Period
to 29 July 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 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 204 114 107
Rank change year-on-year -90 -7 +42
Permanent jobs citing WAN 1,916 1,903 4,476
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 1.70% 2.76% 3.11%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 13.11% 17.98% 19.90%
Number of salaries quoted 1,648 1,549 3,340
10th Percentile £28,500 £28,250 £25,000
25th Percentile £34,567 £33,500 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £47,500 £45,000 £43,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% +3.45% -3.33%
75th Percentile £63,750 £62,500 £58,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £77,500 £72,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,500 £42,500 £42,439
% change year-on-year +2.35% +0.14% +2.26%

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 14,616 10,582 22,487
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.95% 15.33% 15.62%
Number of salaries quoted 10,218 8,466 17,209
10th Percentile £28,000 £28,500 £25,750
25th Percentile £36,750 £36,250 £32,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year - +11.11% -3.23%
75th Percentile £67,500 £66,250 £62,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £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 29 July 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 29 July 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 1,685 £47,500 +1.06% 435
UK excluding London -60 1,341 £43,500 +2.35% 366
London -136 464 £55,000 -4.35% 101
South East -64 340 £45,000 - 86
North of England -56 310 £42,500 +4.94% 108
Work from Home -109 310 £55,000 +4.76% 58
Midlands -40 259 £42,500 -4.49% 79
South West -59 178 £45,000 +38.46% 40
North West -44 165 £45,000 +5.88% 60
West Midlands -64 144 £41,000 -13.68% 39
Yorkshire -66 117 £42,500 +6.25% 38
East Midlands +12 116 £42,500 +26.87% 40
East of England -46 114 £44,750 -0.56% 19
Scotland -35 94 £38,000 -20.00% 20
Wales -19 44 £42,500 +7.59% 13
North East -24 28 £34,000 -2.86% 10
Channel Islands - 5 £80,000 -
Northern Ireland -50 3 - - 1

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 1,561 (81.47%) LAN
2 1,000 (52.19%) Firewall
3 874 (45.62%) Cisco
4 823 (42.95%) Microsoft
5 767 (40.03%) Windows
6 715 (37.32%) Active Directory
7 605 (31.58%) Azure
8 603 (31.47%) Microsoft 365
9 518 (27.04%) VMware
10 476 (24.84%) Social Skills
11 464 (24.22%) Windows Server
12 459 (23.96%) Cisco Certification
13 451 (23.54%) VPN
14 381 (19.89%) ITIL
15 379 (19.78%) TCP/IP
16 365 (19.05%) DNS
17 359 (18.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 334 (17.43%) Data Centre
19 328 (17.12%) SD-WAN
20 325 (16.96%) VMware Infrastructure
21 305 (15.92%) CCNP
22 293 (15.29%) DHCP
23 289 (15.08%) Wireless
24 285 (14.87%) Linux
25 263 (13.73%) MPLS
26 259 (13.52%) PowerShell
27 256 (13.36%) CCNA
28 254 (13.26%) Wi-Fi
29 251 (13.10%) Network Security
30 232 (12.11%) 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
1 229 (11.95%) MS Exchange
2 138 (7.20%) SharePoint
3 45 (2.35%) IIS
4 39 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
5 31 (1.62%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2007
7 12 (0.63%) Skype for Business
8 11 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 9 (0.47%) SAS
10 8 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2003
11 7 (0.37%) Confluence
12 6 (0.31%) OpenStack
13 5 (0.26%) Apache
13 5 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
14 3 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
15 2 (0.10%) Elasticsearch
16 1 (0.052%) nginx
16 1 (0.052%) Site Server
Applications
1 208 (10.86%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (1.10%) MS Visio
4 16 (0.84%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.052%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 15 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.68%) Sentinel
3 8 (0.42%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
5 3 (0.16%) Exchequer
5 3 (0.16%) Magento
5 3 (0.16%) Sage 300 ERP
5 3 (0.16%) Sage CRM
6 1 (0.052%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.052%) Oracle CRM
6 1 (0.052%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.052%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 605 (31.58%) Azure
2 603 (31.47%) Microsoft 365
3 232 (12.11%) AWS
4 114 (5.95%) IaaS
5 98 (5.11%) PaaS
6 90 (4.70%) Azure Active Directory
7 67 (3.50%) SaaS
8 33 (1.72%) OneDrive
9 24 (1.25%) GCP
10 21 (1.10%) Mimecast
11 18 (0.94%) Power Platform
12 15 (0.78%) AWS CodeCommit
12 15 (0.78%) AWS CodePipeline
12 15 (0.78%) Azure Storage
12 15 (0.78%) Cloudflare
13 14 (0.73%) AWS CloudFormation
13 14 (0.73%) Azure Sentinel
14 13 (0.68%) Amazon EKS
14 13 (0.68%) Azure App Service
14 13 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1,561 (81.47%) LAN
2 1,000 (52.19%) Firewall
3 451 (23.54%) VPN
4 379 (19.78%) TCP/IP
5 365 (19.05%) DNS
6 328 (17.12%) SD-WAN
7 293 (15.29%) DHCP
8 289 (15.08%) Wireless
9 263 (13.73%) MPLS
10 254 (13.26%) Wi-Fi
11 251 (13.10%) Network Security
12 229 (11.95%) VLAN
13 198 (10.33%) BGP
14 183 (9.55%) OSPF
15 166 (8.66%) SAN
15 166 (8.66%) VoIP
16 139 (7.25%) WLAN
17 134 (6.99%) Internet
18 126 (6.58%) Cisco ASA
19 91 (4.75%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (4.80%) SQL Server
2 25 (1.30%) MySQL
3 14 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
4 12 (0.63%) MongoDB
5 11 (0.57%) NoSQL
6 9 (0.47%) Big Data
6 9 (0.47%) Crystal Reports
7 7 (0.37%) Power BI
8 6 (0.31%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.31%) Azure SQL Database
9 5 (0.26%) OLAP
9 5 (0.26%) OLTP
9 5 (0.26%) Oracle Database
10 4 (0.21%) Blockchain
10 4 (0.21%) Relational Database
10 4 (0.21%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (0.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 3 (0.16%) Data Vault
11 3 (0.16%) MS Access
11 3 (0.16%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 32 (1.67%) Git (software)
1 32 (1.67%) Jenkins
2 30 (1.57%) JIRA
3 17 (0.89%) Bitbucket
4 16 (0.84%) Sonatype Nexus
5 14 (0.73%) GitLab
5 14 (0.73%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 11 (0.57%) Vagrant
7 6 (0.31%) Selenium
7 6 (0.31%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.10%) eggPlant
8 2 (0.10%) GCC
9 1 (0.052%) Chocolatey
9 1 (0.052%) CircleCI
General
1 476 (24.84%) Social Skills
2 165 (8.61%) Telecoms
3 152 (7.93%) Finance
4 102 (5.32%) Analytical Skills
5 82 (4.28%) Banking
6 77 (4.02%) Public Sector
7 75 (3.91%) Manufacturing
8 67 (3.50%) Organisational Skills
9 41 (2.14%) Retail
10 40 (2.09%) Local Government
11 37 (1.93%) Law
12 34 (1.77%) Marketing
13 29 (1.51%) Documentation Skills
14 27 (1.41%) Legal
15 20 (1.04%) Electronics
16 18 (0.94%) Military
16 18 (0.94%) Presentation Skills
17 16 (0.84%) Influencing Skills
18 15 (0.78%) Aerospace
19 13 (0.68%) Inclusion and Diversity
Job Titles
1 460 (24.01%) Network Engineer
2 259 (13.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 182 (9.50%) Architect
4 164 (8.56%) Analyst
5 162 (8.46%) Support Engineer
6 134 (6.99%) IT Engineer
7 129 (6.73%) IT Support
8 127 (6.63%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 114 (5.95%) Senior Network Engineer
10 84 (4.38%) Consultant
11 74 (3.86%) IT Manager
12 73 (3.81%) 3rd Line Support
12 73 (3.81%) Support Analyst
13 72 (3.76%) 2nd Line Support
14 67 (3.50%) Administrator
14 67 (3.50%) Cisco Engineer
15 65 (3.39%) Network Architect
16 64 (3.34%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
17 63 (3.29%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
18 61 (3.18%) Cisco Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (1.51%) JSON
2 27 (1.41%) LDAP
3 26 (1.36%) 802.1X
4 24 (1.25%) .NET
5 18 (0.94%) .NET Core
5 18 (0.94%) AngularJS
6 15 (0.78%) React
7 14 (0.73%) Web Services
8 12 (0.63%) Django
9 11 (0.57%) ASP.NET
9 11 (0.57%) Express
9 11 (0.57%) MEAN Stack
9 11 (0.57%) Node.js
9 11 (0.57%) Ruby on Rails
10 10 (0.52%) REST
11 9 (0.47%) HTML
12 7 (0.37%) SOAP
13 6 (0.31%) SAML
13 6 (0.31%) XML
13 6 (0.31%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 334 (17.43%) Data Centre
2 91 (4.75%) Public Cloud
3 82 (4.28%) Management Information System
3 82 (4.28%) Self-Motivation
4 67 (3.50%) Driving Licence
5 39 (2.04%) Hybrid Cloud
6 38 (1.98%) Clustering
7 27 (1.41%) Video Conferencing
8 24 (1.25%) PKI
8 24 (1.25%) User Experience
9 20 (1.04%) FMCG
9 20 (1.04%) Private Cloud
10 16 (0.84%) Fat Client
10 16 (0.84%) Thin Client
11 15 (0.78%) Virtual Team
12 14 (0.73%) Fibre Optics
13 12 (0.63%) Client/Server
13 12 (0.63%) Replication
14 11 (0.57%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
14 11 (0.57%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 767 (40.03%) Windows
2 464 (24.22%) Windows Server
3 285 (14.87%) Linux
4 210 (10.96%) Windows 10
5 159 (8.30%) Windows Server 2012
6 143 (7.46%) Windows Server 2016
7 119 (6.21%) Windows Server 2019
8 83 (4.33%) Windows Server 2008
9 65 (3.39%) Windows 7
10 41 (2.14%) Windows Server 2003
11 40 (2.09%) Android
12 30 (1.57%) Unix
13 27 (1.41%) Windows 8
14 19 (0.99%) Mac OS X
15 15 (0.78%) CentOS
16 14 (0.73%) Apple iOS
16 14 (0.73%) Debian
16 14 (0.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 12 (0.63%) VMS
18 11 (0.57%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 381 (19.89%) ITIL
2 359 (18.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 190 (9.92%) Project Management
4 187 (9.76%) Problem-Solving
5 171 (8.92%) Presales
6 139 (7.25%) Disaster Recovery
7 138 (7.20%) Network Design
8 127 (6.63%) Mentoring
9 117 (6.11%) Project Delivery
10 116 (6.05%) Service Delivery
11 111 (5.79%) Agile Software Development
11 111 (5.79%) DevOps
12 105 (5.48%) Change Management
13 99 (5.17%) Migration
14 93 (4.85%) Cybersecurity
15 84 (4.38%) Customer Requirements
16 83 (4.33%) Stakeholder Management
17 71 (3.71%) Incident Management
18 70 (3.65%) Load Balancing
19 68 (3.55%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 259 (13.52%) PowerShell
2 116 (6.05%) SQL
3 108 (5.64%) Python
4 41 (2.14%) Bash Shell
5 36 (1.88%) C
6 26 (1.36%) Java
6 26 (1.36%) Perl
7 21 (1.10%) C#
8 20 (1.04%) PHP
9 17 (0.89%) JavaScript
10 16 (0.84%) C++
11 14 (0.73%) Shell Script
12 12 (0.63%) VB.NET
13 11 (0.57%) Ruby
13 11 (0.57%) VB
14 8 (0.42%) Go
14 8 (0.42%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.16%) TypeScript
15 3 (0.16%) VBScript
16 2 (0.10%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 459 (23.96%) Cisco Certification
2 305 (15.92%) CCNP
3 256 (13.36%) CCNA
4 124 (6.47%) Security Cleared
5 123 (6.42%) Microsoft Certification
6 119 (6.21%) Degree
7 105 (5.48%) SC Cleared
8 87 (4.54%) CCIE
9 70 (3.65%) MCSE
10 56 (2.92%) MCSA
11 49 (2.56%) JNCIA
12 45 (2.35%) CISSP
13 36 (1.88%) CCDP
14 31 (1.62%) JNCIS
15 29 (1.51%) MCITP
16 27 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
17 21 (1.10%) DV Cleared
18 20 (1.04%) CISM
18 20 (1.04%) MCP
19 19 (0.99%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 119 (6.21%) SLA
2 47 (2.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 34 (1.77%) GDPR
4 29 (1.51%) PMO
5 20 (1.04%) NIST
6 14 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 12 (0.63%) Cyber Essentials
8 9 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 7 (0.37%) QA
10 6 (0.31%) ISO 9001
10 6 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27005
11 5 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 5 (0.26%) NCSC
12 4 (0.21%) GLBA
12 4 (0.21%) OASIS TOSCA
13 2 (0.10%) COBIT
13 2 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 2 (0.10%) ITGC
13 2 (0.10%) NIST 800
14 1 (0.052%) JSP 440
System Software
1 715 (37.32%) Active Directory
2 325 (16.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 232 (12.11%) Hyper-V
4 64 (3.34%) VMware ESXi
5 57 (2.97%) XenApp
6 53 (2.77%) Docker
7 45 (2.35%) Terminal Server
8 40 (2.09%) Virtual Servers
8 40 (2.09%) vSphere
9 28 (1.46%) VMware NSX
10 25 (1.30%) XenDesktop
11 22 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
12 14 (0.73%) Virtual Desktop
13 13 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 12 (0.63%) VMware Server
15 11 (0.57%) VMware Workstation
16 7 (0.37%) Terminal Services
17 6 (0.31%) Firmware
18 5 (0.26%) KVM
18 5 (0.26%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 110 (5.74%) SCCM
2 94 (4.91%) Microsoft Intune
3 77 (4.02%) Ansible
4 72 (3.76%) Terraform
5 67 (3.50%) FortiGate
6 58 (3.03%) Kubernetes
7 36 (1.88%) Single Sign-On
8 29 (1.51%) WSUS
9 26 (1.36%) Nagios
10 24 (1.25%) Active Directory Federation Services
11 23 (1.20%) Puppet
11 23 (1.20%) SCOM
12 22 (1.15%) Cisco CUCM
13 17 (0.89%) Cisco Prime
14 15 (0.78%) Cisco UCCX
14 15 (0.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 13 (0.68%) vCenter Server
16 12 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
17 10 (0.52%) Microsoft Clustering
17 10 (0.52%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 874 (45.62%) Cisco
2 823 (42.95%) Microsoft
3 518 (27.04%) VMware
4 212 (11.06%) Palo Alto
5 210 (10.96%) Juniper
6 196 (10.23%) Citrix
7 163 (8.51%) CheckPoint
8 162 (8.46%) Meraki
9 126 (6.58%) Fortinet
10 109 (5.69%) SolarWinds
10 109 (5.69%) Veeam
11 85 (4.44%) F5
12 84 (4.38%) Aruba
13 83 (4.33%) HP
14 76 (3.97%) Dell
15 47 (2.45%) SonicWALL
16 46 (2.40%) Oracle
17 44 (2.30%) Avaya
18 38 (1.98%) Splunk
19 37 (1.93%) Apple