Working in IT

Information technology (IT) or information and communications technology (ICT) underpin much of what we do in the modern world. A career in IT could lead you to work in almost any sector. IT systems make other work possible.

You can work with hardware IT systems or software applications, either behind the scenes or dealing directly with IT users.

IT is more than just computers. It can include networks, software, apps, phone systems, complex printers, web-conferencing equipment, projectors and interactive whiteboards.

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Approximate pay levels

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The lowest salary you can expect is the minimum wage or the minimum apprentice wage.

Some IT experts become self-employed and work on short-term contracts paid by the day. As an expert IT contractor, you might earn £300–£500 per day.

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Future careers

  • IT technology is constantly evolving. You will need to keep updating your skills and knowledge throughout a career in IT.
  • Some of the emerging careers in IT include cyber security, designing and developing apps, mobile and cloud computing, managing social media and voice technology.

Things to consider

  • IT jobs are almost always office-based.
  • If you are involved in fixing IT systems, you may be expected to work until the problem is fixed. Hours are not always 9 to 5

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Apprenticeships in ICT

See what types of apprenticeships you can apply for in information and communication technology

TechFuture Careers

Information for young people interested in careers in IT

New Media Knowledge (NMK)

Knowledge for the digital economy