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 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
1 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Consultant
Rank 27 21 19
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3413 3641 3446
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 6.38% 6.96% 7.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.90% 7.53% 8.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 1696 1919 1676
Average daily rate
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£450 £430 £443
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.65% -2.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £320 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £443 £425 £425
% change year-on-year
+4.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 19 35
Average hourly rate £36.00 £45.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +38.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £20.30 £15.26
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.00 £60.50 £53.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +38.46%

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
49442 48355 43039
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.38% 92.50% 92.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 30777 29938 24740
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1930 1972 2102
Average hourly rate £16.60 £17.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.35% -6.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.72 £40.00 £41.61
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 1 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 1 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 1 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 -6 3077 £450 +3.44% 1224
London -2 1414 £475 +5.55% 533
South East -11 537 £450 +11.11% 195
City of London +3 263 £465 +9.41% 208
North West 0 246 £450 +9.09% 121
West Midlands -2 191 £413 +3.12% 73
Berkshire -5 184 £450 +12.50% 62
East of England +3 174 £428 +6.87% 57
South West -2 167 £450 -1.63% 86
Yorkshire -9 121 £400 - 57
Hampshire -4 106 £450 +12.50% 14
Scotland 0 100 £450 +12.50% 40
Manchester -2 100 £448 +19.33% 71
Surrey -3 97 £426 +0.29% 50
West Yorkshire -3 75 £375 -8.81% 31
East Midlands -7 75 £425 - 33
Reading -3 72 £465 +24.00% 22
Birmingham -4 68 £400 -5.88% 33
Buckinghamshire +8 64 £400 -2.43% 16
Cheshire -9 62 £450 +9.09% 20
Hertfordshire -4 59 £425 +9.67% 22
Milton Keynes +3 51 £400 -5.32% 10
Leeds -4 48 £375 -11.24% 23
Essex +24 46 £463 +15.62% 1
Wiltshire 0 46 £463 -2.63% 5
Cambridgeshire -5 38 £438 +9.37% 20
Edinburgh -7 37 £350 -9.67% 14
Coventry +12 33 £425 - 6
Brentford +3 33 £488 +8.33% 2
Midlands 0 33 £475 - 6

Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 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 1799 (25.06%) SAP
2 1422 (19.81%) Finance
3 911 (12.69%) Oracle
4 723 (10.07%) Migration
5 710 (9.89%) SQL
5 710 (9.89%) Microsoft
6 653 (9.09%) Windows
7 566 (7.88%) Security Cleared
8 468 (6.52%) CRM
9 465 (6.48%) Business Intelligence
10 416 (5.79%) SC Cleared
11 383 (5.33%) Agile Software Development
12 377 (5.25%) ITIL
13 363 (5.06%) VMware
14 360 (5.01%) ERP
15 346 (4.82%) Project Management
16 333 (4.64%) Stakeholder Management
17 323 (4.50%) Java
18 321 (4.47%) Cisco
19 308 (4.29%) SQL Server
20 307 (4.28%) Linux
21 297 (4.14%) Banking
22 295 (4.11%) SharePoint
22 295 (4.11%) Active Directory
23 292 (4.07%) Analytical Skills
24 287 (4.00%) UNIX
24 287 (4.00%) Retail
25 283 (3.94%) Firewall
26 275 (3.83%) Data Migration
27 268 (3.73%) MS Excel

Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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
1 295 (4.11%) SharePoint
2 108 (1.50%) WebSphere
3 103 (1.43%) SAS
4 101 (1.41%) Lync
5 100 (1.39%) MS Exchange
6 98 (1.36%) SharePoint 2013
7 59 (0.82%) IIS
8 56 (0.78%) NetWeaver
8 56 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
9 55 (0.77%) WebLogic
10 54 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
11 52 (0.72%) Apache
12 48 (0.67%) Tomcat
13 43 (0.60%) JBoss
14 42 (0.58%) Oracle Workflow
14 42 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2010
15 33 (0.46%) CMS
16 31 (0.43%) OpenStack
17 30 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2013
18 28 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 268 (3.73%) MS Excel
2 100 (1.39%) MS Office
3 47 (0.65%) MS Project
4 41 (0.57%) MS PowerPoint
5 35 (0.49%) MS Visio
6 13 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 12 (0.17%) PowerPivot
8 9 (0.13%) InfoPath
9 6 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 6 (0.084%) OmniGraffle
10 5 (0.070%) SPSS
11 4 (0.056%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.056%) SOLIDWORKS
11 4 (0.056%) Photoshop
12 3 (0.042%) Adobe Captivate
12 3 (0.042%) AutoCAD
12 3 (0.042%) InDesign
12 3 (0.042%) Windchill
13 2 (0.028%) PTC Creo
13 2 (0.028%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 238 (3.31%) Oracle EBS R12
2 207 (2.88%) SAP FI
3 190 (2.65%) Oracle EBS
4 166 (2.31%) SAP CO
5 160 (2.23%) SAP FI/CO
6 153 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
7 150 (2.09%) SAP SD
8 136 (1.89%) SAP MM
9 111 (1.55%) Dynamics AX
10 101 (1.41%) SAP WM
11 100 (1.39%) SAP IS-U
12 80 (1.11%) Agresso
13 77 (1.07%) SAP CRM
14 74 (1.03%) Oracle Financials
14 74 (1.03%) SAP SRM
14 74 (1.03%) Oracle Payables
15 72 (1.00%) SAP APO
16 69 (0.96%) Oracle General Ledger
17 61 (0.85%) SAP PP
18 59 (0.82%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 111 (1.55%) Office 365
2 92 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 80 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
4 58 (0.81%) SaaS
5 50 (0.70%) SuccessFactors
6 29 (0.40%) Amazon EC2
7 25 (0.35%) PaaS
7 25 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
8 18 (0.25%) Taleo
8 18 (0.25%) Adobe Analytics
9 15 (0.21%) IaaS
10 14 (0.19%) Yammer
10 14 (0.19%) Google Analytics
11 12 (0.17%) Force.com
12 11 (0.15%) Azure Active Directory
13 9 (0.13%) Amazon S3
14 6 (0.084%) AWS CloudFormation
15 5 (0.070%) Boomi
16 4 (0.056%) IBM Blueworks
16 4 (0.056%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 283 (3.94%) Firewall
2 128 (1.78%) DNS
3 125 (1.74%) WAN
4 119 (1.66%) LAN
5 114 (1.59%) SAN
6 111 (1.55%) Network Security
7 94 (1.31%) TCP/IP
8 83 (1.16%) Internet
9 77 (1.07%) DHCP
10 76 (1.06%) Wireless
11 70 (0.97%) SSL
12 66 (0.92%) VPN
13 60 (0.84%) LDAP
14 57 (0.79%) MPLS
15 56 (0.78%) Cisco ASA
16 45 (0.63%) Cisco Nexus
17 43 (0.60%) VoIP
18 42 (0.58%) BGP
18 42 (0.58%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
19 41 (0.57%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 308 (4.29%) SQL Server
2 248 (3.45%) SAP BW
3 172 (2.40%) Data Warehouse
4 123 (1.71%) Oracle Database
5 117 (1.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 103 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 87 (1.21%) Oracle BI EE
8 78 (1.09%) Oracle Reports
8 78 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 76 (1.06%) SAP BI
10 72 (1.00%) Big Data
11 66 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
12 59 (0.82%) Relational Database
13 56 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
14 49 (0.68%) Hadoop
15 48 (0.67%) OLAP
16 46 (0.64%) QlikView
16 46 (0.64%) SQL Server 2008
17 45 (0.63%) SAP Data Services
17 45 (0.63%) DB2
Development Applications
1 54 (0.75%) JIRA
2 52 (0.72%) Jenkins
3 48 (0.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 37 (0.52%) LSMW
5 36 (0.50%) Visual Studio
6 32 (0.45%) Oracle Forms
7 28 (0.39%) Git (software)
8 25 (0.35%) Maven
9 23 (0.32%) Axure RP
10 22 (0.31%) Toad
11 19 (0.26%) Subversion
12 18 (0.25%) PeopleTools
13 17 (0.24%) Cucumber
13 17 (0.24%) Selenium
14 15 (0.21%) Ant
15 13 (0.18%) MSI
16 11 (0.15%) MorphX
16 11 (0.15%) JUnit
17 10 (0.14%) SpecFlow
17 10 (0.14%) LoadRunner
General
1 1422 (19.81%) Finance
2 297 (4.14%) Banking
3 287 (4.00%) Retail
4 266 (3.70%) Manufacturing
5 245 (3.41%) Telecoms
6 163 (2.27%) Pharmaceutical
7 150 (2.09%) Marketing
8 78 (1.09%) Billing
9 75 (1.04%) Advertising
10 69 (0.96%) Legal
11 62 (0.86%) General Ledger
12 51 (0.71%) Local Government
13 46 (0.64%) Automotive
14 36 (0.50%) Investment Banking
15 34 (0.47%) Law
15 34 (0.47%) Financial Institution
16 29 (0.40%) French Language
17 24 (0.33%) Back Office
17 24 (0.33%) Publishing
18 23 (0.32%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 219 (3.05%) .NET
2 209 (2.91%) XML
3 181 (2.52%) HTML
4 154 (2.14%) Web Services
5 107 (1.49%) CSS
6 106 (1.48%) Middleware
7 75 (1.04%) SOAP
8 73 (1.02%) J2EE
9 60 (0.84%) Oracle Fusion
10 59 (0.82%) ASP.NET
11 53 (0.74%) SAP Basis
12 47 (0.65%) EDI
13 38 (0.53%) HTML5
14 35 (0.49%) WCF
15 34 (0.47%) BAPI
15 34 (0.47%) WebSphere MQ
15 34 (0.47%) jQuery
16 31 (0.43%) REST
17 29 (0.40%) WebSphere Message Broker
17 29 (0.40%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 292 (4.07%) Analytical Skills
2 245 (3.41%) Data Centre
3 144 (2.01%) User Experience
4 126 (1.75%) Management Information System
5 81 (1.13%) FMCG
6 70 (0.97%) Clustering
7 67 (0.93%) Data Integration
8 52 (0.72%) PKI
9 51 (0.71%) NHS
10 49 (0.68%) Data Structures
11 47 (0.65%) Replication
12 45 (0.63%) CMDB
13 44 (0.61%) Mobile App
14 41 (0.57%) Visualisation
15 40 (0.56%) Computer Science
16 38 (0.53%) DataPower
17 30 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
18 29 (0.40%) Client/Server
19 24 (0.33%) GIS
19 24 (0.33%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 653 (9.09%) Windows
2 307 (4.28%) Linux
3 287 (4.00%) UNIX
4 192 (2.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 146 (2.03%) Windows Server 2012
6 132 (1.84%) Windows Server 2003
7 80 (1.11%) AIX
8 79 (1.10%) Windows 7
9 50 (0.70%) Solaris
10 45 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 36 (0.50%) HPUX
12 25 (0.35%) Android
13 24 (0.33%) Apple iOS
14 23 (0.32%) VMS
14 23 (0.32%) Windows 8
15 17 (0.24%) Windows XP
16 10 (0.14%) Ubuntu
17 9 (0.13%) zOS
18 6 (0.084%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 6 (0.084%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 723 (10.07%) Migration
2 468 (6.52%) CRM
3 465 (6.48%) Business Intelligence
4 383 (5.33%) Agile Software Development
5 377 (5.25%) ITIL
6 360 (5.01%) ERP
7 346 (4.82%) Project Management
8 333 (4.64%) Stakeholder Management
9 275 (3.83%) Data Migration
10 233 (3.25%) Change Management
11 223 (3.11%) Information Security
12 204 (2.84%) ETL
13 203 (2.83%) Workflow
14 200 (2.79%) Analytics
15 198 (2.76%) Service Management
16 160 (2.23%) Risk Management
17 155 (2.16%) Data Modelling
18 143 (1.99%) Business Analysis
19 141 (1.96%) Logistics
20 134 (1.87%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 710 (9.89%) SQL
2 323 (4.50%) Java
3 171 (2.38%) ABAP
4 157 (2.19%) JavaScript
5 153 (2.13%) C#
6 144 (2.01%) PL/SQL
7 125 (1.74%) PowerShell
8 94 (1.31%) C
9 89 (1.24%) Python
10 61 (0.85%) Shell Script
11 57 (0.79%) Perl
12 53 (0.74%) T-SQL
13 44 (0.61%) Ruby
14 33 (0.46%) VBScript
15 24 (0.33%) Bash Shell
16 23 (0.32%) VB
17 21 (0.29%) PHP
17 21 (0.29%) C++
18 20 (0.28%) VBA
19 19 (0.26%) X++
Qualifications
1 566 (7.88%) Security Cleared
2 416 (5.79%) SC Cleared
3 186 (2.59%) CISSP
4 173 (2.41%) Degree
5 131 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
6 102 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
7 95 (1.32%) DV Cleared
8 86 (1.20%) CCNP
9 68 (0.95%) CISM
10 63 (0.88%) MCSE
11 51 (0.71%) SAP Certification
12 39 (0.54%) CCIE
13 36 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
13 36 (0.50%) CCNA
13 36 (0.50%) MCITP
14 33 (0.46%) ISEB
15 31 (0.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 29 (0.40%) CISA
17 25 (0.35%) CRISC
17 25 (0.35%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (1.74%) QA
2 123 (1.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 86 (1.20%) SLA
4 71 (0.99%) Data Quality
5 69 (0.96%) PCI DSS
6 49 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 22 (0.31%) COBIT
8 18 (0.25%) ISO 9001
9 16 (0.22%) GxP
10 14 (0.19%) GMP
10 14 (0.19%) JSP 440
11 9 (0.13%) GAAP
12 8 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 17799
13 7 (0.097%) Solvency II
14 6 (0.084%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 6 (0.084%) HIPAA
15 5 (0.070%) Basel III
15 5 (0.070%) HL7
15 5 (0.070%) GPG13
16 4 (0.056%) EMIR
System Software
1 295 (4.11%) Active Directory
2 223 (3.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 88 (1.23%) Hyper-V
4 72 (1.00%) XenApp
5 69 (0.96%) vSphere
6 47 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
7 43 (0.60%) XenDesktop
8 36 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
9 29 (0.40%) VMware ESX
10 25 (0.35%) vCloud
11 14 (0.19%) XenServer
12 12 (0.17%) RACF
12 12 (0.17%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 12 (0.17%) SRDF
13 11 (0.15%) Tivoli Directory Server
14 9 (0.13%) UAG
15 8 (0.11%) Docker
15 8 (0.11%) ProxySG
15 8 (0.11%) Firmware
15 8 (0.11%) NFS
Systems Management
1 120 (1.67%) SCCM
2 71 (0.99%) Puppet
3 56 (0.78%) SCOM
4 41 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
5 34 (0.47%) Tivoli
6 27 (0.38%) Ansible
7 26 (0.36%) HP Quality Center
8 24 (0.33%) Nagios
9 23 (0.32%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 21 (0.29%) SCVMM
10 21 (0.29%) Vagrant
10 21 (0.29%) Salt
11 20 (0.28%) HP Operations Orchestration
12 19 (0.26%) CA Single Sign-On
13 18 (0.25%) SCOrch
13 18 (0.25%) HP UCMDB
14 14 (0.19%) NetBackup
14 14 (0.19%) Norton AntiVirus
15 13 (0.18%) FortiGate
15 13 (0.18%) AirWatch
Vendors
1 1799 (25.06%) SAP
2 911 (12.69%) Oracle
3 710 (9.89%) Microsoft
4 363 (5.06%) VMware
5 321 (4.47%) Cisco
6 254 (3.54%) HP
7 231 (3.22%) IBM
8 215 (2.99%) Citrix
9 109 (1.52%) Juniper
10 108 (1.50%) CheckPoint
11 98 (1.36%) Business Objects
12 97 (1.35%) F5
13 95 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
14 88 (1.23%) EMC
15 84 (1.17%) PeopleSoft
16 82 (1.14%) Informatica
17 71 (0.99%) ServiceNow
18 67 (0.93%) NetApp
19 63 (0.88%) Symantec
20 62 (0.86%) Adobe
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