Period
to 25 February 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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 32 31 29
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2 -11
Contract jobs citing Project Management 2,657 3,916 6,429
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.60% 5.73% 6.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 6.47% 6.72% 7.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,233 2,705 4,345
Median daily rate £450 £450 £450
10th Percentile £263 £280 £281
90th Percentile £629 £638 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 117 162
Median hourly rate £27.50 £28.00 £26.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.79% +5.07% -1.30%
10th Percentile £16.00 £16.20 £14.11
90th Percentile £58.00 £53.40 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.13 £26.42
% change year-on-year -0.48% +2.71% -3.95%

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 41,051 58,254 86,068
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.59% 85.29% 87.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 27,828 38,992 57,980
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £300 £281 £300
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £438 £425
% change year-on-year -2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,338 1,744 2,127
Median hourly rate £26.98 £21.00 £22.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.48% -5.47% +0.98%
10th Percentile £12.06 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £60.91 £53.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £23.43 £20.00 £21.76
% change year-on-year +17.15% -8.09% +1.21%

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 25 February 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 25 February 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 25 February 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 -2 2,131 £465 +0.54% 839
UK excluding London +5 1,231 £425 - 662
London -3 1,035 £500 - 235
Work from Home -15 673 £450 - 106
South East +6 324 £438 -2.78% 162
North of England -4 231 £416 +0.91% 154
Scotland +15 199 £380 -4.47% 33
Midlands +10 186 £414 -8.06% 123
South West +13 152 £458 +7.65% 89
North West +4 134 £419 +4.69% 88
West Midlands +9 126 £425 -5.56% 80
East of England -5 91 £450 -5.26% 69
Yorkshire -6 84 £425 - 49
East Midlands +9 54 £350 -22.22% 40
Wales +5 40 £475 - 16
Northern Ireland -1 13 £450 +4.41% 16
North East -12 13 £388 +3.33% 17
Channel Islands +4 1 £400 -3.61%

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 959 (36.09%) Agile Software Development
2 740 (27.85%) Finance
3 533 (20.06%) Project Delivery
4 522 (19.65%) Stakeholder Management
5 491 (18.48%) PRINCE2
6 386 (14.53%) Public Sector
7 359 (13.51%) Microsoft
7 359 (13.51%) Security Cleared
8 323 (12.16%) Change Management
9 291 (10.95%) Problem-Solving
10 275 (10.35%) Scrum
10 275 (10.35%) SC Cleared
11 257 (9.67%) Analytical Skills
12 256 (9.63%) Degree
13 236 (8.88%) Migration
14 232 (8.73%) PMO
15 220 (8.28%) Programme Management
15 220 (8.28%) Microsoft Project
16 210 (7.90%) ITIL
17 208 (7.83%) Azure
18 199 (7.49%) JIRA
19 197 (7.41%) Waterfall
20 191 (7.19%) Business Case
21 186 (7.00%) Microsoft Excel
22 175 (6.59%) Microsoft Office
23 173 (6.51%) Risk Management
24 169 (6.36%) Banking
25 166 (6.25%) Decision-Making
26 162 (6.10%) Telecoms
27 158 (5.95%) Management Information System

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
1 123 (4.63%) SharePoint
2 110 (4.14%) Confluence
3 28 (1.05%) CMS
4 16 (0.60%) Skype for Business
5 13 (0.49%) SAS
6 12 (0.45%) Drupal
7 8 (0.30%) Apache Spark
7 8 (0.30%) ArcGIS
8 6 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
8 6 (0.23%) MS Exchange
8 6 (0.23%) WebSphere
8 6 (0.23%) WordPress
9 4 (0.15%) Apache
9 4 (0.15%) Oracle Workflow
9 4 (0.15%) SharePoint Server
10 3 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.11%) Documentum
10 3 (0.11%) JBoss
10 3 (0.11%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.11%) WebLogic
Applications
1 220 (8.28%) Microsoft Project
2 186 (7.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 175 (6.59%) Microsoft Office
4 112 (4.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 75 (2.82%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.30%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.23%) Sketch
9 5 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.19%) Gephi
10 3 (0.11%) Adobe After Effects
10 3 (0.11%) Adobe Premiere
10 3 (0.11%) Maya
11 2 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.075%) Adobe XD
11 2 (0.075%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.075%) CINEMA 4D
11 2 (0.075%) SPSS
12 1 (0.038%) Blender
12 1 (0.038%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 29 (1.09%) SAP S/4HANA
2 26 (0.98%) Oracle EBS
3 17 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
4 12 (0.45%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 11 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 8 (0.30%) Oracle Receivables
7 7 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
7 7 (0.26%) NetSuite
7 7 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
8 6 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
8 6 (0.23%) SAP FI
9 5 (0.19%) Infor M3
9 5 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
9 5 (0.19%) Primavera
9 5 (0.19%) Workfront
10 4 (0.15%) SAP CO
10 4 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
10 4 (0.15%) SAP MM
10 4 (0.15%) SAP PP
10 4 (0.15%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 208 (7.83%) Azure
2 110 (4.14%) Microsoft 365
3 101 (3.80%) AWS
4 54 (2.03%) GCP
4 54 (2.03%) Power Platform
5 38 (1.43%) SaaS
6 25 (0.94%) Dynamics 365
7 23 (0.87%) PaaS
8 21 (0.79%) Azure Active Directory
9 20 (0.75%) GitHub
10 19 (0.72%) OneDrive
11 15 (0.56%) IaaS
12 11 (0.41%) G Suite
12 11 (0.41%) Google Analytics
12 11 (0.41%) Yammer
13 10 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Cloud
14 9 (0.34%) Asana
14 9 (0.34%) Google Docs
15 8 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
16 7 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 46 (1.73%) 3G
1 46 (1.73%) 4G
1 46 (1.73%) Wi-Fi
2 44 (1.66%) LTE
3 42 (1.58%) Firewall
4 41 (1.54%) 2G
4 41 (1.54%) VoLTE
5 40 (1.51%) WAN
6 37 (1.39%) LAN
7 26 (0.98%) SAN
8 23 (0.87%) DNS
8 23 (0.87%) Internet
9 19 (0.72%) HTTPS
10 18 (0.68%) Network Security
11 17 (0.64%) Skype
12 15 (0.56%) TCP/IP
13 14 (0.53%) Wireless
14 13 (0.49%) VoIP
15 11 (0.41%) Radio Access Network
16 10 (0.38%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
2 43 (1.62%) Power BI
3 36 (1.35%) SQL Server
4 25 (0.94%) Big Data
5 19 (0.72%) MySQL
6 18 (0.68%) Data Lake
6 18 (0.68%) Tableau
7 17 (0.64%) Oracle Database
7 17 (0.64%) Qlik Sense
7 17 (0.64%) Relational Database
8 14 (0.53%) GIS
8 14 (0.53%) Hadoop
8 14 (0.53%) NoSQL
9 13 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 11 (0.41%) MongoDB
10 11 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
10 11 (0.41%) SQLite
11 10 (0.38%) Neo4j
12 8 (0.30%) Electronic Patient Records
12 8 (0.30%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 199 (7.49%) JIRA
2 38 (1.43%) Jenkins
3 33 (1.24%) Git (software)
4 13 (0.49%) JUnit
4 13 (0.49%) Mockito
5 10 (0.38%) Bitbucket
6 8 (0.30%) Ant
7 7 (0.26%) GitLab
7 7 (0.26%) Visual Studio
7 7 (0.26%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (0.23%) Axure RP
9 5 (0.19%) Cucumber
9 5 (0.19%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.19%) Xcode
10 4 (0.15%) ERwin
10 4 (0.15%) fastlane
10 4 (0.15%) LabVIEW
10 4 (0.15%) Selenium
10 4 (0.15%) Zephyr
11 3 (0.11%) Postman
General
1 740 (27.85%) Finance
2 386 (14.53%) Public Sector
3 169 (6.36%) Banking
4 162 (6.10%) Telecoms
5 131 (4.93%) Marketing
6 105 (3.95%) Retail
7 97 (3.65%) Manufacturing
8 83 (3.12%) Legal
9 61 (2.30%) Pharmaceutical
10 44 (1.66%) Law
11 43 (1.62%) Local Government
12 36 (1.35%) Electronics
13 31 (1.17%) Front Office
13 31 (1.17%) Investment Banking
14 21 (0.79%) Billing
14 21 (0.79%) German Language
15 20 (0.75%) Games
16 17 (0.64%) French Language
17 16 (0.60%) Back Office
17 16 (0.60%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 1,076 (40.50%) Project Manager
2 228 (8.58%) Analyst
3 150 (5.65%) IT Manager
4 136 (5.12%) Business Analyst
5 124 (4.67%) IT Project Manager
6 123 (4.63%) Delivery Manager
7 108 (4.06%) Architect
7 108 (4.06%) Senior Manager
8 96 (3.61%) Consultant
9 88 (3.31%) Programme Manager
10 85 (3.20%) Senior Project Manager
11 83 (3.12%) Infrastructure Manager
12 81 (3.05%) Technical Manager
13 80 (3.01%) Developer
14 76 (2.86%) Infrastructure Project Manager
15 64 (2.41%) Coordinator
16 57 (2.15%) SC Cleared Project Manager
16 57 (2.15%) Scrum Master
17 56 (2.11%) Technical Project Manager
18 45 (1.69%) Business Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (2.03%) HTML
2 38 (1.43%) CSS
3 33 (1.24%) .NET
4 30 (1.13%) Web Services
5 28 (1.05%) RESTful
6 27 (1.02%) AngularJS
7 19 (0.72%) REST
8 18 (0.68%) HTML5
9 14 (0.53%) Material Design
10 13 (0.49%) ASP.NET
10 13 (0.49%) Dagger
10 13 (0.49%) FIX Protocol
10 13 (0.49%) Oracle Fusion
10 13 (0.49%) Retrofit
10 13 (0.49%) RxJava
10 13 (0.49%) XML
11 12 (0.45%) EDI
11 12 (0.45%) JSON
11 12 (0.45%) Middleware
12 11 (0.41%) Unity (Game Engine)
Miscellaneous
1 257 (9.67%) Analytical Skills
2 158 (5.95%) Management Information System
3 95 (3.58%) NHS
4 91 (3.42%) User Experience
5 72 (2.71%) Data Centre
6 64 (2.41%) Virtual Team
7 57 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
8 46 (1.73%) PMI
9 25 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
10 24 (0.90%) FMCG
11 23 (0.87%) Social Media
12 22 (0.83%) Mobile App
13 17 (0.64%) Cloud Native
14 16 (0.60%) Freedom of Information
15 15 (0.56%) CMDB
15 15 (0.56%) Life Science
16 14 (0.53%) e-Learning
16 14 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
17 13 (0.49%) Fixed Income
18 11 (0.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 133 (5.01%) Windows
2 58 (2.18%) Linux
3 55 (2.07%) Unix
4 35 (1.32%) Windows 10
5 34 (1.28%) Android
6 33 (1.24%) Windows Server
7 18 (0.68%) Apple iOS
8 11 (0.41%) Windows 7
8 11 (0.41%) Windows Server 2016
9 10 (0.38%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (0.34%) Solaris
11 8 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (0.26%) Windows Server 2019
13 6 (0.23%) Mac OS X
14 5 (0.19%) Mac OS
14 5 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
14 5 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
15 3 (0.11%) AIX
16 2 (0.075%) SUSE
17 1 (0.038%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 959 (36.09%) Agile Software Development
2 533 (20.06%) Project Delivery
3 522 (19.65%) Stakeholder Management
4 491 (18.48%) PRINCE2
5 323 (12.16%) Change Management
6 291 (10.95%) Problem-Solving
7 275 (10.35%) Scrum
8 236 (8.88%) Migration
9 220 (8.28%) Programme Management
10 210 (7.90%) ITIL
11 197 (7.41%) Waterfall
12 191 (7.19%) Business Case
13 173 (6.51%) Risk Management
14 166 (6.25%) Decision-Making
15 150 (5.65%) Business Analysis
15 150 (5.65%) Continuous Improvement
16 147 (5.53%) DevOps
17 132 (4.97%) Agile Project Management
17 132 (4.97%) Business Intelligence
18 130 (4.89%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 154 (5.80%) SQL
2 74 (2.79%) Python
3 56 (2.11%) Java
4 46 (1.73%) JavaScript
5 39 (1.47%) C
6 25 (0.94%) Kotlin
7 23 (0.87%) C#
8 20 (0.75%) PHP
9 19 (0.72%) PowerShell
10 17 (0.64%) R
11 13 (0.49%) Shell Script
12 11 (0.41%) Apple Swift
13 10 (0.38%) C++
14 9 (0.34%) Scala
14 9 (0.34%) VBA
15 8 (0.30%) PL/SQL
15 8 (0.30%) TypeScript
15 8 (0.30%) VB
16 6 (0.23%) Go
16 6 (0.23%) Perl
Qualifications
1 359 (13.51%) Security Cleared
2 275 (10.35%) SC Cleared
3 256 (9.63%) Degree
4 123 (4.63%) PMP
5 117 (4.40%) PMI Certification
6 78 (2.94%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 60 (2.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 43 (1.62%) DV Cleared
9 27 (1.02%) APMP
9 27 (1.02%) Computer Science Degree
10 21 (0.79%) Cisco Certification
10 21 (0.79%) ITIL Certification
11 16 (0.60%) CISSP
12 15 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
12 15 (0.56%) DBS Check
13 12 (0.45%) CCNP
13 12 (0.45%) CISM
14 11 (0.41%) ISEB
14 11 (0.41%) Master's Degree
15 9 (0.34%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 232 (8.73%) PMO
2 104 (3.91%) QA
3 51 (1.92%) GDPR
4 36 (1.35%) Data Quality
5 22 (0.83%) SLA
6 21 (0.79%) NIST
7 19 (0.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 12 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
9 11 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 10 (0.38%) IFRS
11 9 (0.34%) GxP
12 6 (0.23%) PCI DSS
13 5 (0.19%) IFRS 9
13 5 (0.19%) MiFID
13 5 (0.19%) P3O
13 5 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 4 (0.15%) COBIT
14 4 (0.15%) ISO 8583
15 3 (0.11%) EMIR
15 3 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 54 (2.03%) Active Directory
2 44 (1.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (0.45%) Hyper-V
4 11 (0.41%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (0.38%) Docker
6 8 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.23%) Terminal Server
7 6 (0.23%) vSphere
8 4 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.11%) HDFS
9 3 (0.11%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.075%) Firmware
10 2 (0.075%) NFS
10 2 (0.075%) PowerHA
10 2 (0.075%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 2 (0.075%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 1 (0.038%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.038%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.038%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.038%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (0.90%) Ansible
2 22 (0.83%) SCCM
3 18 (0.68%) Kubernetes
4 16 (0.60%) Terraform
5 14 (0.53%) Puppet
6 12 (0.45%) NetBackup
7 11 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Intune
8 6 (0.23%) WSUS
9 5 (0.19%) CASB
9 5 (0.19%) SCOM
9 5 (0.19%) Single Sign-On
10 4 (0.15%) OPNET
10 4 (0.15%) SELinux
10 4 (0.15%) vCenter Server
11 3 (0.11%) ITRS Geneos
11 3 (0.11%) McAfee ePO
11 3 (0.11%) Nagios
11 3 (0.11%) PowerCLI
12 2 (0.075%) vRealize
Vendors
1 359 (13.51%) Microsoft
2 155 (5.83%) SAP
3 122 (4.59%) Oracle
4 94 (3.54%) Salesforce.com
5 82 (3.09%) VMware
6 56 (2.11%) Google
7 52 (1.96%) Remedy
8 40 (1.51%) Ericsson
9 39 (1.47%) ServiceNow
10 32 (1.20%) Cisco
11 27 (1.02%) Adobe
12 24 (0.90%) Citrix
13 19 (0.72%) CheckPoint
13 19 (0.72%) IBM
14 18 (0.68%) Cadence
15 17 (0.64%) Red Hat
15 17 (0.64%) Splunk
16 15 (0.56%) Workday
17 14 (0.53%) CA Agile Central
17 14 (0.53%) MuleSoft