Data & network

Network manager

Network managers oversee the design, installation and running of IT, data and telephony systems in an organisation.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £70,000

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

Working hours

35 to 40

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Network manager jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You'll manage an IT networking team within an organisation, or work for a consultancy firm, supporting a number of different clients. You'll deal with computer networks linked by cable, wireless and satellite technologies.

Typically your responsibilities will include:

  • assessing a client's computing requirements
  • designing and testing network plans to meet your client's needs
  • putting in place network security measures
  • planning back up and recovery systems
  • organising preventative maintenance schedules
  • monitoring and reporting on network performance and usage
  • supervising technical staff
  • managing network growth and development

You'll work closely with other IT professionals and business managers to make sure systems work efficiently.

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree before applying for a job as a trainee network manager. Relevant subjects include:

  • computer networking and security
  • networks and communications systems
  • computer science
  • digital communications and networks

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

Apprenticeship

You could complete a network engineer higher apprenticeship or a digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

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

Other Routes

You could move into network management if you have relevant experience. For example, from working as a network engineer, senior IT support technician or more general IT manager.

You may be able to get industry recognised certification like Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or CompTIA Network+ through a private training provider. You'll normally be working in IT to do these or have a high level of technical ability.

£22,000 to £70,000

Starter salary: £22,000 to £28,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £50,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Sometimes you may have to work overtime to minimise disruption to a client's business.

The job is normally office-based. It may be at a single site or involve travel between sites.

You'll need to keep your skills up to date, for example in mobile and 'cloud' technologies. You can do this through professional development training and industry certifications.

You can move into project and information management, service planning and delivery, information security, business analysis or freelance consultancy.

The Tech Partnership has more information about careers in IT.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • problem-solving skills
  • excellent communication and presentation skills
  • project management skills
  • excellent technical skills
  • the ability to lead and motivate a team
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • customer service skills
  • persistence and determination
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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