Period
to 16 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 16 December 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 38 24 25
Rank change year-on-year -14 +1 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 5,956 6,925 6,757
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.72% 6.75% 6.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.03% 7.11% 6.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,050 4,887 4,809
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £325 £319 £310
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +4.71% +0.47% -0.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 51 67
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +9.38% -13.63%
10th Percentile £23.23 £19.97 £19.96
90th Percentile £52.92 £57.50 £51.48
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year - +12.90% -16.22%

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 98,693 97,400 97,270
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.71% 94.93% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,349 64,570 63,457
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.01% +5.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,031 2,855 3,293
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.77 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 16 December 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 16 December 2018.

Contractor 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 16 December 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 -13 5,440 £475 +2.70% 558
UK excluding London -9 3,489 £445 +4.71% 407
London -18 2,349 £500 - 187
South East -12 1,081 £475 +5.56% 102
North of England +1 734 £425 - 108
Midlands -12 543 £444 +4.41% 85
West Midlands -15 379 £450 +5.26% 59
Scotland -9 370 £400 -5.88% 31
South West -7 367 £425 +0.89% 44
East of England -6 344 £475 +5.85% 34
North West -1 343 £425 - 65
Yorkshire -3 334 £425 - 37
East Midlands -8 146 £420 +1.82% 26
North East -18 59 £425 -10.53% 6
Wales -30 44 £406 +1.56% 5
Northern Ireland +35 8 £388 +4.73%
Channel Islands -6 2 £500 -
Isle of Man -5 1 £375 -16.67%

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 December 2018, 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 2,804 (47.08%) Project Management
2 1,878 (31.53%) Finance
3 1,720 (28.88%) Agile Software Development
4 1,486 (24.95%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,314 (22.06%) PRINCE2
6 762 (12.79%) Migration
7 518 (8.70%) Microsoft
8 464 (7.79%) Waterfall
9 455 (7.64%) Security Cleared
10 432 (7.25%) Banking
11 430 (7.22%) Retail
12 409 (6.87%) Change Management
13 372 (6.25%) Scrum
14 359 (6.03%) SAP
15 354 (5.94%) Risk Management
16 347 (5.83%) Microsoft Project
17 341 (5.73%) SC Cleared
18 339 (5.69%) Project Planning
19 334 (5.61%) Data Centre
20 299 (5.02%) Windows
21 297 (4.99%) Problem-Solving
22 290 (4.87%) PMP
23 289 (4.85%) Office 365
24 288 (4.84%) PMI Certification
25 277 (4.65%) PMO
26 268 (4.50%) Microsoft Office
27 267 (4.48%) Programme Management
28 264 (4.43%) ERP
29 262 (4.40%) Project Governance
30 256 (4.30%) Analytical Skills

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
1 170 (2.85%) SharePoint
2 90 (1.51%) Confluence
3 62 (1.04%) CMS
4 52 (0.87%) Skype for Business
5 30 (0.50%) WebSphere
6 23 (0.39%) Drupal
7 13 (0.22%) OpenStack
8 11 (0.18%) MS Exchange
8 11 (0.18%) SAS
9 9 (0.15%) Documentum
9 9 (0.15%) WordPress
10 7 (0.12%) IBM Domino
10 7 (0.12%) MS Project Server
11 6 (0.10%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 6 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2010
12 5 (0.084%) IIS
12 5 (0.084%) Sitecore CMS
13 4 (0.067%) Oracle Workflow
14 3 (0.050%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.050%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 347 (5.83%) Microsoft Project
2 268 (4.50%) Microsoft Office
3 183 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
4 132 (2.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 92 (1.54%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.32%) Open Workbench
7 13 (0.22%) Maya
8 9 (0.15%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.067%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.034%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.034%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.017%) Chatbot
11 1 (0.017%) S-PLUS
11 1 (0.017%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 82 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 62 (1.04%) SAP S/4HANA
3 37 (0.62%) Dynamics AX
4 28 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
5 17 (0.29%) NetSuite
6 14 (0.24%) Magento
6 14 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
7 12 (0.20%) SAP ERP
7 12 (0.20%) SAP FI
8 11 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
8 11 (0.18%) SAP MM
9 10 (0.17%) Primavera
9 10 (0.17%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 10 (0.17%) SAP CO
9 10 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
10 9 (0.15%) Unit4 Business World
10 9 (0.15%) Workday HCM
11 7 (0.12%) Oracle CRM
11 7 (0.12%) SAP SD
11 7 (0.12%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 289 (4.85%) Office 365
2 239 (4.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 165 (2.77%) Amazon AWS
4 84 (1.41%) SaaS
5 44 (0.74%) Dynamics 365
6 29 (0.49%) OneDrive
6 29 (0.49%) PaaS
7 21 (0.35%) IaaS
8 19 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
9 18 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
10 17 (0.29%) Trello
11 16 (0.27%) Yammer
12 15 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
13 9 (0.15%) OpenShift
14 7 (0.12%) Azure Active Directory
15 6 (0.10%) BlueKai
15 6 (0.10%) Google Analytics
15 6 (0.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 4 (0.067%) G Suite
16 4 (0.067%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 109 (1.83%) WAN
2 94 (1.58%) LAN
3 90 (1.51%) Firewall
4 66 (1.11%) Skype
5 48 (0.81%) Internet
5 48 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
6 32 (0.54%) SMS
6 32 (0.54%) Unified Communications
6 32 (0.54%) VPN
7 27 (0.45%) DNS
7 27 (0.45%) VoIP
8 25 (0.42%) SAN
9 24 (0.40%) MPLS
10 23 (0.39%) Intranet
11 22 (0.37%) Wireless
12 16 (0.27%) IP Telephony
13 15 (0.25%) Broadband
14 11 (0.18%) DHCP
15 10 (0.17%) 3G
15 10 (0.17%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (1.58%) Data Warehouse
2 53 (0.89%) Big Data
3 35 (0.59%) SQL Server
4 28 (0.47%) Power BI
5 22 (0.37%) BusinessObjects
6 19 (0.32%) SAP BW
7 17 (0.29%) SAP HANA
8 16 (0.27%) Data Lake
8 16 (0.27%) Hadoop
9 15 (0.25%) Oracle Database
10 14 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
11 12 (0.20%) QlikView
12 9 (0.15%) Electronic Patient Records
13 8 (0.13%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 7 (0.12%) DB2
14 7 (0.12%) Oracle BI EE
14 7 (0.12%) Relational Database
15 6 (0.10%) DTS
16 5 (0.084%) Apache Hive
16 5 (0.084%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 226 (3.79%) JIRA
2 11 (0.18%) Hudson
3 8 (0.13%) Jenkins
4 6 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (0.084%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.084%) GitLab
6 4 (0.067%) Bitbucket
7 3 (0.050%) IBM UrbanCode
7 3 (0.050%) Selenium
7 3 (0.050%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (0.050%) Visual Studio
8 2 (0.034%) Dreamweaver
8 2 (0.034%) JIRA Agile
8 2 (0.034%) Subversion
9 1 (0.017%) Cucumber
9 1 (0.017%) MSBuild
9 1 (0.017%) Robot Framework
9 1 (0.017%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.017%) Sonatype Nexus
9 1 (0.017%) TeamCity
General
1 1,878 (31.53%) Finance
2 432 (7.25%) Banking
3 430 (7.22%) Retail
4 243 (4.08%) Telecoms
5 210 (3.53%) Marketing
6 157 (2.64%) Legal
7 138 (2.32%) Manufacturing
8 102 (1.71%) Law
9 74 (1.24%) Investment Banking
10 70 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
11 60 (1.01%) Advertising
12 56 (0.94%) Retail Banking
13 50 (0.84%) Billing
14 49 (0.82%) Front Office
15 48 (0.81%) Financial Institution
16 43 (0.72%) Automotive
17 35 (0.59%) Back Office
18 34 (0.57%) Electronics
19 25 (0.42%) Military
20 23 (0.39%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (0.67%) .NET
2 36 (0.60%) Middleware
3 33 (0.55%) Web Services
4 32 (0.54%) Velocity
5 21 (0.35%) HTML
6 13 (0.22%) CSS
6 13 (0.22%) EDI
7 11 (0.18%) J2EE
8 9 (0.15%) LDAP
9 7 (0.12%) Oracle Fusion
10 6 (0.10%) AngularJS
10 6 (0.10%) XML
11 5 (0.084%) COM
11 5 (0.084%) React
12 4 (0.067%) HTML5
12 4 (0.067%) JSP
12 4 (0.067%) REST
12 4 (0.067%) SailPoint
12 4 (0.067%) SAML
12 4 (0.067%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 334 (5.61%) Data Centre
2 256 (4.30%) Analytical Skills
3 135 (2.27%) PMI
4 122 (2.05%) Management Information System
5 101 (1.70%) NHS
6 95 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
6 95 (1.60%) User Experience
7 82 (1.38%) Virtual Team
8 68 (1.14%) Mobile App
9 60 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
10 53 (0.89%) FMCG
11 36 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
12 26 (0.44%) Fixed Income
12 26 (0.44%) Over-the-Top Content
13 25 (0.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 23 (0.39%) Hybrid Cloud
14 23 (0.39%) Life Science
15 22 (0.37%) Driving Licence
15 22 (0.37%) Equities
15 22 (0.37%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 299 (5.02%) Windows
2 184 (3.09%) Windows 10
3 45 (0.76%) Unix
4 43 (0.72%) Windows 7
5 42 (0.71%) Linux
6 41 (0.69%) Windows Server
7 14 (0.24%) Solaris
8 13 (0.22%) Apple iOS
9 12 (0.20%) Android
10 10 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 5 (0.084%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (0.067%) AIX
12 4 (0.067%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (0.067%) Windows Server 2012
13 2 (0.034%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.017%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.017%) SUSE
14 1 (0.017%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.017%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.017%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,804 (47.08%) Project Management
2 1,720 (28.88%) Agile Software Development
3 1,486 (24.95%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,314 (22.06%) PRINCE2
5 762 (12.79%) Migration
6 464 (7.79%) Waterfall
7 409 (6.87%) Change Management
8 372 (6.25%) Scrum
9 354 (5.94%) Risk Management
10 339 (5.69%) Project Planning
11 297 (4.99%) Problem-Solving
12 267 (4.48%) Programme Management
13 264 (4.43%) ERP
14 262 (4.40%) Project Governance
15 251 (4.21%) CRM
16 243 (4.08%) ITIL
17 236 (3.96%) Stakeholder Engagement
18 231 (3.88%) E-Commerce
19 229 (3.84%) SDLC
20 213 (3.58%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 91 (1.53%) SQL
2 60 (1.01%) C
3 57 (0.96%) Java
4 17 (0.29%) Python
5 10 (0.17%) JavaScript
6 9 (0.15%) VB
7 7 (0.12%) C#
8 6 (0.10%) PHP
9 3 (0.050%) Erlang
9 3 (0.050%) R
9 3 (0.050%) Ruby
9 3 (0.050%) VB.NET
9 3 (0.050%) VB6
10 1 (0.017%) ABAP
10 1 (0.017%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.017%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.017%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.017%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.017%) VBA
10 1 (0.017%) X++
Qualifications
1 455 (7.64%) Security Cleared
2 341 (5.73%) SC Cleared
3 290 (4.87%) PMP
4 288 (4.84%) PMI Certification
5 256 (4.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 244 (4.10%) Degree
7 215 (3.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 97 (1.63%) APMP
9 83 (1.39%) DV Cleared
10 36 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
11 30 (0.50%) CISSP
12 27 (0.45%) ITIL Certification
13 24 (0.40%) Master's Degree
14 20 (0.34%) ISEB
15 15 (0.25%) Cisco Certification
15 15 (0.25%) Computer Science Degree
16 14 (0.24%) DBS Check
16 14 (0.24%) HND
17 13 (0.22%) CISM
18 11 (0.18%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 277 (4.65%) PMO
2 153 (2.57%) GDPR
3 138 (2.32%) QA
4 34 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 26 (0.44%) PCI DSS
5 26 (0.44%) SLA
6 23 (0.39%) MiFID
7 18 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 18 (0.30%) IFRS
8 14 (0.24%) Data Quality
8 14 (0.24%) Solvency II
9 11 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
9 11 (0.18%) GxP
10 10 (0.17%) JSP 440
11 9 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
11 9 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 8 (0.13%) EMIR
12 8 (0.13%) PMBOK
13 7 (0.12%) ISO 9001
14 6 (0.10%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 111 (1.86%) Active Directory
2 24 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.17%) Docker
4 9 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (0.13%) Firmware
6 7 (0.12%) XenApp
7 5 (0.084%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (0.067%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.067%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.050%) KVM
9 3 (0.050%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.050%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.034%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.034%) LXC
10 2 (0.034%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.034%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.034%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.034%) vSphere
11 1 (0.017%) vCloud
11 1 (0.017%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 40 (0.67%) SCCM
2 19 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
2 19 (0.32%) Single Sign-On
3 8 (0.13%) Kubernetes
4 7 (0.12%) AirWatch
5 6 (0.10%) Ansible
5 6 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 4 (0.067%) SCOM
7 3 (0.050%) MOM
7 3 (0.050%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.050%) Oracle Identity Management
7 3 (0.050%) RSA Archer
8 2 (0.034%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.034%) HP ALM
8 2 (0.034%) OpenView
9 1 (0.017%) Grafana
9 1 (0.017%) PingFederate
9 1 (0.017%) QRadar
9 1 (0.017%) Terraform
9 1 (0.017%) vRealize
Vendors
1 518 (8.70%) Microsoft
2 359 (6.03%) SAP
3 230 (3.86%) Oracle
4 97 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
5 79 (1.33%) Cisco
5 79 (1.33%) Citrix
6 67 (1.12%) VMware
7 65 (1.09%) Workday
8 52 (0.87%) Google
8 52 (0.87%) ServiceNow
9 48 (0.81%) IBM
10 28 (0.47%) Atlassian
11 26 (0.44%) Avaya
12 25 (0.42%) hybris
13 22 (0.37%) BT
13 22 (0.37%) CheckPoint
14 20 (0.34%) Hyperion
15 19 (0.32%) NetApp
15 19 (0.32%) Remedy
15 19 (0.32%) Sage