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Arras People 2015 project management census

Now in it’s 10th year, it’s time again for the Arras people project management census .  This is surely the most important and informative guide to PM trends IN THE WORLD .    If you’re a practising project, programme or portfolio management bod then I encourage you to spend a few minutes filling in the survey .  You’ll definitely want to check out the report when it’s published – here’s the 2014 one .

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Just 28% of project managers are happy in their current role

That is just one of the latest findings from the Arras People Project Management Confidence Index, a mid year report that takes a look at how project practitioners in the UK are faring today.With news that the economy is picking up and recruitment being one of the main indicators that can back this up, it …

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Just 28% of project managers are happy in their current role

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Professionalism – why settle for less when it comes to managing projects?

A company employed a new accountant and thought everything was going according to plan until it came to the time for their audit. During the audit, it became quite clear that the new accountant did not really know what he was doing and the company finances were in a mess. When questioned by the CEO further on his accountancy abilities, the accountant replied, ‘Oh I have no formal qualifications, but I did Maths at school and I manage my own finances’.

Whilst this situation is unlikely to arise when it comes to accountancy, how many projects are currently being run by people who are not project professionals? It is estimated that there are over 80,000 project managers in the UK (Arras People Benchmark report 2011) yet only a small proportion of these have qualifications and an even smaller percentage have qualifications that assess competence in project management as opposed to just knowledge.

So why is this and how is it changing? Historically, people have moved into project management later in their careers, either in a planned way or they have found themselves managing projects as part of their role. Project management is now being recognised as a profession in its own right and increasingly the need for project professionals is coming to the fore. There are numerous case studies of where project professionalism has led to a positive project outcomes, recent successes include ; King’s Cross, The Shard, the Digital TV roll-out, and the 2012 Olympic Games and the need for project professionals is growing. 13 separate Sector Skills Councils reports and cluster reports in the UK have identified project management as either an immediate skills shortage or one that will hit in the short to medium term.

APM’s 5 Dimensions of Professionalism provides a framework that helps develop a career in project management and supports the growth needed in project professionals. There are also more opportunities for people to enter the profession at a younger age with the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management being launched last year.

You wouldn’t employ an accountant or other professional services without the relevant qualifications and experience so why settle for less when it comes to managing projects?

 

You can find Gill’s original post here.

Gill Hancock

Gill Hancock

Gill Hancock is a Project Manager working for the Association for Project Management. Recent projects include the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management and Version 6 of the APM Body of Knowledge. Gill is currently working on the refresh of APM qualifications and a Competence Framework.

Gill is an experienced project manager with many years experience working in business and education environments.  Gill trained and worked as a careers adviser before making the move to project management.

 

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Any advice on becoming a project management contractor…

At Project Challenge earlier this year, every second person who drop by the stand said pretty much the same thing, “…any advice on becoming a project management contractor…” Contracting has always been an attractive option – especially in terms of the rates contractors can work at and the variation of opportunities that exist. Seasoned contractors will also be quick to tell you that it’s not necessarily plain sailing. Rates have been taking a hit lately and it can be nerve-racking if a new contract doesn’t materialise soon after the last one has ended. These are just a few of the facts that make up a contractor’s lot. There’s also the competition they face from other project management contractors who are available at any one time and the need to differentiate themselves in some way to be a more attractive proposition for an organisation. Then there’s the administration that needs to happen, each week, month and year. There’s certainly bookkeeping to be done, alongside sales and marketing activities.

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Project Recruitment Changes – One Day at a Time

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.” Aldous Huxley So on that note we’re happy to announce that Arras People have just launched their new job and career portal for project management practitioners. We do want to change the world eventually (……muahahahahahhahahahha!) well the world of project management recruitment anyway, and to do that we’ve just made the first stepped change. The first step is creating a platform that allows us to carrying on bringing additional changes to project practitioners – for ones that are currently job seeking and the ones that are interested in developing their career. Today, the platform enables project practitioners to gain control of their data at Arras People; have the ability to manage when they get alerted about new vacancies; are able to benchmark against others based on role and sector and receive exclusive offers. Tomorrow? Watch this space, we’re serious about changing the way project management recruitment works and this is just the beginning.

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Project Recruitment Changes – One Day at a Time