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Head of IT (IT director)

Alternative titles for this job include Head of computer services, chief information officer

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

Average salary (a year)

£55,000 Starter


£140,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a head of IT (IT director)

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can start by doing a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like:

  • computing
  • information systems
  • project management
  • business management

You'd then apply to join a graduate training scheme with a company to get the experience and skills required to manage IT projects at senior level.

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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You may be able to become a head of IT by doing a senior leader postgraduate degree apprenticeship.

You'll normally already be working at a senior management level to do this.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs. You'll usually need at least 2 years' experience of working at senior management level in IT. You may also need further qualifications or certification with a professional body.

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Further information

You'll find more on careers in computing through The Chartered Institute for IT.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • plan policies and procedures
  • make decisions about the organisation's priorities
  • assess current and future business costs, risks and opportunities
  • negotiate business contracts and monitor how these are delivered
  • make sure procedures meet legal requirements and technical standards
  • meet regularly with the senior management team, partners and clients
  • keep up to date with trends in IT
  • manage budgets

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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Courses In England

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