Period
to 24 July 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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 23 33 28
Rank change year-on-year +10 -5 -3
Contract jobs citing Project Management 4,774 2,138 5,846
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.71% 5.70% 6.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.60% 6.60% 7.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,311 1,352 3,912
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
25th Percentile £388 £375 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £575 £556 £550
90th Percentile £654 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 116 72 141
10th Percentile £16.00 £17.06 £15.25
25th Percentile £20.22 £20.55 £20.63
Median hourly rate £30.18 £26.98 £31.00
Median % change year-on-year +11.84% -12.97% +3.33%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.88 £44.00
90th Percentile £58.75 £50.00 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year +1.85% -11.48% +2.69%

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 62,822 32,399 80,229
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.25% 86.35% 87.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 43,172 21,632 53,654
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
25th Percentile £406 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £576 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,710 929 2,178
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.37 £11.61
25th Percentile £15.00 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £24.00 £23.08 £22.79
Median % change year-on-year +4.01% +1.25% +13.95%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £60.87 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £21.50 £22.93
% change year-on-year -2.33% -6.24% +20.59%

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 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
England +13 3,849 £475 - 1,310
UK excluding London +7 2,093 £450 - 964
London +15 1,915 £524 +2.79% 405
Work from Home +9 1,188 £500 +17.65% 193
South East +8 566 £475 +2.43% 224
North of England +14 431 £450 +5.88% 258
Midlands +3 357 £425 -2.30% 197
Scotland +11 315 £415 +3.75% 37
West Midlands +1 257 £438 - 123
North West +11 241 £450 +5.88% 132
South West -3 213 £463 -2.63% 114
Yorkshire +19 162 £465 +3.33% 93
East of England +3 142 £425 -5.56% 93
East Midlands +3 101 £413 -2.94% 74
Wales +20 53 £425 +2.41% 27
North East +18 28 £370 -15.54% 33
Northern Ireland +5 25 £401 +7.00% 15
Channel Islands - 2 £400 -

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 1,708 (35.78%) Agile Software Development
2 1,595 (33.41%) Social Skills
3 1,459 (30.56%) Finance
4 1,020 (21.37%) Stakeholder Management
5 952 (19.94%) Project Delivery
6 864 (18.10%) PRINCE2
7 642 (13.45%) Change Management
8 608 (12.74%) Microsoft
9 545 (11.42%) Security Cleared
10 526 (11.02%) Problem-Solving
11 521 (10.91%) Migration
12 507 (10.62%) Public Sector
13 482 (10.10%) Degree
14 469 (9.82%) Analytical Skills
15 454 (9.51%) Scrum
16 430 (9.01%) Azure
16 430 (9.01%) PMO
17 421 (8.82%) SC Cleared
18 420 (8.80%) JIRA
19 384 (8.04%) Waterfall
20 370 (7.75%) Business Case
21 357 (7.48%) ITIL
22 334 (7.00%) Microsoft Project
23 333 (6.98%) Decision-Making
24 328 (6.87%) Presentation Skills
25 302 (6.33%) Analytics
26 297 (6.22%) Banking
27 296 (6.20%) Risk Management
28 292 (6.12%) DevOps
29 279 (5.84%) SAP

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
1 176 (3.69%) SharePoint
2 159 (3.33%) Confluence
3 69 (1.45%) CMS
4 32 (0.67%) SAS
5 26 (0.54%) Apache Spark
6 20 (0.42%) Apache
7 18 (0.38%) MS Exchange
8 16 (0.34%) Apache Airflow
9 14 (0.29%) Luigi
10 13 (0.27%) Drupal
11 12 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 12 (0.25%) Skype for Business
11 12 (0.25%) WebLogic
12 10 (0.21%) ArcGIS
12 10 (0.21%) IIS
13 9 (0.19%) Tomcat
14 8 (0.17%) Headless CMS
14 8 (0.17%) WebSphere
15 7 (0.15%) JBoss
15 7 (0.15%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 334 (7.00%) Microsoft Project
2 264 (5.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 261 (5.47%) Microsoft Office
4 202 (4.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 125 (2.62%) MS Visio
6 26 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
7 22 (0.46%) Photoshop
8 7 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
8 7 (0.15%) Chatbot
9 5 (0.10%) Siemens NX
9 5 (0.10%) Sketch
10 4 (0.084%) Adobe XD
11 3 (0.063%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 3 (0.063%) Figma
11 3 (0.063%) Open Workbench
11 3 (0.063%) SPSS
12 2 (0.042%) Adobe After Effects
12 2 (0.042%) Adobe Captivate
12 2 (0.042%) Adobe Premiere
13 1 (0.021%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 43 (0.90%) SAP S/4HANA
2 37 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
3 22 (0.46%) ION MarketView
3 22 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
4 16 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 16 (0.34%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 14 (0.29%) SAP ERP
6 13 (0.27%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
7 12 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
8 11 (0.23%) NetSuite
9 10 (0.21%) Adobe Campaign
9 10 (0.21%) Maximo
9 10 (0.21%) Primavera
10 9 (0.19%) Workday HCM
11 8 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
11 8 (0.17%) SAP FI
11 8 (0.17%) Teamcenter
12 7 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
12 7 (0.15%) SAP SD
12 7 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 430 (9.01%) Azure
2 240 (5.03%) AWS
3 214 (4.48%) Microsoft 365
4 137 (2.87%) Power Platform
5 115 (2.41%) SaaS
6 91 (1.91%) GCP
7 53 (1.11%) IaaS
7 53 (1.11%) PaaS
8 48 (1.01%) Dynamics 365
8 48 (1.01%) Serverless
9 39 (0.82%) Azure Active Directory
10 31 (0.65%) GitHub
11 29 (0.61%) Amazon S3
11 29 (0.61%) PowerApps
11 29 (0.61%) SuccessFactors
12 26 (0.54%) OneDrive
13 24 (0.50%) Google Analytics
14 21 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
15 20 (0.42%) Trello
16 19 (0.40%) Amazon EKS
Communications & Networking
1 110 (2.30%) Firewall
2 101 (2.12%) WAN
3 92 (1.93%) LAN
4 44 (0.92%) Network Security
5 42 (0.88%) SAN
6 40 (0.84%) Internet
7 39 (0.82%) Multicast
8 32 (0.67%) 5G
9 30 (0.63%) DNS
9 30 (0.63%) Wireless
10 29 (0.61%) Unified Communications
11 28 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
12 24 (0.50%) 4G
12 24 (0.50%) Intranet
12 24 (0.50%) SD-WAN
13 23 (0.48%) 2G
14 22 (0.46%) VPN
15 21 (0.44%) 3G
16 20 (0.42%) WebEx
17 19 (0.40%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (2.43%) Power BI
2 101 (2.12%) Data Warehouse
3 85 (1.78%) SQL Server
4 65 (1.36%) Big Data
5 55 (1.15%) Tableau
6 38 (0.80%) PostgreSQL
7 36 (0.75%) Data Lake
8 35 (0.73%) NoSQL
9 32 (0.67%) Metadata
9 32 (0.67%) Oracle Database
10 30 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
11 28 (0.59%) Relational Database
12 25 (0.52%) MySQL
13 23 (0.48%) Hadoop
14 22 (0.46%) SAP HANA
15 19 (0.40%) MongoDB
16 18 (0.38%) Amazon Redshift
17 17 (0.36%) GIS
18 14 (0.29%) Azkaban
18 14 (0.29%) DB2
Development Applications
1 420 (8.80%) JIRA
2 75 (1.57%) Git (software)
3 59 (1.24%) Jenkins
4 19 (0.40%) JUnit
5 18 (0.38%) Maven
6 16 (0.34%) Ant
7 15 (0.31%) Mockito
7 15 (0.31%) Visual Studio
8 14 (0.29%) CircleCI
9 13 (0.27%) Travis CI
10 12 (0.25%) Selenium
10 12 (0.25%) webpack
11 11 (0.23%) Bitbucket
11 11 (0.23%) GitLab
11 11 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
12 10 (0.21%) Gradle
13 9 (0.19%) REST Assured
13 9 (0.19%) Sonatype Nexus
13 9 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
14 8 (0.17%) Cucumber
General
1 1,595 (33.41%) Social Skills
2 1,459 (30.56%) Finance
3 507 (10.62%) Public Sector
4 469 (9.82%) Analytical Skills
5 328 (6.87%) Presentation Skills
6 297 (6.22%) Banking
7 213 (4.46%) Marketing
7 213 (4.46%) Retail
8 210 (4.40%) Telecoms
9 204 (4.27%) Organisational Skills
10 203 (4.25%) Influencing Skills
11 169 (3.54%) Legal
12 115 (2.41%) Manufacturing
13 72 (1.51%) Pharmaceutical
14 62 (1.30%) Investment Banking
14 62 (1.30%) Local Government
15 60 (1.26%) Law
16 58 (1.21%) Billing
17 54 (1.13%) Front Office
18 52 (1.09%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 2,012 (42.14%) Project Manager
2 464 (9.72%) Analyst
3 303 (6.35%) IT Manager
4 265 (5.55%) Business Analyst
5 251 (5.26%) Architect
5 251 (5.26%) IT Project Manager
6 222 (4.65%) Senior Manager
7 196 (4.11%) Delivery Manager
8 180 (3.77%) Senior Project Manager
9 176 (3.69%) Infrastructure Manager
10 162 (3.39%) Infrastructure Project Manager
11 161 (3.37%) Technical Manager
12 151 (3.16%) Developer
13 144 (3.02%) Consultant
13 144 (3.02%) Programme Manager
14 129 (2.70%) Technical Project Manager
15 93 (1.95%) Digital Project Manager
16 90 (1.89%) Solutions Architect
17 86 (1.80%) Business Manager
18 84 (1.76%) Agile Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (1.55%) HTML
2 71 (1.49%) .NET
3 70 (1.47%) CSS
4 53 (1.11%) Middleware
5 51 (1.07%) Kafka
6 46 (0.96%) AngularJS
7 42 (0.88%) React
8 41 (0.86%) Web Services
9 40 (0.84%) Node.js
10 39 (0.82%) RESTful
11 32 (0.67%) REST
12 31 (0.65%) Oracle Fusion
13 29 (0.61%) EDI
14 25 (0.52%) GraphQL
14 25 (0.52%) OAuth
15 24 (0.50%) Velocity
16 23 (0.48%) Rendezvous
16 23 (0.48%) SOAP
17 22 (0.46%) .NET Core
18 21 (0.44%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 226 (4.73%) Management Information System
2 148 (3.10%) Data Centre
3 127 (2.66%) User Experience
4 125 (2.62%) NHS
5 110 (2.30%) Virtual Team
6 109 (2.28%) Self-Motivation
7 103 (2.16%) PMI
8 51 (1.07%) Legacy Systems
9 49 (1.03%) Social Media
10 46 (0.96%) Data Protection Act
11 42 (0.88%) FMCG
12 35 (0.73%) Data Structures
13 34 (0.71%) Tandem
14 33 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
15 30 (0.63%) CMDB
15 30 (0.63%) Public Cloud
16 29 (0.61%) PKI
17 26 (0.54%) Analytical Mindset
17 26 (0.54%) Life Science
17 26 (0.54%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 245 (5.13%) Windows
2 140 (2.93%) Linux
3 88 (1.84%) Unix
4 56 (1.17%) Windows Server
5 55 (1.15%) Windows 10
6 46 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 28 (0.59%) Android
7 28 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 23 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (0.44%) Windows Server 2016
10 20 (0.42%) Apple iOS
11 16 (0.34%) Windows 7
12 13 (0.27%) Windows Server 2019
13 8 (0.17%) Solaris
14 4 (0.084%) Mac OS
14 4 (0.084%) Windows Server 2003
15 3 (0.063%) AIX
15 3 (0.063%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.063%) VMS
15 3 (0.063%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,708 (35.78%) Agile Software Development
2 1,020 (21.37%) Stakeholder Management
3 952 (19.94%) Project Delivery
4 864 (18.10%) PRINCE2
5 642 (13.45%) Change Management
6 526 (11.02%) Problem-Solving
7 521 (10.91%) Migration
8 454 (9.51%) Scrum
9 384 (8.04%) Waterfall
10 370 (7.75%) Business Case
11 357 (7.48%) ITIL
12 333 (6.98%) Decision-Making
13 302 (6.33%) Analytics
14 296 (6.20%) Risk Management
15 292 (6.12%) DevOps
16 270 (5.66%) Programme Management
17 264 (5.53%) Continuous Improvement
18 256 (5.36%) Business Analysis
19 252 (5.28%) Agile Project Management
20 223 (4.67%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 258 (5.40%) SQL
2 186 (3.90%) Python
3 130 (2.72%) Java
4 85 (1.78%) JavaScript
5 61 (1.28%) C
6 47 (0.98%) PowerShell
7 39 (0.82%) C#
8 33 (0.69%) C++
9 26 (0.54%) Kotlin
10 25 (0.52%) Scala
11 23 (0.48%) R
12 20 (0.42%) PHP
13 19 (0.40%) Perl
14 18 (0.38%) TypeScript
15 16 (0.34%) PL/SQL
15 16 (0.34%) Ruby
16 15 (0.31%) VB
16 15 (0.31%) VBA
17 13 (0.27%) Bash Shell
18 11 (0.23%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 545 (11.42%) Security Cleared
2 482 (10.10%) Degree
3 421 (8.82%) SC Cleared
4 275 (5.76%) PMP
5 242 (5.07%) PMI Certification
6 88 (1.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 86 (1.80%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 64 (1.34%) Computer Science Degree
9 54 (1.13%) APMP
10 51 (1.07%) DV Cleared
11 46 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
12 44 (0.92%) Master's Degree
13 40 (0.84%) CISSP
13 40 (0.84%) ITIL Certification
14 37 (0.78%) TOGAF Certification
15 36 (0.75%) Cisco Certification
16 29 (0.61%) CISM
17 26 (0.54%) CCNA
18 23 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
19 20 (0.42%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 430 (9.01%) PMO
2 229 (4.80%) QA
3 86 (1.80%) Data Quality
4 79 (1.65%) GDPR
5 48 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 46 (0.96%) SLA
7 44 (0.92%) Accessibility
8 39 (0.82%) Disclosure Scotland
9 33 (0.69%) NIST
10 21 (0.44%) COBIT
11 18 (0.38%) PCI DSS
12 16 (0.34%) GRC
13 15 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 13 (0.27%) GxP
15 12 (0.25%) IFRS
15 12 (0.25%) P3O
16 10 (0.21%) MiFID
17 9 (0.19%) PMBOK
18 8 (0.17%) EMIR
18 8 (0.17%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 109 (2.28%) Active Directory
2 83 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (1.13%) Docker
4 29 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
5 17 (0.36%) Hyper-V
6 15 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
7 14 (0.29%) vSphere
8 9 (0.19%) PowerHA
8 9 (0.19%) Virtual Machines
9 7 (0.15%) XenDesktop
10 6 (0.13%) BitLocker
10 6 (0.13%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.10%) Firmware
11 5 (0.10%) RACF
12 4 (0.084%) XenApp
13 3 (0.063%) VMware NSX
13 3 (0.063%) VMware Workstation
14 2 (0.042%) Microsoft App-V
14 2 (0.042%) NFS
14 2 (0.042%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 59 (1.24%) Kubernetes
2 56 (1.17%) Ansible
3 49 (1.03%) Terraform
4 46 (0.96%) SCCM
5 24 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
6 23 (0.48%) Puppet
7 20 (0.42%) Single Sign-On
8 18 (0.38%) ITRS Geneos
8 18 (0.38%) Microsoft Intune
9 17 (0.36%) NetBackup
10 10 (0.21%) WSUS
11 9 (0.19%) SCOM
12 8 (0.17%) RSA Archer
13 6 (0.13%) Active Directory Federation Services
13 6 (0.13%) CA Single Sign-On
13 6 (0.13%) FortiGate
14 5 (0.10%) EnCase
14 5 (0.10%) FTK
14 5 (0.10%) SCSM
14 5 (0.10%) vMotion
Vendors
1 608 (12.74%) Microsoft
2 279 (5.84%) SAP
3 256 (5.36%) Oracle
4 190 (3.98%) Salesforce.com
5 143 (3.00%) VMware
6 88 (1.84%) Cisco
6 88 (1.84%) Google
6 88 (1.84%) ServiceNow
7 56 (1.17%) Adobe
7 56 (1.17%) Citrix
7 56 (1.17%) IBM
8 51 (1.07%) Red Hat
9 48 (1.01%) CheckPoint
10 43 (0.90%) Workday
11 29 (0.61%) Remedy
12 28 (0.59%) CA
13 25 (0.52%) Atlassian
13 25 (0.52%) TIBCO
14 24 (0.50%) ION Trading
15 23 (0.48%) IFS