Period
to 21 August 2017

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 August 2017.

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
6 months to
21 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 18 15
Rank change year-on-year -4 -3 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6759 8280 10013
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.06% 7.63% 8.82%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.44% 8.04% 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 4774 5884 6801
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £433
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.05% +1.76%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £310
90th Percentile £625 £613 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 54 70
UK median hourly rate £32.50 £33.75 £37.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.70% -9.46% +6.50%
10th Percentile £19.25 £18.40 £21.10
90th Percentile £55.00 £70.72 £52.89
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.50 £31.50 £36.50
% change year-on-year +9.52% -13.70% +4.29%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 90895 102965 107669
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.88% 94.94% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 59029 67126 67282
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2782 3113 4175
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £17.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +6.38% +5.06%
10th Percentile £10.86 £10.38 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.36 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.32
% change year-on-year -5.26% +9.73% +3.37%

Project Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Project Manager in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Project Manager.

Contractor daily rate trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Project Manager over the 6 months to 21 August 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Project Manager.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Project Manager over the 6 months to 21 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
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 Manager within the UK over the 6 months to 21 August 2017. 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 -4 6313 £450 - 457
UK excluding London 0 3744 £425 - 313
London -6 2891 £500 - 160
South East 0 1217 £450 +1.12% 81
North of England -2 750 £425 +6.25% 92
Midlands +3 668 £425 - 55
West Midlands +7 411 £425 - 41
South West 0 399 £400 - 27
North West -11 372 £425 +1.19% 53
East of England -10 340 £438 +2.94% 36
Scotland -5 310 £425 +6.25% 18
Yorkshire +4 308 £424 +5.94% 32
East Midlands -3 241 £425 +1.80% 14
North East +10 73 £395 +16.18% 7
Wales +28 59 £415 +13.39% 3
Northern Ireland -59 4 £390 +11.43% 1
Isle of Man - 3 £450 -
Channel Islands -1 1 £500 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 August 2017, Project Manager contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Project Manager in the job title.

1 3227 (47.74%) Project Management
2 2134 (31.57%) Finance
3 1725 (25.52%) Stakeholder Management
3 1725 (25.52%) PRINCE2
4 1470 (21.75%) Agile Software Development
5 733 (10.84%) Migration
6 692 (10.24%) Banking
7 569 (8.42%) Change Management
8 531 (7.86%) Retail
9 520 (7.69%) Microsoft
10 449 (6.64%) Security Cleared
11 446 (6.60%) PMI Certification
12 428 (6.33%) Microsoft Project
13 414 (6.13%) PMP
14 384 (5.68%) SAP
15 383 (5.67%) ITIL
16 379 (5.61%) Scrum
16 379 (5.61%) Risk Management
17 362 (5.36%) Waterfall
18 334 (4.94%) Project Planning
19 328 (4.85%) CRM
20 327 (4.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
21 317 (4.69%) PMO
22 307 (4.54%) SC Cleared
23 298 (4.41%) Data Centre
24 296 (4.38%) Programme Management
25 288 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
26 285 (4.22%) Stakeholder Engagement
27 280 (4.14%) Office 365
28 276 (4.08%) Degree

Project Manager Skill Set
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
1 201 (2.97%) SharePoint
2 65 (0.96%) CMS
3 50 (0.74%) Confluence
4 49 (0.72%) Skype for Business
5 40 (0.59%) WebSphere
6 21 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
6 21 (0.31%) SAS
7 20 (0.30%) MS Exchange
7 20 (0.30%) MS Project Server
8 17 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
9 12 (0.18%) IIS
10 9 (0.13%) Apache Spark
11 8 (0.12%) Drupal
11 8 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
11 8 (0.12%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 7 (0.10%) Sitecore CMS
13 6 (0.089%) Apache
13 6 (0.089%) Documentum
13 6 (0.089%) SharePoint Server
14 5 (0.074%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 428 (6.33%) Microsoft Project
2 247 (3.65%) Microsoft Office
3 201 (2.97%) Microsoft Excel
4 131 (1.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 107 (1.58%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.089%) Windchill
8 5 (0.074%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.059%) Chatbot
9 4 (0.059%) Open Workbench
10 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.030%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.015%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 104 (1.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 22 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
3 22 (0.33%) Unit4 Business World
4 20 (0.30%) SAP ERP
4 20 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
5 18 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
6 15 (0.22%) Actimize
6 15 (0.22%) Maximo
7 14 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
7 14 (0.21%) SAP FI
8 13 (0.19%) NetSuite
9 12 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 11 (0.16%) Primavera
10 11 (0.16%) Sage X3
10 11 (0.16%) SAP CO
10 11 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
11 10 (0.15%) Oracle ERP
11 10 (0.15%) thinkFolio
12 9 (0.13%) SAP PM
Cloud Services
1 280 (4.14%) Office 365
2 134 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 68 (1.01%) Amazon AWS
4 53 (0.78%) SaaS
5 33 (0.49%) IaaS
6 31 (0.46%) SuccessFactors
7 26 (0.38%) Dynamics 365
8 20 (0.30%) PaaS
9 18 (0.27%) OneDrive
10 13 (0.19%) Veeva
11 11 (0.16%) Yammer
12 9 (0.13%) Google Analytics
13 8 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
14 6 (0.089%) G Suite
14 6 (0.089%) Trello
15 5 (0.074%) GitHub
16 4 (0.059%) Asana
16 4 (0.059%) IBM Cloud
16 4 (0.059%) Mimecast
16 4 (0.059%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 166 (2.46%) WAN
2 157 (2.32%) LAN
3 102 (1.51%) Wi-Fi
4 60 (0.89%) Skype
5 58 (0.86%) Firewall
6 54 (0.80%) VoIP
7 53 (0.78%) Internet
8 44 (0.65%) Intranet
9 42 (0.62%) SMS
10 37 (0.55%) Wireless
11 36 (0.53%) Unified Communications
12 32 (0.47%) SAN
13 31 (0.46%) Network Security
14 28 (0.41%) 4G
14 28 (0.41%) Broadband
15 20 (0.30%) MPLS
16 16 (0.24%) VPN
17 15 (0.22%) IP Telephony
18 13 (0.19%) WLAN
19 12 (0.18%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
2 56 (0.83%) Big Data
3 48 (0.71%) SQL Server
4 28 (0.41%) SAP HANA
5 19 (0.28%) Hadoop
6 18 (0.27%) BusinessObjects
7 16 (0.24%) Power BI
8 15 (0.22%) DB2
8 15 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
9 14 (0.21%) Blockchain
10 13 (0.19%) GIS
11 11 (0.16%) Data Lake
11 11 (0.16%) QlikView
11 11 (0.16%) Relational Database
12 10 (0.15%) Electronic Patient Records
12 10 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 9 (0.13%) MS Access
13 9 (0.13%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.13%) SAP BW
14 8 (0.12%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 115 (1.70%) JIRA
2 8 (0.12%) Jenkins
2 8 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.074%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.059%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.044%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.044%) GitLab
5 3 (0.044%) JIRA Agile
5 3 (0.044%) LSMW
5 3 (0.044%) SonarQube
5 3 (0.044%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.030%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.030%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (0.030%) Selenium
6 2 (0.030%) Subversion
6 2 (0.030%) Talend Open Studio
6 2 (0.030%) VersionOne
6 2 (0.030%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.015%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.015%) Oracle Forms
General
1 2134 (31.57%) Finance
2 692 (10.24%) Banking
3 531 (7.86%) Retail
4 265 (3.92%) Telecoms
5 244 (3.61%) Marketing
6 223 (3.30%) Investment Banking
7 172 (2.54%) Legal
8 166 (2.46%) Manufacturing
9 116 (1.72%) Front Office
10 82 (1.21%) Back Office
11 80 (1.18%) Advertising
12 78 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
13 72 (1.07%) Law
14 59 (0.87%) Retail Banking
15 52 (0.77%) Billing
15 52 (0.77%) Publishing
16 41 (0.61%) Financial Institution
17 35 (0.52%) Local Government
18 32 (0.47%) Automotive
18 32 (0.47%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (0.70%) .NET
2 29 (0.43%) Middleware
3 25 (0.37%) XML
4 21 (0.31%) HTML
5 20 (0.30%) Web Services
6 17 (0.25%) Oracle Fusion
7 16 (0.24%) J2EE
8 13 (0.19%) EDI
9 10 (0.15%) FIX Protocol
10 8 (0.12%) JSON
10 8 (0.12%) REST
11 7 (0.10%) Natural Language Processing
12 6 (0.089%) Spring
12 6 (0.089%) Velocity
13 5 (0.074%) CSS
13 5 (0.074%) Java EE
13 5 (0.074%) Mason
13 5 (0.074%) Struts
14 4 (0.059%) Django
14 4 (0.059%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 298 (4.41%) Data Centre
2 288 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
3 213 (3.15%) PMI
4 136 (2.01%) Management Information System
5 113 (1.67%) Virtual Team
6 87 (1.29%) NHS
7 81 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 73 (1.08%) FMCG
9 65 (0.96%) User Experience
10 64 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
11 58 (0.86%) Mobile App
12 47 (0.70%) Computer Science
13 46 (0.68%) Derivative
14 40 (0.59%) EPoS
15 39 (0.58%) Fixed Income
16 37 (0.55%) Equities
17 35 (0.52%) Fintech
18 33 (0.49%) IVR
19 28 (0.41%) Data Protection Act
19 28 (0.41%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 247 (3.65%) Windows
2 127 (1.88%) Windows 10
3 54 (0.80%) Unix
4 53 (0.78%) Linux
5 34 (0.50%) Windows Server
6 31 (0.46%) Windows 7
7 16 (0.24%) Android
7 16 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 15 (0.22%) Solaris
9 13 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 10 (0.15%) Apple iOS
11 9 (0.13%) AIX
12 8 (0.12%) Windows Server 2003
13 5 (0.074%) zOS
14 2 (0.030%) OS/2
14 2 (0.030%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.030%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
14 2 (0.030%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.030%) Windows XP
15 1 (0.015%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3227 (47.74%) Project Management
2 1725 (25.52%) PRINCE2
2 1725 (25.52%) Stakeholder Management
3 1470 (21.75%) Agile Software Development
4 733 (10.84%) Migration
5 569 (8.42%) Change Management
6 383 (5.67%) ITIL
7 379 (5.61%) Risk Management
7 379 (5.61%) Scrum
8 362 (5.36%) Waterfall
9 334 (4.94%) Project Planning
10 328 (4.85%) CRM
11 296 (4.38%) Programme Management
12 285 (4.22%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 267 (3.95%) ERP
14 237 (3.51%) E-Commerce
15 236 (3.49%) Business Analysis
16 219 (3.24%) Matrix Organization
17 218 (3.23%) Supplier Management
18 217 (3.21%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 102 (1.51%) SQL
2 73 (1.08%) Java
3 65 (0.96%) C
4 25 (0.37%) JavaScript
5 20 (0.30%) Python
6 18 (0.27%) C#
7 13 (0.19%) PHP
8 12 (0.18%) VBA
9 6 (0.089%) PowerShell
10 5 (0.074%) C++
10 5 (0.074%) Perl
10 5 (0.074%) Ruby
10 5 (0.074%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.044%) MATLAB
11 3 (0.044%) VBScript
12 2 (0.030%) ABAP
12 2 (0.030%) Delphi
12 2 (0.030%) Lingo
12 2 (0.030%) Rust
12 2 (0.030%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 449 (6.64%) Security Cleared
2 446 (6.60%) PMI Certification
3 414 (6.13%) PMP
4 327 (4.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 307 (4.54%) SC Cleared
6 276 (4.08%) Degree
7 269 (3.98%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 113 (1.67%) APMP
9 72 (1.07%) DV Cleared
10 70 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
11 48 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
12 43 (0.64%) ISEB
13 31 (0.46%) CISSP
14 28 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
15 26 (0.38%) CTC Cleared
16 16 (0.24%) CISM
17 14 (0.21%) CCNP
18 13 (0.19%) Computer Science Degree
19 12 (0.18%) CCNA
20 11 (0.16%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 317 (4.69%) PMO
2 236 (3.49%) GDPR
3 163 (2.41%) QA
4 113 (1.67%) MiFID
5 61 (0.90%) PCI DSS
6 40 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 35 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
8 30 (0.44%) SLA
9 26 (0.38%) Data Quality
10 23 (0.34%) EMIR
11 16 (0.24%) Solvency II
12 15 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
13 13 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 12 (0.18%) PMBOK
15 11 (0.16%) GxP
16 10 (0.15%) FATCA
17 8 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
17 8 (0.12%) SEPA
18 7 (0.10%) GMP
18 7 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 87 (1.29%) Active Directory
2 27 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
4 10 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (0.12%) Hyper-V
5 8 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (0.10%) XenApp
7 6 (0.089%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 5 (0.074%) Firmware
9 4 (0.059%) Microsoft App-V
9 4 (0.059%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 4 (0.059%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.044%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.044%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.030%) Docker
11 2 (0.030%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.030%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.030%) vSphere
11 2 (0.030%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.015%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 44 (0.65%) SCCM
2 12 (0.18%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (0.15%) AirWatch
3 10 (0.15%) Cisco CUCM
3 10 (0.15%) MOM
4 8 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 5 (0.074%) SCOM
6 4 (0.059%) Cisco IPCC
6 4 (0.059%) FlexNet
7 3 (0.044%) BladeLogic
7 3 (0.044%) BMC PATROL
7 3 (0.044%) Cisco UCCE
7 3 (0.044%) IBM BigFix
7 3 (0.044%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.044%) QRadar
7 3 (0.044%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.044%) WSUS
8 2 (0.030%) Forum Sentry
8 2 (0.030%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.030%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 520 (7.69%) Microsoft
2 384 (5.68%) SAP
3 216 (3.20%) Oracle
4 136 (2.01%) Cisco
5 92 (1.36%) Salesforce.com
6 67 (0.99%) VMware
7 64 (0.95%) Citrix
8 45 (0.67%) Workday
9 39 (0.58%) IBM
10 34 (0.50%) Avaya
10 34 (0.50%) ServiceNow
11 30 (0.44%) Google
12 29 (0.43%) Motorola
13 26 (0.38%) Adobe
14 25 (0.37%) JD Edwards
14 25 (0.37%) PeopleSoft
15 23 (0.34%) Concur
16 22 (0.33%) Tableau
17 19 (0.28%) iManage
17 19 (0.28%) Sage