Period
to 26 February 2021

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 February 2021.

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
26 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 46 41 39
Rank change year-on-year -5 -2 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 2,276 3,406 5,453
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.78% 5.01% 5.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.16% 5.33% 5.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,069 2,496 3,879
Median daily rate £450 £463 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.70% -2.63% +2.70%
10th Percentile £308 £313 £325
90th Percentile £600 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £448
% change year-on-year -5.56% +0.56% +4.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 40 60
Median hourly rate £28.51 £36.70 £34.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.33% +6.93% -0.52%
10th Percentile £22.46 £22.36 £22.50
90th Percentile £61.33 £59.03 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.79 £34.32
% change year-on-year +10.11% -7.39% -12.48%

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 44,104 63,897 93,886
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.69% 93.94% 94.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,935 42,655 63,293
Median daily rate £475 £450 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% -2.17% +2.22%
10th Percentile £263 £234 £269
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,597 2,339 2,813
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.50 £17.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.62% +3.35% -0.56%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.35 £11.00
90th Percentile £58.75 £51.25 £48.75
Median hourly rate £18.98 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +8.43% - -

Project Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Project Manager.

Daily rate trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Project Manager over the 6 months to 26 February 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Project Manager.

Hourly rate trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Project Manager over the 6 months to 26 February 2021.

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 26 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 -4 1,856 £468 -1.58% 236
UK excluding London +7 1,061 £425 -5.56% 185
London -3 867 £500 - 68
Work from Home +4 566 £475 +11.76% 39
South East +4 259 £425 -10.53% 50
Midlands +14 214 £438 -2.78% 41
North of England -14 189 £403 -5.29% 37
Scotland +17 154 £413 -2.94% 14
West Midlands +14 147 £450 +2.86% 30
South West +5 139 £468 +8.05% 18
North West -10 104 £413 -2.94% 23
Yorkshire -6 71 £405 -10.00% 13
East of England 0 68 £463 -6.57% 18
East Midlands +11 61 £428 -5.00% 11
Wales +10 24 £475 +5.56% 3
North East +5 14 £388 -0.64% 1
Northern Ireland +5 12 £400 - 5
Channel Islands +6 1 £400 -3.61%

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 2021, 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 1,091 (47.93%) Project Management
2 682 (29.96%) Agile Software Development
3 661 (29.04%) Finance
4 516 (22.67%) Stakeholder Management
5 473 (20.78%) Project Delivery
6 435 (19.11%) PRINCE2
7 281 (12.35%) Public Sector
8 254 (11.16%) Migration
8 254 (11.16%) Change Management
9 237 (10.41%) Security Cleared
10 231 (10.15%) Microsoft
11 181 (7.95%) Waterfall
12 177 (7.78%) Microsoft Project
13 173 (7.60%) SC Cleared
14 164 (7.21%) Business Case
15 162 (7.12%) Scrum
16 154 (6.77%) Telecoms
17 150 (6.59%) Banking
18 146 (6.41%) Programme Management
19 143 (6.28%) SAP
20 134 (5.89%) Azure
21 126 (5.54%) ITIL
21 126 (5.54%) NHS
22 120 (5.27%) Stakeholder Engagement
23 113 (4.96%) Microsoft 365
24 112 (4.92%) Problem-Solving
25 109 (4.79%) Risk Management
26 108 (4.75%) ERP
27 107 (4.70%) PMO
28 106 (4.66%) Oracle

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 77 (3.38%) SharePoint
2 38 (1.67%) Confluence
3 21 (0.92%) CMS
4 13 (0.57%) Skype for Business
5 5 (0.22%) Drupal
5 5 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
5 5 (0.22%) WebSphere
5 5 (0.22%) WordPress
6 4 (0.18%) Alfresco
6 4 (0.18%) Documentum
7 3 (0.13%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.13%) MS Project Server
7 3 (0.13%) SAS
8 2 (0.088%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.088%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.088%) LiveLink
8 2 (0.088%) MS Exchange
8 2 (0.088%) OpenStack
9 1 (0.044%) Apache Spark
9 1 (0.044%) Umbraco
Applications
1 177 (7.78%) Microsoft Project
2 82 (3.60%) Microsoft Office
3 66 (2.90%) Microsoft Excel
4 40 (1.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 23 (1.01%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.13%) Open Workbench
8 1 (0.044%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.044%) Simulink
8 1 (0.044%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 24 (1.05%) SAP S/4HANA
2 23 (1.01%) Dynamics CRM
3 18 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
4 17 (0.75%) Oracle ERP
5 13 (0.57%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 11 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
7 9 (0.40%) Magento
8 8 (0.35%) NetSuite
9 6 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
9 6 (0.26%) Primavera
10 5 (0.22%) SAP FI
11 4 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
11 4 (0.18%) Maximo
11 4 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
11 4 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
11 4 (0.18%) Oracle Receivables
11 4 (0.18%) SAP CO
11 4 (0.18%) SAP ERP
11 4 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
12 3 (0.13%) Oracle AGIS
Cloud Services
1 134 (5.89%) Azure
2 113 (4.96%) Microsoft 365
3 40 (1.76%) AWS
4 37 (1.63%) SaaS
5 35 (1.54%) Dynamics 365
6 24 (1.05%) Power Platform
7 22 (0.97%) GCP
8 16 (0.70%) OneDrive
9 12 (0.53%) IaaS
9 12 (0.53%) Yammer
10 10 (0.44%) PaaS
11 9 (0.40%) Cloud Computing
12 7 (0.31%) Google Docs
12 7 (0.31%) Smartsheet
13 6 (0.26%) Azure Machine Learning
14 5 (0.22%) G Suite
15 4 (0.18%) Azure Active Directory
15 4 (0.18%) Azure Stack
16 3 (0.13%) IBM Cloud
16 3 (0.13%) ServiceMax
Communications & Networking
1 54 (2.37%) 2G
2 47 (2.07%) WAN
3 45 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
4 43 (1.89%) LAN
5 41 (1.80%) 3G
5 41 (1.80%) 4G
6 40 (1.76%) LTE
7 38 (1.67%) VoLTE
8 27 (1.19%) Firewall
9 20 (0.88%) 5G
10 16 (0.70%) GSM
11 15 (0.66%) Internet
11 15 (0.66%) MVNO
11 15 (0.66%) Skype
12 14 (0.62%) Packet Switching
13 11 (0.48%) SAN
13 11 (0.48%) Unified Communications
14 10 (0.44%) Intranet
14 10 (0.44%) Network Security
15 8 (0.35%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
2 19 (0.83%) Big Data
3 18 (0.79%) Power BI
4 11 (0.48%) Data Lake
5 8 (0.35%) SQL Server
6 7 (0.31%) GIS
6 7 (0.31%) Oracle Database
7 6 (0.26%) Electronic Patient Records
8 5 (0.22%) Neo4j
8 5 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
8 5 (0.22%) Tableau
9 4 (0.18%) Qlik Sense
9 4 (0.18%) QlikView
9 4 (0.18%) SAP HANA
9 4 (0.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 3 (0.13%) DB2
10 3 (0.13%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 3 (0.13%) Geospatial Data
11 2 (0.088%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.088%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 86 (3.78%) JIRA
2 3 (0.13%) RStudio
2 3 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (0.088%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.088%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.044%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.044%) GitLab
4 1 (0.044%) Gradle
4 1 (0.044%) Hudson
4 1 (0.044%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.044%) Toad
4 1 (0.044%) Visual Studio
General
1 661 (29.04%) Finance
2 281 (12.35%) Public Sector
3 154 (6.77%) Telecoms
4 150 (6.59%) Banking
5 95 (4.17%) Retail
6 90 (3.95%) Marketing
7 74 (3.25%) Manufacturing
8 55 (2.42%) Pharmaceutical
9 49 (2.15%) Legal
10 39 (1.71%) Law
11 34 (1.49%) Local Government
12 30 (1.32%) Electronics
13 28 (1.23%) Investment Banking
14 17 (0.75%) Back Office
14 17 (0.75%) Billing
14 17 (0.75%) Front Office
15 16 (0.70%) Aerospace
16 15 (0.66%) Games
16 15 (0.66%) German Language
17 14 (0.62%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (0.92%) Oracle Fusion
2 13 (0.57%) .NET
3 9 (0.40%) AngularJS
3 9 (0.40%) Middleware
4 7 (0.31%) HTML
4 7 (0.31%) Kafka
5 6 (0.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 6 (0.26%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 5 (0.22%) EDI
6 5 (0.22%) SailPoint
7 4 (0.18%) HTML5
7 4 (0.18%) J2EE
7 4 (0.18%) Velocity
8 3 (0.13%) SAML
8 3 (0.13%) XML
9 2 (0.088%) CSS
9 2 (0.088%) Natural Language Processing
9 2 (0.088%) SAP Basis
9 2 (0.088%) SAP PI
9 2 (0.088%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 126 (5.54%) NHS
2 83 (3.65%) Data Centre
3 81 (3.56%) Analytical Skills
4 76 (3.34%) Management Information System
5 57 (2.50%) Virtual Team
6 47 (2.07%) PMI
7 38 (1.67%) User Experience
8 28 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
9 25 (1.10%) FMCG
10 20 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
11 14 (0.62%) Mobile App
12 13 (0.57%) Social Media
13 11 (0.48%) Life Science
14 8 (0.35%) Mobile Games
15 7 (0.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 7 (0.31%) Market Risk
16 6 (0.26%) Enterprise Software
16 6 (0.26%) Equities
16 6 (0.26%) Private Cloud
16 6 (0.26%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 82 (3.60%) Windows
2 31 (1.36%) Windows 10
3 14 (0.62%) Linux
3 14 (0.62%) Unix
4 11 (0.48%) Windows Server
5 6 (0.26%) Apple iOS
6 5 (0.22%) Android
6 5 (0.22%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.088%) AIX
8 2 (0.088%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.044%) Solaris
9 1 (0.044%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,091 (47.93%) Project Management
2 682 (29.96%) Agile Software Development
3 516 (22.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 473 (20.78%) Project Delivery
5 435 (19.11%) PRINCE2
6 254 (11.16%) Change Management
6 254 (11.16%) Migration
7 181 (7.95%) Waterfall
8 164 (7.21%) Business Case
9 162 (7.12%) Scrum
10 146 (6.41%) Programme Management
11 126 (5.54%) ITIL
12 120 (5.27%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 112 (4.92%) Problem-Solving
14 109 (4.79%) Risk Management
15 108 (4.75%) ERP
16 96 (4.22%) Business Intelligence
16 96 (4.22%) Project Planning
17 94 (4.13%) Decision-Making
18 85 (3.73%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 44 (1.93%) C
1 44 (1.93%) SQL
2 23 (1.01%) Java
3 13 (0.57%) Python
4 8 (0.35%) PowerShell
5 5 (0.22%) R
6 4 (0.18%) VB
7 3 (0.13%) C++
7 3 (0.13%) JavaScript
8 2 (0.088%) C#
8 2 (0.088%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.044%) ActionScript
9 1 (0.044%) ActionScript 2.0
9 1 (0.044%) Groovy
9 1 (0.044%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.044%) Scala
9 1 (0.044%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.044%) TypeScript
9 1 (0.044%) VBA
Qualifications
1 237 (10.41%) Security Cleared
2 173 (7.60%) SC Cleared
3 105 (4.61%) PMP
4 104 (4.57%) Degree
5 99 (4.35%) PMI Certification
6 69 (3.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 68 (2.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 40 (1.76%) DV Cleared
9 25 (1.10%) APMP
10 12 (0.53%) ITIL Certification
11 10 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
12 9 (0.40%) CISSP
12 9 (0.40%) DBS Check
13 8 (0.35%) Computer Science Degree
14 7 (0.31%) ISEB
15 6 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
15 6 (0.26%) CISM
15 6 (0.26%) MBA
16 5 (0.22%) CAPM
17 4 (0.18%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (4.70%) PMO
2 29 (1.27%) GDPR
3 26 (1.14%) QA
4 24 (1.05%) Data Quality
5 17 (0.75%) PMBOK
6 12 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 10 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
8 9 (0.40%) SLA
9 8 (0.35%) GxP
10 7 (0.31%) COBIT
10 7 (0.31%) IFRS
11 6 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 3 (0.13%) COREP
12 3 (0.13%) ISO 20022
12 3 (0.13%) NIST
13 2 (0.088%) Basel III
13 2 (0.088%) IFRS 9
13 2 (0.088%) MiFID
13 2 (0.088%) PCI DSS
14 1 (0.044%) Basel II
System Software
1 32 (1.41%) Active Directory
2 11 (0.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.26%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.13%) Docker
4 3 (0.13%) PowerHA
5 2 (0.088%) Firmware
5 2 (0.088%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.044%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.044%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (0.044%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (0.48%) NetBackup
2 7 (0.31%) SCCM
3 6 (0.26%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (0.18%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (0.13%) Ansible
6 2 (0.088%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.088%) QRadar
6 2 (0.088%) Terraform
6 2 (0.088%) Tivoli
6 2 (0.088%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.044%) Amdocs OSS
7 1 (0.044%) CASB
7 1 (0.044%) Docker Swarm
7 1 (0.044%) HP ALM
7 1 (0.044%) Kibana
7 1 (0.044%) Nessus
7 1 (0.044%) Netcool
7 1 (0.044%) OpenView
7 1 (0.044%) RSA Archer
7 1 (0.044%) WSUS
Vendors
1 231 (10.15%) Microsoft
2 143 (6.28%) SAP
3 106 (4.66%) Oracle
4 75 (3.30%) Salesforce.com
5 42 (1.85%) Remedy
6 38 (1.67%) Ericsson
7 31 (1.36%) VMware
8 27 (1.19%) ServiceNow
9 25 (1.10%) IBM
10 24 (1.05%) Citrix
11 22 (0.97%) Google
12 20 (0.88%) Cisco
13 13 (0.57%) MuleSoft
13 13 (0.57%) Workday
14 11 (0.48%) Cadence
14 11 (0.48%) hybris
15 10 (0.44%) CheckPoint
16 9 (0.40%) BT
16 9 (0.40%) Informatica
17 8 (0.35%) JD Edwards