Period
to 21 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for 5G skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited 5G over the 6 months to 21 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

5G
UK
6 months to
21 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 654 958 1082
Rank change year-on-year +304 +124 +74
Permanent jobs citing 5G 115 86 31
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.068% 0.021%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.28% 0.45% 0.14%
Number of salaries quoted 86 48 24
Median annual salary £70,000 £46,000 £53,750
Median salary % change year-on-year +52.17% -14.42% -14.00%
10th Percentile £43,750 £31,250 £38,000
90th Percentile £127,500 £68,000 £95,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £42,500 £50,000
% change year-on-year +29.41% -15.00% -23.08%

5G 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 9,008 18,982 22,680
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 14.13% 15.03% 15.04%
Number of salaries quoted 7,166 15,153 18,005
Median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

5G
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing 5G as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for 5G in the UK

5G
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing 5G.

Salary trend for 5G in the UK

5G
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing 5G over the 6 months to 21 January 2021.

Salary histogram for 5G in the UK

5G
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing 5G within the UK over the 6 months to 21 January 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 +282 107 £77,500 +68.48% 36
UK excluding London +196 72 £55,000 +29.41% 36
London +237 34 £123,750 +90.38% 4
South East +144 28 £56,250 +12.50% 20
North of England +106 24 £55,000 +37.50% 1
Yorkshire - 22 £55,000 -
South West +69 8 £60,000 - 7
Work from Home -64 7 £82,500 +94.12% 4
East of England +104 3 £52,500 +50.00% 4
Midlands +95 3 £50,000 -
Scotland - 3 £55,000 - 2
Northern Ireland - 3 £45,000 - 1
North West +81 2 - - 1
West Midlands +69 2 £50,000 -
East Midlands +64 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 January 2021, IT jobs citing 5G 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 5G.

1 63 (54.78%) Telecoms
2 52 (45.22%) 4G
3 44 (38.26%) Wireless
4 32 (27.83%) 3G
5 29 (25.22%) LTE
6 28 (24.35%) Degree
7 24 (20.87%) C
8 18 (15.65%) Python
8 18 (15.65%) Stakeholder Management
8 18 (15.65%) Computer Science
9 15 (13.04%) Manufacturing
9 15 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
9 15 (13.04%) C++
10 14 (12.17%) 3GPP
10 14 (12.17%) Project Delivery
11 13 (11.30%) Validation
11 13 (11.30%) Algorithms
12 12 (10.43%) Network Design
12 12 (10.43%) Linux
13 11 (9.57%) Master's Degree
14 10 (8.70%) Project Management
14 10 (8.70%) Broadband
14 10 (8.70%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
14 10 (8.70%) Programme Management
14 10 (8.70%) MIMO
14 10 (8.70%) Programme Delivery
14 10 (8.70%) Presales
15 9 (7.83%) Procure-to-Pay
15 9 (7.83%) WiMAX
16 7 (6.09%) Legal

5G
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 4 (3.48%) Apache Spark
2 3 (2.61%) Confluence
3 2 (1.74%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.87%) OpenStack
Applications
1 1 (0.87%) OrCAD
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.48%) AWS
1 4 (3.48%) Azure
2 3 (2.61%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (2.61%) GCP
2 3 (2.61%) PaaS
3 1 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (0.87%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 52 (45.22%) 4G
2 44 (38.26%) Wireless
3 32 (27.83%) 3G
4 29 (25.22%) LTE
5 14 (12.17%) 3GPP
6 10 (8.70%) Broadband
6 10 (8.70%) MIMO
7 9 (7.83%) WiMAX
8 7 (6.09%) Radio Access Network
8 7 (6.09%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (5.22%) IP Telephony
9 6 (5.22%) NAS
9 6 (5.22%) TCP/IP
9 6 (5.22%) WCDMA
9 6 (5.22%) WebEx
9 6 (5.22%) ZigBee
10 4 (3.48%) MQTT
11 3 (2.61%) Ethernet
11 3 (2.61%) MPLS
11 3 (2.61%) Z-Wave
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.48%) Big Data
1 4 (3.48%) Hadoop
2 3 (2.61%) Impala
2 3 (2.61%) NoSQL
2 3 (2.61%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (2.61%) RDBMS
2 3 (2.61%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.61%) SQL Server
3 2 (1.74%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 6 (5.22%) JIRA
2 2 (1.74%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (0.87%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.87%) Subversion
General
1 63 (54.78%) Telecoms
2 15 (13.04%) Manufacturing
3 7 (6.09%) Legal
4 6 (5.22%) Electronics
4 6 (5.22%) Finance
5 5 (4.35%) Retail
6 3 (2.61%) Automotive
6 3 (2.61%) Military
7 2 (1.74%) Banking
7 2 (1.74%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 29 (25.22%) Design Engineer
1 29 (25.22%) Senior Design Engineer
2 25 (21.74%) RF Design Engineer
2 25 (21.74%) RF Engineer
2 25 (21.74%) Senior RF Design Engineer
2 25 (21.74%) Senior RF Engineer
3 13 (11.30%) Microwave Engineer
4 12 (10.43%) 4G Engineer
4 12 (10.43%) Senior 4G Engineer
5 11 (9.57%) Systems Engineer
6 9 (7.83%) Radio Design Engineer
6 9 (7.83%) Radio Engineer
6 9 (7.83%) Senior Systems Engineer
6 9 (7.83%) Telecoms Manager
7 8 (6.96%) Consultant
7 8 (6.96%) Principal Consultant
8 7 (6.09%) Architect
8 7 (6.09%) Delivery Manager
8 7 (6.09%) Software Engineer
8 7 (6.09%) Telecoms Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.61%) HTML
1 3 (2.61%) Natural Language Processing
1 3 (2.61%) NumPy
1 3 (2.61%) Pandas
1 3 (2.61%) REST
1 3 (2.61%) RESTful
1 3 (2.61%) scikit-learn
1 3 (2.61%) Spring
1 3 (2.61%) XGBoost
2 1 (0.87%) gRPC
2 1 (0.87%) LDAP
2 1 (0.87%) libvirt
2 1 (0.87%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (11.30%) Algorithms
2 10 (8.70%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 4 (3.48%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.61%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.61%) FMCG
5 2 (1.74%) Cloud Native
5 2 (1.74%) Internet of Things
5 2 (1.74%) NHS
5 2 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (0.87%) ASIC
6 1 (0.87%) Augmented Reality
6 1 (0.87%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (0.87%) PACS
6 1 (0.87%) PKI
6 1 (0.87%) Smartphone
6 1 (0.87%) VHDL
6 1 (0.87%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 12 (10.43%) Linux
2 3 (2.61%) Embedded Linux
3 2 (1.74%) Android
4 1 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (15.65%) Computer Science
1 18 (15.65%) Stakeholder Management
2 15 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (12.17%) Project Delivery
4 13 (11.30%) Validation
5 12 (10.43%) Network Design
6 10 (8.70%) Presales
6 10 (8.70%) Programme Delivery
6 10 (8.70%) Programme Management
6 10 (8.70%) Project Management
7 9 (7.83%) Procure-to-Pay
8 7 (6.09%) Analytics
8 7 (6.09%) Line Management
8 7 (6.09%) Network Architecture
8 7 (6.09%) Network Planning
8 7 (6.09%) Software Engineering
8 7 (6.09%) Systems Engineering
9 6 (5.22%) Business Case
9 6 (5.22%) Inventory Management
9 6 (5.22%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 24 (20.87%) C
2 18 (15.65%) Python
3 15 (13.04%) C++
4 6 (5.22%) Go
5 5 (4.35%) Java
5 5 (4.35%) MATLAB
6 4 (3.48%) Bash Shell
6 4 (3.48%) SQL
7 3 (2.61%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.61%) Scala
8 2 (1.74%) C#
9 1 (0.87%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.87%) Embedded C++
9 1 (0.87%) Perl
9 1 (0.87%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 28 (24.35%) Degree
2 11 (9.57%) Master's Degree
3 5 (4.35%) CCNA
3 5 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
3 5 (4.35%) SC Cleared
3 5 (4.35%) Security Cleared
4 3 (2.61%) CCIE
4 3 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (1.74%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.87%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.87%) HNC
6 1 (0.87%) HND
6 1 (0.87%) PMI Certification
6 1 (0.87%) PMP
6 1 (0.87%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.61%) SLA
2 2 (1.74%) QA
3 1 (0.87%) GDPR
3 1 (0.87%) ISO 26262
3 1 (0.87%) NCSC
3 1 (0.87%) NIST
3 1 (0.87%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (4.35%) Docker
2 2 (1.74%) Firmware
3 1 (0.87%) KVM
Systems Management
1 3 (2.61%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 6 (5.22%) BT
1 6 (5.22%) Keysight
1 6 (5.22%) Openreach
1 6 (5.22%) Sigfox
2 4 (3.48%) Cadence
2 4 (3.48%) Huawei
3 3 (2.61%) Arqiva
3 3 (2.61%) Atlassian
3 3 (2.61%) Databricks
3 3 (2.61%) Ericsson
3 3 (2.61%) Nokia
4 2 (1.74%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.87%) Cisco
5 1 (0.87%) CyberArk
5 1 (0.87%) Samsung