Period
to 17 October 2019

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 October 2019.

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
17 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 37 35 22
Rank change year-on-year -2 -13 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 4,628 6,231 6,852
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.44% 6.04% 6.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.78% 6.37% 7.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,211 4,164 4,833
UK median daily rate £475 £458 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.83% +1.67% -
10th Percentile £325 £319 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 84 70 54
UK median hourly rate £35.25 £35.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.71% - -
10th Percentile £23.25 £19.88 £19.95
90th Percentile £53.75 £51.25 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00

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 80,094 97,771 94,259
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.13% 94.76% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 52,569 64,251 61,834
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
10th Percentile £263 £268 £263
90th Percentile £645 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,843 3,144 2,822
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% +1.08%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.78% +1.41%

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 17 October 2019.

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 17 October 2019.

Contractor 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 17 October 2019. 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 0 4,277 £475 +1.60% 579
UK excluding London -4 2,588 £450 +3.45% 469
London +3 1,919 £500 - 151
South East -14 761 £450 -2.70% 131
North of England -1 557 £450 +5.88% 109
Midlands +4 394 £450 - 86
South West -10 360 £425 - 54
North West +2 292 £450 +9.09% 64
East of England -9 246 £463 - 50
West Midlands -3 245 £450 - 52
Yorkshire -5 231 £438 +2.94% 36
Scotland -18 200 £425 +6.25% 26
East Midlands +12 130 £475 +15.15% 33
Wales +30 48 £433 +8.13% 12
North East 0 35 £450 +2.86% 9
Northern Ireland +11 18 £371 -4.19% 3
Channel Islands -9 7 £415 +10.67%

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 October 2019, 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 2,111 (45.61%) Project Management
2 1,360 (29.39%) Finance
3 1,277 (27.59%) Agile Software Development
4 1,218 (26.32%) Stakeholder Management
5 952 (20.57%) PRINCE2
6 838 (18.11%) Project Delivery
7 645 (13.94%) Migration
8 406 (8.77%) Microsoft
9 390 (8.43%) Change Management
10 363 (7.84%) SAP
11 331 (7.15%) Public Sector
12 321 (6.94%) Security Cleared
13 318 (6.87%) ERP
14 302 (6.53%) Waterfall
15 294 (6.35%) Scrum
16 284 (6.14%) PMI Certification
17 271 (5.86%) Retail
18 261 (5.64%) PMP
19 259 (5.60%) Banking
20 258 (5.57%) Risk Management
21 253 (5.47%) Microsoft Project
22 252 (5.45%) Azure
23 251 (5.42%) Project Planning
24 247 (5.34%) Office 365
25 242 (5.23%) SC Cleared
26 236 (5.10%) Telecoms
27 217 (4.69%) PMO
28 210 (4.54%) Data Centre
29 209 (4.52%) Windows
30 208 (4.49%) CRM

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
1 156 (3.37%) SharePoint
2 56 (1.21%) Confluence
3 51 (1.10%) CMS
4 26 (0.56%) Skype for Business
5 24 (0.52%) MS Project Server
6 20 (0.43%) WebSphere
7 17 (0.37%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 11 (0.24%) MS Exchange
9 8 (0.17%) SAS
10 5 (0.11%) Drupal
10 5 (0.11%) Umbraco
11 4 (0.086%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (0.086%) Moodle
11 4 (0.086%) Totara
12 3 (0.065%) NetWeaver
13 2 (0.043%) Apache
13 2 (0.043%) ColdFusion
13 2 (0.043%) IBM Domino
13 2 (0.043%) JBoss
13 2 (0.043%) Tomcat
Applications
1 253 (5.47%) Microsoft Project
2 168 (3.63%) Microsoft Office
3 131 (2.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 126 (2.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 48 (1.04%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.13%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.043%) Adobe Captivate
8 2 (0.043%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.043%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.022%) Adobe After Effects
9 1 (0.022%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.022%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 82 (1.77%) Dynamics CRM
2 56 (1.21%) SAP S/4HANA
3 37 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
4 25 (0.54%) NetSuite
5 23 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
6 21 (0.45%) SAP ERP
7 16 (0.35%) Oracle EBS R12
8 12 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
8 12 (0.26%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 11 (0.24%) Teamcenter
10 10 (0.22%) SAP CO
10 10 (0.22%) SAP FI
10 10 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
10 10 (0.22%) SAP HR
10 10 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
11 9 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
11 9 (0.19%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 9 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
11 9 (0.19%) SAP BPC
12 7 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 252 (5.45%) Azure
2 247 (5.34%) Office 365
3 102 (2.20%) Dynamics 365
4 97 (2.10%) AWS
5 49 (1.06%) SaaS
6 35 (0.76%) Power Platform
7 25 (0.54%) IaaS
8 23 (0.50%) SuccessFactors
9 22 (0.48%) OneDrive
10 21 (0.45%) G Suite
11 14 (0.30%) GCP
11 14 (0.30%) Smartsheet
12 11 (0.24%) PaaS
13 10 (0.22%) Google Analytics
13 10 (0.22%) Yammer
14 9 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
14 9 (0.19%) Cloud Computing
14 9 (0.19%) Google Sheets
15 8 (0.17%) Google Docs
16 7 (0.15%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 78 (1.69%) WAN
2 66 (1.43%) Firewall
3 65 (1.40%) LAN
4 55 (1.19%) Skype
5 38 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
6 36 (0.78%) VoIP
7 34 (0.73%) 4G
8 32 (0.69%) 2G
9 31 (0.67%) 3G
10 26 (0.56%) Unified Communications
11 24 (0.52%) 5G
12 23 (0.50%) Network Security
13 19 (0.41%) Internet
14 18 (0.39%) Wireless
15 17 (0.37%) Intranet
15 17 (0.37%) SAN
16 16 (0.35%) Radio Access Network
17 15 (0.32%) Ethernet
18 14 (0.30%) 2.5G
19 12 (0.26%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
2 46 (0.99%) Big Data
3 35 (0.76%) Power BI
4 32 (0.69%) SAP HANA
5 28 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
6 27 (0.58%) SQL Server
7 21 (0.45%) Oracle Database
8 20 (0.43%) Data Lake
9 15 (0.32%) SAP BW
10 13 (0.28%) Electronic Patient Records
10 13 (0.28%) QlikView
11 12 (0.26%) Qlik Sense
12 9 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
13 8 (0.17%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
14 7 (0.15%) GIS
15 6 (0.13%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
15 6 (0.13%) MS Access
15 6 (0.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 5 (0.11%) Hadoop
17 4 (0.086%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 136 (2.94%) JIRA
2 10 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (0.086%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.043%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.043%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.022%) CA Flowdock
6 1 (0.022%) JIRA Agile
6 1 (0.022%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.022%) StarTeam
6 1 (0.022%) VersionOne
6 1 (0.022%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.022%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 1,360 (29.39%) Finance
2 331 (7.15%) Public Sector
3 271 (5.86%) Retail
4 259 (5.60%) Banking
5 236 (5.10%) Telecoms
6 161 (3.48%) Manufacturing
7 149 (3.22%) Marketing
8 104 (2.25%) Legal
9 77 (1.66%) Pharmaceutical
10 63 (1.36%) Financial Institution
11 58 (1.25%) Local Government
12 46 (0.99%) Advertising
12 46 (0.99%) Investment Banking
13 34 (0.73%) Law
14 32 (0.69%) Back Office
14 32 (0.69%) Billing
15 29 (0.63%) Electronics
15 29 (0.63%) Publishing
16 28 (0.61%) Front Office
17 25 (0.54%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (0.86%) .NET
2 24 (0.52%) Oracle Fusion
3 23 (0.50%) Web Services
4 21 (0.45%) HTML
5 17 (0.37%) Middleware
6 14 (0.30%) CSS
6 14 (0.30%) J2EE
7 9 (0.19%) EDI
8 8 (0.17%) Velocity
9 6 (0.13%) CGI
9 6 (0.13%) LDAP
10 5 (0.11%) ASP.NET
10 5 (0.11%) JSON
10 5 (0.11%) XML
11 3 (0.065%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.065%) RESTful
11 3 (0.065%) XMPP
12 2 (0.043%) ADO
12 2 (0.043%) HTML5
12 2 (0.043%) Natural Language Processing
Miscellaneous
1 210 (4.54%) Data Centre
2 173 (3.74%) Analytical Skills
3 134 (2.90%) PMI
4 104 (2.25%) Management Information System
5 81 (1.75%) User Experience
6 80 (1.73%) NHS
7 76 (1.64%) Virtual Team
8 71 (1.53%) Self-Motivation
9 60 (1.30%) Greenfield Project
10 47 (1.02%) FMCG
11 33 (0.71%) Mobile App
12 29 (0.63%) Public Cloud
13 19 (0.41%) Hedge funds
14 17 (0.37%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 15 (0.32%) CMDB
15 15 (0.32%) e-Learning
15 15 (0.32%) EPoS
15 15 (0.32%) Life Science
16 14 (0.30%) Video Conferencing
17 12 (0.26%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 209 (4.52%) Windows
2 127 (2.74%) Windows 10
3 30 (0.65%) Windows 7
4 29 (0.63%) Linux
4 29 (0.63%) Windows Server
5 14 (0.30%) Solaris
6 12 (0.26%) Apple iOS
7 11 (0.24%) Unix
8 10 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 9 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (0.17%) Android
10 8 (0.17%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (0.13%) Windows XP
12 5 (0.11%) AIX
13 4 (0.086%) Windows NT
13 4 (0.086%) Windows Server 2012
14 3 (0.065%) Windows 8
15 2 (0.043%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.043%) Windows 2000 Server
16 1 (0.022%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,111 (45.61%) Project Management
2 1,277 (27.59%) Agile Software Development
3 1,218 (26.32%) Stakeholder Management
4 952 (20.57%) PRINCE2
5 838 (18.11%) Project Delivery
6 645 (13.94%) Migration
7 390 (8.43%) Change Management
8 318 (6.87%) ERP
9 302 (6.53%) Waterfall
10 294 (6.35%) Scrum
11 258 (5.57%) Risk Management
12 251 (5.42%) Project Planning
13 208 (4.49%) CRM
14 205 (4.43%) Programme Management
15 199 (4.30%) Problem-Solving
16 185 (4.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
17 168 (3.63%) ITIL
18 166 (3.59%) Business Intelligence
19 163 (3.52%) Project Governance
20 160 (3.46%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 55 (1.19%) SQL
2 44 (0.95%) C
3 42 (0.91%) Java
4 14 (0.30%) C#
5 13 (0.28%) JavaScript
6 11 (0.24%) Python
7 5 (0.11%) PHP
7 5 (0.11%) Scala
8 4 (0.086%) PowerShell
9 3 (0.065%) Delphi
9 3 (0.065%) T-SQL
9 3 (0.065%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.043%) C++
10 2 (0.043%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.043%) Ruby
10 2 (0.043%) VBA
11 1 (0.022%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.022%) PHP 5
11 1 (0.022%) R
11 1 (0.022%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 321 (6.94%) Security Cleared
2 284 (6.14%) PMI Certification
3 261 (5.64%) PMP
4 242 (5.23%) SC Cleared
5 199 (4.30%) Degree
6 166 (3.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 146 (3.15%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 71 (1.53%) APMP
9 38 (0.82%) DV Cleared
10 24 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
11 19 (0.41%) ISEB
12 15 (0.32%) ACCA
12 15 (0.32%) Cisco Certification
13 14 (0.30%) Master's Degree
14 12 (0.26%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (0.24%) CIMA
16 9 (0.19%) CCNA
16 9 (0.19%) CISSP
17 8 (0.17%) Computer Science Degree
17 8 (0.17%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 217 (4.69%) PMO
2 94 (2.03%) QA
3 50 (1.08%) GDPR
4 30 (0.65%) Data Quality
5 23 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 18 (0.39%) SLA
7 13 (0.28%) COBIT
8 11 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
8 11 (0.24%) HL7
8 11 (0.24%) MiFID
9 10 (0.22%) GxP
10 9 (0.19%) Solvency II
11 7 (0.15%) PCI DSS
12 6 (0.13%) EMIR
12 6 (0.13%) NIST
12 6 (0.13%) PSD2
13 5 (0.11%) GAMP
13 5 (0.11%) IFRS
13 5 (0.11%) ISO 9001
14 4 (0.086%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 67 (1.45%) Active Directory
2 20 (0.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.13%) Hyper-V
3 6 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
4 5 (0.11%) Docker
4 5 (0.11%) vSphere
5 4 (0.086%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.065%) Virtual Servers
6 3 (0.065%) XenApp
7 2 (0.043%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.043%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.022%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.022%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.022%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.022%) OpenDJ
8 1 (0.022%) OpenIDM
8 1 (0.022%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 20 (0.43%) SCCM
2 8 (0.17%) Ansible
2 8 (0.17%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (0.15%) Kubernetes
4 6 (0.13%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (0.086%) MOM
6 3 (0.065%) CASB
6 3 (0.065%) Host Intrusion Detection System
6 3 (0.065%) NetBackup
6 3 (0.065%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.065%) Puppet
6 3 (0.065%) WMI
7 2 (0.043%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.043%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.043%) Cisco UCCE
7 2 (0.043%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 2 (0.043%) QRadar
7 2 (0.043%) SCOM
7 2 (0.043%) Stealthwatch
8 1 (0.022%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 406 (8.77%) Microsoft
2 363 (7.84%) SAP
3 181 (3.91%) Oracle
4 95 (2.05%) Salesforce.com
5 76 (1.64%) Cisco
6 62 (1.34%) Google
7 47 (1.02%) Citrix
8 45 (0.97%) ServiceNow
9 40 (0.86%) Workday
10 39 (0.84%) IBM
11 37 (0.80%) VMware
12 30 (0.65%) Adobe
13 23 (0.50%) Remedy
14 20 (0.43%) Ariba
15 17 (0.37%) Infor
15 17 (0.37%) Tableau
16 16 (0.35%) hybris
16 16 (0.35%) JD Edwards
17 15 (0.32%) CheckPoint
18 14 (0.30%) Atlassian