Period
to 14 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £465 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 29 22 18
Rank change year-on-year -7 -4 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,744 6,717 8,415
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.59% 7.03% 7.71%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.94% 7.40% 8.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,525 4,745 5,975
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £439 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +3.24% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 58 51
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% -11.11% -5.26%
10th Percentile £19.89 £19.25 £18.13
90th Percentile £52.50 £54.00 £71.57
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £33.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year +4.48% +3.08% -16.13%

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 97,107 90,805 103,724
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.97% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,602 58,946 67,571
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,117 2,812 3,109
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +6.35%
10th Percentile £11.02 £10.75 £10.32
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.75 £46.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -6.47% +11.76%

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 14 August 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 14 August 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 14 August 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 -7 6,144 £475 +5.56% 504
UK excluding London -5 3,935 £439 +3.24% 334
London -12 2,689 £500 - 191
South East -2 1,251 £463 +2.78% 89
North of England +3 828 £425 - 83
Midlands -10 601 £450 +5.88% 65
Scotland +4 442 £400 -5.88% 19
North West +8 440 £421 -0.94% 45
East of England +9 386 £463 +5.71% 30
West Midlands -14 373 £450 +5.88% 37
South West -4 368 £413 +5.77% 44
Yorkshire 0 334 £425 - 37
East Midlands -4 194 £413 -2.94% 28
North East -19 56 £450 +12.50% 1
Wales -26 44 £400 -3.61% 4
Northern Ireland +40 13 £388 -0.64%
Channel Islands +6 10 £400 -20.00%
Isle of Man -3 1 - -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 3,259 (48.32%) Project Management
2 2,197 (32.58%) Finance
3 1,831 (27.15%) Agile Software Development
4 1,799 (26.68%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,553 (23.03%) PRINCE2
6 825 (12.23%) Migration
7 581 (8.62%) Microsoft
8 562 (8.33%) Waterfall
9 525 (7.78%) Banking
10 498 (7.38%) Change Management
11 494 (7.33%) Scrum
12 492 (7.30%) Retail
13 436 (6.47%) Microsoft Project
14 435 (6.45%) Security Cleared
15 429 (6.36%) PMP
16 393 (5.83%) Project Planning
17 384 (5.69%) Risk Management
18 382 (5.66%) PMI Certification
19 329 (4.88%) SC Cleared
20 325 (4.82%) Problem-Solving
21 322 (4.77%) Windows
22 321 (4.76%) SAP
23 320 (4.74%) PMO
24 311 (4.61%) ITIL
25 309 (4.58%) SDLC
26 307 (4.55%) GDPR
27 289 (4.29%) CRM
28 287 (4.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
29 286 (4.24%) Data Centre
30 277 (4.11%) Oracle

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
1 184 (2.73%) SharePoint
2 79 (1.17%) CMS
3 68 (1.01%) Confluence
4 45 (0.67%) Skype for Business
5 33 (0.49%) WebSphere
6 21 (0.31%) Drupal
7 20 (0.30%) MS Exchange
8 18 (0.27%) Documentum
8 18 (0.27%) SAS
9 16 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 14 (0.21%) WordPress
11 13 (0.19%) OpenStack
11 13 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
12 12 (0.18%) BizTalk Server
13 11 (0.16%) Exchange Server 2010
14 10 (0.15%) IIS
14 10 (0.15%) MS Project Server
14 10 (0.15%) SharePoint 2013
15 9 (0.13%) Apache Spark
16 8 (0.12%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 436 (6.47%) Microsoft Project
2 238 (3.53%) Microsoft Office
3 223 (3.31%) Microsoft Excel
4 139 (2.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 123 (1.82%) MS Visio
6 22 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
7 15 (0.22%) Open Workbench
8 5 (0.074%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.059%) SPSS
10 3 (0.044%) Maya
11 2 (0.030%) AutoCAD
11 2 (0.030%) Windchill
12 1 (0.015%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.015%) CATIA
12 1 (0.015%) InVision
Business Applications
1 85 (1.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 33 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
3 32 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
4 24 (0.36%) NetSuite
5 23 (0.34%) SAP S/4HANA
6 17 (0.25%) Magento
6 17 (0.25%) Oracle Financials
7 16 (0.24%) Oracle ERP
8 14 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 14 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
9 13 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
10 12 (0.18%) Primavera
10 12 (0.18%) SAP HR
11 11 (0.16%) CA PPM
11 11 (0.16%) SAP ERP
12 10 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
12 10 (0.15%) Sage X3
12 10 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
13 9 (0.13%) SAP FI
14 8 (0.12%) Oracle CRM
Cloud Services
1 259 (3.84%) Office 365
2 249 (3.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 167 (2.48%) Amazon AWS
4 88 (1.30%) SaaS
5 37 (0.55%) Dynamics 365
6 36 (0.53%) PaaS
7 32 (0.47%) IaaS
8 23 (0.34%) Trello
9 22 (0.33%) OneDrive
10 16 (0.24%) SuccessFactors
11 14 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
12 13 (0.19%) Google Analytics
13 10 (0.15%) OpenShift
14 8 (0.12%) Azure Active Directory
14 8 (0.12%) Google Cloud Platform
14 8 (0.12%) Yammer
15 6 (0.089%) FinancialForce
16 5 (0.074%) Adobe Analytics
17 4 (0.059%) BlueKai
17 4 (0.059%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 127 (1.88%) WAN
2 112 (1.66%) LAN
3 85 (1.26%) SMS
4 66 (0.98%) Internet
5 64 (0.95%) Skype
6 60 (0.89%) Firewall
7 59 (0.87%) Wi-Fi
8 56 (0.83%) Unified Communications
9 33 (0.49%) SAN
10 26 (0.39%) Network Security
11 24 (0.36%) MPLS
11 24 (0.36%) VoIP
12 23 (0.34%) DNS
13 21 (0.31%) Intranet
14 20 (0.30%) Broadband
14 20 (0.30%) IP Telephony
14 20 (0.30%) Wireless
15 18 (0.27%) VPN
16 11 (0.16%) DMZ
17 10 (0.15%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 119 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
2 62 (0.92%) Big Data
3 52 (0.77%) SQL Server
4 28 (0.42%) Hadoop
5 25 (0.37%) Power BI
6 20 (0.30%) Oracle Reports
7 18 (0.27%) DB2
8 17 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
9 16 (0.24%) SAP BW
10 14 (0.21%) Oracle Database
11 13 (0.19%) Adabas
12 12 (0.18%) Blockchain
12 12 (0.18%) Data Lake
13 11 (0.16%) MS Access
13 11 (0.16%) SAP HANA
14 9 (0.13%) Electronic Patient Records
15 8 (0.12%) Oracle BI EE
16 7 (0.10%) GIS
16 7 (0.10%) QlikView
16 7 (0.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 192 (2.85%) JIRA
2 11 (0.16%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (0.15%) Jenkins
4 7 (0.10%) Visual Studio
4 7 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
5 6 (0.089%) GitLab
6 2 (0.030%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.030%) Dreamweaver
6 2 (0.030%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.030%) JIRA Agile
6 2 (0.030%) Subversion
7 1 (0.015%) AdminStudio
7 1 (0.015%) Maven
7 1 (0.015%) MSI
7 1 (0.015%) ProC
7 1 (0.015%) Selenium
7 1 (0.015%) Sonatype Nexus
7 1 (0.015%) TeamCity
7 1 (0.015%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 2,197 (32.58%) Finance
2 525 (7.78%) Banking
3 492 (7.30%) Retail
4 239 (3.54%) Marketing
5 213 (3.16%) Legal
6 200 (2.97%) Telecoms
7 135 (2.00%) Manufacturing
8 106 (1.57%) Investment Banking
9 90 (1.33%) Law
10 79 (1.17%) Advertising
10 79 (1.17%) Front Office
11 78 (1.16%) Retail Banking
12 77 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
13 53 (0.79%) Automotive
14 52 (0.77%) Billing
15 49 (0.73%) Financial Institution
16 45 (0.67%) Back Office
17 34 (0.50%) Local Government
18 28 (0.42%) Publishing
19 25 (0.37%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (0.89%) Web Services
2 48 (0.71%) .NET
3 38 (0.56%) Middleware
4 31 (0.46%) HTML
5 27 (0.40%) Oracle Fusion
6 23 (0.34%) CSS
7 20 (0.30%) Velocity
8 10 (0.15%) .NET Framework
8 10 (0.15%) J2EE
8 10 (0.15%) LDAP
9 9 (0.13%) ASP.NET
9 9 (0.13%) EDI
9 9 (0.13%) REST
9 9 (0.13%) XML
10 7 (0.10%) FIX Protocol
11 6 (0.089%) ASP.NET Web API
11 6 (0.089%) Mason
12 5 (0.074%) COM
12 5 (0.074%) jQuery
13 4 (0.059%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 286 (4.24%) Data Centre
2 270 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
3 137 (2.03%) PMI
4 131 (1.94%) Management Information System
5 111 (1.65%) Virtual Team
6 106 (1.57%) User Experience
7 94 (1.39%) NHS
8 86 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
9 75 (1.11%) Mobile App
10 67 (0.99%) Greenfield Project
11 60 (0.89%) Mainframe
12 49 (0.73%) FMCG
13 48 (0.71%) Computer Science
14 40 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
15 30 (0.44%) Reinsurance
16 28 (0.42%) CCTV
17 26 (0.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
18 25 (0.37%) Derivative
18 25 (0.37%) Fixed Income
19 23 (0.34%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 322 (4.77%) Windows
2 171 (2.54%) Windows 10
3 76 (1.13%) Unix
4 53 (0.79%) Linux
5 44 (0.65%) Windows Server
6 42 (0.62%) Windows 7
7 26 (0.39%) Solaris
8 17 (0.25%) AIX
9 13 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
10 12 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (0.13%) Apple iOS
12 8 (0.12%) Android
12 8 (0.12%) Windows Server 2012
12 8 (0.12%) zOS
13 6 (0.089%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.059%) VMS
14 4 (0.059%) Windows 2000 Server
14 4 (0.059%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.030%) VxWorks
16 1 (0.015%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,259 (48.32%) Project Management
2 1,831 (27.15%) Agile Software Development
3 1,799 (26.68%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,553 (23.03%) PRINCE2
5 825 (12.23%) Migration
6 562 (8.33%) Waterfall
7 498 (7.38%) Change Management
8 494 (7.33%) Scrum
9 393 (5.83%) Project Planning
10 384 (5.69%) Risk Management
11 325 (4.82%) Problem-Solving
12 311 (4.61%) ITIL
13 309 (4.58%) SDLC
14 289 (4.29%) CRM
15 270 (4.00%) Programme Management
16 269 (3.99%) E-Commerce
17 262 (3.88%) ERP
17 262 (3.88%) Stakeholder Engagement
18 259 (3.84%) Matrix Organization
19 235 (3.48%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 104 (1.54%) SQL
2 63 (0.93%) Java
3 60 (0.89%) C
4 17 (0.25%) C#
5 13 (0.19%) Natural
6 11 (0.16%) JavaScript
7 9 (0.13%) PHP
8 7 (0.10%) Erlang
9 5 (0.074%) R
10 4 (0.059%) PowerShell
10 4 (0.059%) VB
11 3 (0.044%) C++
11 3 (0.044%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.044%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.044%) VB6
12 2 (0.030%) Python
12 2 (0.030%) Ruby
12 2 (0.030%) Scala
12 2 (0.030%) VBA
12 2 (0.030%) X++
Qualifications
1 435 (6.45%) Security Cleared
2 429 (6.36%) PMP
3 382 (5.66%) PMI Certification
4 329 (4.88%) SC Cleared
5 287 (4.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 269 (3.99%) Degree
7 216 (3.20%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 111 (1.65%) APMP
9 52 (0.77%) DV Cleared
10 41 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
11 40 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
12 34 (0.50%) CISSP
13 30 (0.44%) Master's Degree
14 28 (0.42%) ISEB
15 16 (0.24%) Cisco Certification
15 16 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
16 14 (0.21%) DBS Check
17 13 (0.19%) CISA
18 11 (0.16%) CISM
18 11 (0.16%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 320 (4.74%) PMO
2 307 (4.55%) GDPR
3 181 (2.68%) QA
4 47 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 37 (0.55%) Data Quality
6 26 (0.39%) MiFID
7 21 (0.31%) PCI DSS
8 17 (0.25%) SLA
9 15 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 14 (0.21%) COBIT
11 13 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
11 13 (0.19%) Solvency II
12 11 (0.16%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 10 (0.15%) GxP
14 7 (0.10%) AIFMD
14 7 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 7 (0.10%) PMBOK
15 6 (0.089%) EMIR
15 6 (0.089%) JSP 440
16 5 (0.074%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 133 (1.97%) Active Directory
2 31 (0.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
3 11 (0.16%) XenApp
4 8 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
5 7 (0.10%) Virtual Machines
6 6 (0.089%) Docker
6 6 (0.089%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (0.074%) Hyper-V
7 5 (0.074%) VMware NSX
8 4 (0.059%) BitLocker
8 4 (0.059%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (0.059%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.044%) HDFS
9 3 (0.044%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.030%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.015%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 1 (0.015%) Firmware
11 1 (0.015%) RHEV
11 1 (0.015%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 33 (0.49%) SCCM
2 22 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
3 17 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
3 17 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 11 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
5 9 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (0.089%) AirWatch
6 6 (0.089%) CASB
7 5 (0.074%) Kubernetes
7 5 (0.074%) QRadar
7 5 (0.074%) SCOM
8 4 (0.059%) Ansible
8 4 (0.059%) Cisco UCCE
9 3 (0.044%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.044%) MOM
9 3 (0.044%) Oozie
9 3 (0.044%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.030%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.030%) HP ALM
10 2 (0.030%) Terraform
Vendors
1 581 (8.62%) Microsoft
2 321 (4.76%) SAP
3 277 (4.11%) Oracle
4 111 (1.65%) Salesforce.com
5 102 (1.51%) Cisco
5 102 (1.51%) Citrix
6 93 (1.38%) ServiceNow
7 83 (1.23%) VMware
8 64 (0.95%) IBM
9 52 (0.77%) Workday
10 43 (0.64%) Capita
11 40 (0.59%) Google
12 29 (0.43%) Sitecore
13 28 (0.42%) Adobe
14 26 (0.39%) NetApp
14 26 (0.39%) Sage
15 24 (0.36%) Remedy
16 23 (0.34%) hybris
17 21 (0.31%) Avaya
17 21 (0.31%) HP