1.5 million people work within the UK’s telecoms and IT industry, across 145,000 workplaces. The industry continues to see considerable investment by the government and private companies, so there is plenty of job opportunities and career progression or diversification.
Jobs include telecommunication engineer, specialist, and installer, but there are also many supporting roles covering HR, sales, customer service, finance, and admin. This is a fast-moving industry kept fresh by technological advancements across broadband, wireless, and mobile technologies.
In a telecommunications engineering role, you may be configuring voice, data, and video communication systems. Engineers implement controls and security for software, data, and operating systems. In this job, you may supervise installations, test systems, and carry out maintenance.
The diversity of the role could have you involved with network planning, field operations, aerial rigging, network construction, and satellite communications.
The average salary as a telecommunications engineer is £30,000 per annum, and with sufficient experience and skills, a salary of £65,000 can be achieved.
A telecoms equipment installer will typically earn £28,000 and later in their careers up to £45,000 or more. A telecommunications engineering specialist salary in the UK is £50,000 on average, and with extensive experience and qualifications, this could rise to £104,500.
Candidates can begin their careers as a trainee telecommunications engineer. To kick-start some careers, there will be a need for a technical background, a degree, or degree apprenticeship.
A typical telecoms engineer will work 40 hours a week and can be on call. Your career may see you working in an office, construction site, on infrastructure, or in a client’s home. Working in all weather and a need to wear PPE can be part of the job. As your career progresses, you can enter supervisory and management roles or start your own business.
Core skills to work in telecommunications include being a team member or leader. You will manage projects and communicate effectively with customers and different teams. You will need skills in
security, business, IT, research, analytics, and time management.
You should be able to use your own initiative, be flexible, and have excellent problem-solving skills. Knowledge and training in Cisco, VOIP, Avaya, GSM, and 4G may be needed along with a full driving licence.
If this sounds like you, it is time to get involved in one of the UK’s most innovative industries.