Period
to 24 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £480 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Project Manager
UK > England
6 months to
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 28 46 38
Rank change year-on-year +18 -8 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 3,615 1,648 4,667
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.39% 4.94% 5.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.86% 5.28% 5.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,683 1,154 3,253
10th Percentile £325 £315 £325
25th Percentile £405 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £480 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +1.05% - -
75th Percentile £566 £545 £550
90th Percentile £638 £625 £629
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £475
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 20 84
10th Percentile £21.57 £22.02 £22.05
25th Percentile £25.75 £23.68 £29.73
Median hourly rate £36.50 £29.25 £36.25
Median % change year-on-year +24.79% -19.31% +9.67%
75th Percentile £51.50 £40.08 £45.25
90th Percentile £66.06 £48.85 £49.00
UK median hourly rate £39.84 £28.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year +39.77% -20.83% +8.63%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 52,686 31,219 79,149
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.09% 93.52% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,561 21,117 53,568
10th Percentile £300 £263 £273
25th Percentile £400 £375 £372
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £470
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,718 1,032 2,432
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.61 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.09 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
75th Percentile £43.00 £42.39 £43.75
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £52.24
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year - +6.95% +6.86%

Project Manager
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Project Manager in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Project Manager in England

Project Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Project Manager in England.

Daily rate trend for Project Manager in England

Project Manager
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Project Manager in England over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Project Manager in England

Project Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Project Manager in England.

Hourly rate trend for Project Manager in England

Project Manager
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Project Manager in England over the 6 months to 24 July 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Project Manager in England

Project Manager
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Project Manager within the England region over the 6 months to 24 July 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +21 1,714 £509 +1.75% 137
South East +15 529 £475 - 72
North of England +13 379 £450 +5.88% 62
Midlands +16 377 £470 +13.94% 43
West Midlands +12 245 £475 +18.75% 35
South West +3 243 £450 - 32
North West +15 213 £450 +7.46% 34
Yorkshire +13 148 £450 -4.76% 25
East of England +1 134 £450 - 32
East Midlands +14 128 £438 -6.76% 8
North East +11 19 £383 -1.73% 3
Project Manager
UK

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 July 2021, Project Manager contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region featuring Project Manager in the job title.

1 1,645 (45.50%) Project Management
2 1,141 (31.56%) Agile Software Development
3 1,131 (31.29%) Finance
4 985 (27.25%) Stakeholder Management
5 798 (22.07%) Social Skills
6 777 (21.49%) Project Delivery
7 628 (17.37%) PRINCE2
8 465 (12.86%) Migration
9 388 (10.73%) Change Management
10 320 (8.85%) Waterfall
11 319 (8.82%) Microsoft
12 286 (7.91%) Banking
13 285 (7.88%) Scrum
13 285 (7.88%) Security Cleared
14 267 (7.39%) Business Case
15 264 (7.30%) Public Sector
16 241 (6.67%) Azure
17 224 (6.20%) Problem-Solving
18 216 (5.98%) JIRA
19 208 (5.75%) SC Cleared
20 200 (5.53%) Retail
21 199 (5.50%) SAP
22 197 (5.45%) Project Governance
23 196 (5.42%) Risk Management
24 190 (5.26%) Microsoft 365
25 186 (5.15%) PMP
26 184 (5.09%) Microsoft Project
26 184 (5.09%) Telecoms
27 182 (5.03%) Programme Management
28 179 (4.95%) PMI Certification

Project Manager Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 83 (2.30%) Confluence
2 80 (2.21%) SharePoint
3 30 (0.83%) CMS
4 13 (0.36%) Skype for Business
5 10 (0.28%) MS Exchange
6 7 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
7 6 (0.17%) Documentum
8 5 (0.14%) WebSphere
8 5 (0.14%) WordPress
9 3 (0.083%) Apache
9 3 (0.083%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.055%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.055%) Anypoint
10 2 (0.055%) Appian
10 2 (0.055%) CICS
10 2 (0.055%) JBoss
10 2 (0.055%) LiveLink
10 2 (0.055%) OpenStack
10 2 (0.055%) SAS
10 2 (0.055%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 184 (5.09%) Microsoft Project
2 122 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
3 71 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 69 (1.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 31 (0.86%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.17%) Open Workbench
6 6 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.14%) Chatbot
8 1 (0.028%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.028%) Revit
Business Applications
1 22 (0.61%) SAP S/4HANA
2 21 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 19 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
4 16 (0.44%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 13 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
6 10 (0.28%) SAP ERP
7 9 (0.25%) Maximo
7 9 (0.25%) NetSuite
7 9 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
7 9 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
8 8 (0.22%) SAP Hybris
9 7 (0.19%) Magento
10 6 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
10 6 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
11 5 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
12 4 (0.11%) Cognos TM1
12 4 (0.11%) iTrent
12 4 (0.11%) SAP FI
12 4 (0.11%) Workday HCM
13 3 (0.083%) Elite 3E
Cloud Services
1 241 (6.67%) Azure
2 190 (5.26%) Microsoft 365
3 86 (2.38%) AWS
4 63 (1.74%) SaaS
5 51 (1.41%) Power Platform
6 49 (1.36%) GCP
7 44 (1.22%) Dynamics 365
8 30 (0.83%) IaaS
9 19 (0.53%) OneDrive
10 18 (0.50%) PaaS
11 12 (0.33%) SuccessFactors
11 12 (0.33%) Yammer
12 10 (0.28%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 9 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
13 9 (0.25%) Azure Sentinel
14 7 (0.19%) Serverless
14 7 (0.19%) Smartsheet
14 7 (0.19%) Trello
15 6 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
15 6 (0.17%) Google Docs
Communications & Networking
1 59 (1.63%) Firewall
2 55 (1.52%) WAN
3 49 (1.36%) LAN
4 30 (0.83%) 2G
4 30 (0.83%) 5G
5 24 (0.66%) Network Security
5 24 (0.66%) Wi-Fi
6 21 (0.58%) SAN
7 20 (0.55%) Broadband
8 19 (0.53%) 3G
8 19 (0.53%) 4G
8 19 (0.53%) Unified Communications
9 18 (0.50%) MVNO
9 18 (0.50%) Skype
9 18 (0.50%) Wireless
10 16 (0.44%) Intranet
11 15 (0.41%) GSM
11 15 (0.41%) Packet Switching
12 11 (0.30%) FTP
13 10 (0.28%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
2 48 (1.33%) Power BI
3 40 (1.11%) Data Lake
4 25 (0.69%) Big Data
5 17 (0.47%) Electronic Patient Records
6 15 (0.41%) SQL Server
7 14 (0.39%) Tableau
8 12 (0.33%) DB2
8 12 (0.33%) Oracle Database
9 11 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
9 11 (0.30%) SAP HANA
10 7 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
11 5 (0.14%) Amazon Redshift
11 5 (0.14%) GIS
11 5 (0.14%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.14%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.11%) BigQuery
12 4 (0.11%) NoSQL
12 4 (0.11%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.11%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 216 (5.98%) JIRA
2 3 (0.083%) Eclipse
2 3 (0.083%) Jenkins
2 3 (0.083%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (0.055%) JIRA Agile
3 2 (0.055%) ProC
3 2 (0.055%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.055%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.028%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.028%) IBM UrbanCode
4 1 (0.028%) Maven
4 1 (0.028%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.028%) Postman
4 1 (0.028%) SonarQube
4 1 (0.028%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,131 (31.29%) Finance
2 798 (22.07%) Social Skills
3 286 (7.91%) Banking
4 264 (7.30%) Public Sector
5 200 (5.53%) Retail
6 184 (5.09%) Telecoms
7 167 (4.62%) Presentation Skills
8 140 (3.87%) Analytical Skills
9 133 (3.68%) Influencing Skills
10 122 (3.37%) Marketing
11 103 (2.85%) Manufacturing
12 92 (2.54%) Legal
13 80 (2.21%) Organisational Skills
14 60 (1.66%) Investment Banking
15 57 (1.58%) Local Government
16 53 (1.47%) Automotive
17 49 (1.36%) Pharmaceutical
18 40 (1.11%) Law
19 29 (0.80%) Electronics
20 27 (0.75%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (0.83%) Middleware
2 22 (0.61%) .NET
3 20 (0.55%) Oracle Fusion
4 12 (0.33%) EDI
4 12 (0.33%) Velocity
5 8 (0.22%) FIDO
5 8 (0.22%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 7 (0.19%) SailPoint
6 7 (0.19%) Web Services
7 6 (0.17%) OAuth
7 6 (0.17%) REST
8 5 (0.14%) OAuth2
8 5 (0.14%) SAML
9 4 (0.11%) Flash
9 4 (0.11%) FpML
9 4 (0.11%) React
9 4 (0.11%) XML
10 3 (0.083%) AngularJS
10 3 (0.083%) HTML
11 2 (0.055%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 134 (3.71%) Data Centre
2 123 (3.40%) NHS
3 89 (2.46%) Virtual Team
4 78 (2.16%) PMI
5 61 (1.69%) Management Information System
6 50 (1.38%) Legacy Systems
7 47 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
8 44 (1.22%) User Experience
9 41 (1.13%) Data Protection Act
10 28 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
11 27 (0.75%) Mobile App
12 26 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
12 26 (0.72%) FMCG
13 25 (0.69%) Derivative
14 22 (0.61%) Fixed Income
15 19 (0.53%) Tandem
16 18 (0.50%) Life Science
17 16 (0.44%) LIMS
18 15 (0.41%) iSeries
18 15 (0.41%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 99 (2.74%) Windows
2 39 (1.08%) Windows 10
3 27 (0.75%) Windows Server
4 24 (0.66%) Linux
5 12 (0.33%) Apple iOS
6 9 (0.25%) Windows 7
7 7 (0.19%) Unix
8 6 (0.17%) zOS
9 3 (0.083%) Android
9 3 (0.083%) Solaris
9 3 (0.083%) VMS
9 3 (0.083%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.055%) AIX
10 2 (0.055%) HPUX
10 2 (0.055%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.028%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.028%) tvOS
11 1 (0.028%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.028%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,645 (45.50%) Project Management
2 1,141 (31.56%) Agile Software Development
3 985 (27.25%) Stakeholder Management
4 777 (21.49%) Project Delivery
5 628 (17.37%) PRINCE2
6 465 (12.86%) Migration
7 388 (10.73%) Change Management
8 320 (8.85%) Waterfall
9 285 (7.88%) Scrum
10 267 (7.39%) Business Case
11 224 (6.20%) Problem-Solving
12 197 (5.45%) Project Governance
13 196 (5.42%) Risk Management
14 182 (5.03%) Programme Management
15 160 (4.43%) Business Intelligence
16 159 (4.40%) Decision-Making
17 150 (4.15%) Stakeholder Engagement
18 137 (3.79%) ERP
19 133 (3.68%) Project Planning
20 124 (3.43%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 44 (1.22%) SQL
2 36 (1.00%) C
3 23 (0.64%) Java
4 10 (0.28%) VB
5 4 (0.11%) Python
6 3 (0.083%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.083%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.055%) C#
8 1 (0.028%) C++
8 1 (0.028%) Groovy
8 1 (0.028%) JCL
8 1 (0.028%) PHP
8 1 (0.028%) R
8 1 (0.028%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.028%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.028%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 285 (7.88%) Security Cleared
2 208 (5.75%) SC Cleared
3 186 (5.15%) PMP
4 179 (4.95%) PMI Certification
5 141 (3.90%) Degree
6 88 (2.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 72 (1.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 41 (1.13%) APMP
9 24 (0.66%) DV Cleared
10 21 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
11 13 (0.36%) ISEB
12 10 (0.28%) CISSP
12 10 (0.28%) Master's Degree
13 8 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (0.22%) CTC Cleared
13 8 (0.22%) RIBA
14 5 (0.14%) CAPM
14 5 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.14%) DBS Check
14 5 (0.14%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 177 (4.90%) PMO
2 74 (2.05%) QA
3 43 (1.19%) GDPR
4 24 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 22 (0.61%) Data Quality
6 21 (0.58%) PMBOK
7 18 (0.50%) SLA
8 10 (0.28%) MiFID
9 9 (0.25%) NIST
9 9 (0.25%) PCI DSS
10 8 (0.22%) GRC
11 7 (0.19%) EMIR
12 6 (0.17%) Accessibility
13 5 (0.14%) GxP
14 4 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
14 4 (0.11%) IFRS
14 4 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 3 (0.083%) COBIT
15 3 (0.083%) Cyber Essentials
15 3 (0.083%) Solvency II
System Software
1 50 (1.38%) Active Directory
2 24 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
4 10 (0.28%) PowerHA
5 8 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.11%) Docker
6 4 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.11%) vSphere
7 2 (0.055%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.055%) XenApp
8 1 (0.028%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.028%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.028%) RACF
8 1 (0.028%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.028%) Time Sharing Option
8 1 (0.028%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.028%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 14 (0.39%) NetBackup
2 9 (0.25%) SCCM
2 9 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
3 6 (0.17%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (0.11%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.11%) MOM
5 3 (0.083%) RSA Archer
6 2 (0.055%) CloudHub
6 2 (0.055%) Terraform
6 2 (0.055%) vMotion
7 1 (0.028%) Ansible
7 1 (0.028%) AssetCenter
7 1 (0.028%) CASB
7 1 (0.028%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.028%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.028%) Red Hat Satellite
7 1 (0.028%) WebSphere Cast Iron
Vendors
1 319 (8.82%) Microsoft
2 199 (5.50%) SAP
3 132 (3.65%) Oracle
4 121 (3.35%) Salesforce.com
5 64 (1.77%) VMware
6 51 (1.41%) Citrix
7 47 (1.30%) Cisco
8 40 (1.11%) ServiceNow
9 32 (0.89%) Workday
10 30 (0.83%) IBM
11 29 (0.80%) Google
12 23 (0.64%) CheckPoint
13 19 (0.53%) hybris
14 18 (0.50%) CyberArk
14 18 (0.50%) IFS
15 17 (0.47%) Atlassian
15 17 (0.47%) BT
15 17 (0.47%) Cadence
15 17 (0.47%) MuleSoft
16 12 (0.33%) Remedy