Network manager

Alternative titles for this job include Network administrator, IT manager

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become a Network manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role


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

Entry requirements

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

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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.

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Further information

You can find out more about computing careers and training through The Chartered Institute for IT and Tech Partnership Degrees.

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
  • 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
  • This job requires a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Network Engineer Apprentice - PG0040

  • Wage : £9,262.50 Annually
  • Location: Bristol BS34 5BG

Apprentice Software Engineer

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Sheffield S6 2BY

Courses In England

Foundation Diploma in Computer Systems and Networking - Level 3

  • Provider: DERBY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: Derby

HNC Computer Systems, Security & Design

  • Provider: Chichester College Group
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Chichester

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