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Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017

APM’s Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 continues to build on two years of data in order to create a growing picture of market confidence, salaries and new demands, for skills and training across the profession.

For the 2017 survey, APM commissioned YouGov, a leading market research firm to go beyond APM followers and members in order to gain a better understanding of those who deliver projects in a vast array of sectors and industries who may not have engaged with APM previously. The survey was run in collaboration with Wellingtone Project Management.

Who is the intended audience?

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

Why is it important?

The research will help APM and Wellingtone to continue providing a dedicated service to the project management profession, which includes high quality career development advice and resources for project professionals across all sectors.

Who took part in the research?

Over 6,000 respondents took part in the survey throughout February 2017 which comprised YouGov respondents and both APM members and non-members. Respondents were drawn from a number of backgrounds including project professionals from a wide variety of roles, board members and recruiters. Further participant background information can be found here.

What did you discover?

The research demonstrated that project managers continue to be employed by mainly large organisations with over 250 employees or operating as under a limited company as a contractor. For the most part many respondents were positive about the future, with 67 per cent of respondents expecting an increase in pay in the next 12 months.


  • How do age affect salary
  • How does membership affect salary
  • Which job roles attract the highest salary

Contractor market

  • Average day rate
  • Average contract length
  • Contract notice

Market confidence

  • How do you anticipate the next 12 months?
  • How likely are you to change employer in the next 12 months?
  • How would you best describe your organisational growth?

Where can I read more?

More information on salary and market trends survey

About Wellingtone Project Management

Supporters of the report, Wellingtone, are a project management recruitment, training and consulting company based in Windsor, Berkshire. Wellingtone Project Management is an APM accredited training company and a Microsoft Gold Partner for Project and Portfolio Management. Vince Hines is an expert Project Management Consultant, having worked with clients across the UK, US and Europe. He retains a number of professional qualifications including MAPM and has extensive real world experience of developing client project management maturity. As managing director of Wellingtone Vince has a particular insight into career development and recruitment of project management professionals.

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