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Network manager Network administrator, IT manager

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £70,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need experience in computing to get into this role. This could be from IT project management, network engineering or systems support.

You may be able to take up a trainee position if you have a foundation degree, HND or degree in a relevant subject like networking, computing, IT security or business information systems.

Other qualifications may be considered by employers if you have relevant IT experience and skills.

The Tech Partnership has more information about careers in IT.

2. Skills 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

3. What you'll do

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.

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £28,000

Experienced: £30,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £70,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 13 April 2017