The table below looks at the statistics for the Consultant role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Consultant in their job title over the 3 months to 21 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Consultant
Rank 19 20 19
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4266 3705 3991
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.33% 7.05% 7.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.08% 7.60% 7.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 2174 1840 1723
Average daily rate
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£450 £430 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% -1.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £313 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £564 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 45 39
Average hourly rate £27.50 £19.17 £39.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.45% -50.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £12.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.95 £44.00 £58.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.50 £19.17 £39.00
% change year-on-year
+43.45% -50.84%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
52814 48754 52062
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.71% 92.76% 93.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 32941 29468 29352
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2104 2105 2558
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- -5.71%

Consultant
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Consultant in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Consultant Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Consultant
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Consultant within the UK.

Consultant Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

Consultant Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Consultant
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Consultant within the UK.

Consultant Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Consultant
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014.

Consultant Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Consultant
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 21 October 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -1 3814 £450 +4.10% 1127
London +3 1785 £475 +5.55% 455
South East -7 622 £450 +5.88% 186
City of London +13 362 £470 +5.61% 170
North West -2 251 £425 - 105
South West +7 233 £425 +6.25% 95
West Midlands -1 210 £400 -2.73% 71
East of England +4 163 £401 +0.31% 53
Yorkshire +9 162 £450 +5.26% 52
Berkshire -4 159 £450 +5.88% 61
Scotland +7 158 £413 -2.94% 32
Surrey +5 124 £425 +9.32% 34
East Midlands +14 122 £425 +6.25% 39
Hampshire -8 119 £413 - 29
Manchester -1 99 £425 - 82
Wiltshire +7 83 £425 -10.52% 13
West Yorkshire -1 76 £400 -5.88% 33
Swindon +7 64 £400 -21.95% 6
Cheshire 0 62 £425 +1.31% 8
Reading -5 59 £475 +11.76% 23
Birmingham -8 59 £390 +0.64% 43
Edinburgh +6 58 £490 +13.95% 10
Hertfordshire -3 58 £400 -3.61% 17
Bristol +5 56 £425 +32.29% 42
Buckinghamshire -18 47 £408 -4.11% 14
Cambridgeshire +17 43 £393 -10.28% 19
Glasgow +13 42 £375 -7.69% 16
North Yorkshire +18 40 £500 +6.38% 7
Leeds -6 40 £390 -8.50% 24
North East -21 39 £401 -2.13% 21

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Consultant in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Consultant in their job title.

1 1818 (22.65%) SAP
2 1611 (20.07%) Finance
3 1229 (15.31%) Oracle
4 891 (11.10%) Microsoft
5 850 (10.59%) SQL
6 822 (10.24%) Migration
7 733 (9.13%) Windows
8 609 (7.59%) Security Cleared
9 541 (6.74%) Business Intelligence
10 520 (6.48%) CRM
11 464 (5.78%) SC Cleared
12 427 (5.32%) SQL Server
13 416 (5.18%) Banking
14 393 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
15 386 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
16 378 (4.71%) Cisco
17 367 (4.57%) Retail
18 365 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
19 359 (4.47%) SharePoint
20 353 (4.40%) VMware
21 342 (4.26%) Oracle EBS R12
22 340 (4.24%) Java
23 334 (4.16%) Active Directory
24 327 (4.07%) ERP
25 323 (4.02%) Linux
26 313 (3.90%) ETL
27 307 (3.82%) ITIL
28 305 (3.80%) Oracle EBS
28 305 (3.80%) Data Migration
29 304 (3.79%) MS Excel

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Consultant in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Consultant in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 359 (4.47%) SharePoint
2 177 (2.20%) MS Exchange
3 119 (1.48%) SharePoint 2013
4 111 (1.38%) SAS
5 105 (1.31%) SharePoint 2010
6 103 (1.28%) WebSphere
6 103 (1.28%) Oracle Workflow
6 103 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
7 101 (1.26%) IIS
8 91 (1.13%) Lync
9 85 (1.06%) WebLogic
10 71 (0.88%) NetWeaver
11 70 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
12 62 (0.77%) Apache
13 49 (0.61%) Exchange Server 2013
14 41 (0.51%) Exchange Server 2003
15 39 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
16 37 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 35 (0.44%) JBoss
18 32 (0.40%) CMS
Applications
1 304 (3.79%) MS Excel
2 112 (1.40%) MS Office
3 57 (0.71%) MS Project
4 49 (0.61%) MS Visio
5 47 (0.59%) MS PowerPoint
6 26 (0.32%) InfoPath
7 23 (0.29%) Photoshop
8 19 (0.24%) OmniGraffle
9 14 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
10 13 (0.16%) SPSS
11 10 (0.12%) PowerPivot
11 10 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
12 9 (0.11%) Fireworks
12 9 (0.11%) Mathematica
13 6 (0.075%) Windchill
13 6 (0.075%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 3 (0.037%) Adobe Captivate
15 2 (0.025%) DOC1
15 2 (0.025%) AutoCAD
16 1 (0.012%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 342 (4.26%) Oracle EBS R12
2 305 (3.80%) Oracle EBS
3 214 (2.67%) Dynamics CRM
4 178 (2.22%) SAP FI
5 155 (1.93%) Oracle Payables
6 153 (1.91%) Oracle Receivables
7 151 (1.88%) SAP CO
8 146 (1.82%) SAP SD
9 139 (1.73%) Oracle General Ledger
10 134 (1.67%) Dynamics AX
11 127 (1.58%) SAP FI/CO
12 120 (1.49%) SAP MM
13 110 (1.37%) Oracle Financials
14 99 (1.23%) Oracle Applications
15 96 (1.20%) SAP IS-U
16 89 (1.11%) SAP PP
17 84 (1.05%) SAP SRM
18 82 (1.02%) SAP HR
19 81 (1.01%) SAP APO
19 81 (1.01%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 94 (1.17%) Office 365
2 59 (0.73%) Microsoft Azure
3 48 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
4 36 (0.45%) SaaS
5 34 (0.42%) Force.com
6 24 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
7 21 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
8 18 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.12%) PaaS
10 9 (0.11%) Taleo
11 7 (0.087%) Amazon S3
11 7 (0.087%) IaaS
12 5 (0.062%) OpenShift
12 5 (0.062%) GitHub
13 4 (0.050%) MailChimp
14 3 (0.037%) Amazon EMR
14 3 (0.037%) Amazon ELB
14 3 (0.037%) Google Apps
14 3 (0.037%) Google App Engine
15 2 (0.025%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 299 (3.72%) Firewall
2 150 (1.87%) SAN
3 118 (1.47%) Network Security
4 114 (1.42%) LAN
5 112 (1.40%) WAN
6 111 (1.38%) DNS
7 93 (1.16%) Internet
8 90 (1.12%) TCP/IP
9 85 (1.06%) VPN
10 78 (0.97%) Cisco Nexus
11 77 (0.96%) Wireless
12 70 (0.87%) SSL
13 68 (0.85%) NetScaler
14 64 (0.80%) NAS
15 58 (0.72%) HTTP
16 57 (0.71%) DHCP
16 57 (0.71%) Cisco ASA
17 55 (0.69%) OSPF
18 54 (0.67%) BGP
19 49 (0.61%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 427 (5.32%) SQL Server
2 207 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
3 186 (2.32%) SAP BW
4 169 (2.11%) Oracle BI EE
5 158 (1.97%) Oracle Database
6 131 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 117 (1.46%) Oracle Reports
8 101 (1.26%) SQL Server 2008
9 97 (1.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 95 (1.18%) BusinessObjects
11 94 (1.17%) Relational Database
12 86 (1.07%) QlikView
13 81 (1.01%) Oracle BI Publisher
14 76 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
15 70 (0.87%) SAP BI
16 67 (0.83%) DB2
17 64 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 62 (0.77%) Oracle ODI
19 50 (0.62%) SAP Data Services
20 46 (0.57%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 64 (0.80%) LSMW
2 59 (0.73%) Visual Studio
3 52 (0.65%) Oracle Forms
3 52 (0.65%) Selenium
4 50 (0.62%) Jenkins
5 43 (0.54%) JIRA
6 32 (0.40%) Axure RP
7 30 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (0.32%) MSI
9 23 (0.29%) Maven
10 22 (0.27%) WebDriver
11 20 (0.25%) Talend Open Studio
12 19 (0.24%) Git (software)
12 19 (0.24%) Subversion
13 18 (0.22%) Cucumber
14 16 (0.20%) JUnit
15 15 (0.19%) QuickTest Pro
16 13 (0.16%) Eclipse
16 13 (0.16%) ERwin
17 12 (0.15%) Ant
General
1 1611 (20.07%) Finance
2 416 (5.18%) Banking
3 367 (4.57%) Retail
4 281 (3.50%) Manufacturing
5 219 (2.73%) Telecoms
6 147 (1.83%) Marketing
7 138 (1.72%) Automotive
8 131 (1.63%) Billing
9 126 (1.57%) Advertising
10 109 (1.36%) Pharmaceutical
11 97 (1.21%) Investment Banking
12 92 (1.15%) General Ledger
13 81 (1.01%) German Language
14 70 (0.87%) Legal
15 61 (0.76%) Back Office
16 59 (0.73%) Front Office
17 48 (0.60%) Publishing
18 40 (0.50%) Financial Institution
19 37 (0.46%) French Language
20 32 (0.40%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 299 (3.72%) .NET
2 229 (2.85%) Web Services
3 203 (2.53%) XML
4 191 (2.38%) HTML
5 135 (1.68%) Middleware
6 121 (1.51%) CSS
7 85 (1.06%) ASP.NET
8 79 (0.98%) Oracle Fusion
9 60 (0.75%) jQuery
9 60 (0.75%) J2EE
10 57 (0.71%) SOAP
11 48 (0.60%) BAPI
11 48 (0.60%) SAP Basis
12 44 (0.55%) XSLT
13 40 (0.50%) REST
14 37 (0.46%) WebCenter
15 36 (0.45%) HTML5
15 36 (0.45%) JSON
16 34 (0.42%) EDI
17 33 (0.41%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 386 (4.81%) Analytical Skills
2 162 (2.02%) User Experience
3 139 (1.73%) Management Information System
4 88 (1.10%) FMCG
5 87 (1.08%) Computer Science
6 73 (0.91%) Replication
7 72 (0.90%) Data Integration
8 70 (0.87%) Data Structures
9 60 (0.75%) Mainframe
10 57 (0.71%) Clustering
11 56 (0.70%) CESG
12 47 (0.59%) Visualisation
13 46 (0.57%) RMADS
13 46 (0.57%) CESG CLAS
13 46 (0.57%) Blackberry
14 45 (0.56%) Open Source
15 44 (0.55%) PKI
16 41 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
17 39 (0.49%) iPad
18 38 (0.47%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 733 (9.13%) Windows
2 323 (4.02%) Linux
3 303 (3.77%) UNIX
4 194 (2.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 118 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
6 117 (1.46%) Windows Server 2012
7 109 (1.36%) Windows 7
8 78 (0.97%) Solaris
9 69 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 67 (0.83%) AIX
11 36 (0.45%) Windows XP
12 24 (0.30%) Android
13 22 (0.27%) Apple iOS
13 22 (0.27%) zOS
14 19 (0.24%) Windows 8
15 15 (0.19%) Windows Vista
15 15 (0.19%) Windows 2000
16 13 (0.16%) VMS
16 13 (0.16%) CentOS
17 12 (0.15%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 822 (10.24%) Migration
2 541 (6.74%) Business Intelligence
3 520 (6.48%) CRM
4 393 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
5 365 (4.55%) Agile Software Development
6 327 (4.07%) ERP
7 313 (3.90%) ETL
8 307 (3.82%) ITIL
9 305 (3.80%) Data Migration
10 302 (3.76%) Information Security
11 297 (3.70%) Project Management
12 293 (3.65%) Workflow
13 209 (2.60%) Change Management
14 190 (2.37%) Data Modelling
15 188 (2.34%) Analytics
16 181 (2.25%) Risk Management
17 171 (2.13%) Business Analysis
18 169 (2.11%) User Acceptance Testing
19 148 (1.84%) SOA
20 139 (1.73%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 850 (10.59%) SQL
2 340 (4.24%) Java
3 196 (2.44%) PL/SQL
4 189 (2.35%) JavaScript
5 188 (2.34%) C#
6 180 (2.24%) ABAP
7 145 (1.81%) PowerShell
8 103 (1.28%) C
9 86 (1.07%) Perl
10 85 (1.06%) Python
11 73 (0.91%) T-SQL
12 59 (0.73%) Shell Script
13 47 (0.59%) VBScript
14 42 (0.52%) Ruby
15 40 (0.50%) C++
16 38 (0.47%) Bash Shell
17 33 (0.41%) VB.NET
18 29 (0.36%) Apex Code
19 24 (0.30%) VBA
20 23 (0.29%) R
Qualifications
1 609 (7.59%) Security Cleared
2 464 (5.78%) SC Cleared
3 240 (2.99%) Degree
4 200 (2.49%) CISSP
5 168 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
6 125 (1.56%) Microsoft Certification
7 105 (1.31%) CCNP
8 104 (1.30%) CISM
9 81 (1.01%) DV Cleared
10 76 (0.95%) CCIE
11 58 (0.72%) MCSE
12 51 (0.64%) SAP Certification
13 48 (0.60%) MCITP
14 47 (0.59%) CISA
15 40 (0.50%) CCNA
15 40 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
16 35 (0.44%) MCTS
17 33 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 25 (0.31%) ISEB
19 21 (0.26%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 154 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 144 (1.79%) QA
3 74 (0.92%) SLA
4 66 (0.82%) PCI DSS
5 55 (0.69%) Data Quality
6 40 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 31 (0.39%) COBIT
8 17 (0.21%) GPG13
9 14 (0.17%) ISO 9001
10 13 (0.16%) JSP 440
11 10 (0.12%) CDISC
12 9 (0.11%) GAAP
13 6 (0.075%) GxP
13 6 (0.075%) Solvency II
14 5 (0.062%) EMIR
14 5 (0.062%) Dodd-Frank
14 5 (0.062%) UCITS
14 5 (0.062%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 5 (0.062%) ISO 14001
15 4 (0.050%) WCAG
System Software
1 334 (4.16%) Active Directory
2 219 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 89 (1.11%) XenApp
4 79 (0.98%) vSphere
5 75 (0.93%) XenDesktop
6 71 (0.88%) Hyper-V
7 61 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
8 36 (0.45%) VMware ESXi
9 32 (0.40%) VMware ESX
10 20 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
11 19 (0.24%) XenServer
12 15 (0.19%) NFS
13 13 (0.16%) vCloud
14 10 (0.12%) ACF2
14 10 (0.12%) RACF
14 10 (0.12%) Firmware
15 9 (0.11%) ISA Server
16 8 (0.100%) Forefront TMG
17 7 (0.087%) SRDF
17 7 (0.087%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 163 (2.03%) SCCM
2 76 (0.95%) SCOM
3 63 (0.78%) Puppet
4 44 (0.55%) HP Quality Center
5 42 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
6 27 (0.34%) Oracle Identity Management
7 23 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
8 22 (0.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 22 (0.27%) Ansible
9 21 (0.26%) SCOrch
9 21 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 21 (0.26%) Tivoli
9 21 (0.26%) Nagios
10 20 (0.25%) Norton AntiVirus
10 20 (0.25%) NetBackup
11 18 (0.22%) Backup Exec
12 17 (0.21%) Control-M
12 17 (0.21%) Vagrant
13 16 (0.20%) SCVMM
13 16 (0.20%) OpenView
Vendors
1 1818 (22.65%) SAP
2 1229 (15.31%) Oracle
3 891 (11.10%) Microsoft
4 378 (4.71%) Cisco
5 353 (4.40%) VMware
6 233 (2.90%) HP
7 213 (2.65%) IBM
8 196 (2.44%) Citrix
9 139 (1.73%) Business Objects
9 139 (1.73%) Salesforce.com
10 121 (1.51%) F5
11 107 (1.33%) Juniper
12 104 (1.30%) EMC
13 101 (1.26%) Informatica
14 88 (1.10%) CheckPoint
15 85 (1.06%) Symantec
16 78 (0.97%) Red Hat
17 71 (0.88%) NetApp
17 71 (0.88%) PeopleSoft
18 63 (0.78%) Hyperion
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Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
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Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
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Greater Manchester
Venturi
Rate: £225 - £310 per day
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City, London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
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South East
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £550 - £605 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Kingfisher Consultancy
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + parking
Posted: 13 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £150 - £180 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
West Midlands
Apollo Solutions
Rate: £600 - £750 per day + All in rate
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North West
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Bracknell, Berkshire
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West Yorkshire
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Glasgow, Lanarkshire
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Essex
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East London
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Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
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Central London / West End
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Rate: Up to 43,000
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