Period
to 18 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 October 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
6 months to
18 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 24 15
Rank change year-on-year +2 -9 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6859 7394 9921
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.90% 6.94% 8.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.28% 7.32% 9.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 4839 5276 6832
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £310
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 70 67
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.25 £39.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.71% -9.82% +26.10%
10th Percentile £19.95 £19.90 £20.65
90th Percentile £55.00 £69.03 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year +7.69% -18.75% +14.29%

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 94194 100979 107453
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.78% 94.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 61831 65820 68300
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £246
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +6.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2813 3278 4126
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.48 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.22% +2.64% +7.66%
10th Percentile £10.88 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £44.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +6.06%

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 18 October 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 6 months to 18 October 2017.

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 18 October 2017. 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 +2 6362 £450 - 558
UK excluding London +5 3809 £425 - 350
London -4 2914 £500 - 245
South East 0 1196 £450 +2.86% 98
North of England +5 766 £425 +6.25% 77
Midlands +7 694 £425 - 59
West Midlands +10 430 £450 +5.88% 38
East of England -4 372 £425 - 36
South West +5 370 £400 - 41
Scotland +4 356 £425 +6.25% 33
Yorkshire +17 350 £421 +5.31% 34
North West -9 338 £435 +5.45% 37
East Midlands -5 251 £425 +2.41% 21
North East +28 80 £450 +28.57% 6
Wales +13 51 £400 - 5
Northern Ireland -57 5 £390 +7.59% 1
Channel Islands 0 4 £500 -
Isle of Man - 3 £450 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 3237 (47.19%) Project Management
2 2190 (31.93%) Finance
3 1785 (26.02%) Stakeholder Management
4 1717 (25.03%) PRINCE2
5 1543 (22.50%) Agile Software Development
6 723 (10.54%) Banking
7 720 (10.50%) Migration
8 550 (8.02%) Change Management
9 533 (7.77%) Retail
10 519 (7.57%) Microsoft
11 463 (6.75%) PMI Certification
12 443 (6.46%) Microsoft Project
13 439 (6.40%) Security Cleared
14 431 (6.28%) PMP
15 394 (5.74%) Waterfall
16 390 (5.69%) Risk Management
17 378 (5.51%) Scrum
18 373 (5.44%) Project Planning
19 363 (5.29%) SAP
20 343 (5.00%) GDPR
21 341 (4.97%) Programme Management
22 332 (4.84%) ITIL
22 332 (4.84%) Stakeholder Engagement
23 331 (4.83%) PMO
23 331 (4.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
24 321 (4.68%) CRM
25 312 (4.55%) Degree
26 297 (4.33%) ERP
27 293 (4.27%) Office 365
28 288 (4.20%) Data Centre

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
1 212 (3.09%) SharePoint
2 67 (0.98%) Confluence
3 64 (0.93%) CMS
4 49 (0.71%) Skype for Business
5 44 (0.64%) WebSphere
6 24 (0.35%) MS Exchange
7 22 (0.32%) MS Project Server
8 17 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
9 16 (0.23%) SAS
10 13 (0.19%) Documentum
11 11 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (0.16%) SharePoint Server
12 10 (0.15%) Apache Spark
12 10 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2010
13 9 (0.13%) Sitecore CMS
14 8 (0.12%) IIS
14 8 (0.12%) SharePoint 2010
15 7 (0.10%) Elasticsearch
15 7 (0.10%) OpenStack
15 7 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 443 (6.46%) Microsoft Project
2 233 (3.40%) Microsoft Office
3 213 (3.11%) Microsoft Excel
4 128 (1.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 101 (1.47%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.087%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.087%) Windchill
8 5 (0.073%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.044%) Open Workbench
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.015%) Doxygen
11 1 (0.015%) HipChat
11 1 (0.015%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 98 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 55 (0.80%) Dynamics AX
3 20 (0.29%) NetSuite
3 20 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
4 19 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
5 17 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 17 (0.25%) SAP ERP
5 17 (0.25%) SAP FI
6 15 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
6 15 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
6 15 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
7 14 (0.20%) Maximo
7 14 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 13 (0.19%) iTrent
9 12 (0.17%) SAP HR
10 10 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
10 10 (0.15%) SAP CO
10 10 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
10 10 (0.15%) thinkFolio
11 9 (0.13%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 293 (4.27%) Office 365
2 143 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 96 (1.40%) Amazon AWS
4 61 (0.89%) SaaS
5 35 (0.51%) IaaS
6 28 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
6 28 (0.41%) PaaS
6 28 (0.41%) SuccessFactors
7 16 (0.23%) OneDrive
8 13 (0.19%) Veeva
9 9 (0.13%) Yammer
10 8 (0.12%) Google Analytics
11 6 (0.087%) G Suite
12 4 (0.058%) Asana
12 4 (0.058%) GitHub
12 4 (0.058%) IBM Cloud
12 4 (0.058%) Taleo
12 4 (0.058%) Trello
13 3 (0.044%) Azure Active Directory
13 3 (0.044%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 172 (2.51%) WAN
2 163 (2.38%) LAN
3 96 (1.40%) Wi-Fi
4 69 (1.01%) SMS
5 62 (0.90%) Skype
6 55 (0.80%) Internet
7 52 (0.76%) VoIP
8 50 (0.73%) Firewall
9 42 (0.61%) Intranet
10 40 (0.58%) Wireless
11 33 (0.48%) Broadband
12 30 (0.44%) Network Security
13 29 (0.42%) SAN
13 29 (0.42%) Unified Communications
14 28 (0.41%) 4G
15 24 (0.35%) MPLS
16 20 (0.29%) WLAN
17 14 (0.20%) 3G
18 13 (0.19%) DNS
18 13 (0.19%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 92 (1.34%) Data Warehouse
2 63 (0.92%) Big Data
3 50 (0.73%) SQL Server
4 22 (0.32%) Blockchain
5 20 (0.29%) SAP HANA
6 19 (0.28%) Hadoop
7 15 (0.22%) BusinessObjects
7 15 (0.22%) Power BI
7 15 (0.22%) QlikView
8 14 (0.20%) Oracle Reports
9 13 (0.19%) Relational Database
10 12 (0.17%) DB2
11 10 (0.15%) MS Access
12 9 (0.13%) Electronic Patient Records
12 9 (0.13%) SAP BW
12 9 (0.13%) Spotfire
13 8 (0.12%) Oracle Database
14 7 (0.10%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
14 7 (0.10%) Data Lake
15 6 (0.087%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 135 (1.97%) JIRA
2 7 (0.10%) Jenkins
3 6 (0.087%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.058%) Bitbucket
4 4 (0.058%) GitLab
4 4 (0.058%) Talend Open Studio
5 3 (0.044%) Eclipse
5 3 (0.044%) JIRA Agile
5 3 (0.044%) LSMW
5 3 (0.044%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.044%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.029%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.029%) Rational DOORS
7 1 (0.015%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.015%) git-flow
7 1 (0.015%) Maven
7 1 (0.015%) Selenium
7 1 (0.015%) Subversion
7 1 (0.015%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.015%) VersionOne
General
1 2190 (31.93%) Finance
2 723 (10.54%) Banking
3 533 (7.77%) Retail
4 276 (4.02%) Marketing
5 258 (3.76%) Telecoms
6 219 (3.19%) Investment Banking
7 200 (2.92%) Legal
8 189 (2.76%) Manufacturing
9 119 (1.73%) Front Office
10 80 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
11 79 (1.15%) Back Office
12 78 (1.14%) Advertising
13 67 (0.98%) Retail Banking
14 63 (0.92%) Law
15 55 (0.80%) Publishing
16 49 (0.71%) Automotive
16 49 (0.71%) Billing
17 37 (0.54%) Financial Institution
18 33 (0.48%) Local Government
19 31 (0.45%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (0.60%) .NET
2 25 (0.36%) Middleware
3 22 (0.32%) HTML
4 21 (0.31%) XML
5 19 (0.28%) J2EE
5 19 (0.28%) Web Services
6 15 (0.22%) Oracle Fusion
7 11 (0.16%) EDI
8 9 (0.13%) REST
9 8 (0.12%) ASP.NET
9 8 (0.12%) Velocity
10 7 (0.10%) CSS
11 6 (0.087%) Django
11 6 (0.087%) HTML5
11 6 (0.087%) MXNet
11 6 (0.087%) Natural Language Processing
11 6 (0.087%) TensorFlow
11 6 (0.087%) Theano
12 5 (0.073%) JSON
12 5 (0.073%) Mason
Miscellaneous
1 288 (4.20%) Data Centre
2 283 (4.13%) Analytical Skills
3 215 (3.13%) PMI
4 144 (2.10%) Virtual Team
5 141 (2.06%) Management Information System
6 90 (1.31%) NHS
7 77 (1.12%) FMCG
8 76 (1.11%) Mobile App
9 73 (1.06%) User Experience
10 72 (1.05%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 64 (0.93%) Greenfield Project
12 62 (0.90%) Computer Science
13 54 (0.79%) Derivative
14 43 (0.63%) Equities
15 39 (0.57%) Fixed Income
16 35 (0.51%) EPoS
17 31 (0.45%) Fintech
17 31 (0.45%) IVR
18 28 (0.41%) Data Protection Act
18 28 (0.41%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 253 (3.69%) Windows
2 117 (1.71%) Windows 10
3 53 (0.77%) Linux
4 49 (0.71%) Unix
5 35 (0.51%) Windows Server
6 30 (0.44%) Windows 7
7 21 (0.31%) Android
8 16 (0.23%) Solaris
9 15 (0.22%) Apple iOS
10 14 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
11 10 (0.15%) AIX
11 10 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (0.058%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.029%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.029%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.029%) Windows XP
13 2 (0.029%) zOS
14 1 (0.015%) OS/2
14 1 (0.015%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 3237 (47.19%) Project Management
2 1785 (26.02%) Stakeholder Management
3 1717 (25.03%) PRINCE2
4 1543 (22.50%) Agile Software Development
5 720 (10.50%) Migration
6 550 (8.02%) Change Management
7 394 (5.74%) Waterfall
8 390 (5.69%) Risk Management
9 378 (5.51%) Scrum
10 373 (5.44%) Project Planning
11 341 (4.97%) Programme Management
12 332 (4.84%) ITIL
12 332 (4.84%) Stakeholder Engagement
13 321 (4.68%) CRM
14 297 (4.33%) ERP
15 281 (4.10%) E-Commerce
16 223 (3.25%) Project Governance
17 222 (3.24%) Business Analysis
17 222 (3.24%) Supplier Management
18 217 (3.16%) Matrix Organization
Programming Languages
1 87 (1.27%) SQL
2 78 (1.14%) Java
3 51 (0.74%) C
4 25 (0.36%) C#
4 25 (0.36%) Python
5 24 (0.35%) JavaScript
6 14 (0.20%) VBA
7 10 (0.15%) PHP
8 8 (0.12%) PowerShell
9 7 (0.10%) C++
10 5 (0.073%) Perl
10 5 (0.073%) PL/SQL
10 5 (0.073%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.044%) R
11 3 (0.044%) Ruby
11 3 (0.044%) VBScript
12 2 (0.029%) Delphi
12 2 (0.029%) RPG
12 2 (0.029%) Rust
12 2 (0.029%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 463 (6.75%) PMI Certification
2 439 (6.40%) Security Cleared
3 431 (6.28%) PMP
4 331 (4.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 312 (4.55%) Degree
6 285 (4.16%) SC Cleared
7 231 (3.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 102 (1.49%) APMP
9 72 (1.05%) BPSS Clearance
10 57 (0.83%) DV Cleared
11 40 (0.58%) ISEB
12 32 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
13 28 (0.41%) CISSP
14 23 (0.34%) Cisco Certification
15 18 (0.26%) Master's Degree
16 15 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
17 14 (0.20%) CISM
17 14 (0.20%) CTC Cleared
18 11 (0.16%) CCNA
19 10 (0.15%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 343 (5.00%) GDPR
2 331 (4.83%) PMO
3 157 (2.29%) QA
4 119 (1.73%) MiFID
5 51 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 50 (0.73%) PCI DSS
7 35 (0.51%) SLA
8 30 (0.44%) Data Quality
8 30 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
9 29 (0.42%) EMIR
10 20 (0.29%) Solvency II
11 14 (0.20%) GxP
11 14 (0.20%) IFRS
12 12 (0.17%) Dodd-Frank
13 10 (0.15%) AIFMD
13 10 (0.15%) FATCA
13 10 (0.15%) PMBOK
13 10 (0.15%) PSD2
13 10 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 8 (0.12%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 81 (1.18%) Active Directory
2 27 (0.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.22%) Virtual Servers
4 9 (0.13%) Hyper-V
4 9 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
5 7 (0.10%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (0.087%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.087%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.058%) Firmware
7 4 (0.058%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (0.044%) Docker
8 3 (0.044%) ProxySG
8 3 (0.044%) Terminal Services
8 3 (0.044%) vSphere
8 3 (0.044%) XenApp
9 2 (0.029%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.029%) IAG
9 2 (0.029%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.015%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.015%) EMC RecoverPoint
Systems Management
1 47 (0.69%) SCCM
2 14 (0.20%) MOM
3 10 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 9 (0.13%) Microsoft Intune
5 7 (0.10%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (0.087%) SCOM
7 5 (0.073%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.044%) BladeLogic
8 3 (0.044%) BMC PATROL
8 3 (0.044%) FlexNet
8 3 (0.044%) IBM BigFix
8 3 (0.044%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.044%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.044%) WSUS
9 2 (0.029%) Ansible
9 2 (0.029%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.029%) Forum Sentry
9 2 (0.029%) Nagios
9 2 (0.029%) TeamSite
10 1 (0.015%) QRadar
Vendors
1 519 (7.57%) Microsoft
2 363 (5.29%) SAP
3 208 (3.03%) Oracle
4 131 (1.91%) Cisco
5 100 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
6 71 (1.04%) Citrix
7 69 (1.01%) VMware
8 54 (0.79%) Workday
9 44 (0.64%) IBM
10 31 (0.45%) ServiceNow
11 30 (0.44%) Google
11 30 (0.44%) Motorola
12 26 (0.38%) Adobe
12 26 (0.38%) Avaya
13 23 (0.34%) PeopleSoft
14 20 (0.29%) JD Edwards
15 19 (0.28%) HP
16 17 (0.25%) CheckPoint
16 17 (0.25%) Sage
17 16 (0.23%) NetApp