Salary depends on the size, type and sector of the organisation you work for, and the size and scope of its computer and network installations. The value of the IT infrastructure also affects salary, so network engineers in the City of London, for example, can be paid considerably more.
Income figures are intended as a guide only.
You'll typically work a standard week. However, you may be on call outside office hours, at weekends or in the evenings, and need to be flexible in case of major technical problems occurring.
Self-employment and freelance contract work are possible with experience.
What to expect
The work is office-based, although you may need to work across different sites depending on the size of the organisation and their network.
Jobs are available throughout the UK in organisations with large, sophisticated IT systems or with consultancies providing support to clients.
The job can be challenging, particularly when things go wrong, as companies are dependent on their computer networks.
Women are underrepresented in the job and gender imbalance across the IT industry as a whole is a recognised issue. Steps are being taken to redress the balance. See Women in Technology and BCSWomen for more information and job vacancies.
If you work as a consultant, you may spend a lot of time at clients' offices and on large installations, which may mean spending time away from home or your usual work base.