Period
to 23 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £474 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 April 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
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 26 23 16
Rank change year-on-year -3 -7 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 6,928 6,251 8,777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.85% 6.79% 8.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.22% 7.16% 8.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,804 4,407 6,171
UK median daily rate £474 £450 £442
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.28% +1.81% +4.00%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 58 56
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £32.28 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.43% -0.68% -8.45%
10th Percentile £21.25 £19.25 £19.13
90th Percentile £54.00 £56.25 £55.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.50 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +18.33% +20.00% -31.03%

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 95,967 87,286 100,704
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,128 56,707 64,982
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £635 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,951 3,004 3,304
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.98 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.53% -2.67% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.76 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.57 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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 -3 6,321 £475 +5.56% 657
UK excluding London +3 3,918 £440 +3.53% 448
London -5 2,871 £502 +0.30% 254
South East +2 1,386 £456 +1.39% 127
North of England -2 694 £425 +3.03% 96
Midlands 0 635 £425 - 82
Scotland +9 441 £400 -4.76% 37
East of England +11 377 £475 +11.76% 45
West Midlands -5 368 £425 - 48
North West -5 362 £423 +4.32% 51
South West -7 327 £418 +4.38% 51
Yorkshire -2 279 £420 -1.18% 43
East Midlands +8 227 £413 -2.94% 34
Wales -12 56 £400 -0.62% 5
North East +8 54 £475 +17.28% 2
Northern Ireland -19 8 £420 +8.39% 1
Channel Islands +7 6 £475 -5.00% 3

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 3,306 (47.72%) Project Management
2 2,165 (31.25%) Finance
3 1,932 (27.89%) Stakeholder Management
4 1,785 (25.77%) Agile Software Development
5 1,709 (24.67%) PRINCE2
6 676 (9.76%) Migration
7 555 (8.01%) Banking
8 554 (8.00%) Change Management
9 550 (7.94%) Microsoft
10 541 (7.81%) Retail
11 499 (7.20%) PMP
12 490 (7.07%) GDPR
13 482 (6.96%) Waterfall
14 456 (6.58%) PMI Certification
15 446 (6.44%) Scrum
16 445 (6.42%) Microsoft Project
17 439 (6.34%) Security Cleared
18 425 (6.13%) Project Planning
19 369 (5.33%) Risk Management
20 362 (5.23%) Problem-Solving
21 359 (5.18%) PMO
22 342 (4.94%) SC Cleared
23 316 (4.56%) CRM
24 307 (4.43%) SAP
24 307 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
25 303 (4.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
26 301 (4.34%) E-Commerce
26 301 (4.34%) SDLC
27 298 (4.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
28 296 (4.27%) Programme Management

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
1 155 (2.24%) SharePoint
2 115 (1.66%) CMS
3 74 (1.07%) Confluence
4 44 (0.64%) Skype for Business
5 32 (0.46%) WebSphere
6 23 (0.33%) MS Exchange
7 22 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 18 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
9 14 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
10 13 (0.19%) WordPress
11 12 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
12 11 (0.16%) IIS
12 11 (0.16%) SAS
13 10 (0.14%) Apache Spark
13 10 (0.14%) Documentum
13 10 (0.14%) MS Project Server
14 9 (0.13%) BizTalk Server
14 9 (0.13%) Exchange Server 2010
15 7 (0.10%) Drupal
15 7 (0.10%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 445 (6.42%) Microsoft Project
2 222 (3.20%) Microsoft Office
3 197 (2.84%) Microsoft Excel
4 146 (2.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 133 (1.92%) MS Visio
6 15 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.072%) Vectorworks
8 4 (0.058%) SPSS
9 3 (0.043%) Open Workbench
9 3 (0.043%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.029%) Adobe Illustrator
10 2 (0.029%) AutoCAD
10 2 (0.029%) InDesign
10 2 (0.029%) Maya
11 1 (0.014%) Adobe After Effects
11 1 (0.014%) EngageOne
11 1 (0.014%) HipChat
11 1 (0.014%) InVision
11 1 (0.014%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 91 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 44 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
3 27 (0.39%) NetSuite
3 27 (0.39%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 21 (0.30%) Unit4 Business World
5 19 (0.27%) Maximo
5 19 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
6 17 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
6 17 (0.25%) SAP HR
6 17 (0.25%) SAP S/4HANA
7 14 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
7 14 (0.20%) SAP FI
7 14 (0.20%) thinkFolio
8 13 (0.19%) Magento
9 12 (0.17%) Bloomberg AIM
9 12 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
10 11 (0.16%) Primavera
10 11 (0.16%) SAP CO
10 11 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
11 10 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 234 (3.38%) Office 365
2 182 (2.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 128 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
4 86 (1.24%) SaaS
5 50 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
6 32 (0.46%) IaaS
7 30 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
8 21 (0.30%) Cloud Computing
9 20 (0.29%) PaaS
10 18 (0.26%) OneDrive
11 9 (0.13%) Bluemix
11 9 (0.13%) IBM Cloud
12 8 (0.12%) Google Analytics
13 7 (0.10%) G Suite
13 7 (0.10%) OpenShift
13 7 (0.10%) Trello
14 6 (0.087%) Google Cloud Platform
15 5 (0.072%) Azure Active Directory
15 5 (0.072%) Salesforce Service Cloud
15 5 (0.072%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 146 (2.11%) WAN
2 123 (1.78%) LAN
3 77 (1.11%) SMS
4 76 (1.10%) Firewall
5 63 (0.91%) Skype
6 57 (0.82%) Internet
7 48 (0.69%) Unified Communications
8 46 (0.66%) VoIP
9 42 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
10 40 (0.58%) IP Telephony
11 34 (0.49%) SAN
12 33 (0.48%) MPLS
13 32 (0.46%) Network Security
14 28 (0.40%) Intranet
15 26 (0.38%) DNS
16 21 (0.30%) Wireless
17 16 (0.23%) Broadband
17 16 (0.23%) VPN
18 15 (0.22%) ATM
19 12 (0.17%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (1.43%) Data Warehouse
2 68 (0.98%) Big Data
3 55 (0.79%) SQL Server
4 41 (0.59%) Blockchain
5 38 (0.55%) Hadoop
6 28 (0.40%) Power BI
7 22 (0.32%) SAP BW
7 22 (0.32%) SAP HANA
8 17 (0.25%) Relational Database
9 16 (0.23%) Data Lake
10 15 (0.22%) BusinessObjects
11 13 (0.19%) Electronic Patient Records
12 11 (0.16%) Oracle Database
13 10 (0.14%) DB2
13 10 (0.14%) EDRMS
13 10 (0.14%) Oracle Reports
14 8 (0.12%) GIS
14 8 (0.12%) MS Access
15 6 (0.087%) Apache Hive
16 5 (0.072%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 199 (2.87%) JIRA
2 15 (0.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (0.17%) Visual Studio
4 7 (0.10%) Visual Studio Team System
5 6 (0.087%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.072%) GitLab
6 5 (0.072%) JIRA Agile
6 5 (0.072%) VersionOne
7 3 (0.043%) Selenium
7 3 (0.043%) Sonatype Nexus
8 2 (0.029%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.029%) Eclipse
8 2 (0.029%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.014%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.014%) GCC
9 1 (0.014%) Git (software)
9 1 (0.014%) Maven
9 1 (0.014%) MSI
9 1 (0.014%) ProC
9 1 (0.014%) TestRail
General
1 2,165 (31.25%) Finance
2 555 (8.01%) Banking
3 541 (7.81%) Retail
4 265 (3.83%) Telecoms
5 243 (3.51%) Marketing
6 224 (3.23%) Legal
7 137 (1.98%) Manufacturing
8 108 (1.56%) Investment Banking
9 98 (1.41%) Retail Banking
10 95 (1.37%) Law
11 92 (1.33%) Front Office
12 80 (1.15%) Advertising
13 59 (0.85%) Back Office
14 58 (0.84%) Billing
15 53 (0.77%) Automotive
16 52 (0.75%) French Language
17 51 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
18 48 (0.69%) Local Government
19 41 (0.59%) German Language
20 40 (0.58%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (0.88%) Web Services
2 52 (0.75%) .NET
3 50 (0.72%) HTML
4 42 (0.61%) CSS
5 34 (0.49%) Oracle Fusion
6 27 (0.39%) Middleware
7 17 (0.25%) XML
8 15 (0.22%) J2EE
9 12 (0.17%) ASP.NET
10 10 (0.14%) .NET Framework
11 9 (0.13%) SailPoint
12 8 (0.12%) ASP.NET Web API
12 8 (0.12%) Velocity
13 7 (0.10%) Kafka
14 6 (0.087%) EDI
14 6 (0.087%) FIX Protocol
14 6 (0.087%) HTML5
14 6 (0.087%) Mason
14 6 (0.087%) REST
14 6 (0.087%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 307 (4.43%) Analytical Skills
2 264 (3.81%) Data Centre
3 182 (2.63%) PMI
4 117 (1.69%) Management Information System
5 105 (1.52%) Virtual Team
6 99 (1.43%) User Experience
7 82 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
8 77 (1.11%) NHS
9 71 (1.02%) Mobile App
10 66 (0.95%) FMCG
11 60 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
12 56 (0.81%) Computer Science
13 44 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
14 37 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 34 (0.49%) Mainframe
16 33 (0.48%) Fixed Income
17 29 (0.42%) Equities
17 29 (0.42%) Reinsurance
18 28 (0.40%) Derivative
19 26 (0.38%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 271 (3.91%) Windows
2 149 (2.15%) Windows 10
3 47 (0.68%) Unix
4 42 (0.61%) Windows Server
5 38 (0.55%) Linux
6 37 (0.53%) Windows 7
7 29 (0.42%) Apple iOS
8 25 (0.36%) Android
9 18 (0.26%) AIX
10 12 (0.17%) Solaris
11 9 (0.13%) Windows Server 2012
11 9 (0.13%) Windows XP
12 8 (0.12%) Windows 8
13 7 (0.10%) Windows Server 2003
13 7 (0.10%) Windows Server 2008
14 6 (0.087%) zOS
15 3 (0.043%) VMS
15 3 (0.043%) VxWorks
16 2 (0.029%) Oracle Linux
17 1 (0.014%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 3,306 (47.72%) Project Management
2 1,932 (27.89%) Stakeholder Management
3 1,785 (25.77%) Agile Software Development
4 1,709 (24.67%) PRINCE2
5 676 (9.76%) Migration
6 554 (8.00%) Change Management
7 482 (6.96%) Waterfall
8 446 (6.44%) Scrum
9 425 (6.13%) Project Planning
10 369 (5.33%) Risk Management
11 362 (5.23%) Problem-Solving
12 316 (4.56%) CRM
13 301 (4.34%) E-Commerce
13 301 (4.34%) SDLC
14 296 (4.27%) Programme Management
15 275 (3.97%) ITIL
16 268 (3.87%) Matrix Organization
17 264 (3.81%) ERP
18 260 (3.75%) Project Governance
19 253 (3.65%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 92 (1.33%) SQL
2 77 (1.11%) Java
3 74 (1.07%) C
4 36 (0.52%) C#
5 29 (0.42%) JavaScript
6 19 (0.27%) PHP
7 7 (0.10%) Python
8 6 (0.087%) PowerShell
9 5 (0.072%) C++
9 5 (0.072%) R
10 4 (0.058%) ABAP
10 4 (0.058%) Apple Swift
10 4 (0.058%) VBA
11 3 (0.043%) Erlang
11 3 (0.043%) Pascal
11 3 (0.043%) Ruby
11 3 (0.043%) Scala
11 3 (0.043%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.014%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.014%) X++
Qualifications
1 499 (7.20%) PMP
2 456 (6.58%) PMI Certification
3 439 (6.34%) Security Cleared
4 342 (4.94%) SC Cleared
5 303 (4.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 298 (4.30%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 293 (4.23%) Degree
8 111 (1.60%) APMP
9 51 (0.74%) CISSP
10 45 (0.65%) ISEB
11 44 (0.64%) DV Cleared
12 41 (0.59%) BPSS Clearance
13 38 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
13 38 (0.55%) Master's Degree
14 18 (0.26%) CISM
14 18 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
15 17 (0.25%) SANS
16 15 (0.22%) HNC
17 14 (0.20%) CISA
17 14 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 490 (7.07%) GDPR
2 359 (5.18%) PMO
3 219 (3.16%) QA
4 62 (0.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 28 (0.40%) PCI DSS
6 25 (0.36%) MiFID
6 25 (0.36%) SLA
7 21 (0.30%) Data Quality
8 20 (0.29%) Disclosure Scotland
9 19 (0.27%) COBIT
10 13 (0.19%) PMBOK
11 12 (0.17%) GxP
12 10 (0.14%) ISO 9001
12 10 (0.14%) Solvency II
13 8 (0.12%) PSD2
14 7 (0.10%) IFRS
14 7 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 6 (0.087%) EMIR
15 6 (0.087%) GAMP
15 6 (0.087%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 106 (1.53%) Active Directory
2 46 (0.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (0.22%) XenApp
4 9 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
5 5 (0.072%) HDFS
5 5 (0.072%) Virtual Servers
6 4 (0.058%) Terminal Services
6 4 (0.058%) Virtual Machines
7 3 (0.043%) BitLocker
7 3 (0.043%) Docker
7 3 (0.043%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.043%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.029%) Apache Flume
8 2 (0.029%) Firmware
8 2 (0.029%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.014%) EMC RecoverPoint
9 1 (0.014%) RHEV
9 1 (0.014%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.014%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 52 (0.75%) SCCM
2 20 (0.29%) Cisco CUCM
2 20 (0.29%) Single Sign-On
3 14 (0.20%) Microsoft Intune
4 11 (0.16%) Cisco IPCC
5 10 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 8 (0.12%) AirWatch
6 8 (0.12%) Cisco UCCE
7 6 (0.087%) QRadar
8 4 (0.058%) CASB
8 4 (0.058%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (0.058%) Oozie
8 4 (0.058%) SCOM
8 4 (0.058%) Terraform
9 3 (0.043%) Ansible
9 3 (0.043%) CA Wily
9 3 (0.043%) Puppet
9 3 (0.043%) TeamSite
10 2 (0.029%) Hadoop YARN
10 2 (0.029%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 550 (7.94%) Microsoft
2 307 (4.43%) SAP
3 235 (3.39%) Oracle
4 150 (2.17%) Salesforce.com
5 131 (1.89%) Cisco
6 93 (1.34%) Citrix
7 86 (1.24%) VMware
8 73 (1.05%) IBM
9 68 (0.98%) ServiceNow
10 57 (0.82%) Capita
10 57 (0.82%) Workday
11 51 (0.74%) hybris
12 43 (0.62%) Adobe
13 35 (0.51%) Google
14 29 (0.42%) NetApp
14 29 (0.42%) Remedy
15 25 (0.36%) Splunk
16 24 (0.35%) HP
17 23 (0.33%) Sitecore
17 23 (0.33%) Tableau