Period
to 21 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 24 26 15
Rank change year-on-year +2 -11 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,655 6,227 9,143
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.74% 6.48% 8.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.11% 6.84% 8.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,690 4,445 6,322
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +1.74%
10th Percentile £325 £308 £313
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 75 74
UK median hourly rate £41.00 £32.00 £37.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.13% -13.63% -3.77%
10th Percentile £19.36 £20.00 £19.60
90th Percentile £60.78 £50.00 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £30.20 £35.50
% change year-on-year +35.75% -14.92% -11.25%

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 93,600 91,033 102,521
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,185 59,429 65,414
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,750 3,215 3,866
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.25
% change year-on-year - -4.11% +10.61%

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 21 January 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 21 January 2018.

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 21 January 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 -1 6,104 £470 +4.44% 763
UK excluding London +3 3,676 £425 - 510
London -4 2,845 £500 +2.56% 307
South East +1 1,245 £450 +2.86% 151
North of England 0 669 £425 +6.25% 109
Midlands +5 629 £425 - 86
Scotland +13 413 £425 +9.68% 44
West Midlands +8 407 £425 - 63
East of England +6 372 £463 +8.82% 62
Yorkshire +10 325 £425 +6.25% 43
South West +7 303 £425 +6.25% 45
North West -11 278 £425 +4.94% 55
East Midlands -5 204 £400 -2.14% 23
North East +19 66 £495 +41.43% 11
Wales +9 45 £400 -4.76% 7
Channel Islands +4 5 £500 -
Northern Ireland -43 5 £350 -8.85% 6

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 3,133 (47.08%) Project Management
2 2,117 (31.81%) Finance
3 1,833 (27.54%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,657 (24.90%) Agile Software Development
5 1,654 (24.85%) PRINCE2
6 646 (9.71%) Migration
7 592 (8.90%) Banking
8 507 (7.62%) Change Management
9 503 (7.56%) Microsoft
10 474 (7.12%) Microsoft Project
11 473 (7.11%) PMP
11 473 (7.11%) PMI Certification
12 468 (7.03%) GDPR
13 454 (6.82%) Retail
14 446 (6.70%) Waterfall
15 431 (6.48%) Security Cleared
16 399 (6.00%) Project Planning
17 392 (5.89%) Scrum
17 392 (5.89%) Risk Management
18 351 (5.27%) Programme Management
18 351 (5.27%) CRM
19 334 (5.02%) SAP
20 326 (4.90%) SC Cleared
20 326 (4.90%) PMO
21 322 (4.84%) Degree
22 310 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
23 309 (4.64%) E-Commerce
24 307 (4.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
25 300 (4.51%) Stakeholder Engagement
26 288 (4.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner

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
1 180 (2.70%) SharePoint
2 92 (1.38%) CMS
3 86 (1.29%) Confluence
4 35 (0.53%) Skype for Business
4 35 (0.53%) WebSphere
5 25 (0.38%) MS Project Server
6 19 (0.29%) MS Exchange
7 17 (0.26%) Documentum
8 16 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
8 16 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 13 (0.20%) Apache Spark
9 13 (0.20%) SAS
10 8 (0.12%) OpenStack
10 8 (0.12%) SharePoint Server
11 7 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
11 7 (0.11%) Sitecore CMS
12 6 (0.090%) BizTalk Server
12 6 (0.090%) IIS
13 5 (0.075%) Apache
13 5 (0.075%) WordPress
Applications
1 474 (7.12%) Microsoft Project
2 218 (3.28%) Microsoft Office
3 178 (2.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 126 (1.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 105 (1.58%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.075%) Vectorworks
8 4 (0.060%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.045%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.030%) Adobe After Effects
10 2 (0.030%) HipChat
11 1 (0.015%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.015%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.015%) Maya
11 1 (0.015%) Open Workbench
11 1 (0.015%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 97 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 61 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 27 (0.41%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 22 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
5 21 (0.32%) NetSuite
5 21 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
6 20 (0.30%) SAP FI
7 18 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
7 18 (0.27%) SAP HR
7 18 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
8 17 (0.26%) Maximo
9 15 (0.23%) SAP CO
9 15 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
10 14 (0.21%) Primavera
10 14 (0.21%) SAP BPC
10 14 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
11 13 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
11 13 (0.20%) iTrent
12 12 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
13 10 (0.15%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 245 (3.68%) Office 365
2 146 (2.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 107 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
4 66 (0.99%) SaaS
5 34 (0.51%) Dynamics 365
6 28 (0.42%) IaaS
6 28 (0.42%) SuccessFactors
7 23 (0.35%) PaaS
8 17 (0.26%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (0.14%) Veeva
10 7 (0.11%) OneDrive
11 6 (0.090%) IBM Cloud
11 6 (0.090%) Trello
12 5 (0.075%) Bluemix
12 5 (0.075%) G Suite
12 5 (0.075%) Taleo
13 4 (0.060%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 3 (0.045%) Force.com
14 3 (0.045%) Google Cloud Platform
14 3 (0.045%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 150 (2.25%) WAN
2 131 (1.97%) LAN
3 77 (1.16%) SMS
4 64 (0.96%) Firewall
5 50 (0.75%) Internet
5 50 (0.75%) Skype
6 48 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
7 35 (0.53%) VoIP
8 34 (0.51%) MPLS
9 32 (0.48%) IP Telephony
9 32 (0.48%) SAN
10 27 (0.41%) Wireless
11 26 (0.39%) Network Security
11 26 (0.39%) Unified Communications
12 24 (0.36%) Intranet
13 19 (0.29%) Broadband
14 16 (0.24%) VPN
15 15 (0.23%) ATM
15 15 (0.23%) DNS
15 15 (0.23%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
2 66 (0.99%) Big Data
3 58 (0.87%) SQL Server
4 43 (0.65%) Blockchain
5 30 (0.45%) Hadoop
6 20 (0.30%) SAP HANA
7 17 (0.26%) Power BI
7 17 (0.26%) SAP BW
8 15 (0.23%) BusinessObjects
9 14 (0.21%) Data Lake
10 13 (0.20%) Oracle Database
10 13 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
10 13 (0.20%) QlikView
10 13 (0.20%) Relational Database
11 9 (0.14%) EDRMS
12 8 (0.12%) Apache Hive
12 8 (0.12%) DB2
12 8 (0.12%) Electronic Patient Records
12 8 (0.12%) Oracle ODI
13 6 (0.090%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
Development Applications
1 186 (2.79%) JIRA
2 7 (0.11%) JIRA Agile
3 6 (0.090%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.075%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (0.075%) VersionOne
5 4 (0.060%) GitLab
6 3 (0.045%) Selenium
7 2 (0.030%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.030%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.030%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.030%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.015%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.015%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.015%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.015%) git-flow
8 1 (0.015%) LSMW
8 1 (0.015%) Maven
8 1 (0.015%) TestPartner
8 1 (0.015%) TestRail
8 1 (0.015%) Vagrant
General
1 2,117 (31.81%) Finance
2 592 (8.90%) Banking
3 454 (6.82%) Retail
4 266 (4.00%) Marketing
5 251 (3.77%) Telecoms
6 204 (3.07%) Legal
7 188 (2.82%) Manufacturing
8 148 (2.22%) Investment Banking
9 102 (1.53%) Law
10 95 (1.43%) Front Office
11 80 (1.20%) Retail Banking
12 70 (1.05%) Advertising
13 67 (1.01%) Pharmaceutical
14 64 (0.96%) Back Office
15 57 (0.86%) Automotive
16 50 (0.75%) Billing
17 44 (0.66%) Local Government
18 39 (0.59%) Financial Institution
19 34 (0.51%) Publishing
20 33 (0.50%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (0.71%) HTML
2 39 (0.59%) Web Services
3 36 (0.54%) .NET
4 32 (0.48%) CSS
5 29 (0.44%) Middleware
6 24 (0.36%) Oracle Fusion
7 17 (0.26%) J2EE
8 15 (0.23%) XML
9 11 (0.17%) ASP.NET
10 9 (0.14%) HTML5
11 8 (0.12%) Kafka
12 7 (0.11%) FIX Protocol
12 7 (0.11%) Mason
12 7 (0.11%) SailPoint
13 6 (0.090%) EDI
13 6 (0.090%) LDAP
13 6 (0.090%) SAPUI5
13 6 (0.090%) Velocity
14 4 (0.060%) .NET Framework
14 4 (0.060%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 310 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
2 258 (3.88%) Data Centre
3 210 (3.16%) PMI
4 129 (1.94%) Management Information System
4 129 (1.94%) Virtual Team
5 91 (1.37%) Mobile App
6 85 (1.28%) NHS
7 76 (1.14%) Computer Science
7 76 (1.14%) FMCG
8 71 (1.07%) User Experience
9 67 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
10 54 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 42 (0.63%) Derivative
12 40 (0.60%) Equities
13 34 (0.51%) Fixed Income
14 33 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
15 32 (0.48%) Market Risk
16 30 (0.45%) Credit Risk
17 22 (0.33%) EPoS
18 21 (0.32%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 225 (3.38%) Windows
2 105 (1.58%) Windows 10
3 41 (0.62%) Linux
4 40 (0.60%) Unix
5 35 (0.53%) Windows 7
6 34 (0.51%) Windows Server
7 30 (0.45%) Android
8 27 (0.41%) Apple iOS
9 14 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (0.14%) Windows XP
11 8 (0.12%) AIX
11 8 (0.12%) Solaris
11 8 (0.12%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (0.11%) Windows 8
12 7 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
13 2 (0.030%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.030%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.030%) VxWorks
14 1 (0.015%) HPUX
14 1 (0.015%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,133 (47.08%) Project Management
2 1,833 (27.54%) Stakeholder Management
3 1,657 (24.90%) Agile Software Development
4 1,654 (24.85%) PRINCE2
5 646 (9.71%) Migration
6 507 (7.62%) Change Management
7 446 (6.70%) Waterfall
8 399 (6.00%) Project Planning
9 392 (5.89%) Risk Management
9 392 (5.89%) Scrum
10 351 (5.27%) CRM
10 351 (5.27%) Programme Management
11 309 (4.64%) E-Commerce
12 300 (4.51%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 271 (4.07%) ERP
14 260 (3.91%) Matrix Organization
15 258 (3.88%) Project Governance
16 246 (3.70%) SDLC
17 244 (3.67%) ITIL
18 223 (3.35%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (1.17%) SQL
2 76 (1.14%) Java
3 66 (0.99%) C
4 37 (0.56%) C#
5 34 (0.51%) JavaScript
6 21 (0.32%) Python
7 15 (0.23%) PHP
8 9 (0.14%) VBA
9 7 (0.11%) C++
10 5 (0.075%) PowerShell
10 5 (0.075%) T-SQL
11 4 (0.060%) ABAP
11 4 (0.060%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.045%) R
12 3 (0.045%) Scala
13 2 (0.030%) Bash Shell
13 2 (0.030%) Pascal
13 2 (0.030%) RPG
13 2 (0.030%) Rust
13 2 (0.030%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 473 (7.11%) PMI Certification
1 473 (7.11%) PMP
2 431 (6.48%) Security Cleared
3 326 (4.90%) SC Cleared
4 322 (4.84%) Degree
5 307 (4.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 288 (4.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 88 (1.32%) APMP
8 51 (0.77%) DV Cleared
9 44 (0.66%) BPSS Clearance
10 41 (0.62%) Master's Degree
11 35 (0.53%) ISEB
12 30 (0.45%) CISSP
13 21 (0.32%) Computer Science Degree
14 20 (0.30%) ITIL Certification
15 11 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
16 9 (0.14%) Cisco Certification
16 9 (0.14%) HNC
16 9 (0.14%) HND
16 9 (0.14%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 468 (7.03%) GDPR
2 326 (4.90%) PMO
3 197 (2.96%) QA
4 71 (1.07%) MiFID
5 67 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 44 (0.66%) SLA
7 42 (0.63%) PCI DSS
8 31 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.39%) Data Quality
10 18 (0.27%) EMIR
10 18 (0.27%) IFRS
11 17 (0.26%) Solvency II
12 16 (0.24%) GxP
13 14 (0.21%) PMBOK
14 12 (0.18%) IFRS 9
15 10 (0.15%) COBIT
15 10 (0.15%) FATCA
15 10 (0.15%) ISO 9001
15 10 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 9 (0.14%) AIFMD
System Software
1 78 (1.17%) Active Directory
2 36 (0.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.15%) XenApp
4 9 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (0.090%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.075%) Docker
7 4 (0.060%) Firmware
7 4 (0.060%) HDFS
7 4 (0.060%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.060%) Terminal Services
7 4 (0.060%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.060%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.030%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.030%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.030%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.015%) IAG
9 1 (0.015%) PowerHA
9 1 (0.015%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.015%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.015%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 55 (0.83%) SCCM
2 13 (0.20%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
4 9 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (0.11%) MOM
6 6 (0.090%) AirWatch
7 4 (0.060%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (0.060%) SCOM
8 3 (0.045%) Ansible
8 3 (0.045%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.045%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.045%) FlexNet
8 3 (0.045%) IBM BigFix
8 3 (0.045%) Oozie
8 3 (0.045%) TeamSite
9 2 (0.030%) Cisco UCCE
9 2 (0.030%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.030%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.030%) Nagios
10 1 (0.015%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 503 (7.56%) Microsoft
2 334 (5.02%) SAP
3 226 (3.40%) Oracle
4 136 (2.04%) Salesforce.com
5 117 (1.76%) Cisco
6 88 (1.32%) Citrix
7 75 (1.13%) VMware
8 54 (0.81%) IBM
9 53 (0.80%) Workday
10 37 (0.56%) hybris
11 36 (0.54%) Capita
12 30 (0.45%) NetApp
13 28 (0.42%) Adobe
13 28 (0.42%) ServiceNow
14 25 (0.38%) Google
14 25 (0.38%) HP
15 20 (0.30%) PeopleSoft
16 19 (0.29%) CheckPoint
16 19 (0.29%) Remedy
17 18 (0.27%) Tableau