Project Manager Contracts

Project Manager
UK

The median Project Manager daily rate in the UK is £525, according to job vacancies posted in the 6 months leading up to 24 July 2024.

The table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
24 Jul 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 32 28 20
Rank change year-on-year -4 -8 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 2,245 3,697 7,298
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.53% 6.76% 8.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.95% 7.15% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,477 2,699 5,302
10th Percentile £356 £400 £385
25th Percentile £450 £456 £450
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £525 £525
Median % change year-on-year - - +10.53%
75th Percentile £625 £625 £600
90th Percentile £700 £700 £688
UK excluding London median daily rate £502 £510 £500
% change year-on-year -1.62% +2.00% +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 60 68
10th Percentile £23.63 £30.39 £28.85
25th Percentile £30.00 £39.89 £36.45
Median hourly rate £40.50 £62.50 £59.38
Median % change year-on-year -35.20% +5.26% +49.05%
75th Percentile £60.00 £66.19 £66.00
90th Percentile £72.33 £72.60 £76.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.50 £60.00 £49.77
% change year-on-year -34.17% +20.57% +42.19%

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
UK

For comparison with the information above, the following table provides 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.

Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 37,752 51,721 85,490
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.06% 94.60% 95.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,460 35,791 60,284
10th Percentile £300 £306 £320
25th Percentile £413 £425 £425
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £536 £538
Median % change year-on-year -2.05% -0.28% +7.50%
75th Percentile £638 £650 £650
90th Percentile £750 £750 £744
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £488
% change year-on-year - +2.56% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,320 1,548 1,912
10th Percentile £13.69 £14.57 £13.21
25th Percentile £18.24 £19.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate £41.50 £43.81 £25.68
Median % change year-on-year -5.26% +70.58% +25.42%
75th Percentile £65.00 £65.00 £53.75
90th Percentile £74.59 £77.50 £66.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.00 £39.80 £21.25
% change year-on-year +8.04% +87.29% +18.06%

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 24 July 2024.

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 24 July 2024.

Hourly rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
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 Manager within the UK over the 6 months to 24 July 2024. 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
Jobs
England -7 1,958 £528 -1.86% 445
UK excluding London -6 1,111 £502 -1.62% 399
London -5 928 £563 -2.17% 81
Work from Home -6 823 £523 -0.39% 157
South East -9 274 £525 - 111
North of England -11 243 £520 +4.00% 97
Midlands +1 190 £525 +5.00% 92
South West -8 169 £500 - 45
North West -1 150 £503 +0.50% 70
West Midlands -1 136 £525 +6.33% 51
Scotland +2 118 £500 - 20
East of England -4 93 £444 -15.48% 48
Yorkshire -23 74 £519 -5.68% 19
East Midlands 0 53 £450 -10.00% 40
Wales +6 23 £503 -6.51% 6
North East +4 12 £550 +4.76% 8
Northern Ireland -6 6 £525 +10.53%

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities

For the 6 months to 24 July 2024, Project Manager contract job roles required the following skills and capabilities 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 1,032 (45.97%) Project Management
2 720 (32.07%) Finance
3 602 (26.82%) Social Skills
4 573 (25.52%) Agile
5 480 (21.38%) Stakeholder Management
6 427 (19.02%) Project Delivery
7 316 (14.08%) PRINCE2
8 293 (13.05%) Migration
9 229 (10.20%) Change Management
10 225 (10.02%) Security Cleared
11 216 (9.62%) Problem-Solving
12 189 (8.42%) Degree
13 184 (8.20%) Microsoft
14 179 (7.97%) Public Sector
15 177 (7.88%) SAP
16 174 (7.75%) Risk Management
17 169 (7.53%) Waterfall
18 160 (7.13%) Azure
19 158 (7.04%) Budget Management
20 154 (6.86%) Scrum
21 145 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
22 141 (6.28%) JIRA
23 137 (6.10%) SC Cleared
24 136 (6.06%) PMI Certification
25 135 (6.01%) PMP
26 134 (5.97%) ERP
27 129 (5.75%) Banking
28 125 (5.57%) Project Planning
29 122 (5.43%) Business Case
30 117 (5.21%) Programme Management

Project Manager Skill Set
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 53 (2.36%) SharePoint
2 50 (2.23%) Confluence
3 14 (0.62%) Microsoft Exchange
4 9 (0.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 9 (0.40%) CMS
5 3 (0.13%) Cloud Foundry
5 3 (0.13%) Documentum
5 3 (0.13%) MS Project Server
5 3 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.089%) Appian
7 1 (0.045%) Anypoint
7 1 (0.045%) Drupal
7 1 (0.045%) Joomla!
7 1 (0.045%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.045%) WordPress
Applications
1 90 (4.01%) Microsoft Office
2 74 (3.30%) Microsoft Project
3 40 (1.78%) Microsoft Excel
4 32 (1.43%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (0.40%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.22%) Trello
8 2 (0.089%) Maya
9 1 (0.045%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.045%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.045%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 55 (2.45%) SAP S/4HANA
2 18 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.45%) SAP ERP
4 9 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
5 8 (0.36%) Sage 200
5 8 (0.36%) Sage 50
6 6 (0.27%) SAP Hybris
6 6 (0.27%) SAP Payroll
7 5 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
7 5 (0.22%) SAP EWM
7 5 (0.22%) SAP SD
8 4 (0.18%) iTrent
8 4 (0.18%) SAP Business ByDesign
8 4 (0.18%) SAP IBP
9 3 (0.13%) CA PPM
9 3 (0.13%) Magento
9 3 (0.13%) NEC Housing
9 3 (0.13%) NetSuite
9 3 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 160 (7.13%) Azure
2 43 (1.92%) Dynamics 365
2 43 (1.92%) Microsoft 365
3 36 (1.60%) AWS
4 35 (1.56%) SaaS
5 31 (1.38%) Azure DevOps
6 26 (1.16%) Power Platform
7 18 (0.80%) SuccessFactors
8 13 (0.58%) WhatsApp
9 10 (0.45%) Smartsheet
10 9 (0.40%) Entra ID
10 9 (0.40%) GCP
10 9 (0.40%) OCI
10 9 (0.40%) OneDrive
10 9 (0.40%) SAP Commerce Cloud
11 8 (0.36%) GitHub
12 6 (0.27%) Azure Logic Apps
12 6 (0.27%) PowerApps
12 6 (0.27%) Snowflake
13 5 (0.22%) GitHub Actions
Communications & Networking
1 30 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
2 26 (1.16%) WAN
3 25 (1.11%) Structured Cabling
4 19 (0.85%) Network Security
5 18 (0.80%) LAN
6 12 (0.53%) SD-WAN
7 11 (0.49%) Internet
8 10 (0.45%) Firewall
9 6 (0.27%) 5G
9 6 (0.27%) MPLS
9 6 (0.27%) Unified Communications
10 5 (0.22%) Broadband
10 5 (0.22%) VPN
11 4 (0.18%) Wireless
12 3 (0.13%) Intranet
12 3 (0.13%) Intrusion Detection
12 3 (0.13%) TCP/IP
13 2 (0.089%) FIX Connectivity
13 2 (0.089%) RFID
14 1 (0.045%) Cisco Firepower
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
2 24 (1.07%) Power BI
3 17 (0.76%) Data Lake
4 11 (0.49%) Electronic Patient Records
5 9 (0.40%) Oracle Reports
6 8 (0.36%) Tableau
7 7 (0.31%) SAP HANA
7 7 (0.31%) SQL Server
8 5 (0.22%) Oracle Database
8 5 (0.22%) Oracle Database 11g
9 4 (0.18%) Metadata
9 4 (0.18%) MySQL
10 3 (0.13%) Oracle Database 12c
11 2 (0.089%) Big Data
11 2 (0.089%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.089%) Data Mining
11 2 (0.089%) GIS
11 2 (0.089%) Mixpanel
11 2 (0.089%) SAP BW
11 2 (0.089%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 141 (6.28%) JIRA
2 2 (0.089%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.045%) Git
3 1 (0.045%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.045%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.045%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 720 (32.07%) Finance
2 602 (26.82%) Social Skills
3 179 (7.97%) Public Sector
4 145 (6.46%) Analytical Skills
5 129 (5.75%) Banking
6 113 (5.03%) Retail
7 90 (4.01%) Manufacturing
8 74 (3.30%) Telecoms
9 69 (3.07%) Local Government
10 66 (2.94%) Marketing
11 65 (2.90%) Inclusion and Diversity
12 62 (2.76%) Influencing Skills
13 59 (2.63%) Organisational Skills
14 49 (2.18%) Presentation Skills
15 47 (2.09%) Legal
16 45 (2.00%) Pharmaceutical
17 33 (1.47%) Law
18 27 (1.20%) Electronics
19 18 (0.80%) Aerospace
19 18 (0.80%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (0.45%) Oracle Fusion
2 7 (0.31%) Middleware
3 5 (0.22%) ADO
3 5 (0.22%) SailPoint
4 4 (0.18%) Oracle GoldenGate
4 4 (0.18%) SAML
5 3 (0.13%) .NET
5 3 (0.13%) EDI
5 3 (0.13%) Web Services
6 2 (0.089%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (0.089%) React
6 2 (0.089%) SAP PI
7 1 (0.045%) MACH
7 1 (0.045%) Node.js
7 1 (0.045%) PySpark
7 1 (0.045%) Smart Contracts
7 1 (0.045%) VML
7 1 (0.045%) Yocto
Miscellaneous
1 68 (3.03%) Data Centre
2 53 (2.36%) Management Information System
3 42 (1.87%) NHS
4 37 (1.65%) Onboarding
5 31 (1.38%) PMI
5 31 (1.38%) Virtual Team
6 29 (1.29%) Data Protection Act
7 28 (1.25%) Legacy Systems
8 26 (1.16%) FMCG
9 25 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
10 21 (0.94%) Product Ownership
11 20 (0.89%) Life Science
12 17 (0.76%) Mobile App
13 15 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
13 15 (0.67%) Renewable Energy
14 12 (0.53%) Reinsurance
15 9 (0.40%) Analytical Mindset
15 9 (0.40%) Cyber Defence
15 9 (0.40%) Enterprise Software
15 9 (0.40%) Operational Technology
Operating Systems
1 42 (1.87%) Windows
2 17 (0.76%) Linux
3 10 (0.45%) Windows 10
4 6 (0.27%) Unix
5 5 (0.22%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.18%) AIX
7 1 (0.045%) Android
7 1 (0.045%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.045%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,032 (45.97%) Project Management
2 573 (25.52%) Agile
3 480 (21.38%) Stakeholder Management
4 427 (19.02%) Project Delivery
5 316 (14.08%) PRINCE2
6 293 (13.05%) Migration
7 229 (10.20%) Change Management
8 216 (9.62%) Problem-Solving
9 174 (7.75%) Risk Management
10 169 (7.53%) Waterfall
11 158 (7.04%) Budget Management
12 154 (6.86%) Scrum
13 134 (5.97%) ERP
14 125 (5.57%) Project Planning
15 122 (5.43%) Business Case
16 117 (5.21%) Programme Management
17 105 (4.68%) Decision-Making
18 100 (4.45%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 95 (4.23%) Cybersecurity
20 94 (4.19%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 25 (1.11%) SQL
2 9 (0.40%) PL/SQL
3 6 (0.27%) Java
4 5 (0.22%) PHP
5 4 (0.18%) PowerShell
5 4 (0.18%) Python
6 2 (0.089%) Data Analysis Expressions
6 2 (0.089%) VBA
7 1 (0.045%) C
7 1 (0.045%) C#
7 1 (0.045%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.045%) R
7 1 (0.045%) VB
7 1 (0.045%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 225 (10.02%) Security Cleared
2 189 (8.42%) Degree
3 137 (6.10%) SC Cleared
4 136 (6.06%) PMI Certification
5 135 (6.01%) PMP
6 76 (3.39%) DV Cleared
7 53 (2.36%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 46 (2.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 31 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 21 (0.94%) APMP
11 19 (0.85%) CISM
12 18 (0.80%) CISSP
13 15 (0.67%) Computer Science Degree
14 14 (0.62%) Master's Degree
15 9 (0.40%) CIPD
15 9 (0.40%) DBS Check
15 9 (0.40%) ISEB
16 7 (0.31%) HNC
16 7 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
16 7 (0.31%) RIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (3.92%) PMO
2 72 (3.21%) QA
3 24 (1.07%) NIST
4 18 (0.80%) Data Quality
5 15 (0.67%) GDPR
6 14 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 11 (0.49%) Accessibility
7 11 (0.49%) GRC
7 11 (0.49%) NIST 800
7 11 (0.49%) SLA
8 9 (0.40%) GxP
9 7 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 6 (0.27%) Basel III
10 6 (0.27%) IFRS
11 5 (0.22%) COBIT
11 5 (0.22%) Government Security Classifications
11 5 (0.22%) HL7
11 5 (0.22%) PCI DSS
12 4 (0.18%) ISO 20022
12 4 (0.18%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 18 (0.80%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (0.089%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.089%) PowerHA
4 2 (0.089%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.045%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (0.045%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 8 (0.36%) Single Sign-On
2 5 (0.22%) Argo
3 4 (0.18%) Terraform
4 3 (0.13%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.13%) SCCM
5 2 (0.089%) Matomo
5 2 (0.089%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (0.045%) Amdocs OSS
6 1 (0.045%) Ansible
6 1 (0.045%) CASB
6 1 (0.045%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.045%) Rundeck
6 1 (0.045%) SafeCom
6 1 (0.045%) WSUS
Vendors
1 184 (8.20%) Microsoft
2 177 (7.88%) SAP
3 53 (2.36%) Oracle
4 40 (1.78%) ServiceNow
5 36 (1.60%) Salesforce
6 23 (1.02%) Sage
7 19 (0.85%) Ariba
8 18 (0.80%) Cisco
9 14 (0.62%) Atlassian
9 14 (0.62%) Google
9 14 (0.62%) Workday
10 13 (0.58%) CyberArk
11 12 (0.53%) NEC
12 11 (0.49%) Adobe
13 10 (0.45%) Progress
14 9 (0.40%) Avaloq
15 8 (0.36%) VMware
16 7 (0.31%) Cadence
16 7 (0.31%) Citrix
16 7 (0.31%) Planview