Period
to 19 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 November 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 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 37 24 23
Rank change year-on-year -13 -1 -8
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,019 6,908 7,110
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.83% 6.81% 6.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.15% 7.17% 7.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,098 4,854 5,080
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% - +2.86%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £310
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £425 £424
% change year-on-year +2.94% +0.35% -0.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 45 68
UK median hourly rate £36.11 £35.00 £32.89
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.17% +6.42% -15.76%
10th Percentile £23.00 £20.08 £19.90
90th Percentile £54.08 £56.60 £60.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.06 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +3.01% +7.69% -16.86%

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 97,851 96,297 99,436
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.94% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,588 63,472 64,888
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £270 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £391
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.29% +4.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,043 2,878 3,301
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.94 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 November 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 November 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 November 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 -14 5,490 £475 +5.56% 663
UK excluding London -7 3,539 £438 +2.94% 453
London -16 2,368 £500 - 248
South East -9 1,091 £475 +5.56% 123
North of England +1 756 £425 - 125
Midlands -14 541 £450 +5.88% 70
Scotland -5 385 £400 -5.88% 27
South West -7 373 £425 +3.66% 53
West Midlands -18 365 £450 +0.56% 51
Yorkshire -3 353 £425 +1.19% 39
North West 0 350 £425 - 80
East of England -3 338 £473 +11.18% 44
East Midlands -7 154 £416 +0.91% 19
North East -23 55 £425 -14.14% 6
Wales -33 44 £400 -4.48% 10
Northern Ireland +42 11 £388 -0.64% 1
Channel Islands -3 4 £525 +5.00%
Isle of Man -4 1 £375 -16.67%

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 2,846 (47.28%) Project Management
2 1,922 (31.93%) Finance
3 1,715 (28.49%) Agile Software Development
4 1,532 (25.45%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,358 (22.56%) PRINCE2
6 785 (13.04%) Migration
7 531 (8.82%) Microsoft
8 482 (8.01%) Waterfall
9 449 (7.46%) Security Cleared
10 437 (7.26%) Banking
11 419 (6.96%) Change Management
11 419 (6.96%) Retail
12 391 (6.50%) Scrum
13 389 (6.46%) Risk Management
14 373 (6.20%) Microsoft Project
15 338 (5.62%) SC Cleared
16 334 (5.55%) Project Planning
17 331 (5.50%) SAP
18 321 (5.33%) Data Centre
19 304 (5.05%) Problem-Solving
19 304 (5.05%) PMI Certification
20 302 (5.02%) Windows
21 301 (5.00%) PMP
22 292 (4.85%) Office 365
23 278 (4.62%) PMO
24 277 (4.60%) Microsoft Office
25 272 (4.52%) Programme Management
26 271 (4.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
27 267 (4.44%) ERP
28 261 (4.34%) 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
1 169 (2.81%) SharePoint
2 80 (1.33%) Confluence
3 58 (0.96%) CMS
4 50 (0.83%) Skype for Business
5 26 (0.43%) WebSphere
6 22 (0.37%) Drupal
7 17 (0.28%) OpenStack
8 12 (0.20%) Documentum
8 12 (0.20%) SAS
9 11 (0.18%) MS Exchange
10 8 (0.13%) MS Project Server
10 8 (0.13%) WordPress
11 6 (0.100%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 6 (0.100%) Exchange Server 2010
11 6 (0.100%) IBM Domino
12 5 (0.083%) IIS
12 5 (0.083%) Sitecore CMS
13 4 (0.066%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.066%) Oracle Workflow
13 4 (0.066%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 373 (6.20%) Microsoft Project
2 277 (4.60%) Microsoft Office
3 190 (3.16%) Microsoft Excel
4 132 (2.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 94 (1.56%) MS Visio
6 20 (0.33%) Open Workbench
7 13 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
8 11 (0.18%) Maya
9 5 (0.083%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.066%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.033%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 1 (0.017%) Chatbot
12 1 (0.017%) S-PLUS
12 1 (0.017%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 87 (1.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 47 (0.78%) SAP S/4HANA
3 32 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
3 32 (0.53%) Dynamics NAV
4 19 (0.32%) NetSuite
5 15 (0.25%) Oracle ERP
6 14 (0.23%) SAP ERP
7 13 (0.22%) Primavera
7 13 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
8 12 (0.20%) Magento
9 11 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
10 10 (0.17%) SAP CO
10 10 (0.17%) SAP FI
10 10 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
10 10 (0.17%) SAP HR
11 9 (0.15%) Oracle Financials
11 9 (0.15%) SAP MM
11 9 (0.15%) Workday HCM
12 7 (0.12%) Eloqua
12 7 (0.12%) SAP Hybris
Cloud Services
1 292 (4.85%) Office 365
2 233 (3.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 162 (2.69%) Amazon AWS
4 79 (1.31%) SaaS
5 44 (0.73%) Dynamics 365
6 31 (0.52%) PaaS
7 30 (0.50%) OneDrive
8 26 (0.43%) IaaS
9 22 (0.37%) Trello
10 20 (0.33%) SuccessFactors
11 19 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
12 14 (0.23%) Yammer
13 8 (0.13%) OpenShift
14 7 (0.12%) Google Analytics
14 7 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
15 6 (0.100%) BlueKai
15 6 (0.100%) Virtual Private Cloud
16 5 (0.083%) G Suite
17 4 (0.066%) Azure Active Directory
17 4 (0.066%) IBM Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 115 (1.91%) WAN
2 98 (1.63%) LAN
3 79 (1.31%) Firewall
4 64 (1.06%) Skype
5 53 (0.88%) Internet
6 51 (0.85%) Wi-Fi
7 47 (0.78%) SMS
8 40 (0.66%) Unified Communications
9 29 (0.48%) SAN
9 29 (0.48%) VPN
10 27 (0.45%) VoIP
11 26 (0.43%) DNS
12 24 (0.40%) MPLS
13 23 (0.38%) Intranet
14 22 (0.37%) Wireless
15 16 (0.27%) Broadband
15 16 (0.27%) IP Telephony
16 12 (0.20%) Network Security
17 10 (0.17%) DHCP
18 9 (0.15%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (1.71%) Data Warehouse
2 50 (0.83%) Big Data
3 42 (0.70%) SQL Server
4 22 (0.37%) Power BI
5 21 (0.35%) BusinessObjects
6 17 (0.28%) Hadoop
6 17 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
6 17 (0.28%) SAP BW
7 15 (0.25%) Data Lake
7 15 (0.25%) Oracle Database
7 15 (0.25%) SAP HANA
8 13 (0.22%) QlikView
9 8 (0.13%) Electronic Patient Records
9 8 (0.13%) Oracle BI EE
10 6 (0.100%) Blockchain
10 6 (0.100%) DB2
10 6 (0.100%) DTS
11 5 (0.083%) Apache Hive
11 5 (0.083%) Data Mining
11 5 (0.083%) GIS
Development Applications
1 200 (3.32%) JIRA
2 10 (0.17%) Hudson
3 6 (0.100%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.083%) GitLab
5 4 (0.066%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.050%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.050%) Git (software)
6 3 (0.050%) IBM UrbanCode
6 3 (0.050%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (0.033%) Dreamweaver
7 2 (0.033%) Selenium
7 2 (0.033%) Subversion
7 2 (0.033%) Visual Studio
8 1 (0.017%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.017%) Robot Framework
8 1 (0.017%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.017%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.017%) TestPartner
8 1 (0.017%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.017%) XMLSpy
General
1 1,922 (31.93%) Finance
2 437 (7.26%) Banking
3 419 (6.96%) Retail
4 222 (3.69%) Marketing
5 218 (3.62%) Telecoms
6 166 (2.76%) Legal
7 140 (2.33%) Manufacturing
8 104 (1.73%) Law
9 86 (1.43%) Investment Banking
10 74 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
11 63 (1.05%) Advertising
12 58 (0.96%) Front Office
13 55 (0.91%) Retail Banking
14 49 (0.81%) Financial Institution
15 41 (0.68%) Automotive
15 41 (0.68%) Billing
16 36 (0.60%) Back Office
17 33 (0.55%) Electronics
18 26 (0.43%) Military
19 24 (0.40%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (0.66%) Web Services
2 39 (0.65%) .NET
3 33 (0.55%) Middleware
4 28 (0.47%) Velocity
5 25 (0.42%) HTML
6 14 (0.23%) CSS
6 14 (0.23%) EDI
7 10 (0.17%) Oracle Fusion
8 9 (0.15%) LDAP
9 8 (0.13%) J2EE
10 7 (0.12%) XML
11 6 (0.100%) COM
12 5 (0.083%) AngularJS
12 5 (0.083%) React
12 5 (0.083%) Spring
13 4 (0.066%) OAuth
13 4 (0.066%) SailPoint
13 4 (0.066%) SAML
14 3 (0.050%) FIX Protocol
14 3 (0.050%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 321 (5.33%) Data Centre
2 258 (4.29%) Analytical Skills
3 134 (2.23%) Management Information System
4 130 (2.16%) PMI
5 105 (1.74%) NHS
6 95 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
7 85 (1.41%) User Experience
8 83 (1.38%) Virtual Team
9 73 (1.21%) Mobile App
10 61 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
11 52 (0.86%) FMCG
12 39 (0.65%) Computer Science
12 39 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
13 28 (0.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 24 (0.40%) Fixed Income
14 24 (0.40%) Life Science
15 23 (0.38%) Derivative
15 23 (0.38%) Hybrid Cloud
15 23 (0.38%) Over-the-Top Content
16 20 (0.33%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 302 (5.02%) Windows
2 186 (3.09%) Windows 10
3 49 (0.81%) Windows 7
4 44 (0.73%) Linux
4 44 (0.73%) Unix
5 35 (0.58%) Windows Server
6 16 (0.27%) Solaris
7 14 (0.23%) Apple iOS
8 12 (0.20%) Android
9 8 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (0.12%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (0.083%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.083%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (0.066%) AIX
13 2 (0.033%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.017%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.017%) VMS
14 1 (0.017%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.017%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.017%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,846 (47.28%) Project Management
2 1,715 (28.49%) Agile Software Development
3 1,532 (25.45%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,358 (22.56%) PRINCE2
5 785 (13.04%) Migration
6 482 (8.01%) Waterfall
7 419 (6.96%) Change Management
8 391 (6.50%) Scrum
9 389 (6.46%) Risk Management
10 334 (5.55%) Project Planning
11 304 (5.05%) Problem-Solving
12 272 (4.52%) Programme Management
13 267 (4.44%) ERP
14 261 (4.34%) CRM
15 253 (4.20%) Project Governance
16 248 (4.12%) ITIL
17 245 (4.07%) Stakeholder Engagement
18 239 (3.97%) SDLC
19 237 (3.94%) E-Commerce
20 204 (3.39%) Matrix Organization
Programming Languages
1 87 (1.45%) SQL
2 65 (1.08%) C
3 54 (0.90%) Java
4 10 (0.17%) Python
4 10 (0.17%) VB
5 9 (0.15%) JavaScript
6 7 (0.12%) C#
6 7 (0.12%) PHP
7 5 (0.083%) Erlang
8 4 (0.066%) Ruby
8 4 (0.066%) VB.NET
8 4 (0.066%) VB6
9 2 (0.033%) R
9 2 (0.033%) VBA
10 1 (0.017%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.017%) C++
10 1 (0.017%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.017%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.017%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.017%) X++
Qualifications
1 449 (7.46%) Security Cleared
2 338 (5.62%) SC Cleared
3 304 (5.05%) PMI Certification
4 301 (5.00%) PMP
5 271 (4.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 261 (4.34%) Degree
7 211 (3.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 96 (1.59%) APMP
9 79 (1.31%) DV Cleared
10 37 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
11 32 (0.53%) CISSP
12 28 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
13 23 (0.38%) ISEB
13 23 (0.38%) Master's Degree
14 16 (0.27%) Cisco Certification
15 15 (0.25%) CISA
15 15 (0.25%) Computer Science Degree
16 14 (0.23%) CISM
16 14 (0.23%) DBS Check
16 14 (0.23%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 278 (4.62%) PMO
2 173 (2.87%) GDPR
3 132 (2.19%) QA
4 33 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 25 (0.42%) MiFID
6 24 (0.40%) PCI DSS
7 21 (0.35%) SLA
8 18 (0.30%) Data Quality
9 16 (0.27%) Solvency II
10 15 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 15 (0.25%) IFRS
11 10 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
11 10 (0.17%) GxP
11 10 (0.17%) JSP 440
12 9 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
12 9 (0.15%) EMIR
13 8 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
13 8 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 7 (0.12%) PMBOK
15 6 (0.100%) COBIT
System Software
1 116 (1.93%) Active Directory
2 25 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
4 9 (0.15%) Docker
5 7 (0.12%) XenApp
6 6 (0.100%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (0.083%) Firmware
8 4 (0.066%) Hyper-V
8 4 (0.066%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 4 (0.066%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (0.066%) XenDesktop
9 3 (0.050%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (0.033%) BitLocker
10 2 (0.033%) HDFS
10 2 (0.033%) KVM
10 2 (0.033%) LXC
10 2 (0.033%) VirtualBox
10 2 (0.033%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.017%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.017%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 45 (0.75%) SCCM
2 23 (0.38%) Single Sign-On
3 19 (0.32%) Microsoft Intune
4 8 (0.13%) Kubernetes
5 7 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (0.100%) AirWatch
6 6 (0.100%) Ansible
7 4 (0.066%) RSA Archer
7 4 (0.066%) SCOM
8 3 (0.050%) CASB
8 3 (0.050%) HP ALM
8 3 (0.050%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.050%) Oracle Identity Management
8 3 (0.050%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.033%) Cisco CUCM
9 2 (0.033%) MOM
9 2 (0.033%) Oozie
9 2 (0.033%) OpenView
10 1 (0.017%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.017%) Terraform
Vendors
1 531 (8.82%) Microsoft
2 331 (5.50%) SAP
3 230 (3.82%) Oracle
4 108 (1.79%) Salesforce.com
5 87 (1.45%) Citrix
6 77 (1.28%) Cisco
7 73 (1.21%) VMware
8 60 (1.00%) Workday
9 48 (0.80%) ServiceNow
10 44 (0.73%) IBM
11 38 (0.63%) Google
12 28 (0.47%) Atlassian
13 24 (0.40%) Avaya
13 24 (0.40%) hybris
14 21 (0.35%) CheckPoint
14 21 (0.35%) Sage
15 19 (0.32%) Remedy
16 18 (0.30%) Sitecore
17 17 (0.28%) HP
17 17 (0.28%) NetApp