The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 22 16 12
Rank change year-on-year -6 -4  
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 3287 4650 4780
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 7.22% 8.59% 8.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.62% 9.02% 9.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 2321 3239 3061
Median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £324 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 24 61
Median hourly rate £40.00 £36.75 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.84% +2.08%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.86 £19.65 £24.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £59.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £35.00 £36.25
% change year-on-year -8.57% -3.44%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43148 51543 50918
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.77% 95.22% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 28028 33436 30785
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1488 1586 2043
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.25 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Project Manager
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Project Manager in the job title.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

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 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Project Manager in the UK

Project Manager
Top 30 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 3 months to 30 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -8 3030 £450 - 442
London -9 1399 £500 +4.16% 169
South East -5 610 £450 +4.65% 80
South West -1 219 £400 -2.43% 33
City of London -3 217 £500 -2.43% 44
West Midlands 0 201 £425 - 32
North West -6 173 £405 -4.70% 41
Scotland +1 159 £413 -2.82% 22
Berkshire +4 153 £475 +10.78% 23
East of England -18 140 £406 -4.41% 28
Yorkshire -4 124 £425 - 34
Hampshire -10 109 £385 -9.41% 20
East Midlands -12 98 £400 -3.61% 18
Edinburgh -3 89 £425 -5.55% 17
Surrey -10 84 £490 +5.94% 9
Manchester -10 78 £400 -5.88% 23
West Yorkshire -11 75 £425 +6.25% 25
Bristol +2 71 £381 -5.27% 10
Buckinghamshire -16 69 £425 - 10
Milton Keynes -6 65 £425 - 6
Wiltshire +7 64 £433 +8.12% 12
West Sussex +2 56 £454 +10.33% 2
Glasgow +19 55 £419 +13.55% 4
Reading +12 54 £470 +4.44% 8
Birmingham -7 49 £413 +3.12% 9
Oxfordshire +1 48 £475 +3.26% 6
Cheshire +13 43 £388 -8.82% 12
Leeds -18 43 £419 +8.06% 17
Cambridgeshire -1 42 £400 -8.57% 10
Hertfordshire -11 42 £400 -10.11% 7

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, 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 3058 (49.53%) Project Management
2 1881 (30.47%) Finance
3 1665 (26.97%) PRINCE2
4 1532 (24.81%) Stakeholder Management
5 1373 (22.24%) Agile Software Development
6 679 (11.00%) Migration
7 567 (9.18%) Microsoft
8 535 (8.67%) Banking
9 517 (8.37%) Change Management
10 434 (7.03%) Security Cleared
11 429 (6.95%) Retail
12 424 (6.87%) MS Project
13 375 (6.07%) PMI Certification
14 368 (5.96%) Waterfall
15 362 (5.86%) ITIL
16 348 (5.64%) Risk Management
17 347 (5.62%) PMP
18 332 (5.38%) MS Excel
19 328 (5.31%) Data Centre
20 327 (5.30%) Scrum
21 321 (5.20%) SC Cleared
22 320 (5.18%) SAP
23 304 (4.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
23 304 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
24 296 (4.79%) Project Planning
25 289 (4.68%) Telecoms
26 285 (4.62%) Programme Management
27 281 (4.55%) CRM
28 280 (4.54%) PMO
29 268 (4.34%) 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
1 173 (2.80%) SharePoint
2 70 (1.13%) CMS
3 46 (0.75%) Confluence
4 45 (0.73%) Skype for Business
5 26 (0.42%) WebSphere
6 18 (0.29%) Drupal
7 17 (0.28%) MS Project Server
8 16 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
9 12 (0.19%) Documentum
9 12 (0.19%) MS Exchange
9 12 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
10 11 (0.18%) IIS
11 9 (0.15%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 9 (0.15%) SAS
12 6 (0.097%) JBoss
12 6 (0.097%) Sitecore CMS
13 5 (0.081%) EPiServer
13 5 (0.081%) IBM Notes
13 5 (0.081%) Oracle Workflow
13 5 (0.081%) WordPress
Applications
1 424 (6.87%) MS Project
2 332 (5.38%) MS Excel
3 223 (3.61%) MS Office
4 136 (2.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 100 (1.62%) MS Visio
6 27 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
7 6 (0.097%) Open Workbench
8 3 (0.049%) InfoPath
9 2 (0.032%) AutoCAD
9 2 (0.032%) Photoshop
10 1 (0.016%) Adobe Illustrator
10 1 (0.016%) Autodesk Inventor
10 1 (0.016%) Maya
10 1 (0.016%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 90 (1.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 40 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
3 37 (0.60%) Oracle EBS R12
4 32 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
5 30 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
6 28 (0.45%) Unit4 Business World
7 21 (0.34%) SAP ERP
8 20 (0.32%) Maximo
9 19 (0.31%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 17 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
11 14 (0.23%) SAP FI
12 11 (0.18%) Primavera
12 11 (0.18%) SAP CO
12 11 (0.18%) SAP FI/CO
12 11 (0.18%) SAP HR
12 11 (0.18%) SAP SD
13 10 (0.16%) NetSuite
13 10 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
13 10 (0.16%) SAP S/4HANA
14 9 (0.15%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 199 (3.22%) Office 365
2 103 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 63 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
4 58 (0.94%) SaaS
5 25 (0.40%) IaaS
6 21 (0.34%) SuccessFactors
7 20 (0.32%) PaaS
8 18 (0.29%) OneDrive
9 11 (0.18%) Yammer
10 9 (0.15%) Cloud Computing
10 9 (0.15%) Google Analytics
11 7 (0.11%) Azure Active Directory
12 6 (0.097%) Adobe Analytics
13 5 (0.081%) Taleo
14 4 (0.065%) Trello
15 3 (0.049%) Google Drive
15 3 (0.049%) Veeva
16 2 (0.032%) Boomi
16 2 (0.032%) Dropbox
16 2 (0.032%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 105 (1.70%) WAN
2 97 (1.57%) LAN
3 83 (1.34%) Wi-Fi
4 73 (1.18%) Firewall
5 51 (0.83%) Internet
6 50 (0.81%) VoIP
7 46 (0.75%) Intranet
8 44 (0.71%) Skype
9 37 (0.60%) LTE
10 35 (0.57%) SAN
11 34 (0.55%) VoLTE
12 23 (0.37%) Unified Communications
13 22 (0.36%) MPLS
13 22 (0.36%) Network Security
14 20 (0.32%) Wireless
15 19 (0.31%) VPN
16 14 (0.23%) IP Telephony
17 12 (0.19%) Broadband
17 12 (0.19%) NAS
18 11 (0.18%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
2 62 (1.00%) Big Data
3 45 (0.73%) SQL Server
4 19 (0.31%) GIS
4 19 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 18 (0.29%) Hadoop
6 17 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
7 16 (0.26%) BusinessObjects
7 16 (0.26%) SAP BW
8 15 (0.24%) SAP HANA
8 15 (0.24%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (0.16%) DB2
9 10 (0.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 9 (0.15%) Essbase
10 9 (0.15%) Oracle Database
10 9 (0.15%) QlikView
11 8 (0.13%) Power BI
12 6 (0.097%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
12 6 (0.097%) EDRMS
13 5 (0.081%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 121 (1.96%) JIRA
2 11 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.081%) Git (software)
3 5 (0.081%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.065%) Hudson
4 4 (0.065%) JIRA Agile
4 4 (0.065%) Talend Open Studio
5 3 (0.049%) SonarQube
5 3 (0.049%) Sonatype Nexus
5 3 (0.049%) Visual Studio
6 2 (0.032%) Cucumber
6 2 (0.032%) GitLab
6 2 (0.032%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (0.016%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.016%) JUnit
7 1 (0.016%) Mockito
7 1 (0.016%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.016%) PowerBuilder
7 1 (0.016%) Selenium
7 1 (0.016%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1881 (30.47%) Finance
2 535 (8.67%) Banking
3 429 (6.95%) Retail
4 289 (4.68%) Telecoms
5 214 (3.47%) Marketing
6 185 (3.00%) Legal
7 138 (2.24%) Manufacturing
8 134 (2.17%) Investment Banking
9 104 (1.68%) Law
10 98 (1.59%) Front Office
11 78 (1.26%) Pharmaceutical
12 77 (1.25%) Advertising
13 69 (1.12%) Retail Banking
14 55 (0.89%) Automotive
14 55 (0.89%) Billing
15 51 (0.83%) Back Office
16 50 (0.81%) Local Government
17 38 (0.62%) Publishing
18 37 (0.60%) Financial Institution
19 32 (0.52%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (0.66%) .NET
2 38 (0.62%) Middleware
2 38 (0.62%) Web Services
3 29 (0.47%) HTML
4 18 (0.29%) XML
5 12 (0.19%) Oracle Fusion
6 10 (0.16%) Velocity
7 8 (0.13%) CSS
7 8 (0.13%) J2EE
8 7 (0.11%) EDIFACT
8 7 (0.11%) REST
9 6 (0.097%) FIX Protocol
9 6 (0.097%) HTML5
9 6 (0.097%) JSON
9 6 (0.097%) Mason
9 6 (0.097%) Silverlight
10 5 (0.081%) SOAP
10 5 (0.081%) WebSphere MQ
10 5 (0.081%) XMPP
11 4 (0.065%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 328 (5.31%) Data Centre
2 304 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
3 195 (3.16%) PMI
4 183 (2.96%) Management Information System
5 94 (1.52%) NHS
6 76 (1.23%) Virtual Team
7 73 (1.18%) User Experience
8 50 (0.81%) FMCG
8 50 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 49 (0.79%) Mobile App
10 48 (0.78%) Derivative
11 38 (0.62%) Fixed Income
12 35 (0.57%) Fintech
13 31 (0.50%) EPoS
14 30 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
14 30 (0.49%) Equities
14 30 (0.49%) Smart Meter
15 27 (0.44%) Mainframe
16 24 (0.39%) Computer Science
17 21 (0.34%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 202 (3.27%) Windows
2 72 (1.17%) Windows 10
3 70 (1.13%) Linux
4 64 (1.04%) Unix
5 24 (0.39%) Windows Server
6 22 (0.36%) Android
7 20 (0.32%) Windows 7
8 16 (0.26%) Apple iOS
9 14 (0.23%) Solaris
10 13 (0.21%) AIX
11 9 (0.15%) Windows Server 2003
11 9 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (0.097%) zOS
14 5 (0.081%) VMS
15 3 (0.049%) OS/2
15 3 (0.049%) Windows Phone
15 3 (0.049%) Windows Vista
16 2 (0.032%) Mac OS X
16 2 (0.032%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 3058 (49.53%) Project Management
2 1665 (26.97%) PRINCE2
3 1532 (24.81%) Stakeholder Management
4 1373 (22.24%) Agile Software Development
5 679 (11.00%) Migration
6 517 (8.37%) Change Management
7 368 (5.96%) Waterfall
8 362 (5.86%) ITIL
9 348 (5.64%) Risk Management
10 327 (5.30%) Scrum
11 296 (4.79%) Project Planning
12 285 (4.62%) Programme Management
13 281 (4.55%) CRM
14 238 (3.85%) ERP
15 234 (3.79%) Stakeholder Engagement
16 232 (3.76%) SDLC
17 222 (3.60%) Project Governance
18 207 (3.35%) Supplier Management
19 206 (3.34%) Business Analysis
20 192 (3.11%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 108 (1.75%) SQL
2 80 (1.30%) C
3 66 (1.07%) Java
4 18 (0.29%) JavaScript
5 12 (0.19%) C#
6 11 (0.18%) PHP
7 8 (0.13%) PL/SQL
8 6 (0.097%) Python
9 5 (0.081%) C++
9 5 (0.081%) VB
10 4 (0.065%) ABAP
10 4 (0.065%) COBOL
10 4 (0.065%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.049%) R
11 3 (0.049%) Scala
12 2 (0.032%) Apex Code
12 2 (0.032%) Ruby
12 2 (0.032%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.016%) JCL
13 1 (0.016%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 434 (7.03%) Security Cleared
2 375 (6.07%) PMI Certification
3 347 (5.62%) PMP
4 321 (5.20%) SC Cleared
5 304 (4.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 268 (4.34%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 265 (4.29%) Degree
8 133 (2.15%) APMP
9 82 (1.33%) DV Cleared
10 44 (0.71%) ITIL Certification
11 39 (0.63%) BPSS Clearance
12 29 (0.47%) ISEB
13 21 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
14 20 (0.32%) Cisco Certification
15 15 (0.24%) CISSP
16 12 (0.19%) CCNA
16 12 (0.19%) MAPM
17 10 (0.16%) CCNP
17 10 (0.16%) HND
17 10 (0.16%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 280 (4.54%) PMO
2 172 (2.79%) QA
3 103 (1.67%) MiFID
4 44 (0.71%) GDPR
5 40 (0.65%) SLA
6 33 (0.53%) PCI DSS
7 32 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
8 27 (0.44%) PMBOK
9 26 (0.42%) Dodd-Frank
9 26 (0.42%) EMIR
10 25 (0.40%) Data Quality
11 22 (0.36%) GxP
12 21 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 19 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 14 (0.23%) Solvency II
15 11 (0.18%) FATCA
15 11 (0.18%) ISO 9001
16 9 (0.15%) IFRS
16 9 (0.15%) ISO 9000
17 8 (0.13%) GMP
System Software
1 87 (1.41%) Active Directory
2 29 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.13%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (0.11%) Virtual Desktop
5 5 (0.081%) Hyper-V
6 4 (0.065%) Firmware
6 4 (0.065%) XenApp
7 2 (0.032%) Docker
7 2 (0.032%) HDFS
7 2 (0.032%) Oracle RAC
7 2 (0.032%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 2 (0.032%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (0.032%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.032%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.032%) VMware Server
7 2 (0.032%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.016%) EMC RecoverPoint
8 1 (0.016%) SRDF
8 1 (0.016%) vCloud
8 1 (0.016%) Xen
Systems Management
1 35 (0.57%) SCCM
2 14 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
3 13 (0.21%) AirWatch
4 11 (0.18%) MOM
5 7 (0.11%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (0.097%) XenMobile
7 5 (0.081%) Tivoli
8 4 (0.065%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 3 (0.049%) Cisco UCCE
9 3 (0.049%) Hadoop YARN
9 3 (0.049%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (0.049%) SCOM
10 2 (0.032%) Cisco Prime
10 2 (0.032%) FlexNet
10 2 (0.032%) Jamf Pro
10 2 (0.032%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (0.032%) Nagios
10 2 (0.032%) QRadar
11 1 (0.016%) Cisco IPCC
11 1 (0.016%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 567 (9.18%) Microsoft
2 320 (5.18%) SAP
3 263 (4.26%) Oracle
4 125 (2.02%) Cisco
5 75 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
6 66 (1.07%) Remedy
7 62 (1.00%) VMware
8 60 (0.97%) Citrix
9 50 (0.81%) IBM
10 35 (0.57%) Ericsson
10 35 (0.57%) Workday
11 32 (0.52%) CheckPoint
12 30 (0.49%) ServiceNow
13 29 (0.47%) HP
14 25 (0.40%) Adobe
15 24 (0.39%) iManage
16 23 (0.37%) Google
17 20 (0.32%) Tableau
18 19 (0.31%) BT
19 17 (0.28%) Siebel
West Midlands
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 43 minutes ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £425 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Posted: 3 hours ago
Worcestershire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 28 minutes ago
Reading, Berkshire
Premier IT
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £525 - £580 per day +
Posted: 1 hour ago
South West
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Middlesex
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Brighton, East Sussex
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £465 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
West London
Energon People
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 18 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 26 minutes ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Rullion
Rate: £45.00 - £46.00 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Premier IT
Rate: £400 - £401425 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spring Technology
Posted: 2 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: £500 - £585 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Lincoln, Lincolnshire
AMS contingency
Posted: 4 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Executive Resource Group
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £400 - £414 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bracknell, Berkshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 23 hours ago