PPM Benchmark Report
About PPM Benchmark Reports
"Fantastic insight every year into the progress and changes in philosophy of our slowly maturing profession"
Since 2005, the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report has served as the UK's lone official declaration of the status of project management in the UK.
Informative, relevant and wide-ranging in area coverage, the PPM community regularly turn to the Arras People PM Benchmark Report because of its unrivalled ability to take the pulse of the nation's Programme and Project Management practitioners.
No other report or study in the UK can match the window that the Benchmark Report provides into a nation sitting on the cusp of chartered professional status.
Previous feedback from readers of past Benchmark Reports:
"Arras People have done another outstanding job with this year's report. Some very interesting results. Very much like how some of the contradictions many of us experience out there in the market have been exposed by the stats. Excellent."
"Congratulations to you and your team for producing such an excellent publication. I’ve just perused the digital version and it accurately reflects the state of the PPM practitioner profession in the UK. Let’s just hope things continue to improve after the slow downs of recent years."
"Arras People are viewed by PPM practitioners as progressing the profession; the Project Management Benchmark Report 2013 is just another example of this great work."
2014 Arras People PMBR - Now Available
The Project Management Benchmark Report 2014
Some of the highlights from this year's PMBR include:
Is ‘gut feel’ a good enough way to manage a professional career? 54% of PPM Practitioners surveyed rank their professional capability in comparison to their peers on mere ‘gut feel’. 2% admitted to ‘guessing’.
Overall confidence levels of PPM Practitioners surveyed has seen an increase but this hides a significant swing when analysed by sector. Of those working within the Public sector 43% have real concerns about hardtimes ahead this compares to 4% of those in the Private sector.
70% of PPM Practitioners saw less than inflation increases in their remuneration during 2013. Heading into 2014 22% of contractors and 28% of employees are anticipating above inflation increases, assuming the CPI rate of inflation remains at 2%.
With ongoing concerns about the Public sector’s ability to manage and deliver projects, the survey uncovers data which would suggest a ‘revolving door’ is occurring for some senior PPM Practitioners. There are also concerns about increasing project resource costs due to a ‘closed shop’ with regards to attainment of UK security clearance.
MBAs show their value in increasing remuneration for PPM Practitioners whilst the data surrounding the Masters Degrees in Project Management is questionable. The rise in Modern Apprenticeships for PPM may add further pressure to how the Masters Degrees in Project Management is positioned to future students.
- We continue to see an aging of the PPM community as a result of the lack of new entry level opportunities during the recession. This demographic time bomb could have long term implications for UK PLC as recovery takes hold. A new demographic emerging in respondents aged under 35, is an increased level of female PPM Practitioners.
Regardless of your position; a PPM Practitioner looking to benchmark yourself against your peers; looking to enter the PPM domain or an employer looking to benchmark your project management capability, I hope you find this year’s report a useful window into the UK’s PPM community.