IT project and programme managers


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)


Jobholders in this unit group manage, coordinate and technically supervise specific IT projects and programmes of a discrete duration and/or budget.


Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification, although entry with other academic qualifications and/or significant relevant experience is possible. There is a variety of relevant vocational, professional and postgraduate qualifications available.

Typical tasks

  • works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme;
  • plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary;
  • coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team;
  • manages third party contributions to the programme or project;
  • monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality;
  • coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme;
  • reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.

Common job titles

Leader, project (software design)
Leader, project, software
Officer, projects, computer
Manager, project, development, software
Manager, programme
Manager, change (telecommunications)
Manager, project, IT
Manager, change
Manager, project
Manager, project (telecommunications)
Planner, IP
Manager, implementation
Manager, delivery, project
Manager, change, IT
Manager, projects, IT
Manager, programme (telecommunications)

Education background

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