Period
to 24 September 2020

The median contractor rate for a Project Manager was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 September 2020.

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
24 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 55 38 31
Rank change year-on-year -17 -7 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Project Manager 1,202 4,806 6,442
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 4.04% 5.43% 6.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.38% 5.76% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 936 3,412 4,371
Median daily rate £450 £473 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +2.16% +2.78%
10th Percentile £300 £325 £325
90th Percentile £600 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £438
% change year-on-year -5.56% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 76 76
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.45% +3.57% +7.69%
10th Percentile £19.35 £23.30 £20.57
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.75 £53.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £36.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year +27.78% +2.86% +4.48%

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 27,456 83,432 96,600
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.35% 94.20% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,255 54,745 63,458
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £269
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,096 2,889 3,142
Median hourly rate £29.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.00% +14.29% -7.51%
10th Percentile £11.31 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £17.50
% change year-on-year +20.35% +6.83% -2.78%

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 24 September 2020.

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 24 September 2020.

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 24 September 2020. 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 -19 1,083 £450 -5.26% 114
UK excluding London -7 607 £425 -5.56% 102
London -24 509 £488 -2.50% 36
South East +1 181 £450 - 23
Work from Home -6 180 £450 - 25
North of England -17 114 £400 -11.11% 13
South West +9 113 £446 +5.63% 10
Midlands -1 101 £400 -11.11% 18
North West -23 64 £400 -11.11% 6
West Midlands -6 63 £375 -16.67% 15
Scotland -11 51 £425 -2.86% 14
Yorkshire -18 43 £425 -5.56% 5
East of England -29 37 £400 -11.11% 13
East Midlands 0 33 £431 -4.17% 3
Wales +8 9 £550 +27.91% 5
North East +9 7 £325 -27.78% 2
Northern Ireland -4 3 £400 +6.67% 6

Project Manager Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 2020, 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.

1 561 (46.67%) Project Management
2 367 (30.53%) Agile Software Development
3 354 (29.45%) Finance
4 316 (26.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 270 (22.46%) PRINCE2
6 264 (21.96%) Project Delivery
7 165 (13.73%) Change Management
8 160 (13.31%) Public Sector
9 156 (12.98%) Migration
9 156 (12.98%) Security Cleared
10 112 (9.32%) Microsoft
11 106 (8.82%) Business Case
12 103 (8.57%) SC Cleared
13 97 (8.07%) Waterfall
14 95 (7.90%) Microsoft Project
15 89 (7.40%) Risk Management
16 86 (7.15%) Banking
17 85 (7.07%) Telecoms
18 77 (6.41%) SAP
19 75 (6.24%) Scrum
20 70 (5.82%) Programme Management
21 59 (4.91%) Digital Transformation Programme
22 57 (4.74%) Business Intelligence
22 57 (4.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
23 55 (4.58%) Project Planning
24 54 (4.49%) Office 365
24 54 (4.49%) Decision-Making
25 53 (4.41%) PMO
25 53 (4.41%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
26 52 (4.33%) DV Cleared

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 40 (3.33%) SharePoint
2 23 (1.91%) Confluence
3 17 (1.41%) CMS
4 7 (0.58%) Skype for Business
5 4 (0.33%) Alfresco
5 4 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
5 4 (0.33%) Documentum
5 4 (0.33%) Drupal
5 4 (0.33%) MS Project Server
5 4 (0.33%) Mule
6 3 (0.25%) MS Exchange
6 3 (0.25%) WordPress
7 2 (0.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 2 (0.17%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (0.17%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (0.17%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.083%) Apache Pig
8 1 (0.083%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.083%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (0.083%) SAS
Applications
1 95 (7.90%) Microsoft Project
2 51 (4.24%) Microsoft Excel
3 33 (2.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 32 (2.66%) Microsoft Office
5 16 (1.33%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.42%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.17%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.17%) LibreOffice
8 1 (0.083%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.083%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 12 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (1.00%) SAP S/4HANA
2 6 (0.50%) Magento
2 6 (0.50%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 5 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.42%) Oracle ERP
4 4 (0.33%) NetSuite
5 3 (0.25%) Misys Midas
5 3 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.25%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.17%) iTrent
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 2 (0.17%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.17%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.17%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.083%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.083%) SAP MDG
Cloud Services
1 54 (4.49%) Office 365
2 51 (4.24%) Azure
3 29 (2.41%) AWS
4 19 (1.58%) SaaS
5 14 (1.16%) GCP
6 12 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
6 12 (1.00%) OneDrive
7 10 (0.83%) Slack
8 9 (0.75%) Power Platform
9 6 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
9 6 (0.50%) GitHub
9 6 (0.50%) Google Docs
9 6 (0.50%) Veeva
9 6 (0.50%) Yammer
10 5 (0.42%) Smartsheet
11 4 (0.33%) npm
11 4 (0.33%) PaaS
12 3 (0.25%) IaaS
13 2 (0.17%) OpenShift
13 2 (0.17%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 23 (1.91%) WAN
2 20 (1.66%) Firewall
3 14 (1.16%) Wi-Fi
4 12 (1.00%) LAN
4 12 (1.00%) TCP/IP
5 11 (0.92%) 2G
5 11 (0.92%) 5G
5 11 (0.92%) Intranet
5 11 (0.92%) Skype
6 10 (0.83%) 4G
6 10 (0.83%) DNS
7 8 (0.67%) GSM
7 8 (0.67%) Internet
7 8 (0.67%) MVNO
7 8 (0.67%) Reverse Proxy
7 8 (0.67%) SSL
8 7 (0.58%) Radio Access Network
9 6 (0.50%) LTE
9 6 (0.50%) Network Security
9 6 (0.50%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (0.75%) Power BI
3 8 (0.67%) Big Data
4 7 (0.58%) SQL Server
5 4 (0.33%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.25%) Data Lake
6 3 (0.25%) Snowflake Schema
7 2 (0.17%) Electronic Patient Records
7 2 (0.17%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.17%) GIS
7 2 (0.17%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.17%) MongoDB
7 2 (0.17%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.17%) SAP BW
8 1 (0.083%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.083%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.083%) DataStage
8 1 (0.083%) EDRMS
8 1 (0.083%) HBase
8 1 (0.083%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 42 (3.49%) JIRA
2 4 (0.33%) Git (software)
2 4 (0.33%) Jenkins
2 4 (0.33%) JUnit
2 4 (0.33%) Maven
2 4 (0.33%) Mockito
2 4 (0.33%) Selenium
2 4 (0.33%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (0.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.17%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.083%) Hudson
4 1 (0.083%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.083%) Pivotal Tracker
4 1 (0.083%) Visual Studio
General
1 354 (29.45%) Finance
2 160 (13.31%) Public Sector
3 86 (7.15%) Banking
4 85 (7.07%) Telecoms
5 48 (3.99%) Marketing
6 43 (3.58%) Manufacturing
7 41 (3.41%) Retail
8 36 (3.00%) Local Government
9 33 (2.75%) Pharmaceutical
10 26 (2.16%) Legal
11 23 (1.91%) Electronics
12 16 (1.33%) Retail Banking
13 12 (1.00%) Back Office
14 10 (0.83%) Law
15 9 (0.75%) Investment Banking
16 8 (0.67%) Publishing
17 7 (0.58%) Aerospace
17 7 (0.58%) Front Office
18 6 (0.50%) French Language
18 6 (0.50%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (0.92%) .NET
2 4 (0.33%) Enzyme
2 4 (0.33%) Express
2 4 (0.33%) Jest
2 4 (0.33%) JSON
2 4 (0.33%) Node.js
2 4 (0.33%) Oracle Fusion
2 4 (0.33%) Redux
2 4 (0.33%) REST
2 4 (0.33%) Spring
2 4 (0.33%) Spring Boot
2 4 (0.33%) WireMock
3 3 (0.25%) Middleware
4 2 (0.17%) COM
4 2 (0.17%) SAP Basis
4 2 (0.17%) Velocity
4 2 (0.17%) Web Services
5 1 (0.083%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.083%) Laravel
5 1 (0.083%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 52 (4.33%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (3.24%) NHS
3 37 (3.08%) Management Information System
4 36 (3.00%) Data Centre
5 23 (1.91%) Virtual Team
6 19 (1.58%) Self-Motivation
7 18 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
7 18 (1.50%) PMI
8 13 (1.08%) User Experience
9 12 (1.00%) FMCG
10 10 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (0.83%) Mobile App
11 9 (0.75%) Life Science
12 7 (0.58%) Hybrid Cloud
13 6 (0.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 6 (0.50%) IVR
14 5 (0.42%) Social Media
15 4 (0.33%) Private Cloud
16 3 (0.25%) Mainframe
16 3 (0.25%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 39 (3.24%) Windows
2 20 (1.66%) Windows 10
3 8 (0.67%) Linux
4 6 (0.50%) Apple iOS
4 6 (0.50%) Windows Server
5 5 (0.42%) Android
5 5 (0.42%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.17%) Ubuntu
6 2 (0.17%) Unix
6 2 (0.17%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (0.083%) AIX
7 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 561 (46.67%) Project Management
2 367 (30.53%) Agile Software Development
3 316 (26.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 270 (22.46%) PRINCE2
5 264 (21.96%) Project Delivery
6 165 (13.73%) Change Management
7 156 (12.98%) Migration
8 106 (8.82%) Business Case
9 97 (8.07%) Waterfall
10 89 (7.40%) Risk Management
11 75 (6.24%) Scrum
12 70 (5.82%) Programme Management
13 59 (4.91%) Digital Transformation Programme
14 57 (4.74%) Business Intelligence
15 55 (4.58%) Project Planning
16 54 (4.49%) Decision-Making
17 52 (4.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
18 50 (4.16%) Problem-Solving
19 49 (4.08%) ERP
20 46 (3.83%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 21 (1.75%) C
2 9 (0.75%) SQL
3 5 (0.42%) Java
4 4 (0.33%) C#
4 4 (0.33%) ES6
5 3 (0.25%) JavaScript
5 3 (0.25%) VB.NET
6 2 (0.17%) Python
7 1 (0.083%) PHP
7 1 (0.083%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.083%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.083%) VB
Qualifications
1 156 (12.98%) Security Cleared
2 103 (8.57%) SC Cleared
3 57 (4.74%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 53 (4.41%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 52 (4.33%) DV Cleared
6 49 (4.08%) PMP
7 47 (3.91%) Degree
8 44 (3.66%) PMI Certification
9 29 (2.41%) APMP
10 13 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
11 6 (0.50%) HNC
12 5 (0.42%) HND
13 4 (0.33%) DBS Check
14 3 (0.25%) CISM
14 3 (0.25%) CISSP
14 3 (0.25%) Computer Science Degree
14 3 (0.25%) ITIL Certification
15 2 (0.17%) CEH
15 2 (0.17%) CESG Certified Professional
16 1 (0.083%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 53 (4.41%) PMO
2 16 (1.33%) QA
3 13 (1.08%) GDPR
4 9 (0.75%) GxP
5 7 (0.58%) PMBOK
6 6 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.50%) SLA
7 4 (0.33%) NIST
8 3 (0.25%) COBIT
8 3 (0.25%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.25%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 2 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.17%) IFRS
9 2 (0.17%) NCSC
9 2 (0.17%) PSD2
9 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.083%) Cyber Essentials
10 1 (0.083%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
10 1 (0.083%) ITGC
System Software
1 24 (2.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.17%) Firmware
3 2 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.083%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (0.083%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.083%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (0.50%) SCCM
2 5 (0.42%) Kubernetes
2 5 (0.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (0.17%) CASB
3 2 (0.17%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (0.083%) Ansible
4 1 (0.083%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (0.083%) FortiGate
4 1 (0.083%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.083%) Nessus
4 1 (0.083%) QRadar
4 1 (0.083%) SCOM
4 1 (0.083%) Terraform
4 1 (0.083%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 112 (9.32%) Microsoft
2 77 (6.41%) SAP
3 35 (2.91%) Oracle
4 34 (2.83%) Salesforce.com
5 21 (1.75%) ServiceNow
6 20 (1.66%) Cisco
7 12 (1.00%) NEC
8 11 (0.92%) Remedy
8 11 (0.92%) Workday
9 9 (0.75%) F5
9 9 (0.75%) Google
9 9 (0.75%) VMware
10 8 (0.67%) Splunk
11 7 (0.58%) AppDynamics
11 7 (0.58%) Ariba
11 7 (0.58%) Citrix
11 7 (0.58%) Northgate
12 6 (0.50%) BMC
12 6 (0.50%) Capita
12 6 (0.50%) IBM