What does a CTO do?

Chief technology officers are company executives who are responsible for overseeing the organization’s technical systems, resources, and personnel. They often also supervise related areas such as research and development. They manage recruiting, hiring, and training programs. They spearhead initiatives to incorporate innovate tools and resources into the organization’s operational functions to achieve increased productivity or establish more efficient processes. They actively participate in the process of selecting vendors and products, and implementing technical systems and infrastructure.

Chief technology officers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer science or technical field, although an advanced degree is an advantage. They should have in-depth expertise in planning and leading technical programs, and supervising technical teams. These roles require strong project management capabilities and excellent leadership skills.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.4 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

CTO Salaries

Average Base Pay

£108,465 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £108K
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CTO Career Path

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21 Aug 2021

“They are great to work with and I love the direction they are taking with the product.”

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30 Sep 2021

“world problems and I really like that we have an engaged customer base and a great team of advisors.”

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14 Jan 2021

“A great startup where you get to work on fun projects and what you do matters.”

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1 Nov 2021

“Good people are always rewarded and the average tenure is well above industry average which speaks for itself.”

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4 Aug 2019

“It's a growing startup and I can say we'll be a top company in the future.”

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24 Sep 2021

“Not only Technically or economically but here our team especially our CEO helps you to explore many fields.”

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5 Jan 2022

“I love working at SquareOffs because I get to build an awesome product that people enjoy!”

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2 May 2021

“Good Pay and I'm my own boss”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a cto

When working as a cto, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are TOGAF, APPLICATION Architecture, API, Cloud and Hybrid Cloud.

The most similar professions to cto are:
  • President
  • Ceo
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Senior Leadership

The most common qualifications to become a cto is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.