2018 Project Management Benchmark Report

2017 was another challenging year for many project management practitioners and the organisations that use their services, though as always there were still winners and losers in the overall mix.

With International, European and Local challenges on the agenda, some commentators suggested that there were/are threats to the liberal international order fuelled by Trump; Terrorism; Brexit; Cyber attacks; Polarisation; Populism and Globalism. For others, the future of the planet was top of the agenda as we saw many extreme weather events. News and media was under the spotlight as some grew ever more concerned about Fake News; Weinstein; Snowflakes; Gender and the Abuse of Power. While closer to home many practitioners were concerned about the impact on their jobs; their ability to earn a living; exchange rates; inflation and pay.

Whilst remuneration for many was still behind the level of inflation in the UK during 2017, many who changed employer also achieved a significant increase. We saw the level of churn increase amongst PM practitioners and with a tightening of available skilled resource, it is hard to see that remuneration rates will not start to follow as competition for talent increases. We also saw the introduction of the Off-Payroll Worker Legislation in the public sector, which hit a many practitioners hard as they were pulled into a new tax regime. As a fall out this also increased the competition amongst manay freelancers who once again had a challenging year.

2018 looks set to deliver more instability as the Brexit process grinds on, though as ever, the PM practitioners enter with year with their spirits generally high.

Back for the thirteenth year, the 2018 Project Management Project Management Benchmark Report from Arras People once again provides an independent survey into the lives and careers of Programme and Project Management practitioners in the UK and across the globe.

We hope you enjoy the report and find it a useful benchmark for the year ahead.


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