Period
to 19 February 2020

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £465 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 February 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
19 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 40 39 25
Rank change year-on-year -1 -14 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 3,494 5,498 6,829
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.07% 5.54% 6.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.40% 5.85% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,393 3,745 4,777
UK median daily rate £465 £475 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.11% +2.70% +2.78%
10th Percentile £321 £325 £325
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £448 £438
% change year-on-year +0.56% +2.29% +3.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 67 43
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
10th Percentile £23.25 £22.76 £20.65
90th Percentile £53.53 £50.00 £56.29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £36.30 £37.71
% change year-on-year -3.58% -3.75% +31.17%

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 64,720 93,939 95,579
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.88% 94.67% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 41,835 62,202 63,453
UK median daily rate £450 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.17% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £238 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £644 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,583 2,936 2,843
UK median hourly rate £19.25 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% - +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.52 £11.00 £10.91
90th Percentile £51.75 £48.99 £48.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

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 19 February 2020.

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 19 February 2020.

Contractor 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 19 February 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 -1 3,205 £475 - 596
UK excluding London -3 2,077 £450 +0.56% 458
London -2 1,331 £500 -2.91% 175
South East -6 612 £475 - 105
North of England +2 473 £435 +1.16% 119
South West +5 318 £438 +2.94% 54
Midlands -2 274 £450 +5.88% 87
North West +2 245 £425 -5.56% 71
Yorkshire -1 185 £450 +5.88% 43
Scotland -13 181 £425 +3.03% 25
West Midlands -3 174 £426 +0.29% 56
East of England -12 170 £475 - 55
East Midlands +2 89 £450 +12.50% 30
North East +9 44 £425 -2.86% 5
Wales +1 32 £438 +2.94% 13
Northern Ireland +17 12 £400 +4.92%
Channel Islands -5 5 £415 -39.86%

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 February 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 1,582 (45.28%) Project Management
2 982 (28.11%) Agile Software Development
3 953 (27.28%) Stakeholder Management
4 952 (27.25%) Finance
5 741 (21.21%) PRINCE2
6 665 (19.03%) Project Delivery
7 482 (13.80%) Migration
8 363 (10.39%) Public Sector
9 334 (9.56%) Microsoft
10 315 (9.02%) Change Management
11 277 (7.93%) Security Cleared
12 270 (7.73%) SAP
13 265 (7.58%) Waterfall
14 229 (6.55%) Scrum
15 226 (6.47%) Retail
16 220 (6.30%) ERP
17 208 (5.95%) Project Planning
18 199 (5.70%) Microsoft Project
18 199 (5.70%) Azure
19 197 (5.64%) Risk Management
20 182 (5.21%) PMI Certification
21 180 (5.15%) SC Cleared
22 175 (5.01%) Office 365
22 175 (5.01%) Programme Management
23 173 (4.95%) PMP
24 166 (4.75%) Problem-Solving
25 162 (4.64%) PMO
26 161 (4.61%) Windows
27 158 (4.52%) Banking
28 154 (4.41%) CRM

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
1 115 (3.29%) SharePoint
2 45 (1.29%) CMS
3 36 (1.03%) Confluence
4 17 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 17 (0.49%) Skype for Business
5 7 (0.20%) MS Exchange
5 7 (0.20%) MS Project Server
6 6 (0.17%) Moodle
7 4 (0.11%) Drupal
7 4 (0.11%) SAS
7 4 (0.11%) Totara
7 4 (0.11%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.086%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (0.086%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.086%) Sitecore CMS
8 3 (0.086%) WordPress
9 2 (0.057%) ColdFusion
9 2 (0.057%) IBM Notes
9 2 (0.057%) JBoss
10 1 (0.029%) IIS
Applications
1 199 (5.70%) Microsoft Project
2 128 (3.66%) Microsoft Office
3 100 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 81 (2.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 44 (1.26%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.40%) Open Workbench
7 13 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
8 10 (0.29%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.057%) Adobe Captivate
9 2 (0.057%) Adobe Premiere
9 2 (0.057%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 54 (1.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.94%) SAP S/4HANA
3 27 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
4 21 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
5 14 (0.40%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 13 (0.37%) Oracle Financials
7 12 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
8 11 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 10 (0.29%) Magento
10 9 (0.26%) NetSuite
10 9 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
10 9 (0.26%) SAP HR
11 8 (0.23%) SAP ERP
11 8 (0.23%) Teamcenter
12 7 (0.20%) SAP BPC
12 7 (0.20%) SAP MDG
12 7 (0.20%) Workfront
13 6 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
13 6 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
14 5 (0.14%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 199 (5.70%) Azure
2 175 (5.01%) Office 365
3 86 (2.46%) AWS
4 76 (2.18%) Dynamics 365
5 55 (1.57%) SaaS
6 33 (0.94%) Power Platform
7 27 (0.77%) SuccessFactors
8 18 (0.52%) OneDrive
9 15 (0.43%) GCP
10 14 (0.40%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 13 (0.37%) Azure Active Directory
12 9 (0.26%) PaaS
13 7 (0.20%) IaaS
14 6 (0.17%) Google Analytics
14 6 (0.17%) Serverless
15 4 (0.11%) Azure Functions
15 4 (0.11%) Cloud Computing
15 4 (0.11%) Yammer
16 3 (0.086%) Amazon EC2
16 3 (0.086%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 60 (1.72%) WAN
2 48 (1.37%) LAN
3 37 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
4 35 (1.00%) Firewall
5 25 (0.72%) Skype
6 23 (0.66%) Internet
6 23 (0.66%) Wireless
7 19 (0.54%) Network Security
8 18 (0.52%) 4G
9 16 (0.46%) Radio Access Network
9 16 (0.46%) Unified Communications
9 16 (0.46%) VoIP
10 14 (0.40%) 3G
11 13 (0.37%) 2G
12 12 (0.34%) VPN
13 9 (0.26%) 5G
14 8 (0.23%) Intranet
15 7 (0.20%) VoLTE
16 6 (0.17%) LTE
16 6 (0.17%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
2 33 (0.94%) Power BI
3 29 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
4 20 (0.57%) Big Data
5 18 (0.52%) SQL Server
6 17 (0.49%) Electronic Patient Records
6 17 (0.49%) SAP HANA
7 13 (0.37%) Data Lake
8 9 (0.26%) QlikView
9 7 (0.20%) Oracle Database
10 5 (0.14%) GIS
10 5 (0.14%) SAP BW
11 4 (0.11%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.11%) IBM InfoSphere
12 3 (0.086%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 3 (0.086%) Geospatial Data
12 3 (0.086%) Hadoop
12 3 (0.086%) MS Access
12 3 (0.086%) Qlik Sense
12 3 (0.086%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 133 (3.81%) JIRA
2 8 (0.23%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (0.086%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.057%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.057%) GitLab
4 2 (0.057%) ProC
4 2 (0.057%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.029%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.029%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.029%) GCC
5 1 (0.029%) Hudson
5 1 (0.029%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (0.029%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.029%) VersionOne
5 1 (0.029%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 1 (0.029%) Zephyr
General
1 952 (27.25%) Finance
2 363 (10.39%) Public Sector
3 226 (6.47%) Retail
4 158 (4.52%) Banking
5 153 (4.38%) Telecoms
6 125 (3.58%) Manufacturing
7 109 (3.12%) Marketing
8 87 (2.49%) Legal
9 64 (1.83%) Pharmaceutical
10 56 (1.60%) Local Government
11 37 (1.06%) Advertising
12 31 (0.89%) Law
13 21 (0.60%) Electronics
14 20 (0.57%) Investment Banking
15 18 (0.52%) Back Office
15 18 (0.52%) Military
16 16 (0.46%) Automotive
17 15 (0.43%) Financial Institution
18 12 (0.34%) Aerospace
18 12 (0.34%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (0.92%) .NET
2 22 (0.63%) Web Services
3 21 (0.60%) HTML
4 18 (0.52%) Oracle Fusion
5 15 (0.43%) Middleware
6 12 (0.34%) CSS
7 9 (0.26%) Velocity
8 6 (0.17%) EDI
8 6 (0.17%) J2EE
9 5 (0.14%) REST
9 5 (0.14%) SOAP
10 4 (0.11%) ASP.NET
10 4 (0.11%) LDAP
10 4 (0.11%) PySpark
10 4 (0.11%) XML
11 3 (0.086%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.086%) ADO
11 3 (0.086%) Node.js
11 3 (0.086%) SailPoint
12 2 (0.057%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 154 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
2 135 (3.86%) Data Centre
3 91 (2.60%) Management Information System
4 79 (2.26%) PMI
5 78 (2.23%) NHS
6 58 (1.66%) Self-Motivation
7 54 (1.55%) User Experience
8 42 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
9 40 (1.14%) Virtual Team
10 29 (0.83%) FMCG
11 24 (0.69%) CCTV
11 24 (0.69%) Mobile App
12 21 (0.60%) Public Cloud
13 17 (0.49%) Life Science
14 14 (0.40%) EPoS
14 14 (0.40%) LIMS
15 12 (0.34%) Enterprise Software
15 12 (0.34%) PACS
16 11 (0.31%) e-Health
16 11 (0.31%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 161 (4.61%) Windows
2 119 (3.41%) Windows 10
3 29 (0.83%) Windows 7
4 11 (0.31%) Apple iOS
4 11 (0.31%) Linux
4 11 (0.31%) Windows Server
5 9 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (0.20%) Unix
7 6 (0.17%) Android
8 4 (0.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.11%) Solaris
9 3 (0.086%) Windows 8
9 3 (0.086%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.057%) AIX
10 2 (0.057%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.057%) VMS
11 1 (0.029%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.029%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.029%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.029%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,582 (45.28%) Project Management
2 982 (28.11%) Agile Software Development
3 953 (27.28%) Stakeholder Management
4 741 (21.21%) PRINCE2
5 665 (19.03%) Project Delivery
6 482 (13.80%) Migration
7 315 (9.02%) Change Management
8 265 (7.58%) Waterfall
9 229 (6.55%) Scrum
10 220 (6.30%) ERP
11 208 (5.95%) Project Planning
12 197 (5.64%) Risk Management
13 175 (5.01%) Programme Management
14 166 (4.75%) Problem-Solving
15 154 (4.41%) CRM
16 153 (4.38%) Project Governance
17 140 (4.01%) ITIL
18 137 (3.92%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 136 (3.89%) Change Control
20 128 (3.66%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 43 (1.23%) C
2 40 (1.14%) SQL
3 21 (0.60%) Java
4 9 (0.26%) Python
5 8 (0.23%) C#
5 8 (0.23%) JavaScript
6 5 (0.14%) PHP
7 4 (0.11%) PowerShell
7 4 (0.11%) Scala
8 3 (0.086%) R
8 3 (0.086%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.057%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.057%) RPG
9 2 (0.057%) Ruby
10 1 (0.029%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.029%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.029%) VBA
Qualifications
1 277 (7.93%) Security Cleared
2 182 (5.21%) PMI Certification
3 180 (5.15%) SC Cleared
4 173 (4.95%) PMP
5 145 (4.15%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 138 (3.95%) Degree
7 125 (3.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 63 (1.80%) APMP
9 57 (1.63%) DV Cleared
10 31 (0.89%) ITIL Certification
11 11 (0.31%) ISEB
12 8 (0.23%) ACCA
12 8 (0.23%) APMG
13 7 (0.20%) BPSS Clearance
13 7 (0.20%) CISSP
13 7 (0.20%) HND
13 7 (0.20%) Master's Degree
14 5 (0.14%) CIMA
14 5 (0.14%) CISM
14 5 (0.14%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 162 (4.64%) PMO
2 73 (2.09%) QA
3 33 (0.94%) GDPR
4 17 (0.49%) SLA
5 16 (0.46%) Data Quality
6 15 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 12 (0.34%) HL7
8 8 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
8 8 (0.23%) MiFID
9 6 (0.17%) COBIT
9 6 (0.17%) PSD2
10 5 (0.14%) GxP
10 5 (0.14%) IFRS
11 4 (0.11%) EMIR
11 4 (0.11%) FINREP
11 4 (0.11%) JSP 440
12 3 (0.086%) COREP
12 3 (0.086%) ISO 9001
12 3 (0.086%) RMADS
12 3 (0.086%) SNOMED CT
System Software
1 35 (1.00%) Active Directory
2 11 (0.31%) Virtual Desktop
3 6 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.11%) Docker
6 3 (0.086%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.057%) LXC
7 2 (0.057%) XenApp
7 2 (0.057%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.029%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.029%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.029%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.029%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
2 12 (0.34%) SCCM
3 5 (0.14%) Kubernetes
4 4 (0.11%) CASB
5 3 (0.086%) QRadar
5 3 (0.086%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (0.057%) Ansible
6 2 (0.057%) MaaS360
6 2 (0.057%) Stealthwatch
6 2 (0.057%) WMI
7 1 (0.029%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.029%) CA Spectrum
7 1 (0.029%) EnCase
7 1 (0.029%) Host Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.029%) Rancher
7 1 (0.029%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 334 (9.56%) Microsoft
2 270 (7.73%) SAP
3 136 (3.89%) Oracle
4 81 (2.32%) Salesforce.com
5 50 (1.43%) Cisco
6 31 (0.89%) Citrix
7 28 (0.80%) ServiceNow
8 25 (0.72%) Adobe
8 25 (0.72%) Google
9 24 (0.69%) Remedy
9 24 (0.69%) Workday
10 23 (0.66%) IBM
11 19 (0.54%) Ariba
12 18 (0.52%) VMware
13 16 (0.46%) Atlassian
14 12 (0.34%) Demandware
14 12 (0.34%) Tableau
15 9 (0.26%) Splunk
16 8 (0.23%) Ericsson
16 8 (0.23%) hybris