APM Salary and Market Trends Survey

APM’s Salary and Market Trends Survey is designed to provide project professionals and employers with an overview of the project management profession in terms of salaries, packages and market trends. 

With insights from respondents across the UK, the survey offers a comprehensive overview of the current state of the project management market. This includes data on:

  • salary trends in different roles, sectors and regions (comparing findings from previous datasets);
  • market trends, including how the project profession is developing, where the opportunities for growth are – and confidence in future projects;
  • future trends such as diversity in the profession and developing the next generation of young project professionals.

The research is of interest not only to project professionals but also recruiters, employers and those considering a project management-related career. 

APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017

APM’s annual Salary and Market Trends Survey is the largest survey of its kind in the UK. This year’s survey, run in collaboration with Wellingtone Project Management, had over 5,700 respondents. APM teamed up with leading researchers YouGov to undertake the survey which will give APM and researchers a detailed insights into the challenges, benefits and life of a project management professional.

The aim of the survey 

The APM Salary and Market Trends Survey allows APM to gain a better understanding of the profession, where there are skills gaps, how people are accessing the profession and the key characteristics of the project management role. The results also give an insight into the earning potential of project managers, where the highest salaries are paid and what roles are best paid in different industries. 

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APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2016

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APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2015

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What’s inside?

The survey includes a variety of findings such as: average base salary of project professionals; base salary by role; UK regional salary variations; UK salary variations by age; how qualifications and membership level affect salary; how membership of a project association affects salary; membership grade by salary and earnings by gender to reveal the current pay gap.

It also asks how likely professionals are to change employer in the next 12 months; job satisfaction; organisational growth, and the main criteria project professionals consider when seeking new career opportunities.

Why is it important?

The report offers an in-depth insight into the project management profession, enabling APM to track current growth and trends across different sectors.

The research will help APM to continue to provide a dedicated service to its members and the wider profession; this includes high-quality career development advice and resources for project professionals, both new and experienced. 

The survey also shines a spotlight on where the profession needs to improve. Most prominent in the 2016 survey was the gender pay gap, which saw male respondents enjoying 29 per cent higher remuneration than their female counterparts.

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