As a parent, it can be enormously helpful to have a job with flexibility – whether that means part time hours, remote working or the ability to work around your children’s commitments and schedules. Working in IT can bring you lots of flexibility. This article explores flexible roles in IT and how to get one.
Jobs in Information Technology, or IT, are a huge part of the job market today. There are a vast range of IT jobs on offer, suiting people with all kinds of skills and levels of education.
The good news is that IT is a very flexible sector to work in, as technology means that remote working in IT is common -and increasingly the norm. Part time hours are also becoming more common. You will usually find that most IT jobs command a good salary as companies seek to attract and retain experienced people.
Some of the most common jobs in IT in the UK include:
People in helpdesk support help to monitor and maintain a business’ IT systems. They install computer software/hardware, diagnose faults, solve technical errors and can manage network administration, depending on the size of the organisation. There are many flexible IT jobs in helpdesk support – you can work remotely, sometimes from home, and part time hours are very common.
Some helpdesk roles are available at entry level, with training given, while others may require more experience and technical skills.
IT business analysts gather and examine company data to measure performance and help senior leaders make strategic decisions. Education to degree level is fairly standard, but it is also common to transfer from other business roles, especially if you have problem solving and analytical experience. Part time working in these IT jobs is common, as is working from home and flexible hours.
Project managers play an important role in IT as they lead the implementation of new software, hardware and other digital installations. They often help design business cases to persuade leaders to invest in new technology. Once approved, the project manager then develops and manages the plan to complete the work. These are much needed roles and so many employers offer good flexible working opportunities to attract skilled people.
With the whole world revolving around the internet today, skilled web designers are always in demand. Whether you’re a web developer, who plans and builds each element of a website or a web designer, who is more concerned with the look of the final site, there is lots of opportunity. Today’s technology makes it easy for web designers and developers to work from home, and part time roles are fairly common too.
These are among some of the more technical roles in IT, which require more specific skills, qualifications and experience. Software engineers and developers are responsible for creating new technology to solve specific problems and harness new opportunities. Flexible working is on offer to software engineers, who may work from home or have flexible hours. Some business models require regular ‘scrum’ meetings to update on progress, so you may need to be available for these, or be part of a video conference.
If you’re keen to get complete control of how and when you work, you might consider becoming your own boss. Thousands of parents turn to self-employment every year. As an IT contractor you can put yourself forward for individual projects or market your unique skills, planning your approach to work around the demands of your family.
Overall, working in IT jobs is a fairly flexible career choice. If you work in IT and want more flexibility, talk to your manager about the work style that would suit you best. If your employer is not particularly family friendly, do look around for other opportunities – with so many roles out there. you’re likely to find a flexible IT job with a good salary fairly easily.
For help in moving to flexible working, read this article on applying for flexibility.
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