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Network manager

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

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £70,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings; occasionally

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Network manager jobs in 2026.
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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
  • organise preventative maintenance schedules
  • monitor and report on network performance and usage
  • troubleshoot and repair network hardware and software
  • supervise technical staff
  • manage network growth and development

Working environment

You could work in an office.

You can get into this job through:

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

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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Apprenticeship

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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Work

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.

Other routes

You may be able to get industry recognised certification like Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or CompTIA Network+ through a private training provider. You'll normally be working in IT to do these or have a high level of technical ability.

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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.

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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.

The Tech Partnership has more information about careers in IT.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • persistence and determination
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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