Period
to 14 April 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 14 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

5G
UK
6 months to
14 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 709 881 1084
Rank change year-on-year +172 +203 +62
Permanent jobs citing 5G 140 99 39
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.088% 0.026%
As % of the Communications & Networking category 1.30% 0.58% 0.17%
Number of salaries quoted 99 58 28
10th Percentile £40,000 £31,100 £45,875
25th Percentile £48,950 £41,250 £47,188
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £57,500 £55,000 £57,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.55% -4.35% +43.15%
75th Percentile £70,250 £75,000 £68,188
90th Percentile £90,250 £95,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £57,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% -8.70% +27.78%

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 10,797 17,046 22,739
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.97% 15.07% 15.26%
Number of salaries quoted 8,218 13,630 17,691
10th Percentile £28,625 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £37,500 £34,000 £33,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £65,500 £63,750 £62,500
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 14 April 2021.

Salary histogram for 5G in the UK

5G
Top 14 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 14 April 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 +179 129 £60,000 +9.09% 72
UK excluding London +114 93 £55,000 +4.76% 62
South East +76 42 £55,000 +4.76% 28
London +147 40 £68,000 +13.33% 12
North of England +58 21 £55,000 +37.50% 7
Yorkshire - 17 £55,000 - 2
Work from Home -114 14 £76,250 +79.41% 6
South West - 12 £60,000 - 11
Scotland - 6 £55,000 -
East of England +50 5 £72,500 -3.33% 9
Northern Ireland - 5 £45,000 - 2
North West +44 4 £54,000 +35.00% 5
Midlands +26 2 £45,000 -10.00% 5
East Midlands +21 2 £45,000 +89.47% 2

For the 6 months to 14 April 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 64 (45.71%) Telecoms
2 58 (41.43%) 4G
3 49 (35.00%) 3G
4 44 (31.43%) Wireless
5 41 (29.29%) LTE
6 28 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
7 25 (17.86%) Degree
7 25 (17.86%) Linux
8 18 (12.86%) 3GPP
8 18 (12.86%) Network Virtualisation
9 16 (11.43%) C
9 16 (11.43%) Java
10 15 (10.71%) Python
10 15 (10.71%) Bash Shell
10 15 (10.71%) Presales
11 14 (10.00%) Kubernetes
11 14 (10.00%) Test Automation
11 14 (10.00%) MPLS
11 14 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
12 13 (9.29%) Network Design
12 13 (9.29%) Cybersecurity
13 12 (8.57%) IT Strategy
13 12 (8.57%) Software Testing
13 12 (8.57%) Project Management
13 12 (8.57%) CRM
14 11 (7.86%) Broadband
14 11 (7.86%) 2G
14 11 (7.86%) Computer Science
14 11 (7.86%) MIMO
14 11 (7.86%) Algorithms

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 10 (7.14%) OpenStack
2 4 (2.86%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.14%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (2.14%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (1.43%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 8 (5.71%) Azure
2 7 (5.00%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (4.29%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (4.29%) Google Workspace
4 3 (2.14%) AWS
4 3 (2.14%) PaaS
5 2 (1.43%) Amazon EC2
5 2 (1.43%) GCP
5 2 (1.43%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 1 (0.71%) Azure Stack
6 1 (0.71%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 58 (41.43%) 4G
2 49 (35.00%) 3G
3 44 (31.43%) Wireless
4 41 (29.29%) LTE
5 18 (12.86%) 3GPP
6 14 (10.00%) MPLS
6 14 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
7 11 (7.86%) 2G
7 11 (7.86%) Broadband
7 11 (7.86%) MIMO
8 9 (6.43%) Internet
8 9 (6.43%) WiMAX
9 8 (5.71%) BGP
9 8 (5.71%) Radio Access Network
9 8 (5.71%) WCDMA
10 7 (5.00%) OpenFlow
10 7 (5.00%) TCP/IP
10 7 (5.00%) ZigBee
11 6 (4.29%) Ethernet
11 6 (4.29%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.00%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.71%) GIS
2 1 (0.71%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 6 (4.29%) JIRA
2 3 (2.14%) Jenkins
2 3 (2.14%) Rational Rhapsody
3 2 (1.43%) Buildbot
3 2 (1.43%) GCC
3 2 (1.43%) GoogleTest
3 2 (1.43%) Subversion
General
1 64 (45.71%) Telecoms
2 10 (7.14%) Legal
2 10 (7.14%) Manufacturing
2 10 (7.14%) Military
3 9 (6.43%) Finance
4 7 (5.00%) Marketing
5 4 (2.86%) Electronics
6 2 (1.43%) Automotive
6 2 (1.43%) Banking
6 2 (1.43%) Local Government
6 2 (1.43%) Retail
7 1 (0.71%) Advertising
7 1 (0.71%) Avionics
7 1 (0.71%) Billing
7 1 (0.71%) Law
Job Titles
1 17 (12.14%) Network Engineer
1 17 (12.14%) RF Engineer
1 17 (12.14%) Senior RF Engineer
2 16 (11.43%) Systems Engineer
3 14 (10.00%) Architect
3 14 (10.00%) Design Engineer
3 14 (10.00%) RF Design Engineer
3 14 (10.00%) Senior Design Engineer
3 14 (10.00%) Senior RF Design Engineer
4 11 (7.86%) Senior Systems Engineer
4 11 (7.86%) Telecoms Manager
5 10 (7.14%) Test Engineer
6 9 (6.43%) Delivery Manager
6 9 (6.43%) Radio Design Engineer
6 9 (6.43%) Radio Engineer
7 8 (5.71%) Senior Manager
7 8 (5.71%) Software Engineer
8 7 (5.00%) Developer
8 7 (5.00%) Programme Manager
8 7 (5.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (7.14%) REST
2 8 (5.71%) gRPC
3 7 (5.00%) HTML
3 7 (5.00%) libvirt
4 6 (4.29%) LDAP
5 1 (0.71%) SOAP
5 1 (0.71%) Spring
5 1 (0.71%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.86%) Algorithms
2 10 (7.14%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (6.43%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 9 (6.43%) Internet of Things
4 8 (5.71%) Social Media
5 7 (5.00%) Mobile App
6 5 (3.57%) Data Centre
7 4 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (2.14%) ASIC
8 3 (2.14%) Cloud Native
9 2 (1.43%) Fibre Optics
9 2 (1.43%) Public Cloud
9 2 (1.43%) Smartphone
9 2 (1.43%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.71%) Device Driver
10 1 (0.71%) Driving Licence
10 1 (0.71%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.71%) IVR
10 1 (0.71%) Over-the-Top Content
10 1 (0.71%) PACS
Operating Systems
1 25 (17.86%) Linux
2 6 (4.29%) Embedded Linux
3 5 (3.57%) Windows
4 2 (1.43%) Android
5 1 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (12.86%) Network Virtualisation
3 15 (10.71%) Presales
4 14 (10.00%) Test Automation
5 13 (9.29%) Cybersecurity
5 13 (9.29%) Network Design
6 12 (8.57%) CRM
6 12 (8.57%) IT Strategy
6 12 (8.57%) Project Management
6 12 (8.57%) Software Testing
7 11 (7.86%) Computer Science
8 10 (7.14%) Line Management
8 10 (7.14%) Problem-Solving
8 10 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (6.43%) Procure-to-Pay
9 9 (6.43%) Project Delivery
9 9 (6.43%) Software Engineering
9 9 (6.43%) Use Case
9 9 (6.43%) Validation
10 8 (5.71%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (11.43%) C
1 16 (11.43%) Java
2 15 (10.71%) Bash Shell
2 15 (10.71%) Python
3 10 (7.14%) C++
4 6 (4.29%) Go
4 6 (4.29%) PowerShell
5 5 (3.57%) SQL
6 2 (1.43%) Perl
7 1 (0.71%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.71%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 25 (17.86%) Degree
2 8 (5.71%) CCNA
2 8 (5.71%) Cisco Certification
3 7 (5.00%) SC Cleared
3 7 (5.00%) Security Cleared
4 4 (2.86%) CCIE
4 4 (2.86%) Computer Science Degree
4 4 (2.86%) PMI Certification
4 4 (2.86%) PMP
5 3 (2.14%) DV Cleared
6 2 (1.43%) HNC
7 1 (0.71%) Master's Degree
7 1 (0.71%) PhD
7 1 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.00%) NIST
2 6 (4.29%) NCSC
2 6 (4.29%) QA
3 2 (1.43%) SLA
4 1 (0.71%) IFRS
4 1 (0.71%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.71%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.71%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (5.71%) KVM
2 6 (4.29%) Docker
3 4 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 14 (10.00%) Kubernetes
2 5 (3.57%) Grafana
3 2 (1.43%) Kibana
4 1 (0.71%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (0.71%) Terraform
Vendors
1 6 (4.29%) BT
1 6 (4.29%) CyberArk
1 6 (4.29%) Keysight
1 6 (4.29%) Openreach
1 6 (4.29%) Sigfox
2 5 (3.57%) Microsoft
3 3 (2.14%) Google
4 2 (1.43%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.43%) Nokia
4 2 (1.43%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.71%) CheckPoint
5 1 (0.71%) Cisco
5 1 (0.71%) Empirix
5 1 (0.71%) Hyperoptic
5 1 (0.71%) Juniper
5 1 (0.71%) SAP