Association for Project Management (APM), has issued a call to people working in project management to share their thoughts on the findings of its new Salary and Market Trends Survey 2020 and their predictions for the year ahead, in light of the global outbreak of COVID-19.
APM’s latest annual Salary and Market Trends Survey, provides exclusive insight into the project profession, assessing project professional salaries (by region, sector and job role), confidence levels, job satisfaction, diversity and gender, as well as future trends and challenges. The findings of the research – commissioned by APM, and carried out by YouGov during November 2019, with over 4,500 respondents, has prompted APM to invite those working in project management to share their predictions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, to assess the impact of the outbreak on people’s perceptions.
The survey shows that the average salary of a project professional is a respectable £47,500 (compared with the overall UK average salary of £30,629), and the average starting salary of someone joining the profession is £27,500. It also highlights that confidence in the future of project management had risen over the past two years from the net positive figure of 60 per cent to 66 per cent.
The survey also highlights project management as being an attractive career choice for younger people looking for a fulfilling and varied career – one in five respondents are new to the profession, the majority being under the age of 34.
Debbie Dore, chief executive of APM, said: “Our latest Salary and Market Trends Survey provides a fascinating snapshot of the project profession, before the outbreak of COVID-19, revealing a profession offering financial stability and growing levels of confidence and optimism. We are aware that much has changed over the past few weeks, and in light of this we want to engage further and welcome people to have their say on the likely impacts on the profession.”