Period
to 13 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 13 December 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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 25 15
Rank change year-on-year +1 -10 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6948 6783 9582
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.72% 6.57% 8.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.09% 6.94% 8.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 4896 4819 6564
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £319 £310 £310
90th Percentile £625 £613 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 66 65
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £31.75 £37.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.24% -14.30% +9.78%
10th Percentile £19.97 £19.95 £19.60
90th Percentile £57.50 £49.94 £57.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £30.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year +13.82% -20.13% +4.76%

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 98012 97767 106873
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.72% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 64916 63784 68168
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +1.27% +5.33% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2858 3318 4055
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.76 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 6381 £463 +2.78% 391
UK excluding London +5 3847 £425 - 249
London -3 2967 £500 - 156
South East +3 1283 £450 +2.56% 60
North of England 0 709 £425 +6.25% 55
Midlands +6 675 £425 - 58
West Midlands +9 434 £428 +0.59% 34
Scotland +11 422 £425 +6.25% 14
East of England 0 372 £438 +2.94% 33
South West +7 335 £420 +5.00% 27
Yorkshire +14 334 £425 +6.25% 32
North West -9 304 £425 +4.94% 22
East Midlands -5 230 £413 -0.60% 23
North East +22 72 £475 +35.71% 1
Wales +19 52 £406 -1.52% 1
Channel Islands +2 4 £500 -
Northern Ireland -46 4 £370 +2.07% 1
Isle of Man - 3 £450 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 13 December 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 3259 (46.91%) Project Management
2 2225 (32.02%) Finance
3 1872 (26.94%) Stakeholder Management
4 1751 (25.20%) PRINCE2
5 1662 (23.92%) Agile Software Development
6 678 (9.76%) Banking
7 670 (9.64%) Migration
8 542 (7.80%) Change Management
9 523 (7.53%) Microsoft
10 485 (6.98%) Retail
11 474 (6.82%) PMI Certification
12 470 (6.76%) PMP
13 464 (6.68%) Microsoft Project
14 452 (6.51%) Security Cleared
15 447 (6.43%) GDPR
16 446 (6.42%) Waterfall
17 421 (6.06%) Project Planning
18 410 (5.90%) Risk Management
19 396 (5.70%) Scrum
20 379 (5.45%) Programme Management
21 362 (5.21%) CRM
22 349 (5.02%) PMO
23 342 (4.92%) Degree
24 335 (4.82%) SAP
25 331 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
26 326 (4.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
27 323 (4.65%) SC Cleared
28 319 (4.59%) Stakeholder Engagement
29 298 (4.29%) ERP
30 294 (4.23%) E-Commerce

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
1 208 (2.99%) SharePoint
2 83 (1.19%) CMS
3 82 (1.18%) Confluence
4 43 (0.62%) Skype for Business
5 42 (0.60%) WebSphere
6 23 (0.33%) MS Project Server
7 20 (0.29%) MS Exchange
8 18 (0.26%) SAS
9 17 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
10 15 (0.22%) Apache Spark
11 14 (0.20%) Documentum
12 13 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
13 10 (0.14%) OpenStack
13 10 (0.14%) SharePoint Server
14 8 (0.12%) Apache
14 8 (0.12%) Elasticsearch
14 8 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
14 8 (0.12%) Sitecore CMS
15 7 (0.10%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.10%) Drupal
Applications
1 464 (6.68%) Microsoft Project
2 232 (3.34%) Microsoft Office
3 215 (3.09%) Microsoft Excel
4 144 (2.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 110 (1.58%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.086%) Chatbot
8 5 (0.072%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.043%) Windchill
10 2 (0.029%) HipChat
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.014%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.014%) Open Workbench
11 1 (0.014%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 95 (1.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 66 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
4 23 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
5 21 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
5 21 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 20 (0.29%) SAP FI
7 19 (0.27%) SAP S/4HANA
8 17 (0.24%) NetSuite
9 16 (0.23%) Maximo
10 15 (0.22%) SAP HR
11 14 (0.20%) iTrent
11 14 (0.20%) SAP CO
11 14 (0.20%) SAP ERP
11 14 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
12 13 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
12 13 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
12 13 (0.19%) Primavera
12 13 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
13 12 (0.17%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 278 (4.00%) Office 365
2 150 (2.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 97 (1.40%) Amazon AWS
4 75 (1.08%) SaaS
5 30 (0.43%) IaaS
6 29 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
7 25 (0.36%) PaaS
7 25 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
8 17 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.14%) Veeva
10 7 (0.10%) Google Analytics
10 7 (0.10%) IBM Cloud
11 5 (0.072%) G Suite
11 5 (0.072%) Yammer
12 4 (0.058%) Bluemix
12 4 (0.058%) Dialogflow
12 4 (0.058%) OneDrive
12 4 (0.058%) Slack
12 4 (0.058%) Taleo
12 4 (0.058%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 179 (2.58%) WAN
2 159 (2.29%) LAN
3 86 (1.24%) SMS
4 74 (1.07%) Wi-Fi
5 59 (0.85%) Firewall
6 55 (0.79%) Skype
7 53 (0.76%) Internet
8 45 (0.65%) VoIP
9 34 (0.49%) Wireless
10 30 (0.43%) SAN
10 30 (0.43%) Unified Communications
11 29 (0.42%) Broadband
11 29 (0.42%) Network Security
12 28 (0.40%) MPLS
13 27 (0.39%) IP Telephony
14 26 (0.37%) Intranet
15 17 (0.24%) WLAN
16 15 (0.22%) DNS
16 15 (0.22%) NAS
16 15 (0.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
2 68 (0.98%) Big Data
3 59 (0.85%) SQL Server
4 29 (0.42%) Blockchain
5 26 (0.37%) Hadoop
6 21 (0.30%) Power BI
7 18 (0.26%) SAP HANA
8 15 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
9 14 (0.20%) QlikView
10 13 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
11 12 (0.17%) Data Lake
11 12 (0.17%) Oracle Database
12 11 (0.16%) Relational Database
13 10 (0.14%) SAP BW
14 9 (0.13%) Spotfire
15 8 (0.12%) DB2
15 8 (0.12%) Electronic Patient Records
15 8 (0.12%) Oracle ODI
16 7 (0.10%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
16 7 (0.10%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 170 (2.45%) JIRA
2 7 (0.10%) Jenkins
2 7 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.086%) JIRA Agile
4 5 (0.072%) GitLab
4 5 (0.072%) Talend Open Studio
4 5 (0.072%) VersionOne
5 3 (0.043%) Selenium
6 2 (0.029%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.029%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.029%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.029%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.014%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.014%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.014%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.014%) git-flow
7 1 (0.014%) LSMW
7 1 (0.014%) TestRail
7 1 (0.014%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.014%) Visual Studio
General
1 2225 (32.02%) Finance
2 678 (9.76%) Banking
3 485 (6.98%) Retail
4 294 (4.23%) Marketing
5 257 (3.70%) Telecoms
6 212 (3.05%) Legal
7 195 (2.81%) Manufacturing
8 183 (2.63%) Investment Banking
9 103 (1.48%) Front Office
10 90 (1.30%) Law
11 81 (1.17%) Advertising
12 75 (1.08%) Back Office
12 75 (1.08%) Retail Banking
13 73 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
14 60 (0.86%) Automotive
15 49 (0.71%) Billing
16 43 (0.62%) Publishing
17 39 (0.56%) Financial Institution
18 38 (0.55%) Local Government
19 28 (0.40%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (0.60%) HTML
2 38 (0.55%) .NET
3 30 (0.43%) Middleware
4 24 (0.35%) CSS
5 21 (0.30%) Oracle Fusion
5 21 (0.30%) Web Services
6 20 (0.29%) J2EE
7 17 (0.24%) XML
8 10 (0.14%) ASP.NET
8 10 (0.14%) HTML5
9 8 (0.12%) Kafka
10 7 (0.10%) Django
10 7 (0.10%) EDI
11 6 (0.086%) Mason
11 6 (0.086%) MXNet
11 6 (0.086%) Natural Language Processing
11 6 (0.086%) REST
11 6 (0.086%) SAPUI5
11 6 (0.086%) TensorFlow
11 6 (0.086%) Theano
Miscellaneous
1 331 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 274 (3.94%) Data Centre
3 219 (3.15%) PMI
4 151 (2.17%) Management Information System
5 148 (2.13%) Virtual Team
6 97 (1.40%) NHS
7 84 (1.21%) Mobile App
8 81 (1.17%) Computer Science
9 74 (1.07%) FMCG
10 73 (1.05%) User Experience
11 66 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
12 63 (0.91%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 47 (0.68%) Derivative
14 42 (0.60%) Equities
14 42 (0.60%) Fixed Income
15 33 (0.47%) Market Risk
16 29 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
17 28 (0.40%) Fintech
18 27 (0.39%) Credit Risk
19 25 (0.36%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 251 (3.61%) Windows
2 113 (1.63%) Windows 10
3 46 (0.66%) Linux
3 46 (0.66%) Windows Server
4 43 (0.62%) Unix
5 37 (0.53%) Windows 7
6 26 (0.37%) Android
7 20 (0.29%) Apple iOS
8 18 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
9 17 (0.24%) Solaris
10 12 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
11 11 (0.16%) AIX
11 11 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (0.14%) Windows XP
13 7 (0.10%) Windows 8
14 4 (0.058%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.029%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 1 (0.014%) HPUX
16 1 (0.014%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.014%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 3259 (46.91%) Project Management
2 1872 (26.94%) Stakeholder Management
3 1751 (25.20%) PRINCE2
4 1662 (23.92%) Agile Software Development
5 670 (9.64%) Migration
6 542 (7.80%) Change Management
7 446 (6.42%) Waterfall
8 421 (6.06%) Project Planning
9 410 (5.90%) Risk Management
10 396 (5.70%) Scrum
11 379 (5.45%) Programme Management
12 362 (5.21%) CRM
13 319 (4.59%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 298 (4.29%) ERP
15 294 (4.23%) E-Commerce
16 287 (4.13%) ITIL
17 262 (3.77%) Project Governance
18 241 (3.47%) Matrix Organization
19 234 (3.37%) Supplier Management
20 225 (3.24%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 82 (1.18%) Java
2 79 (1.14%) SQL
3 55 (0.79%) C
4 39 (0.56%) JavaScript
5 31 (0.45%) C#
6 23 (0.33%) Python
7 12 (0.17%) PHP
7 12 (0.17%) VBA
8 7 (0.10%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.072%) C++
9 5 (0.072%) Perl
9 5 (0.072%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.058%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.043%) R
11 3 (0.043%) VBScript
12 2 (0.029%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.029%) RPG
12 2 (0.029%) Ruby
12 2 (0.029%) Rust
12 2 (0.029%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 474 (6.82%) PMI Certification
2 470 (6.76%) PMP
3 452 (6.51%) Security Cleared
4 342 (4.92%) Degree
5 326 (4.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 323 (4.65%) SC Cleared
7 268 (3.86%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 88 (1.27%) APMP
9 67 (0.96%) DV Cleared
10 55 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
11 38 (0.55%) Master's Degree
12 34 (0.49%) ISEB
13 23 (0.33%) CISSP
13 23 (0.33%) Computer Science Degree
14 20 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
15 18 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
16 12 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
17 10 (0.14%) CCNA
18 9 (0.13%) CISM
18 9 (0.13%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 447 (6.43%) GDPR
2 349 (5.02%) PMO
3 195 (2.81%) QA
4 93 (1.34%) MiFID
5 60 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 44 (0.63%) PCI DSS
7 41 (0.59%) SLA
8 33 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.37%) Data Quality
10 24 (0.35%) EMIR
11 18 (0.26%) IFRS
11 18 (0.26%) Solvency II
12 15 (0.22%) PMBOK
13 14 (0.20%) GxP
14 12 (0.17%) IFRS 9
15 10 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
15 10 (0.14%) FATCA
15 10 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 9 (0.13%) AIFMD
17 8 (0.12%) PSD2
System Software
1 84 (1.21%) Active Directory
2 32 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
4 7 (0.10%) Virtual Servers
5 6 (0.086%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.072%) Docker
6 5 (0.072%) Firmware
6 5 (0.072%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (0.058%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.043%) ProxySG
8 3 (0.043%) Terminal Services
8 3 (0.043%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.029%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.029%) HDFS
9 2 (0.029%) vSphere
9 2 (0.029%) XenApp
9 2 (0.029%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.014%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.014%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.014%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 51 (0.73%) SCCM
2 13 (0.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
4 10 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (0.10%) AirWatch
5 7 (0.10%) MOM
6 5 (0.072%) SCOM
7 4 (0.058%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.043%) BladeLogic
8 3 (0.043%) BMC PATROL
8 3 (0.043%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.043%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.043%) FlexNet
8 3 (0.043%) IBM BigFix
9 2 (0.029%) Ansible
9 2 (0.029%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.029%) Nagios
9 2 (0.029%) Oozie
9 2 (0.029%) TeamSite
9 2 (0.029%) WSUS
Vendors
1 523 (7.53%) Microsoft
2 335 (4.82%) SAP
3 236 (3.40%) Oracle
4 126 (1.81%) Salesforce.com
5 113 (1.63%) Cisco
6 80 (1.15%) VMware
7 78 (1.12%) Citrix
8 54 (0.78%) Workday
9 51 (0.73%) IBM
10 30 (0.43%) ServiceNow
11 29 (0.42%) NetApp
12 28 (0.40%) Google
13 26 (0.37%) Adobe
13 26 (0.37%) Capita
14 24 (0.35%) HP
15 23 (0.33%) hybris
16 21 (0.30%) CheckPoint
17 20 (0.29%) PeopleSoft
18 19 (0.27%) Tableau
19 18 (0.26%) Remedy