Data & network

Head of IT (IT director)

IT directors manage the development of IT systems for their organisation and its customers.

Annual Salary

£55,000 to £140,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 45

Future employment

There will be 4% more Head of IT (IT director) jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

In this role you could be

  • planning policies and procedures
  • making decisions about the organisation’s priorities
  • assessing current and future business costs, risks and opportunities
  • negotiating business contracts and monitoring how these are delivered
  • making sure procedures meet legal requirements and technical standards
  • meeting regularly with the senior management team, partners and clients
  • keeping up to date with trends in IT
  • managing budgets


You can start by doing a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

You'd then apply to join a graduate training scheme with a company to get the experience and skills required to manage IT projects at senior level.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) or above and 2 to 3 A levels
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study


You may be able to become a head of IT by doing a senior leader postgraduate degree apprenticeship.

You'll normally already be working at a senior management level to do this.

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

£55,000 to £140,000

Starter salary: £55,000 to £80,000

Experienced salary: £85,000 to £130,000

These figures are a guide.

40 to 45

You’ll usually work between 40 and 45 hours a week. 

You’ll work from an office but spend some of your time attending meetings and visiting clients and suppliers.

With experience, you may be able to become a chief executive or chair of an organisation.

You could also work as an IT consultant or start your own business.

You can apply directly for jobs. You'll usually need at least 2 years' experience of working at senior management level in IT. You may also need further qualifications or certification with a professional body.

You'll find more on careers in computing through The Chartered Institute for IT.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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