Information technology and telecommunications directors


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the work and resources necessary to provide and operate information technology and telecommunications services within an organisation.


There are no pre-set entry requirements although candidates usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification together with substantial, relevant work experience. A variety of professional and postgraduate qualifications is available.

Typical tasks

  • develops in consultation with other senior management the IT/telecommunications strategy of the organisation;
  • directs the implementation within the organisation of IT/telecommunications strategy, infrastructure, procurement, procedures and standards;
  • develops the periodic business plan and operational budget for IT/telecommunications to deliver agreed service levels;
  • considers the required IT/telecommunications staffing levels, oversees recruitment and appointment of staff and directs training policy;
  • prioritises and schedules major IT/telecommunications projects;
  • ensures that new technologies are researched and evaluated in the light of the organisation’s broad requirements.

Common job titles

Head of IT
Director of communications
Director, IT
Director, technical, computer
Director, managing, company, software
Director, telecommunications
Director, managing (computer services)
Director, technical (computer services)
Director of IT
Director, technical (telecommunications)
Head of computer services
Director, product (computer services)
Owner (computer services)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.