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Web content managers are responsible for the information that goes on a company's website.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £25,000 to £55,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. You could start this career with a background in journalism, marketing or IT, or with business experience.

You’ll usually need experience of writing content, although not necessarily online. You could gain this by:

  • blogging or writing on social media
  • writing marketing materials or newsletters
  • volunteering for a student newspaper, charity or community group
Knowledge of web design, desktop publishing and photo editing will be useful. A portfolio of work to show employers would also be helpful.

You could also take a course that would teach you some of the skills needed for producing web content, like journalism, publishing, media and communications, or PR and marketing.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • financial management and negotiating skills
  • confident presentation skills
  • the ability to build relationships with clients and partners
  • an excellent grasp of English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • the ability to write for a target audience
  • creative skills to find interesting ways to present information and to generate new ideas
  • attention to detail, for example when proofreading

3. What you'll do

You’ll work on websites or company intranets.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • taking a lead role in maintaining and developing a site
  • attending meetings to plan and develop site content, style and appearance
  • using web content management systems (CMS)
  • analysing website usage statistics
  • writing reports for senior managers, clients and partnership organisations
  • carrying out quality assurance checks on content
  • reporting technical problems to IT support staff 

The type of content you might work on could include:

  • e-commerce, like online shopping or banking
  • product advertising and retail catalogues
  • local, national and international news reports
  • social media output
  • college and university websites
  • online public information and government services
In larger companies, you might manage an editorial team. You’ll have a more 'hands on' role in smaller organisations.

4. Salary

Starter: £25,000 to £28,000

Experienced: £32,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £55,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may sometimes need to work overtime to meet deadlines.

Most of your work will be office-based at a computer. There may be some out-of-office duties, like attending meetings with clients or partners.

6. Career path and progression

You could progress into information management, search engine optimisation (SEO), technical web development or wider information planning and policy roles.

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Last updated: 02 April 2018