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 5% more Head of IT (IT director) jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • 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’ll need several years’ experience of working at senior management level in IT along with technical expertise.

A degree, postgraduate or professional qualification in IT is usually required.

The Tech Partnership and The Chartered Institute for IT have more information about careers in IT.

£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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • leadership skills
  • project management skills
  • the ability to build effective relationships with partners
  • negotiating skills
  • communication skills
  • the ability to manage change
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