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

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Project Manager
UK
Rank 22 16 12
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4  
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 3285 4562 4667
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.25% 8.61% 8.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.65% 9.04% 9.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 2332 3185 2985
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 27 25 62
Median hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% +6.94%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.88 £19.70 £23.02
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £58.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £36.25
% change year-on-year -20.00% +3.44%  

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 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 March 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 3024 £450 - 456
London -9 1385 £500 +4.16% 189
South East -3 610 £450 +5.88% 69
South West -1 215 £400 -2.43% 47
City of London -4 215 £500 -2.43% 52
West Midlands +3 204 £425 - 29
North West -7 173 £413 -2.94% 42
Scotland +1 160 £413 -1.78% 22
Berkshire +2 150 £475 +11.76% 12
East of England -17 145 £425 - 31
Yorkshire -7 128 £425 +0.89% 26
Hampshire -12 114 £390 -8.23% 21
East Midlands -16 96 £400 -5.88% 18
Edinburgh -3 93 £425 -2.29% 15
West Yorkshire -10 79 £425 +6.25% 20
Manchester -12 78 £409 -3.82% 27
Bristol +2 74 £385 -4.93% 13
Surrey -12 74 £484 +7.55% 9
Buckinghamshire -14 68 £425 - 6
Milton Keynes -9 64 £425 - 2
Wiltshire +9 63 £433 +8.12% 11
West Sussex +5 59 £450 +12.14% 4
Reading +13 54 £473 +7.08% 2
Glasgow +13 51 £413 +10.00% 4
Oxfordshire -4 49 £475 +3.26% 6
Birmingham -7 48 £413 +3.12% 7
Leeds -11 48 £411 +2.81% 16
Hertfordshire -9 47 £425 -0.64% 10
Cheshire +14 44 £388 -8.82% 7
Warwickshire +7 40 £450 +9.09% 8

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 3062 (49.47%) Project Management
2 1875 (30.29%) Finance
3 1680 (27.14%) PRINCE2
4 1533 (24.77%) Stakeholder Management
5 1376 (22.23%) Agile Software Development
6 687 (11.10%) Migration
7 570 (9.21%) Microsoft
8 530 (8.56%) Banking
9 518 (8.37%) Change Management
10 430 (6.95%) Security Cleared
11 427 (6.90%) MS Project
12 425 (6.87%) Retail
13 380 (6.14%) PMI Certification
14 375 (6.06%) Waterfall
15 368 (5.95%) ITIL
16 356 (5.75%) PMP
17 354 (5.72%) Risk Management
18 339 (5.48%) MS Excel
19 325 (5.25%) Data Centre
20 322 (5.20%) Scrum
21 320 (5.17%) SC Cleared
22 318 (5.14%) SAP
23 307 (4.96%) Analytical Skills
24 300 (4.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
25 297 (4.80%) Project Planning
26 292 (4.72%) Telecoms
27 290 (4.68%) Programme Management
28 281 (4.54%) CRM
29 279 (4.51%) PMO
30 275 (4.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner

Project Manager Skill Set
Top Related 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 (2.91%) SharePoint
2 69 (1.11%) CMS
3 48 (0.78%) Confluence
4 46 (0.74%) Skype for Business
5 27 (0.44%) WebSphere
6 18 (0.29%) Drupal
7 16 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
7 16 (0.26%) MS Project Server
8 13 (0.21%) Documentum
8 13 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
9 12 (0.19%) MS Exchange
10 11 (0.18%) IIS
10 11 (0.18%) SAS
11 9 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 7 (0.11%) Apache Spark
12 7 (0.11%) JBoss
13 6 (0.097%) IBM Notes
13 6 (0.097%) Sitecore CMS
14 5 (0.081%) EPiServer
14 5 (0.081%) WordPress
Applications
1 427 (6.90%) MS Project
2 339 (5.48%) MS Excel
3 221 (3.57%) MS Office
4 141 (2.28%) MS PowerPoint
5 105 (1.70%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.11%) Open Workbench
8 3 (0.048%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.032%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.032%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.016%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.016%) Autodesk Inventor
10 1 (0.016%) Maya
10 1 (0.016%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 91 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (0.71%) Oracle EBS
3 35 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
4 33 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
5 31 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
6 28 (0.45%) Unit4 Business World
7 21 (0.34%) SAP ERP
8 20 (0.32%) Maximo
9 19 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 17 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
11 14 (0.23%) SAP FI
12 11 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
12 11 (0.18%) SAP CO
12 11 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
12 11 (0.18%) SAP HR
12 11 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
12 11 (0.18%) SAP SD
13 9 (0.15%) NetSuite
13 9 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
13 9 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 203 (3.28%) Office 365
2 105 (1.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 63 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
4 58 (0.94%) SaaS
5 25 (0.40%) IaaS
6 20 (0.32%) PaaS
6 20 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
7 18 (0.29%) OneDrive
8 11 (0.18%) Yammer
9 9 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
9 9 (0.15%) Google Analytics
10 7 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
11 6 (0.097%) Adobe Analytics
12 5 (0.081%) Taleo
13 4 (0.065%) Trello
14 3 (0.048%) Google Drive
14 3 (0.048%) Veeva
15 2 (0.032%) Basecamp
15 2 (0.032%) Boomi
15 2 (0.032%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 104 (1.68%) WAN
2 98 (1.58%) LAN
3 83 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
4 74 (1.20%) Firewall
5 51 (0.82%) Internet
5 51 (0.82%) VoIP
6 49 (0.79%) Intranet
7 44 (0.71%) Skype
8 37 (0.60%) LTE
9 36 (0.58%) SAN
10 34 (0.55%) VoLTE
11 24 (0.39%) Unified Communications
12 23 (0.37%) MPLS
13 22 (0.36%) Network Security
14 20 (0.32%) Wireless
15 18 (0.29%) VPN
16 14 (0.23%) IP Telephony
17 12 (0.19%) Broadband
17 12 (0.19%) NAS
18 11 (0.18%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
2 63 (1.02%) Big Data
3 43 (0.69%) SQL Server
4 22 (0.36%) GIS
5 19 (0.31%) Hadoop
5 19 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (0.27%) Oracle Reports
7 16 (0.26%) SAP BW
7 16 (0.26%) SAP HANA
8 15 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 13 (0.21%) BusinessObjects
10 11 (0.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 9 (0.15%) DB2
11 9 (0.15%) Oracle Database
11 9 (0.15%) QlikView
12 8 (0.13%) Essbase
12 8 (0.13%) Power BI
13 7 (0.11%) Relational Database
14 6 (0.097%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
14 6 (0.097%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 123 (1.99%) JIRA
2 12 (0.19%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.081%) Git (software)
3 5 (0.081%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.065%) Hudson
4 4 (0.065%) JIRA Agile
4 4 (0.065%) Talend Open Studio
5 3 (0.048%) SonarQube
5 3 (0.048%) Sonatype Nexus
5 3 (0.048%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.032%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.032%) GitLab
6 2 (0.032%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.016%) Bugzilla
7 1 (0.016%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.016%) JUnit
7 1 (0.016%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.016%) PowerBuilder
7 1 (0.016%) Selenium
7 1 (0.016%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1875 (30.29%) Finance
2 530 (8.56%) Banking
3 425 (6.87%) Retail
4 292 (4.72%) Telecoms
5 211 (3.41%) Marketing
6 184 (2.97%) Legal
7 139 (2.25%) Manufacturing
8 130 (2.10%) Investment Banking
9 102 (1.65%) Law
10 98 (1.58%) Front Office
11 77 (1.24%) Pharmaceutical
12 76 (1.23%) Advertising
13 68 (1.10%) Retail Banking
14 58 (0.94%) Billing
15 56 (0.90%) Automotive
16 50 (0.81%) Local Government
17 47 (0.76%) Back Office
18 39 (0.63%) Publishing
19 38 (0.61%) Financial Institution
20 30 (0.48%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (0.65%) .NET
2 38 (0.61%) Middleware
3 37 (0.60%) Web Services
4 29 (0.47%) HTML
5 18 (0.29%) XML
6 11 (0.18%) Oracle Fusion
7 10 (0.16%) Velocity
8 8 (0.13%) CSS
8 8 (0.13%) EDIFACT
8 8 (0.13%) J2EE
9 7 (0.11%) Mason
9 7 (0.11%) REST
10 6 (0.097%) FIX Protocol
10 6 (0.097%) HTML5
10 6 (0.097%) Silverlight
11 5 (0.081%) JSON
11 5 (0.081%) SOAP
11 5 (0.081%) WebSphere MQ
11 5 (0.081%) XMPP
12 4 (0.065%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 325 (5.25%) Data Centre
2 307 (4.96%) Analytical Skills
3 197 (3.18%) PMI
4 189 (3.05%) Management Information System
5 95 (1.53%) NHS
6 75 (1.21%) Virtual Team
7 73 (1.18%) User Experience
8 52 (0.84%) FMCG
9 49 (0.79%) Derivative
9 49 (0.79%) Mobile App
10 48 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 41 (0.66%) Fixed Income
12 32 (0.52%) EPoS
12 32 (0.52%) Equities
12 32 (0.52%) Fintech
12 32 (0.52%) Smart Meter
13 30 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
14 25 (0.40%) Computer Science
14 25 (0.40%) Mainframe
15 21 (0.34%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 202 (3.26%) Windows
2 70 (1.13%) Linux
3 69 (1.11%) Windows 10
4 65 (1.05%) Unix
5 25 (0.40%) Windows Server
6 22 (0.36%) Android
6 22 (0.36%) Windows 7
7 16 (0.26%) Apple iOS
8 14 (0.23%) AIX
8 14 (0.23%) Solaris
9 9 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
10 7 (0.11%) VMS
10 7 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (0.097%) zOS
12 3 (0.048%) Windows Phone
12 3 (0.048%) Windows Vista
13 2 (0.032%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.032%) OS/2
13 2 (0.032%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3062 (49.47%) Project Management
2 1680 (27.14%) PRINCE2
3 1533 (24.77%) Stakeholder Management
4 1376 (22.23%) Agile Software Development
5 687 (11.10%) Migration
6 518 (8.37%) Change Management
7 375 (6.06%) Waterfall
8 368 (5.95%) ITIL
9 354 (5.72%) Risk Management
10 322 (5.20%) Scrum
11 297 (4.80%) Project Planning
12 290 (4.68%) Programme Management
13 281 (4.54%) CRM
14 236 (3.81%) ERP
15 234 (3.78%) Stakeholder Engagement
16 231 (3.73%) SDLC
17 223 (3.60%) Project Governance
18 215 (3.47%) Business Analysis
19 208 (3.36%) Supplier Management
20 192 (3.10%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 107 (1.73%) SQL
2 77 (1.24%) C
3 65 (1.05%) Java
4 18 (0.29%) JavaScript
5 13 (0.21%) C#
6 11 (0.18%) PHP
7 8 (0.13%) PL/SQL
8 6 (0.097%) Python
9 5 (0.081%) C++
10 4 (0.065%) ABAP
10 4 (0.065%) COBOL
10 4 (0.065%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.065%) VB
11 3 (0.048%) R
11 3 (0.048%) Scala
12 2 (0.032%) Apex Code
12 2 (0.032%) Ruby
12 2 (0.032%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.016%) JCL
13 1 (0.016%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 430 (6.95%) Security Cleared
2 380 (6.14%) PMI Certification
3 356 (5.75%) PMP
4 320 (5.17%) SC Cleared
5 300 (4.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 275 (4.44%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 274 (4.43%) Degree
8 135 (2.18%) APMP
9 77 (1.24%) DV Cleared
10 46 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
11 40 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
12 30 (0.48%) ISEB
13 20 (0.32%) Cisco Certification
14 18 (0.29%) CTC Cleared
15 16 (0.26%) MAPM
16 14 (0.23%) CISSP
17 12 (0.19%) CCNA
18 10 (0.16%) CCNP
18 10 (0.16%) HND
18 10 (0.16%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 279 (4.51%) PMO
2 179 (2.89%) QA
3 97 (1.57%) MiFID
4 44 (0.71%) GDPR
5 41 (0.66%) SLA
6 31 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
7 30 (0.48%) PCI DSS
8 27 (0.44%) EMIR
9 26 (0.42%) Data Quality
9 26 (0.42%) PMBOK
10 25 (0.40%) Dodd-Frank
11 24 (0.39%) GxP
12 20 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 17 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 15 (0.24%) FATCA
15 14 (0.23%) Solvency II
16 12 (0.19%) ISO 9001
17 10 (0.16%) IFRS
18 9 (0.15%) ISO 9000
19 8 (0.13%) JSP 440
System Software
1 86 (1.39%) Active Directory
2 28 (0.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
5 5 (0.081%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.065%) XenApp
7 3 (0.048%) Firmware
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%) Virtual Servers
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%) vCloud
9 1 (0.016%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 35 (0.57%) SCCM
2 14 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
3 13 (0.21%) MOM
4 12 (0.19%) AirWatch
5 7 (0.11%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (0.097%) XenMobile
7 4 (0.065%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.065%) 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%) FlexNet
9 2 (0.032%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.032%) Jamf Pro
9 2 (0.032%) Nagios
9 2 (0.032%) QRadar
10 1 (0.016%) Cisco IPCC
10 1 (0.016%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 570 (9.21%) Microsoft
2 318 (5.14%) SAP
3 261 (4.22%) Oracle
4 126 (2.04%) Cisco
5 70 (1.13%) Salesforce.com
6 66 (1.07%) Remedy
7 62 (1.00%) VMware
8 59 (0.95%) Citrix
9 50 (0.81%) IBM
10 35 (0.57%) Ericsson
11 33 (0.53%) CheckPoint
11 33 (0.53%) Workday
12 31 (0.50%) ServiceNow
13 28 (0.45%) HP
14 25 (0.40%) Adobe
15 24 (0.39%) iManage
16 22 (0.36%) Google
17 19 (0.31%) BT
17 19 (0.31%) Tableau
18 18 (0.29%) hybris
London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
AMS contingency
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Spring Technology
Posted: 19 hours ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £380 - £480 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
South East
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oliver Marks Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
Reed Technology
Rate: £350 - £385 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Omni RMS
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
London
AMS contingency
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £420 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
LA International
Posted: 20 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £325.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Devon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £275 to £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Cititec
Posted: 14 hours ago
Havant, Hampshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Posted: Yesterday
North West London
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: £250- £290 / day
Posted: 14 hours ago
South East
Rullion
Posted: 2 days ago
Corsham, Wiltshire
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Premier IT
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago