Period
to 12 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 12 December 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 25 15
Rank change year-on-year +1 -10 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6954 6794 9579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.73% 6.57% 8.51%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.09% 6.94% 8.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 4898 4830 6561
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £319 £310 £310
90th Percentile £625 £613 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £423 £425
% change year-on-year +0.47% -0.47% +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 66 65
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £32.00 £37.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% -13.63% +14.00%
10th Percentile £20.00 £19.95 £19.60
90th Percentile £56.90 £49.94 £57.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year +12.90% -19.48% +6.94%

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 98027 97874 106867
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.71% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 64935 63838 68154
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £259 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2864 3312 4055
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 0 6384 £463 +2.78% 382
UK excluding London +5 3852 £425 +0.47% 233
London -3 2967 £500 - 163
South East +3 1281 £450 +2.86% 62
North of England -1 711 £425 +6.25% 47
Midlands +6 673 £425 - 51
West Midlands +9 434 £430 +1.18% 31
Scotland +11 425 £425 +6.25% 14
East of England +1 374 £438 +3.06% 29
South West +5 336 £420 +5.00% 28
Yorkshire +12 335 £425 +6.25% 23
North West -7 305 £425 +6.12% 18
East Midlands -4 228 £413 +0.61% 19
North East +20 72 £475 +35.71% 6
Wales +10 52 £406 +0.31% 1
Channel Islands +2 4 £500 -
Northern Ireland -42 4 £370 +2.07% 1
Isle of Man - 3 £450 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 3265 (46.95%) Project Management
2 2227 (32.02%) Finance
3 1863 (26.79%) Stakeholder Management
4 1752 (25.19%) PRINCE2
5 1660 (23.87%) Agile Software Development
6 684 (9.84%) Banking
7 670 (9.63%) Migration
8 540 (7.77%) Change Management
9 526 (7.56%) Microsoft
10 485 (6.97%) Retail
11 471 (6.77%) PMI Certification
12 466 (6.70%) PMP
13 463 (6.66%) Microsoft Project
14 452 (6.50%) Security Cleared
15 447 (6.43%) GDPR
16 445 (6.40%) Waterfall
17 416 (5.98%) Project Planning
18 411 (5.91%) Risk Management
19 397 (5.71%) Scrum
20 369 (5.31%) Programme Management
21 365 (5.25%) CRM
22 348 (5.00%) PMO
23 341 (4.90%) Degree
24 335 (4.82%) SAP
25 332 (4.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
25 332 (4.77%) Analytical Skills
26 323 (4.64%) SC Cleared
27 319 (4.59%) Stakeholder Engagement
28 296 (4.26%) Marketing
29 295 (4.24%) ERP

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
1 210 (3.02%) SharePoint
2 84 (1.21%) CMS
3 80 (1.15%) Confluence
4 43 (0.62%) Skype for Business
4 43 (0.62%) WebSphere
5 22 (0.32%) MS Project Server
6 21 (0.30%) MS Exchange
7 18 (0.26%) SAS
8 17 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 15 (0.22%) Apache Spark
10 14 (0.20%) Documentum
11 13 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
12 10 (0.14%) OpenStack
12 10 (0.14%) SharePoint Server
13 9 (0.13%) Sitecore CMS
14 8 (0.12%) Apache
14 8 (0.12%) Elasticsearch
14 8 (0.12%) Exchange Server 2010
15 7 (0.10%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.10%) IIS
Applications
1 463 (6.66%) Microsoft Project
2 234 (3.36%) Microsoft Office
3 213 (3.06%) Microsoft Excel
4 144 (2.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 110 (1.58%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.086%) Chatbot
8 5 (0.072%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.043%) Windchill
10 2 (0.029%) HipChat
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.014%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.014%) Open Workbench
11 1 (0.014%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 97 (1.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 66 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
3 24 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
4 23 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
5 21 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
5 21 (0.30%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 20 (0.29%) SAP FI
6 20 (0.29%) SAP S/4HANA
7 17 (0.24%) NetSuite
8 16 (0.23%) iTrent
8 16 (0.23%) Maximo
9 14 (0.20%) SAP CO
9 14 (0.20%) SAP ERP
9 14 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
9 14 (0.20%) SAP HR
10 13 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
10 13 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
10 13 (0.19%) Primavera
10 13 (0.19%) Unit4 Business World
11 12 (0.17%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 276 (3.97%) Office 365
2 150 (2.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 95 (1.37%) Amazon AWS
4 75 (1.08%) SaaS
5 30 (0.43%) IaaS
6 29 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
7 25 (0.36%) PaaS
8 24 (0.35%) SuccessFactors
9 17 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
10 10 (0.14%) Veeva
11 7 (0.10%) Google Analytics
11 7 (0.10%) IBM Cloud
12 5 (0.072%) G Suite
12 5 (0.072%) Yammer
13 4 (0.058%) Bluemix
13 4 (0.058%) Dialogflow
13 4 (0.058%) OneDrive
13 4 (0.058%) Slack
13 4 (0.058%) Taleo
13 4 (0.058%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 181 (2.60%) WAN
2 161 (2.32%) LAN
3 87 (1.25%) SMS
4 75 (1.08%) Wi-Fi
5 59 (0.85%) Firewall
6 54 (0.78%) Skype
7 53 (0.76%) Internet
8 45 (0.65%) VoIP
9 34 (0.49%) Wireless
10 31 (0.45%) SAN
11 30 (0.43%) Broadband
11 30 (0.43%) Network Security
11 30 (0.43%) Unified Communications
12 28 (0.40%) MPLS
13 27 (0.39%) IP Telephony
14 26 (0.37%) Intranet
15 17 (0.24%) 4G
15 17 (0.24%) WLAN
16 16 (0.23%) NAS
17 15 (0.22%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
2 67 (0.96%) Big Data
3 60 (0.86%) SQL Server
4 29 (0.42%) Blockchain
5 25 (0.36%) Hadoop
6 21 (0.30%) Power BI
7 18 (0.26%) SAP HANA
8 15 (0.22%) Oracle Reports
9 14 (0.20%) QlikView
10 13 (0.19%) BusinessObjects
11 12 (0.17%) Oracle Database
12 11 (0.16%) Data Lake
12 11 (0.16%) Relational Database
13 10 (0.14%) SAP BW
14 9 (0.13%) Spotfire
15 8 (0.12%) DB2
15 8 (0.12%) Electronic Patient Records
15 8 (0.12%) Oracle ODI
16 7 (0.10%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
16 7 (0.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 168 (2.42%) JIRA
2 7 (0.10%) Jenkins
2 7 (0.10%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (0.086%) JIRA Agile
4 5 (0.072%) GitLab
4 5 (0.072%) Talend Open Studio
4 5 (0.072%) VersionOne
5 3 (0.043%) Selenium
6 2 (0.029%) Eclipse
6 2 (0.029%) Sonatype Nexus
6 2 (0.029%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.029%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.014%) Bitbucket
7 1 (0.014%) Dreamweaver
7 1 (0.014%) Git (software)
7 1 (0.014%) git-flow
7 1 (0.014%) LSMW
7 1 (0.014%) Maven
7 1 (0.014%) TestRail
7 1 (0.014%) Vagrant
General
1 2227 (32.02%) Finance
2 684 (9.84%) Banking
3 485 (6.97%) Retail
4 296 (4.26%) Marketing
5 261 (3.75%) Telecoms
6 214 (3.08%) Legal
7 195 (2.80%) Manufacturing
8 184 (2.65%) Investment Banking
9 103 (1.48%) Front Office
10 90 (1.29%) Law
11 82 (1.18%) Advertising
12 76 (1.09%) Back Office
13 75 (1.08%) Retail Banking
14 73 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
15 60 (0.86%) Automotive
16 50 (0.72%) Billing
17 43 (0.62%) Publishing
18 39 (0.56%) Financial Institution
19 38 (0.55%) Local Government
20 30 (0.43%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (0.60%) HTML
2 39 (0.56%) .NET
3 31 (0.45%) Middleware
4 24 (0.35%) CSS
5 21 (0.30%) Oracle Fusion
6 20 (0.29%) J2EE
6 20 (0.29%) Web Services
7 16 (0.23%) XML
8 10 (0.14%) ASP.NET
8 10 (0.14%) HTML5
9 8 (0.12%) Kafka
10 7 (0.10%) Django
10 7 (0.10%) EDI
11 6 (0.086%) MXNet
11 6 (0.086%) Natural Language Processing
11 6 (0.086%) REST
11 6 (0.086%) SAPUI5
11 6 (0.086%) TensorFlow
11 6 (0.086%) Theano
12 5 (0.072%) Mason
Miscellaneous
1 332 (4.77%) Analytical Skills
2 273 (3.93%) Data Centre
3 218 (3.13%) PMI
4 151 (2.17%) Management Information System
5 147 (2.11%) Virtual Team
6 96 (1.38%) NHS
7 83 (1.19%) Mobile App
8 81 (1.16%) Computer Science
9 73 (1.05%) User Experience
10 72 (1.04%) FMCG
11 67 (0.96%) Greenfield Project
12 64 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 46 (0.66%) Derivative
14 41 (0.59%) Equities
14 41 (0.59%) Fixed Income
15 33 (0.47%) Market Risk
16 29 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
16 29 (0.42%) Fintech
17 27 (0.39%) Credit Risk
18 25 (0.36%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 254 (3.65%) Windows
2 114 (1.64%) Windows 10
3 47 (0.68%) Windows Server
4 46 (0.66%) Linux
5 43 (0.62%) Unix
6 37 (0.53%) Windows 7
7 26 (0.37%) Android
8 20 (0.29%) Apple iOS
9 18 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
10 17 (0.24%) Solaris
11 12 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
12 11 (0.16%) AIX
12 11 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (0.14%) Windows XP
14 7 (0.10%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.058%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 2 (0.029%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 1 (0.014%) Mac OS
17 1 (0.014%) OS/2
17 1 (0.014%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 3265 (46.95%) Project Management
2 1863 (26.79%) Stakeholder Management
3 1752 (25.19%) PRINCE2
4 1660 (23.87%) Agile Software Development
5 670 (9.63%) Migration
6 540 (7.77%) Change Management
7 445 (6.40%) Waterfall
8 416 (5.98%) Project Planning
9 411 (5.91%) Risk Management
10 397 (5.71%) Scrum
11 369 (5.31%) Programme Management
12 365 (5.25%) CRM
13 319 (4.59%) Stakeholder Engagement
14 295 (4.24%) ERP
15 293 (4.21%) E-Commerce
16 290 (4.17%) ITIL
17 260 (3.74%) Project Governance
18 238 (3.42%) Matrix Organization
19 234 (3.36%) Supplier Management
20 227 (3.26%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 83 (1.19%) Java
2 79 (1.14%) SQL
3 54 (0.78%) C
4 39 (0.56%) JavaScript
5 31 (0.45%) C#
6 22 (0.32%) Python
7 12 (0.17%) PHP
7 12 (0.17%) VBA
8 6 (0.086%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.072%) C++
9 5 (0.072%) Perl
9 5 (0.072%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.058%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.043%) R
11 3 (0.043%) VBScript
12 2 (0.029%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.029%) RPG
12 2 (0.029%) Ruby
12 2 (0.029%) Rust
12 2 (0.029%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 471 (6.77%) PMI Certification
2 466 (6.70%) PMP
3 452 (6.50%) Security Cleared
4 341 (4.90%) Degree
5 332 (4.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 323 (4.64%) SC Cleared
7 267 (3.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 88 (1.27%) APMP
9 64 (0.92%) DV Cleared
10 55 (0.79%) BPSS Clearance
11 37 (0.53%) Master's Degree
12 33 (0.47%) ISEB
13 23 (0.33%) CISSP
13 23 (0.33%) Computer Science Degree
14 20 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
15 18 (0.26%) Cisco Certification
16 12 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
17 10 (0.14%) CCNA
18 9 (0.13%) CISM
18 9 (0.13%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 447 (6.43%) GDPR
2 348 (5.00%) PMO
3 192 (2.76%) QA
4 95 (1.37%) MiFID
5 60 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 43 (0.62%) PCI DSS
7 41 (0.59%) SLA
8 33 (0.47%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.37%) Data Quality
10 24 (0.35%) EMIR
11 18 (0.26%) IFRS
11 18 (0.26%) Solvency II
12 15 (0.22%) PMBOK
13 14 (0.20%) GxP
14 12 (0.17%) IFRS 9
15 10 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
15 10 (0.14%) FATCA
15 10 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 9 (0.13%) AIFMD
17 8 (0.12%) PSD2
System Software
1 86 (1.24%) Active Directory
2 33 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
4 6 (0.086%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (0.086%) Virtual Servers
5 5 (0.072%) Docker
5 5 (0.072%) Firmware
5 5 (0.072%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.058%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.043%) ProxySG
7 3 (0.043%) Terminal Services
7 3 (0.043%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.029%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.029%) HDFS
8 2 (0.029%) vSphere
8 2 (0.029%) XenApp
8 2 (0.029%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.014%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.014%) IAG
9 1 (0.014%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 51 (0.73%) SCCM
2 13 (0.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 11 (0.16%) Cisco CUCM
3 11 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 7 (0.10%) AirWatch
4 7 (0.10%) MOM
5 5 (0.072%) Microsoft Clustering
5 5 (0.072%) SCOM
6 3 (0.043%) BladeLogic
6 3 (0.043%) BMC PATROL
6 3 (0.043%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (0.043%) Data Guard
6 3 (0.043%) FlexNet
6 3 (0.043%) IBM BigFix
7 2 (0.029%) Forum Sentry
7 2 (0.029%) Hadoop YARN
7 2 (0.029%) Nagios
7 2 (0.029%) Oozie
7 2 (0.029%) TeamSite
7 2 (0.029%) WSUS
Vendors
1 526 (7.56%) Microsoft
2 335 (4.82%) SAP
3 236 (3.39%) Oracle
4 125 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
5 113 (1.62%) Cisco
6 81 (1.16%) VMware
7 79 (1.14%) Citrix
8 53 (0.76%) Workday
9 51 (0.73%) IBM
10 30 (0.43%) ServiceNow
11 29 (0.42%) NetApp
12 28 (0.40%) Google
13 26 (0.37%) Adobe
13 26 (0.37%) Capita
14 24 (0.35%) HP
15 23 (0.33%) hybris
16 21 (0.30%) CheckPoint
17 20 (0.29%) PeopleSoft
18 19 (0.27%) Tableau
19 18 (0.26%) Remedy