Period
to 9 May 2021

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 9 May 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
9 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 35 42 40
Rank change year-on-year +7 -2 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 3,112 2,583 5,134
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.56% 4.97% 5.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.99% 5.31% 5.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,301 1,776 3,539
10th Percentile £313 £313 £328
25th Percentile £376 £400 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £475
75th Percentile £549 £542 £556
90th Percentile £613 £625 £626
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 30 71
10th Percentile £21.15 £22.13 £21.86
25th Percentile £23.25 £23.25 £25.67
Median hourly rate £29.50 £31.00 £33.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.84% -6.06% -5.04%
75th Percentile £44.50 £44.01 £44.72
90th Percentile £66.00 £54.25 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.12 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -6.28% -14.29% -12.50%

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 51,940 48,665 87,225
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.77% 93.73% 94.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 35,630 32,236 58,600
10th Percentile £288 £231 £273
25th Percentile £385 £363 £368
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £463 £473
Median % change year-on-year +2.70% -2.12% +5.00%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,710 1,823 2,618
10th Percentile £11.48 £11.63 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.50 £14.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +18.42% +5.56% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £40.94
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% +1.04%

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 9 May 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 9 May 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 9 May 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 +8 2,517 £475 - 329
UK excluding London +9 1,375 £450 - 258
London +4 1,204 £500 - 95
Work from Home +11 801 £475 +18.01% 44
South East +9 355 £473 - 62
Midlands +13 257 £463 +8.82% 47
North of England +11 247 £437 +0.92% 55
Scotland +13 195 £413 -8.33% 16
South West +7 186 £466 +7.76% 42
West Midlands +11 171 £465 +9.41% 37
North West +11 147 £437 +12.28% 30
East of England +5 96 £448 -5.79% 29
Yorkshire +1 89 £438 -7.89% 22
East Midlands +15 81 £450 - 10
Wales +9 30 £463 +2.78% 9
North East +25 13 £388 -9.88% 3
Northern Ireland +10 9 £375 +36.36%
Channel Islands +5 2 £400 - 1

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 May 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 1,476 (47.43%) Project Management
2 953 (30.62%) Finance
3 928 (29.82%) Agile Software Development
4 715 (22.98%) Stakeholder Management
5 709 (22.78%) Social Skills
6 647 (20.79%) Project Delivery
7 536 (17.22%) PRINCE2
8 385 (12.37%) Migration
9 344 (11.05%) Change Management
10 313 (10.06%) Public Sector
11 299 (9.61%) Microsoft
12 274 (8.80%) Waterfall
13 255 (8.19%) Business Case
14 249 (8.00%) Security Cleared
15 232 (7.46%) Scrum
16 219 (7.04%) Azure
17 215 (6.91%) Banking
18 195 (6.27%) Problem-Solving
19 188 (6.04%) Microsoft Project
20 185 (5.94%) SC Cleared
21 175 (5.62%) Microsoft 365
22 174 (5.59%) SAP
23 167 (5.37%) Programme Management
24 158 (5.08%) Risk Management
25 155 (4.98%) Telecoms
26 153 (4.92%) PMP
27 148 (4.76%) Project Planning
28 147 (4.72%) Degree
29 143 (4.60%) PMO
30 142 (4.56%) Stakeholder Engagement

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 80 (2.57%) SharePoint
2 60 (1.93%) Confluence
3 30 (0.96%) CMS
4 13 (0.42%) Skype for Business
5 9 (0.29%) MS Exchange
6 7 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
7 6 (0.19%) SAS
7 6 (0.19%) Sitecore CMS
8 5 (0.16%) Umbraco
8 5 (0.16%) WordPress
9 4 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 3 (0.096%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.096%) Drupal
11 2 (0.064%) Anypoint
11 2 (0.064%) Apache Spark
11 2 (0.064%) Documentum
11 2 (0.064%) LiveLink
11 2 (0.064%) MS Project Server
11 2 (0.064%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.064%) WebSphere
Applications
1 188 (6.04%) Microsoft Project
2 114 (3.66%) Microsoft Office
3 63 (2.02%) Microsoft Excel
4 44 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 26 (0.84%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.032%) Abaqus
7 1 (0.032%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.032%) Chatbot
7 1 (0.032%) Open Workbench
7 1 (0.032%) Revit
7 1 (0.032%) Snagit
7 1 (0.032%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 25 (0.80%) SAP S/4HANA
2 23 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (0.55%) Oracle ERP
4 16 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
5 15 (0.48%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 12 (0.39%) NetSuite
7 10 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
8 9 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
8 9 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
9 8 (0.26%) Magento
9 8 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
10 6 (0.19%) Maximo
10 6 (0.19%) SAP ERP
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle Applications
11 5 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
11 5 (0.16%) SAP CRM
11 5 (0.16%) SAP HR
12 4 (0.13%) Primavera
12 4 (0.13%) SAP Hybris
13 3 (0.096%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 219 (7.04%) Azure
2 175 (5.62%) Microsoft 365
3 71 (2.28%) AWS
4 59 (1.90%) SaaS
5 50 (1.61%) Power Platform
6 36 (1.16%) GCP
7 33 (1.06%) Dynamics 365
8 16 (0.51%) IaaS
8 16 (0.51%) OneDrive
9 13 (0.42%) Yammer
10 11 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (0.29%) PaaS
12 8 (0.26%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 8 (0.26%) Smartsheet
12 8 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
13 7 (0.22%) Serverless
14 6 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
14 6 (0.19%) Azure Machine Learning
14 6 (0.19%) Google Docs
15 5 (0.16%) Cloud Functions
Communications & Networking
1 60 (1.93%) WAN
2 55 (1.77%) LAN
3 51 (1.64%) Firewall
4 38 (1.22%) 4G
5 36 (1.16%) 3G
5 36 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
6 35 (1.12%) 2G
7 26 (0.84%) LTE
8 25 (0.80%) Unified Communications
8 25 (0.80%) VoLTE
9 21 (0.67%) 5G
10 20 (0.64%) SAN
11 19 (0.61%) Skype
12 17 (0.55%) Broadband
13 14 (0.45%) Internet
13 14 (0.45%) Intranet
13 14 (0.45%) Network Security
14 13 (0.42%) WebEx
15 12 (0.39%) Wireless
16 11 (0.35%) SD-WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (2.09%) Data Warehouse
2 43 (1.38%) Power BI
3 36 (1.16%) Data Lake
4 23 (0.74%) Big Data
5 18 (0.58%) SQL Server
6 11 (0.35%) Oracle Database
7 10 (0.32%) DB2
8 9 (0.29%) Electronic Patient Records
8 9 (0.29%) Tableau
9 6 (0.19%) GIS
9 6 (0.19%) SAP HANA
10 5 (0.16%) Neo4j
11 4 (0.13%) BusinessObjects
11 4 (0.13%) MySQL
11 4 (0.13%) NoSQL
11 4 (0.13%) Qlik Sense
11 4 (0.13%) SAP BW
11 4 (0.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 3 (0.096%) Oracle Reports
12 3 (0.096%) Snowflake Schema
Development Applications
1 134 (4.31%) JIRA
2 3 (0.096%) RStudio
3 2 (0.064%) Eclipse
3 2 (0.064%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.064%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.032%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.032%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.032%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.032%) Toad
4 1 (0.032%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.032%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 953 (30.62%) Finance
2 709 (22.78%) Social Skills
3 313 (10.06%) Public Sector
4 215 (6.91%) Banking
5 155 (4.98%) Telecoms
6 134 (4.31%) Retail
7 126 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
8 113 (3.63%) Marketing
9 112 (3.60%) Presentation Skills
10 99 (3.18%) Influencing Skills
11 93 (2.99%) Manufacturing
12 91 (2.92%) Organisational Skills
13 81 (2.60%) Legal
14 52 (1.67%) Pharmaceutical
15 47 (1.51%) Law
16 40 (1.29%) Automotive
16 40 (1.29%) Local Government
17 34 (1.09%) Investment Banking
18 25 (0.80%) Electronics
19 24 (0.77%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (1.06%) Oracle Fusion
2 26 (0.84%) Middleware
3 17 (0.55%) .NET
4 9 (0.29%) HTML
5 8 (0.26%) Unity (Game Engine)
6 7 (0.22%) AngularJS
6 7 (0.22%) EDI
6 7 (0.22%) SailPoint
7 6 (0.19%) Kafka
7 6 (0.19%) SAML
8 5 (0.16%) OAuth
8 5 (0.16%) OAuth2
8 5 (0.16%) REST
8 5 (0.16%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 5 (0.16%) Velocity
8 5 (0.16%) Web Services
9 4 (0.13%) CSS
10 3 (0.096%) Flash
11 2 (0.064%) J2EE
11 2 (0.064%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 139 (4.47%) NHS
2 127 (4.08%) Data Centre
3 80 (2.57%) Virtual Team
4 65 (2.09%) PMI
5 62 (1.99%) Management Information System
6 44 (1.41%) User Experience
7 31 (1.00%) Self-Motivation
8 28 (0.90%) FMCG
9 20 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
10 19 (0.61%) Greenfield Project
11 18 (0.58%) Life Science
12 17 (0.55%) Social Media
13 16 (0.51%) Mobile App
14 15 (0.48%) Fixed Income
15 14 (0.45%) LIMS
16 12 (0.39%) Replication
16 12 (0.39%) Tandem
17 11 (0.35%) Derivative
17 11 (0.35%) iSeries
17 11 (0.35%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 97 (3.12%) Windows
2 40 (1.29%) Windows 10
3 23 (0.74%) Linux
4 22 (0.71%) Windows Server
5 12 (0.39%) Unix
6 11 (0.35%) Apple iOS
7 6 (0.19%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.13%) Android
8 4 (0.13%) Solaris
8 4 (0.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (0.13%) Windows Server 2016
9 3 (0.096%) AIX
9 3 (0.096%) VMS
9 3 (0.096%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.064%) HPUX
10 2 (0.064%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.032%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,476 (47.43%) Project Management
2 928 (29.82%) Agile Software Development
3 715 (22.98%) Stakeholder Management
4 647 (20.79%) Project Delivery
5 536 (17.22%) PRINCE2
6 385 (12.37%) Migration
7 344 (11.05%) Change Management
8 274 (8.80%) Waterfall
9 255 (8.19%) Business Case
10 232 (7.46%) Scrum
11 195 (6.27%) Problem-Solving
12 167 (5.37%) Programme Management
13 158 (5.08%) Risk Management
14 148 (4.76%) Project Planning
15 142 (4.56%) Stakeholder Engagement
16 137 (4.40%) Project Governance
17 136 (4.37%) ITIL
18 134 (4.31%) Business Intelligence
19 126 (4.05%) ERP
20 120 (3.86%) Decision-Making
Programming Languages
1 52 (1.67%) SQL
2 29 (0.93%) C
3 23 (0.74%) Java
4 10 (0.32%) Python
5 7 (0.22%) PowerShell
6 6 (0.19%) VB
7 5 (0.16%) R
8 3 (0.096%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.064%) C++
9 2 (0.064%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.032%) Groovy
10 1 (0.032%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.032%) Scala
10 1 (0.032%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.032%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.032%) VBA
Qualifications
1 249 (8.00%) Security Cleared
2 185 (5.94%) SC Cleared
3 153 (4.92%) PMP
4 147 (4.72%) Degree
5 134 (4.31%) PMI Certification
6 78 (2.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 69 (2.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 29 (0.93%) APMP
9 26 (0.84%) DV Cleared
10 19 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
11 16 (0.51%) ISEB
12 12 (0.39%) CISSP
13 10 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
14 9 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
14 9 (0.29%) DBS Check
15 7 (0.22%) CISM
15 7 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
15 7 (0.22%) RIBA
16 6 (0.19%) CCNA
16 6 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 143 (4.60%) PMO
2 52 (1.67%) QA
3 34 (1.09%) Data Quality
3 34 (1.09%) GDPR
4 23 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 14 (0.45%) SLA
6 10 (0.32%) COBIT
6 10 (0.32%) IFRS
7 8 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
7 8 (0.26%) PMBOK
8 6 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 4 (0.13%) ISO 20022
9 4 (0.13%) MiFID
10 3 (0.096%) IFRS 9
10 3 (0.096%) NIST
11 2 (0.064%) AIFMD
11 2 (0.064%) Basel III
11 2 (0.064%) GMP
11 2 (0.064%) GRC
11 2 (0.064%) Solvency II
System Software
1 49 (1.57%) Active Directory
2 17 (0.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.32%) PowerHA
4 7 (0.22%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.13%) Docker
5 4 (0.13%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.096%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.096%) vSphere
7 2 (0.064%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.032%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.032%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.032%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.032%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.032%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.032%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 14 (0.45%) NetBackup
2 7 (0.22%) SCCM
2 7 (0.22%) Single Sign-On
3 5 (0.16%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (0.096%) CASB
4 3 (0.096%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.064%) CloudHub
5 2 (0.064%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.064%) MOM
5 2 (0.064%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.032%) Ansible
6 1 (0.032%) AssetCenter
6 1 (0.032%) Docker Swarm
6 1 (0.032%) HP ALM
6 1 (0.032%) Kibana
6 1 (0.032%) Netcool
6 1 (0.032%) OpenView
6 1 (0.032%) QRadar
6 1 (0.032%) Terraform
6 1 (0.032%) WSUS
Vendors
1 299 (9.61%) Microsoft
2 174 (5.59%) SAP
3 140 (4.50%) Oracle
4 114 (3.66%) Salesforce.com
5 48 (1.54%) Cisco
6 47 (1.51%) VMware
7 40 (1.29%) Citrix
8 30 (0.96%) Remedy
9 29 (0.93%) ServiceNow
10 26 (0.84%) Ericsson
11 25 (0.80%) IBM
12 23 (0.74%) Google
13 22 (0.71%) Workday
14 21 (0.67%) MuleSoft
15 16 (0.51%) hybris
16 15 (0.48%) CheckPoint
17 14 (0.45%) Cadence
17 14 (0.45%) CyberArk
17 14 (0.45%) Sitecore
18 13 (0.42%) JD Edwards