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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Consultant
Rank 21 18 17
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4099 3893 4162
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.25% 7.29% 7.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.87% 7.86% 7.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 2020 1912 1840
Average daily rate
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£450 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £420 £425
% change year-on-year
+1.25% -1.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 30 20
Average hourly rate £22.50 £26.88 £36.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.27% -25.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £44.97 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -23.61%

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
52060 49526 53775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.09% 92.75% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31607 29426 30210
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2009 2143 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -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 1 September 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 1 September 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 1 September 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 3616 £450 +4.10% 1113
London +2 1825 £450 - 506
South East -10 526 £411 -0.18% 180
City of London +10 347 £450 - 164
West Midlands +3 237 £400 -5.88% 62
South West +2 219 £425 +0.89% 74
North West -2 211 £425 +6.25% 109
Scotland -9 179 £406 +1.56% 26
East of England -3 167 £400 -0.12% 58
Yorkshire +3 128 £433 -0.57% 45
Hampshire -1 125 £375 -4.76% 30
Berkshire -17 121 £450 +8.43% 55
Manchester +1 79 £450 +12.50% 74
Surrey -14 77 £400 +10.34% 41
East Midlands -8 76 £425 +6.25% 24
Birmingham -1 74 £400 -5.88% 31
West Yorkshire +4 72 £413 -5.17% 28
Buckinghamshire +7 70 £400 -5.88% 20
Edinburgh -3 70 £425 +13.33% 9
Cheshire +4 63 £425 +6.25% 17
Milton Keynes +12 55 £400 -5.88% 4
Bristol +3 55 £400 -11.11% 35
Hertfordshire -8 54 £400 -5.88% 23
Wiltshire -3 51 £438 -7.89% 9
Reading -15 50 £450 +4.65% 20
Gloucestershire +11 48 £450 +38.46% 11
Glasgow +4 48 £398 -3.34% 7
Coventry +13 47 £385 -19.79% 7
Cambridgeshire -1 46 £390 +5.40% 24
North East -5 41 £440 -16.19% 17

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 1826 (23.54%) SAP
2 1529 (19.71%) Finance
3 1214 (15.65%) Oracle
4 859 (11.08%) Microsoft
5 809 (10.43%) SQL
6 777 (10.02%) Migration
7 714 (9.21%) Windows
8 599 (7.72%) Security Cleared
9 520 (6.70%) Business Intelligence
10 479 (6.18%) CRM
11 460 (5.93%) SC Cleared
12 433 (5.58%) SQL Server
13 406 (5.23%) Banking
14 383 (4.94%) SharePoint
15 382 (4.93%) Stakeholder Management
16 353 (4.55%) Retail
17 338 (4.36%) ERP
18 335 (4.32%) Java
18 335 (4.32%) Active Directory
19 327 (4.22%) Oracle EBS R12
20 317 (4.09%) Cisco
21 315 (4.06%) MS Excel
22 314 (4.05%) Project Management
22 314 (4.05%) Data Migration
23 313 (4.04%) VMware
24 312 (4.02%) Linux
25 304 (3.92%) Manufacturing
26 295 (3.80%) UNIX
27 289 (3.73%) Oracle EBS
28 282 (3.64%) Information Security

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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
1 383 (4.94%) SharePoint
2 175 (2.26%) MS Exchange
3 129 (1.66%) SharePoint 2013
4 103 (1.33%) SharePoint 2010
5 102 (1.32%) SAS
5 102 (1.32%) WebSphere
6 95 (1.22%) IIS
7 93 (1.20%) Oracle Workflow
7 93 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
8 89 (1.15%) WebLogic
9 74 (0.95%) Lync
10 70 (0.90%) BizTalk Server
11 67 (0.86%) Apache
12 53 (0.68%) NetWeaver
13 46 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2003
14 36 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2007
15 35 (0.45%) CMS
16 32 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
17 30 (0.39%) Tomcat
17 30 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 315 (4.06%) MS Excel
2 117 (1.51%) MS Office
3 59 (0.76%) MS PowerPoint
4 58 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 57 (0.73%) MS Project
6 23 (0.30%) InfoPath
7 21 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
8 19 (0.24%) OmniGraffle
9 15 (0.19%) SPSS
10 14 (0.18%) Photoshop
11 10 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
11 10 (0.13%) PowerPivot
12 9 (0.12%) Mathematica
13 8 (0.10%) CPLEX
14 5 (0.064%) Fireworks
15 4 (0.052%) Adobe Captivate
16 3 (0.039%) Windchill
16 3 (0.039%) DOC1
17 1 (0.013%) Adobe After Effects
17 1 (0.013%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 327 (4.22%) Oracle EBS R12
2 289 (3.73%) Oracle EBS
3 198 (2.55%) Dynamics CRM
4 187 (2.41%) SAP FI
5 162 (2.09%) SAP CO
6 154 (1.99%) Oracle Payables
7 153 (1.97%) Oracle Receivables
8 144 (1.86%) SAP SD
9 142 (1.83%) Oracle General Ledger
10 135 (1.74%) SAP FI/CO
11 131 (1.69%) Dynamics AX
12 129 (1.66%) SAP MM
13 120 (1.55%) Oracle Applications
14 111 (1.43%) Oracle Financials
15 107 (1.38%) SAP SRM
16 86 (1.11%) SAP PP
17 80 (1.03%) SAP HR
18 78 (1.01%) SAP APO
19 74 (0.95%) Oracle Retail
20 73 (0.94%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 79 (1.02%) Office 365
2 59 (0.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 38 (0.49%) SaaS
4 36 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
5 24 (0.31%) Force.com
6 22 (0.28%) SuccessFactors
7 18 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
7 18 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
8 10 (0.13%) PaaS
9 9 (0.12%) Taleo
10 6 (0.077%) OpenShift
11 5 (0.064%) Amazon S3
11 5 (0.064%) GitHub
11 5 (0.064%) IaaS
12 4 (0.052%) Amazon EMR
12 4 (0.052%) Google Apps
12 4 (0.052%) Google App Engine
13 3 (0.039%) MailChimp
14 2 (0.026%) AWS Data Pipeline
14 2 (0.026%) CloudFront
Communications & Networking
1 246 (3.17%) Firewall
2 139 (1.79%) SAN
3 107 (1.38%) DNS
4 104 (1.34%) LAN
5 99 (1.28%) WAN
6 96 (1.24%) Network Security
7 93 (1.20%) Internet
8 88 (1.13%) TCP/IP
9 71 (0.92%) VPN
9 71 (0.92%) SSL
10 67 (0.86%) Wireless
11 59 (0.76%) Intranet
12 57 (0.73%) HTTP
12 57 (0.73%) DHCP
13 54 (0.70%) Cisco Nexus
14 48 (0.62%) NAS
14 48 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
15 47 (0.61%) OSPF
15 47 (0.61%) BGP
16 45 (0.58%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 433 (5.58%) SQL Server
2 204 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
3 185 (2.39%) SAP BW
4 176 (2.27%) Oracle Database
5 147 (1.90%) Oracle BI EE
6 133 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 127 (1.64%) Oracle Reports
8 105 (1.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 100 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
10 94 (1.21%) Relational Database
11 90 (1.16%) BusinessObjects
12 82 (1.06%) Oracle BI Publisher
13 80 (1.03%) QlikView
14 71 (0.92%) Oracle Database 11g
15 65 (0.84%) SAP BI
16 61 (0.79%) Oracle ODI
17 56 (0.72%) SAP Data Services
18 53 (0.68%) DB2
18 53 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
19 47 (0.61%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 68 (0.88%) Visual Studio
2 67 (0.86%) Oracle Forms
3 63 (0.81%) LSMW
4 55 (0.71%) Selenium
5 47 (0.61%) Jenkins
6 45 (0.58%) JIRA
7 30 (0.39%) Team Foundation Server
8 28 (0.36%) WebDriver
9 27 (0.35%) Axure RP
10 26 (0.34%) Cucumber
10 26 (0.34%) Maven
11 25 (0.32%) Talend Open Studio
12 21 (0.27%) Subversion
13 20 (0.26%) JUnit
14 19 (0.24%) JDeveloper
15 18 (0.23%) QuickTest Pro
16 14 (0.18%) RSpec
17 13 (0.17%) Git (software)
17 13 (0.17%) Ant
18 12 (0.15%) ProC
General
1 1529 (19.71%) Finance
2 406 (5.23%) Banking
3 353 (4.55%) Retail
4 304 (3.92%) Manufacturing
5 239 (3.08%) Telecoms
6 166 (2.14%) Marketing
7 119 (1.53%) Pharmaceutical
8 112 (1.44%) Billing
9 104 (1.34%) Investment Banking
10 86 (1.11%) Advertising
11 82 (1.06%) General Ledger
12 78 (1.01%) German Language
13 71 (0.92%) Legal
14 61 (0.79%) Automotive
15 59 (0.76%) Back Office
16 56 (0.72%) Front Office
17 51 (0.66%) Publishing
18 44 (0.57%) Financial Institution
19 33 (0.43%) French Language
20 28 (0.36%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 280 (3.61%) .NET
2 224 (2.89%) XML
3 207 (2.67%) Web Services
4 196 (2.53%) HTML
5 144 (1.86%) Middleware
6 123 (1.59%) CSS
7 79 (1.02%) ASP.NET
8 71 (0.92%) J2EE
9 65 (0.84%) Oracle Fusion
10 61 (0.79%) jQuery
10 61 (0.79%) SOAP
11 53 (0.68%) XSLT
12 43 (0.55%) BAPI
13 42 (0.54%) WebCenter
14 40 (0.52%) SAP Basis
15 37 (0.48%) HTML5
16 35 (0.45%) EDI
17 34 (0.44%) WebSphere MQ
17 34 (0.44%) REST
18 32 (0.41%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 140 (1.81%) Management Information System
2 78 (1.01%) Computer Science
3 77 (0.99%) FMCG
4 64 (0.83%) Data Integration
4 64 (0.83%) CESG
5 62 (0.80%) Replication
5 62 (0.80%) Clustering
6 57 (0.73%) Mainframe
7 55 (0.71%) Blackberry
8 53 (0.68%) CESG CLAS
8 53 (0.68%) RMADS
9 52 (0.67%) Open Source
10 46 (0.59%) Data Conversion
11 45 (0.58%) Mobile App
12 40 (0.52%) PKI
12 40 (0.52%) NHS
13 39 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
14 37 (0.48%) GIS
15 36 (0.46%) Visualisation
16 33 (0.43%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 714 (9.21%) Windows
2 312 (4.02%) Linux
3 295 (3.80%) UNIX
4 189 (2.44%) Windows Server 2008
5 121 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
6 117 (1.51%) Windows Server 2012
7 114 (1.47%) Windows 7
8 81 (1.04%) Solaris
9 69 (0.89%) AIX
10 65 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 31 (0.40%) Windows XP
12 28 (0.36%) Windows 8
13 25 (0.32%) Android
14 20 (0.26%) zOS
15 17 (0.22%) Apple iOS
16 15 (0.19%) VMS
16 15 (0.19%) Windows 2000
17 13 (0.17%) HPUX
18 11 (0.14%) CentOS
19 8 (0.10%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 777 (10.02%) Migration
2 520 (6.70%) Business Intelligence
3 479 (6.18%) CRM
4 382 (4.93%) Stakeholder Management
5 338 (4.36%) ERP
6 314 (4.05%) Project Management
6 314 (4.05%) Data Migration
7 282 (3.64%) Information Security
8 278 (3.58%) ETL
9 271 (3.49%) ITIL
10 251 (3.24%) Workflow
11 216 (2.78%) Change Management
12 187 (2.41%) Agile Software Development
13 186 (2.40%) User Acceptance Testing
14 180 (2.32%) Data Modelling
15 175 (2.26%) Risk Management
16 170 (2.19%) Analytics
17 169 (2.18%) Business Analysis
18 152 (1.96%) SOA
18 152 (1.96%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 809 (10.43%) SQL
2 335 (4.32%) Java
3 200 (2.58%) PL/SQL
4 190 (2.45%) C#
5 183 (2.36%) ABAP
6 177 (2.28%) JavaScript
7 149 (1.92%) PowerShell
8 118 (1.52%) C
9 89 (1.15%) Perl
10 79 (1.02%) Shell Script
11 74 (0.95%) T-SQL
12 64 (0.83%) Python
13 45 (0.58%) C++
14 43 (0.55%) VBScript
15 34 (0.44%) Bash Shell
16 33 (0.43%) Ruby
17 32 (0.41%) VB
18 24 (0.31%) PHP
19 22 (0.28%) VB.NET
19 22 (0.28%) VBA
Qualifications
1 599 (7.72%) Security Cleared
2 460 (5.93%) SC Cleared
3 242 (3.12%) Degree
4 156 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
5 152 (1.96%) CISSP
6 115 (1.48%) Microsoft Certification
7 93 (1.20%) CCNP
8 80 (1.03%) CISM
9 69 (0.89%) CCIE
10 68 (0.88%) DV Cleared
11 49 (0.63%) MCSE
12 41 (0.53%) SAP Certification
13 40 (0.52%) CISA
14 35 (0.45%) CCNA
15 31 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
15 31 (0.40%) MCITP
15 31 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 28 (0.36%) MCTS
16 28 (0.36%) CCA
17 24 (0.31%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 151 (1.95%) QA
2 114 (1.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 80 (1.03%) SLA
4 53 (0.68%) PCI DSS
5 50 (0.64%) Data Quality
6 36 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 25 (0.32%) COBIT
8 18 (0.23%) JSP 440
9 16 (0.21%) GPG13
10 10 (0.13%) CDISC
11 8 (0.10%) ISO 9001
12 7 (0.090%) UCITS
13 5 (0.064%) AIFMD
13 5 (0.064%) GxP
13 5 (0.064%) 21 CFR Part 11
13 5 (0.064%) GAAP
13 5 (0.064%) MiFID
13 5 (0.064%) Solvency II
14 4 (0.052%) FINREP
15 3 (0.039%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 335 (4.32%) Active Directory
2 194 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 82 (1.06%) XenApp
4 75 (0.97%) Hyper-V
5 61 (0.79%) XenDesktop
5 61 (0.79%) vSphere
6 51 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
7 36 (0.46%) VMware ESX
8 24 (0.31%) Oracle RAC
8 24 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
9 18 (0.23%) XenServer
10 16 (0.21%) NFS
11 14 (0.18%) vCloud
12 12 (0.15%) ISA Server
13 9 (0.12%) ProxySG
14 8 (0.10%) Xen
14 8 (0.10%) RACF
15 7 (0.090%) ACF2
16 6 (0.077%) Brightmail
16 6 (0.077%) Oracle RMAN
Systems Management
1 154 (1.99%) SCCM
2 72 (0.93%) SCOM
3 62 (0.80%) Puppet
4 44 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
5 34 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
6 26 (0.34%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 24 (0.31%) SCOrch
7 24 (0.31%) Tivoli
8 23 (0.30%) Oracle Identity Management
9 22 (0.28%) EMC NetWorker
10 21 (0.27%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
11 20 (0.26%) Backup Exec
12 19 (0.24%) NetBackup
13 17 (0.22%) SCVMM
13 17 (0.22%) HP UCMDB
14 16 (0.21%) SCSM
15 15 (0.19%) Tivoli Storage Manager
15 15 (0.19%) Nagios
16 14 (0.18%) WSUS
16 14 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 1826 (23.54%) SAP
2 1214 (15.65%) Oracle
3 859 (11.08%) Microsoft
4 317 (4.09%) Cisco
5 313 (4.04%) VMware
6 224 (2.89%) HP
7 207 (2.67%) IBM
8 170 (2.19%) Citrix
9 139 (1.79%) Salesforce.com
10 132 (1.70%) Business Objects
11 107 (1.38%) Juniper
12 104 (1.34%) F5
13 103 (1.33%) EMC
14 96 (1.24%) Informatica
15 87 (1.12%) Symantec
16 80 (1.03%) CheckPoint
17 78 (1.01%) Hyperion
18 72 (0.93%) PeopleSoft
19 69 (0.89%) Red Hat
20 65 (0.84%) NetApp
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £1.00 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Computer People
Rate: DEP. ON EXPERIENCE
Posted: 10 hours ago
UK
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £600 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Thebes IT
Rate: Unspecified Competitive
Posted: 11 hours ago
UK
Acumin
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Hampshire
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Networking People
Posted: 13 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 13 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £500 - £520 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
JM
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £510.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Computer People
Rate: DEP. ON EXPERIENCE
Posted: 15 hours ago
Feltham, Middlesex
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 16 hours ago
Central London / West End
Artemis Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
ComputAppoint
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £700 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: excellent daily rates
Posted: 18 hours ago