The table below looks at the statistics for the Project Manager role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Project Manager in their job title over the 3 months to 2 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Project Manager
Rank 13 15 13
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 5327 4832 4995
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 8.99% 8.55% 9.35%
As % of the Job Titles category 9.69% 9.27% 10.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 3613 3213 3320
Average daily rate
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£438 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £313 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+6.18% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 32 44
Average hourly rate £43.00 £29.75 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+44.53% -0.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.93 £21.05 £16.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.72 £47.25 £46.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.00 £30.00 £27.88
% change year-on-year
+40.00% +7.62%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
54988 52129 49569
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.20% 92.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 35155 31640 29452
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2023 2014 2146
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.10 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.24 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -

Project Manager
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Project Manager in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Project Manager Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Project Manager
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Project Manager within the UK.

Project Manager Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Project Manager
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Project Manager within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

Project Manager Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Project Manager
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Project Manager within the UK.

Project Manager Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Project Manager
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Project Manager within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2015.

Project Manager Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Project Manager
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Project Manager within the UK over the 3 months to 2 September 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +1 4826 £438 +2.94% 744
London +3 2141 £475 - 353
South East -1 957 £425 +6.18% 110
City of London 0 415 £475 - 70
North West +2 400 £425 +6.25% 79
Scotland +1 350 £425 +1.19% 38
East of England +1 268 £450 +5.88% 46
West Midlands +6 267 £400 - 44
Yorkshire -2 264 £400 +6.66% 39
South West -3 263 £400 -3.03% 36
Berkshire -2 240 £425 +8.97% 28
Edinburgh -2 200 £425 -3.95% 20
Hampshire +2 195 £375 -11.76% 32
Manchester +6 184 £420 +1.20% 46
West Yorkshire -1 176 £400 +6.66% 25
East Midlands +8 169 £425 +6.25% 25
Buckinghamshire +3 167 £415 +1.84% 8
Surrey +9 149 £435 +2.35% 12
Milton Keynes +4 122 £405 +0.30% 2
Hertfordshire +14 104 £455 +8.98% 10
Cheshire +7 103 £450 - 17
Leeds -7 101 £400 +6.66% 21
Glasgow -1 80 £418 +7.74% 11
North East -7 77 £425 +6.25% 6
Bristol -4 73 £375 -10.60% 16
Birmingham +6 69 £405 +6.57% 19
Wiltshire -2 69 £425 +6.25% 7
Wales -3 68 £368 -8.12% 10
Reading -4 68 £450 +18.42% 13
Nottinghamshire +2 66 £415 +3.75% 3

Project Manager
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Project Manager in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Project Manager in their job title.

1 4965 (49.28%) Project Management
2 3370 (33.45%) Finance
3 2964 (29.42%) PRINCE2
4 2402 (23.84%) Stakeholder Management
5 1700 (16.87%) Agile Software Development
6 1436 (14.25%) Banking
7 996 (9.89%) Migration
8 828 (8.22%) Retail
9 747 (7.41%) PMI Certification
10 692 (6.87%) Microsoft
11 688 (6.83%) MS Project
12 667 (6.62%) Change Management
13 658 (6.53%) Data Centre
14 638 (6.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 603 (5.99%) ITIL
16 580 (5.76%) Security Cleared
17 549 (5.45%) PMP
18 547 (5.43%) Project Planning
19 516 (5.12%) SAP
20 506 (5.02%) Scrum
21 499 (4.95%) MS Excel
22 492 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
23 462 (4.59%) Risk Management
24 455 (4.52%) Oracle
25 450 (4.47%) Telecoms
26 444 (4.41%) Waterfall
27 434 (4.31%) Windows
28 419 (4.16%) Programme Management
28 419 (4.16%) SC Cleared
29 415 (4.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner

Project Manager
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Project Manager in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Project Manager in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 314 (3.12%) SharePoint
2 130 (1.29%) CMS
3 66 (0.66%) Lync
4 59 (0.59%) WebSphere
5 43 (0.43%) MS Exchange
6 42 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
7 33 (0.33%) Confluence
8 30 (0.30%) IBM Notes
9 29 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 22 (0.22%) Documentum
10 22 (0.22%) SAS
11 18 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
12 16 (0.16%) SharePoint 2010
13 11 (0.11%) MS Project Server
13 11 (0.11%) Captiva
14 9 (0.089%) Alfresco
14 9 (0.089%) Drupal
14 9 (0.089%) LiveLink
14 9 (0.089%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.069%) WebLogic
Applications
1 688 (6.83%) MS Project
2 499 (4.95%) MS Excel
3 354 (3.51%) MS Office
4 191 (1.90%) MS PowerPoint
5 144 (1.43%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.079%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.079%) SPSS
8 6 (0.060%) AutoCAD
8 6 (0.060%) Open Workbench
8 6 (0.060%) Mingle
9 2 (0.020%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.020%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.020%) InDesign
9 2 (0.020%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.010%) Niku Workbench
10 1 (0.010%) Maya
Business Applications
1 98 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
3 39 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
4 38 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 32 (0.32%) Agresso
6 29 (0.29%) SAP FI
7 28 (0.28%) SAP CRM
8 27 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
8 27 (0.27%) SAP CO
9 26 (0.26%) SAP BPC
10 25 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
11 24 (0.24%) Primavera
12 22 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
13 21 (0.21%) SAP ERP
14 17 (0.17%) Maximo
15 15 (0.15%) SAP HR
16 12 (0.12%) SAP SD
16 12 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
17 11 (0.11%) Cognos TM1
18 10 (0.099%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 149 (1.48%) Office 365
2 75 (0.74%) SaaS
3 50 (0.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 46 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
5 22 (0.22%) PaaS
6 17 (0.17%) SuccessFactors
7 16 (0.16%) Google Analytics
7 16 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (0.099%) IaaS
9 5 (0.050%) Google Apps
10 4 (0.040%) Basecamp
10 4 (0.040%) Taleo
11 3 (0.030%) SmartFocus
11 3 (0.030%) Silverpop
12 2 (0.020%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.020%) Azure Active Directory
12 2 (0.020%) Veeva
12 2 (0.020%) IBM Blueworks
12 2 (0.020%) HP Helion
13 1 (0.010%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 225 (2.23%) WAN
2 188 (1.87%) LAN
3 146 (1.45%) Firewall
4 98 (0.97%) Internet
5 88 (0.87%) Intranet
6 84 (0.83%) SAN
7 71 (0.70%) VoIP
8 70 (0.69%) Unified Communications
9 59 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
10 48 (0.48%) Network Security
11 47 (0.47%) Wireless
12 38 (0.38%) TCP/IP
13 34 (0.34%) MPLS
14 31 (0.31%) DNS
15 28 (0.28%) 4G
16 27 (0.27%) BGP
17 25 (0.25%) OSPF
18 22 (0.22%) 3G
19 20 (0.20%) VPN
20 19 (0.19%) PABX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 175 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
2 73 (0.72%) SQL Server
3 68 (0.67%) Big Data
4 62 (0.62%) Oracle Database
5 47 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
6 36 (0.36%) SAP BW
7 33 (0.33%) QlikView
8 25 (0.25%) Oracle BI EE
9 24 (0.24%) Data Mining
9 24 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
10 21 (0.21%) DB2
10 21 (0.21%) Hadoop
11 19 (0.19%) SAP HANA
11 19 (0.19%) DataStage
11 19 (0.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 16 (0.16%) MySQL
13 15 (0.15%) Oracle Database 12c
14 14 (0.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 13 (0.13%) EDMS
16 12 (0.12%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 94 (0.93%) JIRA
2 23 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (0.079%) Subversion
4 6 (0.060%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 6 (0.060%) ERwin
5 5 (0.050%) Eclipse
5 5 (0.050%) MSI
6 4 (0.040%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.030%) Oracle Forms
7 3 (0.030%) ProC
8 2 (0.020%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.020%) Selenium
8 2 (0.020%) AccuRev
8 2 (0.020%) Jenkins
9 1 (0.010%) FogBugz
9 1 (0.010%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.010%) Hudson
9 1 (0.010%) Rational Performance Tester
9 1 (0.010%) Talend Open Studio
9 1 (0.010%) Oracle APEX
General
1 3370 (33.45%) Finance
2 1436 (14.25%) Banking
3 828 (8.22%) Retail
4 450 (4.47%) Telecoms
5 318 (3.16%) Marketing
6 289 (2.87%) Investment Banking
7 240 (2.38%) Legal
8 178 (1.77%) Manufacturing
9 171 (1.70%) Retail Banking
10 161 (1.60%) Front Office
11 136 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
12 129 (1.28%) Law
13 113 (1.12%) Back Office
14 107 (1.06%) Advertising
15 104 (1.03%) Automotive
16 98 (0.97%) Publishing
17 90 (0.89%) Local Government
18 83 (0.82%) Billing
18 83 (0.82%) Financial Institution
19 56 (0.56%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (1.49%) .NET
2 76 (0.75%) Web Services
3 75 (0.74%) HTML
4 57 (0.57%) XML
5 54 (0.54%) Middleware
6 36 (0.36%) CSS
7 31 (0.31%) HTML5
8 19 (0.19%) J2EE
9 18 (0.18%) EDI
9 18 (0.18%) Application Packaging
10 17 (0.17%) Velocity
10 17 (0.17%) Oracle Fusion
11 14 (0.14%) Flash
12 10 (0.099%) JSON
13 9 (0.089%) ASP.NET
13 9 (0.089%) EDIFACT
13 9 (0.089%) XMPP
14 8 (0.079%) JRules
14 8 (0.079%) JSP
15 7 (0.069%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 658 (6.53%) Data Centre
2 492 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
3 320 (3.18%) PMI
4 227 (2.25%) NHS
5 196 (1.95%) Management Information System
6 131 (1.30%) User Experience
7 112 (1.11%) Mobile App
8 80 (0.79%) FMCG
9 78 (0.77%) Derivative
10 67 (0.67%) Mainframe
11 65 (0.65%) Credit Risk
12 55 (0.55%) Economics
13 54 (0.54%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 53 (0.53%) Fixed Income
15 52 (0.52%) Data Integration
16 50 (0.50%) Market Risk
17 48 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
18 43 (0.43%) Smart Meter
19 41 (0.41%) Equities
20 40 (0.40%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 434 (4.31%) Windows
2 139 (1.38%) Linux
3 114 (1.13%) Windows 7
4 109 (1.08%) UNIX
5 59 (0.59%) Android
6 56 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 54 (0.54%) Apple iOS
8 46 (0.46%) Solaris
9 31 (0.31%) Windows Server 2008
10 28 (0.28%) Windows XP
11 27 (0.27%) Windows 8
12 23 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
13 22 (0.22%) AIX
14 15 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 7 (0.069%) Windows 2000 Server
16 4 (0.040%) zOS
16 4 (0.040%) Mac OS
16 4 (0.040%) Windows Phone
17 3 (0.030%) HPUX
17 3 (0.030%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4965 (49.28%) Project Management
2 2964 (29.42%) PRINCE2
3 2402 (23.84%) Stakeholder Management
4 1700 (16.87%) Agile Software Development
5 996 (9.89%) Migration
6 667 (6.62%) Change Management
7 603 (5.99%) ITIL
8 547 (5.43%) Project Planning
9 506 (5.02%) Scrum
10 462 (4.59%) Risk Management
11 444 (4.41%) Waterfall
12 419 (4.16%) Programme Management
13 404 (4.01%) CRM
14 393 (3.90%) E-Commerce
15 364 (3.61%) Stakeholder Engagement
16 359 (3.56%) SDLC
17 336 (3.33%) Change Control
18 335 (3.33%) PRINCE
19 310 (3.08%) Supplier Management
20 307 (3.05%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 181 (1.80%) SQL
2 136 (1.35%) Java
3 118 (1.17%) C
4 48 (0.48%) JavaScript
5 36 (0.36%) C#
6 27 (0.27%) PHP
7 17 (0.17%) PL/SQL
8 16 (0.16%) VBA
9 14 (0.14%) COBOL
10 10 (0.099%) Python
10 10 (0.099%) VB
11 9 (0.089%) C++
12 7 (0.069%) R
13 5 (0.050%) Shell Script
13 5 (0.050%) ActionScript
14 4 (0.040%) VB.NET
15 3 (0.030%) ABAP
15 3 (0.030%) Perl
15 3 (0.030%) NATURAL
15 3 (0.030%) JCL
Qualifications
1 747 (7.41%) PMI Certification
2 638 (6.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 580 (5.76%) Security Cleared
4 549 (5.45%) PMP
5 419 (4.16%) SC Cleared
6 415 (4.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 414 (4.11%) Degree
8 105 (1.04%) APMP
9 82 (0.81%) DV Cleared
9 82 (0.81%) ITIL Certification
10 72 (0.71%) ISEB
11 42 (0.42%) Cisco Certification
12 33 (0.33%) CCNA
13 16 (0.16%) CISSP
14 11 (0.11%) HNC
14 11 (0.11%) HND
15 10 (0.099%) Microsoft Certification
15 10 (0.099%) CTC Cleared
16 9 (0.089%) CISM
16 9 (0.089%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 225 (2.23%) QA
2 54 (0.54%) MiFID
3 49 (0.49%) EMIR
4 45 (0.45%) PCI DSS
5 44 (0.44%) SLA
6 42 (0.42%) Dodd-Frank
7 39 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 34 (0.34%) Solvency II
9 30 (0.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 27 (0.27%) Data Quality
11 26 (0.26%) PMBOK
12 20 (0.20%) FATCA
13 17 (0.17%) P3O
14 13 (0.13%) GxP
14 13 (0.13%) HL7
15 10 (0.099%) Basel III
16 9 (0.089%) DICOM
17 7 (0.069%) ISO 9001
18 5 (0.050%) ISO 9000
18 5 (0.050%) COBIT
System Software
1 156 (1.55%) Active Directory
2 64 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (0.16%) Hyper-V
4 13 (0.13%) XenApp
5 10 (0.099%) Microsoft App-V
6 8 (0.079%) XenDesktop
7 7 (0.069%) vSphere
7 7 (0.069%) VMware ESX
7 7 (0.069%) vCloud
8 4 (0.040%) VMware Server
8 4 (0.040%) Xen
8 4 (0.040%) XenServer
9 3 (0.030%) Oracle RAC
9 3 (0.030%) Firmware
10 2 (0.020%) Snort
11 1 (0.010%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 1 (0.010%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.010%) IAG
11 1 (0.010%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.010%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 40 (0.40%) SCCM
2 12 (0.12%) Cisco CUCM
3 9 (0.089%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (0.089%) MOM
4 8 (0.079%) Cisco UCCE
4 8 (0.079%) SCOM
5 7 (0.069%) Cisco IPCC
6 5 (0.050%) CiscoWorks
6 5 (0.050%) Tivoli
6 5 (0.050%) CA Spectrum
7 4 (0.040%) Cisco UCCX
7 4 (0.040%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 3 (0.030%) TeamSite
8 3 (0.030%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (0.030%) FortiGate
8 3 (0.030%) EMC NetWorker
8 3 (0.030%) Puppet
8 3 (0.030%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.020%) vMotion
9 2 (0.020%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 692 (6.87%) Microsoft
2 516 (5.12%) SAP
3 455 (4.52%) Oracle
4 186 (1.85%) Cisco
5 160 (1.59%) Citrix
6 147 (1.46%) VMware
7 141 (1.40%) IBM
8 128 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
9 94 (0.93%) HP
10 56 (0.56%) Cognos
11 47 (0.47%) CheckPoint
12 45 (0.45%) ServiceNow
13 42 (0.42%) Informatica
14 36 (0.36%) Google
15 33 (0.33%) EMC
16 31 (0.31%) Lotus
16 31 (0.31%) BT
17 29 (0.29%) Adobe
18 28 (0.28%) PeopleSoft
18 28 (0.28%) Remedy
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