Period
to 25 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 September 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
25 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 21 15
Rank change year-on-year -1 -6 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6775 7642 10036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.90% 7.21% 8.80%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.28% 7.61% 9.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 4778 5467 6912
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £310
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £420
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 68 56
UK median hourly rate £34.50 £33.65 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.53% -13.72% +17.29%
10th Percentile £19.25 £18.76 £19.13
90th Percentile £55.00 £68.75 £60.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £31.25 £39.00
% change year-on-year +11.20% -19.87% +11.43%

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 93071 100460 108246
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.80% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 60873 65596 68611
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2784 3160 4129
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.67% +5.76%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.44 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.26 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +5.42%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -1 6301 £450 - 302
UK excluding London +2 3743 £425 - 205
London -5 2897 £500 - 120
South East -2 1192 £450 +2.27% 49
North of England +5 753 £425 +6.25% 44
Midlands +2 664 £425 - 49
West Midlands +10 407 £440 +2.62% 39
South West +2 374 £400 - 16
East of England -8 372 £434 +2.00% 24
North West -5 366 £425 +3.66% 22
Scotland 0 339 £425 +6.25% 17
Yorkshire +10 316 £420 +5.00% 19
East Midlands -6 240 £425 +2.41% 9
North East +20 72 £425 +25.00% 3
Wales +5 47 £400 +6.67% 4
Channel Islands 0 3 £500 -
Northern Ireland -60 3 £390 +7.59% 2
Isle of Man - 3 £450 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 3218 (47.50%) Project Management
2 2185 (32.25%) Finance
3 1759 (25.96%) Stakeholder Management
4 1692 (24.97%) PRINCE2
5 1475 (21.77%) Agile Software Development
6 738 (10.89%) Migration
7 723 (10.67%) Banking
8 563 (8.31%) Change Management
9 537 (7.93%) Retail
10 508 (7.50%) Microsoft
11 455 (6.72%) PMI Certification
12 441 (6.51%) Security Cleared
13 423 (6.24%) PMP
13 423 (6.24%) Microsoft Project
14 386 (5.70%) Risk Management
15 373 (5.51%) Scrum
16 371 (5.48%) SAP
17 370 (5.46%) Waterfall
18 357 (5.27%) ITIL
19 347 (5.12%) Project Planning
20 328 (4.84%) CRM
21 320 (4.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
22 318 (4.69%) Stakeholder Engagement
23 314 (4.63%) PMO
24 305 (4.50%) Data Centre
25 302 (4.46%) Programme Management
26 300 (4.43%) SC Cleared
27 299 (4.41%) Office 365
28 292 (4.31%) Degree
29 282 (4.16%) ERP

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
1 209 (3.08%) SharePoint
2 61 (0.90%) CMS
3 56 (0.83%) Confluence
3 56 (0.83%) Skype for Business
4 39 (0.58%) WebSphere
5 23 (0.34%) MS Project Server
6 21 (0.31%) MS Exchange
7 17 (0.25%) SAS
8 16 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
10 13 (0.19%) Documentum
11 11 (0.16%) Apache Spark
12 10 (0.15%) SharePoint Server
13 8 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
13 8 (0.12%) IIS
14 7 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 7 (0.10%) Sitecore CMS
15 6 (0.089%) Apache
15 6 (0.089%) Drupal
15 6 (0.089%) OpenStack
Applications
1 423 (6.24%) Microsoft Project
2 240 (3.54%) Microsoft Office
3 216 (3.19%) Microsoft Excel
4 130 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 104 (1.54%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.089%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.089%) Windchill
8 5 (0.074%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.030%) Doxygen
9 2 (0.030%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.015%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 97 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
4 22 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
5 20 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
6 18 (0.27%) NetSuite
6 18 (0.27%) SAP ERP
7 16 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
7 16 (0.24%) SAP FI
8 15 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
9 13 (0.19%) Maximo
9 13 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
9 13 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 12 (0.18%) Actimize
10 12 (0.18%) iTrent
11 11 (0.16%) thinkFolio
12 10 (0.15%) Primavera
12 10 (0.15%) Sage X3
13 9 (0.13%) SAP CO
13 9 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 299 (4.41%) Office 365
2 147 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 84 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
4 55 (0.81%) SaaS
5 33 (0.49%) IaaS
6 26 (0.38%) SuccessFactors
7 24 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
7 24 (0.35%) PaaS
8 16 (0.24%) OneDrive
9 14 (0.21%) Veeva
10 10 (0.15%) Yammer
11 9 (0.13%) G Suite
12 8 (0.12%) Google Analytics
13 5 (0.074%) Cloud Computing
13 5 (0.074%) GitHub
13 5 (0.074%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 5 (0.074%) Trello
14 4 (0.059%) Asana
14 4 (0.059%) IBM Cloud
15 3 (0.044%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 176 (2.60%) WAN
2 167 (2.46%) LAN
3 96 (1.42%) Wi-Fi
4 71 (1.05%) Skype
5 57 (0.84%) SMS
6 56 (0.83%) Internet
7 55 (0.81%) Firewall
8 52 (0.77%) VoIP
9 42 (0.62%) Intranet
10 40 (0.59%) Wireless
11 33 (0.49%) Network Security
12 31 (0.46%) SAN
13 30 (0.44%) Broadband
13 30 (0.44%) Unified Communications
14 28 (0.41%) 4G
15 21 (0.31%) MPLS
16 18 (0.27%) WLAN
17 14 (0.21%) 3G
17 14 (0.21%) IP Telephony
17 14 (0.21%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
2 64 (0.94%) Big Data
3 50 (0.74%) SQL Server
4 23 (0.34%) Hadoop
5 22 (0.32%) SAP HANA
6 20 (0.30%) Blockchain
7 17 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
8 15 (0.22%) QlikView
9 14 (0.21%) DB2
10 13 (0.19%) Power BI
11 12 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
12 11 (0.16%) Data Lake
12 11 (0.16%) Relational Database
13 10 (0.15%) Electronic Patient Records
14 9 (0.13%) MS Access
15 8 (0.12%) Crystal Reports
15 8 (0.12%) Oracle Database
15 8 (0.12%) SAP BW
15 8 (0.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 7 (0.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 125 (1.85%) JIRA
2 6 (0.089%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.074%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.044%) Bitbucket
4 3 (0.044%) GitLab
4 3 (0.044%) JIRA Agile
4 3 (0.044%) LSMW
4 3 (0.044%) Talend Open Studio
4 3 (0.044%) Visual Studio
4 3 (0.044%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.030%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.030%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.030%) Rational DOORS
5 2 (0.030%) Selenium
5 2 (0.030%) Subversion
6 1 (0.015%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.015%) Dreamweaver
6 1 (0.015%) GoCD
6 1 (0.015%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.015%) VersionOne
General
1 2185 (32.25%) Finance
2 723 (10.67%) Banking
3 537 (7.93%) Retail
4 261 (3.85%) Telecoms
5 251 (3.70%) Marketing
6 228 (3.37%) Investment Banking
7 181 (2.67%) Legal
7 181 (2.67%) Manufacturing
8 128 (1.89%) Front Office
9 86 (1.27%) Back Office
10 85 (1.25%) Advertising
11 81 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
12 62 (0.92%) Retail Banking
13 57 (0.84%) Law
14 55 (0.81%) Publishing
15 45 (0.66%) Billing
16 40 (0.59%) Financial Institution
17 33 (0.49%) Automotive
18 31 (0.46%) Local Government
19 29 (0.43%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (0.63%) .NET
2 27 (0.40%) Middleware
2 27 (0.40%) XML
3 19 (0.28%) HTML
4 18 (0.27%) Web Services
5 17 (0.25%) J2EE
5 17 (0.25%) Oracle Fusion
6 12 (0.18%) EDI
7 10 (0.15%) REST
8 8 (0.12%) FIX Protocol
8 8 (0.12%) Natural Language Processing
9 7 (0.10%) JSON
10 6 (0.089%) Django
10 6 (0.089%) MXNet
10 6 (0.089%) TensorFlow
10 6 (0.089%) Theano
10 6 (0.089%) Velocity
11 5 (0.074%) Mason
11 5 (0.074%) Spring
11 5 (0.074%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 305 (4.50%) Data Centre
2 275 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
3 211 (3.11%) PMI
4 140 (2.07%) Management Information System
5 137 (2.02%) Virtual Team
6 89 (1.31%) NHS
7 78 (1.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 73 (1.08%) FMCG
9 71 (1.05%) Greenfield Project
10 69 (1.02%) User Experience
11 60 (0.89%) Computer Science
12 58 (0.86%) Mobile App
13 49 (0.72%) Derivative
14 41 (0.61%) Fixed Income
15 40 (0.59%) Equities
16 34 (0.50%) EPoS
16 34 (0.50%) Fintech
17 30 (0.44%) IVR
18 26 (0.38%) Reference Data
18 26 (0.38%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 249 (3.68%) Windows
2 115 (1.70%) Windows 10
3 54 (0.80%) Linux
4 53 (0.78%) Unix
5 37 (0.55%) Windows Server
6 30 (0.44%) Windows 7
7 15 (0.22%) Android
7 15 (0.22%) Solaris
8 12 (0.18%) AIX
8 12 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
9 10 (0.15%) Apple iOS
9 10 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
10 9 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.044%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.030%) OS/2
12 2 (0.030%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
12 2 (0.030%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.030%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.030%) zOS
13 1 (0.015%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3218 (47.50%) Project Management
2 1759 (25.96%) Stakeholder Management
3 1692 (24.97%) PRINCE2
4 1475 (21.77%) Agile Software Development
5 738 (10.89%) Migration
6 563 (8.31%) Change Management
7 386 (5.70%) Risk Management
8 373 (5.51%) Scrum
9 370 (5.46%) Waterfall
10 357 (5.27%) ITIL
11 347 (5.12%) Project Planning
12 328 (4.84%) CRM
13 318 (4.69%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 302 (4.46%) Programme Management
15 282 (4.16%) ERP
16 253 (3.73%) E-Commerce
17 237 (3.50%) Business Analysis
18 223 (3.29%) Supplier Management
19 206 (3.04%) Matrix Organization
20 205 (3.03%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 99 (1.46%) SQL
2 75 (1.11%) Java
3 55 (0.81%) C
4 23 (0.34%) JavaScript
4 23 (0.34%) Python
5 22 (0.32%) C#
6 16 (0.24%) VBA
7 11 (0.16%) PHP
8 8 (0.12%) PowerShell
9 7 (0.10%) C++
10 5 (0.074%) Perl
10 5 (0.074%) PL/SQL
11 4 (0.059%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.044%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.044%) Ruby
12 3 (0.044%) VBScript
13 2 (0.030%) R
13 2 (0.030%) RPG
13 2 (0.030%) Scala
13 2 (0.030%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 455 (6.72%) PMI Certification
2 441 (6.51%) Security Cleared
3 423 (6.24%) PMP
4 320 (4.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 300 (4.43%) SC Cleared
6 292 (4.31%) Degree
7 263 (3.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 100 (1.48%) APMP
9 65 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
10 53 (0.78%) DV Cleared
11 40 (0.59%) ISEB
12 39 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
13 31 (0.46%) CISSP
14 27 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
15 19 (0.28%) CTC Cleared
16 15 (0.22%) CISM
17 14 (0.21%) Computer Science Degree
18 13 (0.19%) CCNA
18 13 (0.19%) CCNP
18 13 (0.19%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 314 (4.63%) PMO
2 278 (4.10%) GDPR
3 151 (2.23%) QA
4 121 (1.79%) MiFID
5 54 (0.80%) PCI DSS
6 47 (0.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 34 (0.50%) SLA
8 28 (0.41%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.38%) Data Quality
9 26 (0.38%) EMIR
10 20 (0.30%) Solvency II
11 15 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 12 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
12 12 (0.18%) PMBOK
13 11 (0.16%) FATCA
13 11 (0.16%) GxP
14 9 (0.13%) IFRS
15 8 (0.12%) AIFMD
16 7 (0.10%) COBIT
16 7 (0.10%) SEPA
System Software
1 83 (1.23%) Active Directory
2 30 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
4 11 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (0.13%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.13%) XenApp
6 6 (0.089%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 6 (0.089%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.089%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.059%) Firmware
7 4 (0.059%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (0.059%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.044%) BitLocker
8 3 (0.044%) ProxySG
8 3 (0.044%) vSphere
9 2 (0.030%) IAG
9 2 (0.030%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.030%) VMware NSX
9 2 (0.030%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.015%) Samba
Systems Management
1 47 (0.69%) SCCM
2 11 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
2 11 (0.16%) MOM
3 9 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 7 (0.10%) AirWatch
4 7 (0.10%) SCOM
5 6 (0.089%) Cisco CUCM
5 6 (0.089%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (0.044%) BladeLogic
6 3 (0.044%) BMC PATROL
6 3 (0.044%) FlexNet
6 3 (0.044%) IBM BigFix
6 3 (0.044%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (0.044%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.044%) WSUS
7 2 (0.030%) Forum Sentry
8 1 (0.015%) Ansible
8 1 (0.015%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.015%) Hadoop YARN
8 1 (0.015%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 508 (7.50%) Microsoft
2 371 (5.48%) SAP
3 213 (3.14%) Oracle
4 138 (2.04%) Cisco
5 101 (1.49%) Salesforce.com
6 71 (1.05%) VMware
7 67 (0.99%) Citrix
8 47 (0.69%) Workday
9 38 (0.56%) IBM
10 34 (0.50%) Avaya
10 34 (0.50%) Google
11 33 (0.49%) ServiceNow
12 30 (0.44%) Motorola
13 26 (0.38%) Adobe
13 26 (0.38%) PeopleSoft
14 23 (0.34%) JD Edwards
15 20 (0.30%) Tableau
16 19 (0.28%) Concur
16 19 (0.28%) HP
17 18 (0.27%) Sage