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Network manager

Alternative titles for this job include Network administrator, IT manager

Network managers help design, install and run an organisation's IT, data and telephone systems.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become a network manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • training with a private provider


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, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could complete a network engineer higher apprenticeship or a digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could move into network management if you have relevant experience. For example, working as a network engineer, senior IT support technician or IT manager.

Other Routes

You may be able to get an industry recognised certificate like Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or CompTIA Network+ through a private training provider.

You normally need to work in IT or have a high level of technical ability to get one of these certificates.

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Further information

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

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
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • customer service skills
  • 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

You could:

  • assess a client's computing requirements
  • design and test network plans to meet your client's needs
  • put in place network security measures
  • plan back up and recovery systems
  • monitor and report on network performance and usage
  • identify problems and then fix them
  • manage other staff

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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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 training and industry certifications.

You could move into:

  • project and information management
  • service planning and delivery
  • information security
  • business analysis
  • freelance consultancy

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Degree Apprentice Software Engineer

  • Wage: £15,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Brunel Way Catcliffe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire

Digital and Technology Graduate Apprentice

  • Wage: £29,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Unit 7 SEGRO Logistics Park, Derby

Courses In England

Beginners Computer Science and IT 1 Yr

  • Start date: 04 September 2023
  • Location: Mansfield

Level 2 Computer Networking and Systems Support

  • Start date: 04 September 2023
  • Location: NORTHAMPTON

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