Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
6 months to
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 205 130 104
Rank change year-on-year -75 -26 +43
Permanent jobs citing WAN 2,107 1,246 4,249
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.68% 2.55% 3.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.02% 16.72% 20.02%
Number of salaries quoted 1,817 1,052 3,222
10th Percentile £27,750 £28,750 £24,775
25th Percentile £32,750 £36,250 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £47,500 £42,915
Median % change year-on-year -5.26% +10.68% -4.63%
75th Percentile £61,250 £61,250 £58,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £72,725
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

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 16,189 7,453 21,226
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.88% 15.25% 15.54%
Number of salaries quoted 11,134 6,102 16,609
10th Percentile £27,500 £29,750 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,250 £37,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
Median % change year-on-year - +8.70% -3.16%
75th Percentile £68,750 £67,500 £62,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £81,250 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 24 October 2021.

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 24 October 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 -87 1,840 £45,000 -5.26% 510
UK excluding London -52 1,443 £42,500 - 423
London -123 555 £55,000 -8.33% 120
Work from Home -107 369 £55,000 +10.00% 61
South East -40 368 £45,000 -2.70% 96
North of England -59 357 £41,500 +1.22% 140
Midlands -61 257 £42,750 +0.59% 69
North West -37 207 £41,000 -8.89% 68
South West -53 160 £40,000 +14.29% 40
East of England -53 136 £42,500 -10.53% 44
West Midlands -80 135 £42,500 -3.41% 44
Yorkshire -70 129 £42,500 +6.25% 51
East Midlands -17 117 £45,000 +12.50% 25
Scotland -24 95 £34,000 -30.26% 21
Wales -17 80 £42,500 +7.59% 13
North East -36 21 £34,000 -9.33% 21
Northern Ireland -42 3 - -

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 1,663 (78.93%) LAN
2 1,068 (50.69%) Firewall
3 944 (44.80%) Microsoft
4 913 (43.33%) Cisco
5 872 (41.39%) Windows
6 784 (37.21%) Active Directory
7 732 (34.74%) Microsoft 365
8 690 (32.75%) Azure
9 630 (29.90%) Social Skills
10 614 (29.14%) VMware
11 556 (26.39%) VPN
12 524 (24.87%) Windows Server
13 470 (22.31%) TCP/IP
14 462 (21.93%) Cisco Certification
15 441 (20.93%) DNS
16 412 (19.55%) VMware Infrastructure
17 397 (18.84%) ITIL
18 386 (18.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
19 364 (17.28%) DHCP
20 357 (16.94%) Data Centre
21 328 (15.57%) Hyper-V
22 322 (15.28%) Wireless
23 319 (15.14%) Wi-Fi
24 318 (15.09%) CCNP
25 296 (14.05%) Windows 10
26 295 (14.00%) SD-WAN
27 284 (13.48%) MPLS
28 283 (13.43%) Linux
29 279 (13.24%) Microsoft Office
30 267 (12.67%) CCNA

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
1 197 (9.35%) MS Exchange
2 149 (7.07%) SharePoint
3 63 (2.99%) IIS
4 42 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2013
5 36 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2010
6 22 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2007
7 18 (0.85%) Skype for Business
8 11 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 9 (0.43%) Confluence
9 9 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2003
9 9 (0.43%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.28%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (0.24%) Elasticsearch
11 5 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (0.19%) SAS
13 3 (0.14%) Oracle Workflow
13 3 (0.14%) WebSphere
14 1 (0.047%) Apache
14 1 (0.047%) ThingWorx
Applications
1 279 (13.24%) Microsoft Office
2 47 (2.23%) MS Visio
3 25 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
4 17 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 17 (0.81%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.047%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.047%) Weka
Business Applications
1 19 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
3 9 (0.43%) Sentinel
4 4 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.14%) Exchequer
6 2 (0.095%) Magento
6 2 (0.095%) Sage 300 ERP
6 2 (0.095%) Sage CRM
7 1 (0.047%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 732 (34.74%) Microsoft 365
2 690 (32.75%) Azure
3 266 (12.62%) AWS
4 132 (6.26%) IaaS
5 108 (5.13%) PaaS
6 102 (4.84%) Azure Active Directory
7 91 (4.32%) SaaS
8 39 (1.85%) GCP
8 39 (1.85%) OneDrive
9 30 (1.42%) Power Platform
10 27 (1.28%) Mimecast
11 25 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
12 20 (0.95%) Azure Storage
13 15 (0.71%) AWS CodeCommit
13 15 (0.71%) AWS CodePipeline
13 15 (0.71%) OpenShift
14 14 (0.66%) Cloudflare
15 13 (0.62%) Google Workspace
16 12 (0.57%) Amazon EKS
16 12 (0.57%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 1,663 (78.93%) LAN
2 1,068 (50.69%) Firewall
3 556 (26.39%) VPN
4 470 (22.31%) TCP/IP
5 441 (20.93%) DNS
6 364 (17.28%) DHCP
7 322 (15.28%) Wireless
8 319 (15.14%) Wi-Fi
9 295 (14.00%) SD-WAN
10 284 (13.48%) MPLS
11 260 (12.34%) Network Security
12 256 (12.15%) VLAN
13 234 (11.11%) BGP
14 205 (9.73%) VoIP
15 198 (9.40%) OSPF
16 174 (8.26%) SAN
17 149 (7.07%) Internet
18 120 (5.70%) WLAN
19 108 (5.13%) IPsec
20 105 (4.98%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 135 (6.41%) SQL Server
2 27 (1.28%) MySQL
3 17 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (0.52%) MongoDB
4 11 (0.52%) NoSQL
5 9 (0.43%) Big Data
5 9 (0.43%) DB2
5 9 (0.43%) SQL Server 2012
6 8 (0.38%) Crystal Reports
6 8 (0.38%) OLAP
6 8 (0.38%) OLTP
7 7 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
7 7 (0.33%) SQL Server 2019
8 6 (0.28%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.28%) Data Lake
9 5 (0.24%) MariaDB
9 5 (0.24%) Oracle Database
9 5 (0.24%) Power BI
10 4 (0.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 4 (0.19%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 33 (1.57%) JIRA
2 28 (1.33%) Git (software)
3 24 (1.14%) Jenkins
4 17 (0.81%) Selenium
5 16 (0.76%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 13 (0.62%) Bitbucket
7 12 (0.57%) GitLab
8 11 (0.52%) Vagrant
9 10 (0.47%) Visual Studio
10 7 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
11 4 (0.19%) eggPlant
12 2 (0.095%) LoadRunner
12 2 (0.095%) Zephyr
13 1 (0.047%) Burp Suite
13 1 (0.047%) Metasploit
13 1 (0.047%) MSI
13 1 (0.047%) sqlmap
General
1 630 (29.90%) Social Skills
2 218 (10.35%) Finance
3 216 (10.25%) Telecoms
4 163 (7.74%) Analytical Skills
5 92 (4.37%) Banking
6 89 (4.22%) Manufacturing
7 80 (3.80%) Public Sector
8 60 (2.85%) Organisational Skills
9 54 (2.56%) Law
10 48 (2.28%) Retail
11 44 (2.09%) Legal
12 39 (1.85%) Local Government
13 35 (1.66%) Documentation Skills
14 32 (1.52%) Advertising
15 29 (1.38%) Marketing
16 23 (1.09%) French Language
17 21 (1.00%) Influencing Skills
18 20 (0.95%) German Language
18 20 (0.95%) Presentation Skills
19 19 (0.90%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 448 (21.26%) Network Engineer
2 265 (12.58%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 210 (9.97%) Analyst
4 197 (9.35%) Support Engineer
5 180 (8.54%) Architect
6 161 (7.64%) IT Engineer
7 150 (7.12%) IT Support
8 119 (5.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 104 (4.94%) Consultant
10 103 (4.89%) Senior Network Engineer
11 90 (4.27%) Support Analyst
12 87 (4.13%) 2nd Line Support
13 86 (4.08%) IT Manager
14 85 (4.03%) 3rd Line Support
15 71 (3.37%) IT Support Engineer
16 66 (3.13%) Infrastructure Manager
17 62 (2.94%) Administrator
18 61 (2.90%) Network Architect
19 60 (2.85%) Project Manager
19 60 (2.85%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (1.71%) LDAP
2 24 (1.14%) .NET
3 19 (0.90%) 802.1X
4 17 (0.81%) .NET Core
4 17 (0.81%) AngularJS
4 17 (0.81%) JSON
5 12 (0.57%) React
5 12 (0.57%) Web Services
6 11 (0.52%) ASP.NET
6 11 (0.52%) Django
6 11 (0.52%) Express
6 11 (0.52%) MEAN Stack
6 11 (0.52%) Node.js
6 11 (0.52%) Ruby on Rails
7 9 (0.43%) SAML
8 7 (0.33%) ARM Templates
9 5 (0.24%) HTML
10 4 (0.19%) EDI
10 4 (0.19%) OAuth
10 4 (0.19%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 357 (16.94%) Data Centre
2 116 (5.51%) Management Information System
3 84 (3.99%) Driving Licence
4 83 (3.94%) Self-Motivation
5 80 (3.80%) Public Cloud
6 56 (2.66%) Video Conferencing
7 42 (1.99%) User Experience
8 39 (1.85%) Clustering
9 36 (1.71%) Hybrid Cloud
10 35 (1.66%) PKI
11 28 (1.33%) Private Cloud
12 26 (1.23%) iPad
12 26 (1.23%) iPhone
13 24 (1.14%) Data Protection Act
14 23 (1.09%) Blackberry
15 20 (0.95%) Fibre Optics
15 20 (0.95%) Virtual Team
16 17 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
17 16 (0.76%) Fat Client
17 16 (0.76%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 872 (41.39%) Windows
2 524 (24.87%) Windows Server
3 296 (14.05%) Windows 10
4 283 (13.43%) Linux
5 211 (10.01%) Windows Server 2012
6 180 (8.54%) Windows Server 2016
7 151 (7.17%) Windows Server 2019
8 120 (5.70%) Windows Server 2008
9 88 (4.18%) Windows 7
10 61 (2.90%) Android
11 48 (2.28%) Windows Server 2003
12 47 (2.23%) Windows 8
13 45 (2.14%) Mac OS X
14 41 (1.95%) Unix
15 26 (1.23%) Apple iOS
16 25 (1.19%) CentOS
17 22 (1.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 17 (0.81%) VyOS
19 14 (0.66%) Mac OS
20 13 (0.62%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 397 (18.84%) ITIL
2 386 (18.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 253 (12.01%) Problem-Solving
4 226 (10.73%) Project Management
5 183 (8.69%) Disaster Recovery
6 152 (7.21%) Service Delivery
7 149 (7.07%) Cybersecurity
8 133 (6.31%) Mentoring
8 133 (6.31%) Project Delivery
9 125 (5.93%) Presales
10 122 (5.79%) Change Management
11 121 (5.74%) Migration
11 121 (5.74%) Network Design
12 117 (5.55%) Agile Software Development
13 104 (4.94%) DevOps
14 101 (4.79%) PRINCE2
15 99 (4.70%) High Availability
16 96 (4.56%) Stakeholder Management
17 92 (4.37%) Continuous Improvement
18 88 (4.18%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 236 (11.20%) PowerShell
2 133 (6.31%) SQL
3 94 (4.46%) Python
4 45 (2.14%) C
5 33 (1.57%) Bash Shell
6 23 (1.09%) Perl
7 22 (1.04%) C#
8 20 (0.95%) Java
9 17 (0.81%) PHP
10 16 (0.76%) VB.NET
11 15 (0.71%) C++
12 13 (0.62%) JavaScript
12 13 (0.62%) Ruby
13 11 (0.52%) VB
14 9 (0.43%) Shell Script
15 8 (0.38%) Go
15 8 (0.38%) VBScript
16 6 (0.28%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 462 (21.93%) Cisco Certification
2 318 (15.09%) CCNP
3 267 (12.67%) CCNA
4 181 (8.59%) Degree
5 167 (7.93%) Microsoft Certification
6 112 (5.32%) Security Cleared
7 104 (4.94%) MCSE
8 84 (3.99%) MCSA
9 79 (3.75%) CCIE
9 79 (3.75%) SC Cleared
10 52 (2.47%) Computer Science Degree
11 49 (2.33%) CISSP
12 47 (2.23%) JNCIA
13 43 (2.04%) MCP
14 42 (1.99%) CCDP
15 35 (1.66%) ITIL Certification
16 32 (1.52%) MCITP
17 31 (1.47%) JNCIS
18 26 (1.23%) CISM
19 23 (1.09%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (7.40%) SLA
2 63 (2.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 40 (1.90%) GDPR
4 22 (1.04%) Cyber Essentials
4 22 (1.04%) PMO
5 16 (0.76%) NIST
5 16 (0.76%) PCI DSS
6 13 (0.62%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 12 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 8 (0.38%) ISO 9001
8 8 (0.38%) QA
9 6 (0.28%) NCSC
10 5 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 4 (0.19%) GLBA
11 4 (0.19%) OASIS TOSCA
12 3 (0.14%) HIPAA
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.095%) SOC 2
14 1 (0.047%) GRC
System Software
1 784 (37.21%) Active Directory
2 412 (19.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 328 (15.57%) Hyper-V
4 75 (3.56%) vSphere
5 74 (3.51%) VMware ESXi
6 72 (3.42%) XenApp
7 40 (1.90%) Docker
8 33 (1.57%) XenDesktop
9 26 (1.23%) Virtual Servers
10 23 (1.09%) Terminal Server
10 23 (1.09%) Virtual Machines
11 22 (1.04%) Virtual Desktop
12 20 (0.95%) VMware Workstation
13 18 (0.85%) VMware NSX
14 12 (0.57%) BitLocker
15 11 (0.52%) Firmware
16 10 (0.47%) VMware Server
17 9 (0.43%) Terminal Services
18 8 (0.38%) ProxySG
19 7 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 162 (7.69%) SCCM
2 125 (5.93%) Microsoft Intune
3 71 (3.37%) FortiGate
4 66 (3.13%) Terraform
5 61 (2.90%) Ansible
6 53 (2.52%) WSUS
7 48 (2.28%) Single Sign-On
8 40 (1.90%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 39 (1.85%) Kubernetes
10 26 (1.23%) vCenter Server
11 25 (1.19%) Nagios
12 24 (1.14%) Cisco CUCM
13 21 (1.00%) Puppet
14 18 (0.85%) NetBackup
15 17 (0.81%) SCOM
16 15 (0.71%) Cisco Prime
17 14 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
17 14 (0.66%) SolarWinds Orion
18 12 (0.57%) Icinga
19 11 (0.52%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 944 (44.80%) Microsoft
2 913 (43.33%) Cisco
3 614 (29.14%) VMware
4 233 (11.06%) Citrix
5 215 (10.20%) Juniper
5 215 (10.20%) Palo Alto
6 170 (8.07%) CheckPoint
7 169 (8.02%) Meraki
8 148 (7.02%) SolarWinds
9 129 (6.12%) Veeam
10 113 (5.36%) F5
11 106 (5.03%) HP
12 96 (4.56%) Fortinet
13 95 (4.51%) Aruba
14 87 (4.13%) Dell
15 73 (3.46%) Apple
16 48 (2.28%) Red Hat
17 47 (2.23%) Oracle
18 43 (2.04%) Brocade
19 42 (1.99%) Mitel