Period
to 25 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £468 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 June 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
25 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 27 21 17
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,891 6,505 8,440
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.86% 7.10% 7.94%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.23% 7.48% 8.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,700 4,605 5,964
UK median daily rate £468 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 55 50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £37.03 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.48% -3.19% +4.01%
10th Percentile £19.90 £18.80 £19.23
90th Percentile £51.25 £56.25 £63.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -5.41% - -1.33%

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 95,290 86,992 101,087
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.83% 94.95% 95.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,383 56,264 65,652
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,066 2,875 3,090
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.40 £50.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.63 £20.00
% change year-on-year -0.74% -11.85% +19.05%

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 25 June 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 -5 6,281 £475 +5.56% 480
UK excluding London +2 3,968 £438 +2.94% 313
London -9 2,800 £510 +2.00% 201
South East +2 1,311 £460 +2.22% 86
North of England +1 809 £415 -1.78% 81
Midlands -8 597 £450 +5.88% 53
Scotland +5 448 £400 -3.90% 32
North West +6 436 £413 -2.94% 37
East of England +13 384 £460 +5.14% 27
South West -5 354 £415 +6.41% 31
West Midlands -10 351 £450 +5.88% 34
Yorkshire +3 312 £415 -2.35% 40
East Midlands -1 210 £408 -4.12% 19
North East -1 63 £450 +19.21% 4
Wales -24 50 £425 +6.25% 3
Northern Ireland +14 12 £395 +3.61%
Channel Islands +7 11 £475 -5.00%
Isle of Man - 1 - -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 3,254 (47.22%) Project Management
2 2,190 (31.78%) Finance
3 1,907 (27.67%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,798 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
5 1,591 (23.09%) PRINCE2
6 773 (11.22%) Migration
7 545 (7.91%) Change Management
8 537 (7.79%) Microsoft
9 532 (7.72%) Waterfall
10 526 (7.63%) Banking
11 521 (7.56%) Retail
12 484 (7.02%) Scrum
13 447 (6.49%) PMP
14 440 (6.39%) Security Cleared
15 418 (6.07%) Microsoft Project
16 399 (5.79%) PMI Certification
17 395 (5.73%) Project Planning
18 393 (5.70%) GDPR
19 373 (5.41%) Risk Management
20 346 (5.02%) Problem-Solving
21 332 (4.82%) SC Cleared
22 325 (4.72%) PMO
23 323 (4.69%) SAP
24 313 (4.54%) SDLC
25 301 (4.37%) Windows
26 296 (4.30%) ITIL
27 282 (4.09%) CRM
28 273 (3.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
29 272 (3.95%) E-Commerce
30 271 (3.93%) PRINCE2 Certification

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
1 161 (2.34%) SharePoint
2 86 (1.25%) CMS
3 64 (0.93%) Confluence
4 47 (0.68%) Skype for Business
5 29 (0.42%) WebSphere
6 20 (0.29%) MS Exchange
7 18 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 15 (0.22%) Documentum
9 13 (0.19%) SAS
9 13 (0.19%) WordPress
10 12 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
10 12 (0.17%) MS Project Server
10 12 (0.17%) OpenStack
10 12 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
11 11 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
12 10 (0.15%) Apache Spark
12 10 (0.15%) Drupal
13 9 (0.13%) IIS
14 8 (0.12%) Umbraco
15 7 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 418 (6.07%) Microsoft Project
2 207 (3.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 199 (2.89%) Microsoft Office
4 146 (2.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 114 (1.65%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.073%) Open Workbench
7 5 (0.073%) Photoshop
8 4 (0.058%) SPSS
9 2 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.029%) Adobe Illustrator
9 2 (0.029%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.029%) InDesign
9 2 (0.029%) Maya
10 1 (0.015%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.015%) CATIA
10 1 (0.015%) CINEMA 4D
10 1 (0.015%) InVision
10 1 (0.015%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 77 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 34 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 26 (0.38%) NetSuite
4 25 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
5 23 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
6 22 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 21 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
8 18 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
9 17 (0.25%) SAP HR
10 16 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
11 15 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
12 14 (0.20%) Maximo
13 13 (0.19%) Magento
14 12 (0.17%) Primavera
14 12 (0.17%) SAP ERP
15 11 (0.16%) thinkFolio
16 10 (0.15%) Bloomberg AIM
17 9 (0.13%) Oracle Retail
17 9 (0.13%) SAP Hybris
18 8 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 252 (3.66%) Office 365
2 217 (3.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 152 (2.21%) Amazon AWS
4 91 (1.32%) SaaS
5 43 (0.62%) Dynamics 365
6 35 (0.51%) IaaS
7 30 (0.44%) PaaS
7 30 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
8 24 (0.35%) OneDrive
9 16 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
9 16 (0.23%) Trello
10 10 (0.15%) Google Analytics
11 9 (0.13%) Azure Active Directory
12 8 (0.12%) OpenShift
13 7 (0.10%) Google Cloud Platform
14 6 (0.087%) FinancialForce
14 6 (0.087%) G Suite
15 5 (0.073%) IBM Cloud
15 5 (0.073%) Yammer
16 4 (0.058%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 127 (1.84%) WAN
2 109 (1.58%) LAN
3 88 (1.28%) SMS
4 69 (1.00%) Firewall
5 67 (0.97%) Skype
6 61 (0.89%) Unified Communications
7 56 (0.81%) Internet
8 55 (0.80%) Wi-Fi
9 36 (0.52%) VoIP
10 30 (0.44%) SAN
11 28 (0.41%) Network Security
12 27 (0.39%) MPLS
13 26 (0.38%) DNS
13 26 (0.38%) IP Telephony
14 25 (0.36%) Intranet
15 20 (0.29%) Wireless
16 17 (0.25%) Broadband
17 16 (0.23%) VPN
18 11 (0.16%) ATM
18 11 (0.16%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (1.80%) Data Warehouse
2 65 (0.94%) Big Data
3 56 (0.81%) SQL Server
4 35 (0.51%) Hadoop
5 30 (0.44%) Blockchain
6 26 (0.38%) Power BI
7 18 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
8 16 (0.23%) Relational Database
9 15 (0.22%) SAP BW
9 15 (0.22%) SAP HANA
10 14 (0.20%) BusinessObjects
11 13 (0.19%) Adabas
12 12 (0.17%) DB2
12 12 (0.17%) Oracle Database
13 11 (0.16%) Data Lake
13 11 (0.16%) MS Access
14 10 (0.15%) Electronic Patient Records
15 8 (0.12%) GIS
15 8 (0.12%) Oracle BI EE
16 6 (0.087%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 193 (2.80%) JIRA
2 16 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (0.17%) Visual Studio
4 9 (0.13%) Jenkins
4 9 (0.13%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (0.073%) GitLab
6 2 (0.029%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.029%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.029%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.029%) JIRA Agile
7 1 (0.015%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.015%) GCC
7 1 (0.015%) Maven
7 1 (0.015%) MSI
7 1 (0.015%) ProC
7 1 (0.015%) Selenium
7 1 (0.015%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.015%) Subversion
7 1 (0.015%) TestPartner
7 1 (0.015%) VersionOne
General
1 2,190 (31.78%) Finance
2 526 (7.63%) Banking
3 521 (7.56%) Retail
4 232 (3.37%) Marketing
5 230 (3.34%) Legal
6 210 (3.05%) Telecoms
7 118 (1.71%) Manufacturing
8 109 (1.58%) Investment Banking
9 91 (1.32%) Front Office
9 91 (1.32%) Retail Banking
10 89 (1.29%) Law
11 81 (1.18%) Advertising
12 71 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
13 57 (0.83%) Billing
14 54 (0.78%) Automotive
14 54 (0.78%) Back Office
15 42 (0.61%) Financial Institution
15 42 (0.61%) French Language
16 35 (0.51%) German Language
16 35 (0.51%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (0.97%) Web Services
2 58 (0.84%) .NET
3 38 (0.55%) HTML
4 37 (0.54%) Oracle Fusion
5 30 (0.44%) CSS
6 28 (0.41%) Middleware
7 19 (0.28%) XML
8 15 (0.22%) Velocity
9 12 (0.17%) J2EE
10 10 (0.15%) ASP.NET
11 9 (0.13%) .NET Framework
11 9 (0.13%) REST
12 8 (0.12%) FIX Protocol
13 7 (0.10%) ASP.NET Web API
13 7 (0.10%) EDI
13 7 (0.10%) jQuery
14 6 (0.087%) HTML5
14 6 (0.087%) SOAP
15 5 (0.073%) Mason
15 5 (0.073%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 269 (3.90%) Data Centre
2 262 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
3 132 (1.92%) PMI
4 116 (1.68%) Management Information System
5 102 (1.48%) Virtual Team
6 96 (1.39%) User Experience
7 91 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
8 81 (1.18%) NHS
9 65 (0.94%) Mobile App
10 60 (0.87%) FMCG
11 54 (0.78%) Greenfield Project
12 53 (0.77%) Mainframe
13 41 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
14 32 (0.46%) Computer Science
14 32 (0.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 31 (0.45%) Reinsurance
16 29 (0.42%) Derivative
17 26 (0.38%) EPoS
18 25 (0.36%) Fixed Income
19 24 (0.35%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 301 (4.37%) Windows
2 170 (2.47%) Windows 10
3 56 (0.81%) Unix
4 44 (0.64%) Linux
5 38 (0.55%) Windows Server
6 34 (0.49%) Windows 7
7 25 (0.36%) Apple iOS
8 21 (0.30%) Android
9 19 (0.28%) AIX
10 15 (0.22%) Solaris
11 10 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
11 10 (0.15%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (0.10%) zOS
13 5 (0.073%) Windows Server 2012
14 4 (0.058%) VMS
14 4 (0.058%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.058%) Windows NT
15 3 (0.044%) VxWorks
16 2 (0.029%) Oracle Linux
16 2 (0.029%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,254 (47.22%) Project Management
2 1,907 (27.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 1,798 (26.09%) Agile Software Development
4 1,591 (23.09%) PRINCE2
5 773 (11.22%) Migration
6 545 (7.91%) Change Management
7 532 (7.72%) Waterfall
8 484 (7.02%) Scrum
9 395 (5.73%) Project Planning
10 373 (5.41%) Risk Management
11 346 (5.02%) Problem-Solving
12 313 (4.54%) SDLC
13 296 (4.30%) ITIL
14 282 (4.09%) CRM
15 272 (3.95%) E-Commerce
16 268 (3.89%) ERP
17 254 (3.69%) Programme Management
18 252 (3.66%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 244 (3.54%) Decision-Making
20 242 (3.51%) Matrix Organization
Programming Languages
1 111 (1.61%) SQL
2 75 (1.09%) C
3 62 (0.90%) Java
4 27 (0.39%) C#
5 14 (0.20%) JavaScript
6 13 (0.19%) Natural
7 12 (0.17%) PHP
8 8 (0.12%) Erlang
9 5 (0.073%) C++
9 5 (0.073%) R
10 4 (0.058%) PowerShell
10 4 (0.058%) Python
10 4 (0.058%) Ruby
10 4 (0.058%) Scala
10 4 (0.058%) VBA
11 3 (0.044%) ABAP
11 3 (0.044%) Apple Swift
11 3 (0.044%) VB
12 2 (0.029%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.029%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 447 (6.49%) PMP
2 440 (6.39%) Security Cleared
3 399 (5.79%) PMI Certification
4 332 (4.82%) SC Cleared
5 273 (3.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 271 (3.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 270 (3.92%) Degree
8 105 (1.52%) APMP
9 45 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
10 43 (0.62%) CISSP
11 40 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
12 38 (0.55%) DV Cleared
12 38 (0.55%) ISEB
13 23 (0.33%) Master's Degree
14 18 (0.26%) CISM
15 17 (0.25%) Cisco Certification
15 17 (0.25%) CTC Cleared
16 15 (0.22%) CISA
17 14 (0.20%) SANS
18 11 (0.16%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 393 (5.70%) GDPR
2 325 (4.72%) PMO
3 187 (2.71%) QA
4 54 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 44 (0.64%) Data Quality
6 25 (0.36%) MiFID
7 23 (0.33%) PCI DSS
8 19 (0.28%) COBIT
9 18 (0.26%) SLA
10 15 (0.22%) Disclosure Scotland
11 12 (0.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 11 (0.16%) GxP
13 10 (0.15%) PMBOK
14 7 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 7 (0.10%) Solvency II
15 6 (0.087%) EMIR
16 5 (0.073%) AIFMD
16 5 (0.073%) Dodd-Frank
16 5 (0.073%) IFRS
16 5 (0.073%) SEPA
System Software
1 117 (1.70%) Active Directory
2 38 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (0.25%) XenApp
4 9 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
5 8 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (0.087%) Virtual Desktop
7 5 (0.073%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.058%) Docker
8 4 (0.058%) HDFS
8 4 (0.058%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.058%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (0.044%) BitLocker
9 3 (0.044%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 3 (0.044%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.044%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.015%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.015%) Firmware
10 1 (0.015%) RHEV
10 1 (0.015%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.015%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 40 (0.58%) SCCM
2 21 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
3 16 (0.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 15 (0.22%) Cisco CUCM
5 11 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
6 10 (0.15%) AirWatch
6 10 (0.15%) Microsoft Intune
7 7 (0.10%) Cisco UCCE
8 6 (0.087%) CASB
8 6 (0.087%) QRadar
9 5 (0.073%) SCOM
9 5 (0.073%) Terraform
10 4 (0.058%) Oozie
11 3 (0.044%) CA Wily
11 3 (0.044%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.044%) TeamSite
12 2 (0.029%) EMC NetWorker
12 2 (0.029%) HP ALM
12 2 (0.029%) MOM
12 2 (0.029%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 537 (7.79%) Microsoft
2 323 (4.69%) SAP
3 257 (3.73%) Oracle
4 125 (1.81%) Salesforce.com
5 119 (1.73%) Cisco
6 95 (1.38%) Citrix
7 87 (1.26%) ServiceNow
8 81 (1.18%) VMware
9 67 (0.97%) IBM
10 57 (0.83%) Workday
11 43 (0.62%) Capita
12 39 (0.57%) Adobe
13 38 (0.55%) Google
13 38 (0.55%) hybris
14 24 (0.35%) Sitecore
15 22 (0.32%) Remedy
15 22 (0.32%) Tableau
16 21 (0.30%) Avaya
17 20 (0.29%) HP
18 19 (0.28%) NetApp