Period
to 26 September 2017

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 September 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
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 22 15
Rank change year-on-year 0 -7 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6832 7683 9952
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.90% 7.20% 8.79%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.28% 7.59% 9.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 4816 5497 6861
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 £420
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 68 56
UK median hourly rate £34.75 £33.65 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.27% -13.72% +11.43%
10th Percentile £19.25 £18.76 £19.13
90th Percentile £56.80 £68.75 £60.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.25 £39.00
% change year-on-year +12.00% -19.87% +11.43%

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 93868 101216 107416
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.81% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 61421 66072 68083
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2807 3193 4096
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.75 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.33% +4.17% +5.88%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.42 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.25 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71% +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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 0 6354 £450 - 274
UK excluding London +2 3783 £425 - 186
London -6 2914 £500 - 110
South East 0 1211 £450 +2.27% 40
North of England +3 755 £425 +6.25% 41
Midlands +2 671 £425 - 45
West Midlands +11 410 £440 +3.23% 36
East of England -7 379 £436 +2.47% 22
South West +2 375 £400 - 16
North West -7 367 £425 +3.66% 20
Scotland 0 343 £425 +6.25% 16
Yorkshire +11 317 £420 +5.00% 19
East Midlands -6 244 £425 +2.41% 8
North East +25 72 £425 +25.00% 2
Wales +8 47 £400 +6.67% 4
Channel Islands -1 3 £500 -
Northern Ireland -57 3 £390 +7.59% 2
Isle of Man - 3 £450 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 3241 (47.44%) Project Management
2 2205 (32.27%) Finance
3 1772 (25.94%) Stakeholder Management
4 1707 (24.99%) PRINCE2
5 1489 (21.79%) Agile Software Development
6 745 (10.90%) Migration
7 728 (10.66%) Banking
8 566 (8.28%) Change Management
9 548 (8.02%) Retail
10 513 (7.51%) Microsoft
11 457 (6.69%) PMI Certification
12 441 (6.45%) Security Cleared
13 425 (6.22%) PMP
13 425 (6.22%) Microsoft Project
14 389 (5.69%) Risk Management
15 375 (5.49%) Scrum
16 373 (5.46%) Waterfall
17 371 (5.43%) SAP
18 357 (5.23%) ITIL
19 350 (5.12%) Project Planning
20 328 (4.80%) CRM
21 322 (4.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
21 322 (4.71%) Stakeholder Engagement
22 319 (4.67%) PMO
23 310 (4.54%) Programme Management
24 307 (4.49%) Data Centre
25 300 (4.39%) Office 365
25 300 (4.39%) SC Cleared
26 293 (4.29%) Degree
27 283 (4.14%) ERP

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
1 209 (3.06%) SharePoint
2 61 (0.89%) CMS
3 56 (0.82%) Confluence
3 56 (0.82%) Skype for Business
4 40 (0.59%) WebSphere
5 23 (0.34%) MS Project Server
6 21 (0.31%) MS Exchange
7 17 (0.25%) SAS
8 16 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
10 13 (0.19%) Documentum
11 11 (0.16%) Apache Spark
12 10 (0.15%) SharePoint Server
13 8 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
13 8 (0.12%) IIS
14 7 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 7 (0.10%) Sitecore CMS
15 6 (0.088%) Drupal
15 6 (0.088%) Elasticsearch
15 6 (0.088%) OpenStack
Applications
1 425 (6.22%) Microsoft Project
2 242 (3.54%) Microsoft Office
3 219 (3.21%) Microsoft Excel
4 132 (1.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 104 (1.52%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.32%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.088%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.088%) Windchill
8 5 (0.073%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.029%) Doxygen
9 2 (0.029%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.015%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 97 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
2 45 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
3 25 (0.37%) Oracle EBS R12
4 22 (0.32%) SAP S/4HANA
5 20 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
6 18 (0.26%) NetSuite
6 18 (0.26%) SAP ERP
7 16 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
7 16 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
7 16 (0.23%) SAP FI
8 13 (0.19%) Maximo
8 13 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
8 13 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 12 (0.18%) Actimize
9 12 (0.18%) iTrent
10 11 (0.16%) thinkFolio
11 10 (0.15%) Primavera
11 10 (0.15%) Sage X3
12 9 (0.13%) Oracle Financials
12 9 (0.13%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 300 (4.39%) Office 365
2 147 (2.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 84 (1.23%) Amazon AWS
4 56 (0.82%) SaaS
5 33 (0.48%) IaaS
6 26 (0.38%) SuccessFactors
7 24 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
7 24 (0.35%) PaaS
8 16 (0.23%) OneDrive
9 14 (0.20%) Veeva
10 10 (0.15%) Yammer
11 9 (0.13%) G Suite
12 8 (0.12%) Google Analytics
13 5 (0.073%) Cloud Computing
13 5 (0.073%) GitHub
13 5 (0.073%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
13 5 (0.073%) Trello
14 4 (0.059%) Asana
14 4 (0.059%) IBM Cloud
15 3 (0.044%) Dropbox
Communications & Networking
1 176 (2.58%) WAN
2 167 (2.44%) LAN
3 96 (1.41%) Wi-Fi
4 71 (1.04%) Skype
5 57 (0.83%) SMS
6 56 (0.82%) Internet
7 55 (0.81%) Firewall
8 52 (0.76%) VoIP
9 42 (0.61%) Intranet
10 40 (0.59%) Wireless
11 33 (0.48%) Network Security
12 31 (0.45%) SAN
13 30 (0.44%) Broadband
13 30 (0.44%) Unified Communications
14 28 (0.41%) 4G
15 21 (0.31%) MPLS
16 18 (0.26%) WLAN
17 14 (0.20%) 3G
17 14 (0.20%) IP Telephony
17 14 (0.20%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 95 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
2 64 (0.94%) Big Data
3 50 (0.73%) SQL Server
4 23 (0.34%) Hadoop
5 22 (0.32%) SAP HANA
6 21 (0.31%) Blockchain
7 17 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
8 15 (0.22%) QlikView
9 14 (0.20%) DB2
9 14 (0.20%) Power BI
10 12 (0.18%) Oracle Reports
11 11 (0.16%) Data Lake
11 11 (0.16%) Relational Database
12 10 (0.15%) Electronic Patient Records
13 9 (0.13%) MS Access
14 8 (0.12%) Crystal Reports
14 8 (0.12%) Oracle Database
14 8 (0.12%) SAP BW
14 8 (0.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 7 (0.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 127 (1.86%) JIRA
2 6 (0.088%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.073%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.044%) Bitbucket
4 3 (0.044%) GitLab
4 3 (0.044%) JIRA Agile
4 3 (0.044%) LSMW
4 3 (0.044%) Talend Open Studio
4 3 (0.044%) Visual Studio
4 3 (0.044%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.029%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.029%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.029%) Rational DOORS
5 2 (0.029%) Selenium
5 2 (0.029%) Subversion
6 1 (0.015%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.015%) Dreamweaver
6 1 (0.015%) GoCD
6 1 (0.015%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (0.015%) VersionOne
General
1 2205 (32.27%) Finance
2 728 (10.66%) Banking
3 548 (8.02%) Retail
4 261 (3.82%) Telecoms
5 252 (3.69%) Marketing
6 229 (3.35%) Investment Banking
7 185 (2.71%) Legal
8 181 (2.65%) Manufacturing
9 129 (1.89%) Front Office
10 87 (1.27%) Back Office
11 86 (1.26%) Advertising
12 82 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
13 64 (0.94%) Retail Banking
14 58 (0.85%) Law
14 58 (0.85%) Publishing
15 47 (0.69%) Billing
16 40 (0.59%) Financial Institution
17 36 (0.53%) Automotive
18 31 (0.45%) Local Government
19 29 (0.42%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (0.63%) .NET
2 27 (0.40%) Middleware
2 27 (0.40%) XML
3 19 (0.28%) HTML
4 18 (0.26%) J2EE
4 18 (0.26%) Web Services
5 17 (0.25%) Oracle Fusion
6 12 (0.18%) EDI
7 10 (0.15%) REST
8 8 (0.12%) FIX Protocol
8 8 (0.12%) Natural Language Processing
9 7 (0.10%) JSON
10 6 (0.088%) Django
10 6 (0.088%) MXNet
10 6 (0.088%) TensorFlow
10 6 (0.088%) Theano
10 6 (0.088%) Velocity
11 5 (0.073%) .NET Framework
11 5 (0.073%) Java EE
11 5 (0.073%) Mason
Miscellaneous
1 307 (4.49%) Data Centre
2 277 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
3 212 (3.10%) PMI
4 142 (2.08%) Management Information System
5 138 (2.02%) Virtual Team
6 89 (1.30%) NHS
7 78 (1.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 73 (1.07%) FMCG
9 71 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
9 71 (1.04%) User Experience
10 62 (0.91%) Mobile App
11 60 (0.88%) Computer Science
12 49 (0.72%) Derivative
13 41 (0.60%) Fixed Income
14 40 (0.59%) Equities
15 37 (0.54%) EPoS
16 35 (0.51%) Fintech
17 30 (0.44%) IVR
18 28 (0.41%) Data Protection Act
19 26 (0.38%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 254 (3.72%) Windows
2 116 (1.70%) Windows 10
3 54 (0.79%) Linux
3 54 (0.79%) Unix
4 37 (0.54%) Windows Server
5 32 (0.47%) Windows 7
6 16 (0.23%) Android
6 16 (0.23%) Solaris
7 13 (0.19%) AIX
7 13 (0.19%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (0.16%) Apple iOS
8 11 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
10 3 (0.044%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.029%) OS/2
11 2 (0.029%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.029%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.029%) Windows XP
11 2 (0.029%) zOS
12 1 (0.015%) MVS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3241 (47.44%) Project Management
2 1772 (25.94%) Stakeholder Management
3 1707 (24.99%) PRINCE2
4 1489 (21.79%) Agile Software Development
5 745 (10.90%) Migration
6 566 (8.28%) Change Management
7 389 (5.69%) Risk Management
8 375 (5.49%) Scrum
9 373 (5.46%) Waterfall
10 357 (5.23%) ITIL
11 350 (5.12%) Project Planning
12 328 (4.80%) CRM
13 322 (4.71%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 310 (4.54%) Programme Management
15 283 (4.14%) ERP
16 257 (3.76%) E-Commerce
17 238 (3.48%) Business Analysis
18 226 (3.31%) Supplier Management
19 209 (3.06%) Project Governance
20 207 (3.03%) Matrix Organization
Programming Languages
1 99 (1.45%) SQL
2 77 (1.13%) Java
3 55 (0.81%) C
4 24 (0.35%) JavaScript
5 23 (0.34%) Python
6 22 (0.32%) C#
7 16 (0.23%) VBA
8 11 (0.16%) PHP
9 8 (0.12%) PowerShell
10 7 (0.10%) C++
11 5 (0.073%) Perl
11 5 (0.073%) PL/SQL
12 4 (0.059%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.044%) MATLAB
13 3 (0.044%) Ruby
13 3 (0.044%) VBScript
14 2 (0.029%) Delphi
14 2 (0.029%) RPG
14 2 (0.029%) Scala
14 2 (0.029%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 457 (6.69%) PMI Certification
2 441 (6.45%) Security Cleared
3 425 (6.22%) PMP
4 322 (4.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 300 (4.39%) SC Cleared
6 293 (4.29%) Degree
7 266 (3.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 102 (1.49%) APMP
9 65 (0.95%) BPSS Clearance
10 53 (0.78%) DV Cleared
11 40 (0.59%) ISEB
12 39 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
13 31 (0.45%) CISSP
14 27 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
15 19 (0.28%) CTC Cleared
16 15 (0.22%) CISM
17 14 (0.20%) Computer Science Degree
18 13 (0.19%) CCNA
18 13 (0.19%) CCNP
18 13 (0.19%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 319 (4.67%) PMO
2 283 (4.14%) GDPR
3 154 (2.25%) QA
4 122 (1.79%) MiFID
5 54 (0.79%) PCI DSS
6 48 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 34 (0.50%) SLA
8 29 (0.42%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.38%) Data Quality
9 26 (0.38%) EMIR
10 20 (0.29%) Solvency II
11 15 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 12 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
12 12 (0.18%) PMBOK
13 11 (0.16%) FATCA
13 11 (0.16%) GxP
14 9 (0.13%) IFRS
15 8 (0.12%) AIFMD
16 7 (0.10%) ISO 9000
16 7 (0.10%) SEPA
System Software
1 83 (1.21%) Active Directory
2 30 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.25%) Virtual Servers
4 11 (0.16%) Virtual Desktop
5 9 (0.13%) Hyper-V
5 9 (0.13%) XenApp
6 6 (0.088%) Citrix Presentation Server
6 6 (0.088%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.088%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (0.073%) Firmware
8 4 (0.059%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.059%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.044%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.044%) ProxySG
9 3 (0.044%) vSphere
10 2 (0.029%) IAG
10 2 (0.029%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.029%) VMware NSX
10 2 (0.029%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.015%) Samba
Systems Management
1 47 (0.69%) SCCM
2 11 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
2 11 (0.16%) MOM
3 9 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 8 (0.12%) AirWatch
5 7 (0.10%) SCOM
6 6 (0.088%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (0.088%) Cisco IPCC
7 3 (0.044%) BladeLogic
7 3 (0.044%) BMC PATROL
7 3 (0.044%) FlexNet
7 3 (0.044%) IBM BigFix
7 3 (0.044%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (0.044%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.044%) WSUS
8 2 (0.029%) Forum Sentry
9 1 (0.015%) Ansible
9 1 (0.015%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.015%) Hadoop YARN
9 1 (0.015%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 513 (7.51%) Microsoft
2 371 (5.43%) SAP
3 214 (3.13%) Oracle
4 138 (2.02%) Cisco
5 101 (1.48%) Salesforce.com
6 73 (1.07%) VMware
7 71 (1.04%) Citrix
8 47 (0.69%) Workday
9 39 (0.57%) IBM
10 34 (0.50%) Avaya
10 34 (0.50%) Google
11 33 (0.48%) ServiceNow
12 30 (0.44%) Motorola
13 26 (0.38%) Adobe
13 26 (0.38%) PeopleSoft
14 23 (0.34%) JD Edwards
15 20 (0.29%) HP
15 20 (0.29%) Tableau
16 19 (0.28%) Concur
17 18 (0.26%) Sage