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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 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more IT project manager jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • training through a professional body
University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

You may be able to start as an assistant project manager if you've got experience of working in IT. You could do further training on the job as you take on more management responsibilities.

Other routes

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

More information

Further information

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

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

You could go into departmental or operations management.

You could also become a teacher, trainer, assessor or freelance consultant.

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
  • maths knowledge
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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