Telecommunications engineer

Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.


  • Erects and maintains mobile telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Locates and repairs faults to lines and ancillary equipment.
  • Connects cables and tests for any defects.
  • Assists with the erection of wooden poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines.
  • Tests installation and makes any further necessary adjustments.
  • Uses testing equipment to locate defective components of circuitry and makes any necessary repairs.
  • Installs telephones, switchboards and coin operated phone boxes.
  • Fixes connecting wires from underground and aerial lines to premises and connects cable terminals to inside wiring.
  • Installs internal cabling and wiring for telephone systems and fits and wires junction and distribution boxes.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 17% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for telecommunications engineer is £31,064

1,480 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,480. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for telecommunications engineer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £31,064 per year. That is about £2,589 per month or £15.93 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,139, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £35,838

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,480 people are employed in the region.

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