Period
to 27 November 2020

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 November 2020.

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
27 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 53 40 37
Rank change year-on-year -13 -3 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 1,544 4,358 6,019
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.20% 5.29% 5.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.54% 5.62% 6.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,258 3,081 4,177
Median daily rate £450 £470 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.26% +1.62% +2.78%
10th Percentile £300 £325 £319
90th Percentile £600 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £438
% change year-on-year -5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 71 65
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.70 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.63% +4.86% +0.72%
10th Percentile £21.32 £23.50 £23.05
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.75 £53.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.75 £36.00 £36.11
% change year-on-year +7.64% -0.30% +3.91%

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 33,993 77,499 98,658
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.38% 94.03% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 21,243 50,625 65,212
Median daily rate £463 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.54% +2.22% -
10th Percentile £256 £250 £270
90th Percentile £650 £644 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,468 2,950 3,085
Median hourly rate £30.00 £19.82 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.38% +10.10% -2.70%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £56.25 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.16 £17.50
% change year-on-year +23.90% +3.77% -

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 27 November 2020.

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 27 November 2020.

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 27 November 2020. 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 1,327 £450 -5.26% 167
UK excluding London -5 750 £425 -5.56% 133
London -17 646 £484 -3.25% 42
Work from Home -21 312 £450 - 26
South East 0 202 £450 -2.70% 49
Midlands +2 141 £413 -8.33% 30
North of England -30 130 £400 -11.11% 15
South West +11 125 £475 +11.76% 14
Scotland +1 93 £425 - 1
West Midlands +6 92 £400 -11.11% 18
North West -28 70 £388 -13.89% 9
Yorkshire -18 50 £400 -8.57% 4
East Midlands -2 43 £406 -9.72% 12
East of England -22 37 £375 -16.67% 17
Wales +6 12 £513 +16.81% 6
Northern Ireland +8 10 £435 -8.42% 1
North East 0 10 £350 -20.00% 2

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 November 2020, 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.

1 701 (45.40%) Project Management
2 454 (29.40%) Agile Software Development
3 428 (27.72%) Finance
4 403 (26.10%) Stakeholder Management
5 336 (21.76%) PRINCE2
6 334 (21.63%) Project Delivery
7 222 (14.38%) Public Sector
8 209 (13.54%) Security Cleared
9 194 (12.56%) Migration
10 179 (11.59%) Change Management
11 153 (9.91%) Microsoft
12 142 (9.20%) SC Cleared
13 127 (8.23%) Waterfall
14 125 (8.10%) Microsoft Project
14 125 (8.10%) Business Case
15 110 (7.12%) Scrum
16 108 (6.99%) Telecoms
17 104 (6.74%) Banking
18 99 (6.41%) SAP
19 93 (6.02%) Programme Management
20 86 (5.57%) Risk Management
21 76 (4.92%) NHS
22 75 (4.86%) ITIL
23 73 (4.73%) ERP
24 72 (4.66%) Stakeholder Engagement
25 70 (4.53%) PMO
26 68 (4.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
26 68 (4.40%) Azure
26 68 (4.40%) PMI Certification
27 67 (4.34%) Business Intelligence

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 44 (2.85%) SharePoint
2 34 (2.20%) Confluence
3 22 (1.42%) CMS
4 8 (0.52%) Skype for Business
5 6 (0.39%) Drupal
6 5 (0.32%) WordPress
7 4 (0.26%) Alfresco
7 4 (0.26%) Cloud Foundry
7 4 (0.26%) Documentum
7 4 (0.26%) Mule
7 4 (0.26%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 3 (0.19%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (0.13%) MS Project Server
9 2 (0.13%) Sitecore CMS
10 1 (0.065%) Apache
10 1 (0.065%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.065%) SAS
Applications
1 125 (8.10%) Microsoft Project
2 61 (3.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 45 (2.91%) Microsoft Office
4 36 (2.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 19 (1.23%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.19%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.13%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.065%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.065%) LibreOffice
9 1 (0.065%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 13 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
3 9 (0.58%) Oracle ERP
4 8 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
4 8 (0.52%) SAP S/4HANA
5 7 (0.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 6 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
6 6 (0.39%) Magento
6 6 (0.39%) NetSuite
7 5 (0.32%) SAP FI
8 4 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
8 4 (0.26%) Primavera
8 4 (0.26%) SAP CO
8 4 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.19%) Misys Midas
9 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.19%) Summit
10 2 (0.13%) Aligne
10 2 (0.13%) Oracle Payables
10 2 (0.13%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 68 (4.40%) Azure
2 64 (4.15%) Office 365
3 37 (2.40%) AWS
4 29 (1.88%) SaaS
5 24 (1.55%) Dynamics 365
6 19 (1.23%) GCP
7 12 (0.78%) OneDrive
8 11 (0.71%) Power Platform
9 10 (0.65%) Slack
10 7 (0.45%) Smartsheet
11 6 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
11 6 (0.39%) Google Docs
11 6 (0.39%) Veeva
11 6 (0.39%) Yammer
12 5 (0.32%) GitHub
12 5 (0.32%) IaaS
12 5 (0.32%) PaaS
13 4 (0.26%) npm
14 3 (0.19%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 3 (0.19%) ServiceMax
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.33%) 2G
2 27 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
3 25 (1.62%) Firewall
4 23 (1.49%) 4G
4 23 (1.49%) WAN
5 21 (1.36%) 3G
6 20 (1.30%) LTE
6 20 (1.30%) VoLTE
7 18 (1.17%) LAN
8 16 (1.04%) 5G
8 16 (1.04%) GSM
8 16 (1.04%) MVNO
9 14 (0.91%) Packet Switching
10 11 (0.71%) DNS
10 11 (0.71%) Skype
11 8 (0.52%) Internet
11 8 (0.52%) Reverse Proxy
11 8 (0.52%) SSL
11 8 (0.52%) TCP/IP
12 7 (0.45%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (0.65%) Big Data
3 8 (0.52%) Power BI
4 7 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
5 6 (0.39%) Electronic Patient Records
6 5 (0.32%) Data Lake
6 5 (0.32%) GIS
7 4 (0.26%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.19%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (0.19%) QlikView
8 3 (0.19%) SQL Server
9 2 (0.13%) BusinessObjects
9 2 (0.13%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 2 (0.13%) Geospatial Data
9 2 (0.13%) Qlik Sense
9 2 (0.13%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.13%) SAP HANA
9 2 (0.13%) Snowflake Schema
9 2 (0.13%) Tableau
10 1 (0.065%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 55 (3.56%) JIRA
2 6 (0.39%) Git (software)
2 6 (0.39%) Jenkins
3 5 (0.32%) Visual Studio Team System
4 4 (0.26%) JUnit
4 4 (0.26%) Maven
4 4 (0.26%) Mockito
4 4 (0.26%) Selenium
4 4 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (0.13%) RStudio
5 2 (0.13%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.065%) Cucumber
6 1 (0.065%) GitLab
6 1 (0.065%) Gradle
6 1 (0.065%) Hudson
6 1 (0.065%) Pivotal Tracker
6 1 (0.065%) Visual Studio
General
1 428 (27.72%) Finance
2 222 (14.38%) Public Sector
3 108 (6.99%) Telecoms
4 104 (6.74%) Banking
5 64 (4.15%) Marketing
6 54 (3.50%) Retail
7 52 (3.37%) Manufacturing
8 48 (3.11%) Pharmaceutical
9 41 (2.66%) Local Government
10 36 (2.33%) Legal
11 24 (1.55%) Electronics
12 17 (1.10%) Law
13 16 (1.04%) Back Office
14 15 (0.97%) Investment Banking
14 15 (0.97%) Retail Banking
15 13 (0.84%) Billing
15 13 (0.84%) French Language
16 11 (0.71%) Aerospace
16 11 (0.71%) Front Office
16 11 (0.71%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (0.78%) .NET
2 8 (0.52%) Oracle Fusion
3 6 (0.39%) Kafka
4 5 (0.32%) HTML
5 4 (0.26%) Enzyme
5 4 (0.26%) Express
5 4 (0.26%) Jest
5 4 (0.26%) JSON
5 4 (0.26%) Node.js
5 4 (0.26%) Redux
5 4 (0.26%) REST
5 4 (0.26%) Spring
5 4 (0.26%) Spring Boot
5 4 (0.26%) WireMock
6 3 (0.19%) CSS
6 3 (0.19%) SailPoint
6 3 (0.19%) Velocity
6 3 (0.19%) Web Services
6 3 (0.19%) XML
7 2 (0.13%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 76 (4.92%) NHS
2 58 (3.76%) Management Information System
3 52 (3.37%) Analytical Skills
4 48 (3.11%) Data Centre
5 30 (1.94%) PMI
6 29 (1.88%) Virtual Team
7 25 (1.62%) User Experience
8 21 (1.36%) Self-Motivation
9 18 (1.17%) Greenfield Project
10 15 (0.97%) Mobile App
11 13 (0.84%) FMCG
11 13 (0.84%) Life Science
12 7 (0.45%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 7 (0.45%) Hybrid Cloud
12 7 (0.45%) IVR
12 7 (0.45%) Social Media
13 4 (0.26%) Equities
13 4 (0.26%) Private Cloud
13 4 (0.26%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 50 (3.24%) Windows
2 26 (1.68%) Windows 10
3 9 (0.58%) Linux
4 8 (0.52%) Unix
5 7 (0.45%) Windows 7
5 7 (0.45%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.26%) Android
6 4 (0.26%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.13%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.13%) Windows Server 2019
8 1 (0.065%) AIX
8 1 (0.065%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.065%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.065%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 701 (45.40%) Project Management
2 454 (29.40%) Agile Software Development
3 403 (26.10%) Stakeholder Management
4 336 (21.76%) PRINCE2
5 334 (21.63%) Project Delivery
6 194 (12.56%) Migration
7 179 (11.59%) Change Management
8 127 (8.23%) Waterfall
9 125 (8.10%) Business Case
10 110 (7.12%) Scrum
11 93 (6.02%) Programme Management
12 86 (5.57%) Risk Management
13 75 (4.86%) ITIL
14 73 (4.73%) ERP
15 72 (4.66%) Stakeholder Engagement
16 67 (4.34%) Business Intelligence
17 64 (4.15%) Digital Transformation Programme
18 62 (4.02%) Problem-Solving
19 60 (3.89%) Decision-Making
20 58 (3.76%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 38 (2.46%) C
2 26 (1.68%) SQL
3 9 (0.58%) Java
4 8 (0.52%) Python
5 4 (0.26%) ES6
5 4 (0.26%) JavaScript
5 4 (0.26%) PowerShell
6 3 (0.19%) C#
6 3 (0.19%) C++
6 3 (0.19%) R
6 3 (0.19%) VB.NET
7 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.065%) ActionScript
8 1 (0.065%) ActionScript 2.0
8 1 (0.065%) Scala
8 1 (0.065%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.065%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.065%) VB
Qualifications
1 209 (13.54%) Security Cleared
2 142 (9.20%) SC Cleared
3 68 (4.40%) PMI Certification
3 68 (4.40%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 64 (4.15%) PMP
5 62 (4.02%) Degree
5 62 (4.02%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 59 (3.82%) DV Cleared
7 25 (1.62%) APMP
8 10 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (0.52%) CISSP
10 7 (0.45%) CISM
10 7 (0.45%) HNC
11 6 (0.39%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.26%) Computer Science Degree
13 4 (0.26%) HND
13 4 (0.26%) MBA
14 3 (0.19%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 3 (0.19%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (4.53%) PMO
2 18 (1.17%) PMBOK
2 18 (1.17%) QA
3 15 (0.97%) GxP
4 13 (0.84%) GDPR
5 8 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 5 (0.32%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.26%) PCI DSS
8 4 (0.26%) SLA
9 3 (0.19%) COBIT
9 3 (0.19%) COREP
9 3 (0.19%) IFRS
9 3 (0.19%) NIST
9 3 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 2 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
10 2 (0.13%) NCSC
11 1 (0.065%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
11 1 (0.065%) NIST 800
11 1 (0.065%) PSD2
System Software
1 23 (1.49%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.26%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.13%) Docker
4 2 (0.13%) Firmware
4 2 (0.13%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.065%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 8 (0.52%) SCCM
2 6 (0.39%) Kubernetes
2 6 (0.39%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (0.19%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (0.13%) Ansible
4 2 (0.13%) QRadar
4 2 (0.13%) Terraform
4 2 (0.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.065%) Amdocs OSS
5 1 (0.065%) Docker Swarm
5 1 (0.065%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.065%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.065%) Kibana
5 1 (0.065%) Nessus
5 1 (0.065%) RSA Archer
5 1 (0.065%) SCOM
5 1 (0.065%) WSUS
Vendors
1 153 (9.91%) Microsoft
2 99 (6.41%) SAP
3 63 (4.08%) Oracle
4 44 (2.85%) Salesforce.com
5 24 (1.55%) Remedy
6 21 (1.36%) ServiceNow
7 20 (1.30%) Ericsson
8 15 (0.97%) Cisco
8 15 (0.97%) IBM
9 13 (0.84%) Google
10 12 (0.78%) Citrix
11 11 (0.71%) Splunk
12 9 (0.58%) Cadence
12 9 (0.58%) VMware
13 8 (0.52%) F5
13 8 (0.52%) Northgate
13 8 (0.52%) Workday
14 7 (0.45%) AppDynamics
15 5 (0.32%) Guidewire
15 5 (0.32%) SolarWinds