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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Consultant
Rank 21 19 18
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3922 4004 3765
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.11% 7.76% 7.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.74% 8.39% 8.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2086 2002 1668
Average daily rate
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£450 £438 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £433 £425 £425
% change year-on-year
+1.76% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 49 37
Average hourly rate £38.75 £22.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+72.22% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.57 £12.50 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.60 £60.15 £57.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.25 £19.17 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+42.14% -48.88%

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 -2 3518 £450 +3.15% 955
London -1 1537 £475 +5.55% 427
South East -8 710 £433 +1.76% 144
City of London -1 305 £459 +7.94% 182
North West -5 258 £450 +9.42% 86
South West -1 214 £438 +2.94% 65
Berkshire -4 190 £450 - 54
East of England 0 185 £425 +6.25% 51
West Midlands -11 151 £395 -1.25% 60
Scotland +1 150 £413 -8.33% 20
East Midlands +22 144 £425 -2.85% 19
Surrey +5 137 £450 +8.10% 15
Yorkshire -2 130 £449 +11.84% 45
Hampshire -19 115 £425 +1.49% 18
Manchester -4 108 £450 +5.88% 55
West Yorkshire -5 79 £423 +1.37% 31
Reading +7 78 £450 - 25
Wiltshire +6 74 £450 -10.00% 11
Cheshire +5 73 £488 +14.70% 16
Cambridgeshire +17 53 £438 -12.50% 20
Edinburgh +1 53 £400 -11.11% 11
Warrington +9 50 £500 -18.69% 2
West Sussex +15 49 £418 -1.76% 6
North East -4 49 £415 +5.06% 14
Hertfordshire -11 48 £450 +12.50% 11
Glasgow +11 46 £383 -8.92% 4
Swindon +1 46 £450 -10.00% 7
Bristol +6 44 £434 +17.22% 29
Leeds -11 43 £412 +1.41% 19
Oxfordshire -9 42 £450 +20.80% 9

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 1931 (23.66%) SAP
2 1630 (19.97%) Finance
3 1222 (14.97%) Oracle
4 915 (11.21%) SQL
5 860 (10.54%) Microsoft
6 811 (9.94%) Migration
7 715 (8.76%) Windows
8 672 (8.23%) Security Cleared
9 515 (6.31%) Business Intelligence
10 490 (6.00%) SC Cleared
11 487 (5.97%) CRM
12 412 (5.05%) SQL Server
13 407 (4.99%) Banking
14 399 (4.89%) Cisco
15 384 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
16 380 (4.66%) VMware
17 363 (4.45%) Oracle EBS R12
18 355 (4.35%) SharePoint
19 354 (4.34%) Stakeholder Management
20 353 (4.32%) ERP
21 346 (4.24%) Agile Software Development
22 342 (4.19%) ITIL
23 333 (4.08%) Java
24 328 (4.02%) Retail
25 326 (3.99%) Linux
26 324 (3.97%) Active Directory
27 318 (3.90%) Project Management
28 314 (3.85%) ETL
29 313 (3.83%) Firewall
30 311 (3.81%) Information Security

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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
1 355 (4.35%) SharePoint
2 170 (2.08%) MS Exchange
3 126 (1.54%) SharePoint 2013
4 114 (1.40%) SAS
5 111 (1.36%) Lync
6 104 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2010
7 98 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
8 95 (1.16%) IIS
8 95 (1.16%) WebSphere
9 94 (1.15%) Oracle Workflow
10 85 (1.04%) NetWeaver
11 74 (0.91%) WebLogic
12 71 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
13 69 (0.85%) Apache
14 63 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2013
15 45 (0.55%) JBoss
16 39 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
17 38 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2007
18 35 (0.43%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 34 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 278 (3.41%) MS Excel
2 106 (1.30%) MS Office
3 53 (0.65%) MS Project
4 51 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
5 49 (0.60%) MS Visio
6 31 (0.38%) Photoshop
7 29 (0.36%) InfoPath
8 15 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
8 15 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
9 11 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.13%) Fireworks
10 9 (0.11%) PowerPivot
11 8 (0.098%) SPSS
11 8 (0.098%) Mathematica
12 5 (0.061%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 5 (0.061%) Windchill
13 4 (0.049%) Adobe Captivate
14 2 (0.025%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.025%) DOC1
15 1 (0.012%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 363 (4.45%) Oracle EBS R12
2 297 (3.64%) Oracle EBS
3 202 (2.47%) SAP FI
4 171 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
5 163 (2.00%) Oracle Receivables
6 156 (1.91%) Oracle Payables
7 155 (1.90%) SAP CO
8 150 (1.84%) Oracle General Ledger
9 140 (1.72%) SAP IS-U
10 136 (1.67%) SAP FI/CO
11 135 (1.65%) SAP SD
12 117 (1.43%) Oracle Financials
12 117 (1.43%) Dynamics AX
13 106 (1.30%) SAP MM
14 100 (1.23%) SAP HR
15 99 (1.21%) Oracle Applications
16 91 (1.11%) Agresso
17 89 (1.09%) Oracle Assets
18 87 (1.07%) SAP PP
19 83 (1.02%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 120 (1.47%) Office 365
2 62 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 60 (0.74%) SaaS
4 55 (0.67%) Amazon AWS
5 36 (0.44%) SuccessFactors
6 33 (0.40%) Force.com
7 27 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
8 14 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (0.12%) IaaS
10 9 (0.11%) Taleo
10 9 (0.11%) Amazon S3
11 6 (0.074%) PaaS
12 5 (0.061%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.061%) Route 53
13 4 (0.049%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.049%) MailChimp
14 3 (0.037%) OpenShift
14 3 (0.037%) Google Apps
14 3 (0.037%) Amazon EMR
14 3 (0.037%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 313 (3.83%) Firewall
2 136 (1.67%) SAN
3 120 (1.47%) Network Security
4 117 (1.43%) LAN
5 116 (1.42%) WAN
6 113 (1.38%) DNS
7 102 (1.25%) TCP/IP
8 90 (1.10%) VPN
9 89 (1.09%) Internet
10 86 (1.05%) SSL
10 86 (1.05%) Cisco Nexus
11 67 (0.82%) NetScaler
12 66 (0.81%) Wireless
13 62 (0.76%) LDAP
14 61 (0.75%) BGP
15 60 (0.74%) DHCP
16 59 (0.72%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
17 58 (0.71%) Cisco ASA
18 57 (0.70%) OSPF
19 53 (0.65%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 412 (5.05%) SQL Server
2 221 (2.71%) SAP BW
3 195 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
4 175 (2.14%) Oracle Database
5 157 (1.92%) Oracle BI EE
6 128 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 123 (1.51%) Oracle Reports
8 91 (1.11%) Oracle BI Publisher
9 90 (1.10%) BusinessObjects
10 88 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
11 86 (1.05%) QlikView
12 85 (1.04%) Relational Database
13 80 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
14 75 (0.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 65 (0.80%) SAP BI
16 59 (0.72%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 58 (0.71%) Oracle ODI
18 56 (0.69%) DB2
19 54 (0.66%) MySQL
20 46 (0.56%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 54 (0.66%) Jenkins
2 52 (0.64%) JIRA
3 51 (0.62%) Visual Studio
4 48 (0.59%) Oracle Forms
5 46 (0.56%) LSMW
6 44 (0.54%) Selenium
7 30 (0.37%) Axure RP
7 30 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (0.32%) MSI
9 22 (0.27%) Maven
10 19 (0.23%) Git (software)
11 18 (0.22%) WebDriver
12 17 (0.21%) Subversion
12 17 (0.21%) JUnit
13 15 (0.18%) Eclipse
14 13 (0.16%) Talend Open Studio
15 12 (0.15%) Cucumber
16 10 (0.12%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 10 (0.12%) Ant
16 10 (0.12%) LoadRunner
General
1 1630 (19.97%) Finance
2 407 (4.99%) Banking
3 328 (4.02%) Retail
4 257 (3.15%) Manufacturing
5 212 (2.60%) Telecoms
6 147 (1.80%) Advertising
7 142 (1.74%) Automotive
8 140 (1.72%) Billing
9 132 (1.62%) Marketing
10 112 (1.37%) Pharmaceutical
11 104 (1.27%) General Ledger
12 87 (1.07%) Investment Banking
13 85 (1.04%) Legal
14 59 (0.72%) German Language
15 52 (0.64%) Publishing
16 51 (0.62%) Front Office
17 50 (0.61%) Back Office
18 41 (0.50%) French Language
19 36 (0.44%) Local Government
19 36 (0.44%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 268 (3.28%) .NET
2 238 (2.92%) Web Services
3 228 (2.79%) XML
4 210 (2.57%) HTML
5 146 (1.79%) Middleware
6 127 (1.56%) CSS
7 83 (1.02%) SOAP
8 77 (0.94%) Oracle Fusion
9 75 (0.92%) ASP.NET
10 64 (0.78%) J2EE
11 56 (0.69%) jQuery
12 54 (0.66%) REST
13 48 (0.59%) SAP Basis
14 45 (0.55%) BAPI
15 44 (0.54%) JSON
16 42 (0.51%) HTML5
17 39 (0.48%) WCF
17 39 (0.48%) Ajax
18 38 (0.47%) EDI
19 33 (0.40%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 384 (4.70%) Analytical Skills
2 146 (1.79%) User Experience
3 124 (1.52%) Management Information System
4 101 (1.24%) FMCG
5 77 (0.94%) Computer Science
6 75 (0.92%) Replication
7 64 (0.78%) Data Structures
8 61 (0.75%) Visualisation
8 61 (0.75%) Data Integration
9 52 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
10 49 (0.60%) PKI
11 48 (0.59%) Mainframe
12 46 (0.56%) Clustering
13 43 (0.53%) Open Source
14 39 (0.48%) CESG
15 38 (0.47%) Fat Client
15 38 (0.47%) Thin Client
16 37 (0.45%) Client/Server
16 37 (0.45%) iPad
17 34 (0.42%) RMADS
Operating Systems
1 715 (8.76%) Windows
2 326 (3.99%) Linux
3 300 (3.68%) UNIX
4 192 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
5 134 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 120 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 111 (1.36%) Windows 7
8 67 (0.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 64 (0.78%) Solaris
10 58 (0.71%) AIX
11 33 (0.40%) Windows XP
12 31 (0.38%) Android
12 31 (0.38%) Apple iOS
13 18 (0.22%) zOS
14 17 (0.21%) HPUX
15 14 (0.17%) Windows Vista
16 13 (0.16%) Windows 8
16 13 (0.16%) VMS
16 13 (0.16%) CentOS
17 12 (0.15%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 811 (9.94%) Migration
2 515 (6.31%) Business Intelligence
3 487 (5.97%) CRM
4 354 (4.34%) Stakeholder Management
5 353 (4.32%) ERP
6 346 (4.24%) Agile Software Development
7 342 (4.19%) ITIL
8 318 (3.90%) Project Management
9 314 (3.85%) ETL
10 311 (3.81%) Information Security
11 297 (3.64%) Data Migration
12 282 (3.46%) Workflow
13 205 (2.51%) Risk Management
14 197 (2.41%) Change Management
15 190 (2.33%) Analytics
16 188 (2.30%) Data Modelling
17 160 (1.96%) Business Analysis
18 149 (1.83%) User Acceptance Testing
19 143 (1.75%) Logistics
20 139 (1.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 915 (11.21%) SQL
2 333 (4.08%) Java
3 226 (2.77%) PL/SQL
4 197 (2.41%) JavaScript
5 191 (2.34%) ABAP
6 177 (2.17%) C#
7 154 (1.89%) PowerShell
8 100 (1.23%) Python
9 92 (1.13%) C
10 73 (0.89%) Perl
11 66 (0.81%) T-SQL
12 50 (0.61%) Shell Script
13 44 (0.54%) Ruby
14 41 (0.50%) VBScript
15 37 (0.45%) Bash Shell
16 34 (0.42%) C++
17 30 (0.37%) Apex Code
18 27 (0.33%) VB.NET
19 26 (0.32%) VBA
20 23 (0.28%) R
Qualifications
1 672 (8.23%) Security Cleared
2 490 (6.00%) SC Cleared
3 216 (2.65%) Degree
4 210 (2.57%) CISSP
5 171 (2.10%) Cisco Certification
6 135 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
7 120 (1.47%) DV Cleared
8 110 (1.35%) CISM
9 105 (1.29%) CCNP
10 74 (0.91%) MCSE
11 73 (0.89%) CCIE
12 54 (0.66%) SAP Certification
13 50 (0.61%) MCITP
14 47 (0.58%) CCNA
15 45 (0.55%) CISA
16 40 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
17 37 (0.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 33 (0.40%) MCTS
19 32 (0.39%) ISEB
20 26 (0.32%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (2.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 147 (1.80%) QA
3 87 (1.07%) PCI DSS
4 81 (0.99%) SLA
5 49 (0.60%) Data Quality
6 46 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 42 (0.51%) COBIT
8 22 (0.27%) ISO 9001
9 16 (0.20%) GAAP
10 15 (0.18%) GPG13
11 14 (0.17%) JSP 440
12 11 (0.13%) GxP
12 11 (0.13%) CDISC
13 9 (0.11%) GMP
13 9 (0.11%) Solvency II
14 8 (0.098%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 6 (0.074%) ISO 14001
16 5 (0.061%) EMIR
16 5 (0.061%) Dodd-Frank
17 4 (0.049%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 324 (3.97%) Active Directory
2 235 (2.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 94 (1.15%) XenApp
4 80 (0.98%) XenDesktop
5 73 (0.89%) Hyper-V
6 72 (0.88%) vSphere
7 53 (0.65%) Microsoft App-V
8 44 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
9 27 (0.33%) VMware ESX
10 22 (0.27%) XenServer
11 21 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
12 17 (0.21%) vCloud
13 10 (0.12%) Forefront TMG
13 10 (0.12%) Firmware
13 10 (0.12%) RACF
14 9 (0.11%) ISA Server
14 9 (0.11%) SRDF
15 8 (0.098%) Snort
16 7 (0.086%) ACF2
16 7 (0.086%) NFS
Systems Management
1 172 (2.11%) SCCM
2 99 (1.21%) SCOM
3 63 (0.77%) Puppet
4 47 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
5 38 (0.47%) HP Quality Center
6 32 (0.39%) Tivoli
7 28 (0.34%) Control-M
8 26 (0.32%) Ansible
9 23 (0.28%) Oracle Identity Management
9 23 (0.28%) Nagios
10 21 (0.26%) SCOrch
10 21 (0.26%) NetBackup
11 19 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 19 (0.23%) Cisco CUCM
11 19 (0.23%) Norton AntiVirus
12 18 (0.22%) SCVMM
12 18 (0.22%) Tivoli Storage Manager
12 18 (0.22%) OpenView
12 18 (0.22%) Vagrant
13 16 (0.20%) Salt
Vendors
1 1931 (23.66%) SAP
2 1222 (14.97%) Oracle
3 860 (10.54%) Microsoft
4 399 (4.89%) Cisco
5 380 (4.66%) VMware
6 243 (2.98%) HP
7 216 (2.65%) IBM
8 207 (2.54%) Citrix
9 142 (1.74%) Business Objects
10 136 (1.67%) F5
11 124 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
12 106 (1.30%) Informatica
13 99 (1.21%) EMC
13 99 (1.21%) Juniper
14 96 (1.18%) CheckPoint
15 81 (0.99%) Red Hat
16 69 (0.85%) NetApp
17 66 (0.81%) Symantec
17 66 (0.81%) Remedy
18 65 (0.80%) Dell
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