Period
to 17 August 2017

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 August 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
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 19 15
Rank change year-on-year -3 -4 0
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6771 8336 9953
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.08% 7.66% 8.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.46% 8.07% 9.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 4789 5921 6740
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.65% +1.18%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £311
90th Percentile £625 £613 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +2.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 51 77
UK median hourly rate £32.25 £36.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.42% -4.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £19.25 £18.13 £21.40
90th Percentile £54.10 £71.57 £54.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £32.50 £38.75
% change year-on-year +3.08% -16.13% +10.71%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 90773 103276 106884
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.87% 94.94% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 58967 67332 66613
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2795 3117 4112
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £17.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +5.98% +5.46%
10th Percentile £10.77 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £49.11 £46.58 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year -5.26% +9.64% +2.91%

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 17 August 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 17 August 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 17 August 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 -3 6323 £450 - 452
UK excluding London 0 3737 £425 - 300
London -6 2910 £500 - 160
South East 0 1226 £450 +1.69% 79
North of England -2 736 £425 +6.25% 93
Midlands +2 669 £425 - 48
West Midlands +7 410 £425 - 33
South West +2 397 £390 -2.50% 33
North West -11 371 £425 - 53
East of England -10 337 £438 +2.94% 32
Scotland -5 312 £425 +6.25% 11
Yorkshire +2 296 £425 +6.25% 34
East Midlands -5 242 £425 - 13
North East +12 72 £390 +13.87% 6
Wales +18 59 £415 +12.16% 1
Northern Ireland -56 4 £390 +11.43% 3
Isle of Man - 3 £450 -
Channel Islands -1 1 £500 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 3233 (47.75%) Project Management
2 2129 (31.44%) Finance
3 1732 (25.58%) PRINCE2
4 1718 (25.37%) Stakeholder Management
5 1481 (21.87%) Agile Software Development
6 731 (10.80%) Migration
7 695 (10.26%) Banking
8 572 (8.45%) Change Management
9 527 (7.78%) Microsoft
10 520 (7.68%) Retail
11 450 (6.65%) Security Cleared
12 443 (6.54%) PMI Certification
13 426 (6.29%) Microsoft Project
14 408 (6.03%) PMP
15 383 (5.66%) ITIL
16 380 (5.61%) Risk Management
17 379 (5.60%) SAP
18 375 (5.54%) Scrum
19 361 (5.33%) Waterfall
20 331 (4.89%) CRM
21 327 (4.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
21 327 (4.83%) Project Planning
22 313 (4.62%) PMO
23 307 (4.53%) SC Cleared
24 297 (4.39%) Data Centre
25 296 (4.37%) Programme Management
26 286 (4.22%) Analytical Skills
27 283 (4.18%) Stakeholder Engagement
28 279 (4.12%) Office 365
29 274 (4.05%) Degree

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
1 200 (2.95%) SharePoint
2 64 (0.95%) CMS
3 50 (0.74%) Confluence
3 50 (0.74%) Skype for Business
4 40 (0.59%) WebSphere
5 21 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
5 21 (0.31%) MS Exchange
5 21 (0.31%) SAS
6 19 (0.28%) MS Project Server
7 17 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
8 12 (0.18%) IIS
9 9 (0.13%) Drupal
10 8 (0.12%) Apache Spark
10 8 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
11 7 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 7 (0.10%) Sitecore CMS
12 6 (0.089%) Documentum
12 6 (0.089%) JBoss
12 6 (0.089%) SharePoint Server
13 5 (0.074%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 426 (6.29%) Microsoft Project
2 252 (3.72%) Microsoft Office
3 204 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
4 135 (1.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 110 (1.62%) MS Visio
6 19 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.089%) Windchill
8 5 (0.074%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.059%) Open Workbench
10 3 (0.044%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.030%) Doxygen
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.015%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 108 (1.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 22 (0.32%) Unit4 Business World
4 21 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
5 20 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
5 20 (0.30%) SAP ERP
5 20 (0.30%) SAP S/4HANA
6 16 (0.24%) Maximo
7 15 (0.22%) Actimize
7 15 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
7 15 (0.22%) SAP FI
8 13 (0.19%) NetSuite
9 12 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
9 12 (0.18%) SAP CO
9 12 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
10 11 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
10 11 (0.16%) Primavera
11 10 (0.15%) SAP PM
11 10 (0.15%) thinkFolio
12 9 (0.13%) Sage X3
Cloud Services
1 279 (4.12%) Office 365
2 134 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 68 (1.00%) Amazon AWS
4 53 (0.78%) SaaS
5 33 (0.49%) IaaS
6 31 (0.46%) SuccessFactors
7 27 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
8 20 (0.30%) PaaS
9 18 (0.27%) OneDrive
10 13 (0.19%) Veeva
11 11 (0.16%) Yammer
12 9 (0.13%) Google Analytics
13 8 (0.12%) Cloud Computing
14 6 (0.089%) G Suite
14 6 (0.089%) Trello
15 5 (0.074%) GitHub
16 4 (0.059%) Asana
16 4 (0.059%) IBM Cloud
16 4 (0.059%) Mimecast
16 4 (0.059%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 163 (2.41%) WAN
2 155 (2.29%) LAN
3 101 (1.49%) Wi-Fi
4 62 (0.92%) Skype
5 58 (0.86%) Firewall
6 53 (0.78%) Internet
6 53 (0.78%) VoIP
7 45 (0.66%) Intranet
8 42 (0.62%) SMS
9 36 (0.53%) Unified Communications
9 36 (0.53%) Wireless
10 33 (0.49%) SAN
11 32 (0.47%) Network Security
12 28 (0.41%) 4G
12 28 (0.41%) Broadband
13 21 (0.31%) MPLS
14 16 (0.24%) VPN
15 15 (0.22%) IP Telephony
16 13 (0.19%) WLAN
17 12 (0.18%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 90 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
2 58 (0.86%) Big Data
3 47 (0.69%) SQL Server
4 28 (0.41%) SAP HANA
5 19 (0.28%) Hadoop
6 17 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
7 16 (0.24%) Power BI
8 15 (0.22%) DB2
8 15 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
9 14 (0.21%) Blockchain
10 13 (0.19%) GIS
11 11 (0.16%) Data Lake
11 11 (0.16%) QlikView
11 11 (0.16%) Relational Database
12 10 (0.15%) Electronic Patient Records
12 10 (0.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 9 (0.13%) MS Access
13 9 (0.13%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.13%) SAP BW
14 8 (0.12%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 116 (1.71%) JIRA
2 8 (0.12%) Jenkins
2 8 (0.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.074%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.059%) Visual Studio
5 3 (0.044%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.044%) GitLab
5 3 (0.044%) JIRA Agile
5 3 (0.044%) SonarQube
5 3 (0.044%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.030%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.030%) LSMW
6 2 (0.030%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (0.030%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (0.030%) Selenium
6 2 (0.030%) Subversion
6 2 (0.030%) Talend Open Studio
6 2 (0.030%) VersionOne
6 2 (0.030%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.015%) Dreamweaver
General
1 2129 (31.44%) Finance
2 695 (10.26%) Banking
3 520 (7.68%) Retail
4 271 (4.00%) Telecoms
5 241 (3.56%) Marketing
6 223 (3.29%) Investment Banking
7 172 (2.54%) Legal
8 156 (2.30%) Manufacturing
9 117 (1.73%) Front Office
10 82 (1.21%) Back Office
11 78 (1.15%) Advertising
12 76 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
13 72 (1.06%) Law
14 59 (0.87%) Retail Banking
15 53 (0.78%) Billing
16 52 (0.77%) Publishing
17 40 (0.59%) Financial Institution
18 34 (0.50%) Local Government
19 32 (0.47%) Automotive
20 31 (0.46%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (0.69%) .NET
2 30 (0.44%) Middleware
3 24 (0.35%) XML
4 21 (0.31%) HTML
4 21 (0.31%) Web Services
5 17 (0.25%) Oracle Fusion
6 15 (0.22%) J2EE
7 13 (0.19%) EDI
8 9 (0.13%) FIX Protocol
8 9 (0.13%) REST
9 8 (0.12%) JSON
10 6 (0.089%) Natural Language Processing
10 6 (0.089%) SOAP
10 6 (0.089%) Spring
10 6 (0.089%) Velocity
11 5 (0.074%) CSS
11 5 (0.074%) Java EE
11 5 (0.074%) Mason
11 5 (0.074%) Struts
12 4 (0.059%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 297 (4.39%) Data Centre
2 286 (4.22%) Analytical Skills
3 213 (3.15%) PMI
4 139 (2.05%) Management Information System
5 111 (1.64%) Virtual Team
6 91 (1.34%) NHS
7 82 (1.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 71 (1.05%) FMCG
9 70 (1.03%) User Experience
10 63 (0.93%) Greenfield Project
11 59 (0.87%) Mobile App
12 48 (0.71%) Derivative
13 46 (0.68%) Computer Science
14 40 (0.59%) Fixed Income
15 38 (0.56%) EPoS
16 37 (0.55%) Fintech
17 36 (0.53%) Equities
18 33 (0.49%) IVR
19 29 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
20 28 (0.41%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 249 (3.68%) Windows
2 127 (1.88%) Windows 10
3 53 (0.78%) Linux
3 53 (0.78%) Unix
4 34 (0.50%) Windows Server
5 31 (0.46%) Windows 7
6 16 (0.24%) Android
6 16 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (0.22%) Solaris
8 13 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (0.15%) Apple iOS
10 9 (0.13%) AIX
11 8 (0.12%) Windows Server 2003
12 5 (0.074%) zOS
13 2 (0.030%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (0.030%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
13 2 (0.030%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.030%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.015%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.015%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 3233 (47.75%) Project Management
2 1732 (25.58%) PRINCE2
3 1718 (25.37%) Stakeholder Management
4 1481 (21.87%) Agile Software Development
5 731 (10.80%) Migration
6 572 (8.45%) Change Management
7 383 (5.66%) ITIL
8 380 (5.61%) Risk Management
9 375 (5.54%) Scrum
10 361 (5.33%) Waterfall
11 331 (4.89%) CRM
12 327 (4.83%) Project Planning
13 296 (4.37%) Programme Management
14 283 (4.18%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 267 (3.94%) ERP
16 238 (3.51%) Business Analysis
17 235 (3.47%) E-Commerce
18 220 (3.25%) Matrix Organization
18 220 (3.25%) SDLC
19 214 (3.16%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 102 (1.51%) SQL
2 72 (1.06%) Java
3 66 (0.97%) C
4 24 (0.35%) JavaScript
5 18 (0.27%) Python
6 16 (0.24%) C#
7 13 (0.19%) PHP
8 12 (0.18%) VBA
9 6 (0.089%) PowerShell
10 5 (0.074%) C++
10 5 (0.074%) Ruby
11 4 (0.059%) Perl
11 4 (0.059%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.044%) Apex Code
12 3 (0.044%) MATLAB
12 3 (0.044%) VBScript
13 2 (0.030%) Delphi
13 2 (0.030%) Lingo
13 2 (0.030%) R
13 2 (0.030%) Rust
Qualifications
1 450 (6.65%) Security Cleared
2 443 (6.54%) PMI Certification
3 408 (6.03%) PMP
4 327 (4.83%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 307 (4.53%) SC Cleared
6 274 (4.05%) Degree
7 266 (3.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 112 (1.65%) APMP
9 73 (1.08%) DV Cleared
10 70 (1.03%) BPSS Clearance
11 50 (0.74%) ITIL Certification
12 45 (0.66%) ISEB
13 31 (0.46%) CISSP
14 28 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
15 26 (0.38%) CTC Cleared
16 16 (0.24%) CISM
16 16 (0.24%) Computer Science Degree
17 14 (0.21%) CCNP
18 12 (0.18%) CCNA
19 11 (0.16%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 313 (4.62%) PMO
2 236 (3.49%) GDPR
3 164 (2.42%) QA
4 114 (1.68%) MiFID
5 61 (0.90%) PCI DSS
6 38 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 34 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
8 29 (0.43%) SLA
9 26 (0.38%) Data Quality
10 23 (0.34%) EMIR
11 16 (0.24%) Solvency II
12 15 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
13 12 (0.18%) PMBOK
13 12 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 11 (0.16%) GxP
15 10 (0.15%) FATCA
16 8 (0.12%) SEPA
17 7 (0.10%) GMP
17 7 (0.10%) ISO 9000
17 7 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 88 (1.30%) Active Directory
2 27 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (0.24%) Virtual Servers
4 10 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (0.12%) Hyper-V
5 8 (0.12%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (0.10%) XenApp
7 6 (0.089%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 5 (0.074%) Firmware
9 4 (0.059%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (0.044%) BitLocker
10 3 (0.044%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (0.044%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (0.044%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.030%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.030%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
11 2 (0.030%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.030%) vSphere
11 2 (0.030%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.015%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 43 (0.64%) SCCM
2 11 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (0.15%) Cisco CUCM
3 10 (0.15%) MOM
4 9 (0.13%) AirWatch
5 7 (0.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (0.074%) SCOM
7 4 (0.059%) Cisco IPCC
7 4 (0.059%) FlexNet
7 4 (0.059%) Tivoli
8 3 (0.044%) BladeLogic
8 3 (0.044%) BMC PATROL
8 3 (0.044%) Cisco UCCE
8 3 (0.044%) IBM BigFix
8 3 (0.044%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.044%) QRadar
8 3 (0.044%) WSUS
9 2 (0.030%) Forum Sentry
9 2 (0.030%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.030%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 527 (7.78%) Microsoft
2 379 (5.60%) SAP
3 224 (3.31%) Oracle
4 136 (2.01%) Cisco
5 95 (1.40%) Salesforce.com
6 68 (1.00%) VMware
7 64 (0.95%) Citrix
8 47 (0.69%) Workday
9 38 (0.56%) IBM
10 34 (0.50%) Avaya
10 34 (0.50%) ServiceNow
11 30 (0.44%) Google
12 29 (0.43%) Motorola
13 26 (0.38%) Adobe
13 26 (0.38%) JD Edwards
14 25 (0.37%) PeopleSoft
15 23 (0.34%) Concur
15 23 (0.34%) Tableau
16 19 (0.28%) iManage
17 17 (0.25%) HP