Communication Operator

Job holders in this unit group operate telecommunications equipment to transmit and receive signals and messages.


  • Receives and handles incoming calls for emergency services, transmitting to the appropriate services.
  • Performs routine tests and maintenance on equipment and reports faults.
  • Keeps record of messages sent and received.
  • Uses a teleprinter or telex keyboard to transmit messages to other teleprinters or telexes.
  • Tunes transmitter to required channel or wavelength and relays or receives message to/ from person or vehicle.
  • Receives messages, weather reports and other material to transmit.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 14% 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 communication operator is £15,999

1,054 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,054. 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 communication operator roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £15,999 per year. That is about £1,333 per month or £8.20 per hour. New workers generally start on £7,728, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £25,577

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, 1,054 people are employed in the region.

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