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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Consultant
Rank 26 19 18
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3299 3756 3872
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 6.41% 7.28% 7.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.79% 7.71% 8.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1728 1994 1953
Average daily rate £450 £450 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year
+2.94% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 12 29
Average hourly rate £60.50 £44.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.95% +11.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.30 £10.72 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £100.00 £85.30 £75.24
UK excluding London average hourly rate £55.00 £24.75 £27.00
% change year-on-year
+122.22% -8.33%

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
48598 48731 45782
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.48% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31271 30416 27107
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1757 1902 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 8 February 2016.

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 8 February 2016.

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 8 February 2016. 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 -5 2944 £450 - 1259
London -5 1266 £475 +3.26% 551
South East +3 595 £450 +5.88% 214
North West -3 304 £425 -5.55% 117
Berkshire +5 206 £450 - 87
Scotland +12 164 £405 -8.98% 45
West Midlands -12 156 £425 - 84
Manchester +5 153 £450 - 74
South West -12 146 £438 -2.77% 79
East of England -4 137 £425 - 66
City of London -18 123 £450 -5.26% 130
Hampshire +15 116 £400 -5.88% 24
Yorkshire -10 103 £449 +4.36% 61
Edinburgh +19 97 £426 -5.27% 28
East Midlands -9 84 £450 +5.88% 33
Reading +4 83 £450 - 36
North East -7 67 £425 - 13
West Yorkshire -8 66 £450 +7.91% 37
Cheshire -5 62 £425 -5.55% 28
Surrey -19 62 £473 +5.00% 41
Buckinghamshire +21 61 £450 +12.50% 17
Bristol -1 44 £425 -2.85% 25
Leeds -5 41 £450 +6.32% 29
Essex +8 40 £400 +3.89% 4
Birmingham -4 40 £425 -5.55% 37
West Sussex -2 39 £450 - 6
Tyne and Wear -20 37 £450 +2.85% 8
Cumbria -1 36 £355 -28.28%
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 34 £450 +5.88% 8
Glasgow +10 33 £400 -11.11% 11

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 1556 (22.04%) Finance
2 1470 (20.82%) SAP
3 962 (13.63%) Oracle
4 843 (11.94%) Microsoft
5 776 (10.99%) Security Cleared
6 729 (10.33%) Migration
7 694 (9.83%) SQL
8 584 (8.27%) SC Cleared
9 529 (7.49%) Windows
10 501 (7.10%) Agile Software Development
11 478 (6.77%) Business Intelligence
12 475 (6.73%) Banking
13 431 (6.11%) CRM
14 419 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
15 410 (5.81%) Java
16 372 (5.27%) Linux
17 359 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
18 351 (4.97%) Information Security
19 339 (4.80%) Unix
20 329 (4.66%) SQL Server
21 318 (4.50%) ERP
22 311 (4.41%) MS Excel
23 308 (4.36%) Project Management
24 296 (4.19%) ITIL
25 291 (4.12%) Active Directory
26 270 (3.82%) Firewall
27 267 (3.78%) Data Migration
28 264 (3.74%) Oracle EBS R12
29 262 (3.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
30 260 (3.68%) Retail

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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
1 215 (3.05%) SharePoint
2 131 (1.86%) WebSphere
3 119 (1.69%) MS Exchange
4 96 (1.36%) IIS
5 91 (1.29%) Skype for Business
6 84 (1.19%) Apache
7 82 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
8 71 (1.01%) WebLogic
9 67 (0.95%) CMS
10 64 (0.91%) Oracle Workflow
11 60 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
12 57 (0.81%) SAS
13 56 (0.79%) JBoss
14 55 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
15 54 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
16 50 (0.71%) WebSphere Application Server
17 48 (0.68%) NetWeaver
18 43 (0.61%) Confluence
19 37 (0.52%) Tomcat
20 36 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 311 (4.41%) MS Excel
2 95 (1.35%) MS Office
3 57 (0.81%) MS PowerPoint
4 46 (0.65%) MS Visio
5 22 (0.31%) MS Project
6 17 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.18%) HipChat
8 12 (0.17%) Photoshop
9 8 (0.11%) Acrobat
9 8 (0.11%) SPSS
10 6 (0.085%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 6 (0.085%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.071%) ArcView
11 5 (0.071%) OmniGraffle
12 3 (0.042%) InfoPath
12 3 (0.042%) PaintShop Pro
13 2 (0.028%) Adobe Captivate
13 2 (0.028%) Simulink
14 1 (0.014%) DOC1
14 1 (0.014%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 264 (3.74%) Oracle EBS R12
2 232 (3.29%) Oracle EBS
3 205 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
4 122 (1.73%) SAP FI
5 114 (1.61%) Dynamics AX
6 107 (1.52%) SAP MM
7 99 (1.40%) Oracle Payables
8 98 (1.39%) SAP CO
9 92 (1.30%) SAP FI/CO
10 91 (1.29%) SAP HR
11 89 (1.26%) Unit4 Business World
12 83 (1.18%) Oracle Receivables
12 83 (1.18%) SAP SD
13 77 (1.09%) Dynamics NAV
14 66 (0.93%) SAP IS-U
15 64 (0.91%) Oracle General Ledger
16 63 (0.89%) SAP PM
17 60 (0.85%) Oracle Financials
17 60 (0.85%) SAP HCM
18 54 (0.76%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 187 (2.65%) Office 365
2 138 (1.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 110 (1.56%) Amazon AWS
4 67 (0.95%) SuccessFactors
5 46 (0.65%) PaaS
6 44 (0.62%) IaaS
7 43 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
8 35 (0.50%) SaaS
9 29 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
10 24 (0.34%) Adobe Analytics
10 24 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
11 19 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
11 19 (0.27%) Taleo
12 16 (0.23%) Google Analytics
13 14 (0.20%) Boomi
14 12 (0.17%) Google App Engine
15 11 (0.16%) Yammer
16 8 (0.11%) Force.com
17 4 (0.057%) GitHub
17 4 (0.057%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 270 (3.82%) Firewall
2 118 (1.67%) WAN
3 115 (1.63%) DNS
3 115 (1.63%) Internet
4 112 (1.59%) LAN
5 104 (1.47%) Network Security
6 94 (1.33%) SAN
7 87 (1.23%) TCP/IP
8 75 (1.06%) HTTP
9 72 (1.02%) SSL
10 63 (0.89%) DHCP
11 58 (0.82%) VPN
12 53 (0.75%) Cisco ASA
13 52 (0.74%) LDAP
14 50 (0.71%) NetScaler
15 45 (0.64%) FTP
16 40 (0.57%) Cisco Nexus
17 37 (0.52%) BGP
18 36 (0.51%) OSPF
19 33 (0.47%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 329 (4.66%) SQL Server
2 193 (2.73%) SAP BW
3 169 (2.39%) Data Warehouse
4 155 (2.20%) BusinessObjects
5 124 (1.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 123 (1.74%) Oracle Database
7 118 (1.67%) Oracle BI EE
8 115 (1.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 112 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
10 102 (1.44%) Big Data
11 71 (1.01%) SAP HANA
12 66 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 65 (0.92%) Hadoop
14 60 (0.85%) DB2
14 60 (0.85%) Oracle Database 11g
15 59 (0.84%) SQL Server 2008
16 55 (0.78%) Relational Database
17 54 (0.76%) Oracle ODI
18 53 (0.75%) QlikView
18 53 (0.75%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 100 (1.42%) Jenkins
1 100 (1.42%) Team Foundation Server
2 70 (0.99%) Git (software)
3 68 (0.96%) JIRA
4 58 (0.82%) Selenium
5 57 (0.81%) Oracle Forms
6 40 (0.57%) LSMW
7 37 (0.52%) Cucumber
8 30 (0.42%) Visual Studio
9 29 (0.41%) Subversion
10 26 (0.37%) Axure RP
10 26 (0.37%) TeamCity
11 23 (0.33%) WebDriver
12 22 (0.31%) HP UFT
12 22 (0.31%) SpecFlow
13 20 (0.28%) Oracle APEX
14 19 (0.27%) Maven
15 16 (0.23%) Eclipse
15 16 (0.23%) Vagrant
16 12 (0.17%) Toad
General
1 1556 (22.04%) Finance
2 475 (6.73%) Banking
3 260 (3.68%) Retail
4 215 (3.05%) Manufacturing
5 199 (2.82%) Telecoms
6 163 (2.31%) Marketing
7 127 (1.80%) Advertising
8 122 (1.73%) Pharmaceutical
9 97 (1.37%) Billing
10 81 (1.15%) Investment Banking
11 76 (1.08%) Legal
12 62 (0.88%) Financial Institution
13 59 (0.84%) General Ledger
14 55 (0.78%) Law
15 51 (0.72%) Back Office
16 38 (0.54%) Retail Banking
17 35 (0.50%) German Language
18 33 (0.47%) Publishing
19 25 (0.35%) Automotive
20 24 (0.34%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 220 (3.12%) .NET
1 220 (3.12%) Web Services
2 167 (2.37%) XML
3 155 (2.20%) HTML
4 141 (2.00%) Middleware
5 114 (1.61%) CSS
6 88 (1.25%) SOAP
7 72 (1.02%) J2EE
8 63 (0.89%) Oracle Fusion
8 63 (0.89%) REST
9 57 (0.81%) SAP Basis
10 51 (0.72%) ASP.NET
11 45 (0.64%) jQuery
12 44 (0.62%) AngularJS
13 40 (0.57%) WebSphere MQ
14 39 (0.55%) Spring
14 39 (0.55%) XSLT
15 38 (0.54%) IBM Integration Bus
16 35 (0.50%) HTML5
16 35 (0.50%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 359 (5.09%) Analytical Skills
2 227 (3.22%) Data Centre
3 184 (2.61%) Management Information System
4 136 (1.93%) User Experience
5 79 (1.12%) FMCG
6 74 (1.05%) Visualisation
7 71 (1.01%) PKI
8 67 (0.95%) Computer Science
9 58 (0.82%) Mobile App
10 57 (0.81%) Clustering
11 49 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
12 48 (0.68%) CESG
13 46 (0.65%) DataPower
14 44 (0.62%) CMDB
15 39 (0.55%) Data Integration
16 38 (0.54%) Mainframe
17 35 (0.50%) Data Structures
18 31 (0.44%) Statistics
19 30 (0.42%) NHS
20 27 (0.38%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 529 (7.49%) Windows
2 372 (5.27%) Linux
3 339 (4.80%) Unix
4 199 (2.82%) Windows Server
5 101 (1.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 88 (1.25%) AIX
6 88 (1.25%) Windows Server 2008
7 67 (0.95%) Solaris
8 66 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 62 (0.88%) Windows Server 2003
10 52 (0.74%) Windows 7
11 45 (0.64%) Apple iOS
12 36 (0.51%) Android
13 29 (0.41%) zOS
14 26 (0.37%) CentOS
15 19 (0.27%) Windows 10
15 19 (0.27%) Windows 8
16 15 (0.21%) Ubuntu
16 15 (0.21%) Windows XP
17 11 (0.16%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 729 (10.33%) Migration
2 501 (7.10%) Agile Software Development
3 478 (6.77%) Business Intelligence
4 431 (6.11%) CRM
5 419 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
6 351 (4.97%) Information Security
7 318 (4.50%) ERP
8 308 (4.36%) Project Management
9 296 (4.19%) ITIL
10 267 (3.78%) Data Migration
11 236 (3.34%) Analytics
12 217 (3.07%) Change Management
13 204 (2.89%) ETL
14 188 (2.66%) Business Analysis
15 182 (2.58%) Workflow
16 169 (2.39%) DevOps
17 167 (2.37%) Risk Management
18 161 (2.28%) Data Modelling
19 152 (2.15%) User Acceptance Testing
20 151 (2.14%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 694 (9.83%) SQL
2 410 (5.81%) Java
3 199 (2.82%) JavaScript
4 177 (2.51%) C#
5 161 (2.28%) ABAP
6 134 (1.90%) PowerShell
7 129 (1.83%) PL/SQL
8 94 (1.33%) Shell Script
9 92 (1.30%) Python
10 81 (1.15%) C
11 67 (0.95%) Ruby
12 51 (0.72%) PHP
13 44 (0.62%) Perl
14 41 (0.58%) T-SQL
15 39 (0.55%) VB
16 29 (0.41%) VBScript
17 28 (0.40%) Bash Shell
18 25 (0.35%) R
18 25 (0.35%) VBA
19 22 (0.31%) C++
Qualifications
1 776 (10.99%) Security Cleared
2 584 (8.27%) SC Cleared
3 251 (3.56%) CISSP
4 191 (2.71%) Degree
5 179 (2.54%) DV Cleared
6 113 (1.60%) CISM
7 112 (1.59%) Cisco Certification
8 85 (1.20%) CCNP
9 78 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
10 74 (1.05%) CLAS
11 67 (0.95%) CISA
12 60 (0.85%) CESG Certified Professional
13 49 (0.69%) SAP Certification
14 45 (0.64%) CCNA
15 39 (0.55%) CCIE
16 37 (0.52%) ITIL Certification
17 35 (0.50%) ISEB
17 35 (0.50%) MCSE
18 32 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
19 26 (0.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 262 (3.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 168 (2.38%) QA
3 130 (1.84%) PCI DSS
4 71 (1.01%) Data Quality
5 66 (0.93%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 63 (0.89%) SLA
7 44 (0.62%) RMADS
8 40 (0.57%) COBIT
9 26 (0.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 25 (0.35%) ISO 9001
11 22 (0.31%) MiFID
12 19 (0.27%) JSP 440
13 13 (0.18%) WCAG
14 10 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
14 10 (0.14%) GxP
15 8 (0.11%) GMP
15 8 (0.11%) ISO27002
16 6 (0.085%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 6 (0.085%) GPG13
16 6 (0.085%) HIPAA
System Software
1 291 (4.12%) Active Directory
2 139 (1.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 74 (1.05%) Hyper-V
3 74 (1.05%) XenApp
4 59 (0.84%) vSphere
5 53 (0.75%) XenDesktop
6 41 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
7 28 (0.40%) Docker
8 26 (0.37%) XenServer
9 22 (0.31%) VMware ESX
10 17 (0.24%) Veritas Cluster Server
10 17 (0.24%) Veritas Volume Manager
11 14 (0.20%) Veritas File System
12 13 (0.18%) VMware ESXi
12 13 (0.18%) Xen
13 11 (0.16%) HDFS
14 10 (0.14%) RACF
14 10 (0.14%) vCloud
15 9 (0.13%) Apache Flume
16 8 (0.11%) UAG
Systems Management
1 99 (1.40%) SCCM
2 96 (1.36%) Puppet
3 81 (1.15%) Opscode Chef
4 37 (0.52%) Ansible
5 36 (0.51%) SCOM
6 26 (0.37%) Tivoli
6 26 (0.37%) WSUS
7 25 (0.35%) HP Quality Center
8 23 (0.33%) Nagios
9 19 (0.27%) EMC NetWorker
10 16 (0.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 15 (0.21%) Salt
12 14 (0.20%) Cisco UCCE
13 13 (0.18%) Legato
14 12 (0.17%) NetBackup
14 12 (0.17%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
15 11 (0.16%) Control-M
15 11 (0.16%) FortiGate
15 11 (0.16%) QRadar
15 11 (0.16%) zSecure
Vendors
1 1470 (20.82%) SAP
2 962 (13.63%) Oracle
3 843 (11.94%) Microsoft
4 239 (3.39%) VMware
5 226 (3.20%) Cisco
5 226 (3.20%) IBM
6 148 (2.10%) Citrix
7 128 (1.81%) HP
8 114 (1.61%) Salesforce.com
9 106 (1.50%) Informatica
10 99 (1.40%) ServiceNow
11 85 (1.20%) Adobe
12 74 (1.05%) CheckPoint
13 73 (1.03%) Red Hat
14 71 (1.01%) Tableau
15 65 (0.92%) EMC
15 65 (0.92%) F5
16 60 (0.85%) Siebel
17 57 (0.81%) Symantec
18 55 (0.78%) Juniper
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Posted: 10 hours ago
UK
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Bristol, Avon
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London
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