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 2024.
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What's it all about?

In this role you could be:

  • 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

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a project manager higher or degree apprenticeship.

You can also do a digital and technology solutions degree apprenticeship and move into the role after getting project management experience.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

£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.

If you're working in IT, you could take qualifications offered by the Association for Project Management to help your career progress.

You can find out more about working and training in computing from The Chartered Institute for IT and Tech Future Careers.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • business management skills
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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