Salary by region
Explore the average UK IT project manager salary by location:
- London: £69,900
- North of England: £49,300
- Midlands: £50,500
Job prospects for IT project managers
Digital transformation continues to be a main focus for the majority of businesses, as legacy systems and structures threaten their competitive edge, so IT project manager jobs are rising in demand in the current hiring climate.
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and big data have all been heralded as essential technologies for future business innovation. The most successful IT project managers will be those with experience in the change management and implementation strategies of these technologies, with a firm understanding of risk and security factors.
Intense competition and high customer expectations have pushed businesses into a faster, more agile approach to initiatives, projects and overall business development. In reaction to this, IT project managers will be expected to have a strong knowledge of hybrid frameworks and project management methodologies such as ITIL, Agile, Scrum, PRINCE2.
Communication has always been essential in the success of any project management role, but the introduction of automation and AI has placed even greater emphasis on interpersonal skills. Now that technology can remove time consuming tasks, employers are looking for professionals who can bring new value to roles. In the case of an IT project manager, this will be the ability to foster a culture of agility, resilience and motivation.
Permanent technology roles aren’t the only option available for professionals in the coming months. The UK digital skills shortage has left organisations with large skills gaps in tech teams, prompting an increase in contract IT jobs and temporary roles. Professionals who have been looking for the opportunity to move into contract or interim roles are likely to face strong job prospects if they can highlight their previous successes with project management and added value.
IT project manager salary opportunities
IT project managers play a key role in the future of digital transformation for UK businesses, and their salary opportunities are a reflection of this.
The average IT project manager salary in the UK is £54,200. Junior or inexperienced professionals are typically earning an estimated £45,700. The average salary for a midweight professional is between £54,200 – £60,000 and highly experienced, fully qualified professionals could receive a salary of anything up to £65,000.
IT project manager salaries in London are higher than all other locations in the UK, at an average of £69,900. Top performing tech talent is in short supply in the capital, which has caused qualified professionals—in most cases—to receive multiple offers. This is especially true in East London’s Silicon Roundabout (located on the boundary between Hackney and Islington), which houses the highest concentration of ambitious, up-and-coming tech startups.
In London, individuals with several years of industry experience and knowledge of ITIL, Agile, Scrum, PRINCE2 methodologies, AI and automation could expect to earn anything up to £83,900.
In terms of salary, some of the best offers are coming from the South East of the UK, in suburban areas like Reading, Slough, Cambridge (specifically Silicon Fen) and Southend. IT project manager salaries in the South East can hit an average of £56,900 and could increase up to £68,300 for experienced professionals.
Bristol and Bath are quickly becoming tech hubs in their own right, with IT jobs in Bristol producing the UK’s highest tech turnover per person (£320,000) and Bath leading in the tech productivity race. In the South West, an IT project manager has the potential to earn anything up to £61,100.
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