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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Consultant
Rank 27 22 19
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3519 3744 3617
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 6.27% 6.95% 7.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.79% 7.51% 8.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 1788 1923 1720
Average daily rate
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£450 £425 £435
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -2.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £320 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £430 £425 £425
% change year-on-year
+1.17% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 20 37
Average hourly rate £36.00 £28.75 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.21% -4.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.35 £15.26
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £55.50 £52.83
UK excluding London average hourly rate £47.50 £31.25 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+52.00% +1.62%

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
51835 49864 44801
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.43% 92.59% 92.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 32680 30673 25940
Average daily rate £400 £394 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.52% -1.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
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 1944 1967 2098
Average hourly rate £16.60 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.60% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.51 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.81% -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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 -5 3145 £450 +4.04% 1137
London -6 1444 £475 +5.55% 459
South East -5 532 £438 +6.70% 213
North West +3 298 £450 +9.09% 114
City of London -1 283 £475 +10.46% 172
Berkshire +2 186 £438 +9.37% 60
East of England +1 186 £425 +6.25% 62
South West -2 174 £443 -1.66% 73
West Midlands -10 151 £420 +5.00% 84
Manchester +7 137 £430 +7.50% 82
Yorkshire 0 137 £413 +3.12% 45
Scotland -6 117 £425 +6.25% 35
Hampshire -2 96 £425 +6.25% 34
Surrey +4 94 £450 +12.50% 47
Reading +10 83 £450 +16.12% 21
West Yorkshire +5 82 £394 -4.25% 31
East Midlands +6 76 £455 +7.05% 23
Buckinghamshire +2 69 £419 -1.47% 21
Hertfordshire -3 67 £450 +12.50% 28
Cheshire -6 60 £450 +5.88% 17
Birmingham -9 55 £418 -7.22% 45
Leeds +2 54 £394 -1.56% 23
Milton Keynes -2 48 £413 -6.25% 11
Edinburgh -8 47 £363 -3.33% 29
Essex +18 46 £413 +3.12%
Wiltshire +3 45 £463 -2.63% 7
Cambridgeshire -8 44 £425 - 24
Bristol 0 38 £388 -3.12% 47
Wales -2 38 £438 +2.94% 13
South Yorkshire +5 36 £433 +23.57% 5

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 1731 (23.52%) SAP
2 1502 (20.41%) Finance
3 951 (12.92%) Oracle
4 761 (10.34%) Microsoft
5 754 (10.25%) Migration
6 736 (10.00%) SQL
7 681 (9.25%) Windows
8 581 (7.90%) Security Cleared
9 486 (6.60%) CRM
10 482 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
11 422 (5.73%) SC Cleared
12 395 (5.37%) Agile Software Development
13 389 (5.29%) ITIL
14 372 (5.06%) ERP
15 365 (4.96%) Project Management
16 356 (4.84%) VMware
17 335 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
18 333 (4.53%) Java
19 321 (4.36%) UNIX
20 316 (4.29%) SQL Server
21 314 (4.27%) Cisco
22 307 (4.17%) Banking
23 301 (4.09%) Linux
23 301 (4.09%) Retail
24 299 (4.06%) SharePoint
25 296 (4.02%) Active Directory
26 293 (3.98%) Analytical Skills
27 276 (3.75%) MS Excel
27 276 (3.75%) Manufacturing
28 275 (3.74%) Data Migration

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 June 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
1 299 (4.06%) SharePoint
2 115 (1.56%) WebSphere
3 101 (1.37%) SAS
4 100 (1.36%) Lync
5 99 (1.35%) SharePoint 2013
6 92 (1.25%) MS Exchange
7 63 (0.86%) IIS
8 59 (0.80%) WebLogic
8 59 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
9 51 (0.69%) NetWeaver
10 48 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
11 47 (0.64%) Tomcat
11 47 (0.64%) JBoss
12 45 (0.61%) Apache
12 45 (0.61%) Oracle Workflow
13 40 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2010
14 32 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
14 32 (0.43%) OpenStack
15 27 (0.37%) CMS
16 25 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 276 (3.75%) MS Excel
2 104 (1.41%) MS Office
3 48 (0.65%) MS Project
4 47 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
5 45 (0.61%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 13 (0.18%) PowerPivot
8 11 (0.15%) Photoshop
9 10 (0.14%) Adobe Illustrator
10 9 (0.12%) InfoPath
11 6 (0.082%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 6 (0.082%) OmniGraffle
12 4 (0.054%) AutoCAD
12 4 (0.054%) SOLIDWORKS
13 3 (0.041%) SPSS
13 3 (0.041%) Adobe Captivate
13 3 (0.041%) InDesign
13 3 (0.041%) Windchill
14 2 (0.027%) Acrobat
14 2 (0.027%) Shockwave
Business Applications
1 270 (3.67%) Oracle EBS R12
2 211 (2.87%) Oracle EBS
3 199 (2.70%) SAP FI
4 169 (2.30%) Dynamics CRM
5 161 (2.19%) SAP CO
6 155 (2.11%) SAP FI/CO
7 145 (1.97%) SAP SD
8 136 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
9 135 (1.83%) SAP MM
10 92 (1.25%) SAP IS-U
11 89 (1.21%) SAP WM
12 87 (1.18%) Oracle Payables
13 84 (1.14%) Agresso
14 81 (1.10%) Oracle General Ledger
15 76 (1.03%) Oracle Financials
16 74 (1.01%) SAP CRM
17 66 (0.90%) Oracle Receivables
18 62 (0.84%) SAP SRM
19 59 (0.80%) SAP PP
20 58 (0.79%) SAP APO
Cloud Services
1 117 (1.59%) Office 365
2 104 (1.41%) Microsoft Azure
3 91 (1.24%) Amazon AWS
4 57 (0.77%) SaaS
5 54 (0.73%) SuccessFactors
6 32 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
7 27 (0.37%) PaaS
8 25 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
9 21 (0.29%) Google Analytics
10 20 (0.27%) Taleo
10 20 (0.27%) Adobe Analytics
11 16 (0.22%) IaaS
12 13 (0.18%) Yammer
13 11 (0.15%) Azure Active Directory
13 11 (0.15%) Force.com
14 10 (0.14%) Amazon S3
15 7 (0.095%) Amazon ELB
15 7 (0.095%) Boomi
16 6 (0.082%) AWS CloudFormation
16 6 (0.082%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 273 (3.71%) Firewall
2 127 (1.73%) WAN
3 125 (1.70%) DNS
4 122 (1.66%) LAN
5 115 (1.56%) SAN
6 100 (1.36%) Network Security
7 86 (1.17%) TCP/IP
8 80 (1.09%) Internet
9 78 (1.06%) Wireless
10 74 (1.01%) DHCP
11 69 (0.94%) SSL
12 61 (0.83%) VPN
13 57 (0.77%) LDAP
14 51 (0.69%) MPLS
14 51 (0.69%) Cisco ASA
15 48 (0.65%) NAS
16 44 (0.60%) Cisco Nexus
17 42 (0.57%) NetScaler
18 39 (0.53%) HTTP
19 38 (0.52%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 316 (4.29%) SQL Server
2 220 (2.99%) SAP BW
3 181 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
4 132 (1.79%) Oracle Database
5 127 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 102 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 90 (1.22%) Oracle BI EE
8 82 (1.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 80 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
10 77 (1.05%) SAP BI
11 73 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
12 70 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
13 66 (0.90%) Big Data
14 61 (0.83%) Relational Database
15 57 (0.77%) DB2
16 49 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
17 47 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
17 47 (0.64%) SAP Data Services
18 45 (0.61%) OLAP
19 44 (0.60%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 62 (0.84%) JIRA
2 60 (0.82%) Jenkins
3 54 (0.73%) Team Foundation Server
4 38 (0.52%) Visual Studio
5 37 (0.50%) Axure RP
6 36 (0.49%) LSMW
7 35 (0.48%) Oracle Forms
8 31 (0.42%) Maven
8 31 (0.42%) Git (software)
9 23 (0.31%) Toad
10 22 (0.30%) Subversion
10 22 (0.30%) Selenium
11 20 (0.27%) PeopleTools
12 19 (0.26%) Cucumber
13 17 (0.23%) Ant
14 14 (0.19%) LoadRunner
15 12 (0.16%) JUnit
16 11 (0.15%) MSI
16 11 (0.15%) MorphX
17 10 (0.14%) Eclipse
General
1 1502 (20.41%) Finance
2 307 (4.17%) Banking
3 301 (4.09%) Retail
4 276 (3.75%) Manufacturing
5 242 (3.29%) Telecoms
6 168 (2.28%) Marketing
7 135 (1.83%) Pharmaceutical
8 80 (1.09%) Billing
9 74 (1.01%) Advertising
10 73 (0.99%) General Ledger
11 59 (0.80%) Legal
12 57 (0.77%) Local Government
13 53 (0.72%) Automotive
14 37 (0.50%) Investment Banking
15 35 (0.48%) Financial Institution
16 34 (0.46%) Law
16 34 (0.46%) French Language
17 29 (0.39%) Publishing
18 25 (0.34%) Back Office
19 24 (0.33%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 222 (3.02%) XML
2 217 (2.95%) .NET
3 176 (2.39%) HTML
4 174 (2.36%) Web Services
5 121 (1.64%) Middleware
6 100 (1.36%) CSS
7 79 (1.07%) J2EE
8 76 (1.03%) SOAP
9 64 (0.87%) Oracle Fusion
10 59 (0.80%) ASP.NET
11 55 (0.75%) SAP Basis
12 48 (0.65%) EDI
13 38 (0.52%) WebSphere MQ
13 38 (0.52%) HTML5
14 36 (0.49%) WebSphere Message Broker
15 34 (0.46%) WebCenter
16 33 (0.45%) jQuery
17 32 (0.43%) REST
18 31 (0.42%) JSP
19 27 (0.37%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 293 (3.98%) Analytical Skills
2 243 (3.30%) Data Centre
3 159 (2.16%) User Experience
4 128 (1.74%) Management Information System
5 76 (1.03%) FMCG
6 75 (1.02%) Clustering
7 72 (0.98%) Data Integration
8 64 (0.87%) PKI
9 50 (0.68%) DataPower
9 50 (0.68%) Data Structures
10 49 (0.67%) NHS
11 48 (0.65%) Mobile App
12 45 (0.61%) Visualisation
12 45 (0.61%) CMDB
13 38 (0.52%) Computer Science
13 38 (0.52%) Replication
14 34 (0.46%) Enterprise Software
15 33 (0.45%) Mainframe
16 29 (0.39%) Client/Server
17 28 (0.38%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 681 (9.25%) Windows
2 321 (4.36%) UNIX
3 301 (4.09%) Linux
4 182 (2.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 145 (1.97%) Windows Server 2012
6 132 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 89 (1.21%) AIX
8 84 (1.14%) Windows 7
9 58 (0.79%) Solaris
10 44 (0.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 27 (0.37%) HPUX
12 25 (0.34%) Android
12 25 (0.34%) Data ONTAP
13 23 (0.31%) Windows 8
14 22 (0.30%) Apple iOS
15 20 (0.27%) Windows XP
16 19 (0.26%) VMS
17 13 (0.18%) CentOS
18 12 (0.16%) zOS
19 10 (0.14%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 754 (10.25%) Migration
2 486 (6.60%) CRM
3 482 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
4 395 (5.37%) Agile Software Development
5 389 (5.29%) ITIL
6 372 (5.06%) ERP
7 365 (4.96%) Project Management
8 335 (4.55%) Stakeholder Management
9 275 (3.74%) Data Migration
10 229 (3.11%) Information Security
11 224 (3.04%) ETL
12 223 (3.03%) Change Management
13 210 (2.85%) Analytics
14 203 (2.76%) Workflow
15 199 (2.70%) Service Management
16 163 (2.21%) Risk Management
17 162 (2.20%) Data Modelling
18 158 (2.15%) Business Analysis
19 156 (2.12%) User Acceptance Testing
20 139 (1.89%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 736 (10.00%) SQL
2 333 (4.53%) Java
3 177 (2.41%) ABAP
4 164 (2.23%) JavaScript
5 149 (2.02%) C#
6 142 (1.93%) PL/SQL
7 139 (1.89%) PowerShell
8 95 (1.29%) C
9 92 (1.25%) Python
10 69 (0.94%) Perl
11 65 (0.88%) Shell Script
12 57 (0.77%) T-SQL
13 49 (0.67%) Ruby
14 40 (0.54%) VBScript
15 27 (0.37%) VB
15 27 (0.37%) PHP
16 23 (0.31%) C++
16 23 (0.31%) X++
16 23 (0.31%) Bash Shell
17 22 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 581 (7.90%) Security Cleared
2 422 (5.73%) SC Cleared
3 196 (2.66%) CISSP
4 172 (2.34%) Degree
5 123 (1.67%) Cisco Certification
6 103 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
7 102 (1.39%) DV Cleared
8 83 (1.13%) CCNP
9 71 (0.96%) CISM
10 62 (0.84%) MCSE
11 51 (0.69%) SAP Certification
12 40 (0.54%) CCIE
13 35 (0.48%) MCITP
14 34 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
15 33 (0.45%) CCNA
15 33 (0.45%) CISA
16 29 (0.39%) GIAC
16 29 (0.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 28 (0.38%) ISEB
18 26 (0.35%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 136 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 127 (1.73%) QA
3 82 (1.11%) SLA
4 73 (0.99%) Data Quality
5 71 (0.96%) PCI DSS
6 47 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 22 (0.30%) COBIT
8 16 (0.22%) GxP
9 14 (0.19%) ISO 9001
9 14 (0.19%) JSP 440
10 11 (0.15%) GMP
11 8 (0.11%) GAAP
12 7 (0.095%) ISO/IEC 17799
13 6 (0.082%) HIPAA
14 5 (0.068%) HL7
14 5 (0.068%) Basel III
14 5 (0.068%) Solvency II
15 4 (0.054%) EMIR
15 4 (0.054%) Dodd-Frank
15 4 (0.054%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 296 (4.02%) Active Directory
2 220 (2.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 90 (1.22%) Hyper-V
4 83 (1.13%) vSphere
5 75 (1.02%) XenApp
6 47 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
7 35 (0.48%) XenDesktop
7 35 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
8 27 (0.37%) VMware ESX
9 22 (0.30%) vCloud
10 16 (0.22%) XenServer
11 14 (0.19%) RACF
12 13 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
13 12 (0.16%) NFS
14 11 (0.15%) SRDF
14 11 (0.15%) Tivoli Directory Server
15 9 (0.12%) UAG
15 9 (0.12%) Docker
15 9 (0.12%) Xen
15 9 (0.12%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 129 (1.75%) SCCM
2 84 (1.14%) Puppet
3 53 (0.72%) SCOM
4 48 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
5 40 (0.54%) Tivoli
6 27 (0.37%) Vagrant
6 27 (0.37%) Ansible
7 25 (0.34%) Nagios
8 23 (0.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 22 (0.30%) WSUS
9 22 (0.30%) Salt
10 21 (0.29%) HP Operations Orchestration
10 21 (0.29%) HP Quality Center
11 20 (0.27%) SCOrch
12 19 (0.26%) SCVMM
12 19 (0.26%) CA Single Sign-On
13 18 (0.24%) HP UCMDB
14 16 (0.22%) Cisco CUCM
15 15 (0.20%) Cisco UCCE
16 14 (0.19%) FortiGate
Vendors
1 1731 (23.52%) SAP
2 951 (12.92%) Oracle
3 761 (10.34%) Microsoft
4 356 (4.84%) VMware
5 314 (4.27%) Cisco
6 246 (3.34%) HP
7 237 (3.22%) IBM
8 213 (2.89%) Citrix
9 114 (1.55%) Business Objects
10 105 (1.43%) Salesforce.com
11 98 (1.33%) Juniper
12 97 (1.32%) CheckPoint
13 95 (1.29%) Informatica
14 86 (1.17%) PeopleSoft
14 86 (1.17%) ServiceNow
15 85 (1.16%) F5
16 79 (1.07%) EMC
16 79 (1.07%) Hyperion
17 75 (1.02%) NetApp
18 70 (0.95%) Adobe
London
Octopus Computer Associates
Rate: Market
Posted: 5 hours ago
Central London / West End
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hampshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 11 hours ago
Middlesex
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Markets Rates - 3 Months initially
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
United Kingdom
Mpower Plus UK Ltd
Posted: 14 hours ago
UK
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £100 to £170 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Hays Resource Management - Astrazeneca
Posted: 15 hours ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £550 - £600 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Network ITR
Rate: 400 to 465 per day GBP
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Rubicon Consulting
Rate: From £350 to £550 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £475.00 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Technology Sourcing Limited
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 18 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 18 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Connectus
Rate: £552 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £650 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago