Period
to 1 August 2021

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

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
1 Aug 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 30 49 39
Rank change year-on-year +19 -10 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 4,479 1,725 4,990
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.23% 4.75% 5.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.70% 5.10% 5.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,288 1,206 3,455
10th Percentile £325 £325 £325
25th Percentile £400 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £475
75th Percentile £556 £540 £550
90th Percentile £638 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 23 87
10th Percentile £21.61 £19.80 £21.82
25th Percentile £26.13 £23.47 £29.90
Median hourly rate £40.00 £30.00 £36.00
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% -16.67% +8.63%
75th Percentile £54.57 £40.15 £45.63
90th Percentile £66.00 £55.55 £49.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.30 £27.22 £36.00
% change year-on-year +29.69% -24.40% +5.66%

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 66,839 33,856 86,362
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.02% 93.20% 94.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,006 22,469 57,697
10th Percentile £300 £256 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £467
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.71% +3.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £665 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,958 1,166 2,807
10th Percentile £11.40 £11.34 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.50 £14.30 £13.47
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.07 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -0.34% +7.31% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.00 £42.50 £42.50
90th Percentile £58.71 £52.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £19.21 £17.55
% change year-on-year -7.48% +9.44% +0.29%

Project Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Project Manager in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Project Manager.

Daily rate trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Project Manager over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Project Manager.

Hourly rate trend for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Project Manager over the 6 months to 1 August 2021.

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 1 August 2021. 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 +21 3,689 £480 +1.05% 384
UK excluding London +14 1,992 £450 - 268
London +23 1,760 £513 +2.50% 134
Work from Home +12 1,175 £475 +5.56% 56
South East +14 539 £475 - 79
Midlands +17 387 £450 +10.43% 45
North of England +16 378 £450 +4.65% 60
West Midlands +14 254 £475 +18.75% 35
Scotland +30 250 £425 - 14
South West +6 250 £450 +0.17% 34
North West +14 212 £450 +5.88% 35
Yorkshire +10 148 £450 -4.26% 23
East of England +1 132 £450 - 29
East Midlands +11 129 £438 -7.89% 9
Wales +7 45 £450 -12.62% 7
North East +9 19 £379 +26.33% 2
Northern Ireland +7 12 £375 - 1
Channel Islands - 3 £438 -

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 August 2021, 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 2,043 (45.61%) Project Management
2 1,412 (31.52%) Agile Software Development
3 1,387 (30.97%) Finance
4 1,185 (26.46%) Stakeholder Management
5 1,008 (22.51%) Social Skills
6 986 (22.01%) Project Delivery
7 791 (17.66%) PRINCE2
8 559 (12.48%) Migration
9 467 (10.43%) Change Management
10 396 (8.84%) Waterfall
11 382 (8.53%) Public Sector
12 378 (8.44%) Microsoft
13 348 (7.77%) Banking
14 346 (7.72%) Scrum
15 337 (7.52%) Security Cleared
16 332 (7.41%) Business Case
17 295 (6.59%) Azure
18 291 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
19 263 (5.87%) SAP
20 247 (5.51%) SC Cleared
21 245 (5.47%) Risk Management
22 242 (5.40%) JIRA
23 239 (5.34%) Project Governance
24 233 (5.20%) Programme Management
25 230 (5.14%) PMP
26 229 (5.11%) PMO
27 224 (5.00%) PMI Certification
28 221 (4.93%) Microsoft 365
29 212 (4.73%) Telecoms
30 208 (4.64%) Microsoft Project

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
1 100 (2.23%) Confluence
2 98 (2.19%) SharePoint
3 43 (0.96%) CMS
4 13 (0.29%) Skype for Business
5 11 (0.25%) MS Exchange
6 7 (0.16%) Documentum
6 7 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
7 5 (0.11%) SAS
7 5 (0.11%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.11%) WordPress
8 4 (0.089%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.089%) Umbraco
9 3 (0.067%) Apache
9 3 (0.067%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.067%) LiveLink
9 3 (0.067%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.045%) Anypoint
10 2 (0.045%) CICS
10 2 (0.045%) JBoss
10 2 (0.045%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 208 (4.64%) Microsoft Project
2 141 (3.15%) Microsoft Office
3 98 (2.19%) Microsoft Excel
4 83 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 45 (1.00%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.16%) Open Workbench
8 5 (0.11%) Chatbot
9 1 (0.022%) Abaqus
9 1 (0.022%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.022%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.022%) Revit
9 1 (0.022%) Snagit
9 1 (0.022%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 31 (0.69%) SAP S/4HANA
2 29 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
3 22 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
4 19 (0.42%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 16 (0.36%) Maximo
5 16 (0.36%) Oracle EBS
6 13 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
7 12 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
7 12 (0.27%) SAP ERP
8 10 (0.22%) NetSuite
9 9 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
9 9 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
9 9 (0.20%) Primavera
9 9 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
10 8 (0.18%) Magento
10 8 (0.18%) Workday HCM
11 6 (0.13%) iTrent
12 5 (0.11%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 5 (0.11%) SAP FI
13 4 (0.089%) IBM Planning Analytics
Cloud Services
1 295 (6.59%) Azure
2 221 (4.93%) Microsoft 365
3 106 (2.37%) AWS
4 80 (1.79%) SaaS
5 60 (1.34%) Power Platform
6 58 (1.29%) GCP
7 53 (1.18%) Dynamics 365
8 31 (0.69%) IaaS
9 23 (0.51%) OneDrive
10 20 (0.45%) PaaS
11 16 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
12 15 (0.33%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 12 (0.27%) Yammer
14 11 (0.25%) Azure Active Directory
15 10 (0.22%) Azure Sentinel
16 9 (0.20%) Smartsheet
17 8 (0.18%) Serverless
18 7 (0.16%) Snowflake
18 7 (0.16%) Trello
19 6 (0.13%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 72 (1.61%) Firewall
2 63 (1.41%) WAN
3 53 (1.18%) LAN
4 36 (0.80%) 5G
5 33 (0.74%) Unified Communications
6 31 (0.69%) 2G
7 26 (0.58%) Wi-Fi
8 23 (0.51%) Network Security
8 23 (0.51%) SAN
9 22 (0.49%) 4G
10 21 (0.47%) Broadband
10 21 (0.47%) Wireless
11 20 (0.45%) MVNO
12 18 (0.40%) 3G
12 18 (0.40%) Intranet
12 18 (0.40%) Skype
12 18 (0.40%) WebEx
13 17 (0.38%) GSM
13 17 (0.38%) Packet Switching
14 16 (0.36%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 77 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
2 53 (1.18%) Power BI
3 49 (1.09%) Data Lake
4 31 (0.69%) Big Data
5 20 (0.45%) Electronic Patient Records
6 18 (0.40%) SQL Server
7 16 (0.36%) Oracle Reports
8 14 (0.31%) Tableau
9 12 (0.27%) DB2
9 12 (0.27%) Oracle Database
9 12 (0.27%) SAP HANA
10 11 (0.25%) BusinessObjects
11 7 (0.16%) Relational Database
12 6 (0.13%) Amazon Redshift
12 6 (0.13%) Hadoop
13 5 (0.11%) BigQuery
13 5 (0.11%) GIS
13 5 (0.11%) Metadata
13 5 (0.11%) NoSQL
13 5 (0.11%) Qlik Sense
Development Applications
1 242 (5.40%) JIRA
2 4 (0.089%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (0.067%) Eclipse
3 3 (0.067%) Jenkins
4 2 (0.045%) JIRA Agile
4 2 (0.045%) ProC
4 2 (0.045%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.045%) Visual Studio
5 1 (0.022%) Ant
5 1 (0.022%) Bitbucket
5 1 (0.022%) IBM UrbanCode
5 1 (0.022%) Maven
5 1 (0.022%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.022%) Postman
5 1 (0.022%) SonarQube
5 1 (0.022%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1,387 (30.97%) Finance
2 1,008 (22.51%) Social Skills
3 382 (8.53%) Public Sector
4 348 (7.77%) Banking
5 212 (4.73%) Telecoms
6 207 (4.62%) Retail
7 192 (4.29%) Analytical Skills
7 192 (4.29%) Presentation Skills
8 167 (3.73%) Influencing Skills
9 143 (3.19%) Marketing
10 136 (3.04%) Manufacturing
11 120 (2.68%) Organisational Skills
12 105 (2.34%) Legal
13 67 (1.50%) Local Government
14 65 (1.45%) Investment Banking
15 56 (1.25%) Automotive
15 56 (1.25%) Pharmaceutical
16 43 (0.96%) Retail Banking
17 41 (0.92%) Law
18 35 (0.78%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (0.89%) Middleware
2 24 (0.54%) .NET
3 22 (0.49%) Oracle Fusion
4 15 (0.33%) EDI
5 13 (0.29%) Velocity
6 8 (0.18%) FIDO
6 8 (0.18%) SailPoint
6 8 (0.18%) Unity (Game Engine)
7 7 (0.16%) HTML
7 7 (0.16%) REST
7 7 (0.16%) Web Services
8 6 (0.13%) OAuth
9 5 (0.11%) CSS
9 5 (0.11%) OAuth2
9 5 (0.11%) SAML
10 4 (0.089%) Flash
10 4 (0.089%) FpML
10 4 (0.089%) React
10 4 (0.089%) XML
11 3 (0.067%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 178 (3.97%) Data Centre
2 151 (3.37%) NHS
3 102 (2.28%) PMI
4 101 (2.25%) Virtual Team
5 74 (1.65%) Management Information System
6 73 (1.63%) Legacy Systems
7 60 (1.34%) User Experience
8 55 (1.23%) Self-Motivation
9 51 (1.14%) Data Protection Act
10 37 (0.83%) FMCG
11 30 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
12 29 (0.65%) Mobile App
13 28 (0.63%) Derivative
13 28 (0.63%) Fixed Income
14 27 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
15 19 (0.42%) Life Science
15 19 (0.42%) Tandem
16 17 (0.38%) Social Media
17 16 (0.36%) LIMS
18 15 (0.33%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 113 (2.52%) Windows
2 42 (0.94%) Windows 10
3 31 (0.69%) Windows Server
4 29 (0.65%) Linux
5 14 (0.31%) Apple iOS
6 10 (0.22%) Windows 7
7 9 (0.20%) Unix
8 6 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.13%) zOS
9 4 (0.089%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.089%) Solaris
10 3 (0.067%) AIX
10 3 (0.067%) Android
10 3 (0.067%) VMS
10 3 (0.067%) Windows Server 2016
11 2 (0.045%) HPUX
11 2 (0.045%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.045%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.022%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.022%) tvOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2,043 (45.61%) Project Management
2 1,412 (31.52%) Agile Software Development
3 1,185 (26.46%) Stakeholder Management
4 986 (22.01%) Project Delivery
5 791 (17.66%) PRINCE2
6 559 (12.48%) Migration
7 467 (10.43%) Change Management
8 396 (8.84%) Waterfall
9 346 (7.72%) Scrum
10 332 (7.41%) Business Case
11 291 (6.50%) Problem-Solving
12 245 (5.47%) Risk Management
13 239 (5.34%) Project Governance
14 233 (5.20%) Programme Management
15 204 (4.55%) Decision-Making
16 189 (4.22%) Project Planning
17 184 (4.11%) Business Intelligence
18 176 (3.93%) Stakeholder Engagement
19 167 (3.73%) ERP
20 142 (3.17%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 54 (1.21%) SQL
2 43 (0.96%) C
3 23 (0.51%) Java
4 10 (0.22%) VB
5 6 (0.13%) Python
6 2 (0.045%) C#
6 2 (0.045%) JavaScript
6 2 (0.045%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.022%) C++
7 1 (0.022%) Groovy
7 1 (0.022%) JCL
7 1 (0.022%) PHP
7 1 (0.022%) R
7 1 (0.022%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.022%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.022%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 337 (7.52%) Security Cleared
2 247 (5.51%) SC Cleared
3 230 (5.14%) PMP
4 224 (5.00%) PMI Certification
5 180 (4.02%) Degree
6 111 (2.48%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 100 (2.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 48 (1.07%) APMP
9 27 (0.60%) BPSS Clearance
10 25 (0.56%) DV Cleared
11 16 (0.36%) CISSP
12 14 (0.31%) ISEB
12 14 (0.31%) RIBA
13 10 (0.22%) Master's Degree
14 9 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
14 9 (0.20%) CISM
14 9 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
15 8 (0.18%) CCNA
15 8 (0.18%) Computer Science Degree
15 8 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 229 (5.11%) PMO
2 88 (1.96%) QA
3 52 (1.16%) GDPR
4 34 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 25 (0.56%) Data Quality
6 23 (0.51%) PMBOK
7 22 (0.49%) SLA
8 18 (0.40%) Disclosure Scotland
9 13 (0.29%) NIST
10 12 (0.27%) Accessibility
10 12 (0.27%) MiFID
11 11 (0.25%) PCI DSS
12 9 (0.20%) EMIR
12 9 (0.20%) GRC
13 8 (0.18%) COBIT
14 6 (0.13%) GxP
15 5 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
15 5 (0.11%) IFRS
15 5 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 4 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
System Software
1 61 (1.36%) Active Directory
2 30 (0.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
4 11 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (0.22%) PowerHA
6 6 (0.13%) vSphere
7 4 (0.089%) Hyper-V
7 4 (0.089%) Virtual Machines
8 3 (0.067%) Docker
9 2 (0.045%) XenApp
10 1 (0.022%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.022%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.022%) RACF
10 1 (0.022%) Time Sharing Option
10 1 (0.022%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.022%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.022%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 14 (0.31%) NetBackup
2 10 (0.22%) Microsoft Intune
2 10 (0.22%) Single Sign-On
3 9 (0.20%) SCCM
4 5 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (0.089%) Kubernetes
5 4 (0.089%) MOM
5 4 (0.089%) vMotion
6 3 (0.067%) RSA Archer
7 2 (0.045%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 2 (0.045%) CASB
7 2 (0.045%) CloudHub
7 2 (0.045%) Terraform
8 1 (0.022%) Ansible
8 1 (0.022%) AssetCenter
8 1 (0.022%) Grafana
8 1 (0.022%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.022%) Prometheus
8 1 (0.022%) Red Hat Satellite
8 1 (0.022%) WebSphere Cast Iron
Vendors
1 378 (8.44%) Microsoft
2 263 (5.87%) SAP
3 170 (3.80%) Oracle
4 139 (3.10%) Salesforce.com
5 78 (1.74%) VMware
6 63 (1.41%) Cisco
7 54 (1.21%) Citrix
8 53 (1.18%) ServiceNow
9 38 (0.85%) IBM
10 37 (0.83%) Workday
11 36 (0.80%) Google
12 24 (0.54%) CheckPoint
13 23 (0.51%) CyberArk
14 21 (0.47%) IFS
15 20 (0.45%) BT
15 20 (0.45%) hybris
16 19 (0.42%) Atlassian
17 18 (0.40%) Cadence
18 17 (0.38%) MuleSoft
19 15 (0.33%) Ariba