To further your certification status, I'd urge you to obtain a Windows 2000 MCSE an dpossibly also Cisco and security certifications as well. This will probably take a year (for MCSE) plus at least 6 months each for entry-level Cisco (CCNA) and security (SCCP or something similar) certifications. Hopefully, your employer will be willing to pay for some training, but if not, I'd strongly recommend that you accomplish whatever you can through self-study and self-funding. I also agree that you should have received a raise in pay for handling a manager's job after being hired as an individual contributor. I urge you to discuss this with your employer and see if you can make some accommodation with them. I'd also urge you to try to sell them on the benefits of getting you trained further. If they prove intransigent on either front, I'd recommend that you begin looking for other employment elsewhere--if they won't keep you trained in your job and won't pay you for the work you're doing, why should you give them the continued benefit of your labor? As for pay, I'm not as familiar with pay scales in the UK as I am in the US, but I believe that the job you describe should pay at least 25-30K Pounds per year, based on what salary surveys for the UK I can find online. Good luck with your efforts. If you can't get where you want to be in your current position, you should pursue certification on your own, and then make a switch once you've got the credentials that match your knowledge base and experience.
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