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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Consultant
Rank 19 18 18
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3737 3838 3460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.36% 7.89% 7.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.96% 8.53% 8.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1969 1940 1593
Average daily rate
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£450 £445 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.12% +4.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £438 £425 £415
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +2.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 35 32
Average hourly rate £51.50 £41.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.09% +10.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £25.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £87.00 £63.46 £58.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-34.66% -

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
46929 45010 42193
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.45% 92.48% 92.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 29475 26884 23919
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1820 1996 2455
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.23 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.20% -6.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -8.33%

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 26 January 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 26 January 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 26 January 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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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 -4 3331 £450 - 1165
London -1 1510 £473 +5.00% 528
South East -4 634 £425 - 198
City of London +3 278 £475 +9.70% 211
North West -1 261 £450 +12.42% 102
East of England +9 213 £425 +4.61% 36
Berkshire -5 196 £450 - 74
South West -7 184 £450 +5.88% 72
West Midlands -4 165 £425 +6.25% 74
Scotland -3 148 £440 +10.00% 17
Yorkshire -3 115 £438 +9.37% 51
Surrey +2 112 £450 +5.88% 33
Manchester -1 107 £450 +9.09% 62
East Midlands +14 106 £425 -15.00% 31
Hampshire -20 98 £425 - 22
Cambridgeshire +24 79 £438 -12.50% 17
Cheshire +8 72 £463 +2.77% 12
West Yorkshire -5 71 £423 -3.25% 28
Reading -8 70 £450 - 31
Brentford +2 55 £420 -13.84%
West Sussex +12 54 £425 -5.55% 10
Edinburgh 0 53 £450 +12.50% 12
Hertfordshire -4 50 £450 +12.50% 10
Bristol +2 46 £434 +5.15% 35
Wiltshire -1 46 £469 -6.25% 9
North East +5 44 £420 +1.81% 20
Buckinghamshire -27 43 £400 -8.57% 17
Birmingham -7 42 £450 +25.00% 33
Leeds -11 42 £422 -6.33% 21
Nottinghamshire +21 39 £500 +19.40% 7

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 1963 (24.41%) SAP
2 1607 (19.98%) Finance
3 1130 (14.05%) Oracle
4 870 (10.82%) SQL
5 834 (10.37%) Microsoft
6 793 (9.86%) Migration
7 719 (8.94%) Windows
8 679 (8.44%) Security Cleared
9 524 (6.51%) Business Intelligence
10 496 (6.17%) SC Cleared
11 485 (6.03%) CRM
12 408 (5.07%) VMware
13 395 (4.91%) SQL Server
14 385 (4.79%) Banking
15 382 (4.75%) Cisco
16 379 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
17 369 (4.59%) ITIL
18 366 (4.55%) ERP
19 353 (4.39%) Active Directory
20 348 (4.33%) Java
21 345 (4.29%) SharePoint
22 339 (4.21%) Agile Software Development
23 333 (4.14%) Oracle EBS R12
24 329 (4.09%) Linux
25 328 (4.08%) Retail
26 324 (4.03%) Stakeholder Management
27 318 (3.95%) Firewall
28 311 (3.87%) Project Management
29 301 (3.74%) Data Migration
30 300 (3.73%) UNIX

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 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
1 345 (4.29%) SharePoint
2 168 (2.09%) MS Exchange
3 120 (1.49%) SharePoint 2013
4 114 (1.42%) Lync
5 113 (1.40%) SAS
6 104 (1.29%) WebSphere
7 97 (1.21%) Exchange Server 2010
8 96 (1.19%) NetWeaver
9 90 (1.12%) IIS
9 90 (1.12%) SharePoint 2010
10 69 (0.86%) WebLogic
11 66 (0.82%) Oracle Workflow
12 65 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2013
13 61 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
14 59 (0.73%) Apache
15 48 (0.60%) JBoss
16 41 (0.51%) Tomcat
17 39 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
18 36 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
19 34 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 274 (3.41%) MS Excel
2 105 (1.31%) MS Office
3 56 (0.70%) MS Project
4 47 (0.58%) MS PowerPoint
5 45 (0.56%) MS Visio
6 29 (0.36%) Photoshop
7 28 (0.35%) InfoPath
8 17 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
9 12 (0.15%) OmniGraffle
9 12 (0.15%) PowerPivot
10 10 (0.12%) Fireworks
11 9 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
12 7 (0.087%) Mathematica
12 7 (0.087%) SPSS
13 5 (0.062%) Adobe Creative Suite
14 4 (0.050%) Windchill
15 3 (0.037%) Adobe Captivate
15 3 (0.037%) AutoCAD
16 2 (0.025%) Shockwave
17 1 (0.012%) FrameMaker
Business Applications
1 333 (4.14%) Oracle EBS R12
2 262 (3.26%) Oracle EBS
3 233 (2.90%) SAP FI
4 177 (2.20%) SAP CO
5 166 (2.06%) SAP FI/CO
6 155 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
7 152 (1.89%) SAP IS-U
8 144 (1.79%) SAP SD
9 136 (1.69%) Oracle Receivables
10 131 (1.63%) Oracle General Ledger
11 128 (1.59%) Oracle Payables
12 122 (1.52%) Dynamics AX
13 120 (1.49%) SAP MM
14 104 (1.29%) Oracle Financials
15 96 (1.19%) SAP APO
15 96 (1.19%) SAP SRM
16 93 (1.16%) Oracle Applications
17 92 (1.14%) Agresso
18 83 (1.03%) SAP BPC
19 82 (1.02%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 138 (1.72%) Office 365
2 65 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 61 (0.76%) SaaS
4 56 (0.70%) Amazon AWS
5 45 (0.56%) SuccessFactors
6 35 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
7 28 (0.35%) Force.com
8 14 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
9 12 (0.15%) Amazon S3
10 11 (0.14%) IaaS
11 6 (0.075%) Amazon ELB
12 5 (0.062%) Route 53
12 5 (0.062%) Taleo
12 5 (0.062%) PaaS
13 4 (0.050%) GitHub
13 4 (0.050%) MailChimp
14 3 (0.037%) Amazon EMR
14 3 (0.037%) OpenShift
15 2 (0.025%) Google Cloud Platform
15 2 (0.025%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 318 (3.95%) Firewall
2 143 (1.78%) SAN
3 118 (1.47%) Network Security
4 109 (1.36%) WAN
5 106 (1.32%) DNS
6 105 (1.31%) LAN
7 95 (1.18%) TCP/IP
8 91 (1.13%) VPN
8 91 (1.13%) SSL
8 91 (1.13%) Internet
9 81 (1.01%) Cisco Nexus
10 70 (0.87%) LDAP
11 64 (0.80%) NetScaler
12 61 (0.76%) DHCP
12 61 (0.76%) Wireless
13 60 (0.75%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 57 (0.71%) Cisco ASA
15 53 (0.66%) HTTP
16 52 (0.65%) BGP
17 51 (0.63%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 395 (4.91%) SQL Server
2 288 (3.58%) SAP BW
3 197 (2.45%) Data Warehouse
4 174 (2.16%) Oracle Database
5 144 (1.79%) Oracle BI EE
6 130 (1.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 102 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
8 88 (1.09%) Oracle Database 11g
9 86 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 80 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
11 77 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
12 76 (0.94%) QlikView
13 75 (0.93%) SAP BI
14 73 (0.91%) Oracle BI Publisher
15 67 (0.83%) Relational Database
16 66 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 56 (0.70%) DB2
18 55 (0.68%) MySQL
19 49 (0.61%) Oracle ODI
20 46 (0.57%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 57 (0.71%) Jenkins
2 55 (0.68%) JIRA
3 45 (0.56%) LSMW
3 45 (0.56%) Visual Studio
4 37 (0.46%) Selenium
5 34 (0.42%) Oracle Forms
6 29 (0.36%) Axure RP
7 27 (0.34%) Team Foundation Server
8 24 (0.30%) MSI
8 24 (0.30%) Maven
9 20 (0.25%) Git (software)
10 18 (0.22%) Subversion
10 18 (0.22%) JUnit
11 14 (0.17%) WebDriver
12 13 (0.16%) Ant
13 12 (0.15%) SpecFlow
14 11 (0.14%) Eclipse
14 11 (0.14%) Artifactory
15 10 (0.12%) Calabash
15 10 (0.12%) LoadRunner
General
1 1607 (19.98%) Finance
2 385 (4.79%) Banking
3 328 (4.08%) Retail
4 265 (3.29%) Manufacturing
5 214 (2.66%) Telecoms
6 147 (1.83%) Advertising
7 134 (1.67%) Pharmaceutical
8 132 (1.64%) Billing
9 131 (1.63%) Automotive
10 124 (1.54%) Marketing
11 103 (1.28%) General Ledger
12 87 (1.08%) Legal
13 67 (0.83%) Investment Banking
14 51 (0.63%) Publishing
15 47 (0.58%) German Language
16 45 (0.56%) Financial Institution
17 43 (0.53%) Local Government
18 38 (0.47%) Front Office
19 37 (0.46%) Back Office
20 32 (0.40%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 265 (3.29%) .NET
2 226 (2.81%) XML
3 223 (2.77%) Web Services
4 206 (2.56%) HTML
5 125 (1.55%) CSS
6 117 (1.45%) Middleware
7 85 (1.06%) SOAP
8 73 (0.91%) ASP.NET
9 70 (0.87%) Oracle Fusion
10 63 (0.78%) J2EE
11 55 (0.68%) jQuery
12 53 (0.66%) SAP Basis
13 49 (0.61%) REST
14 47 (0.58%) EDI
15 46 (0.57%) BAPI
16 45 (0.56%) WCF
17 43 (0.53%) HTML5
18 42 (0.52%) Ajax
19 40 (0.50%) JSON
20 32 (0.40%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 379 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
2 141 (1.75%) User Experience
3 114 (1.42%) Management Information System
4 103 (1.28%) FMCG
5 74 (0.92%) Replication
6 62 (0.77%) Data Structures
7 60 (0.75%) Visualisation
8 59 (0.73%) Computer Science
9 53 (0.66%) Clustering
10 52 (0.65%) Data Integration
11 51 (0.63%) PKI
12 44 (0.55%) NHS
13 40 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
14 38 (0.47%) Mainframe
15 37 (0.46%) Thin Client
15 37 (0.46%) Fat Client
16 36 (0.45%) Open Source
17 35 (0.44%) Client/Server
18 34 (0.42%) GIS
19 33 (0.41%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 719 (8.94%) Windows
2 329 (4.09%) Linux
3 300 (3.73%) UNIX
4 203 (2.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 142 (1.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 130 (1.62%) Windows Server 2003
7 100 (1.24%) Windows 7
8 61 (0.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 54 (0.67%) Solaris
9 54 (0.67%) AIX
10 33 (0.41%) Windows XP
11 30 (0.37%) HPUX
12 28 (0.35%) Android
12 28 (0.35%) Apple iOS
13 16 (0.20%) zOS
14 14 (0.17%) Windows 8
15 12 (0.15%) Windows Vista
16 11 (0.14%) VMS
16 11 (0.14%) Windows 2000
17 9 (0.11%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 793 (9.86%) Migration
2 524 (6.51%) Business Intelligence
3 485 (6.03%) CRM
4 369 (4.59%) ITIL
5 366 (4.55%) ERP
6 339 (4.21%) Agile Software Development
7 324 (4.03%) Stakeholder Management
8 311 (3.87%) Project Management
9 301 (3.74%) Data Migration
10 296 (3.68%) ETL
11 292 (3.63%) Information Security
12 265 (3.29%) Workflow
13 215 (2.67%) Change Management
14 186 (2.31%) Risk Management
15 179 (2.23%) Data Modelling
16 170 (2.11%) Analytics
17 155 (1.93%) Business Analysis
18 147 (1.83%) Service Management
19 141 (1.75%) Data Management
20 139 (1.73%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 870 (10.82%) SQL
2 348 (4.33%) Java
3 216 (2.69%) PL/SQL
4 203 (2.52%) ABAP
5 185 (2.30%) JavaScript
6 161 (2.00%) C#
7 158 (1.96%) PowerShell
8 96 (1.19%) Python
9 89 (1.11%) C
10 72 (0.90%) Perl
11 62 (0.77%) T-SQL
12 47 (0.58%) Ruby
13 46 (0.57%) Shell Script
14 39 (0.48%) VBScript
15 31 (0.39%) C++
16 29 (0.36%) Apex Code
17 28 (0.35%) Bash Shell
18 26 (0.32%) VBA
19 24 (0.30%) VB.NET
20 20 (0.25%) PHP
Qualifications
1 679 (8.44%) Security Cleared
2 496 (6.17%) SC Cleared
3 208 (2.59%) CISSP
4 196 (2.44%) Degree
5 153 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
6 128 (1.59%) Microsoft Certification
6 128 (1.59%) DV Cleared
7 105 (1.31%) CISM
8 95 (1.18%) CCNP
9 76 (0.94%) MCSE
10 63 (0.78%) CCIE
11 62 (0.77%) SAP Certification
12 53 (0.66%) CCNA
13 52 (0.65%) MCITP
14 46 (0.57%) CISA
15 44 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
16 39 (0.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 35 (0.44%) ISEB
18 31 (0.39%) CRISC
19 30 (0.37%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (2.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 141 (1.75%) QA
3 88 (1.09%) PCI DSS
4 79 (0.98%) SLA
5 50 (0.62%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 49 (0.61%) Data Quality
7 39 (0.48%) COBIT
8 31 (0.39%) ISO 9001
9 17 (0.21%) GAAP
10 12 (0.15%) GxP
10 12 (0.15%) JSP 440
10 12 (0.15%) GPG13
11 10 (0.12%) Solvency II
11 10 (0.12%) GMP
12 7 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 17799
12 7 (0.087%) 21 CFR Part 11
12 7 (0.087%) CDISC
13 5 (0.062%) EMIR
13 5 (0.062%) Dodd-Frank
13 5 (0.062%) GAMP
System Software
1 353 (4.39%) Active Directory
2 250 (3.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 89 (1.11%) XenApp
4 79 (0.98%) Hyper-V
5 75 (0.93%) XenDesktop
6 72 (0.90%) vSphere
7 51 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
8 48 (0.60%) Microsoft App-V
9 25 (0.31%) VMware ESX
10 20 (0.25%) XenServer
10 20 (0.25%) Oracle RAC
11 18 (0.22%) vCloud
12 13 (0.16%) RACF
13 12 (0.15%) Forefront TMG
14 11 (0.14%) Oracle RMAN
14 11 (0.14%) SRDF
15 10 (0.12%) Snort
15 10 (0.12%) Firmware
16 9 (0.11%) ISA Server
17 8 (0.099%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 158 (1.96%) SCCM
2 80 (0.99%) SCOM
3 59 (0.73%) Puppet
4 52 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
5 42 (0.52%) HP Quality Center
6 34 (0.42%) Ansible
7 28 (0.35%) Tivoli
8 27 (0.34%) Control-M
8 27 (0.34%) Nagios
9 23 (0.29%) Vagrant
10 22 (0.27%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 22 (0.27%) NetBackup
10 22 (0.27%) Salt
11 21 (0.26%) Norton AntiVirus
12 20 (0.25%) Oracle Identity Management
13 19 (0.24%) SCOrch
14 18 (0.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 17 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
15 17 (0.21%) HP UCMDB
16 16 (0.20%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 1963 (24.41%) SAP
2 1130 (14.05%) Oracle
3 834 (10.37%) Microsoft
4 408 (5.07%) VMware
5 382 (4.75%) Cisco
6 255 (3.17%) HP
7 212 (2.64%) Citrix
8 210 (2.61%) IBM
9 130 (1.62%) Business Objects
10 121 (1.50%) F5
11 113 (1.40%) Salesforce.com
12 111 (1.38%) EMC
13 99 (1.23%) Informatica
14 98 (1.22%) CheckPoint
15 92 (1.14%) Juniper
16 81 (1.01%) Red Hat
17 72 (0.90%) NetApp
18 70 (0.87%) Symantec
19 69 (0.86%) PeopleSoft
20 64 (0.80%) Dell
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £500 per annum + per day
Posted: 37 minutes ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £425 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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City, London
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £500 - £800 per day
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Lorien Resourcing
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City, London
Harris Global
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Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
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London
Conspicuous
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day
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UK
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £100 to £170 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Venturi
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
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Manchester, Lancashire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Roc Search
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per day
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Gloucestershire
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
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Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £400.00 per day
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Cumbria
Experis Ltd
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City, London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £575 per day
Posted: Yesterday