London is currently at the forefront of the economic recovery in the UK, and its building projects, research programmes and IT projects call for strong leadership. This means that project management in the city is currently thriving.
The key to project management is an in-depth knowledge of the respective discipline, so London-based recruitment agencies are usually looking for candidates who have a thorough working knowledge of their industry. This city is undergoing something of a transformation at the moment, as several huge construction projects are either underway or in the planning stages. Major research into several high-profile diseases is underway at London colleges such as Kings College and Imperial College, and major pharmaceutical companies are using London as the centre for their own research. This work calls for project managers of the highest calibre, and candidates who can demonstrate a history of achievement in their sector have a better than average chance of finding employment.
Major construction firms such as Wimpey employ project managers on a relatively regular basis, while software companies require London-based project managers for their large-scale development programmes. London's reputation as a multi-skilled marketplace means that UK-based candidates are more likely than ever to be up against foreign applicants for project manager roles in the capital.
Project managers in the construction industry can earn something in the region of £50,000 to £70,000 in London. However, senior project managers working for the leading pharmaceutical companies may be able to achieve salaries of over £80,000.