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Head of IT (IT director) Head of computer services, head of IT, chief information officer

IT directors manage the development of IT systems for their organisation and its customers.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £55,000 to £140,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 to 45 per week

1. Entry requirements

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. 

2. Skills 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

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £55,000 to £80,000

Experienced: £85,000 to £130,000

Highly Experienced: £140,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 22 December 2016