Project management expectations

Respondents gave a huge vote of confidence in the future of the profession, a net 60% saying they felt optimistic.

Key findings

  • 1 in 8 high earners are dissatisfied
  • Just 3 per cent of respondents think Brexit will have a very positive effect on their career overall
  • Professionals in the health and Central Government sectors are least likely to think Brexit will have a negative impact on their career
  • More than half of professionals in retail/wholesale and education think Brexit will affect their organisation negatively
  • Project management professionals in Scotland and Wales are most likely to think Brexit will impact their career negatively

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Project management job satisfaction

The profession continues to enjoy high levels of satisfaction, with around 89 per cent of respondents claiming to be satisfied in their roles. Those from Northern Island and the North West of England claimed to be most satisfied, posting 85 per cent and 84 per cent respectively. However, it was the company directors who were most satisfied at 91 per cent of respondents.

Economic confidence for the economy as a whole

There was a much less positive sentiment when respondents were asked about the wider economic prognosis for the economy as a whole, with just 24 per cent feeling positive and 42 per cent negative. This may reflect the sentiment that project management is a desired skill set in times of transformation and change. Younger practitioners, however, are much more optimistic than their older counterparts.

Economic confidence – Individual and organisation

Respondents remained positive about their own economic prospects in the future (positive 43 per cent; negative 15 per cent). Similarly, they are optimistic for their own organisation (positive 42 per cent; negative 19 per cent).

 

Future of project management

Respondents were asked: In your view do you think project management or project delivery as a profession over the next five years will enhance, decrease or stay about the same?

The findings offer a huge vote of confidence that project management as a chartered profession has a great future with a net 60 per cent of respondents optimistic about the future of the project management profession. This optimism was highest in the retail/wholesale and voluntary sectors but lowest in the financial service sector.

                  

What does the future hold?

The Mega-trends from the report were identified in a joint Future of Project Management research report published last year by APM, UCL and Arup. Respondents believed that digital construction and project complexity would have the biggest impact, closely followed by changing corporate culture and global and virtual teams. When launching the Future of Project Management report, lead author Rob Leslie Carter said the idea was to produce something that really challenged people to think.

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"The APM survey results are really interesting – with the highest scorers being a diverse mixture of technical/ digital transformation and the more human aspects of changing corporate culture, when more stakeholders will be asking, ‘why should anyone be project managed by you?’"

Rob Leslie-Carter
Director, Arup, Author of The future of Project Management

 

Market confidence - satisfaction

The profession continues to enjoy high levels of satisfaction, with around 80 per cent of respondents claiming to be satisfied in their roles. Those from Northern Island and the North West of England claimed to be most satisfied, posting 85 per cent and 84 per cent respectively. However, it was the company directors who were most satisfied at 91 per cent of respondents. Click here for more details.

Impact of Brexit

Since 2017 there has been a five percentage point increase to 52 per cent of those who believe Brexit will have neither a negative or positive impact on their career. This shows that two years after the vote there is still considerable uncertainty about the process of exiting the EU. However, 26 per cent still believed it would have a negative impact. Click here for more details.

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