Period
to 19 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £460 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 October 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
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 35 22 24
Rank change year-on-year -13 +2 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,227 6,879 7,358
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.04% 6.92% 6.91%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.38% 7.29% 7.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,158 4,854 5,245
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £310
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £435 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.35% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 55 69
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.41% -9.18%
10th Percentile £19.85 £19.95 £19.90
90th Percentile £51.25 £55.00 £69.31
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.90
% change year-on-year - +6.38% -17.75%

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 97,664 94,376 100,916
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.92% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,189 61,985 65,717
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £268 £263 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,134 2,810 3,301
UK median hourly rate £17.99 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.82% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 19 October 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 19 October 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 19 October 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 -14 5,645 £470 +4.44% 712
UK excluding London -9 3,668 £435 +2.35% 498
London -17 2,440 £500 - 245
South East -5 1,118 £465 +3.33% 140
North of England -3 775 £425 - 121
Midlands -15 528 £450 +5.88% 86
Scotland +1 430 £400 -5.88% 18
South West -6 396 £425 +6.25% 64
North West +1 362 £415 -4.60% 76
East of England -3 362 £463 +8.82% 56
Yorkshire -7 356 £425 +1.19% 40
West Midlands -18 347 £450 - 58
East Midlands -9 158 £413 -1.79% 28
North East -18 59 £438 -2.78% 5
Wales -24 40 £400 - 9
Northern Ireland +43 13 £388 -0.64% 4
Channel Islands +2 9 £375 -25.00%
Isle of Man -3 2 £375 -16.67%

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 2,915 (46.81%) Project Management
2 1,983 (31.85%) Finance
3 1,764 (28.33%) Agile Software Development
4 1,601 (25.71%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,401 (22.50%) PRINCE2
6 831 (13.35%) Migration
7 534 (8.58%) Microsoft
8 523 (8.40%) Waterfall
9 467 (7.50%) Banking
10 440 (7.07%) Change Management
11 437 (7.02%) Security Cleared
12 426 (6.84%) Retail
13 425 (6.83%) Scrum
14 401 (6.44%) Microsoft Project
15 397 (6.38%) Risk Management
16 349 (5.60%) Project Planning
17 344 (5.52%) PMP
18 332 (5.33%) SAP
19 328 (5.27%) SC Cleared
20 319 (5.12%) Problem-Solving
21 318 (5.11%) PMI Certification
22 312 (5.01%) Windows
23 307 (4.93%) Data Centre
24 283 (4.54%) Office 365
25 279 (4.48%) Programme Management
26 268 (4.30%) Degree
27 262 (4.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
28 260 (4.18%) CRM
28 260 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
29 259 (4.16%) ITIL

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
1 183 (2.94%) SharePoint
2 75 (1.20%) Confluence
3 66 (1.06%) CMS
4 40 (0.64%) Skype for Business
5 26 (0.42%) Drupal
6 24 (0.39%) WebSphere
7 22 (0.35%) OpenStack
8 17 (0.27%) Documentum
8 17 (0.27%) SAS
9 14 (0.22%) MS Exchange
10 10 (0.16%) MS Project Server
11 8 (0.13%) WordPress
12 7 (0.11%) Apache Spark
12 7 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
12 7 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
13 6 (0.096%) SharePoint 2013
14 5 (0.080%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 5 (0.080%) IBM Domino
14 5 (0.080%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 401 (6.44%) Microsoft Project
2 258 (4.14%) Microsoft Office
3 200 (3.21%) Microsoft Excel
4 136 (2.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 108 (1.73%) MS Visio
6 17 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 15 (0.24%) Open Workbench
8 7 (0.11%) Maya
9 5 (0.080%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.064%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.032%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.016%) Chatbot
12 1 (0.016%) S-PLUS
12 1 (0.016%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 82 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (0.71%) SAP S/4HANA
3 37 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
4 33 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
5 18 (0.29%) NetSuite
6 16 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
6 16 (0.26%) Primavera
7 14 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
8 13 (0.21%) Magento
8 13 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
9 11 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 11 (0.18%) SAP ERP
9 11 (0.18%) SAP HR
10 10 (0.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 9 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
12 8 (0.13%) Oracle CRM
12 8 (0.13%) SAP FI
12 8 (0.13%) SAP Hybris
13 7 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
13 7 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 283 (4.54%) Office 365
2 246 (3.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 172 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
4 81 (1.30%) SaaS
5 39 (0.63%) Dynamics 365
6 38 (0.61%) PaaS
7 28 (0.45%) IaaS
7 28 (0.45%) Trello
8 22 (0.35%) OneDrive
9 19 (0.31%) Cloud Computing
10 18 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
11 12 (0.19%) Yammer
12 9 (0.14%) Google Cloud Platform
12 9 (0.14%) OpenShift
13 8 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
13 8 (0.13%) Google Analytics
14 6 (0.096%) FinancialForce
15 4 (0.064%) G Suite
15 4 (0.064%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 4 (0.064%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 117 (1.88%) WAN
2 101 (1.62%) LAN
3 74 (1.19%) Firewall
4 60 (0.96%) Skype
5 59 (0.95%) SMS
6 55 (0.88%) Internet
7 54 (0.87%) Wi-Fi
8 49 (0.79%) Unified Communications
9 33 (0.53%) SAN
10 26 (0.42%) DNS
11 23 (0.37%) Wireless
12 22 (0.35%) Intranet
12 22 (0.35%) VoIP
12 22 (0.35%) VPN
13 18 (0.29%) MPLS
14 16 (0.26%) IP Telephony
15 15 (0.24%) Broadband
15 15 (0.24%) Network Security
16 10 (0.16%) DHCP
17 9 (0.14%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 116 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
2 50 (0.80%) SQL Server
3 45 (0.72%) Big Data
4 24 (0.39%) Power BI
5 23 (0.37%) BusinessObjects
6 19 (0.31%) Oracle Database
6 19 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
7 17 (0.27%) SAP HANA
8 16 (0.26%) Hadoop
8 16 (0.26%) SAP BW
9 15 (0.24%) QlikView
10 13 (0.21%) Adabas
11 11 (0.18%) Data Lake
11 11 (0.18%) Oracle BI EE
12 9 (0.14%) DB2
12 9 (0.14%) MongoDB
13 8 (0.13%) Electronic Patient Records
13 8 (0.13%) MS Access
14 7 (0.11%) Blockchain
14 7 (0.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 202 (3.24%) JIRA
2 8 (0.13%) Hudson
2 8 (0.13%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.096%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (0.080%) GitLab
4 5 (0.080%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (0.048%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.048%) Subversion
6 2 (0.032%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.032%) Dreamweaver
6 2 (0.032%) Selenium
6 2 (0.032%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.016%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.016%) JIRA Agile
7 1 (0.016%) Robot Framework
7 1 (0.016%) SoapUI
7 1 (0.016%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.016%) TestPartner
7 1 (0.016%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 1 (0.016%) XMLSpy
General
1 1,983 (31.85%) Finance
2 467 (7.50%) Banking
3 426 (6.84%) Retail
4 230 (3.69%) Marketing
5 215 (3.45%) Telecoms
6 175 (2.81%) Legal
7 139 (2.23%) Manufacturing
8 109 (1.75%) Law
9 100 (1.61%) Investment Banking
10 80 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
11 70 (1.12%) Advertising
12 64 (1.03%) Front Office
13 62 (1.00%) Retail Banking
14 48 (0.77%) Financial Institution
15 46 (0.74%) Billing
16 43 (0.69%) Automotive
17 42 (0.67%) Back Office
18 29 (0.47%) Electronics
19 27 (0.43%) Local Government
20 26 (0.42%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (0.71%) Web Services
2 42 (0.67%) .NET
3 38 (0.61%) Middleware
4 27 (0.43%) Velocity
5 26 (0.42%) HTML
6 18 (0.29%) CSS
6 18 (0.29%) Oracle Fusion
7 11 (0.18%) EDI
7 11 (0.18%) LDAP
8 7 (0.11%) XML
9 6 (0.096%) COM
10 5 (0.080%) J2EE
11 4 (0.064%) FIX Protocol
11 4 (0.064%) HTML5
11 4 (0.064%) jQuery
11 4 (0.064%) SAP Basis
11 4 (0.064%) Spring
12 3 (0.048%) IBM Integration Bus
12 3 (0.048%) JFC
12 3 (0.048%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 307 (4.93%) Data Centre
2 260 (4.18%) Analytical Skills
3 129 (2.07%) Management Information System
4 126 (2.02%) PMI
5 104 (1.67%) NHS
6 86 (1.38%) Virtual Team
7 85 (1.37%) Self-Motivation
8 84 (1.35%) User Experience
9 83 (1.33%) Mobile App
10 57 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
11 52 (0.84%) FMCG
12 43 (0.69%) Computer Science
13 38 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
14 37 (0.59%) Mainframe
15 33 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 27 (0.43%) Hybrid Cloud
17 26 (0.42%) Derivative
18 22 (0.35%) Life Science
19 21 (0.34%) Fixed Income
20 20 (0.32%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 312 (5.01%) Windows
2 181 (2.91%) Windows 10
3 55 (0.88%) Unix
4 47 (0.75%) Linux
5 45 (0.72%) Windows 7
6 37 (0.59%) Windows Server
7 19 (0.31%) Solaris
8 11 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (0.14%) Apple iOS
10 8 (0.13%) Android
10 8 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (0.11%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (0.096%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.080%) AIX
14 3 (0.048%) Windows 2000 Server
14 3 (0.048%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.032%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.032%) zOS
16 1 (0.016%) VMS
16 1 (0.016%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,915 (46.81%) Project Management
2 1,764 (28.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1,601 (25.71%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,401 (22.50%) PRINCE2
5 831 (13.35%) Migration
6 523 (8.40%) Waterfall
7 440 (7.07%) Change Management
8 425 (6.83%) Scrum
9 397 (6.38%) Risk Management
10 349 (5.60%) Project Planning
11 319 (5.12%) Problem-Solving
12 279 (4.48%) Programme Management
13 260 (4.18%) CRM
14 259 (4.16%) ITIL
15 257 (4.13%) ERP
16 250 (4.01%) SDLC
17 249 (4.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
18 233 (3.74%) E-Commerce
19 232 (3.73%) Project Governance
20 213 (3.42%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 105 (1.69%) SQL
2 62 (1.00%) C
3 49 (0.79%) Java
4 13 (0.21%) Natural
5 10 (0.16%) JavaScript
5 10 (0.16%) VB
6 9 (0.14%) C#
7 8 (0.13%) Erlang
8 7 (0.11%) PHP
9 5 (0.080%) Python
9 5 (0.080%) VB.NET
9 5 (0.080%) VB6
10 2 (0.032%) R
10 2 (0.032%) Ruby
10 2 (0.032%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.032%) X++
11 1 (0.016%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.016%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.016%) Scala
11 1 (0.016%) VBA
Qualifications
1 437 (7.02%) Security Cleared
2 344 (5.52%) PMP
3 328 (5.27%) SC Cleared
4 318 (5.11%) PMI Certification
5 268 (4.30%) Degree
6 262 (4.21%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 194 (3.12%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 95 (1.53%) APMP
9 70 (1.12%) DV Cleared
10 40 (0.64%) BPSS Clearance
11 26 (0.42%) ITIL Certification
12 23 (0.37%) CISSP
12 23 (0.37%) ISEB
12 23 (0.37%) Master's Degree
13 16 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
13 16 (0.26%) Computer Science Degree
14 14 (0.22%) DBS Check
15 11 (0.18%) HND
15 11 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
16 10 (0.16%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 255 (4.10%) PMO
2 188 (3.02%) GDPR
3 141 (2.26%) QA
4 33 (0.53%) Data Quality
5 29 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 28 (0.45%) MiFID
7 23 (0.37%) PCI DSS
8 18 (0.29%) SLA
9 13 (0.21%) Solvency II
10 11 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 11 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 10 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
11 10 (0.16%) JSP 440
12 9 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
12 9 (0.14%) EMIR
12 9 (0.14%) GxP
13 8 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
13 8 (0.13%) IFRS
13 8 (0.13%) PMBOK
14 7 (0.11%) COBIT
System Software
1 126 (2.02%) Active Directory
2 26 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.18%) Docker
4 10 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
5 7 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
5 7 (0.11%) XenApp
6 6 (0.096%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 6 (0.096%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (0.080%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.064%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.064%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.048%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.032%) HDFS
10 2 (0.032%) KVM
10 2 (0.032%) LXC
10 2 (0.032%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.032%) vSphere
11 1 (0.016%) Firmware
11 1 (0.016%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.016%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 41 (0.66%) SCCM
2 23 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
3 18 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
4 12 (0.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 8 (0.13%) Kubernetes
6 6 (0.096%) AirWatch
7 5 (0.080%) Ansible
8 4 (0.064%) HP ALM
8 4 (0.064%) RSA Archer
8 4 (0.064%) SCOM
9 3 (0.048%) CASB
9 3 (0.048%) Oracle Identity Management
9 3 (0.048%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.032%) Cisco CUCM
10 2 (0.032%) Grafana
10 2 (0.032%) MOM
10 2 (0.032%) Oozie
10 2 (0.032%) OpenView
11 1 (0.016%) Nagios
11 1 (0.016%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 534 (8.58%) Microsoft
2 332 (5.33%) SAP
3 257 (4.13%) Oracle
4 106 (1.70%) Salesforce.com
5 90 (1.45%) Citrix
6 80 (1.28%) VMware
7 76 (1.22%) Cisco
8 55 (0.88%) ServiceNow
9 47 (0.75%) Workday
10 42 (0.67%) IBM
11 37 (0.59%) Google
12 24 (0.39%) Atlassian
12 24 (0.39%) Avaya
13 23 (0.37%) Remedy
14 22 (0.35%) Sitecore
15 20 (0.32%) HP
15 20 (0.32%) hybris
15 20 (0.32%) NetApp
16 19 (0.31%) Pega
16 19 (0.31%) Sage