Period
to 19 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 31 23 21
Rank change year-on-year -8 -2 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,570 6,834 7,837
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.37% 6.92% 7.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.73% 7.29% 7.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,400 4,823 5,585
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 58 68
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £33.50 £33.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.48% -0.45% -13.72%
10th Percentile £20.71 £19.25 £18.76
90th Percentile £53.10 £55.00 £68.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £34.75 £31.25
% change year-on-year +3.60% +11.20% -19.87%

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 97,681 93,729 101,570
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 94.93% 94.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,134 61,203 66,369
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,170 2,824 3,150
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.52
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.75
% change year-on-year -2.78% -4.00% +7.14%

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 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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 -9 5,980 £475 +5.56% 627
UK excluding London -6 3,834 £438 +2.94% 428
London -10 2,620 £500 - 226
South East -2 1,192 £465 +3.33% 101
North of England -1 800 £423 -0.47% 120
Midlands -11 587 £450 +5.88% 89
Scotland +6 438 £400 -5.88% 23
North West +3 395 £419 -1.47% 60
South West -3 387 £425 +6.92% 45
West Midlands -15 379 £450 +2.86% 63
East of England -1 369 £463 +5.71% 50
Yorkshire -6 351 £425 +1.19% 56
East Midlands -4 176 £413 -2.94% 24
North East -14 56 £444 +7.58% 4
Wales -26 43 £375 -6.25% 3
Northern Ireland +49 13 £388 -0.64%
Channel Islands +5 11 £450 -10.00% 1
Isle of Man -3 1 - -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 3,145 (47.87%) Project Management
2 2,126 (32.36%) Finance
3 1,814 (27.61%) Agile Software Development
4 1,707 (25.98%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,492 (22.71%) PRINCE2
6 859 (13.07%) Migration
7 564 (8.58%) Microsoft
8 543 (8.26%) Waterfall
9 504 (7.67%) Banking
10 470 (7.15%) Scrum
11 468 (7.12%) Change Management
12 465 (7.08%) Security Cleared
13 458 (6.97%) Retail
14 437 (6.65%) Microsoft Project
15 390 (5.94%) Risk Management
16 389 (5.92%) PMP
17 381 (5.80%) Project Planning
18 349 (5.31%) PMI Certification
19 343 (5.22%) SC Cleared
20 333 (5.07%) Problem-Solving
21 325 (4.95%) SAP
22 318 (4.84%) Windows
23 308 (4.69%) PMO
24 303 (4.61%) ITIL
25 300 (4.57%) Data Centre
26 295 (4.49%) SDLC
27 293 (4.46%) Programme Management
28 288 (4.38%) Degree
29 282 (4.29%) Office 365
30 281 (4.28%) 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
1 185 (2.82%) SharePoint
2 81 (1.23%) CMS
2 81 (1.23%) Confluence
3 47 (0.72%) Skype for Business
4 29 (0.44%) WebSphere
5 25 (0.38%) Drupal
6 20 (0.30%) MS Exchange
7 19 (0.29%) OpenStack
8 18 (0.27%) Documentum
8 18 (0.27%) SAS
9 17 (0.26%) WordPress
10 12 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2010
11 11 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
11 11 (0.17%) MS Project Server
11 11 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
12 10 (0.15%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 10 (0.15%) IIS
13 9 (0.14%) Apache Spark
13 9 (0.14%) SharePoint 2013
14 7 (0.11%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 437 (6.65%) Microsoft Project
2 260 (3.96%) Microsoft Office
3 217 (3.30%) Microsoft Excel
4 148 (2.25%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 123 (1.87%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.21%) Open Workbench
8 5 (0.076%) AutoCAD
8 5 (0.076%) Maya
8 5 (0.076%) Photoshop
9 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 2 (0.030%) SPSS
9 2 (0.030%) Windchill
10 1 (0.015%) Acrobat
10 1 (0.015%) InVision
10 1 (0.015%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 78 (1.19%) Dynamics CRM
2 35 (0.53%) SAP S/4HANA
3 34 (0.52%) Dynamics NAV
4 30 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
5 20 (0.30%) NetSuite
6 18 (0.27%) Unit4 Business World
7 16 (0.24%) Primavera
8 15 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
9 14 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
10 13 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
11 12 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
11 12 (0.18%) SAP ERP
11 12 (0.18%) SAP HR
12 11 (0.17%) CA PPM
12 11 (0.17%) Magento
12 11 (0.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 9 (0.14%) Oracle CRM
13 9 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
14 8 (0.12%) Oracle EBS R12
14 8 (0.12%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 282 (4.29%) Office 365
2 257 (3.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 182 (2.77%) Amazon AWS
4 83 (1.26%) SaaS
5 36 (0.55%) PaaS
6 28 (0.43%) IaaS
7 27 (0.41%) Dynamics 365
7 27 (0.41%) Trello
8 23 (0.35%) OneDrive
9 19 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
9 19 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
10 13 (0.20%) Google Analytics
11 10 (0.15%) Azure Active Directory
11 10 (0.15%) Google Cloud Platform
11 10 (0.15%) OpenShift
12 8 (0.12%) Yammer
13 6 (0.091%) FinancialForce
13 6 (0.091%) G Suite
14 4 (0.061%) IBM Cloud
14 4 (0.061%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 116 (1.77%) WAN
2 105 (1.60%) LAN
3 76 (1.16%) Firewall
4 71 (1.08%) SMS
5 60 (0.91%) Internet
5 60 (0.91%) Skype
6 56 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
7 52 (0.79%) Unified Communications
8 38 (0.58%) SAN
9 25 (0.38%) DNS
10 24 (0.37%) Network Security
11 23 (0.35%) VoIP
12 22 (0.33%) Wireless
13 21 (0.32%) Intranet
13 21 (0.32%) MPLS
14 15 (0.23%) VPN
15 14 (0.21%) IP Telephony
16 13 (0.20%) Broadband
17 10 (0.15%) TCP/IP
17 10 (0.15%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (1.81%) Data Warehouse
2 59 (0.90%) Big Data
3 55 (0.84%) SQL Server
4 28 (0.43%) Hadoop
5 25 (0.38%) Power BI
6 21 (0.32%) BusinessObjects
7 19 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
8 15 (0.23%) Oracle Database
8 15 (0.23%) SAP BW
9 14 (0.21%) DB2
9 14 (0.21%) QlikView
10 13 (0.20%) Adabas
10 13 (0.20%) SAP HANA
11 11 (0.17%) Blockchain
11 11 (0.17%) Data Lake
11 11 (0.17%) MS Access
12 10 (0.15%) Oracle BI EE
13 8 (0.12%) GIS
14 6 (0.091%) DTS
14 6 (0.091%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 207 (3.15%) JIRA
2 13 (0.20%) Jenkins
3 9 (0.14%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (0.11%) GitLab
4 7 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
5 5 (0.076%) Hudson
6 4 (0.061%) Bitbucket
6 4 (0.061%) Visual Studio
7 3 (0.046%) Git (software)
7 3 (0.046%) Subversion
8 2 (0.030%) Dreamweaver
8 2 (0.030%) Selenium
9 1 (0.015%) JIRA Agile
9 1 (0.015%) Maven
9 1 (0.015%) ProC
9 1 (0.015%) SoapUI
9 1 (0.015%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.015%) TestPartner
9 1 (0.015%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.015%) XMLSpy
General
1 2,126 (32.36%) Finance
2 504 (7.67%) Banking
3 458 (6.97%) Retail
4 244 (3.71%) Marketing
5 216 (3.29%) Telecoms
6 194 (2.95%) Legal
7 145 (2.21%) Manufacturing
8 104 (1.58%) Investment Banking
8 104 (1.58%) Law
9 82 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
10 74 (1.13%) Advertising
11 73 (1.11%) Front Office
12 69 (1.05%) Retail Banking
13 57 (0.87%) Automotive
14 50 (0.76%) Billing
14 50 (0.76%) Financial Institution
15 43 (0.65%) Back Office
16 28 (0.43%) Military
17 27 (0.41%) Local Government
18 23 (0.35%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (0.87%) Web Services
2 47 (0.72%) .NET
3 35 (0.53%) Middleware
4 31 (0.47%) HTML
5 26 (0.40%) Oracle Fusion
6 22 (0.33%) CSS
7 21 (0.32%) Velocity
8 11 (0.17%) LDAP
9 9 (0.14%) ASP.NET
10 8 (0.12%) EDI
11 7 (0.11%) J2EE
12 6 (0.091%) ASP.NET Web API
13 5 (0.076%) .NET Framework
13 5 (0.076%) COM
13 5 (0.076%) FIX Protocol
13 5 (0.076%) Mason
14 4 (0.061%) HTML5
14 4 (0.061%) JFC
14 4 (0.061%) jQuery
14 4 (0.061%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 300 (4.57%) Data Centre
2 264 (4.02%) Analytical Skills
3 137 (2.09%) Management Information System
4 130 (1.98%) PMI
5 100 (1.52%) Virtual Team
6 95 (1.45%) User Experience
7 93 (1.42%) NHS
8 84 (1.28%) Mobile App
9 80 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
10 60 (0.91%) Greenfield Project
11 53 (0.81%) Computer Science
12 50 (0.76%) FMCG
13 47 (0.72%) Mainframe
14 45 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
15 30 (0.46%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 29 (0.44%) CCTV
17 27 (0.41%) Hybrid Cloud
18 23 (0.35%) Smart Meter
19 22 (0.33%) Life Science
20 20 (0.30%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 318 (4.84%) Windows
2 175 (2.66%) Windows 10
3 59 (0.90%) Unix
4 48 (0.73%) Linux
5 45 (0.68%) Windows Server
6 43 (0.65%) Windows 7
7 23 (0.35%) Solaris
8 12 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (0.14%) Android
9 9 (0.14%) Apple iOS
9 9 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (0.11%) AIX
10 7 (0.11%) zOS
11 6 (0.091%) Windows Server 2012
12 5 (0.076%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (0.061%) VMS
13 4 (0.061%) Windows 2000 Server
13 4 (0.061%) Windows NT
14 2 (0.030%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.015%) OS/390
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,145 (47.87%) Project Management
2 1,814 (27.61%) Agile Software Development
3 1,707 (25.98%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,492 (22.71%) PRINCE2
5 859 (13.07%) Migration
6 543 (8.26%) Waterfall
7 470 (7.15%) Scrum
8 468 (7.12%) Change Management
9 390 (5.94%) Risk Management
10 381 (5.80%) Project Planning
11 333 (5.07%) Problem-Solving
12 303 (4.61%) ITIL
13 295 (4.49%) SDLC
14 293 (4.46%) Programme Management
15 281 (4.28%) CRM
16 263 (4.00%) ERP
17 256 (3.90%) Matrix Organization
18 252 (3.84%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 247 (3.76%) E-Commerce
20 241 (3.67%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 106 (1.61%) SQL
2 57 (0.87%) C
3 50 (0.76%) Java
4 18 (0.27%) C#
5 13 (0.20%) Natural
6 11 (0.17%) JavaScript
7 9 (0.14%) VB
8 8 (0.12%) Erlang
9 6 (0.091%) PHP
10 5 (0.076%) R
11 4 (0.061%) VB.NET
11 4 (0.061%) VB6
12 3 (0.046%) PowerShell
13 2 (0.030%) Python
13 2 (0.030%) Ruby
13 2 (0.030%) Scala
13 2 (0.030%) T-SQL
13 2 (0.030%) VBA
13 2 (0.030%) X++
14 1 (0.015%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 465 (7.08%) Security Cleared
2 389 (5.92%) PMP
3 349 (5.31%) PMI Certification
4 343 (5.22%) SC Cleared
5 288 (4.38%) Degree
6 274 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 206 (3.14%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 112 (1.70%) APMP
9 71 (1.08%) DV Cleared
10 38 (0.58%) ITIL Certification
11 37 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
12 30 (0.46%) CISSP
13 26 (0.40%) Master's Degree
14 23 (0.35%) ISEB
15 17 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
16 16 (0.24%) Computer Science Degree
17 15 (0.23%) DBS Check
18 11 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
18 11 (0.17%) SANS
19 10 (0.15%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 308 (4.69%) PMO
2 240 (3.65%) GDPR
3 168 (2.56%) QA
4 43 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 35 (0.53%) Data Quality
6 25 (0.38%) MiFID
7 23 (0.35%) PCI DSS
8 20 (0.30%) SLA
9 15 (0.23%) COBIT
10 14 (0.21%) Solvency II
11 12 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 11 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
12 11 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 10 (0.15%) JSP 440
14 9 (0.14%) GxP
15 8 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
15 8 (0.12%) EMIR
15 8 (0.12%) IFRS
16 6 (0.091%) AIFMD
16 6 (0.091%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 138 (2.10%) Active Directory
2 30 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.17%) XenApp
4 9 (0.14%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (0.12%) Virtual Servers
6 7 (0.11%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (0.091%) Docker
7 6 (0.091%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 5 (0.076%) VMware NSX
9 4 (0.061%) BitLocker
9 4 (0.061%) Hyper-V
9 4 (0.061%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.046%) HDFS
11 2 (0.030%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.030%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.030%) vSphere
12 1 (0.015%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.015%) Firmware
12 1 (0.015%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 37 (0.56%) SCCM
2 24 (0.37%) Microsoft Intune
3 23 (0.35%) Single Sign-On
4 17 (0.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (0.11%) Cisco IPCC
6 5 (0.076%) AirWatch
6 5 (0.076%) CASB
6 5 (0.076%) Kubernetes
6 5 (0.076%) SCOM
7 4 (0.061%) Ansible
7 4 (0.061%) Cisco CUCM
7 4 (0.061%) QRadar
8 3 (0.046%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.046%) Oozie
8 3 (0.046%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.030%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.030%) MOM
9 2 (0.030%) OpenView
9 2 (0.030%) Oracle Identity Management
9 2 (0.030%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 564 (8.58%) Microsoft
2 325 (4.95%) SAP
3 274 (4.17%) Oracle
4 113 (1.72%) Salesforce.com
5 100 (1.52%) Citrix
6 87 (1.32%) Cisco
7 82 (1.25%) VMware
8 79 (1.20%) ServiceNow
9 58 (0.88%) IBM
10 54 (0.82%) Workday
11 44 (0.67%) Google
12 35 (0.53%) Capita
13 27 (0.41%) Avaya
13 27 (0.41%) Sitecore
14 26 (0.40%) NetApp
15 25 (0.38%) Adobe
16 22 (0.33%) Atlassian
16 22 (0.33%) Remedy
16 22 (0.33%) Sage
17 20 (0.30%) HP