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Project Management Census 2015

Arras People PM Benchmark Reports

Project Management Census 2015

2015 Global PM Census is now closed.

Big thanks to all our contributors

We are currently preparing the Arras People 2015 Project Management Benchmark Report which will be launched on the 30th January 2015


2015 PMBR Pre-release Copy




"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.

Back for the tenth year, the Census aims to get underneath the skin of PPM practitioners, would you like to know about your peers?

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 Programme and Project Management practitioners.

No other report or study can match the independant window that the Benchmark Report provides into this expanding professional area.

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."

2015 PMBR is supported by:


Gower DSDM APMG Parallel Project Training AXELOS  

Census Prizes include:

Prize Draw T&C

The last Benchmark Report 2014

The 2014 Project Management Benchmark Report

The 2014 PMBR

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.

The Project Management Training Report September 2014

The Project Management Training Report September 2014

The Project Management Training Report September 2014

Some of the highlights from this autumn's Report:


  • At 65%, PPM Practitioners following the PMI accreditation route have the highest percentage earning more than the median £40K to £50K set by practitioners adopting the AXELOS path +22%.
  • Take up of listed Agile accreditations is still relatively low at 6.2% of our respondents, a figure which is even lower if we exclude the Scrum elements.
  • The AXELOS portfolio still holds the favourite with PRINCE2 retaining its place as the most popular at 69.3% and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) coming in second with 24.4%.
  • 14.3%, there are twice as many PPM practitioners in the Private sector operating without any PPM accreditation and at the same time we see 15.1% of PPM Contractors operating without any recognised PPM accreditation.

The Project Management Confidence Index July 2014

The Project Management Confidence Index July 2014

The Project Management Confidence Index July 2014

Some of the highlights from this summer's Report:


  • 74% of Private sector respondents are anticipating some level of growth in their current organisation during 2014.
  • 55% of respondents involved in recruiting programme and project management practitioners in 2014 reported that filling roles has been very difficult/difficult.
  • 40% of practitioners who have started a new job in 2014 have seen wage increases of over 8% on their last salary.
  • 28% of employees are happy in their current role.
  • 46% of practitioners cannot find a new role that meets a desired level of remuneration.
  • 48% of inactive contractors have been contracting for less than 3 years. Pseudo contractors?