Period
to 20 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £473 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

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
20 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 23 17
Rank change year-on-year -3 -6 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,970 6,296 8,570
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.92% 6.93% 8.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.29% 7.31% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,777 4,457 6,043
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +1.12% +4.71%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 68 54
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £34.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.45% -1.43% -2.78%
10th Percentile £19.90 £19.25 £19.36
90th Percentile £53.85 £55.38 £56.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £32.28 £27.25
% change year-on-year +8.43% +18.45% -24.83%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 95,560 86,173 100,394
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.88% 94.90% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,787 55,896 65,029
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £252
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,996 2,928 3,142
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.97% -6.28% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.92 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -7.69% +17.47%

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 20 May 2018.

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 20 May 2018.

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 20 May 2018. 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 -3 6,353 £475 +5.56% 491
UK excluding London +3 3,962 £440 +3.53% 332
London -3 2,876 £513 +2.50% 197
South East +3 1,369 £460 +2.22% 97
North of England 0 733 £415 -2.35% 86
Midlands -2 615 £425 - 44
Scotland +7 454 £400 -4.76% 32
East of England +10 392 £465 +6.29% 37
North West +2 390 £413 -1.79% 49
West Midlands -9 359 £425 - 26
South West -4 335 £413 +3.13% 29
Yorkshire -5 290 £418 -1.76% 34
East Midlands +2 217 £413 -2.94% 16
North East -12 55 £450 +12.50% 3
Wales -15 52 £403 +0.63% 5
Channel Islands +5 10 £463 -7.50%
Northern Ireland -9 10 £388 - 2
Isle of Man - 1 - -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, Project Manager contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Project Manager in the job title.

1 3,307 (47.45%) Project Management
2 2,155 (30.92%) Finance
3 1,940 (27.83%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,797 (25.78%) Agile Software Development
5 1,638 (23.50%) PRINCE2
6 735 (10.55%) Migration
7 572 (8.21%) Change Management
8 550 (7.89%) Banking
9 539 (7.73%) Microsoft
10 533 (7.65%) Retail
11 505 (7.25%) Waterfall
12 473 (6.79%) PMP
13 470 (6.74%) Scrum
14 463 (6.64%) GDPR
15 430 (6.17%) Security Cleared
16 428 (6.14%) Microsoft Project
17 425 (6.10%) PMI Certification
18 416 (5.97%) Project Planning
19 383 (5.49%) Risk Management
20 359 (5.15%) Problem-Solving
21 338 (4.85%) PMO
22 331 (4.75%) SC Cleared
23 327 (4.69%) SAP
24 311 (4.46%) SDLC
25 293 (4.20%) CRM
26 288 (4.13%) Windows
27 285 (4.09%) E-Commerce
28 283 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
29 281 (4.03%) Degree
30 278 (3.99%) Data Centre

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
1 166 (2.38%) SharePoint
2 106 (1.52%) CMS
3 74 (1.06%) Confluence
4 41 (0.59%) Skype for Business
5 28 (0.40%) WebSphere
6 24 (0.34%) MS Exchange
7 21 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 16 (0.23%) Documentum
8 16 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
9 12 (0.17%) SAS
9 12 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
9 12 (0.17%) WordPress
10 11 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
10 11 (0.16%) IIS
10 11 (0.16%) MS Project Server
11 9 (0.13%) SharePoint 2010
11 9 (0.13%) Umbraco
12 8 (0.11%) Apache Spark
12 8 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
12 8 (0.11%) OpenStack
Applications
1 428 (6.14%) Microsoft Project
2 208 (2.98%) Microsoft Office
3 206 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
4 157 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 129 (1.85%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.072%) Vectorworks
8 4 (0.057%) Open Workbench
8 4 (0.057%) SPSS
9 3 (0.043%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.029%) InDesign
10 2 (0.029%) Maya
11 1 (0.014%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.014%) AutoCAD
11 1 (0.014%) CATIA
11 1 (0.014%) HipChat
11 1 (0.014%) InVision
11 1 (0.014%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 84 (1.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 29 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 24 (0.34%) NetSuite
4 24 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
5 20 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
6 18 (0.26%) Maximo
6 18 (0.26%) SAP HR
6 18 (0.26%) Unit4 Business World
7 17 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
8 15 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
9 14 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
9 14 (0.20%) thinkFolio
10 13 (0.19%) Bloomberg AIM
11 12 (0.17%) Magento
11 12 (0.17%) SAP FI
12 11 (0.16%) Primavera
13 9 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
13 9 (0.13%) SAP ERP
14 8 (0.11%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 239 (3.43%) Office 365
2 199 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 146 (2.09%) Amazon AWS
4 92 (1.32%) SaaS
5 45 (0.65%) Dynamics 365
6 29 (0.42%) SuccessFactors
7 28 (0.40%) IaaS
8 22 (0.32%) PaaS
9 19 (0.27%) OneDrive
10 15 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
11 11 (0.16%) Trello
12 9 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
13 8 (0.11%) OpenShift
14 7 (0.10%) Google Analytics
14 7 (0.10%) Google Cloud Platform
15 6 (0.086%) Bluemix
15 6 (0.086%) G Suite
15 6 (0.086%) IBM Cloud
15 6 (0.086%) Taleo
15 6 (0.086%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 134 (1.92%) WAN
2 114 (1.64%) LAN
3 79 (1.13%) SMS
4 71 (1.02%) Firewall
5 62 (0.89%) Skype
6 57 (0.82%) Unified Communications
7 53 (0.76%) Internet
8 47 (0.67%) Wi-Fi
9 37 (0.53%) VoIP
10 36 (0.52%) SAN
11 34 (0.49%) IP Telephony
12 31 (0.44%) Network Security
13 30 (0.43%) MPLS
14 29 (0.42%) Intranet
15 27 (0.39%) DNS
16 22 (0.32%) Wireless
17 19 (0.27%) Broadband
18 13 (0.19%) ATM
18 13 (0.19%) VPN
19 11 (0.16%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 113 (1.62%) Data Warehouse
2 65 (0.93%) Big Data
3 53 (0.76%) SQL Server
4 37 (0.53%) Blockchain
5 35 (0.50%) Hadoop
6 28 (0.40%) Power BI
7 24 (0.34%) SAP BW
8 23 (0.33%) SAP HANA
9 18 (0.26%) BusinessObjects
10 16 (0.23%) Relational Database
11 13 (0.19%) Adabas
11 13 (0.19%) Data Lake
12 12 (0.17%) DB2
12 12 (0.17%) Electronic Patient Records
12 12 (0.17%) Oracle Database
12 12 (0.17%) Oracle Reports
13 11 (0.16%) MS Access
14 9 (0.13%) EDRMS
15 8 (0.11%) GIS
16 6 (0.086%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 207 (2.97%) JIRA
2 14 (0.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (0.17%) Visual Studio
4 9 (0.13%) Jenkins
5 8 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
6 5 (0.072%) GitLab
7 3 (0.043%) JIRA Agile
7 3 (0.043%) Selenium
7 3 (0.043%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.029%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.029%) Eclipse
8 2 (0.029%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.029%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.029%) VersionOne
9 1 (0.014%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.014%) GCC
9 1 (0.014%) Maven
9 1 (0.014%) MSI
9 1 (0.014%) ProC
9 1 (0.014%) Subversion
General
1 2,155 (30.92%) Finance
2 550 (7.89%) Banking
3 533 (7.65%) Retail
4 242 (3.47%) Marketing
5 232 (3.33%) Telecoms
6 222 (3.19%) Legal
7 124 (1.78%) Manufacturing
8 109 (1.56%) Investment Banking
9 104 (1.49%) Retail Banking
10 92 (1.32%) Front Office
11 91 (1.31%) Law
12 78 (1.12%) Advertising
13 67 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
14 60 (0.86%) Billing
15 59 (0.85%) Back Office
16 51 (0.73%) Automotive
17 48 (0.69%) French Language
18 44 (0.63%) Local Government
19 41 (0.59%) Publishing
20 37 (0.53%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (1.02%) Web Services
2 55 (0.79%) .NET
3 41 (0.59%) HTML
4 37 (0.53%) Oracle Fusion
5 34 (0.49%) CSS
6 29 (0.42%) Middleware
7 18 (0.26%) XML
8 12 (0.17%) ASP.NET
9 11 (0.16%) J2EE
10 10 (0.14%) .NET Framework
11 8 (0.11%) ASP.NET Web API
11 8 (0.11%) REST
11 8 (0.11%) SailPoint
11 8 (0.11%) Velocity
12 7 (0.10%) jQuery
13 6 (0.086%) EDI
13 6 (0.086%) FIX Protocol
13 6 (0.086%) HTML5
13 6 (0.086%) Mason
13 6 (0.086%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 283 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
2 278 (3.99%) Data Centre
3 157 (2.25%) PMI
4 112 (1.61%) Management Information System
5 110 (1.58%) Virtual Team
6 103 (1.48%) User Experience
7 82 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
8 74 (1.06%) Mobile App
9 73 (1.05%) NHS
10 65 (0.93%) FMCG
11 56 (0.80%) Greenfield Project
12 49 (0.70%) Mainframe
13 46 (0.66%) Computer Science
14 42 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
15 33 (0.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 29 (0.42%) Fixed Income
17 27 (0.39%) Equities
17 27 (0.39%) Reinsurance
18 26 (0.37%) Derivative
19 25 (0.36%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 288 (4.13%) Windows
2 158 (2.27%) Windows 10
3 53 (0.76%) Unix
4 41 (0.59%) Linux
5 40 (0.57%) Windows Server
6 33 (0.47%) Windows 7
7 28 (0.40%) Apple iOS
8 24 (0.34%) Android
9 19 (0.27%) AIX
10 15 (0.22%) Solaris
11 9 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
13 7 (0.10%) zOS
14 4 (0.057%) Windows Server 2012
15 3 (0.043%) VMS
15 3 (0.043%) VxWorks
15 3 (0.043%) Windows 2000 Server
15 3 (0.043%) Windows 8
15 3 (0.043%) Windows NT
16 2 (0.029%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,307 (47.45%) Project Management
2 1,940 (27.83%) Stakeholder Management
3 1,797 (25.78%) Agile Software Development
4 1,638 (23.50%) PRINCE2
5 735 (10.55%) Migration
6 572 (8.21%) Change Management
7 505 (7.25%) Waterfall
8 470 (6.74%) Scrum
9 416 (5.97%) Project Planning
10 383 (5.49%) Risk Management
11 359 (5.15%) Problem-Solving
12 311 (4.46%) SDLC
13 293 (4.20%) CRM
14 285 (4.09%) E-Commerce
15 275 (3.95%) ITIL
16 274 (3.93%) Programme Management
17 270 (3.87%) Matrix Organization
18 257 (3.69%) ERP
19 250 (3.59%) Stakeholder Engagement
20 246 (3.53%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 106 (1.52%) SQL
2 72 (1.03%) C
3 70 (1.00%) Java
4 35 (0.50%) C#
5 24 (0.34%) JavaScript
6 18 (0.26%) PHP
7 13 (0.19%) Natural
8 6 (0.086%) Erlang
8 6 (0.086%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.072%) Python
9 5 (0.072%) R
10 4 (0.057%) ABAP
10 4 (0.057%) Apple Swift
10 4 (0.057%) C++
10 4 (0.057%) Scala
11 3 (0.043%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.043%) VBA
12 2 (0.029%) Pascal
12 2 (0.029%) Ruby
12 2 (0.029%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 473 (6.79%) PMP
2 430 (6.17%) Security Cleared
3 425 (6.10%) PMI Certification
4 331 (4.75%) SC Cleared
5 281 (4.03%) Degree
6 277 (3.97%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 266 (3.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 104 (1.49%) APMP
9 48 (0.69%) CISSP
10 45 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
11 42 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
12 41 (0.59%) ISEB
13 32 (0.46%) DV Cleared
14 30 (0.43%) Master's Degree
15 17 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
15 17 (0.24%) SANS
16 16 (0.23%) CISM
17 14 (0.20%) HNC
17 14 (0.20%) MBA
18 13 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 463 (6.64%) GDPR
2 338 (4.85%) PMO
3 209 (3.00%) QA
4 55 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 37 (0.53%) Data Quality
6 27 (0.39%) MiFID
6 27 (0.39%) PCI DSS
7 21 (0.30%) COBIT
8 20 (0.29%) SLA
9 16 (0.23%) Disclosure Scotland
10 14 (0.20%) PMBOK
11 11 (0.16%) GxP
11 11 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 8 (0.11%) Solvency II
13 7 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 7 (0.10%) PSD2
14 6 (0.086%) ISO 9001
15 5 (0.072%) EMIR
15 5 (0.072%) IFRS
15 5 (0.072%) SEPA
System Software
1 113 (1.62%) Active Directory
2 46 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.22%) XenApp
4 7 (0.10%) Virtual Desktop
4 7 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
5 6 (0.086%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (0.057%) Docker
6 4 (0.057%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.057%) Terminal Services
7 3 (0.043%) BitLocker
7 3 (0.043%) HDFS
7 3 (0.043%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.043%) VMware NSX
8 2 (0.029%) Firmware
8 2 (0.029%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 2 (0.029%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.014%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (0.014%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.014%) vSphere
9 1 (0.014%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 44 (0.63%) SCCM
2 18 (0.26%) Single Sign-On
3 16 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
4 14 (0.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 13 (0.19%) Microsoft Intune
6 11 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
7 9 (0.13%) AirWatch
8 8 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
9 6 (0.086%) QRadar
10 5 (0.072%) Terraform
11 4 (0.057%) CASB
11 4 (0.057%) SCOM
11 4 (0.057%) TeamSite
12 3 (0.043%) Ansible
12 3 (0.043%) CA Wily
12 3 (0.043%) Microsoft Clustering
12 3 (0.043%) Puppet
13 2 (0.029%) EMC NetWorker
13 2 (0.029%) Oozie
13 2 (0.029%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 539 (7.73%) Microsoft
2 327 (4.69%) SAP
3 239 (3.43%) Oracle
4 139 (1.99%) Salesforce.com
5 126 (1.81%) Cisco
6 98 (1.41%) Citrix
7 87 (1.25%) VMware
8 78 (1.12%) ServiceNow
9 67 (0.96%) IBM
10 57 (0.82%) Workday
11 54 (0.77%) Capita
12 44 (0.63%) Adobe
12 44 (0.63%) hybris
13 34 (0.49%) Google
14 27 (0.39%) NetApp
14 27 (0.39%) Splunk
15 26 (0.37%) Tableau
16 24 (0.34%) HP
16 24 (0.34%) Remedy
17 23 (0.33%) Sitecore