Data & network

IT project manager

IT project managers oversee the development and installation of computer hardware and software systems.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £70,000

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

Working hours

37 to 40

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more IT project manager jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You could work in-house for a large organisation, or for a consultancy firm going into different organisations for specific tasks.

This is a broad role and your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • finding out what the client needs and minimising risk to the business
  • working out and agreeing timescales, budgets and quality
  • using project management software to plan and resource stages
  • co-ordinating the project team, keeping clients and managers informed of progress
  • solving problems as they arise and adjusting plans
  • providing documentation and training for users of the new system
  • ensuring a smooth changeover from the old IT system to the new one
  • confirming satisfaction before signing off and evaluating completed tasks

You'll need a foundation degree, degree or postgraduate award in a subject like:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Experience of managing projects in other industries may help you find work.

You'll usually need experience of using software and applying project management principles and methods in your work.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) has more information on training and careers.

£25,000 to £70,000

Starter salary: £25,000 to £28,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £45,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You'll usually work standard office hours, but may need to work longer to meet deadlines.

Travel to clients could be required. You may need a full driving licence.

With training and experience, you could become a senior project manager or move into more specialised roles like cyber security.

You could become a freelance consultant.

You could also go into departmental management or operations management.

Another option is to become a teacher, trainer or assessor.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • the ability to understand complex information and explain it to others
  • advanced IT skills
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