Period
to 17 October 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 17 October 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
17 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 22 39 26
Rank change year-on-year +17 -13 +2
Contract jobs citing Project Management 5,656 1,679 5,404
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.80% 5.44% 6.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.63% 6.25% 7.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,935 1,102 3,607
10th Percentile £306 £251 £280
25th Percentile £400 £351 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £450 £454
Median % change year-on-year +8.33% -0.88% +0.89%
75th Percentile £588 £556 £550
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 59 137
10th Percentile £18.53 £17.67 £16.25
25th Percentile £24.34 £25.14 £21.27
Median hourly rate £34.25 £33.50 £29.96
Median % change year-on-year +2.25% +11.82% +8.95%
75th Percentile £48.62 £44.38 £43.00
90th Percentile £69.69 £57.50 £54.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.89 £27.50 £28.25
% change year-on-year +5.04% -2.64% +8.63%

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 74,089 26,880 74,281
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 89.09% 87.11% 87.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 51,464 18,196 49,739
10th Percentile £320 £300 £300
25th Percentile £413 £378 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £510 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +7.37% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £458 £445 £438
% change year-on-year +2.81% +1.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,676 767 2,169
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.75 £11.50
25th Percentile £14.50 £15.50 £14.85
Median hourly rate £24.90 £25.00 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year -0.40% +11.11% +15.38%
75th Percentile £49.63 £45.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.55 £22.50 £22.34
% change year-on-year -8.67% +0.74% +17.55%

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 17 October 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 17 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Project Management in the UK

Project Management
Top 17 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 17 October 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 +17 4,583 £500 +8.11% 1,292
UK excluding London +5 2,472 £450 +5.88% 917
London +23 2,274 £525 +5.00% 476
Work from Home +2 1,385 £500 +15.11% 218
South East +11 711 £475 - 207
North of England +18 515 £450 +12.50% 203
Midlands -2 390 £475 +18.75% 183
Scotland +14 373 £425 +13.33% 56
North West +19 292 £450 +20.00% 115
West Midlands -3 282 £475 +18.75% 129
South West -9 230 £450 -4.26% 114
Yorkshire +9 190 £450 +12.50% 67
East of England +20 154 £419 +4.69% 104
East Midlands +4 106 £475 +16.92% 52
Wales +12 86 £438 -7.89% 38
North East +18 34 £377 -11.29% 21
Northern Ireland -3 20 £433 -1.93% 10

For the 6 months to 17 October 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 2,166 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
2 2,053 (36.30%) Social Skills
3 1,741 (30.78%) Finance
4 1,339 (23.67%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,080 (19.09%) Project Delivery
6 971 (17.17%) PRINCE2
7 726 (12.84%) Change Management
8 717 (12.68%) Microsoft
9 657 (11.62%) Problem-Solving
10 622 (11.00%) Public Sector
11 617 (10.91%) Analytical Skills
12 568 (10.04%) Degree
13 567 (10.02%) Scrum
14 558 (9.87%) Migration
15 551 (9.74%) Security Cleared
16 542 (9.58%) PMO
17 512 (9.05%) Azure
18 476 (8.42%) Waterfall
19 465 (8.22%) JIRA
20 414 (7.32%) Business Case
21 411 (7.27%) Presentation Skills
22 409 (7.23%) Decision-Making
23 402 (7.11%) ITIL
24 391 (6.91%) SC Cleared
25 384 (6.79%) DevOps
26 377 (6.67%) Risk Management
27 370 (6.54%) Analytics
28 352 (6.22%) Microsoft Excel
29 345 (6.10%) SAP
30 342 (6.05%) Continuous Improvement

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
1 204 (3.61%) SharePoint
2 185 (3.27%) Confluence
3 90 (1.59%) CMS
4 32 (0.57%) SAS
5 26 (0.46%) Apache Spark
6 17 (0.30%) IIS
6 17 (0.30%) MS Exchange
7 16 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 16 (0.28%) Apache Airflow
8 14 (0.25%) Apache
8 14 (0.25%) Luigi
9 13 (0.23%) Appian
9 13 (0.23%) WebLogic
10 12 (0.21%) Drupal
11 10 (0.18%) CICS
11 10 (0.18%) Tomcat
12 9 (0.16%) WebSphere
13 8 (0.14%) Sitecore CMS
14 6 (0.11%) nginx
14 6 (0.11%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 352 (6.22%) Microsoft Excel
2 333 (5.89%) Microsoft Project
3 314 (5.55%) Microsoft Office
4 271 (4.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 132 (2.33%) MS Visio
6 41 (0.72%) Spreadsheet
7 27 (0.48%) Photoshop
8 12 (0.21%) Siemens NX
9 11 (0.19%) Chatbot
10 7 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 7 (0.12%) Open Workbench
11 6 (0.11%) Sketch
12 5 (0.088%) Adobe After Effects
12 5 (0.088%) Adobe Captivate
12 5 (0.088%) Adobe Illustrator
12 5 (0.088%) Adobe Premiere
12 5 (0.088%) Figma
13 3 (0.053%) Adobe XD
14 2 (0.035%) Camtasia
14 2 (0.035%) Snagit
Business Applications
1 59 (1.04%) SAP S/4HANA
2 44 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
3 23 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
4 19 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
5 15 (0.27%) SAP ERP
5 15 (0.27%) Teamcenter
6 13 (0.23%) ION MarketView
6 13 (0.23%) NetSuite
7 12 (0.21%) Maximo
7 12 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
7 12 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 11 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
8 11 (0.19%) Primavera
8 11 (0.19%) SAP FI
9 10 (0.18%) Workfront
10 9 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
10 9 (0.16%) Oracle Receivables
10 9 (0.16%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
11 8 (0.14%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
11 8 (0.14%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 512 (9.05%) Azure
2 262 (4.63%) AWS
3 223 (3.94%) Microsoft 365
4 181 (3.20%) Power Platform
5 149 (2.63%) SaaS
6 75 (1.33%) Dynamics 365
7 71 (1.26%) GCP
8 61 (1.08%) Serverless
9 60 (1.06%) IaaS
10 58 (1.03%) PaaS
11 45 (0.80%) Azure Active Directory
12 42 (0.74%) Amazon S3
13 38 (0.67%) GitHub
14 35 (0.62%) Google Analytics
15 34 (0.60%) PowerApps
16 33 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
16 33 (0.58%) Google Workspace
17 31 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
18 25 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
18 25 (0.44%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 141 (2.49%) Firewall
2 93 (1.64%) WAN
3 83 (1.47%) LAN
4 52 (0.92%) Network Security
5 38 (0.67%) 5G
6 36 (0.64%) Wi-Fi
7 35 (0.62%) Multicast
8 34 (0.60%) Intranet
9 33 (0.58%) Internet
9 33 (0.58%) SAN
10 32 (0.57%) VPN
11 31 (0.55%) Wireless
12 30 (0.53%) 4G
13 25 (0.44%) SMS
14 24 (0.42%) 3G
14 24 (0.42%) SSL
15 23 (0.41%) DNS
16 22 (0.39%) SD-WAN
16 22 (0.39%) TCP/IP
17 20 (0.35%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 152 (2.69%) Power BI
2 122 (2.16%) Data Warehouse
3 93 (1.64%) SQL Server
4 71 (1.26%) Big Data
5 63 (1.11%) Tableau
6 55 (0.97%) Data Lake
7 51 (0.90%) Oracle Database
8 42 (0.74%) Relational Database
9 37 (0.65%) SAP HANA
10 36 (0.64%) NoSQL
10 36 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
11 33 (0.58%) Metadata
11 33 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
12 30 (0.53%) Hadoop
13 22 (0.39%) Amazon Redshift
14 21 (0.37%) GIS
14 21 (0.37%) SAP BW
15 20 (0.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 19 (0.34%) Electronic Patient Records
17 18 (0.32%) DB2
Development Applications
1 465 (8.22%) JIRA
2 97 (1.71%) Git (software)
3 64 (1.13%) Jenkins
4 24 (0.42%) webpack
5 21 (0.37%) Bitbucket
6 19 (0.34%) Maven
7 17 (0.30%) JUnit
7 17 (0.30%) REST Assured
7 17 (0.30%) Visual Studio Team System
8 16 (0.28%) GitLab
8 16 (0.28%) Sonatype Nexus
9 15 (0.27%) Cucumber
9 15 (0.27%) JMeter
9 15 (0.27%) Visual Studio
10 14 (0.25%) Selenium
11 12 (0.21%) Ant
11 12 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (0.19%) Eclipse
12 11 (0.19%) Mocha
12 11 (0.19%) Mockito
General
1 2,053 (36.30%) Social Skills
2 1,741 (30.78%) Finance
3 622 (11.00%) Public Sector
4 617 (10.91%) Analytical Skills
5 411 (7.27%) Presentation Skills
6 304 (5.37%) Banking
7 282 (4.99%) Marketing
7 282 (4.99%) Organisational Skills
8 272 (4.81%) Telecoms
9 250 (4.42%) Influencing Skills
10 223 (3.94%) Retail
11 169 (2.99%) Legal
12 143 (2.53%) Manufacturing
13 76 (1.34%) Pharmaceutical
14 72 (1.27%) Law
15 64 (1.13%) Local Government
16 61 (1.08%) Investment Banking
17 60 (1.06%) Billing
18 55 (0.97%) Front Office
19 51 (0.90%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 2,458 (43.46%) Project Manager
2 614 (10.86%) Analyst
3 433 (7.66%) IT Manager
4 357 (6.31%) IT Project Manager
5 331 (5.85%) Business Analyst
6 280 (4.95%) Senior Manager
7 247 (4.37%) Architect
8 237 (4.19%) Senior Project Manager
9 220 (3.89%) Delivery Manager
10 190 (3.36%) Infrastructure Manager
11 175 (3.09%) Infrastructure Project Manager
12 170 (3.01%) Technical Manager
13 166 (2.93%) Consultant
14 163 (2.88%) Programme Manager
15 159 (2.81%) Developer
16 128 (2.26%) Technical Project Manager
17 125 (2.21%) Digital Project Manager
18 119 (2.10%) Agile Project Manager
19 113 (2.00%) Business Manager
20 104 (1.84%) Change Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 101 (1.79%) HTML
2 100 (1.77%) CSS
3 85 (1.50%) .NET
4 60 (1.06%) AngularJS
5 52 (0.92%) Kafka
6 51 (0.90%) React
7 49 (0.87%) Web Services
8 46 (0.81%) Middleware
9 43 (0.76%) Node.js
10 38 (0.67%) RESTful
11 33 (0.58%) Oracle Fusion
12 29 (0.51%) GraphQL
12 29 (0.51%) JSON
13 27 (0.48%) EDI
13 27 (0.48%) REST
13 27 (0.48%) Velocity
14 26 (0.46%) XML
15 22 (0.39%) SailPoint
16 21 (0.37%) .NET Core
17 20 (0.35%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 256 (4.53%) Management Information System
2 182 (3.22%) User Experience
3 176 (3.11%) Data Centre
4 163 (2.88%) NHS
5 146 (2.58%) Self-Motivation
6 108 (1.91%) Data Protection Act
6 108 (1.91%) PMI
6 108 (1.91%) Virtual Team
7 68 (1.20%) FMCG
8 65 (1.15%) Legacy Systems
9 64 (1.13%) Social Media
10 40 (0.71%) Data Structures
11 38 (0.67%) Hedge funds
12 35 (0.62%) Analytical Mindset
13 32 (0.57%) Legacy Applications
13 32 (0.57%) Tandem
14 29 (0.51%) Greenfield Project
14 29 (0.51%) Life Science
14 29 (0.51%) Public Cloud
15 26 (0.46%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 265 (4.69%) Windows
2 122 (2.16%) Linux
3 97 (1.71%) Unix
4 63 (1.11%) Windows Server
5 57 (1.01%) Windows 10
6 40 (0.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 27 (0.48%) Android
8 22 (0.39%) Windows 7
9 20 (0.35%) Windows Server 2012
10 16 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
11 14 (0.25%) Apple iOS
12 11 (0.19%) Windows Server 2016
13 6 (0.11%) Mac OS X
13 6 (0.11%) Windows Server 2019
14 5 (0.088%) CentOS
14 5 (0.088%) VMS
15 4 (0.071%) AIX
16 3 (0.053%) MVS
16 3 (0.053%) Ubuntu
16 3 (0.053%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,166 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
2 1,339 (23.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 1,080 (19.09%) Project Delivery
4 971 (17.17%) PRINCE2
5 726 (12.84%) Change Management
6 657 (11.62%) Problem-Solving
7 567 (10.02%) Scrum
8 558 (9.87%) Migration
9 476 (8.42%) Waterfall
10 414 (7.32%) Business Case
11 409 (7.23%) Decision-Making
12 402 (7.11%) ITIL
13 384 (6.79%) DevOps
14 377 (6.67%) Risk Management
15 370 (6.54%) Analytics
16 342 (6.05%) Continuous Improvement
17 337 (5.96%) Programme Management
18 317 (5.60%) Business Analysis
19 307 (5.43%) Agile Project Management
20 278 (4.92%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 280 (4.95%) SQL
2 186 (3.29%) Python
3 131 (2.32%) Java
4 108 (1.91%) JavaScript
5 78 (1.38%) C
6 54 (0.95%) PowerShell
7 37 (0.65%) C#
8 31 (0.55%) R
9 25 (0.44%) TypeScript
10 23 (0.41%) Scala
11 21 (0.37%) C++
12 20 (0.35%) Kotlin
12 20 (0.35%) Ruby
13 19 (0.34%) Perl
13 19 (0.34%) VBA
14 18 (0.32%) Bash Shell
14 18 (0.32%) PHP
14 18 (0.32%) PL/SQL
15 16 (0.28%) T-SQL
16 13 (0.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 568 (10.04%) Degree
2 551 (9.74%) Security Cleared
3 391 (6.91%) SC Cleared
4 336 (5.94%) PMP
5 303 (5.36%) PMI Certification
6 115 (2.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 91 (1.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 75 (1.33%) Computer Science Degree
9 66 (1.17%) Master's Degree
10 54 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
11 53 (0.94%) DV Cleared
12 51 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
13 50 (0.88%) ITIL Certification
14 48 (0.85%) CISSP
15 44 (0.78%) APMP
16 39 (0.69%) TOGAF Certification
17 36 (0.64%) CISM
18 32 (0.57%) CCNA
19 30 (0.53%) MBA
20 28 (0.50%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 542 (9.58%) PMO
2 260 (4.60%) QA
3 118 (2.09%) Data Quality
4 107 (1.89%) GDPR
5 55 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 47 (0.83%) Accessibility
6 47 (0.83%) SLA
7 42 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
8 40 (0.71%) NIST
9 31 (0.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 29 (0.51%) GRC
11 23 (0.41%) COBIT
12 22 (0.39%) PCI DSS
13 21 (0.37%) P3O
14 20 (0.35%) MiFID
15 18 (0.32%) PMBOK
16 13 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
17 9 (0.16%) IFRS
18 8 (0.14%) ISO 22301
18 8 (0.14%) NCSC
System Software
1 113 (2.00%) Active Directory
2 93 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 55 (0.97%) Docker
4 22 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
5 18 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
6 15 (0.27%) Hyper-V
7 13 (0.23%) vSphere
8 11 (0.19%) Firmware
9 7 (0.12%) RACF
9 7 (0.12%) XenDesktop
10 6 (0.11%) BitLocker
11 5 (0.088%) Virtual Machines
11 5 (0.088%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (0.088%) Xen
12 4 (0.071%) VMware NSX
13 3 (0.053%) XenApp
14 2 (0.035%) EMC RecoverPoint
14 2 (0.035%) Oracle Clusterware
14 2 (0.035%) Oracle RAC
14 2 (0.035%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 67 (1.18%) Kubernetes
2 58 (1.03%) Terraform
3 57 (1.01%) Ansible
4 43 (0.76%) SCCM
5 24 (0.42%) Puppet
6 22 (0.39%) Microsoft Intune
7 19 (0.34%) Single Sign-On
8 18 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
9 16 (0.28%) ITRS Geneos
10 13 (0.23%) Jamf Pro
11 11 (0.19%) Tivoli
12 7 (0.12%) CA Single Sign-On
13 6 (0.11%) HP Quality Center
13 6 (0.11%) Nessus
14 5 (0.088%) Active Directory Federation Services
14 5 (0.088%) RSA Archer
14 5 (0.088%) vMotion
14 5 (0.088%) WSUS
15 4 (0.071%) QRadar
15 4 (0.071%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 717 (12.68%) Microsoft
2 345 (6.10%) SAP
3 276 (4.88%) Oracle
4 190 (3.36%) Salesforce.com
5 128 (2.26%) VMware
6 116 (2.05%) ServiceNow
7 111 (1.96%) Cisco
8 105 (1.86%) Google
9 72 (1.27%) Citrix
10 65 (1.15%) IBM
11 63 (1.11%) Adobe
12 47 (0.83%) CheckPoint
13 43 (0.76%) Red Hat
14 40 (0.71%) Workday
15 39 (0.69%) Atlassian
16 32 (0.57%) Cadence
17 30 (0.53%) CA
18 26 (0.46%) BT
18 26 (0.46%) JD Edwards
19 25 (0.44%) Remedy