Period
to 18 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 22 17
Rank change year-on-year -7 -5 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,992 6,757 8,604
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.76% 7.11% 7.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.12% 7.49% 8.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,741 4,766 6,055
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 63 42
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -4.90% -2.79%
10th Percentile £19.98 £19.25 £18.99
90th Percentile £51.50 £56.25 £67.63
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +2.94% +4.62% -13.33%

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 98,167 90,219 104,724
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.95% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,297 58,469 68,118
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,167 2,926 3,153
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £19.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.06% -3.79% +11.06%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.38
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -6.47% +11.76%

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 18 July 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 -7 6,363 £475 +5.56% 473
UK excluding London -1 4,040 £438 +2.94% 323
London -8 2,824 £500 - 178
South East 0 1,327 £463 +2.78% 94
North of England +2 830 £420 -1.18% 91
Midlands -11 607 £450 +5.88% 44
Scotland +3 459 £400 -5.33% 26
North West +5 442 £420 -1.18% 37
East of England +10 377 £463 +6.69% 35
South West -5 372 £400 +0.63% 29
West Midlands -15 359 £450 +5.88% 29
Yorkshire -2 325 £415 -2.35% 49
East Midlands -2 211 £403 -5.29% 15
North East -7 65 £450 +13.92% 5
Wales -21 51 £425 +6.25% 4
Northern Ireland +23 14 £388 +3.33%
Channel Islands +7 12 £475 -5.00%
Isle of Man -2 1 - -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 July 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 3,321 (47.50%) Project Management
2 2,256 (32.27%) Finance
3 1,897 (27.13%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,852 (26.49%) Agile Software Development
5 1,607 (22.98%) PRINCE2
6 805 (11.51%) Migration
7 582 (8.32%) Microsoft
8 563 (8.05%) Change Management
9 558 (7.98%) Waterfall
10 546 (7.81%) Banking
11 531 (7.59%) Retail
12 492 (7.04%) Scrum
13 443 (6.34%) Security Cleared
14 438 (6.26%) PMP
15 422 (6.04%) Microsoft Project
16 396 (5.66%) PMI Certification
16 396 (5.66%) Project Planning
17 389 (5.56%) Risk Management
18 364 (5.21%) GDPR
19 330 (4.72%) Problem-Solving
20 329 (4.71%) SC Cleared
21 328 (4.69%) Windows
21 328 (4.69%) PMO
22 326 (4.66%) SAP
23 320 (4.58%) SDLC
24 307 (4.39%) ITIL
25 287 (4.10%) CRM
26 286 (4.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
27 281 (4.02%) Data Centre
28 279 (3.99%) Office 365

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
1 177 (2.53%) SharePoint
2 81 (1.16%) CMS
3 68 (0.97%) Confluence
4 49 (0.70%) Skype for Business
5 34 (0.49%) WebSphere
6 21 (0.30%) MS Exchange
7 20 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 16 (0.23%) Documentum
9 14 (0.20%) SAS
10 13 (0.19%) OpenStack
10 13 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
11 12 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
11 12 (0.17%) SharePoint 2013
11 12 (0.17%) WordPress
12 11 (0.16%) Drupal
13 10 (0.14%) MS Project Server
14 9 (0.13%) Apache Spark
14 9 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
14 9 (0.13%) IIS
15 8 (0.11%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 422 (6.04%) Microsoft Project
2 227 (3.25%) Microsoft Office
3 215 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
4 141 (2.02%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 118 (1.69%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.14%) Open Workbench
8 6 (0.086%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.057%) SPSS
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.029%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.029%) InDesign
10 2 (0.029%) Windchill
11 1 (0.014%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.014%) CATIA
11 1 (0.014%) InVision
11 1 (0.014%) Maya
Business Applications
1 85 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (0.36%) NetSuite
4 24 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 24 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
5 19 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
5 19 (0.27%) Unit4 Business World
6 17 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 16 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
8 15 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
9 14 (0.20%) SAP HR
10 13 (0.19%) Magento
11 11 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
11 11 (0.16%) Primavera
11 11 (0.16%) SAP ERP
12 10 (0.14%) Maximo
12 10 (0.14%) Sage X3
12 10 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 9 (0.13%) CA PPM
13 9 (0.13%) SAP FI
Cloud Services
1 279 (3.99%) Office 365
2 246 (3.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 168 (2.40%) Amazon AWS
4 90 (1.29%) SaaS
5 41 (0.59%) Dynamics 365
6 35 (0.50%) IaaS
7 32 (0.46%) PaaS
8 28 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
9 25 (0.36%) OneDrive
10 18 (0.26%) Trello
11 17 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
12 11 (0.16%) OpenShift
13 10 (0.14%) Google Analytics
14 9 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
15 8 (0.11%) Yammer
16 6 (0.086%) FinancialForce
16 6 (0.086%) G Suite
16 6 (0.086%) Google Cloud Platform
16 6 (0.086%) Virtual Private Cloud
17 4 (0.057%) BlueKai
Communications & Networking
1 127 (1.82%) WAN
2 110 (1.57%) LAN
3 91 (1.30%) SMS
4 71 (1.02%) Skype
5 65 (0.93%) Unified Communications
6 63 (0.90%) Firewall
7 61 (0.87%) Wi-Fi
8 58 (0.83%) Internet
9 37 (0.53%) VoIP
10 33 (0.47%) SAN
11 27 (0.39%) IP Telephony
12 26 (0.37%) Network Security
13 25 (0.36%) DNS
14 24 (0.34%) Intranet
15 23 (0.33%) MPLS
16 21 (0.30%) Broadband
16 21 (0.30%) VPN
17 18 (0.26%) Wireless
18 13 (0.19%) DMZ
19 10 (0.14%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (1.74%) Data Warehouse
2 67 (0.96%) Big Data
3 54 (0.77%) SQL Server
4 34 (0.49%) Hadoop
5 27 (0.39%) Power BI
6 20 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
7 18 (0.26%) Blockchain
8 17 (0.24%) BusinessObjects
9 16 (0.23%) DB2
9 16 (0.23%) SAP BW
9 16 (0.23%) SAP HANA
10 14 (0.20%) Oracle Database
11 13 (0.19%) Adabas
12 12 (0.17%) Data Lake
12 12 (0.17%) MS Access
13 11 (0.16%) Relational Database
14 10 (0.14%) Oracle BI EE
15 9 (0.13%) Electronic Patient Records
16 7 (0.10%) Data Mining
16 7 (0.10%) GIS
Development Applications
1 196 (2.80%) JIRA
2 16 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (0.17%) Visual Studio
4 10 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
5 9 (0.13%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.072%) GitLab
7 2 (0.029%) Bitbucket
7 2 (0.029%) Git (software)
7 2 (0.029%) JIRA Agile
8 1 (0.014%) AdminStudio
8 1 (0.014%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.014%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.014%) GCC
8 1 (0.014%) Maven
8 1 (0.014%) MSI
8 1 (0.014%) ProC
8 1 (0.014%) Selenium
8 1 (0.014%) Sonatype Nexus
8 1 (0.014%) Subversion
8 1 (0.014%) VersionOne
General
1 2,256 (32.27%) Finance
2 546 (7.81%) Banking
3 531 (7.59%) Retail
4 240 (3.43%) Marketing
5 231 (3.30%) Legal
6 203 (2.90%) Telecoms
7 124 (1.77%) Manufacturing
8 106 (1.52%) Investment Banking
9 89 (1.27%) Front Office
9 89 (1.27%) Law
10 87 (1.24%) Advertising
10 87 (1.24%) Retail Banking
11 73 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
12 58 (0.83%) Back Office
12 58 (0.83%) Billing
13 52 (0.74%) Automotive
14 42 (0.60%) Financial Institution
15 37 (0.53%) French Language
16 35 (0.50%) Local Government
17 33 (0.47%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (0.92%) Web Services
2 58 (0.83%) .NET
3 36 (0.51%) HTML
4 30 (0.43%) Oracle Fusion
5 29 (0.41%) Middleware
6 26 (0.37%) CSS
7 20 (0.29%) Velocity
8 15 (0.21%) XML
9 12 (0.17%) J2EE
10 10 (0.14%) .NET Framework
10 10 (0.14%) LDAP
11 9 (0.13%) ASP.NET
11 9 (0.13%) REST
12 7 (0.10%) jQuery
13 6 (0.086%) ASP.NET Web API
13 6 (0.086%) EDI
13 6 (0.086%) FIX Protocol
13 6 (0.086%) HTML5
13 6 (0.086%) SOAP
14 5 (0.072%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 281 (4.02%) Data Centre
2 274 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
3 142 (2.03%) PMI
4 122 (1.74%) Management Information System
5 110 (1.57%) Virtual Team
6 101 (1.44%) User Experience
7 89 (1.27%) Self-Motivation
8 81 (1.16%) NHS
9 75 (1.07%) Mobile App
10 60 (0.86%) FMCG
11 57 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
11 57 (0.82%) Mainframe
12 43 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
13 38 (0.54%) Computer Science
14 31 (0.44%) Reinsurance
15 29 (0.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 25 (0.36%) Derivative
17 24 (0.34%) CCTV
17 24 (0.34%) Fixed Income
18 23 (0.33%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 328 (4.69%) Windows
2 183 (2.62%) Windows 10
3 69 (0.99%) Unix
4 53 (0.76%) Linux
5 41 (0.59%) Windows 7
5 41 (0.59%) Windows Server
6 22 (0.31%) Solaris
7 19 (0.27%) Apple iOS
8 18 (0.26%) AIX
9 15 (0.21%) Android
10 11 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
10 11 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (0.10%) zOS
12 5 (0.072%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (0.072%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.057%) VMS
13 4 (0.057%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (0.057%) Windows NT
14 2 (0.029%) VxWorks
15 1 (0.014%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,321 (47.50%) Project Management
2 1,897 (27.13%) Stakeholder Management
3 1,852 (26.49%) Agile Software Development
4 1,607 (22.98%) PRINCE2
5 805 (11.51%) Migration
6 563 (8.05%) Change Management
7 558 (7.98%) Waterfall
8 492 (7.04%) Scrum
9 396 (5.66%) Project Planning
10 389 (5.56%) Risk Management
11 330 (4.72%) Problem-Solving
12 320 (4.58%) SDLC
13 307 (4.39%) ITIL
14 287 (4.10%) CRM
15 273 (3.90%) E-Commerce
16 266 (3.80%) Stakeholder Engagement
17 265 (3.79%) ERP
18 264 (3.78%) Programme Management
19 257 (3.68%) Matrix Organization
20 239 (3.42%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 113 (1.62%) SQL
2 64 (0.92%) Java
3 63 (0.90%) C
4 25 (0.36%) C#
5 15 (0.21%) JavaScript
6 13 (0.19%) Natural
7 10 (0.14%) PHP
8 9 (0.13%) Erlang
9 5 (0.072%) R
10 4 (0.057%) PowerShell
10 4 (0.057%) Ruby
11 3 (0.043%) Apple Swift
11 3 (0.043%) C++
11 3 (0.043%) Python
11 3 (0.043%) VB
11 3 (0.043%) VBA
12 2 (0.029%) Scala
12 2 (0.029%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.029%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.029%) VB6
Qualifications
1 443 (6.34%) Security Cleared
2 438 (6.26%) PMP
3 396 (5.66%) PMI Certification
4 329 (4.71%) SC Cleared
5 286 (4.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 274 (3.92%) Degree
7 248 (3.55%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 105 (1.50%) APMP
9 47 (0.67%) BPSS Clearance
10 45 (0.64%) DV Cleared
11 42 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
12 36 (0.51%) CISSP
13 31 (0.44%) ISEB
14 28 (0.40%) Master's Degree
15 18 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
16 16 (0.23%) Cisco Certification
16 16 (0.23%) DBS Check
17 15 (0.21%) CISA
18 14 (0.20%) CISM
19 12 (0.17%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 364 (5.21%) GDPR
2 328 (4.69%) PMO
3 188 (2.69%) QA
4 47 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 41 (0.59%) Data Quality
6 31 (0.44%) MiFID
7 23 (0.33%) PCI DSS
8 15 (0.21%) COBIT
8 15 (0.21%) Disclosure Scotland
9 14 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 13 (0.19%) SLA
11 11 (0.16%) Solvency II
12 8 (0.11%) AIFMD
12 8 (0.11%) EMIR
12 8 (0.11%) GxP
12 8 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 8 (0.11%) PMBOK
13 7 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
13 7 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 5 (0.072%) SEPA
System Software
1 136 (1.95%) Active Directory
2 36 (0.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
4 10 (0.14%) XenApp
5 8 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (0.10%) Docker
7 6 (0.086%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 5 (0.072%) VMware NSX
9 4 (0.057%) BitLocker
9 4 (0.057%) Hyper-V
9 4 (0.057%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.043%) HDFS
10 3 (0.043%) Terminal Services
10 3 (0.043%) XenDesktop
11 2 (0.029%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.014%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.014%) Firmware
12 1 (0.014%) RHEV
12 1 (0.014%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 39 (0.56%) SCCM
2 23 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
3 16 (0.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 15 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
5 13 (0.19%) Cisco CUCM
6 11 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
7 10 (0.14%) AirWatch
8 7 (0.10%) QRadar
9 6 (0.086%) CASB
9 6 (0.086%) Cisco UCCE
9 6 (0.086%) SCOM
10 5 (0.072%) Terraform
11 4 (0.057%) Ansible
11 4 (0.057%) Kubernetes
12 3 (0.043%) Microsoft Clustering
12 3 (0.043%) MOM
12 3 (0.043%) Oozie
12 3 (0.043%) Tivoli
13 2 (0.029%) HP ALM
13 2 (0.029%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 582 (8.32%) Microsoft
2 326 (4.66%) SAP
3 272 (3.89%) Oracle
4 116 (1.66%) Salesforce.com
5 108 (1.54%) Cisco
6 94 (1.34%) Citrix
7 88 (1.26%) ServiceNow
8 85 (1.22%) VMware
9 73 (1.04%) IBM
10 56 (0.80%) Workday
11 40 (0.57%) Capita
12 39 (0.56%) Google
13 38 (0.54%) Adobe
14 31 (0.44%) hybris
15 28 (0.40%) Sitecore
16 25 (0.36%) NetApp
17 24 (0.34%) Avaya
17 24 (0.34%) Sage
18 23 (0.33%) HP
19 22 (0.31%) Remedy