Period
to

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £523 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 July 2022.

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
1 Jul 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 20 33 48
Rank change year-on-year +13 +15 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 7,181 3,945 1,978
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 8.07% 6.00% 4.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.67% 6.45% 5.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,227 2,903 1,362
10th Percentile £382 £315 £313
25th Percentile £440 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £523 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £600 £550 £539
90th Percentile £675 £634 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +10.00% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 52 23
10th Percentile £26.08 £21.61 £22.49
25th Percentile £35.00 £25.75 £23.47
Median hourly rate £54.50 £39.84 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +36.81% +32.78% -15.49%
75th Percentile £66.00 £52.63 £39.34
90th Percentile £70.75 £65.90 £44.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £35.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year +14.29% +22.81% -20.83%

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 82,838 61,176 38,490
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.11% 92.99% 93.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,407 41,972 25,625
10th Percentile £319 £300 £256
25th Percentile £425 £400 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £528 £500 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.50% +5.26% -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £575
90th Percentile £738 £675 £660
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £438 £438
% change year-on-year +8.45% +0.11% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,921 1,880 1,316
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.36 £11.63
25th Percentile £16.00 £14.00 £14.25
Median hourly rate £25.00 £21.00 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +19.05% +5.00% +7.37%
75th Percentile £50.77 £43.75 £40.52
90th Percentile £66.00 £57.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.13 £18.12 £18.50
% change year-on-year +11.12% -2.08% +5.71%

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 1 July 2022.

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 1 July 2022.

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 1 July 2022. 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
Jobs
England +12 5,897 £525 +10.53% 400
Work from Home +19 3,584 £500 +5.26% 144
UK excluding London +9 2,982 £495 +10.00% 260
London +12 2,810 £550 +10.00% 154
South East +11 916 £509 +7.05% 85
North of England +9 637 £475 +8.57% 53
Midlands +2 553 £488 +4.28% 52
West Midlands +6 400 £488 +2.63% 43
South West +5 346 £500 +11.11% 34
North West +5 344 £450 +1.98% 22
Yorkshire +8 273 £500 +11.11% 24
Scotland +4 250 £475 +11.76% 10
East of England +3 198 £475 +6.15% 22
East Midlands +2 151 £485 +10.86% 9
Wales +16 86 £450 - 4
North East -7 18 £475 +23.94% 7
Northern Ireland +2 10 £444 +18.33% 2

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 2022, Project Manager contract jobs required the following 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 3,377 (47.03%) Project Management
2 2,407 (33.52%) Finance
3 2,246 (31.28%) Agile
4 1,975 (27.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,719 (23.94%) Social Skills
6 1,617 (22.52%) Project Delivery
7 1,238 (17.24%) PRINCE2
8 981 (13.66%) Migration
9 762 (10.61%) Microsoft
10 690 (9.61%) Change Management
11 669 (9.32%) Waterfall
12 600 (8.36%) Banking
13 563 (7.84%) Public Sector
14 530 (7.38%) Scrum
15 525 (7.31%) Azure
16 520 (7.24%) Risk Management
17 489 (6.81%) Microsoft Project
18 485 (6.75%) SAP
19 438 (6.10%) Security Cleared
20 418 (5.82%) Telecoms
21 398 (5.54%) Retail
22 394 (5.49%) Data Centre
23 378 (5.26%) Problem-Solving
24 376 (5.24%) PMP
25 373 (5.19%) Business Case
26 360 (5.01%) PMI Certification
27 356 (4.96%) PMO
28 355 (4.94%) Programme Management
28 355 (4.94%) Project Governance
29 353 (4.92%) JIRA

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
1 194 (2.70%) SharePoint
2 180 (2.51%) Confluence
3 39 (0.54%) CMS
4 16 (0.22%) MS Project Server
5 9 (0.13%) Drupal
5 9 (0.13%) Ethereum
6 6 (0.084%) IBM Domino
7 5 (0.070%) OpenStack
8 4 (0.056%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.056%) CICS
8 4 (0.056%) MS Exchange
9 3 (0.042%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.042%) IBM Notes
9 3 (0.042%) IIS
9 3 (0.042%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (0.042%) Skype for Business
9 3 (0.042%) WordPress
10 2 (0.028%) EPiServer
10 2 (0.028%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.028%) WebSphere
Applications
1 489 (6.81%) Microsoft Project
2 233 (3.24%) Microsoft Office
3 182 (2.53%) Microsoft Excel
4 161 (2.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 66 (0.92%) MS Visio
6 25 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.070%) S-PLUS
8 3 (0.042%) Maya
9 2 (0.028%) SOLIDWORKS
10 1 (0.014%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.014%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 56 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.77%) SAP S/4HANA
3 43 (0.60%) NetSuite
4 19 (0.26%) SAP FI
5 17 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
5 17 (0.24%) SAP ERP
6 16 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
6 16 (0.22%) SAP CO
6 16 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
7 15 (0.21%) PRMS
8 14 (0.19%) Magento
9 13 (0.18%) Maximo
10 12 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
11 11 (0.15%) CA PPM
12 10 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
12 10 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
12 10 (0.14%) Shopify
13 9 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
13 9 (0.13%) SAP HR
14 8 (0.11%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 525 (7.31%) Azure
2 289 (4.02%) Microsoft 365
3 160 (2.23%) AWS
4 149 (2.07%) SaaS
5 102 (1.42%) Dynamics 365
6 93 (1.30%) Power Platform
7 79 (1.10%) GCP
8 44 (0.61%) Azure DevOps
9 31 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
10 29 (0.40%) IaaS
11 28 (0.39%) OneDrive
12 27 (0.38%) Smartsheet
13 18 (0.25%) PowerApps
14 15 (0.21%) Azure Synapse Analytics
14 15 (0.21%) PaaS
15 14 (0.19%) Google Workspace
16 12 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
16 12 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
17 11 (0.15%) Azure Data Factory
18 10 (0.14%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 116 (1.62%) WAN
2 107 (1.49%) Firewall
3 89 (1.24%) LAN
4 80 (1.11%) Network Security
4 80 (1.11%) Wi-Fi
5 55 (0.77%) 4G
5 55 (0.77%) 5G
5 55 (0.77%) Internet
6 43 (0.60%) VoLTE
7 42 (0.58%) 3G
8 41 (0.57%) 2G
9 37 (0.52%) Unified Communications
10 30 (0.42%) Broadband
11 29 (0.40%) LTE
11 29 (0.40%) SD-WAN
12 25 (0.35%) VoIP
13 22 (0.31%) Wireless
14 20 (0.28%) VPN
15 18 (0.25%) Radio Access Network
16 14 (0.19%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 109 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
2 77 (1.07%) Power BI
3 41 (0.57%) Electronic Patient Records
4 34 (0.47%) Data Lake
5 31 (0.43%) SQL Server
6 18 (0.25%) Tableau
7 17 (0.24%) Big Data
8 15 (0.21%) Oracle Reports
9 10 (0.14%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
10 9 (0.13%) Looker
10 9 (0.13%) SAP HANA
11 8 (0.11%) GIS
11 8 (0.11%) Relational Database
12 7 (0.097%) Data Mart
12 7 (0.097%) Metadata
12 7 (0.097%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 6 (0.084%) BusinessObjects
13 6 (0.084%) DTS
13 6 (0.084%) Oracle Database
14 5 (0.070%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 353 (4.92%) JIRA
2 15 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (0.17%) TeamCity
4 8 (0.11%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.097%) GitLab
5 7 (0.097%) Hudson
6 6 (0.084%) Bitbucket
7 5 (0.070%) Sonatype Nexus
8 4 (0.056%) Git (software)
9 2 (0.028%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.028%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.028%) Eclipse
9 2 (0.028%) GCC
9 2 (0.028%) Maven
9 2 (0.028%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (0.014%) JUnit
10 1 (0.014%) MSI
10 1 (0.014%) Selenium
10 1 (0.014%) TestPartner
10 1 (0.014%) WebDriver
General
1 2,407 (33.52%) Finance
2 1,719 (23.94%) Social Skills
3 600 (8.36%) Banking
4 563 (7.84%) Public Sector
5 418 (5.82%) Telecoms
6 398 (5.54%) Retail
7 293 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
8 258 (3.59%) Influencing Skills
9 217 (3.02%) Presentation Skills
10 191 (2.66%) Marketing
11 183 (2.55%) Legal
12 168 (2.34%) Organisational Skills
13 165 (2.30%) Manufacturing
14 112 (1.56%) Investment Banking
15 95 (1.32%) Law
16 94 (1.31%) Inclusion and Diversity
17 89 (1.24%) Retail Banking
18 73 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
19 63 (0.88%) Automotive
20 62 (0.86%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (0.57%) .NET
2 22 (0.31%) Oracle Fusion
3 17 (0.24%) SailPoint
4 16 (0.22%) Middleware
4 16 (0.22%) Velocity
5 11 (0.15%) React
6 9 (0.13%) Lightning Web Components
6 9 (0.13%) Smart Contracts
7 8 (0.11%) EDI
8 7 (0.097%) .NET Framework
9 6 (0.084%) HTML
9 6 (0.084%) Node.js
9 6 (0.084%) Web Services
10 5 (0.070%) RESTful
10 5 (0.070%) XML
11 4 (0.056%) .NET Core
11 4 (0.056%) Entity Framework
11 4 (0.056%) IDoc
11 4 (0.056%) React Native
11 4 (0.056%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 394 (5.49%) Data Centre
2 216 (3.01%) NHS
3 145 (2.02%) Management Information System
4 142 (1.98%) PMI
5 141 (1.96%) Virtual Team
6 122 (1.70%) Self-Motivation
7 112 (1.56%) Data Protection Act
8 97 (1.35%) Legacy Systems
9 62 (0.86%) FMCG
9 62 (0.86%) User Experience
10 52 (0.72%) Mobile App
11 51 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
12 48 (0.67%) Public Cloud
13 39 (0.54%) Life Science
14 32 (0.45%) Private Cloud
15 29 (0.40%) Enterprise Software
16 27 (0.38%) Renewable Energy
17 26 (0.36%) Fixed Income
17 26 (0.36%) LIMS
18 25 (0.35%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 216 (3.01%) Windows
2 59 (0.82%) Windows Server
3 50 (0.70%) Windows 10
4 35 (0.49%) Unix
5 33 (0.46%) Linux
6 16 (0.22%) VMS
6 16 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
7 10 (0.14%) AIX
8 6 (0.084%) Windows Server 2016
9 5 (0.070%) Android
9 5 (0.070%) Apple iOS
9 5 (0.070%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (0.070%) zOS
10 4 (0.056%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.042%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.028%) MVS
12 2 (0.028%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,377 (47.03%) Project Management
2 2,246 (31.28%) Agile
3 1,975 (27.50%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,617 (22.52%) Project Delivery
5 1,238 (17.24%) PRINCE2
6 981 (13.66%) Migration
7 690 (9.61%) Change Management
8 669 (9.32%) Waterfall
9 530 (7.38%) Scrum
10 520 (7.24%) Risk Management
11 378 (5.26%) Problem-Solving
12 373 (5.19%) Business Case
13 355 (4.94%) Programme Management
13 355 (4.94%) Project Governance
14 344 (4.79%) ERP
15 319 (4.44%) Project Planning
16 303 (4.22%) Cybersecurity
17 286 (3.98%) ITIL
18 272 (3.79%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 247 (3.44%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 73 (1.02%) SQL
2 56 (0.78%) C
3 27 (0.38%) Java
4 20 (0.28%) Python
5 12 (0.17%) JavaScript
6 11 (0.15%) C#
7 9 (0.13%) DAML
7 9 (0.13%) Solidity
8 6 (0.084%) PHP
9 3 (0.042%) Apex Code
9 3 (0.042%) VB
9 3 (0.042%) VBScript
10 2 (0.028%) COBOL
10 2 (0.028%) Delphi
10 2 (0.028%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.028%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.014%) ABAP
11 1 (0.014%) ActionScript
11 1 (0.014%) Perl
11 1 (0.014%) VBA
Qualifications
1 438 (6.10%) Security Cleared
2 376 (5.24%) PMP
3 360 (5.01%) PMI Certification
4 324 (4.51%) SC Cleared
5 302 (4.21%) Degree
6 190 (2.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 186 (2.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 72 (1.00%) APMP
9 69 (0.96%) DV Cleared
10 45 (0.63%) ISEB
11 27 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
12 25 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
13 20 (0.28%) CISSP
14 17 (0.24%) Computer Science Degree
15 15 (0.21%) CISM
16 12 (0.17%) RIBA
17 10 (0.14%) APMG
17 10 (0.14%) DBS Check
18 9 (0.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 9 (0.13%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 356 (4.96%) PMO
2 132 (1.84%) QA
3 64 (0.89%) GDPR
4 39 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 37 (0.52%) Data Quality
6 25 (0.35%) GRC
7 24 (0.33%) NIST
8 20 (0.28%) GMP
8 20 (0.28%) MiFID
8 20 (0.28%) SLA
9 19 (0.26%) GxP
10 18 (0.25%) IFRS
11 15 (0.21%) Cyber Essentials
12 14 (0.19%) COBIT
12 14 (0.19%) IFRS 17
13 11 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 11 (0.15%) NCSC
14 10 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
15 9 (0.13%) ISO 20022
15 9 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 69 (0.96%) VMware Infrastructure
2 56 (0.78%) Active Directory
3 32 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
4 24 (0.33%) Virtual Machines
5 11 (0.15%) VMware ESXi
6 10 (0.14%) Docker
6 10 (0.14%) XenApp
7 9 (0.13%) Firmware
7 9 (0.13%) XenDesktop
8 6 (0.084%) Virtual Servers
9 3 (0.042%) Hyper-V
9 3 (0.042%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
9 3 (0.042%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.028%) ACF2
10 2 (0.028%) MetaFrame
10 2 (0.028%) RACF
10 2 (0.028%) vSphere
11 1 (0.014%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.014%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 21 (0.29%) Microsoft Intune
2 16 (0.22%) Kubernetes
3 13 (0.18%) vCenter Server
4 10 (0.14%) Ansible
5 8 (0.11%) Control-M
5 8 (0.11%) SCCM
6 7 (0.097%) Terraform
6 7 (0.097%) ThinApp
7 6 (0.084%) Puppet
7 6 (0.084%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.056%) Jamf Pro
8 4 (0.056%) NSN NetAct
8 4 (0.056%) WSUS
9 3 (0.042%) BladeLogic
9 3 (0.042%) FortiGate
9 3 (0.042%) Opsview
9 3 (0.042%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.042%) VxRail
10 2 (0.028%) Active Directory Federation Services
10 2 (0.028%) CASB
Vendors
1 762 (10.61%) Microsoft
2 485 (6.75%) SAP
3 209 (2.91%) Oracle
4 178 (2.48%) Salesforce.com
5 145 (2.02%) VMware
6 125 (1.74%) ServiceNow
7 124 (1.73%) Cisco
8 82 (1.14%) Google
9 75 (1.04%) Citrix
10 66 (0.92%) Remedy
10 66 (0.92%) Workday
11 51 (0.71%) IBM
12 35 (0.49%) Ericsson
13 28 (0.39%) Adobe
14 26 (0.36%) Planview
15 25 (0.35%) MuleSoft
16 24 (0.33%) BMC
17 22 (0.31%) CA
18 21 (0.29%) CheckPoint
18 21 (0.29%) Informatica