Period
to 12 May 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Project Management skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Project Management over the 6 months to 12 May 2021 with a comparison to the 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 Management
UK
6 months to
12 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 25 32 29
Rank change year-on-year +7 -3 -6
Contract jobs citing Project Management 3,640 2,915 5,936
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.47% 5.71% 6.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.41% 6.68% 7.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,492 1,860 3,949
10th Percentile £288 £290 £300
25th Percentile £363 £374 £369
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £475 £450
Median % change year-on-year -1.05% +5.56% -
75th Percentile £575 £552 £550
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £446 £425
% change year-on-year -4.77% +5.01% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 113 104 146
10th Percentile £16.00 £16.29 £14.23
25th Percentile £20.75 £18.88 £19.75
Median hourly rate £27.00 £26.23 £28.74
Median % change year-on-year +2.93% -8.72% +5.82%
75th Percentile £44.50 £43.75 £43.59
90th Percentile £58.50 £53.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.23 £27.00 £27.48
% change year-on-year +0.85% -1.73% -0.09%

Project Management is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 49,107 43,607 80,563
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 87.27% 85.36% 87.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 33,613 28,956 54,139
10th Percentile £311 £288 £300
25th Percentile £400 £380 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £494 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £588 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £450 £438
% change year-on-year -2.22% +2.86% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,469 1,346 2,008
10th Percentile £12.24 £12.36 £11.50
25th Percentile £15.79 £16.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £26.50 £22.00 £22.65
Median % change year-on-year +20.45% -2.87% +10.49%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £44.50
90th Percentile £58.95 £55.00 £50.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.11 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.37% -10.22% +16.41%

Project Management
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Project Management as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Project Management in the UK

Project Management
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Project Management in the UK

Project Management
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Project Management over the 6 months to 12 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Project Management in the UK

Project Management
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Project Management in the UK

Project Management
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Project Management over the 6 months to 12 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Project Management in the UK

Project Management
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Project Management within the UK over the 6 months to 12 May 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
England +5 2,927 £475 - 1,023
UK excluding London +10 1,592 £425 -4.77% 825
London +11 1,478 £500 - 264
Work from Home +2 913 £475 +11.76% 149
South East +4 420 £450 - 214
North of England +11 299 £450 +6.51% 186
Midlands +14 284 £400 -15.79% 172
Scotland +16 246 £400 -1.84% 45
West Midlands +15 201 £405 -19.00% 121
North West +14 174 £453 +13.13% 112
South West +1 174 £468 +3.89% 92
East of England +4 116 £450 -5.26% 89
Yorkshire +1 104 £450 +2.86% 54
East Midlands +10 79 £400 -11.11% 50
Wales +7 42 £475 - 21
North East +20 22 £388 +3.33% 20
Northern Ireland +11 21 £393 +5.94% 7
Channel Islands +4 2 £400 - 1

For the 6 months to 12 May 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Project Management also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for Project Management.

1 1,284 (35.27%) Agile Software Development
2 1,189 (32.66%) Social Skills
3 1,082 (29.73%) Finance
4 721 (19.81%) Stakeholder Management
5 710 (19.51%) Project Delivery
6 624 (17.14%) PRINCE2
7 495 (13.60%) Change Management
8 453 (12.45%) Security Cleared
9 451 (12.39%) Public Sector
10 445 (12.23%) Microsoft
11 402 (11.04%) Problem-Solving
12 368 (10.11%) Migration
13 366 (10.05%) Scrum
14 359 (9.86%) Degree
15 353 (9.70%) SC Cleared
16 339 (9.31%) Analytical Skills
17 325 (8.93%) Azure
18 307 (8.43%) JIRA
19 300 (8.24%) PMO
20 293 (8.05%) Business Case
21 283 (7.77%) ITIL
22 281 (7.72%) Waterfall
23 254 (6.98%) Programme Management
24 246 (6.76%) Microsoft Project
25 232 (6.37%) Banking
26 228 (6.26%) Decision-Making
27 219 (6.02%) Risk Management
28 215 (5.91%) DevOps
29 213 (5.85%) SQL
30 209 (5.74%) Microsoft Office

Project Management
Co-occurring IT Skills 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
1 141 (3.87%) SharePoint
2 138 (3.79%) Confluence
3 45 (1.24%) CMS
4 22 (0.60%) SAS
5 14 (0.38%) Apache Spark
5 14 (0.38%) Drupal
6 13 (0.36%) Apache
6 13 (0.36%) Skype for Business
7 11 (0.30%) MS Exchange
8 10 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
9 9 (0.25%) WordPress
10 8 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 8 (0.22%) WebSphere
11 7 (0.19%) ArcGIS
11 7 (0.19%) JBoss
11 7 (0.19%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.16%) Apache Airflow
12 6 (0.16%) Luigi
12 6 (0.16%) Oracle Coherence
12 6 (0.16%) Umbraco
Applications
1 246 (6.76%) Microsoft Project
2 209 (5.74%) Microsoft Office
3 206 (5.66%) Microsoft Excel
4 138 (3.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 93 (2.55%) MS Visio
6 18 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.38%) Photoshop
8 9 (0.25%) Adobe Illustrator
9 8 (0.22%) Sketch
10 4 (0.11%) Adobe XD
11 3 (0.082%) Figma
11 3 (0.082%) Gephi
11 3 (0.082%) Maya
12 2 (0.055%) Adobe After Effects
12 2 (0.055%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 2 (0.055%) Adobe Premiere
12 2 (0.055%) InDesign
13 1 (0.027%) Adobe Captivate
13 1 (0.027%) CINEMA 4D
13 1 (0.027%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 43 (1.18%) SAP S/4HANA
2 24 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.47%) Oracle EBS
4 14 (0.38%) ION MarketView
5 12 (0.33%) NetSuite
6 11 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 11 (0.30%) SAP ERP
6 11 (0.30%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 8 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
7 8 (0.22%) Magento
7 8 (0.22%) Oracle Retail
8 7 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
8 7 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
8 7 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
8 7 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
8 7 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
8 7 (0.19%) SAP SD
9 6 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
9 6 (0.16%) Primavera
9 6 (0.16%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 325 (8.93%) Azure
2 171 (4.70%) AWS
3 160 (4.40%) Microsoft 365
4 85 (2.34%) GCP
5 84 (2.31%) SaaS
6 81 (2.23%) Power Platform
7 39 (1.07%) PaaS
8 35 (0.96%) Azure Active Directory
9 34 (0.93%) IaaS
10 29 (0.80%) GitHub
11 27 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
12 26 (0.71%) Serverless
13 21 (0.58%) OneDrive
14 20 (0.55%) SuccessFactors
15 15 (0.41%) Google Analytics
15 15 (0.41%) Power Automate
16 14 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
16 14 (0.38%) Trello
17 13 (0.36%) Amazon S3
17 13 (0.36%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 75 (2.06%) Firewall
1 75 (2.06%) WAN
2 68 (1.87%) LAN
3 45 (1.24%) SAN
4 35 (0.96%) 4G
5 34 (0.93%) DNS
6 33 (0.91%) Internet
7 32 (0.88%) 3G
7 32 (0.88%) Wi-Fi
8 29 (0.80%) LTE
9 28 (0.77%) VoLTE
10 27 (0.74%) 2G
11 25 (0.69%) Network Security
12 24 (0.66%) Multicast
12 24 (0.66%) Unified Communications
13 22 (0.60%) Wireless
14 21 (0.58%) Intranet
15 18 (0.49%) 5G
15 18 (0.49%) HTTPS
16 17 (0.47%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
2 68 (1.87%) Power BI
3 60 (1.65%) SQL Server
4 48 (1.32%) Big Data
5 33 (0.91%) Tableau
6 31 (0.85%) Data Lake
7 28 (0.77%) MySQL
8 24 (0.66%) NoSQL
9 22 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
10 19 (0.52%) MongoDB
10 19 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
11 18 (0.49%) Snowflake Schema
12 17 (0.47%) Oracle Database
13 15 (0.41%) GIS
13 15 (0.41%) Relational Database
14 13 (0.36%) Qlik Sense
15 12 (0.33%) Amazon Redshift
15 12 (0.33%) SQLite
16 11 (0.30%) SAP BW
17 10 (0.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 307 (8.43%) JIRA
2 55 (1.51%) Jenkins
3 48 (1.32%) Git (software)
4 16 (0.44%) JUnit
4 16 (0.44%) Mockito
5 13 (0.36%) Bitbucket
6 11 (0.30%) Maven
6 11 (0.30%) Selenium
6 11 (0.30%) Visual Studio
7 10 (0.27%) Ant
8 9 (0.25%) CircleCI
8 9 (0.25%) Cucumber
9 8 (0.22%) ERwin
9 8 (0.22%) GitLab
9 8 (0.22%) Travis CI
10 7 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
10 7 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
11 6 (0.16%) Axure RP
11 6 (0.16%) Subversion
11 6 (0.16%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1,189 (32.66%) Social Skills
2 1,082 (29.73%) Finance
3 451 (12.39%) Public Sector
4 339 (9.31%) Analytical Skills
5 232 (6.37%) Banking
6 206 (5.66%) Presentation Skills
7 172 (4.73%) Marketing
8 164 (4.51%) Telecoms
9 152 (4.18%) Retail
10 141 (3.87%) Influencing Skills
11 136 (3.74%) Legal
12 130 (3.57%) Organisational Skills
13 97 (2.66%) Manufacturing
14 70 (1.92%) Pharmaceutical
15 52 (1.43%) Law
15 52 (1.43%) Local Government
16 51 (1.40%) Front Office
17 49 (1.35%) Investment Banking
18 39 (1.07%) Billing
19 38 (1.04%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 1,480 (40.66%) Project Manager
2 330 (9.07%) Analyst
3 222 (6.10%) IT Manager
4 195 (5.36%) Business Analyst
5 193 (5.30%) Architect
6 189 (5.19%) IT Project Manager
7 154 (4.23%) Delivery Manager
8 148 (4.07%) Senior Manager
9 132 (3.63%) Technical Manager
10 128 (3.52%) Developer
11 122 (3.35%) Infrastructure Manager
12 121 (3.32%) Consultant
13 114 (3.13%) Infrastructure Project Manager
13 114 (3.13%) Senior Project Manager
14 106 (2.91%) Programme Manager
15 101 (2.77%) Technical Project Manager
16 70 (1.92%) Scrum Master
17 68 (1.87%) Solutions Architect
18 67 (1.84%) Coordinator
19 66 (1.81%) Digital Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (1.84%) HTML
2 56 (1.54%) .NET
3 52 (1.43%) CSS
4 38 (1.04%) Middleware
5 37 (1.02%) RESTful
6 36 (0.99%) AngularJS
7 32 (0.88%) REST
7 32 (0.88%) Web Services
8 31 (0.85%) Node.js
9 23 (0.63%) React
10 22 (0.60%) Kafka
10 22 (0.60%) SOAP
11 17 (0.47%) Material Design
11 17 (0.47%) Oracle Fusion
12 16 (0.44%) Dagger
12 16 (0.44%) Retrofit
12 16 (0.44%) RxJava
12 16 (0.44%) Velocity
13 15 (0.41%) FIX Protocol
13 15 (0.41%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 174 (4.78%) Management Information System
2 106 (2.91%) User Experience
3 98 (2.69%) Data Centre
4 97 (2.66%) NHS
5 88 (2.42%) Virtual Team
6 83 (2.28%) PMI
7 73 (2.01%) Self-Motivation
8 32 (0.88%) CMDB
9 31 (0.85%) Social Media
10 29 (0.80%) FMCG
11 26 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
11 26 (0.71%) Tandem
12 24 (0.66%) Mobile App
12 24 (0.66%) Public Cloud
13 22 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
13 22 (0.60%) Life Science
14 20 (0.55%) PKI
15 17 (0.47%) Analytical Mindset
15 17 (0.47%) Data Structures
16 16 (0.44%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 208 (5.71%) Windows
2 115 (3.16%) Linux
3 76 (2.09%) Unix
4 53 (1.46%) Windows Server
5 49 (1.35%) Windows 10
6 39 (1.07%) Android
7 30 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 26 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
8 26 (0.71%) Windows Server 2016
9 25 (0.69%) Apple iOS
10 17 (0.47%) Windows Server 2019
11 16 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
12 13 (0.36%) Solaris
13 12 (0.33%) Windows 7
14 6 (0.16%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
16 3 (0.082%) AIX
16 3 (0.082%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.082%) SUSE
17 2 (0.055%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,284 (35.27%) Agile Software Development
2 721 (19.81%) Stakeholder Management
3 710 (19.51%) Project Delivery
4 624 (17.14%) PRINCE2
5 495 (13.60%) Change Management
6 402 (11.04%) Problem-Solving
7 368 (10.11%) Migration
8 366 (10.05%) Scrum
9 293 (8.05%) Business Case
10 283 (7.77%) ITIL
11 281 (7.72%) Waterfall
12 254 (6.98%) Programme Management
13 228 (6.26%) Decision-Making
14 219 (6.02%) Risk Management
15 215 (5.91%) DevOps
16 201 (5.52%) Business Analysis
17 198 (5.44%) Analytics
18 197 (5.41%) Continuous Improvement
19 181 (4.97%) SDLC
20 176 (4.84%) Agile Project Management
Programming Languages
1 213 (5.85%) SQL
2 127 (3.49%) Python
3 95 (2.61%) Java
4 66 (1.81%) JavaScript
5 49 (1.35%) C
6 41 (1.13%) PowerShell
7 35 (0.96%) C#
8 30 (0.82%) Kotlin
9 27 (0.74%) C++
10 26 (0.71%) PHP
11 20 (0.55%) PL/SQL
12 18 (0.49%) Scala
13 17 (0.47%) Perl
14 16 (0.44%) TypeScript
15 15 (0.41%) R
16 14 (0.38%) VB
17 13 (0.36%) Shell Script
18 12 (0.33%) VBA
19 11 (0.30%) Go
20 10 (0.27%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 453 (12.45%) Security Cleared
2 359 (9.86%) Degree
3 353 (9.70%) SC Cleared
4 196 (5.38%) PMP
5 161 (4.42%) PMI Certification
6 71 (1.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 69 (1.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 44 (1.21%) Computer Science Degree
8 44 (1.21%) DV Cleared
9 38 (1.04%) APMP
10 32 (0.88%) BPSS Clearance
11 30 (0.82%) CISSP
12 28 (0.77%) ITIL Certification
13 23 (0.63%) Cisco Certification
14 21 (0.58%) CISM
15 19 (0.52%) TOGAF Certification
16 16 (0.44%) DBS Check
17 15 (0.41%) ISEB
17 15 (0.41%) Master's Degree
18 14 (0.38%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 300 (8.24%) PMO
2 173 (4.75%) QA
3 60 (1.65%) Data Quality
4 54 (1.48%) GDPR
5 41 (1.13%) SLA
6 24 (0.66%) NIST
7 23 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 22 (0.60%) Disclosure Scotland
9 12 (0.33%) COBIT
9 12 (0.33%) IFRS
10 9 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 8 (0.22%) PCI DSS
12 7 (0.19%) MiFID
13 6 (0.16%) GRC
13 6 (0.16%) GxP
13 6 (0.16%) IFRS 9
14 5 (0.14%) ISO 8583
14 5 (0.14%) P3O
14 5 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 4 (0.11%) EMIR
System Software
1 94 (2.58%) Active Directory
2 66 (1.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (0.85%) Docker
4 26 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (0.49%) Hyper-V
6 12 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (0.30%) vSphere
8 9 (0.25%) PowerHA
9 6 (0.16%) BitLocker
10 5 (0.14%) Virtual Servers
11 4 (0.11%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.082%) Firmware
12 3 (0.082%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.082%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.082%) XenApp
13 2 (0.055%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 2 (0.055%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.055%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 2 (0.055%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 2 (0.055%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 38 (1.04%) Ansible
1 38 (1.04%) SCCM
2 34 (0.93%) Terraform
3 33 (0.91%) Kubernetes
4 20 (0.55%) Puppet
5 17 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
6 16 (0.44%) NetBackup
7 15 (0.41%) Single Sign-On
8 11 (0.30%) ITRS Geneos
8 11 (0.30%) Microsoft Intune
8 11 (0.30%) WSUS
9 9 (0.25%) SCOM
10 8 (0.22%) RSA Archer
11 5 (0.14%) EnCase
11 5 (0.14%) FTK
11 5 (0.14%) SCSM
12 4 (0.11%) OPNET
12 4 (0.11%) SELinux
13 3 (0.082%) Nagios
13 3 (0.082%) Nessus
Vendors
1 445 (12.23%) Microsoft
2 205 (5.63%) SAP
3 178 (4.89%) Oracle
4 132 (3.63%) Salesforce.com
5 120 (3.30%) VMware
6 67 (1.84%) Google
7 66 (1.81%) Cisco
8 64 (1.76%) ServiceNow
9 45 (1.24%) IBM
10 42 (1.15%) Red Hat
11 38 (1.04%) Adobe
12 37 (1.02%) Remedy
13 34 (0.93%) Workday
14 31 (0.85%) CheckPoint
14 31 (0.85%) Citrix
15 27 (0.74%) Ericsson
16 20 (0.55%) EMC
16 20 (0.55%) Splunk
17 19 (0.52%) MuleSoft
18 17 (0.47%) Cadence