Period
to 25 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £490 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 25 52 41
Rank change year-on-year +27 -11 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 5,590 1,335 4,529
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.59% 4.19% 5.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.06% 4.54% 5.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,141 984 3,234
10th Percentile £350 £305 £320
25th Percentile £413 £375 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £490 £450 £468
Median % change year-on-year +8.89% -3.74% +3.89%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £538
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £466 £425 £450
% change year-on-year +9.62% -5.56% +4.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 12 73
10th Percentile £24.42 £20.99 £22.05
25th Percentile £26.78 £24.75 £29.29
Median hourly rate £42.75 £44.25 £36.70
Median % change year-on-year -3.39% +20.57% +3.38%
75th Percentile £55.16 £54.69 £45.25
90th Percentile £68.63 £57.50 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £46.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -13.04% +27.78% +8.63%

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 79,127 29,398 79,422
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.28% 92.31% 94.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,119 19,869 53,215
10th Percentile £300 £260 £258
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £663 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +2.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,084 962 2,723
10th Percentile £11.88 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.67 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.93 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.43% +15.79% +8.57%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.00
90th Percentile £62.45 £54.00 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.26% +11.43% -

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 25 October 2021.

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 25 October 2021.

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 October 2021. 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 +29 4,589 £500 +11.11% 462
UK excluding London +24 2,594 £466 +9.62% 305
London +28 2,092 £525 +9.78% 179
Work from Home +25 1,496 £500 +11.11% 79
South East +20 728 £485 +7.78% 78
North of England +34 521 £450 +12.50% 69
Midlands +17 499 £475 +18.75% 62
West Midlands +20 347 £475 +18.75% 43
Scotland +19 330 £440 +3.53% 16
South West +12 283 £445 -3.78% 47
North West +35 280 £440 +10.00% 40
Yorkshire +28 221 £475 +18.75% 28
East of England +20 152 £450 +14.80% 25
East Midlands +9 148 £439 +5.78% 19
Wales +15 72 £410 -18.00% 4
North East +4 21 £475 +22.58% 1
Northern Ireland +5 15 £375 -6.38% 4
Channel Islands - 1 £475 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 October 2021, 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 2,517 (45.03%) Project Management
2 1,921 (34.36%) Agile Software Development
3 1,715 (30.68%) Finance
4 1,579 (28.25%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,316 (23.54%) Social Skills
6 1,133 (20.27%) Project Delivery
7 1,020 (18.25%) PRINCE2
8 724 (12.95%) Migration
9 526 (9.41%) Waterfall
10 506 (9.05%) Change Management
11 476 (8.52%) Public Sector
12 446 (7.98%) Scrum
13 444 (7.94%) Microsoft
14 406 (7.26%) Security Cleared
15 405 (7.25%) Azure
16 376 (6.73%) Business Case
17 351 (6.28%) Problem-Solving
18 345 (6.17%) Banking
19 344 (6.15%) Risk Management
20 342 (6.12%) SAP
21 308 (5.51%) PMP
22 305 (5.46%) Retail
22 305 (5.46%) PMO
23 297 (5.31%) SC Cleared
24 292 (5.22%) Programme Management
25 287 (5.13%) PMI Certification
26 278 (4.97%) ERP
27 277 (4.96%) JIRA
28 267 (4.78%) Presentation Skills
29 264 (4.72%) Project Governance

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
1 131 (2.34%) SharePoint
2 113 (2.02%) Confluence
3 66 (1.18%) CMS
4 9 (0.16%) Drupal
5 8 (0.14%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.11%) CICS
6 6 (0.11%) Documentum
7 5 (0.089%) Skype for Business
8 3 (0.054%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 3 (0.054%) Headless CMS
8 3 (0.054%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.054%) WordPress
9 2 (0.036%) Anypoint
9 2 (0.036%) Apache
9 2 (0.036%) Appian
9 2 (0.036%) NetWeaver
9 2 (0.036%) Red Hat Fuse
9 2 (0.036%) SAS
9 2 (0.036%) Site Server
9 2 (0.036%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 247 (4.42%) Microsoft Project
2 160 (2.86%) Microsoft Office
3 131 (2.34%) Microsoft Excel
4 107 (1.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 63 (1.13%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.21%) Open Workbench
8 9 (0.16%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.018%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 43 (0.77%) SAP S/4HANA
2 35 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 26 (0.47%) Maximo
4 21 (0.38%) Oracle ERP
5 19 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
5 19 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
6 13 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
7 12 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 12 (0.21%) SAP ERP
8 11 (0.20%) NetSuite
8 11 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
9 9 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
9 9 (0.16%) SAP FI
9 9 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
9 9 (0.16%) Workday HCM
10 7 (0.13%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
10 7 (0.13%) Primavera
10 7 (0.13%) SAP CO
10 7 (0.13%) SAP FI/CO
10 7 (0.13%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 405 (7.25%) Azure
2 213 (3.81%) Microsoft 365
3 133 (2.38%) SaaS
4 100 (1.79%) AWS
5 93 (1.66%) Dynamics 365
6 78 (1.40%) Power Platform
7 42 (0.75%) GCP
8 25 (0.45%) IaaS
9 23 (0.41%) OneDrive
10 21 (0.38%) PaaS
11 17 (0.30%) SuccessFactors
12 12 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
13 11 (0.20%) PowerApps
14 10 (0.18%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 10 (0.18%) Smartsheet
15 9 (0.16%) Azure Sentinel
16 7 (0.13%) Trello
17 6 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
17 6 (0.11%) Google Workspace
17 6 (0.11%) Miro
Communications & Networking
1 68 (1.22%) Firewall
2 55 (0.98%) WAN
3 42 (0.75%) 5G
4 41 (0.73%) LAN
5 34 (0.61%) 2G
6 33 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
7 30 (0.54%) MVNO
8 28 (0.50%) GSM
8 28 (0.50%) Packet Switching
9 25 (0.45%) Network Security
10 24 (0.43%) SAN
11 20 (0.36%) Internet
12 19 (0.34%) Intranet
12 19 (0.34%) Wireless
13 18 (0.32%) Unified Communications
14 17 (0.30%) Broadband
15 16 (0.29%) SD-WAN
15 16 (0.29%) VoIP
16 13 (0.23%) 4G
16 13 (0.23%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
2 74 (1.32%) Data Lake
3 65 (1.16%) Power BI
4 33 (0.59%) Big Data
5 24 (0.43%) Electronic Patient Records
6 21 (0.38%) Oracle Reports
7 17 (0.30%) Oracle Database
8 14 (0.25%) SQL Server
8 14 (0.25%) Tableau
9 13 (0.23%) SAP HANA
10 11 (0.20%) Relational Database
11 10 (0.18%) GIS
12 9 (0.16%) DB2
12 9 (0.16%) Hadoop
13 8 (0.14%) BusinessObjects
13 8 (0.14%) RDBMS
14 7 (0.13%) Geospatial Data
15 6 (0.11%) Metadata
16 5 (0.089%) Amazon Redshift
17 4 (0.072%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 277 (4.96%) JIRA
2 6 (0.11%) Eclipse
2 6 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (0.054%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.036%) Ant
4 2 (0.036%) JIRA Agile
4 2 (0.036%) ProC
4 2 (0.036%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.036%) XPEDITER
5 1 (0.018%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.018%) IBM UrbanCode
5 1 (0.018%) Maven
5 1 (0.018%) Postman
5 1 (0.018%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.018%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.018%) Visual Studio
General
1 1,715 (30.68%) Finance
2 1,316 (23.54%) Social Skills
3 476 (8.52%) Public Sector
4 345 (6.17%) Banking
5 305 (5.46%) Retail
6 267 (4.78%) Presentation Skills
7 250 (4.47%) Analytical Skills
8 249 (4.45%) Telecoms
9 189 (3.38%) Influencing Skills
10 181 (3.24%) Marketing
11 167 (2.99%) Manufacturing
12 145 (2.59%) Organisational Skills
13 109 (1.95%) Legal
14 91 (1.63%) Local Government
15 73 (1.31%) Investment Banking
16 69 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
17 58 (1.04%) Automotive
18 47 (0.84%) Law
19 41 (0.73%) Front Office
20 40 (0.72%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (0.72%) .NET
2 35 (0.63%) Middleware
3 25 (0.45%) Oracle Fusion
4 16 (0.29%) SailPoint
5 14 (0.25%) EDI
5 14 (0.25%) Velocity
6 13 (0.23%) FIDO
7 10 (0.18%) XML
8 8 (0.14%) FpML
9 7 (0.13%) HTML
9 7 (0.13%) OAuth
10 6 (0.11%) CSS
10 6 (0.11%) Web Services
11 4 (0.072%) J2EE
11 4 (0.072%) Kafka
11 4 (0.072%) React
11 4 (0.072%) REST
12 3 (0.054%) Next.js
12 3 (0.054%) Node.js
12 3 (0.054%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 199 (3.56%) Data Centre
2 196 (3.51%) NHS
3 126 (2.25%) PMI
4 108 (1.93%) Management Information System
5 104 (1.86%) Virtual Team
6 97 (1.74%) Data Protection Act
7 94 (1.68%) Legacy Systems
7 94 (1.68%) User Experience
8 88 (1.57%) Self-Motivation
9 66 (1.18%) FMCG
10 49 (0.88%) Mobile App
11 29 (0.52%) Derivative
11 29 (0.52%) Greenfield Project
12 28 (0.50%) Fixed Income
13 23 (0.41%) Mainframe
14 20 (0.36%) Tandem
15 19 (0.34%) Life Science
16 18 (0.32%) LIMS
17 17 (0.30%) Reinsurance
18 16 (0.29%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 159 (2.84%) Windows
2 57 (1.02%) Windows 10
3 40 (0.72%) Windows Server
4 28 (0.50%) Linux
5 18 (0.32%) Unix
5 18 (0.32%) Windows 7
6 9 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (0.13%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (0.11%) zOS
9 5 (0.089%) AIX
9 5 (0.089%) Android
10 4 (0.072%) Windows Server 2016
11 3 (0.054%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.036%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.036%) tvOS
12 2 (0.036%) VMS
13 1 (0.018%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.018%) MVS
13 1 (0.018%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,517 (45.03%) Project Management
2 1,921 (34.36%) Agile Software Development
3 1,579 (28.25%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,133 (20.27%) Project Delivery
5 1,020 (18.25%) PRINCE2
6 724 (12.95%) Migration
7 526 (9.41%) Waterfall
8 506 (9.05%) Change Management
9 446 (7.98%) Scrum
10 376 (6.73%) Business Case
11 351 (6.28%) Problem-Solving
12 344 (6.15%) Risk Management
13 292 (5.22%) Programme Management
14 278 (4.97%) ERP
15 264 (4.72%) Project Governance
16 238 (4.26%) Decision-Making
17 227 (4.06%) Project Planning
18 223 (3.99%) Business Intelligence
19 207 (3.70%) Stakeholder Engagement
20 184 (3.29%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 72 (1.29%) C
2 56 (1.00%) SQL
3 24 (0.43%) Java
4 13 (0.23%) C#
5 4 (0.072%) COBOL
5 4 (0.072%) Scala
5 4 (0.072%) VB
6 3 (0.054%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.054%) Python
7 2 (0.036%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.018%) ABAP
8 1 (0.018%) C++
8 1 (0.018%) JCL
8 1 (0.018%) PHP
8 1 (0.018%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.018%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 406 (7.26%) Security Cleared
2 308 (5.51%) PMP
3 297 (5.31%) SC Cleared
4 287 (5.13%) PMI Certification
5 202 (3.61%) Degree
6 147 (2.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 137 (2.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 46 (0.82%) APMP
9 36 (0.64%) DV Cleared
10 22 (0.39%) BPSS Clearance
11 20 (0.36%) CISSP
12 17 (0.30%) CISM
13 15 (0.27%) ITIL Certification
13 15 (0.27%) RIBA
14 14 (0.25%) ISEB
15 12 (0.21%) DBS Check
16 11 (0.20%) CRISC
16 11 (0.20%) Master's Degree
17 10 (0.18%) CISA
17 10 (0.18%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 305 (5.46%) PMO
2 90 (1.61%) QA
3 56 (1.00%) GDPR
4 42 (0.75%) Data Quality
5 35 (0.63%) PMBOK
6 34 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 26 (0.47%) SLA
8 25 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
9 20 (0.36%) NIST
10 15 (0.27%) MiFID
10 15 (0.27%) PCI DSS
11 14 (0.25%) IFRS
12 13 (0.23%) Accessibility
12 13 (0.23%) GRC
13 12 (0.21%) COBIT
14 10 (0.18%) EMIR
15 9 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
15 9 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 7 (0.13%) GxP
16 7 (0.13%) P3O
System Software
1 68 (1.22%) Active Directory
2 42 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
4 9 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (0.11%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.072%) vSphere
7 3 (0.054%) Docker
7 3 (0.054%) Firmware
7 3 (0.054%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.036%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 2 (0.036%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.036%) XenApp
8 2 (0.036%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.018%) IAG
9 1 (0.018%) PowerHA
9 1 (0.018%) RACF
9 1 (0.018%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 14 (0.25%) Single Sign-On
2 11 (0.20%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (0.18%) SCCM
4 7 (0.13%) Jamf Pro
4 7 (0.13%) Kubernetes
5 5 (0.089%) Cisco CUCM
5 5 (0.089%) Terraform
6 4 (0.072%) MOM
6 4 (0.072%) RSA Archer
6 4 (0.072%) vMotion
7 3 (0.054%) WebSphere Cast Iron
8 2 (0.036%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 2 (0.036%) CloudHub
8 2 (0.036%) Grafana
8 2 (0.036%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.036%) Tivoli
8 2 (0.036%) vRealize
9 1 (0.018%) Cisco Prime
9 1 (0.018%) Red Hat Satellite
9 1 (0.018%) SCOM
Vendors
1 444 (7.94%) Microsoft
2 342 (6.12%) SAP
3 219 (3.92%) Oracle
4 117 (2.09%) Salesforce.com
5 76 (1.36%) ServiceNow
6 72 (1.29%) VMware
7 56 (1.00%) Cisco
8 52 (0.93%) Citrix
9 44 (0.79%) Google
10 39 (0.70%) IBM
10 39 (0.70%) Workday
11 35 (0.63%) CyberArk
12 27 (0.48%) CheckPoint
13 26 (0.47%) JD Edwards
14 24 (0.43%) Dell
15 23 (0.41%) Atlassian
16 18 (0.32%) CA Agile Central
16 18 (0.32%) Concur
17 17 (0.30%) BT
17 17 (0.30%) Cadence