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The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with an option to work from home (WFH) and 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 23 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Wide Area Network (WAN)
UK > Work from Home
6 months to
23 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 271 208 172
Rank change year-on-year -63 -36 -64
Permanent jobs citing WAN 970 498 153
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 1.36% 1.58% 1.65%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 12.14% 14.69% 11.61%
Number of salaries quoted 836 455 141
10th Percentile £30,000 £31,250 £31,250
25th Percentile £40,000 £41,250 £41,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,250 £55,000 £60,000
Median % change year-on-year -3.18% -8.33% -4.00%
75th Percentile £68,750 £67,500 £72,500
90th Percentile £86,250 £77,500 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +3.09% +7.78% -

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 WFH option and a requirement for communications or computer networking skills.

All Communications and Computer Networking Skills
Work from Home
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for communications or computer networking skills 7,993 3,391 1,318
As % of all permanent jobs with a WFH option 11.19% 10.75% 14.26%
Number of salaries quoted 5,020 2,792 1,081
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £32,500
25th Percentile £41,750 £41,250 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% - -8.33%
75th Percentile £73,750 £68,750 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £82,500 £77,500
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £49,556
% change year-on-year +5.00% +0.90% +6.57%

WAN
Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

Job vacancies with a work from home option citing WAN as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

WAN trend for jobs with a WFH option

WAN
Salary Trend for Jobs with a WFH Option

3-month moving average salary quoted in job vacancies with a work from home option citing WAN.

WAN salary trend for jobs with a WFH option

WAN
Salary Histogram for Jobs with a WFH Option

Salary distribution for jobs with a work from home option citing WAN over the 6 months to 23 May 2022.

WAN salary histogram for jobs with a WFH option

For the 6 months to 23 May 2022, WAN job roles required the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent jobs with a WFH option and a requirement for WAN.

1 743 (76.60%) LAN
2 493 (50.82%) Cisco
3 460 (47.42%) Firewall
4 389 (40.10%) Azure
5 383 (39.48%) Microsoft
6 345 (35.57%) Windows
7 323 (33.30%) Active Directory
8 286 (29.48%) Cisco Certification
9 274 (28.25%) Microsoft 365
10 232 (23.92%) VPN
11 230 (23.71%) SD-WAN
12 211 (21.75%) Wi-Fi
13 204 (21.03%) Social Skills
14 202 (20.82%) DNS
15 201 (20.72%) VMware
16 191 (19.69%) Windows Server
17 188 (19.38%) TCP/IP
18 186 (19.18%) Data Centre
19 180 (18.56%) ITIL
20 179 (18.45%) Wireless
21 174 (17.94%) CCNP
22 163 (16.80%) DHCP
23 145 (14.95%) MPLS
24 144 (14.85%) VMware Infrastructure
25 139 (14.33%) Finance
26 135 (13.92%) AWS
27 129 (13.30%) CCNA
27 129 (13.30%) VLAN
28 127 (13.09%) Project Management
29 122 (12.58%) CheckPoint

WAN
Co-occurring IT Skills with a WFH Option 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 67 (6.91%) MS Exchange
2 56 (5.77%) SharePoint
3 28 (2.89%) Exchange Server 2010
4 17 (1.75%) IIS
5 9 (0.93%) Apache
6 6 (0.62%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.41%) OpenStack
7 4 (0.41%) SAS
8 2 (0.21%) Confluence
8 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.10%) Skype for Business
9 1 (0.10%) Tomcat
Applications
1 82 (8.45%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (1.55%) MS Visio
3 7 (0.72%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (0.52%) Toggl
2 4 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.10%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.10%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 389 (40.10%) Azure
2 274 (28.25%) Microsoft 365
3 135 (13.92%) AWS
4 89 (9.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 57 (5.88%) SaaS
6 55 (5.67%) PaaS
7 48 (4.95%) IaaS
8 33 (3.40%) GCP
9 29 (2.99%) Azure Monitor
10 27 (2.78%) Azure Sentinel
11 13 (1.34%) Serverless
12 11 (1.13%) AWS Lambda
13 9 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
14 8 (0.82%) AWS Direct Connect
14 8 (0.82%) OneDrive
15 7 (0.72%) Mimecast
16 6 (0.62%) Azure Storage
16 6 (0.62%) Google Workspace
16 6 (0.62%) Rubrik
17 4 (0.41%) Azure Key Vault
Communications & Networking
1 743 (76.60%) LAN
2 460 (47.42%) Firewall
3 232 (23.92%) VPN
4 230 (23.71%) SD-WAN
5 211 (21.75%) Wi-Fi
6 202 (20.82%) DNS
7 188 (19.38%) TCP/IP
8 179 (18.45%) Wireless
9 163 (16.80%) DHCP
10 145 (14.95%) MPLS
11 129 (13.30%) VLAN
12 102 (10.52%) Network Security
12 102 (10.52%) WLAN
13 101 (10.41%) Cisco Nexus
14 99 (10.21%) VoIP
15 91 (9.38%) Cisco ASA
16 64 (6.60%) BGP
16 64 (6.60%) Internet
17 63 (6.49%) SAN
18 61 (6.29%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (2.68%) SQL Server
2 25 (2.58%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (1.24%) MySQL
4 11 (1.13%) MariaDB
5 9 (0.93%) Amazon Aurora
5 9 (0.93%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 9 (0.93%) Amazon Redshift
6 8 (0.82%) InfluxDB
7 7 (0.72%) Relational Database
8 6 (0.62%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.41%) Riak
10 3 (0.31%) Redis
11 2 (0.21%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 2 (0.21%) RDBMS
11 2 (0.21%) Tableau
11 2 (0.21%) Tableau Server
12 1 (0.10%) DB2
Development Applications
1 21 (2.16%) JIRA
2 11 (1.13%) Git (software)
3 8 (0.82%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 7 (0.72%) Robot Framework
5 6 (0.62%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.31%) LabVIEW
6 3 (0.31%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.21%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.21%) Subversion
8 1 (0.10%) Burp Suite
8 1 (0.10%) Metasploit
8 1 (0.10%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (0.10%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 204 (21.03%) Social Skills
2 139 (14.33%) Finance
3 98 (10.10%) Analytical Skills
4 79 (8.14%) Telecoms
5 56 (5.77%) Retail
6 52 (5.36%) Public Sector
7 49 (5.05%) Documentation Skills
8 39 (4.02%) Marketing
9 38 (3.92%) Legal
9 38 (3.92%) Organisational Skills
10 37 (3.81%) Law
11 33 (3.40%) Manufacturing
12 29 (2.99%) Presentation Skills
13 24 (2.47%) Aerospace
14 16 (1.65%) Electronics
15 14 (1.44%) Advertising
16 13 (1.34%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 11 (1.13%) Back Office
17 11 (1.13%) Billing
18 9 (0.93%) Influencing Skills
Job Titles
1 246 (25.36%) Network Engineer
2 98 (10.10%) Architect
3 92 (9.48%) Analyst
4 89 (9.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 69 (7.11%) Network Manager
6 65 (6.70%) Senior Network Engineer
7 58 (5.98%) Support Engineer
8 53 (5.46%) IT Engineer
8 53 (5.46%) Network Architect
9 52 (5.36%) Project Manager
10 46 (4.74%) IT Support
11 43 (4.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 43 (4.43%) Cloud Engineer
12 40 (4.12%) Consultant
13 38 (3.92%) Administrator
14 35 (3.61%) Cisco Engineer
15 34 (3.51%) Solutions Architect
16 33 (3.40%) Infrastructure Analyst
17 32 (3.30%) Cisco Network Engineer
18 27 (2.78%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (1.65%) .NET
2 15 (1.55%) Kafka
3 13 (1.34%) 802.1X
3 13 (1.34%) Elastic Stack
4 10 (1.03%) JSON
4 10 (1.03%) LDAP
5 9 (0.93%) Web Services
6 8 (0.82%) OAuth
6 8 (0.82%) REST
6 8 (0.82%) XML
7 7 (0.72%) SAML
8 6 (0.62%) ARM Templates
8 6 (0.62%) gRPC
8 6 (0.62%) OAuth2
8 6 (0.62%) OpenID
8 6 (0.62%) RESTful
9 4 (0.41%) FHIR
9 4 (0.41%) LAPP Stack
9 4 (0.41%) SOAP
9 4 (0.41%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 186 (19.18%) Data Centre
2 75 (7.73%) Public Cloud
3 49 (5.05%) Management Information System
4 38 (3.92%) Hybrid Cloud
5 37 (3.81%) Driving Licence
6 32 (3.30%) Self-Motivation
7 17 (1.75%) Clustering
8 15 (1.55%) PKI
9 13 (1.34%) User Experience
10 12 (1.24%) Cloud Native
10 12 (1.24%) Video Conferencing
11 11 (1.13%) GNSS
12 10 (1.03%) IoT
13 9 (0.93%) Housing Association
13 9 (0.93%) NHS
13 9 (0.93%) Smartphone
14 8 (0.82%) CMDB
14 8 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
14 8 (0.82%) Private Cloud
15 7 (0.72%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 345 (35.57%) Windows
2 191 (19.69%) Windows Server
3 116 (11.96%) Linux
4 99 (10.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 80 (8.25%) Windows 10
6 67 (6.91%) Windows Server 2016
7 40 (4.12%) Windows Server 2008
8 31 (3.20%) Windows Server 2019
9 29 (2.99%) Windows 7
10 23 (2.37%) Unix
11 16 (1.65%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (1.03%) Mac OS
12 10 (1.03%) Ubuntu
13 9 (0.93%) Apple iOS
14 7 (0.72%) CentOS
14 7 (0.72%) Debian
14 7 (0.72%) Windows 8
15 6 (0.62%) Android
15 6 (0.62%) HPUX
15 6 (0.62%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (18.56%) ITIL
2 127 (13.09%) Project Management
3 117 (12.06%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 108 (11.13%) Agile
5 101 (10.41%) Problem-Solving
6 93 (9.59%) Disaster Recovery
7 91 (9.38%) Load Balancing
8 89 (9.18%) Change Management
9 87 (8.97%) Presales
10 78 (8.04%) Service Delivery
11 75 (7.73%) Cybersecurity
12 69 (7.11%) Migration
13 67 (6.91%) Project Delivery
14 59 (6.08%) PRINCE2
14 59 (6.08%) Problem Management
15 56 (5.77%) Network Management
16 51 (5.26%) Business Continuity
17 50 (5.15%) Network Architecture
17 50 (5.15%) Network Virtualisation
18 48 (4.95%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 91 (9.38%) PowerShell
2 63 (6.49%) Python
3 54 (5.57%) SQL
4 20 (2.06%) Bash
5 15 (1.55%) C#
5 15 (1.55%) VB.NET
6 9 (0.93%) C
6 9 (0.93%) C++
7 5 (0.52%) Perl
8 4 (0.41%) Java
8 4 (0.41%) VBA
9 3 (0.31%) JavaScript
9 3 (0.31%) MATLAB
10 2 (0.21%) Bicep
10 2 (0.21%) ES6
10 2 (0.21%) VBScript
11 1 (0.10%) PHP
Qualifications
1 286 (29.48%) Cisco Certification
2 174 (17.94%) CCNP
3 129 (13.30%) CCNA
4 100 (10.31%) Degree
5 84 (8.66%) CCIE
6 74 (7.63%) Security Cleared
7 64 (6.60%) SC Cleared
8 54 (5.57%) Microsoft Certification
9 31 (3.20%) MCSE
10 29 (2.99%) MCSA
11 19 (1.96%) CCDP
12 18 (1.86%) CISSP
13 17 (1.75%) DBS Check
14 15 (1.55%) CCVP
14 15 (1.55%) MCP
15 14 (1.44%) ITIL Certification
16 13 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
17 11 (1.13%) TOGAF Certification
18 10 (1.03%) CCIE Routing and Switching
18 10 (1.03%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (5.98%) SLA
2 24 (2.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 15 (1.55%) GDPR
4 13 (1.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 12 (1.24%) Cyber Essentials
5 12 (1.24%) PMO
6 6 (0.62%) NIST
7 5 (0.52%) GxP
8 4 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 4 (0.41%) HL7
8 4 (0.41%) ISO 9000
8 4 (0.41%) PCI DSS
9 3 (0.31%) HIPAA
9 3 (0.31%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 3 (0.31%) NCSC
9 3 (0.31%) QA
10 2 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 2 (0.21%) JSP 440
10 2 (0.21%) RMADS
11 1 (0.10%) JTAG
System Software
1 323 (33.30%) Active Directory
2 144 (14.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (11.55%) Hyper-V
4 39 (4.02%) vSphere
5 33 (3.40%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (2.99%) Virtual Desktop
7 23 (2.37%) Docker
8 20 (2.06%) XenApp
9 15 (1.55%) Virtual Machines
9 15 (1.55%) VMware NSX
10 11 (1.13%) Virtual Servers
11 9 (0.93%) Firmware
12 8 (0.82%) VirtualBox
13 7 (0.72%) BitLocker
13 7 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.62%) ProxySG
15 5 (0.52%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 5 (0.52%) Terminal Services
16 2 (0.21%) Terminal Server
16 2 (0.21%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 84 (8.66%) SCCM
2 65 (6.70%) FortiGate
3 61 (6.29%) WSUS
4 49 (5.05%) Ansible
5 47 (4.85%) Terraform
6 34 (3.51%) Microsoft Intune
7 33 (3.40%) SCOM
8 27 (2.78%) Kubernetes
9 23 (2.37%) Cisco CUCM
9 23 (2.37%) SCSM
10 19 (1.96%) NetBackup
11 17 (1.75%) Single Sign-On
12 15 (1.55%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 12 (1.24%) Nagios
14 10 (1.03%) Cisco Prime
14 10 (1.03%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 8 (0.82%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 8 (0.82%) Puppet
16 7 (0.72%) vCenter Server
17 6 (0.62%) Stealthwatch
Vendors
1 493 (50.82%) Cisco
2 383 (39.48%) Microsoft
3 201 (20.72%) VMware
4 122 (12.58%) CheckPoint
5 116 (11.96%) Palo Alto
6 105 (10.82%) Fortinet
7 102 (10.52%) Juniper
8 101 (10.41%) F5
9 96 (9.90%) Citrix
10 78 (8.04%) Meraki
11 63 (6.49%) SolarWinds
12 53 (5.46%) HP
13 49 (5.05%) Veeam
14 47 (4.85%) Aruba
15 41 (4.23%) Ruckus Wireless
16 22 (2.27%) Riverbed
17 20 (2.06%) Dell
17 20 (2.06%) Veritas
17 20 (2.06%) Zscaler
18 17 (1.75%) ServiceNow