IT salary expectations for 2020: How much should UK IT pros be earning?

As the well-documented digital skills gap shows no sign of being closed, UK IT professionals can expect their salaries to continue to rise, especially as 49 percent of businesses report that digital transformation will continue to have the biggest impact on their departments throughout 2020.

That is according to recruitment specialist Robert Half's 2020 Salary Guide, which claims that the number of new job roles is set to rise from 16 to 27 percent in 2020, as the fourth industrial revolution becomes a reality.

Elsewhere, the report notes that we should also see growing demand for project managers, infrastructure architects and system administrators, whilst business intelligence, IT management and IT security roles remain the hardest for CIOs and IT leaders to find skilled candidates to fill.

As with the 2019 salary guide, the 2020 instalment continues to list the UK average salary ranges according to candidate percentiles. In our breakdown of the report, the lowest figure is the 50th percentile, representing an 'average' candidate, while the highest is the 95th percentile, which represents elite candidates.

So which roles will see the biggest increase? Read on to see what you should be paid in 2020…

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How much should a CIO, CTO, or CISO earn?
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How much should a CIO, CTO, or CISO earn?

Chief information officer (CIO):

2019: £135,750 (50th percentile) - £193,750 (95th percentile) / 2020: £141,000 - £250,000

Chief technology officer (CTO):

2019: £112,500 - £155,000 / 2020: £120,000 - £170,000

Chief information security officer (CISO):

2019: £135,750 - £193,750 / 2020: £141,000 – £200,000

IT director:

2019: £93,000 - £116,250 / 2020: £115,000 - £150,000

Head of IT:

2019: £66,000 - £85,250 / 2020: £75,500 - £95,000

How much should an enterprise architect earn?
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How much should an enterprise architect earn?

Chief architect:

2019: £97,000 (50th percentile) - £135,750 (95th percentile) / 2020: £100,000 - £140,000

Enterprise architect:

2019: £116,000 - £132,000 / 2020: £122,000 - £140,000

Infrastructure architect:

2019: £58,250 - £85,250 / 2020: £70,000 - £82,000

Data architect:

2019: £69,750 - £93,000 / 2020: £71,750 - £95,750

Solution architect:

2019: £59,000 - £85,250 / 2020: £70,000 - £85,000

How much should developers earn?
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How much should developers earn?

Developer lead:

2019: £54,250 (50th percentile) - £69,750 (95th percentile) / 2020: £75,250 - £105,250

Development manager:

2019: £62,000 - £93,000 / 2020: £64,500 - £100,000

Developer:

2019: £35,000 - £54,250 / 2020: £39,500 - £55,000

How much should IT testing professionals earn?
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How much should IT testing professionals earn?

Testing manager:

2019: £38,750 (50th percentile) - £54,250 (95th percentile) / 2020: £42,250 - £67,750

Testing analyst:

2019: £27,250 - £35,000 / 2020: £35,000 - £57,500

How much should project managers and business analysts earn?
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How much should project managers and business analysts earn?

Programme manager:

2019: £73,750 (50th percentile) - £97,000 (95th percentile) / 2020: £72,500 - £80,000

Project manager:

2019: £70,500 - £77,500 / 2020: £58,000 - £85,000

Senior business analyst:

2019: £54,250 - £62,000 / 2020: £57,000 - £80,000

Business analyst:

2019: £38,750 - £54,250 / 2020: £40,000 - £56,000

How much should data scientists earn?
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How much should data scientists earn?

Data scientist:

2019: £77,500 (50th percentile) - £116,250 (95th percentile) / 2020: £70,000 - £85,000

Data analyst:

2019: £31,000 - £42,750 / 2020: £35,000 - £45,000

Database administrator:

2019: £31,000 - £46,500 / 2020: £36,500 - £48,000

Business intelligence analyst:

2019: £35,000 - £42,750 / 2020: £42,000 - £50,000

How much should infrastructure and engineering professionals earn?
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How much should infrastructure and engineering professionals earn?

Infrastructure manager:

2019: £46,500 (50th percentile) - £54,250 (95th percentile) / 2020: £55,000 - £70,000

Network manager:

2019: £42,750 - £50,500 / 2020: £55,000 - £70,000

Network engineer:

2019: £38,750 - £46,500 / 2020: £50,000 - £65,000

How much should IT support and operations staff earn?
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How much should IT support and operations staff earn?

IT support manager:

2019: £35,000 (50th percentile) - £50,500 (95th percentile) / 2020: £48,000 - £60,000

Network administrator:

2019: £27,250 - £42,750 / 2020: £39,000 - £45,000

Help desk manager:

2019: £25,500 - £38,750 / 2020: £40,000 - £50,000

Help desk support:

2019: £21,750 - £28,000 / 2020: £23,000 - £30,000

How much should compliance, risk and security professionals earn?
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How much should compliance, risk and security professionals earn?

Information security manager:

2019: £66,000 (50th percentile) - £93,000 (95th percentile) / 2020: £68,000 - £85,000

Security network engineer:

2019: £46,500 - £62,000 / 2020: £51,750 - £68,500

Security systems administrator:

2019: £42,750 - £58,250 / 2020: £44,000 - £60,000

Security architect:

2019: £62,000 - £93,000 / 2020: £63,750 - £95,750

How much should devops professionals earn?

How much should devops professionals earn?

Devops Engineer:

2019: £42,750 (50th percentile) - £58,250 (95th percentile) / 2020: £60,500 - £82,000

Devops Manager:

2019: £54,250 - £69,750 / 2020: £65,000 - £81,500

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