Period
to 30 November 2021

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 30 November 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
30 Nov 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 25 54 41
Rank change year-on-year +29 -13 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 4,813 1,325 3,978
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 6.76% 4.32% 5.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.23% 4.67% 5.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,596 982 2,862
10th Percentile £356 £300 £325
25th Percentile £413 £365 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £450 £475
Median % change year-on-year +11.11% -5.26% -
75th Percentile £588 £538 £550
90th Percentile £650 £625 £625
UK median daily rate £496 £450 £468
% change year-on-year +10.28% -3.74% +1.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 13 56
10th Percentile £24.93 £21.64 £23.25
25th Percentile £36.04 £25.25 £30.97
Median hourly rate £46.25 £42.50 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year +8.82% +6.25% +10.77%
75th Percentile £56.50 £53.75 £46.69
90th Percentile £72.50 £57.50 £53.75
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £29.39 £40.00
% change year-on-year +53.11% -26.53% +10.19%

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 66,610 28,379 69,601
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.59% 92.63% 94.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 47,226 19,588 47,101
10th Percentile £300 £258 £256
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £663 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £460
% change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,974 1,015 2,405
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.00 £14.13 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.40
Median % change year-on-year -11.11% +22.28% +5.14%
75th Percentile £45.72 £45.00 £42.00
90th Percentile £62.25 £55.00 £52.05
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year -11.11% +20.35% +6.83%

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 30 November 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 30 November 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 30 November 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 +27 2,176 £550 +15.42% 159
South East +23 752 £480 +6.67% 82
North of England +42 560 £450 +12.50% 69
Midlands +15 516 £475 +18.75% 69
West Midlands +17 358 £475 +18.75% 51
South West +6 313 £450 -5.26% 26
North West +35 300 £450 +12.50% 32
Yorkshire +39 236 £475 +18.75% 36
East of England +23 164 £475 +46.15% 23
East Midlands +10 148 £445 +7.55% 18
North East +3 24 £475 +22.58% 1
Project Manager
UK

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

For the 6 months to 30 November 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 2,155 (44.77%) Project Management
2 1,650 (34.28%) Agile Software Development
3 1,523 (31.64%) Finance
4 1,341 (27.86%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,135 (23.58%) Social Skills
6 973 (20.22%) Project Delivery
7 909 (18.89%) PRINCE2
8 600 (12.47%) Migration
9 471 (9.79%) Waterfall
10 439 (9.12%) Change Management
11 390 (8.10%) Scrum
12 387 (8.04%) Public Sector
13 381 (7.92%) Security Cleared
14 364 (7.56%) Azure
15 353 (7.33%) Microsoft
16 310 (6.44%) Banking
16 310 (6.44%) Business Case
17 301 (6.25%) Risk Management
18 294 (6.11%) Retail
19 278 (5.78%) Problem-Solving
20 275 (5.71%) SAP
21 274 (5.69%) SC Cleared
22 264 (5.49%) JIRA
22 264 (5.49%) PMO
23 248 (5.15%) ERP
24 245 (5.09%) Programme Management
25 244 (5.07%) PMP
26 241 (5.01%) Telecoms
27 234 (4.86%) Presentation Skills
28 229 (4.76%) 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
1 106 (2.20%) SharePoint
2 104 (2.16%) Confluence
3 44 (0.91%) CMS
4 9 (0.19%) Drupal
5 7 (0.15%) SAS
6 6 (0.12%) CICS
6 6 (0.12%) Skype for Business
6 6 (0.12%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.083%) Appian
7 4 (0.083%) Documentum
7 4 (0.083%) Headless CMS
8 3 (0.062%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.042%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 2 (0.042%) LiveLink
9 2 (0.042%) MS Project Server
9 2 (0.042%) NetWeaver
9 2 (0.042%) Red Hat Fuse
9 2 (0.042%) Site Server
9 2 (0.042%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.042%) WordPress
Applications
1 221 (4.59%) Microsoft Project
2 135 (2.80%) Microsoft Office
3 98 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
4 85 (1.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 49 (1.02%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.23%) Open Workbench
8 6 (0.12%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 35 (0.73%) SAP S/4HANA
2 23 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
3 22 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
4 18 (0.37%) Maximo
5 14 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
6 13 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
7 10 (0.21%) NetSuite
7 10 (0.21%) Oracle General Ledger
7 10 (0.21%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
7 10 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 10 (0.21%) SAP AFS
7 10 (0.21%) SAP Retail
8 9 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
8 9 (0.19%) SAP ERP
8 9 (0.19%) SAP FI
9 8 (0.17%) Oracle EBS R12
10 7 (0.15%) SAP Hybris
11 6 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
11 6 (0.12%) SAP SD
11 6 (0.12%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 364 (7.56%) Azure
2 165 (3.43%) Microsoft 365
3 118 (2.45%) SaaS
4 94 (1.95%) AWS
5 77 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
6 64 (1.33%) Power Platform
7 38 (0.79%) GCP
8 19 (0.39%) IaaS
9 18 (0.37%) PaaS
10 14 (0.29%) OneDrive
11 11 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
12 10 (0.21%) Smartsheet
13 8 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
14 7 (0.15%) PowerApps
15 6 (0.12%) Azure Data Factory
15 6 (0.12%) Azure Sentinel
15 6 (0.12%) Boomi
15 6 (0.12%) Trello
16 5 (0.10%) Oracle CX
16 5 (0.10%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 58 (1.21%) Firewall
2 44 (0.91%) WAN
3 39 (0.81%) LAN
4 38 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
5 37 (0.77%) 5G
6 32 (0.66%) 2G
7 29 (0.60%) MVNO
8 28 (0.58%) Network Security
9 27 (0.56%) GSM
9 27 (0.56%) Packet Switching
10 22 (0.46%) Internet
11 19 (0.39%) Wireless
12 18 (0.37%) SD-WAN
13 16 (0.33%) Broadband
13 16 (0.33%) MPLS
13 16 (0.33%) VoIP
14 15 (0.31%) SAN
15 12 (0.25%) Intranet
16 10 (0.21%) IP Telephony
16 10 (0.21%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (1.21%) Power BI
2 56 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
3 51 (1.06%) Data Lake
4 30 (0.62%) Big Data
5 29 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
6 26 (0.54%) Electronic Patient Records
7 17 (0.35%) Oracle Database
8 16 (0.33%) Relational Database
9 14 (0.29%) GIS
9 14 (0.29%) RDBMS
10 13 (0.27%) SAP HANA
10 13 (0.27%) Tableau
11 11 (0.23%) SQL Server
12 9 (0.19%) Geospatial Data
13 8 (0.17%) DB2
13 8 (0.17%) Hadoop
14 6 (0.12%) BusinessObjects
15 4 (0.083%) Azure SQL Database
15 4 (0.083%) Metadata
15 4 (0.083%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 264 (5.49%) JIRA
2 5 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
3 4 (0.083%) Eclipse
4 3 (0.062%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.042%) JIRA Agile
5 2 (0.042%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.042%) XPEDITER
6 1 (0.021%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.021%) IBM UrbanCode
6 1 (0.021%) Maven
6 1 (0.021%) Postman
6 1 (0.021%) ProC
6 1 (0.021%) SonarQube
6 1 (0.021%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.021%) Subversion
General
1 1,523 (31.64%) Finance
2 1,135 (23.58%) Social Skills
3 387 (8.04%) Public Sector
4 310 (6.44%) Banking
5 294 (6.11%) Retail
6 241 (5.01%) Telecoms
7 234 (4.86%) Presentation Skills
8 200 (4.16%) Analytical Skills
9 162 (3.37%) Marketing
10 150 (3.12%) Influencing Skills
11 148 (3.08%) Manufacturing
12 131 (2.72%) Legal
13 115 (2.39%) Organisational Skills
14 76 (1.58%) Local Government
15 71 (1.48%) Investment Banking
16 66 (1.37%) Law
17 51 (1.06%) Pharmaceutical
18 43 (0.89%) Automotive
19 41 (0.85%) Electronics
20 37 (0.77%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (0.77%) .NET
2 31 (0.64%) Middleware
3 25 (0.52%) Oracle Fusion
4 16 (0.33%) SailPoint
5 15 (0.31%) XML
6 14 (0.29%) FpML
7 13 (0.27%) EDI
7 13 (0.27%) Velocity
8 10 (0.21%) FIDO
9 7 (0.15%) OAuth
10 6 (0.12%) React
11 5 (0.10%) Node.js
12 4 (0.083%) HTML
12 4 (0.083%) Web Services
13 3 (0.062%) ADO
13 3 (0.062%) AngularJS
13 3 (0.062%) CSS
13 3 (0.062%) JSON
13 3 (0.062%) Pandas
13 3 (0.062%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 173 (3.59%) NHS
2 172 (3.57%) Data Centre
3 113 (2.35%) Management Information System
4 102 (2.12%) Data Protection Act
5 99 (2.06%) PMI
6 87 (1.81%) Legacy Systems
6 87 (1.81%) Virtual Team
7 76 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
8 66 (1.37%) User Experience
9 48 (1.00%) Mobile App
10 33 (0.69%) FMCG
11 30 (0.62%) Derivative
11 30 (0.62%) Fixed Income
12 26 (0.54%) Greenfield Project
13 23 (0.48%) LIMS
14 22 (0.46%) Life Science
15 21 (0.44%) OTC Derivatives
16 18 (0.37%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 18 (0.37%) Reinsurance
17 17 (0.35%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 140 (2.91%) Windows
2 43 (0.89%) Windows 10
3 34 (0.71%) Windows Server
4 28 (0.58%) Linux
5 15 (0.31%) Windows 7
6 11 (0.23%) Unix
7 6 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (0.10%) Apple iOS
8 5 (0.10%) zOS
9 4 (0.083%) Android
10 2 (0.042%) CentOS
10 2 (0.042%) Mac OS
10 2 (0.042%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.042%) tvOS
10 2 (0.042%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.021%) AIX
11 1 (0.021%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,155 (44.77%) Project Management
2 1,650 (34.28%) Agile Software Development
3 1,341 (27.86%) Stakeholder Management
4 973 (20.22%) Project Delivery
5 909 (18.89%) PRINCE2
6 600 (12.47%) Migration
7 471 (9.79%) Waterfall
8 439 (9.12%) Change Management
9 390 (8.10%) Scrum
10 310 (6.44%) Business Case
11 301 (6.25%) Risk Management
12 278 (5.78%) Problem-Solving
13 248 (5.15%) ERP
14 245 (5.09%) Programme Management
15 227 (4.72%) Project Governance
16 206 (4.28%) Decision-Making
17 193 (4.01%) Project Planning
18 192 (3.99%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 186 (3.86%) Business Intelligence
20 167 (3.47%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 72 (1.50%) C
2 56 (1.16%) SQL
3 17 (0.35%) Java
4 15 (0.31%) C#
5 6 (0.12%) PowerShell
6 5 (0.10%) Python
7 4 (0.083%) COBOL
7 4 (0.083%) Scala
8 3 (0.062%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.042%) PHP
10 1 (0.021%) ABAP
10 1 (0.021%) C++
10 1 (0.021%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.021%) VB
10 1 (0.021%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 381 (7.92%) Security Cleared
2 274 (5.69%) SC Cleared
3 244 (5.07%) PMP
4 229 (4.76%) PMI Certification
5 143 (2.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 134 (2.78%) Degree
7 130 (2.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 44 (0.91%) APMP
9 34 (0.71%) DV Cleared
10 21 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
11 16 (0.33%) DBS Check
12 13 (0.27%) CISSP
12 13 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
13 12 (0.25%) CISM
13 12 (0.25%) ISEB
14 11 (0.23%) Six Sigma Black Belt
15 10 (0.21%) MBA
16 9 (0.19%) Master's Degree
16 9 (0.19%) RIBA
17 8 (0.17%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 264 (5.49%) PMO
2 89 (1.85%) QA
3 51 (1.06%) Data Quality
4 43 (0.89%) GDPR
5 35 (0.73%) PMBOK
6 31 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 26 (0.54%) SLA
8 15 (0.31%) Dodd-Frank
9 14 (0.29%) Accessibility
10 13 (0.27%) GRC
11 12 (0.25%) IFRS
11 12 (0.25%) NIST
12 11 (0.23%) MiFID
12 11 (0.23%) PCI DSS
13 9 (0.19%) EMIR
14 6 (0.12%) COBIT
14 6 (0.12%) GMP
14 6 (0.12%) GxP
14 6 (0.12%) ISO 20022
14 6 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 62 (1.29%) Active Directory
2 36 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (0.062%) Docker
4 3 (0.062%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.062%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.042%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
5 2 (0.042%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.042%) vSphere
5 2 (0.042%) XenApp
5 2 (0.042%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.021%) IAG
6 1 (0.021%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 12 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
2 10 (0.21%) SCCM
3 6 (0.12%) Jamf Pro
4 5 (0.10%) Kubernetes
4 5 (0.10%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (0.10%) RSA Archer
5 4 (0.083%) WebSphere Cast Iron
6 3 (0.062%) Terraform
7 2 (0.042%) Ansible
7 2 (0.042%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.042%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.042%) vRealize
8 1 (0.021%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 1 (0.021%) CASB
8 1 (0.021%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.021%) Grafana
8 1 (0.021%) MOM
8 1 (0.021%) Nexpose
8 1 (0.021%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.021%) vMotion
Vendors
1 353 (7.33%) Microsoft
2 275 (5.71%) SAP
3 192 (3.99%) Oracle
4 91 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
5 60 (1.25%) ServiceNow
6 59 (1.23%) VMware
7 49 (1.02%) Citrix
8 38 (0.79%) Cisco
9 35 (0.73%) IBM
10 34 (0.71%) Google
11 25 (0.52%) Workday
12 23 (0.48%) CheckPoint
13 21 (0.44%) Atlassian
14 20 (0.42%) Dell
15 18 (0.37%) CyberArk
16 15 (0.31%) BT
16 15 (0.31%) CA Agile Central
16 15 (0.31%) Concur
16 15 (0.31%) JD Edwards
16 15 (0.31%) MuleSoft