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 16 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Consultant
Rank 20 19 19
Rank change year-on-year
-1 0
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4203 3749 4201
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 7.31% 7.10% 7.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 8.03% 7.65% 7.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 2071 1842 1864
Average daily rate
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£450 £428 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +0.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £315 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £415 £425
% change year-on-year
+2.40% -2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 28 29
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £36.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -25.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.05 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.95 £44.97 £45.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £31.25 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-20.00% -13.19%

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
52339 48993 54685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.05% 92.75% 92.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 31928 29282 30681
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £350 £342
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2049 2106 2649
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.10%
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 £16.50 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -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 16 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 16 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 16 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 -1 3717 £450 +4.65% 1077
London +4 1810 £461 +2.38% 469
South East -7 553 £425 +3.34% 174
City of London +13 356 £466 +3.61% 178
North West +2 257 £425 +6.25% 97
West Midlands +4 237 £425 - 76
South West +13 227 £425 +0.89% 66
Scotland -1 169 £425 +6.25% 26
East of England -6 159 £401 +0.31% 56
Yorkshire +8 136 £433 +0.87% 56
Berkshire -8 134 £450 +9.09% 48
Hampshire -1 125 £380 -3.49% 34
Manchester +11 101 £430 +7.50% 66
Surrey -7 87 £423 +16.55% 31
East Midlands -6 78 £433 +13.44% 22
West Yorkshire +10 74 £400 -6.43% 28
Birmingham +1 74 £400 +6.66% 37
Cheshire +2 64 £425 +6.25% 12
Edinburgh +1 61 £490 +24.05% 9
Buckinghamshire +2 60 £400 -3.03% 16
Bristol +9 56 £425 -5.55% 36
Wiltshire -1 54 £425 -15.00% 6
Reading -14 54 £450 +5.88% 23
Hertfordshire -6 49 £400 -5.88% 17
Coventry +23 47 £405 -19.00% 8
Gloucestershire +15 46 £450 +38.46% 10
Milton Keynes +12 46 £406 +1.56% 11
Glasgow -2 45 £420 +1.81% 6
Cambridgeshire +4 42 £378 +3.78% 27
Swindon +2 40 £375 -26.82% 4

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 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 1862 (23.32%) SAP
2 1591 (19.93%) Finance
3 1231 (15.42%) Oracle
4 871 (10.91%) Microsoft
5 821 (10.28%) SQL
6 795 (9.96%) Migration
7 723 (9.06%) Windows
8 607 (7.60%) Security Cleared
9 523 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
10 506 (6.34%) CRM
11 462 (5.79%) SC Cleared
12 444 (5.56%) SQL Server
13 425 (5.32%) Banking
14 391 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
15 389 (4.87%) SharePoint
16 385 (4.82%) Analytical Skills
17 374 (4.68%) Agile Software Development
18 363 (4.55%) Retail
19 343 (4.30%) Cisco
20 339 (4.25%) Java
21 335 (4.20%) VMware
21 335 (4.20%) Oracle EBS R12
22 328 (4.11%) ERP
22 328 (4.11%) Active Directory
23 313 (3.92%) Linux
24 312 (3.91%) Data Migration
25 309 (3.87%) Project Management
26 306 (3.83%) MS Excel
27 296 (3.71%) Information Security
28 295 (3.70%) Oracle EBS

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 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
1 389 (4.87%) SharePoint
2 169 (2.12%) MS Exchange
3 127 (1.59%) SharePoint 2013
4 113 (1.42%) SAS
5 106 (1.33%) WebSphere
6 105 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
7 103 (1.29%) IIS
8 96 (1.20%) WebLogic
9 91 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
10 88 (1.10%) Oracle Workflow
11 83 (1.04%) Lync
12 70 (0.88%) Apache
13 69 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
14 62 (0.78%) NetWeaver
15 45 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2003
16 38 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2007
17 36 (0.45%) SharePoint Server
17 36 (0.45%) CMS
18 35 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
19 30 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 306 (3.83%) MS Excel
2 117 (1.47%) MS Office
3 59 (0.74%) MS Visio
3 59 (0.74%) MS Project
4 57 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
5 24 (0.30%) InfoPath
6 22 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
7 20 (0.25%) OmniGraffle
8 17 (0.21%) Photoshop
9 14 (0.18%) SPSS
10 9 (0.11%) Mathematica
10 9 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
10 9 (0.11%) PowerPivot
11 8 (0.10%) CPLEX
11 8 (0.10%) Fireworks
12 3 (0.038%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.038%) Windchill
13 2 (0.025%) DOC1
14 1 (0.013%) Adobe After Effects
14 1 (0.013%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 335 (4.20%) Oracle EBS R12
2 295 (3.70%) Oracle EBS
3 207 (2.59%) Dynamics CRM
4 191 (2.39%) SAP FI
5 163 (2.04%) SAP CO
6 162 (2.03%) Oracle Payables
7 159 (1.99%) Oracle Receivables
8 145 (1.82%) Oracle General Ledger
8 145 (1.82%) SAP SD
9 136 (1.70%) SAP FI/CO
9 136 (1.70%) Dynamics AX
10 131 (1.64%) SAP MM
11 109 (1.37%) Oracle Financials
12 107 (1.34%) SAP SRM
13 105 (1.32%) Oracle Applications
14 83 (1.04%) SAP PP
15 81 (1.01%) SAP APO
15 81 (1.01%) Oracle Assets
16 80 (1.00%) SAP HR
17 78 (0.98%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 81 (1.01%) Office 365
2 60 (0.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 45 (0.56%) SaaS
4 42 (0.53%) Amazon AWS
5 26 (0.33%) Force.com
6 23 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
7 20 (0.25%) Amazon EC2
8 18 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
9 11 (0.14%) PaaS
10 9 (0.11%) Taleo
11 7 (0.088%) IaaS
12 6 (0.075%) Amazon S3
12 6 (0.075%) GitHub
13 5 (0.063%) OpenShift
14 4 (0.050%) Amazon EMR
14 4 (0.050%) Google Apps
14 4 (0.050%) Google App Engine
14 4 (0.050%) MailChimp
15 3 (0.038%) CloudFront
15 3 (0.038%) Amazon ELB
Communications & Networking
1 268 (3.36%) Firewall
2 145 (1.82%) SAN
3 112 (1.40%) LAN
4 107 (1.34%) Network Security
5 106 (1.33%) DNS
6 104 (1.30%) WAN
7 93 (1.16%) TCP/IP
7 93 (1.16%) Internet
8 82 (1.03%) VPN
9 75 (0.94%) SSL
10 69 (0.86%) Wireless
11 64 (0.80%) Cisco Nexus
12 61 (0.76%) HTTP
13 59 (0.74%) Intranet
14 56 (0.70%) DHCP
15 52 (0.65%) OSPF
16 51 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
17 50 (0.63%) NAS
18 48 (0.60%) BGP
19 45 (0.56%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 444 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 205 (2.57%) Data Warehouse
3 184 (2.30%) SAP BW
4 158 (1.98%) Oracle BI EE
5 157 (1.97%) Oracle Database
6 128 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 112 (1.40%) Oracle Reports
8 107 (1.34%) SQL Server 2008
9 98 (1.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 96 (1.20%) BusinessObjects
11 92 (1.15%) Relational Database
12 79 (0.99%) QlikView
13 75 (0.94%) Oracle Database 11g
13 75 (0.94%) Oracle BI Publisher
14 69 (0.86%) SAP BI
15 67 (0.84%) Oracle ODI
16 57 (0.71%) SAP Data Services
16 57 (0.71%) DB2
17 50 (0.63%) Big Data
18 49 (0.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 72 (0.90%) Visual Studio
2 68 (0.85%) LSMW
3 57 (0.71%) Selenium
4 48 (0.60%) JIRA
4 48 (0.60%) Oracle Forms
4 48 (0.60%) Jenkins
5 32 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
6 30 (0.38%) WebDriver
6 30 (0.38%) Axure RP
7 27 (0.34%) Cucumber
7 27 (0.34%) Maven
8 22 (0.28%) Talend Open Studio
9 21 (0.26%) JUnit
9 21 (0.26%) Subversion
10 16 (0.20%) QuickTest Pro
11 14 (0.18%) Git (software)
11 14 (0.18%) RSpec
12 13 (0.16%) Ant
12 13 (0.16%) MSI
13 12 (0.15%) Eclipse
General
1 1591 (19.93%) Finance
2 425 (5.32%) Banking
3 363 (4.55%) Retail
4 292 (3.66%) Manufacturing
5 244 (3.06%) Telecoms
6 167 (2.09%) Marketing
7 121 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
8 116 (1.45%) Billing
9 110 (1.38%) Investment Banking
10 106 (1.33%) Automotive
11 102 (1.28%) Advertising
12 92 (1.15%) General Ledger
13 78 (0.98%) German Language
14 74 (0.93%) Legal
15 61 (0.76%) Back Office
16 60 (0.75%) Front Office
17 51 (0.64%) Publishing
18 46 (0.58%) Financial Institution
19 36 (0.45%) French Language
20 30 (0.38%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 294 (3.68%) .NET
2 215 (2.69%) Web Services
3 214 (2.68%) XML
4 210 (2.63%) HTML
5 149 (1.87%) Middleware
6 132 (1.65%) CSS
7 81 (1.01%) ASP.NET
7 81 (1.01%) Oracle Fusion
8 71 (0.89%) J2EE
9 64 (0.80%) jQuery
10 58 (0.73%) SOAP
11 53 (0.66%) XSLT
12 46 (0.58%) BAPI
12 46 (0.58%) SAP Basis
12 46 (0.58%) WebCenter
13 37 (0.46%) HTML5
13 37 (0.46%) REST
14 35 (0.44%) WebSphere MQ
14 35 (0.44%) JSP
15 34 (0.43%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 385 (4.82%) Analytical Skills
2 156 (1.95%) User Experience
3 146 (1.83%) Management Information System
4 83 (1.04%) Computer Science
4 83 (1.04%) FMCG
5 65 (0.81%) CESG
6 64 (0.80%) Replication
6 64 (0.80%) Data Integration
7 58 (0.73%) Clustering
8 57 (0.71%) Mainframe
9 55 (0.69%) RMADS
10 54 (0.68%) CESG CLAS
11 51 (0.64%) Blackberry
11 51 (0.64%) Open Source
12 44 (0.55%) Mobile App
13 40 (0.50%) PKI
14 39 (0.49%) Visualisation
14 39 (0.49%) iPad
15 38 (0.48%) GIS
16 36 (0.45%) Data Extraction
Operating Systems
1 723 (9.06%) Windows
2 313 (3.92%) Linux
3 293 (3.67%) UNIX
4 196 (2.46%) Windows Server 2008
5 125 (1.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 113 (1.42%) Windows Server 2012
7 111 (1.39%) Windows 7
8 83 (1.04%) Solaris
9 67 (0.84%) AIX
10 64 (0.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 31 (0.39%) Windows XP
12 25 (0.31%) Windows 8
12 25 (0.31%) Android
13 20 (0.25%) zOS
14 19 (0.24%) Apple iOS
15 15 (0.19%) VMS
15 15 (0.19%) Windows 2000
16 12 (0.15%) HPUX
17 11 (0.14%) CentOS
18 8 (0.10%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 795 (9.96%) Migration
2 523 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
3 506 (6.34%) CRM
4 391 (4.90%) Stakeholder Management
5 374 (4.68%) Agile Software Development
6 328 (4.11%) ERP
7 312 (3.91%) Data Migration
8 309 (3.87%) Project Management
9 296 (3.71%) Information Security
10 291 (3.65%) ETL
11 271 (3.39%) ITIL
12 261 (3.27%) Workflow
13 219 (2.74%) Change Management
14 185 (2.32%) User Acceptance Testing
15 184 (2.30%) Risk Management
16 183 (2.29%) Analytics
17 178 (2.23%) Data Modelling
18 173 (2.17%) Business Analysis
19 164 (2.05%) SOA
20 145 (1.82%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 821 (10.28%) SQL
2 339 (4.25%) Java
3 201 (2.52%) C#
4 186 (2.33%) JavaScript
5 184 (2.30%) PL/SQL
5 184 (2.30%) ABAP
6 151 (1.89%) PowerShell
7 112 (1.40%) C
8 88 (1.10%) Perl
9 78 (0.98%) T-SQL
10 72 (0.90%) Shell Script
11 70 (0.88%) Python
12 45 (0.56%) VBScript
13 41 (0.51%) C++
14 36 (0.45%) Ruby
15 35 (0.44%) Bash Shell
16 31 (0.39%) VB
17 25 (0.31%) PHP
18 23 (0.29%) VB.NET
18 23 (0.29%) VBA
Qualifications
1 607 (7.60%) Security Cleared
2 462 (5.79%) SC Cleared
3 255 (3.19%) Degree
4 167 (2.09%) CISSP
5 165 (2.07%) Cisco Certification
6 123 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
7 100 (1.25%) CCNP
8 90 (1.13%) CISM
9 75 (0.94%) CCIE
10 70 (0.88%) DV Cleared
11 52 (0.65%) MCSE
12 47 (0.59%) SAP Certification
13 46 (0.58%) CISA
14 36 (0.45%) CCNA
15 35 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
16 33 (0.41%) MCTS
16 33 (0.41%) MCITP
16 33 (0.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 26 (0.33%) CCA
18 24 (0.30%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 158 (1.98%) QA
2 126 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 81 (1.01%) SLA
4 55 (0.69%) Data Quality
5 54 (0.68%) PCI DSS
6 39 (0.49%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 31 (0.39%) COBIT
8 18 (0.23%) JSP 440
9 16 (0.20%) GPG13
10 10 (0.13%) CDISC
11 9 (0.11%) ISO 9001
12 8 (0.10%) GAAP
13 7 (0.088%) Solvency II
13 7 (0.088%) UCITS
14 5 (0.063%) AIFMD
14 5 (0.063%) GxP
14 5 (0.063%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 3 (0.038%) GMP
15 3 (0.038%) MiFID
15 3 (0.038%) WCAG
System Software
1 328 (4.11%) Active Directory
2 211 (2.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 80 (1.00%) XenApp
4 70 (0.88%) Hyper-V
5 66 (0.83%) vSphere
6 60 (0.75%) XenDesktop
7 50 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
8 34 (0.43%) VMware ESX
9 29 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
10 24 (0.30%) Oracle RAC
11 16 (0.20%) NFS
11 16 (0.20%) XenServer
12 15 (0.19%) vCloud
13 12 (0.15%) ISA Server
14 9 (0.11%) RACF
14 9 (0.11%) ProxySG
15 8 (0.10%) Xen
15 8 (0.10%) ACF2
16 6 (0.075%) Brightmail
16 6 (0.075%) Squid
Systems Management
1 158 (1.98%) SCCM
2 73 (0.91%) SCOM
3 63 (0.79%) Puppet
4 43 (0.54%) HP Quality Center
5 36 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
6 26 (0.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 26 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Management
7 24 (0.30%) SCOrch
8 23 (0.29%) EMC NetWorker
9 22 (0.28%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
10 20 (0.25%) Tivoli
10 20 (0.25%) NetBackup
11 19 (0.24%) Backup Exec
12 16 (0.20%) Nagios
12 16 (0.20%) SCSM
13 15 (0.19%) SCVMM
14 14 (0.18%) Control-M
14 14 (0.18%) Ansible
15 13 (0.16%) Norton AntiVirus
15 13 (0.16%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 1862 (23.32%) SAP
2 1231 (15.42%) Oracle
3 871 (10.91%) Microsoft
4 343 (4.30%) Cisco
5 335 (4.20%) VMware
6 236 (2.96%) HP
7 207 (2.59%) IBM
8 171 (2.14%) Citrix
9 141 (1.77%) Salesforce.com
10 139 (1.74%) Business Objects
11 112 (1.40%) EMC
12 110 (1.38%) Juniper
13 107 (1.34%) F5
14 99 (1.24%) Informatica
15 85 (1.06%) CheckPoint
16 82 (1.03%) Symantec
17 74 (0.93%) PeopleSoft
18 70 (0.88%) NetApp
19 69 (0.86%) Red Hat
20 66 (0.83%) Hyperion
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