2019 Project Management Benchmark Report

The 2019 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report (PMBR) where we take a look back to what happened in 2018 and polish our crystal ball to look ahead to see what this year may bring for practitioners in the field of project management.

With less than 50 days to go until Britain’s scheduled March 29 exit date, we have Theresa May back in Brussels trying to renegotiate her Brexit deal and a house full of MPs who don’t seem to be able to rise above party politics as the country teeters on the edge of something historic. Historically fantastic or historically stupid seems to be the end of the previous sentence that the population still cannot agree on and the comments left throughout this years survey truly reflect the deep divide that is evident.

Meanwhile, life continues as practitioners deal with the ongoing challenges of making a living and staying in some form of meaningful employment. 2018 saw the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which created much confusion and some opportunity. IR35 changes continued to challenge the freelancing community as it further impacted the Public sector workers and worried those in the Private sector over when it will be implemented. At the same time, many freelancers came under scrutiny as HMRC pushed on with its retrospective tax initiative to recover monies from those who took their income in the form of non-repayable loans.

On the upside we saw an increase in the real standard of living for many UK based practitioners as remuneration began to outstrip inflation. The remainers appeared to lose out, compared to those who moved jobs as they achieved significant inflation busting increases and generated the much-missed churn in the employment market. Some commentators suggested that the UK had moved to a candidates market, though the wider evidence would not necessarily support that across the whole PM domain.

Back for the fourteenth year, the 2019 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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