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 4 September 2015 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Consultant
Rank 26 21 19
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3727 4057 3741
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 6.38% 7.26% 7.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.87% 7.89% 7.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1915 2007 1840
Average daily rate
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£450 £450 £428
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £315 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 23 29
Average hourly rate £47.50 £27.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+72.72% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £14.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.89 £54.00 £44.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+22.72% -

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
54235 51432 48394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.81% 92.07% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34663 31190 28805
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1992 1996 2114
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

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 4 September 2015.

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 4 September 2015.

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 4 September 2015. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -7 3306 £450 - 1230
London -5 1436 £465 +3.21% 521
South East +1 588 £438 +6.06% 190
North West +4 361 £450 +5.88% 125
City of London -10 241 £450 - 160
East of England +5 182 £450 +11.80% 57
West Midlands -8 177 £425 +6.31% 77
Manchester +14 175 £475 +5.55% 84
South West -10 172 £428 +0.58% 86
Berkshire +17 168 £438 -1.40% 55
Yorkshire -3 149 £425 -1.73% 57
Scotland -9 147 £425 - 36
Hampshire +3 120 £425 +13.33% 25
Surrey +6 97 £400 - 26
West Yorkshire -5 97 £380 -5.00% 32
East Midlands 0 90 £404 -5.05% 34
Birmingham +5 85 £413 +3.12% 33
Edinburgh -2 79 £418 -4.57% 20
Reading +10 76 £450 - 22
Cheshire -5 72 £450 +5.88% 22
Buckinghamshire -6 72 £450 +12.50% 15
Leeds -4 63 £375 -6.25% 26
Hertfordshire +7 56 £464 +15.93% 27
Wiltshire +3 53 £475 +8.57% 22
Wales +6 52 £404 -5.00% 4
Milton Keynes -4 50 £488 +21.87% 12
Cambridgeshire +1 47 £450 +20.00% 25
Glasgow +1 40 £375 -5.66% 13
Oxfordshire 0 40 £450 +12.50% 33
North East -26 39 £461 +19.03% 38

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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 1492 (20.60%) SAP
1 1492 (20.60%) Finance
2 1024 (14.14%) Oracle
3 805 (11.11%) Microsoft
4 794 (10.96%) Migration
5 746 (10.30%) SQL
6 652 (9.00%) Windows
7 581 (8.02%) Security Cleared
8 468 (6.46%) Business Intelligence
9 457 (6.31%) CRM
10 430 (5.94%) SC Cleared
11 398 (5.49%) Agile Software Development
12 396 (5.47%) Banking
13 372 (5.14%) ERP
14 371 (5.12%) ITIL
15 353 (4.87%) Stakeholder Management
16 348 (4.80%) VMware
16 348 (4.80%) SQL Server
17 341 (4.71%) Linux
18 336 (4.64%) Java
19 330 (4.56%) Project Management
20 316 (4.36%) UNIX
21 306 (4.22%) Cisco
22 294 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
23 283 (3.91%) MS Excel
24 281 (3.88%) Retail
25 279 (3.85%) Active Directory
26 278 (3.84%) Information Security
27 277 (3.82%) Firewall
28 276 (3.81%) IBM

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, 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
1 265 (3.66%) SharePoint
2 134 (1.85%) WebSphere
3 101 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
4 100 (1.38%) SAS
5 97 (1.34%) IIS
6 89 (1.23%) Lync
7 84 (1.16%) MS Exchange
8 62 (0.86%) Apache
9 58 (0.80%) WebLogic
10 55 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
11 50 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
12 48 (0.66%) Tomcat
13 47 (0.65%) Oracle Workflow
14 46 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2010
15 43 (0.59%) CMS
16 40 (0.55%) NetWeaver
17 38 (0.52%) Adobe Experience Manager
18 33 (0.46%) JBoss
19 29 (0.40%) Oracle Service Bus
19 29 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 283 (3.91%) MS Excel
2 103 (1.42%) MS Office
3 56 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
4 53 (0.73%) MS Visio
5 36 (0.50%) MS Project
6 17 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 15 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 13 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
9 11 (0.15%) PowerPivot
10 8 (0.11%) InfoPath
11 7 (0.097%) OmniGraffle
11 7 (0.097%) Adobe Creative Suite
12 5 (0.069%) FastStats
13 4 (0.055%) DOC1
14 3 (0.041%) Adobe Captivate
14 3 (0.041%) Windchill
15 2 (0.028%) SPSS
15 2 (0.028%) Siemens NX
16 1 (0.014%) Acrobat
16 1 (0.014%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 272 (3.75%) Oracle EBS R12
2 230 (3.18%) Oracle EBS
3 181 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 140 (1.93%) SAP FI
5 124 (1.71%) Dynamics AX
6 118 (1.63%) SAP SD
7 116 (1.60%) Oracle Payables
8 112 (1.55%) SAP MM
9 107 (1.48%) SAP CO
9 107 (1.48%) Oracle General Ledger
10 104 (1.44%) SAP FI/CO
11 99 (1.37%) SAP IS-U
12 95 (1.31%) Agresso
13 82 (1.13%) Oracle Receivables
14 81 (1.12%) Oracle Financials
15 79 (1.09%) SAP CRM
16 67 (0.92%) Oracle Assets
17 55 (0.76%) SAP PP
18 51 (0.70%) SAP HR
19 50 (0.69%) Hyperion Planning
Cloud Services
1 134 (1.85%) Office 365
2 113 (1.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 94 (1.30%) Amazon AWS
4 54 (0.75%) SaaS
5 36 (0.50%) SuccessFactors
6 33 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
7 32 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
8 26 (0.36%) Taleo
8 26 (0.36%) PaaS
9 22 (0.30%) IaaS
10 21 (0.29%) Google Analytics
11 17 (0.23%) Adobe Analytics
11 17 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
12 15 (0.21%) Google App Engine
13 12 (0.17%) Force.com
14 6 (0.083%) Amazon S3
14 6 (0.083%) Amazon ELB
14 6 (0.083%) Route 53
14 6 (0.083%) AWS CloudFormation
14 6 (0.083%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 277 (3.82%) Firewall
2 142 (1.96%) DNS
3 141 (1.95%) WAN
4 133 (1.84%) LAN
5 115 (1.59%) SAN
6 92 (1.27%) Network Security
7 87 (1.20%) Internet
8 86 (1.19%) TCP/IP
8 86 (1.19%) DHCP
9 75 (1.04%) SSL
9 75 (1.04%) Wireless
10 65 (0.90%) VPN
11 57 (0.79%) NetScaler
12 54 (0.75%) LDAP
13 52 (0.72%) NAS
14 48 (0.66%) Cisco ASA
15 47 (0.65%) HTTP
16 45 (0.62%) Cisco Nexus
17 43 (0.59%) BGP
18 42 (0.58%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 348 (4.80%) SQL Server
2 184 (2.54%) SAP BW
3 164 (2.26%) Data Warehouse
4 135 (1.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 129 (1.78%) BusinessObjects
6 125 (1.73%) Oracle Database
7 108 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 98 (1.35%) Oracle BI EE
9 85 (1.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 84 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
11 72 (0.99%) DB2
12 71 (0.98%) Relational Database
13 65 (0.90%) SAP BI
14 62 (0.86%) Big Data
15 61 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
16 60 (0.83%) Oracle Database 11g
17 53 (0.73%) SAP HANA
17 53 (0.73%) Essbase
18 47 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
19 45 (0.62%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 74 (1.02%) Jenkins
2 59 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 43 (0.59%) JIRA
4 41 (0.57%) Axure RP
5 36 (0.50%) Git (software)
6 34 (0.47%) LSMW
7 32 (0.44%) Visual Studio
8 31 (0.43%) Subversion
9 30 (0.41%) Oracle Forms
9 30 (0.41%) Selenium
10 28 (0.39%) Maven
11 27 (0.37%) Toad
12 22 (0.30%) Cucumber
13 20 (0.28%) PeopleTools
14 18 (0.25%) MSI
15 16 (0.22%) TeamCity
16 14 (0.19%) WebDriver
16 14 (0.19%) Ant
17 13 (0.18%) HP UFT
18 12 (0.17%) Eclipse
General
1 1492 (20.60%) Finance
2 396 (5.47%) Banking
3 281 (3.88%) Retail
4 235 (3.24%) Manufacturing
5 210 (2.90%) Telecoms
6 176 (2.43%) Marketing
7 115 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
8 89 (1.23%) Billing
9 87 (1.20%) Advertising
10 77 (1.06%) General Ledger
11 63 (0.87%) Legal
12 57 (0.79%) Investment Banking
13 52 (0.72%) Back Office
14 50 (0.69%) Financial Institution
15 46 (0.64%) Local Government
16 42 (0.58%) Law
17 38 (0.52%) German Language
18 37 (0.51%) Automotive
19 36 (0.50%) Retail Banking
20 33 (0.46%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 228 (3.15%) .NET
2 210 (2.90%) XML
3 166 (2.29%) Web Services
4 147 (2.03%) HTML
5 139 (1.92%) Middleware
6 89 (1.23%) J2EE
7 82 (1.13%) CSS
8 75 (1.04%) SAP Basis
9 74 (1.02%) Oracle Fusion
10 68 (0.94%) SOAP
11 53 (0.73%) WebSphere MQ
12 52 (0.72%) WebSphere Message Broker
13 51 (0.70%) ASP.NET
14 49 (0.68%) EDI
15 46 (0.64%) WebCenter
16 41 (0.57%) REST
17 39 (0.54%) jQuery
18 35 (0.48%) XSLT
19 32 (0.44%) HTML5
20 31 (0.43%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 294 (4.06%) Analytical Skills
2 261 (3.60%) Data Centre
3 148 (2.04%) User Experience
4 129 (1.78%) Management Information System
5 77 (1.06%) Clustering
6 66 (0.91%) PKI
6 66 (0.91%) FMCG
7 61 (0.84%) Mainframe
8 60 (0.83%) DataPower
8 60 (0.83%) Data Integration
9 50 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
10 48 (0.66%) CMDB
11 46 (0.64%) Visualisation
12 45 (0.62%) Computer Science
13 44 (0.61%) Mobile App
14 38 (0.52%) Replication
15 29 (0.40%) NHS
15 29 (0.40%) Smart Meter
15 29 (0.40%) Data Structures
16 26 (0.36%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 652 (9.00%) Windows
2 341 (4.71%) Linux
3 316 (4.36%) UNIX
4 159 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
5 137 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 120 (1.66%) AIX
7 115 (1.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 78 (1.08%) Windows 7
9 60 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 59 (0.81%) Solaris
11 31 (0.43%) Android
12 27 (0.37%) Apple iOS
13 20 (0.28%) Windows 8
13 20 (0.28%) Windows XP
13 20 (0.28%) zOS
14 17 (0.23%) Ubuntu
15 16 (0.22%) CentOS
16 15 (0.21%) Data ONTAP
17 14 (0.19%) VMS
18 10 (0.14%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 794 (10.96%) Migration
2 468 (6.46%) Business Intelligence
3 457 (6.31%) CRM
4 398 (5.49%) Agile Software Development
5 372 (5.14%) ERP
6 371 (5.12%) ITIL
7 353 (4.87%) Stakeholder Management
8 330 (4.56%) Project Management
9 278 (3.84%) Information Security
10 272 (3.75%) Data Migration
11 217 (3.00%) Analytics
12 196 (2.71%) ETL
13 187 (2.58%) Workflow
14 174 (2.40%) Change Management
15 153 (2.11%) Risk Management
16 152 (2.10%) Data Modelling
17 151 (2.08%) Service Management
18 146 (2.02%) Business Analysis
19 137 (1.89%) User Acceptance Testing
20 135 (1.86%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 746 (10.30%) SQL
2 336 (4.64%) Java
3 178 (2.46%) JavaScript
4 171 (2.36%) ABAP
5 170 (2.35%) PowerShell
6 151 (2.08%) C#
7 124 (1.71%) PL/SQL
8 90 (1.24%) Shell Script
9 84 (1.16%) C
10 81 (1.12%) Python
11 71 (0.98%) Perl
12 67 (0.92%) T-SQL
13 57 (0.79%) Ruby
14 47 (0.65%) VBScript
15 43 (0.59%) VB
16 29 (0.40%) PHP
17 27 (0.37%) C++
18 26 (0.36%) Bash Shell
19 24 (0.33%) VBA
20 21 (0.29%) JCL
Qualifications
1 581 (8.02%) Security Cleared
2 430 (5.94%) SC Cleared
3 196 (2.71%) CISSP
4 183 (2.53%) Degree
5 131 (1.81%) Cisco Certification
6 103 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 102 (1.41%) CCNP
8 95 (1.31%) DV Cleared
9 77 (1.06%) CISM
10 58 (0.80%) MCSE
11 44 (0.61%) CCIE
11 44 (0.61%) CCNA
11 44 (0.61%) CISA
12 41 (0.57%) SAP Certification
13 29 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
14 27 (0.37%) ISEB
14 27 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 25 (0.35%) Six Sigma Black Belt
16 23 (0.32%) MCITP
16 23 (0.32%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (2.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 121 (1.67%) QA
3 93 (1.28%) PCI DSS
4 82 (1.13%) SLA
5 62 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 59 (0.81%) Data Quality
7 41 (0.57%) COBIT
8 21 (0.29%) GxP
9 16 (0.22%) JSP 440
10 12 (0.17%) ISO 9001
11 10 (0.14%) HIPAA
12 9 (0.12%) GMP
13 8 (0.11%) MiFID
13 8 (0.11%) EMIR
14 5 (0.069%) Basel III
14 5 (0.069%) GAAP
14 5 (0.069%) FINREP
15 4 (0.055%) AIFMD
15 4 (0.055%) GLP
15 4 (0.055%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 279 (3.85%) Active Directory
2 232 (3.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (1.55%) Hyper-V
4 96 (1.33%) vSphere
5 87 (1.20%) XenApp
6 55 (0.76%) XenDesktop
7 52 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
8 47 (0.65%) VMware ESX
9 31 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
10 19 (0.26%) vCloud
11 18 (0.25%) XenServer
12 17 (0.23%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 16 (0.22%) Docker
13 16 (0.22%) Tivoli Directory Server
14 15 (0.21%) Time Sharing Option
15 14 (0.19%) RACF
16 13 (0.18%) Xen
17 10 (0.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
18 9 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
18 9 (0.12%) NFS
Systems Management
1 122 (1.68%) SCCM
2 91 (1.26%) Puppet
3 67 (0.92%) Opscode Chef
4 63 (0.87%) Tivoli
5 61 (0.84%) SCOM
6 23 (0.32%) WSUS
7 22 (0.30%) Cisco UCCE
7 22 (0.30%) Cisco CUCM
8 21 (0.29%) Ansible
9 19 (0.26%) HP Operations Orchestration
10 18 (0.25%) SCOrch
11 17 (0.23%) Cisco UCCX
11 17 (0.23%) Control-M
12 16 (0.22%) Nagios
12 16 (0.22%) HP UCMDB
12 16 (0.22%) Vagrant
12 16 (0.22%) HP Quality Center
13 15 (0.21%) SCVMM
13 15 (0.21%) CA Single Sign-On
13 15 (0.21%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 1492 (20.60%) SAP
2 1024 (14.14%) Oracle
3 805 (11.11%) Microsoft
4 348 (4.80%) VMware
5 306 (4.22%) Cisco
6 276 (3.81%) IBM
7 236 (3.26%) HP
8 199 (2.75%) Citrix
9 115 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
10 97 (1.34%) ServiceNow
11 95 (1.31%) Informatica
12 91 (1.26%) Hyperion
13 90 (1.24%) Juniper
14 86 (1.19%) F5
15 82 (1.13%) CheckPoint
16 73 (1.01%) Red Hat
16 73 (1.01%) Adobe
17 67 (0.92%) EMC
18 65 (0.90%) NetApp
19 61 (0.84%) CA
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £Competitive
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £420 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600
Posted: 13 hours ago
Cheshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £450 - 500 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £450 - 475 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
West London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £345 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
East London
Eames Consulting
Rate: From £650 to £700 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
North East
ISL
Posted: 15 hours ago
Hampshire
Talent International
Rate: £400.00 - £600 per annum
Posted: 15 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Connectus
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cheshire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Ascent People Ltd
Rate: £500 - £600 per day + Benefits
Posted: 17 hours ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 19 hours ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago