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School business manager Average UK Salary & Prospects

School business managers are responsible for both the day-to-day and strategic running of a school.

  • Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and use, and to ensure that school activities comply with federal, state, and local regulations.  
  • Observe teaching methods and examine learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques, and to determine areas where
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School business managers typically work around 35 to 39 hours per week.

As a School business manager you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
43,581 GBP *
per year
25,000 GBP
65,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for School business manager

Men make 28% more than Women
49% of School business managers are men
Big gender gap
  • 50,149 GBP
  • 35,951 GBP
Average salary for part-time School business manager
Average salary for full-time School business manager

  • 19,406 GBP
  • 19,186 GBP
  • 20,666 GBP
  • 43,581 GBP
  • 35,951 GBP
  • 50,149 GBP
Pay over time for School business manager

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 46,342 GBP
  • 43,195 GBP
  • 41,467 GBP
  • 42,504 GBP
  • 45,411 GBP
  • 43,581 GBP

Future outlook for School business managers

Poor outlook
581 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
-1% yearly wage growth (on average)

School business manager - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a School business manager and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 44% of people in this role have a Post-master's certificate
  • 37% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 9% of people in this role have a High school diploma or equivalent

You could apply directly to become a school business manager if you have a strong background in finance, management or similar. An accountancy qualification may be needed for this job.

You'll usually need experience of motivating people, and experience of working in education will be an advantage.

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • maths and financial skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a School business manager

Administrative Skills

Things to highlight for your School business manager interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Leadership Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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