Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £463 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 25 26 16
Rank change year-on-year +1 -10 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,765 6,346 9,057
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.74% 6.53% 8.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.11% 6.89% 8.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,773 4,529 6,237
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.40%
10th Percentile £325 £308 £313
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £420 £425
% change year-on-year +1.19% -1.18% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 76 73
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £31.75 £37.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.98% -14.30% -3.77%
10th Percentile £19.57 £20.00 £19.60
90th Percentile £60.55 £50.00 £61.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £30.20 £36.00
% change year-on-year +32.44% -16.10% -10.00%

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 95,087 92,090 101,917
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,169 60,120 64,967
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,779 3,236 3,857
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

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 18 January 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 18 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Top 17 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 18 January 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 +1 6,209 £468 +4.00% 743
UK excluding London +4 3,745 £425 +1.19% 499
London -3 2,882 £500 +2.56% 288
South East +1 1,274 £450 +4.65% 141
North of England +2 673 £425 +6.25% 111
Midlands +6 647 £425 - 92
Scotland +13 418 £425 +9.68% 38
West Midlands +9 416 £425 - 68
East of England +8 381 £450 +5.88% 59
Yorkshire +10 325 £425 +6.25% 49
South West +6 308 £425 +6.25% 48
North West -10 282 £425 +3.66% 54
East Midlands -3 213 £403 -1.53% 24
North East +12 66 £495 +41.43% 8
Wales +3 44 £400 -3.61% 5
Channel Islands +4 5 £500 -
Northern Ireland -43 5 £350 -6.67% 5

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 3,184 (47.07%) Project Management
2 2,166 (32.02%) Finance
3 1,865 (27.57%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,695 (25.06%) Agile Software Development
5 1,686 (24.92%) PRINCE2
6 654 (9.67%) Migration
7 608 (8.99%) Banking
8 525 (7.76%) Change Management
9 514 (7.60%) Microsoft
10 487 (7.20%) PMI Certification
11 483 (7.14%) PMP
12 479 (7.08%) Microsoft Project
13 466 (6.89%) GDPR
14 462 (6.83%) Retail
15 458 (6.77%) Waterfall
16 436 (6.44%) Security Cleared
17 409 (6.05%) Project Planning
18 398 (5.88%) Scrum
19 395 (5.84%) Risk Management
20 354 (5.23%) Programme Management
21 353 (5.22%) CRM
22 342 (5.06%) SAP
23 330 (4.88%) Degree
24 329 (4.86%) SC Cleared
25 326 (4.82%) PMO
26 315 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
27 314 (4.64%) E-Commerce
28 312 (4.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
29 307 (4.54%) Stakeholder Engagement
30 288 (4.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner

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
1 185 (2.73%) SharePoint
2 93 (1.37%) CMS
3 86 (1.27%) Confluence
4 41 (0.61%) WebSphere
5 39 (0.58%) Skype for Business
6 24 (0.35%) MS Project Server
7 20 (0.30%) MS Exchange
8 17 (0.25%) Documentum
9 16 (0.24%) SharePoint 2010
9 16 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
10 14 (0.21%) Apache Spark
11 13 (0.19%) SAS
12 8 (0.12%) OpenStack
12 8 (0.12%) SharePoint Server
13 7 (0.10%) Exchange Server 2010
13 7 (0.10%) Sitecore CMS
14 6 (0.089%) Apache
14 6 (0.089%) BizTalk Server
14 6 (0.089%) Elasticsearch
14 6 (0.089%) IIS
Applications
1 479 (7.08%) Microsoft Project
2 229 (3.39%) Microsoft Office
3 186 (2.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 128 (1.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 109 (1.61%) MS Visio
6 16 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.074%) Vectorworks
8 4 (0.059%) AutoCAD
8 4 (0.059%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.030%) Adobe After Effects
9 2 (0.030%) HipChat
10 1 (0.015%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.015%) CINEMA 4D
10 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
10 1 (0.015%) Maya
10 1 (0.015%) Open Workbench
10 1 (0.015%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 97 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 62 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 27 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 22 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
5 21 (0.31%) NetSuite
6 20 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
6 20 (0.30%) SAP FI
7 19 (0.28%) Oracle EBS R12
7 19 (0.28%) SAP S/4HANA
8 17 (0.25%) Maximo
8 17 (0.25%) SAP HR
9 15 (0.22%) SAP CO
9 15 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
9 15 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
10 14 (0.21%) Primavera
10 14 (0.21%) SAP BPC
11 13 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
11 13 (0.19%) iTrent
11 13 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
12 11 (0.16%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 254 (3.75%) Office 365
2 148 (2.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 108 (1.60%) Amazon AWS
4 67 (0.99%) SaaS
5 34 (0.50%) Dynamics 365
6 29 (0.43%) IaaS
7 27 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
8 23 (0.34%) PaaS
9 16 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
10 9 (0.13%) Veeva
11 7 (0.10%) OneDrive
12 6 (0.089%) IBM Cloud
12 6 (0.089%) Trello
13 5 (0.074%) Bluemix
13 5 (0.074%) G Suite
13 5 (0.074%) Taleo
14 4 (0.059%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 3 (0.044%) Dialogflow
15 3 (0.044%) Google Cloud Platform
15 3 (0.044%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 157 (2.32%) WAN
2 135 (2.00%) LAN
3 80 (1.18%) SMS
4 67 (0.99%) Firewall
5 55 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
6 52 (0.77%) Skype
7 51 (0.75%) Internet
8 39 (0.58%) VoIP
9 34 (0.50%) MPLS
10 32 (0.47%) IP Telephony
11 31 (0.46%) SAN
12 29 (0.43%) Network Security
13 27 (0.40%) Unified Communications
13 27 (0.40%) Wireless
14 26 (0.38%) Intranet
15 20 (0.30%) Broadband
16 16 (0.24%) VPN
17 15 (0.22%) ATM
17 15 (0.22%) DNS
17 15 (0.22%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 104 (1.54%) Data Warehouse
2 68 (1.01%) Big Data
3 61 (0.90%) SQL Server
4 45 (0.67%) Blockchain
5 30 (0.44%) Hadoop
6 20 (0.30%) SAP HANA
7 18 (0.27%) Power BI
7 18 (0.27%) SAP BW
8 16 (0.24%) BusinessObjects
9 15 (0.22%) Data Lake
10 14 (0.21%) Relational Database
11 13 (0.19%) Oracle Database
11 13 (0.19%) Oracle Reports
11 13 (0.19%) QlikView
12 9 (0.13%) EDRMS
13 8 (0.12%) Apache Hive
13 8 (0.12%) DB2
13 8 (0.12%) Electronic Patient Records
13 8 (0.12%) Oracle ODI
14 7 (0.10%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
Development Applications
1 187 (2.76%) JIRA
2 7 (0.10%) JIRA Agile
3 6 (0.089%) Jenkins
4 5 (0.074%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (0.074%) VersionOne
5 4 (0.059%) GitLab
6 3 (0.044%) Selenium
7 2 (0.030%) Eclipse
7 2 (0.030%) Sonatype Nexus
7 2 (0.030%) TeamCity
7 2 (0.030%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.015%) Bitbucket
8 1 (0.015%) Dreamweaver
8 1 (0.015%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.015%) git-flow
8 1 (0.015%) LSMW
8 1 (0.015%) Maven
8 1 (0.015%) TestPartner
8 1 (0.015%) TestRail
8 1 (0.015%) Vagrant
General
1 2,166 (32.02%) Finance
2 608 (8.99%) Banking
3 462 (6.83%) Retail
4 270 (3.99%) Marketing
5 258 (3.81%) Telecoms
6 201 (2.97%) Legal
7 190 (2.81%) Manufacturing
8 157 (2.32%) Investment Banking
9 102 (1.51%) Law
10 99 (1.46%) Front Office
11 77 (1.14%) Retail Banking
12 71 (1.05%) Advertising
13 69 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
14 66 (0.98%) Back Office
15 57 (0.84%) Automotive
16 51 (0.75%) Billing
17 44 (0.65%) Local Government
18 40 (0.59%) Financial Institution
19 37 (0.55%) Publishing
20 34 (0.50%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (0.68%) HTML
2 39 (0.58%) Web Services
3 36 (0.53%) .NET
4 32 (0.47%) CSS
5 30 (0.44%) Middleware
6 23 (0.34%) Oracle Fusion
7 19 (0.28%) J2EE
8 17 (0.25%) XML
9 11 (0.16%) ASP.NET
10 8 (0.12%) HTML5
10 8 (0.12%) Kafka
11 7 (0.10%) FIX Protocol
11 7 (0.10%) Mason
11 7 (0.10%) SailPoint
12 6 (0.089%) EDI
12 6 (0.089%) SAPUI5
12 6 (0.089%) Velocity
13 5 (0.074%) Django
14 4 (0.059%) .NET Framework
14 4 (0.059%) JFC
Miscellaneous
1 315 (4.66%) Analytical Skills
2 260 (3.84%) Data Centre
3 216 (3.19%) PMI
4 133 (1.97%) Management Information System
5 130 (1.92%) Virtual Team
6 89 (1.32%) Mobile App
7 86 (1.27%) NHS
8 78 (1.15%) Computer Science
9 77 (1.14%) FMCG
10 72 (1.06%) User Experience
11 68 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
12 55 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 45 (0.67%) Derivative
14 43 (0.64%) Equities
15 36 (0.53%) Fixed Income
16 34 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
17 33 (0.49%) Market Risk
18 31 (0.46%) Credit Risk
19 22 (0.33%) EPoS
19 22 (0.33%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 234 (3.46%) Windows
2 113 (1.67%) Windows 10
3 43 (0.64%) Linux
3 43 (0.64%) Unix
4 36 (0.53%) Windows Server
5 35 (0.52%) Windows 7
6 30 (0.44%) Android
7 27 (0.40%) Apple iOS
8 14 (0.21%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (0.13%) Windows XP
10 8 (0.12%) AIX
10 8 (0.12%) Solaris
10 8 (0.12%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (0.10%) Windows 8
11 7 (0.10%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.030%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.030%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.030%) VxWorks
13 1 (0.015%) HPUX
13 1 (0.015%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,184 (47.07%) Project Management
2 1,865 (27.57%) Stakeholder Management
3 1,695 (25.06%) Agile Software Development
4 1,686 (24.92%) PRINCE2
5 654 (9.67%) Migration
6 525 (7.76%) Change Management
7 458 (6.77%) Waterfall
8 409 (6.05%) Project Planning
9 398 (5.88%) Scrum
10 395 (5.84%) Risk Management
11 354 (5.23%) Programme Management
12 353 (5.22%) CRM
13 314 (4.64%) E-Commerce
14 307 (4.54%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 281 (4.15%) ERP
16 269 (3.98%) Project Governance
17 259 (3.83%) Matrix Organization
18 252 (3.73%) ITIL
19 246 (3.64%) SDLC
20 232 (3.43%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 78 (1.15%) Java
1 78 (1.15%) SQL
2 66 (0.98%) C
3 37 (0.55%) C#
4 35 (0.52%) JavaScript
5 22 (0.33%) Python
6 15 (0.22%) PHP
7 9 (0.13%) VBA
8 7 (0.10%) C++
9 5 (0.074%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.074%) T-SQL
10 4 (0.059%) ABAP
10 4 (0.059%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.044%) R
11 3 (0.044%) Scala
12 2 (0.030%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.030%) RPG
12 2 (0.030%) Ruby
12 2 (0.030%) Rust
12 2 (0.030%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 487 (7.20%) PMI Certification
2 483 (7.14%) PMP
3 436 (6.44%) Security Cleared
4 330 (4.88%) Degree
5 329 (4.86%) SC Cleared
6 312 (4.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 288 (4.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 90 (1.33%) APMP
9 52 (0.77%) DV Cleared
10 44 (0.65%) BPSS Clearance
11 41 (0.61%) Master's Degree
12 37 (0.55%) ISEB
13 31 (0.46%) CISSP
14 21 (0.31%) Computer Science Degree
14 21 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
15 12 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
16 11 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
17 10 (0.15%) CISM
17 10 (0.15%) HNC
17 10 (0.15%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 466 (6.89%) GDPR
2 326 (4.82%) PMO
3 197 (2.91%) QA
4 75 (1.11%) MiFID
5 68 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 44 (0.65%) SLA
7 43 (0.64%) PCI DSS
8 30 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
9 26 (0.38%) Data Quality
10 18 (0.27%) EMIR
10 18 (0.27%) IFRS
10 18 (0.27%) Solvency II
11 16 (0.24%) GxP
12 14 (0.21%) PMBOK
13 12 (0.18%) IFRS 9
14 11 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 10 (0.15%) COBIT
15 10 (0.15%) FATCA
15 10 (0.15%) ISO 9001
16 9 (0.13%) AIFMD
System Software
1 80 (1.18%) Active Directory
2 35 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.15%) XenApp
4 8 (0.12%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (0.089%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (0.074%) Docker
7 4 (0.059%) Firmware
7 4 (0.059%) HDFS
7 4 (0.059%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.059%) Terminal Services
7 4 (0.059%) Virtual Machines
7 4 (0.059%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (0.030%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.030%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.030%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.015%) IAG
9 1 (0.015%) PowerHA
9 1 (0.015%) VirtualBox
9 1 (0.015%) VMware NSX
9 1 (0.015%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 55 (0.81%) SCCM
2 13 (0.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (0.18%) Cisco CUCM
4 9 (0.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (0.10%) MOM
6 6 (0.089%) AirWatch
7 4 (0.059%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (0.059%) SCOM
8 3 (0.044%) Ansible
8 3 (0.044%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.044%) Data Guard
8 3 (0.044%) FlexNet
8 3 (0.044%) IBM BigFix
8 3 (0.044%) Oozie
8 3 (0.044%) TeamSite
9 2 (0.030%) Cisco UCCE
9 2 (0.030%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.030%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.030%) Nagios
10 1 (0.015%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 514 (7.60%) Microsoft
2 342 (5.06%) SAP
3 229 (3.39%) Oracle
4 135 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
5 122 (1.80%) Cisco
6 88 (1.30%) Citrix
7 76 (1.12%) VMware
8 57 (0.84%) IBM
9 52 (0.77%) Workday
10 36 (0.53%) Capita
10 36 (0.53%) hybris
11 29 (0.43%) NetApp
11 29 (0.43%) ServiceNow
12 28 (0.41%) Adobe
13 25 (0.37%) HP
14 24 (0.35%) Google
15 23 (0.34%) PeopleSoft
16 19 (0.28%) CheckPoint
16 19 (0.28%) Remedy
16 19 (0.28%) Tableau