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Broadcast Engineer

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Broadcast engineers install, operate, maintain and repair the equipment used to make and broadcast radio and television programmes. They make sure that programmes are broadcast to the highest quality and on time.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

As of September 2023, the starting salary on the BBC Engineering Degree Apprenticeship is £19,500.

The starting salary for broadcast engineers is around £30,000 a year, rising to around £40,000 to £50,000 with experience.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most engineers in this field work for the BBC, ITV, STV, Sky or for independent radio or television companies and satellite, digital and cable broadcasters. Competition for jobs in broadcasting engineering is intense.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
2405
2.4 %
RISE
2029
2462
  United Kingdom
2024
27325
3.7 %
RISE
2029
28333

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Trainee Finder is ScreenSkills flagship new entrant programme which offers paid work placements across a range of roles in film and TV. Applications are currently closed for the 2024-25 programme. Recruitment will usually begin around September of the year before placement. Find out more and apply online by visiting the Film Trainee Finder website.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BBC Recruitment
Website: https://careers.bbc.co.uk/
Twitter: @BBCGetIn

ScreenSkills
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@screenskills.com
Website: https://www.screenskills.com
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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