The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 May 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
27 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 17 15
Rank change year-on-year -5 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 3261 4293 4740
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.16% 7.87% 8.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.55% 8.28% 9.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 2253 3020 3176
Median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £595 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 23 36
Median hourly rate £37.03 £36.50 £35.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.45% +2.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.30 £21.96 £22.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £60.50 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £32.50 £35.75
% change year-on-year +23.07% -9.09%  

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 43166 51826 51615
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.77% 95.00% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27868 33823 31848
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1354 1494 2061
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £16.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.57 £40.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £16.16
% change year-on-year +1.54% +8.29%  

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -4 3056 £460 +2.22% 440
London -1 1425 £500 +1.01% 172
South East -2 566 £450 - 85
South West -1 198 £400 - 42
North West -11 193 £425 - 34
West Midlands +5 190 £425 - 37
City of London -7 190 £518 +0.97% 41
East of England -10 164 £450 +5.88% 29
Berkshire 0 139 £475 +5.55% 25
Scotland 0 133 £425 +0.83% 13
Yorkshire -5 132 £422 +5.37% 20
Surrey +2 119 £500 - 13
East Midlands -10 117 £425 - 19
Hampshire -7 96 £390 -8.23% 18
West Yorkshire 0 90 £425 +6.25% 17
Bristol +2 80 £381 -10.29% 22
Manchester -15 78 £415 -2.35% 17
Edinburgh -9 73 £425 -7.40% 6
Buckinghamshire -22 60 £415 -2.35% 9
Birmingham +3 57 £438 +5.42% 11
Leeds +1 53 £422 +8.77% 14
Milton Keynes -16 51 £412 -6.42% 4
Hertfordshire -9 50 £448 +11.87% 11
West Sussex +10 48 £460 +6.97% 2
Wiltshire +7 48 £420 +16.66% 5
Cambridgeshire +13 44 £388 -11.42% 11
Glasgow +13 44 £423 +16.63% 4
Cheshire +5 43 £390 -8.23% 10
Coventry +15 35 £438 -2.77% 5
Nottinghamshire -8 35 £425 +2.40% 6

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 3137 (49.05%) Project Management
2 1959 (30.63%) Finance
3 1701 (26.60%) PRINCE2
4 1604 (25.08%) Stakeholder Management
5 1369 (21.41%) Agile Software Development
6 719 (11.24%) Migration
7 608 (9.51%) Banking
8 545 (8.52%) Microsoft
9 504 (7.88%) Change Management
10 494 (7.72%) Retail
11 447 (6.99%) PMI Certification
12 441 (6.90%) Security Cleared
13 429 (6.71%) Microsoft Project
14 396 (6.19%) ITIL
15 390 (6.10%) PMP
16 362 (5.66%) SAP
17 338 (5.29%) Risk Management
18 337 (5.27%) Waterfall
19 333 (5.21%) Scrum
20 328 (5.13%) SC Cleared
21 325 (5.08%) Data Centre
22 316 (4.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
23 307 (4.80%) CRM
24 304 (4.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
25 286 (4.47%) Analytical Skills
26 279 (4.36%) PMO
27 275 (4.30%) Project Planning
28 271 (4.24%) Telecoms
29 260 (4.07%) Degree
30 259 (4.05%) ERP

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
1 164 (2.56%) SharePoint
2 64 (1.00%) CMS
3 54 (0.84%) Skype for Business
4 41 (0.64%) Confluence
5 24 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
6 23 (0.36%) WebSphere
7 20 (0.31%) Drupal
8 15 (0.23%) MS Project Server
8 15 (0.23%) SAS
9 13 (0.20%) MS Exchange
10 12 (0.19%) IIS
10 12 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
11 9 (0.14%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 8 (0.13%) Sitecore CMS
13 7 (0.11%) Documentum
14 6 (0.094%) IBM Domino
14 6 (0.094%) JBoss
15 5 (0.078%) Oracle Workflow
15 5 (0.078%) SharePoint Server
15 5 (0.078%) WordPress
Applications
1 429 (6.71%) Microsoft Project
2 215 (3.36%) Microsoft Office
3 152 (2.38%) Microsoft Excel
4 108 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 94 (1.47%) MS Visio
6 25 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.078%) Open Workbench
8 3 (0.047%) Windchill
9 2 (0.031%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.031%) Doxygen
10 1 (0.016%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.016%) InfoPath
10 1 (0.016%) Maya
10 1 (0.016%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 111 (1.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (0.53%) Unit4 Business World
3 33 (0.52%) Oracle EBS
4 30 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
5 27 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
6 25 (0.39%) SAP ERP
7 23 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 22 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
8 22 (0.34%) Maximo
9 18 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
10 15 (0.23%) SAP S/4HANA
11 14 (0.22%) Actimize
12 13 (0.20%) SAP HR
13 12 (0.19%) NetSuite
14 10 (0.16%) Primavera
14 10 (0.16%) SAP FI
15 9 (0.14%) SAP PM
16 8 (0.13%) Markit EDM
16 8 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
16 8 (0.13%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 240 (3.75%) Office 365
2 117 (1.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 73 (1.14%) Amazon AWS
4 40 (0.63%) SaaS
5 31 (0.48%) SuccessFactors
6 27 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
7 22 (0.34%) IaaS
7 22 (0.34%) OneDrive
8 14 (0.22%) Yammer
9 11 (0.17%) PaaS
10 10 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.11%) G Suite
12 5 (0.078%) Azure Active Directory
12 5 (0.078%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.078%) Trello
13 4 (0.063%) GitHub
13 4 (0.063%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 4 (0.063%) Taleo
13 4 (0.063%) Veeva
14 3 (0.047%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 131 (2.05%) WAN
2 129 (2.02%) LAN
3 75 (1.17%) Wi-Fi
4 63 (0.99%) Firewall
5 61 (0.95%) Skype
6 57 (0.89%) Intranet
7 56 (0.88%) Internet
8 52 (0.81%) VoIP
9 33 (0.52%) SAN
10 30 (0.47%) Wireless
11 24 (0.38%) Unified Communications
12 23 (0.36%) Network Security
13 20 (0.31%) VPN
14 19 (0.30%) LTE
14 19 (0.30%) MPLS
15 18 (0.28%) VoLTE
16 16 (0.25%) IP Telephony
17 14 (0.22%) Broadband
18 13 (0.20%) 4G
18 13 (0.20%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (1.30%) Data Warehouse
2 49 (0.77%) Big Data
3 47 (0.73%) SQL Server
4 22 (0.34%) BusinessObjects
5 21 (0.33%) SAP HANA
6 15 (0.23%) GIS
6 15 (0.23%) Hadoop
6 15 (0.23%) Oracle Reports
7 14 (0.22%) SAP BW
7 14 (0.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 12 (0.19%) DB2
9 11 (0.17%) Data Lake
9 11 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 9 (0.14%) QlikView
11 8 (0.13%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
11 8 (0.13%) Crystal Reports
11 8 (0.13%) Oracle Database
11 8 (0.13%) Power BI
12 6 (0.094%) Oracle BI EE
12 6 (0.094%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 109 (1.70%) JIRA
2 7 (0.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.094%) Git (software)
4 5 (0.078%) Jenkins
5 4 (0.063%) Hudson
5 4 (0.063%) Talend Open Studio
6 3 (0.047%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.047%) JIRA Agile
6 3 (0.047%) Rational DOORS
6 3 (0.047%) SonarQube
6 3 (0.047%) Sonatype Nexus
6 3 (0.047%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.031%) GitLab
7 2 (0.031%) LSMW
7 2 (0.031%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (0.031%) Oracle Forms
7 2 (0.031%) Selenium
7 2 (0.031%) Subversion
7 2 (0.031%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.016%) Cucumber
General
1 1959 (30.63%) Finance
2 608 (9.51%) Banking
3 494 (7.72%) Retail
4 271 (4.24%) Telecoms
5 197 (3.08%) Marketing
6 191 (2.99%) Legal
7 182 (2.85%) Investment Banking
8 135 (2.11%) Manufacturing
9 107 (1.67%) Front Office
10 100 (1.56%) Law
11 73 (1.14%) Advertising
12 70 (1.09%) Retail Banking
13 69 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
14 64 (1.00%) Back Office
15 54 (0.84%) Publishing
16 48 (0.75%) Automotive
17 43 (0.67%) Billing
18 42 (0.66%) Financial Institution
19 40 (0.63%) Local Government
20 34 (0.53%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (0.63%) .NET
2 36 (0.56%) Middleware
3 32 (0.50%) Web Services
4 16 (0.25%) HTML
4 16 (0.25%) XML
5 11 (0.17%) Oracle Fusion
6 10 (0.16%) EDI
6 10 (0.16%) Velocity
7 8 (0.13%) FIX Protocol
8 7 (0.11%) Mason
9 6 (0.094%) J2EE
9 6 (0.094%) JSON
9 6 (0.094%) REST
9 6 (0.094%) SOAP
10 3 (0.047%) ASP.NET
10 3 (0.047%) CSS
10 3 (0.047%) FpML
10 3 (0.047%) Silverlight
10 3 (0.047%) Spring
10 3 (0.047%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 325 (5.08%) Data Centre
2 286 (4.47%) Analytical Skills
3 240 (3.75%) PMI
4 153 (2.39%) Management Information System
5 90 (1.41%) NHS
6 81 (1.27%) Virtual Team
7 75 (1.17%) User Experience
8 66 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 61 (0.95%) FMCG
10 53 (0.83%) Greenfield Project
11 50 (0.78%) Derivative
11 50 (0.78%) Mobile App
12 45 (0.70%) EPoS
13 37 (0.58%) Fixed Income
14 35 (0.55%) Fintech
15 32 (0.50%) Computer Science
16 29 (0.45%) Reference Data
17 28 (0.44%) Equities
18 27 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
19 25 (0.39%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 214 (3.35%) Windows
2 98 (1.53%) Windows 10
3 53 (0.83%) Linux
4 42 (0.66%) Unix
5 27 (0.42%) Windows 7
6 22 (0.34%) Windows Server
7 13 (0.20%) Android
7 13 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
8 12 (0.19%) AIX
9 11 (0.17%) Apple iOS
10 9 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (0.13%) Solaris
12 6 (0.094%) zOS
13 5 (0.078%) VMS
13 5 (0.078%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (0.047%) OS/2
15 2 (0.031%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.031%) MVS
16 1 (0.016%) Oracle Linux
16 1 (0.016%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 3137 (49.05%) Project Management
2 1701 (26.60%) PRINCE2
3 1604 (25.08%) Stakeholder Management
4 1369 (21.41%) Agile Software Development
5 719 (11.24%) Migration
6 504 (7.88%) Change Management
7 396 (6.19%) ITIL
8 338 (5.29%) Risk Management
9 337 (5.27%) Waterfall
10 333 (5.21%) Scrum
11 307 (4.80%) CRM
12 275 (4.30%) Project Planning
13 259 (4.05%) ERP
14 258 (4.03%) Programme Management
15 249 (3.89%) Business Analysis
16 241 (3.77%) Stakeholder Engagement
17 229 (3.58%) SDLC
18 224 (3.50%) Supplier Management
19 208 (3.25%) E-Commerce
20 183 (2.86%) Project Governance
Programming Languages
1 102 (1.59%) SQL
2 78 (1.22%) C
3 57 (0.89%) Java
4 13 (0.20%) C#
4 13 (0.20%) JavaScript
5 11 (0.17%) Python
6 9 (0.14%) PHP
7 7 (0.11%) PL/SQL
8 6 (0.094%) C++
8 6 (0.094%) VBA
9 5 (0.078%) R
9 5 (0.078%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.063%) ABAP
10 4 (0.063%) VB
11 3 (0.047%) PowerShell
12 2 (0.031%) Apex Code
12 2 (0.031%) MATLAB
12 2 (0.031%) Ruby
12 2 (0.031%) Scala
12 2 (0.031%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 447 (6.99%) PMI Certification
2 441 (6.90%) Security Cleared
3 390 (6.10%) PMP
4 328 (5.13%) SC Cleared
5 316 (4.94%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 304 (4.75%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 260 (4.07%) Degree
8 127 (1.99%) APMP
9 80 (1.25%) DV Cleared
10 47 (0.73%) ITIL Certification
11 39 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
12 34 (0.53%) ISEB
13 25 (0.39%) CISSP
14 22 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
15 21 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
16 15 (0.23%) CCNP
16 15 (0.23%) CISM
17 14 (0.22%) MAPM
18 12 (0.19%) Computer Science Degree
18 12 (0.19%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 279 (4.36%) PMO
2 168 (2.63%) QA
3 117 (1.83%) MiFID
4 100 (1.56%) GDPR
5 51 (0.80%) PCI DSS
6 37 (0.58%) SLA
7 35 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 31 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
8 31 (0.48%) EMIR
9 28 (0.44%) Dodd-Frank
10 26 (0.41%) Data Quality
11 23 (0.36%) PMBOK
12 20 (0.31%) Solvency II
13 17 (0.27%) GxP
14 16 (0.25%) ISO 9000
14 16 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 11 (0.17%) FATCA
15 11 (0.17%) SEPA
16 9 (0.14%) ISO 9001
17 8 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 88 (1.38%) Active Directory
2 25 (0.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.17%) Virtual Servers
4 9 (0.14%) XenApp
5 8 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
6 7 (0.11%) Hyper-V
6 7 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.094%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (0.063%) Firmware
8 4 (0.063%) VMware ESXi
9 3 (0.047%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (0.031%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.031%) HDFS
10 2 (0.031%) Oracle RAC
10 2 (0.031%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
10 2 (0.031%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.016%) Docker
11 1 (0.016%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 1 (0.016%) vCloud
11 1 (0.016%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 42 (0.66%) SCCM
2 15 (0.23%) MOM
3 11 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
4 9 (0.14%) AirWatch
5 7 (0.11%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (0.078%) Cisco IPCC
7 4 (0.063%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.063%) XenMobile
8 3 (0.047%) Cisco UCCE
8 3 (0.047%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.047%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.047%) QRadar
8 3 (0.047%) SCOM
8 3 (0.047%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 2 (0.031%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.031%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.031%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.031%) Puppet
9 2 (0.031%) TeamSite
10 1 (0.016%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 545 (8.52%) Microsoft
2 362 (5.66%) SAP
3 247 (3.86%) Oracle
4 131 (2.05%) Cisco
5 82 (1.28%) Salesforce.com
6 65 (1.02%) Citrix
7 59 (0.92%) VMware
8 47 (0.73%) Remedy
9 44 (0.69%) IBM
10 37 (0.58%) Workday
11 34 (0.53%) Avaya
11 34 (0.53%) iManage
12 29 (0.45%) Google
13 26 (0.41%) ServiceNow
14 22 (0.34%) JD Edwards
15 21 (0.33%) HP
16 19 (0.30%) Tableau
17 18 (0.28%) Adobe
17 18 (0.28%) Sage
17 18 (0.28%) Siebel
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Devon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Scotland
Franklin Bates
Rate: From £500 to £525 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Roc Search
Rate: £400 - £475 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Posted: 2 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
Venturi
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £470 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Ebury
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Oliver Marks Consulting
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Rullion
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 450/Day
Posted: Yesterday
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Canary Wharf and City
Rate: Up to £565 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £425 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
South East
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
Hampshire County Council
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Thebes IT
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chippenham, Wiltshire
networx
Rate: £42,500 per annum + £2,500 car allowance
Posted: Yesterday
London
Rullion
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Gibbs S3
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £425 - 450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
Blue Octopus Recruitment LLP
Rate: Up to £41,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Roc Search
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
North West London
London Borough of Camden
Rate: From £38,854 to £45,069 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago