Period
to 23 July 2019

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 July 2019.

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
23 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 38 29 21
Rank change year-on-year -9 -8 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 5,030 6,919 6,756
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.46% 6.70% 7.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.78% 7.06% 7.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,411 4,685 4,764
UK median daily rate £475 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.15% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 71 64
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £33.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% -1.48%
10th Percentile £21.80 £20.00 £19.25
90th Percentile £48.90 £51.25 £56.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £33.25
% change year-on-year +2.86% +5.26% +2.31%

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 86,982 97,940 90,345
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.49% 94.84% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,165 64,168 58,560
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +4.77% +1.06%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £619
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,909 3,157 2,908
UK median hourly rate £19.97 £18.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.92% - -2.63%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.60 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +6.27% - -7.89%

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 23 July 2019.

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 23 July 2019.

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 23 July 2019. 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 -10 4,675 £475 - 658
UK excluding London -9 2,789 £450 +2.86% 505
London -9 2,130 £500 - 186
South East -13 880 £450 -2.70% 128
North of England -11 578 £450 +7.14% 114
Midlands -2 454 £433 -3.89% 101
South West -21 322 £413 +3.13% 67
West Midlands +1 313 £450 - 67
Yorkshire -2 272 £450 +5.88% 52
East of England -17 270 £463 - 63
North West -20 270 £450 +7.78% 57
Scotland -25 201 £448 +11.88% 26
East Midlands -3 134 £404 +0.43% 34
Wales +3 54 £435 +2.35% 5
North East -6 36 £450 - 5
Northern Ireland +16 23 £375 -3.23% 1
Channel Islands -13 6 £488 +2.63% 1

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 2019, 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 2,395 (47.61%) Project Management
2 1,576 (31.33%) Finance
3 1,365 (27.14%) Agile Software Development
4 1,281 (25.47%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,037 (20.62%) PRINCE2
6 701 (13.94%) Migration
7 434 (8.63%) Microsoft
8 398 (7.91%) Change Management
9 367 (7.30%) Retail
9 367 (7.30%) Security Cleared
10 351 (6.98%) Banking
11 343 (6.82%) Waterfall
12 325 (6.46%) Scrum
13 321 (6.38%) Microsoft Project
14 314 (6.24%) SAP
15 302 (6.00%) Risk Management
16 300 (5.96%) PMI Certification
17 291 (5.79%) PMP
18 286 (5.69%) SC Cleared
19 279 (5.55%) Office 365
20 273 (5.43%) Windows
20 273 (5.43%) ERP
21 258 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
22 253 (5.03%) Data Centre
23 248 (4.93%) PMO
24 246 (4.89%) Problem-Solving
25 244 (4.85%) Telecoms
26 240 (4.77%) Project Planning
27 225 (4.47%) CRM
28 216 (4.29%) Programme Management

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
1 150 (2.98%) SharePoint
2 106 (2.11%) Confluence
3 47 (0.93%) CMS
4 31 (0.62%) MS Project Server
5 25 (0.50%) WebSphere
6 22 (0.44%) Skype for Business
7 16 (0.32%) MS Exchange
8 15 (0.30%) SAS
9 10 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 8 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
11 5 (0.099%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.080%) Drupal
12 4 (0.080%) Elasticsearch
12 4 (0.080%) Exchange Server 2013
12 4 (0.080%) Umbraco
13 3 (0.060%) Documentum
13 3 (0.060%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.060%) Sitecore CMS
14 2 (0.040%) Apache
14 2 (0.040%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 321 (6.38%) Microsoft Project
2 198 (3.94%) Microsoft Office
3 152 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
4 126 (2.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 63 (1.25%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 11 (0.22%) Open Workbench
8 5 (0.099%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.040%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.020%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.020%) Adobe After Effects
10 1 (0.020%) Adobe Captivate
10 1 (0.020%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.020%) Adobe XD
10 1 (0.020%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 84 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 50 (0.99%) SAP S/4HANA
3 37 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
4 21 (0.42%) NetSuite
5 16 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
6 14 (0.28%) SAP BPC
6 14 (0.28%) SAP ERP
6 14 (0.28%) SAP HR
7 13 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
8 12 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
9 11 (0.22%) SAP CO
9 11 (0.22%) SAP FI
9 11 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
10 10 (0.20%) Primavera
10 10 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 9 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 9 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
12 8 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
12 8 (0.16%) iTrent
12 8 (0.16%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 279 (5.55%) Office 365
2 258 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 124 (2.47%) Amazon AWS
4 86 (1.71%) Dynamics 365
5 69 (1.37%) SaaS
6 27 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
7 24 (0.48%) OneDrive
8 23 (0.46%) IaaS
9 21 (0.42%) Google Cloud Platform
10 20 (0.40%) Power Platform
11 19 (0.38%) G Suite
12 17 (0.34%) PaaS
13 16 (0.32%) Yammer
14 15 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
15 11 (0.22%) Azure Active Directory
16 10 (0.20%) Google Analytics
17 9 (0.18%) OpenShift
18 8 (0.16%) Google Docs
18 8 (0.16%) Salesforce Service Cloud
18 8 (0.16%) Smartsheet
Communications & Networking
1 100 (1.99%) WAN
2 75 (1.49%) LAN
3 72 (1.43%) Firewall
4 48 (0.95%) Skype
5 36 (0.72%) VoIP
6 32 (0.64%) 2G
6 32 (0.64%) 4G
6 32 (0.64%) Network Security
7 30 (0.60%) 3G
8 25 (0.50%) Intranet
8 25 (0.50%) Unified Communications
9 24 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
10 21 (0.42%) Wireless
11 20 (0.40%) 5G
12 19 (0.38%) Internet
13 18 (0.36%) MPLS
14 17 (0.34%) SAN
15 16 (0.32%) ATM
16 15 (0.30%) Ethernet
17 12 (0.24%) DWDM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
2 54 (1.07%) Big Data
3 35 (0.70%) SQL Server
4 31 (0.62%) Data Lake
5 28 (0.56%) SAP HANA
6 21 (0.42%) SAP BW
7 20 (0.40%) Power BI
8 18 (0.36%) Oracle Database
9 16 (0.32%) Oracle Reports
10 11 (0.22%) BusinessObjects
10 11 (0.22%) Hadoop
11 9 (0.18%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
11 9 (0.18%) Qlik Sense
12 8 (0.16%) Electronic Patient Records
12 8 (0.16%) Oracle BI EE
13 7 (0.14%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
13 7 (0.14%) QlikView
14 6 (0.12%) GIS
14 6 (0.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 4 (0.080%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 200 (3.98%) JIRA
2 12 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
3 6 (0.12%) Git (software)
3 6 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (0.080%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.060%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.040%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.040%) MSI
7 1 (0.020%) CA Flowdock
7 1 (0.020%) GitLab
7 1 (0.020%) Hudson
7 1 (0.020%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.020%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.020%) StarTeam
General
1 1,576 (31.33%) Finance
2 367 (7.30%) Retail
3 351 (6.98%) Banking
4 244 (4.85%) Telecoms
5 151 (3.00%) Marketing
6 122 (2.43%) Manufacturing
7 115 (2.29%) Legal
8 78 (1.55%) Financial Institution
9 61 (1.21%) Law
10 57 (1.13%) Pharmaceutical
11 56 (1.11%) Retail Banking
12 55 (1.09%) Investment Banking
13 49 (0.97%) Front Office
14 44 (0.87%) Advertising
15 41 (0.82%) Back Office
16 40 (0.80%) Billing
17 32 (0.64%) French Language
17 32 (0.64%) Publishing
18 25 (0.50%) Electronics
18 25 (0.50%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (0.78%) .NET
2 22 (0.44%) Web Services
3 21 (0.42%) Middleware
4 20 (0.40%) J2EE
5 15 (0.30%) Velocity
6 14 (0.28%) Oracle Fusion
7 7 (0.14%) CSS
7 7 (0.14%) EDI
7 7 (0.14%) HTML
7 7 (0.14%) XML
8 5 (0.099%) JSON
9 4 (0.080%) CGI
9 4 (0.080%) FIX Protocol
9 4 (0.080%) Kafka
9 4 (0.080%) LDAP
10 3 (0.060%) Natural Language Processing
10 3 (0.060%) Node.js
10 3 (0.060%) RESTful
10 3 (0.060%) SOAP
10 3 (0.060%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 253 (5.03%) Data Centre
2 197 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
3 130 (2.58%) PMI
4 98 (1.95%) Management Information System
5 93 (1.85%) NHS
6 92 (1.83%) User Experience
7 87 (1.73%) Self-Motivation
8 79 (1.57%) Virtual Team
9 67 (1.33%) Greenfield Project
10 41 (0.82%) FMCG
11 40 (0.80%) Mobile App
12 27 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
12 27 (0.54%) Public Cloud
13 26 (0.52%) Hedge funds
14 21 (0.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 16 (0.32%) Derivative
16 15 (0.30%) Credit Risk
17 14 (0.28%) CMDB
17 14 (0.28%) Life Science
18 13 (0.26%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 273 (5.43%) Windows
2 181 (3.60%) Windows 10
3 52 (1.03%) Windows 7
4 45 (0.89%) Linux
5 41 (0.82%) Windows Server
6 18 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (0.28%) Unix
8 12 (0.24%) Android
8 12 (0.24%) Solaris
9 11 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (0.18%) Apple iOS
11 8 (0.16%) AIX
12 7 (0.14%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (0.14%) Windows XP
13 5 (0.099%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (0.080%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.040%) CentOS
15 2 (0.040%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.020%) HPUX
16 1 (0.020%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,395 (47.61%) Project Management
2 1,365 (27.14%) Agile Software Development
3 1,281 (25.47%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,037 (20.62%) PRINCE2
5 701 (13.94%) Migration
6 398 (7.91%) Change Management
7 343 (6.82%) Waterfall
8 325 (6.46%) Scrum
9 302 (6.00%) Risk Management
10 273 (5.43%) ERP
11 246 (4.89%) Problem-Solving
12 240 (4.77%) Project Planning
13 225 (4.47%) CRM
14 216 (4.29%) Programme Management
15 201 (4.00%) ITIL
16 190 (3.78%) Stakeholder Engagement
17 186 (3.70%) Project Governance
18 181 (3.60%) E-Commerce
19 171 (3.40%) Data Migration
20 170 (3.38%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 58 (1.15%) Java
2 56 (1.11%) SQL
3 48 (0.95%) C
4 11 (0.22%) JavaScript
4 11 (0.22%) Python
5 8 (0.16%) C#
6 5 (0.099%) Scala
6 5 (0.099%) VBA
7 4 (0.080%) C++
7 4 (0.080%) PHP
7 4 (0.080%) PowerShell
8 3 (0.060%) Delphi
8 3 (0.060%) MATLAB
9 2 (0.040%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.040%) R
9 2 (0.040%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.020%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.020%) COBOL
10 1 (0.020%) PHP 5
10 1 (0.020%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 367 (7.30%) Security Cleared
2 300 (5.96%) PMI Certification
3 291 (5.79%) PMP
4 286 (5.69%) SC Cleared
5 190 (3.78%) Degree
6 187 (3.72%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 178 (3.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 78 (1.55%) APMP
9 35 (0.70%) DV Cleared
10 26 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
11 22 (0.44%) Cisco Certification
12 19 (0.38%) CISSP
13 17 (0.34%) ISEB
14 14 (0.28%) Computer Science Degree
15 12 (0.24%) CCNA
16 11 (0.22%) BPSS Clearance
16 11 (0.22%) Master's Degree
17 9 (0.18%) CISM
18 8 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
19 7 (0.14%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 248 (4.93%) PMO
2 103 (2.05%) QA
3 61 (1.21%) GDPR
4 31 (0.62%) Data Quality
5 27 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 23 (0.46%) SLA
7 20 (0.40%) PSD2
8 13 (0.26%) GxP
9 11 (0.22%) MiFID
9 11 (0.22%) PCI DSS
10 10 (0.20%) COBIT
10 10 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
11 9 (0.18%) Solvency II
12 8 (0.16%) IFRS
12 8 (0.16%) SEPA
13 7 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 6 (0.12%) GAAP
14 6 (0.12%) ISO 9000
14 6 (0.12%) PMBOK
15 5 (0.099%) NIST
System Software
1 105 (2.09%) Active Directory
2 23 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.30%) Virtual Desktop
4 9 (0.18%) Docker
5 6 (0.12%) Hyper-V
6 5 (0.099%) Firmware
6 5 (0.099%) vSphere
7 3 (0.060%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.060%) XenApp
8 2 (0.040%) HDFS
8 2 (0.040%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.040%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.020%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.020%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.020%) OpenAM
9 1 (0.020%) OpenDJ
9 1 (0.020%) OpenIDM
9 1 (0.020%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.020%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 26 (0.52%) SCCM
2 12 (0.24%) Kubernetes
2 12 (0.24%) Single Sign-On
3 9 (0.18%) Ansible
4 7 (0.14%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (0.099%) RSA Archer
6 4 (0.080%) Puppet
7 3 (0.060%) Grafana
7 3 (0.060%) Kibana
7 3 (0.060%) MOM
7 3 (0.060%) NetBackup
7 3 (0.060%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.060%) SCOM
7 3 (0.060%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.040%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.040%) Host Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.040%) MIIS
8 2 (0.040%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 2 (0.040%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (0.040%) Rancher
Vendors
1 434 (8.63%) Microsoft
2 314 (6.24%) SAP
3 170 (3.38%) Oracle
4 120 (2.39%) Salesforce.com
5 84 (1.67%) Cisco
6 69 (1.37%) Citrix
7 60 (1.19%) Google
8 46 (0.91%) VMware
9 44 (0.87%) Workday
10 42 (0.83%) IBM
11 41 (0.82%) ServiceNow
12 28 (0.56%) Atlassian
13 24 (0.48%) Adobe
14 22 (0.44%) hybris
15 19 (0.38%) Hyperion
16 18 (0.36%) Remedy
17 17 (0.34%) Infor
18 16 (0.32%) CheckPoint
18 16 (0.32%) Splunk
19 15 (0.30%) Ariba