Period
to 21 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 2019.

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
21 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 38 24 26
Rank change year-on-year -14 +2 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 5,530 6,655 6,227
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.60% 6.74% 6.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.91% 7.10% 6.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,766 4,690 4,445
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £308
90th Percentile £625 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 42 75
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £41.00 £32.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.63% +28.13% -13.63%
10th Percentile £23.10 £19.36 £20.00
90th Percentile £52.22 £60.78 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.56 £41.00 £30.20
% change year-on-year -13.28% +35.75% -14.92%

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 93,557 93,702 91,089
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.89% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 61,855 62,239 59,469
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £253
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,858 2,759 3,218
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -5.26%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019.

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 21 January 2019. 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 -13 5,063 £475 +1.06% 600
UK excluding London -9 3,192 £450 +5.88% 459
London -18 2,228 £513 +2.50% 185
South East -16 993 £475 +5.56% 103
North of England -1 682 £425 - 139
Midlands -8 498 £428 +0.59% 76
West Midlands -15 352 £428 +0.59% 58
South West -11 349 £425 - 48
North West +3 329 £430 +1.18% 74
Scotland -11 324 £424 -0.29% 34
Yorkshire -3 304 £425 - 57
East of England -11 291 £475 +2.70% 51
East Midlands -7 134 £425 +6.25% 18
North East -21 52 £450 -9.09% 8
Wales -13 46 £425 +6.25% 8
Northern Ireland +23 5 £381 +8.93% 2
Channel Islands 0 5 £670 +34.00%
Isle of Man - 1 £375 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2019, 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 2,604 (47.09%) Project Management
2 1,702 (30.78%) Finance
3 1,613 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
4 1,366 (24.70%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,210 (21.88%) PRINCE2
6 669 (12.10%) Migration
7 461 (8.34%) Microsoft
8 437 (7.90%) Banking
9 409 (7.40%) Retail
10 397 (7.18%) Security Cleared
11 391 (7.07%) Waterfall
12 355 (6.42%) Scrum
13 354 (6.40%) SAP
14 342 (6.18%) Change Management
15 318 (5.75%) Risk Management
16 311 (5.62%) Data Centre
17 299 (5.41%) SC Cleared
18 297 (5.37%) Project Planning
19 292 (5.28%) Microsoft Project
20 282 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
21 278 (5.03%) PMO
21 278 (5.03%) PMI Certification
22 272 (4.92%) ERP
23 269 (4.86%) Windows
24 266 (4.81%) PMP
25 259 (4.68%) Programme Management
25 259 (4.68%) Office 365
26 258 (4.67%) Telecoms
27 252 (4.56%) ITIL
28 251 (4.54%) Microsoft Office

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
1 158 (2.86%) SharePoint
2 99 (1.79%) Confluence
3 59 (1.07%) CMS
4 42 (0.76%) Skype for Business
5 25 (0.45%) WebSphere
6 22 (0.40%) Drupal
7 12 (0.22%) OpenStack
8 10 (0.18%) MS Exchange
9 9 (0.16%) SAS
10 8 (0.14%) WordPress
11 5 (0.090%) Documentum
11 5 (0.090%) IBM Domino
11 5 (0.090%) IIS
11 5 (0.090%) MS Project Server
12 4 (0.072%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 4 (0.072%) Exchange Server 2010
12 4 (0.072%) Oracle Workflow
12 4 (0.072%) Sitecore CMS
13 3 (0.054%) IBM Notes
14 2 (0.036%) MQSeries
Applications
1 292 (5.28%) Microsoft Project
2 251 (4.54%) Microsoft Office
3 170 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
4 136 (2.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 87 (1.57%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.25%) Open Workbench
7 13 (0.24%) Maya
8 6 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.072%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.036%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.036%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.036%) Windchill
11 1 (0.018%) Photoshop
11 1 (0.018%) S-PLUS
Business Applications
1 82 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 71 (1.28%) SAP S/4HANA
3 36 (0.65%) Dynamics AX
4 24 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
5 17 (0.31%) NetSuite
6 13 (0.24%) Magento
7 12 (0.22%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 12 (0.22%) SAP ERP
7 12 (0.22%) SAP MM
8 11 (0.20%) SAP FI
8 11 (0.20%) Workday HCM
9 9 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
10 8 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
10 8 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
10 8 (0.14%) SAP CO
10 8 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
10 8 (0.14%) SAP WM
10 8 (0.14%) thinkFolio
11 7 (0.13%) SAP SD
11 7 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 259 (4.68%) Office 365
2 215 (3.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 125 (2.26%) Amazon AWS
4 82 (1.48%) SaaS
5 54 (0.98%) Dynamics 365
6 28 (0.51%) OneDrive
7 21 (0.38%) PaaS
7 21 (0.38%) Trello
8 18 (0.33%) SuccessFactors
9 17 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
10 16 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
10 16 (0.29%) Yammer
11 14 (0.25%) IaaS
12 9 (0.16%) Azure Active Directory
13 7 (0.13%) OpenShift
14 4 (0.072%) G Suite
14 4 (0.072%) Google Analytics
14 4 (0.072%) IBM Cloud
14 4 (0.072%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
14 4 (0.072%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 93 (1.68%) WAN
2 80 (1.45%) Firewall
2 80 (1.45%) LAN
3 54 (0.98%) Skype
4 39 (0.71%) Internet
5 38 (0.69%) Wi-Fi
6 30 (0.54%) DNS
7 28 (0.51%) Unified Communications
8 26 (0.47%) VoIP
8 26 (0.47%) VPN
9 21 (0.38%) 3G
9 21 (0.38%) 4G
9 21 (0.38%) SAN
9 21 (0.38%) Wireless
10 18 (0.33%) Intranet
10 18 (0.33%) SMS
11 17 (0.31%) 5G
11 17 (0.31%) MPLS
12 14 (0.25%) 2G
12 14 (0.25%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 82 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
2 50 (0.90%) Big Data
3 27 (0.49%) SQL Server
4 25 (0.45%) Power BI
5 22 (0.40%) SAP HANA
6 21 (0.38%) BusinessObjects
7 17 (0.31%) SAP BW
8 14 (0.25%) Hadoop
9 13 (0.24%) Data Lake
9 13 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
10 12 (0.22%) QlikView
11 11 (0.20%) Oracle Database
12 9 (0.16%) Electronic Patient Records
12 9 (0.16%) Relational Database
13 7 (0.13%) GIS
14 6 (0.11%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
14 6 (0.11%) MongoDB
15 5 (0.090%) Apache Hive
15 5 (0.090%) Essbase
16 4 (0.072%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 226 (4.09%) JIRA
2 12 (0.22%) Hudson
3 9 (0.16%) Jenkins
4 6 (0.11%) Bitbucket
4 6 (0.11%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.090%) GitLab
5 5 (0.090%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.054%) IBM UrbanCode
6 3 (0.054%) Selenium
6 3 (0.054%) Visual Studio
7 2 (0.036%) Subversion
7 2 (0.036%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.018%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 1 (0.018%) Cucumber
8 1 (0.018%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.018%) Eclipse
8 1 (0.018%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.018%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.018%) TestPartner
8 1 (0.018%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 1,702 (30.78%) Finance
2 437 (7.90%) Banking
3 409 (7.40%) Retail
4 258 (4.67%) Telecoms
5 178 (3.22%) Marketing
6 139 (2.51%) Legal
7 116 (2.10%) Manufacturing
8 91 (1.65%) Law
9 81 (1.46%) Investment Banking
10 73 (1.32%) Pharmaceutical
11 60 (1.08%) Retail Banking
12 55 (0.99%) Financial Institution
13 48 (0.87%) Advertising
14 44 (0.80%) Front Office
15 40 (0.72%) Automotive
15 40 (0.72%) Billing
16 32 (0.58%) Electronics
17 31 (0.56%) Back Office
18 28 (0.51%) Military
19 23 (0.42%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 36 (0.65%) .NET
2 30 (0.54%) Middleware
3 24 (0.43%) Web Services
4 23 (0.42%) Velocity
5 21 (0.38%) HTML
6 14 (0.25%) CSS
7 13 (0.24%) EDI
8 11 (0.20%) J2EE
9 10 (0.18%) Oracle Fusion
10 7 (0.13%) XML
11 6 (0.11%) Spring
12 5 (0.090%) AngularJS
12 5 (0.090%) React
13 4 (0.072%) ASP.NET
13 4 (0.072%) HTML5
13 4 (0.072%) JSP
13 4 (0.072%) LDAP
13 4 (0.072%) OAuth
13 4 (0.072%) REST
13 4 (0.072%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 311 (5.62%) Data Centre
2 235 (4.25%) Analytical Skills
3 139 (2.51%) PMI
4 112 (2.03%) Management Information System
5 93 (1.68%) NHS
6 89 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
7 81 (1.46%) User Experience
8 69 (1.25%) Virtual Team
9 56 (1.01%) Mobile App
10 51 (0.92%) Greenfield Project
11 48 (0.87%) FMCG
12 30 (0.54%) Fixed Income
13 28 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
14 24 (0.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 24 (0.43%) Over-the-Top Content
15 23 (0.42%) Credit Risk
15 23 (0.42%) Fintech
16 22 (0.40%) Equities
17 21 (0.38%) Life Science
18 20 (0.36%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 269 (4.86%) Windows
2 168 (3.04%) Windows 10
3 40 (0.72%) Windows Server
4 38 (0.69%) Windows 7
5 35 (0.63%) Linux
6 28 (0.51%) Unix
7 13 (0.24%) Apple iOS
8 10 (0.18%) Android
9 9 (0.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (0.13%) Solaris
11 4 (0.072%) Windows Server 2003
11 4 (0.072%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.072%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (0.054%) AIX
12 3 (0.054%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.036%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.018%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.018%) SUSE
14 1 (0.018%) Windows XP
14 1 (0.018%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,604 (47.09%) Project Management
2 1,613 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
3 1,366 (24.70%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,210 (21.88%) PRINCE2
5 669 (12.10%) Migration
6 391 (7.07%) Waterfall
7 355 (6.42%) Scrum
8 342 (6.18%) Change Management
9 318 (5.75%) Risk Management
10 297 (5.37%) Project Planning
11 282 (5.10%) Problem-Solving
12 272 (4.92%) ERP
13 259 (4.68%) Programme Management
14 252 (4.56%) ITIL
15 233 (4.21%) Project Governance
16 222 (4.01%) CRM
17 219 (3.96%) Stakeholder Engagement
18 202 (3.65%) E-Commerce
19 196 (3.54%) Business Intelligence
20 183 (3.31%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 71 (1.28%) SQL
2 60 (1.08%) C
3 46 (0.83%) Java
4 16 (0.29%) Python
5 10 (0.18%) JavaScript
6 8 (0.14%) VB
7 7 (0.13%) PHP
8 6 (0.11%) C#
9 4 (0.072%) R
10 3 (0.054%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.054%) VB6
11 2 (0.036%) Erlang
11 2 (0.036%) Ruby
12 1 (0.018%) ABAP
12 1 (0.018%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.018%) C++
12 1 (0.018%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.018%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.018%) VBA
12 1 (0.018%) X++
Qualifications
1 397 (7.18%) Security Cleared
2 299 (5.41%) SC Cleared
3 278 (5.03%) PMI Certification
4 266 (4.81%) PMP
5 227 (4.10%) Degree
6 223 (4.03%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 216 (3.91%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 99 (1.79%) APMP
9 77 (1.39%) DV Cleared
10 31 (0.56%) CISSP
11 29 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
12 21 (0.38%) ISEB
12 21 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
13 18 (0.33%) CISM
13 18 (0.33%) Master's Degree
14 16 (0.29%) Computer Science Degree
15 15 (0.27%) CIMA
16 14 (0.25%) ACCA
17 12 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
17 12 (0.22%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 278 (5.03%) PMO
2 133 (2.41%) GDPR
3 121 (2.19%) QA
4 39 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 31 (0.56%) SLA
6 25 (0.45%) IFRS
6 25 (0.45%) PCI DSS
7 19 (0.34%) PSD2
8 17 (0.31%) MiFID
9 14 (0.25%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 13 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
10 13 (0.24%) Data Quality
11 12 (0.22%) GxP
11 12 (0.22%) IFRS 9
12 11 (0.20%) Solvency II
13 9 (0.16%) JSP 440
14 8 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
14 8 (0.14%) ISO 9001
15 7 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 6 (0.11%) PMBOK
System Software
1 86 (1.56%) Active Directory
2 21 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
4 8 (0.14%) Docker
4 8 (0.14%) Firmware
5 6 (0.11%) XenApp
6 5 (0.090%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.054%) KVM
7 3 (0.054%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.036%) LXC
8 2 (0.036%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (0.036%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.036%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.036%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.036%) vSphere
8 2 (0.036%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.018%) ProxySG
9 1 (0.018%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.018%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.018%) Xen
Systems Management
1 38 (0.69%) SCCM
2 18 (0.33%) Single Sign-On
3 14 (0.25%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (0.16%) AirWatch
4 9 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
6 5 (0.090%) Cisco CUCM
6 5 (0.090%) Kubernetes
6 5 (0.090%) SCOM
7 4 (0.072%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.054%) Ansible
8 3 (0.054%) RSA Archer
9 2 (0.036%) HP ALM
9 2 (0.036%) MOM
9 2 (0.036%) OpenView
9 2 (0.036%) Oracle Identity Management
10 1 (0.018%) CA Wily
10 1 (0.018%) Cisco UCCX
10 1 (0.018%) Puppet
10 1 (0.018%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 461 (8.34%) Microsoft
2 354 (6.40%) SAP
3 201 (3.63%) Oracle
4 91 (1.65%) Salesforce.com
5 85 (1.54%) Cisco
6 65 (1.18%) Workday
7 64 (1.16%) Citrix
8 55 (0.99%) VMware
9 49 (0.89%) Google
9 49 (0.89%) ServiceNow
10 36 (0.65%) IBM
11 34 (0.61%) Atlassian
12 31 (0.56%) hybris
13 25 (0.45%) BT
13 25 (0.45%) Remedy
14 23 (0.42%) Avaya
15 19 (0.34%) CheckPoint
15 19 (0.34%) Huawei
16 18 (0.33%) Ariba
17 17 (0.31%) JD Edwards