16%) Single Sign-On
13 29 (1.08%) NetBackup
14 27 (1.01%) ZABBIX
15 25 (0.93%) Backup Exec
15 25 (0.93%) SCSM
16 23 (0.86%) SolarWinds Orion
16 23 (0.86%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 1,307 (48.79%) Cisco
2 1,029 (38.41%) Microsoft
3 609 (22.73%) VMware
4 324 (12.09%) Palo Alto
5 291 (10.86%) Fortinet
6 290 (10.82%) Meraki
7 282 (10.53%) Juniper
8 272 (10.15%) Citrix
9 220 (8.21%) CheckPoint
10 218 (8.14%) F5
11 192 (7.17%) HP
12 173 (6.46%) SolarWinds
13 145 (5.41%) Veeam
14 140 (5.23%) Aruba
15 115 (4.29%) Zscaler
16 77 (2.87%) Dell
17 76 (2.84%) Apple
18 66 (2.46%) Riverbed
19 49 (1.83%) Ruckus Wireless
20 48 (1.79%) Avaya