The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 April 2017.

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
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 21 16 13
Rank change year-on-year -5 -3  
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 3336 4696 5037
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.20% 8.40% 8.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.62% 8.83% 9.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2348 3260 3269
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 19 56
Median hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.45% -20.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £19.40 £23.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.60 £49.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £25.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +48.00% -28.57%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43793 53164 53820
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.11% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 28457 34706 32620
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £263 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1456 1552 2147
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.85%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £16.60
% change year-on-year -5.40% +11.44%  

Project Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Project Manager in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 April 2017.

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 3 months to 24 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -6 3105 £463 +2.77% 484
London -3 1438 £500 +4.16% 195
South East -5 605 £450 +3.44% 73
South West -4 224 £400 -2.43% 41
West Midlands +6 217 £425 - 29
City of London -7 206 £513 - 44
North West -3 191 £413 -2.94% 41
Scotland -3 150 £425 -1.10% 17
East of England -12 150 £425 -0.58% 30
Berkshire +4 149 £450 - 14
Hampshire -9 110 £400 -5.88% 17
Yorkshire -11 110 £425 - 37
East Midlands -12 104 £425 +3.03% 28
Surrey -4 101 £520 +9.47% 15
Manchester -8 97 £416 -2.05% 22
Edinburgh -9 81 £425 -7.40% 10
Bristol +2 76 £378 -7.92% 17
West Yorkshire -10 73 £425 +4.61% 25
Buckinghamshire -17 72 £425 +1.19% 7
Milton Keynes -12 65 £425 - 3
Wiltshire +5 63 £445 +11.25% 13
Birmingham -2 57 £413 +3.12% 18
Glasgow +14 53 £425 +19.38% 6
Cambridgeshire 0 47 £400 -8.62% 7
West Sussex +3 46 £450 +4.65% 8
Oxfordshire -1 46 £475 +11.76% 4
Hertfordshire -7 45 £400 -5.88% 14
Reading +6 44 £450 - 5
Warwickshire +7 40 £450 +6.50% 3
Cheshire +4 40 £390 -8.23% 15

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2017, 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 3027 (48.80%) Project Management
2 1916 (30.89%) Finance
3 1657 (26.71%) PRINCE2
4 1535 (24.75%) Stakeholder Management
5 1347 (21.72%) Agile Software Development
6 688 (11.09%) Migration
7 548 (8.83%) Banking
8 541 (8.72%) Microsoft
9 511 (8.24%) Change Management
10 461 (7.43%) Retail
11 443 (7.14%) Security Cleared
12 411 (6.63%) Microsoft Project
13 381 (6.14%) PMI Certification
14 366 (5.90%) ITIL
15 356 (5.74%) Risk Management
16 350 (5.64%) PMP
16 350 (5.64%) Waterfall
17 334 (5.38%) SAP
17 334 (5.38%) SC Cleared
18 330 (5.32%) Scrum
19 319 (5.14%) Data Centre
20 301 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
20 301 (4.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
21 300 (4.84%) CRM
22 294 (4.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
23 285 (4.59%) Telecoms
24 276 (4.45%) Project Planning
25 275 (4.43%) PMO
26 269 (4.34%) Programme Management
27 266 (4.29%) Oracle

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
1 161 (2.60%) SharePoint
2 60 (0.97%) CMS
3 50 (0.81%) Skype for Business
4 42 (0.68%) Confluence
5 23 (0.37%) WebSphere
6 19 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
7 18 (0.29%) Drupal
8 15 (0.24%) MS Project Server
9 14 (0.23%) SAS
10 12 (0.19%) MS Exchange
11 11 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 9 (0.15%) Documentum
13 7 (0.11%) IIS
14 6 (0.097%) Apache Spark
14 6 (0.097%) IBM Domino
14 6 (0.097%) JBoss
14 6 (0.097%) SharePoint 2013
14 6 (0.097%) Sitecore CMS
15 5 (0.081%) Adobe Experience Manager
15 5 (0.081%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 411 (6.63%) Microsoft Project
2 209 (3.37%) Microsoft Office
3 151 (2.43%) Microsoft Excel
4 119 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 90 (1.45%) MS Visio
6 26 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.097%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.032%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.016%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.016%) Doxygen
9 1 (0.016%) Maya
9 1 (0.016%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 97 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 41 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
3 39 (0.63%) Oracle EBS R12
4 31 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
4 31 (0.50%) Unit4 Business World
5 25 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
6 23 (0.37%) SAP ERP
7 21 (0.34%) Maximo
8 20 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 16 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
10 14 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
11 13 (0.21%) Primavera
12 12 (0.19%) SAP FI
13 11 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
13 11 (0.18%) SAP HR
14 10 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
15 9 (0.15%) NetSuite
15 9 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
15 9 (0.15%) SAP CO
15 9 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 213 (3.43%) Office 365
2 118 (1.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 73 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
4 54 (0.87%) SaaS
5 25 (0.40%) IaaS
5 25 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
6 21 (0.34%) Dynamics 365
7 19 (0.31%) OneDrive
8 17 (0.27%) PaaS
9 13 (0.21%) Yammer
10 10 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.097%) Azure Active Directory
12 5 (0.081%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.081%) Taleo
13 4 (0.064%) Adobe Analytics
13 4 (0.064%) G Suite
13 4 (0.064%) Veeva
14 3 (0.048%) Basecamp
14 3 (0.048%) Boomi
14 3 (0.048%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 115 (1.85%) WAN
2 104 (1.68%) LAN
3 78 (1.26%) Wi-Fi
4 70 (1.13%) Firewall
5 52 (0.84%) Skype
6 49 (0.79%) Internet
7 47 (0.76%) VoIP
8 46 (0.74%) Intranet
9 33 (0.53%) SAN
10 32 (0.52%) LTE
11 29 (0.47%) VoLTE
12 25 (0.40%) Network Security
13 22 (0.35%) MPLS
14 20 (0.32%) Wireless
15 19 (0.31%) VPN
16 18 (0.29%) Unified Communications
17 17 (0.27%) IP Telephony
18 13 (0.21%) NAS
19 9 (0.15%) Broadband
19 9 (0.15%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
2 57 (0.92%) Big Data
3 43 (0.69%) SQL Server
4 20 (0.32%) Hadoop
5 18 (0.29%) GIS
5 18 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
6 17 (0.27%) BusinessObjects
6 17 (0.27%) SAP HANA
7 16 (0.26%) SAP BW
8 15 (0.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 12 (0.19%) Data Lake
10 10 (0.16%) Oracle Database
10 10 (0.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 8 (0.13%) DB2
11 8 (0.13%) Power BI
12 7 (0.11%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
13 6 (0.097%) Oracle BI EE
13 6 (0.097%) QlikView
14 5 (0.081%) Crystal Reports
14 5 (0.081%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 111 (1.79%) JIRA
2 9 (0.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.097%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.081%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.064%) Hudson
5 4 (0.064%) Talend Open Studio
6 3 (0.048%) JIRA Agile
6 3 (0.048%) SonarQube
6 3 (0.048%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (0.048%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.032%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.032%) GitLab
7 2 (0.032%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (0.032%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.032%) Selenium
8 1 (0.016%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.016%) JUnit
8 1 (0.016%) PowerBuilder
8 1 (0.016%) Subversion
8 1 (0.016%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1916 (30.89%) Finance
2 548 (8.83%) Banking
3 461 (7.43%) Retail
4 285 (4.59%) Telecoms
5 204 (3.29%) Marketing
6 191 (3.08%) Legal
7 147 (2.37%) Investment Banking
8 129 (2.08%) Manufacturing
9 102 (1.64%) Law
10 100 (1.61%) Front Office
11 76 (1.23%) Advertising
12 74 (1.19%) Pharmaceutical
12 74 (1.19%) Retail Banking
13 57 (0.92%) Billing
14 54 (0.87%) Back Office
15 52 (0.84%) Automotive
16 47 (0.76%) Local Government
17 42 (0.68%) Publishing
18 41 (0.66%) Financial Institution
19 29 (0.47%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (0.61%) .NET
2 37 (0.60%) Middleware
2 37 (0.60%) Web Services
3 22 (0.35%) HTML
4 18 (0.29%) XML
5 12 (0.19%) Oracle Fusion
6 8 (0.13%) FIX Protocol
6 8 (0.13%) J2EE
6 8 (0.13%) Velocity
7 7 (0.11%) JSON
7 7 (0.11%) REST
8 6 (0.097%) CSS
8 6 (0.097%) EDI
8 6 (0.097%) Mason
8 6 (0.097%) Silverlight
8 6 (0.097%) SOAP
9 5 (0.081%) WebSphere MQ
10 4 (0.064%) EDIFACT
11 3 (0.048%) Natural Language Processing
11 3 (0.048%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 319 (5.14%) Data Centre
2 301 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
3 203 (3.27%) PMI
4 166 (2.68%) Management Information System
5 87 (1.40%) NHS
6 75 (1.21%) Virtual Team
7 69 (1.11%) User Experience
8 53 (0.85%) Mobile App
9 52 (0.84%) FMCG
9 52 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 50 (0.81%) Greenfield Project
11 45 (0.73%) Derivative
12 37 (0.60%) EPoS
13 36 (0.58%) Fixed Income
14 35 (0.56%) Fintech
15 32 (0.52%) Enterprise Software
16 30 (0.48%) Smart Meter
17 28 (0.45%) Life Science
18 24 (0.39%) Equities
19 23 (0.37%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 192 (3.10%) Windows
2 79 (1.27%) Windows 10
3 61 (0.98%) Linux
4 52 (0.84%) Unix
5 25 (0.40%) Windows 7
6 24 (0.39%) Windows Server
7 16 (0.26%) Android
8 15 (0.24%) AIX
9 14 (0.23%) Apple iOS
10 11 (0.18%) Solaris
11 10 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
12 8 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
13 5 (0.081%) VMS
14 4 (0.064%) zOS
15 3 (0.048%) OS/2
16 2 (0.032%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.032%) MVS
17 1 (0.016%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 1 (0.016%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 3027 (48.80%) Project Management
2 1657 (26.71%) PRINCE2
3 1535 (24.75%) Stakeholder Management
4 1347 (21.72%) Agile Software Development
5 688 (11.09%) Migration
6 511 (8.24%) Change Management
7 366 (5.90%) ITIL
8 356 (5.74%) Risk Management
9 350 (5.64%) Waterfall
10 330 (5.32%) Scrum
11 300 (4.84%) CRM
12 276 (4.45%) Project Planning
13 269 (4.34%) Programme Management
14 245 (3.95%) ERP
15 226 (3.64%) SDLC
16 223 (3.60%) Business Analysis
17 220 (3.55%) Supplier Management
18 217 (3.50%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 210 (3.39%) Project Governance
20 193 (3.11%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 101 (1.63%) SQL
2 80 (1.29%) C
3 62 (1.00%) Java
4 13 (0.21%) JavaScript
5 10 (0.16%) PHP
6 9 (0.15%) C#
7 8 (0.13%) Python
8 6 (0.097%) PL/SQL
9 5 (0.081%) R
10 4 (0.064%) ABAP
10 4 (0.064%) C++
10 4 (0.064%) COBOL
10 4 (0.064%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.064%) VB
11 3 (0.048%) Scala
11 3 (0.048%) VBA
12 2 (0.032%) Apex Code
12 2 (0.032%) MATLAB
12 2 (0.032%) Ruby
12 2 (0.032%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 443 (7.14%) Security Cleared
2 381 (6.14%) PMI Certification
3 350 (5.64%) PMP
4 334 (5.38%) SC Cleared
5 301 (4.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 294 (4.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 257 (4.14%) Degree
8 128 (2.06%) APMP
9 79 (1.27%) DV Cleared
10 47 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
11 42 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
12 33 (0.53%) ISEB
13 22 (0.35%) CTC Cleared
14 21 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
15 15 (0.24%) CISSP
16 13 (0.21%) CCNP
17 11 (0.18%) CCNA
18 10 (0.16%) HND
19 9 (0.15%) CISM
19 9 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 275 (4.43%) PMO
2 171 (2.76%) QA
3 107 (1.72%) MiFID
4 56 (0.90%) GDPR
5 38 (0.61%) SLA
6 37 (0.60%) PCI DSS
7 31 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
8 28 (0.45%) Data Quality
9 27 (0.44%) PMBOK
10 25 (0.40%) Dodd-Frank
10 25 (0.40%) EMIR
11 23 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
12 20 (0.32%) GxP
12 20 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 16 (0.26%) Solvency II
14 13 (0.21%) ISO 9000
15 10 (0.16%) FATCA
15 10 (0.16%) IFRS
16 9 (0.15%) GMP
17 8 (0.13%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 80 (1.29%) Active Directory
2 27 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
3 10 (0.16%) XenApp
4 8 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.097%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 5 (0.081%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.064%) Firmware
7 4 (0.064%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.032%) Docker
8 2 (0.032%) HDFS
8 2 (0.032%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.032%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
8 2 (0.032%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.032%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.032%) VMware Server
8 2 (0.032%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.016%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (0.016%) SRDF
9 1 (0.016%) Xen
Systems Management
1 33 (0.53%) SCCM
2 12 (0.19%) AirWatch
3 11 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
4 8 (0.13%) MOM
5 6 (0.097%) Microsoft Intune
5 6 (0.097%) XenMobile
6 5 (0.081%) Cisco IPCC
6 5 (0.081%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.064%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 3 (0.048%) Cisco UCCE
8 3 (0.048%) Hadoop YARN
8 3 (0.048%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.048%) SCOM
9 2 (0.032%) Cisco Prime
9 2 (0.032%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.032%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.032%) Nagios
9 2 (0.032%) QRadar
10 1 (0.016%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (0.016%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 541 (8.72%) Microsoft
2 334 (5.38%) SAP
3 266 (4.29%) Oracle
4 115 (1.85%) Cisco
5 72 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
6 66 (1.06%) Citrix
7 62 (1.00%) VMware
8 60 (0.97%) Remedy
9 47 (0.76%) IBM
10 35 (0.56%) Workday
11 34 (0.55%) ServiceNow
12 31 (0.50%) HP
12 31 (0.50%) iManage
13 30 (0.48%) Ericsson
14 28 (0.45%) CheckPoint
15 26 (0.42%) Google
16 25 (0.40%) Avaya
17 23 (0.37%) Adobe
18 21 (0.34%) Tableau
19 20 (0.32%) BT
Exeter, Devon
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £325.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
North West
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £500 - £650 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £470 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Cititec
Posted: 10 hours ago
City, London
onezeero.
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £650 per day +
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Networkers
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
IntaPeople
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £500 per day + 6 month term initailly
Posted: Yesterday
Derby, Derbyshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: £380 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Talent Spa
Rate: £550 - 600 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Rullion
Rate: £385.00 - £389.00 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £340.00 - £360.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
C4 Commerce
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £225 to £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Lafosse Contractors
Rate: £450 - £525 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Premier IT
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Berkshire
X4 Group
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 6 days ago
Bedfordshire
Tria Recruitment
Rate: £400.00 - £475 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £30.00 - £45.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £550 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Henlow Recruitment Group
Rate: From £400 to £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Sanderson
Rate: £45000.00 - £55000.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
ComputAppoint
Rate: From £500 to £535 per day
Posted: 4 days ago