The table below looks at the statistics for the Software 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 Software Consultant in their job title over the 3 months to 27 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Consultant
Rank 560 538 539
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Software Consultant 17 20 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.033% 0.041% 0.009%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.044% 0.009%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 16 2
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£356 £425 £279
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.17% +52.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £300 £242
10% offered a daily rate of more than £474 £425 £316
UK excluding London average daily rate £308 £425 £233
% change year-on-year
-27.64% +82.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

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
46978 45024 42156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.46% 92.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 29483 26863 23894
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 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1824 1987 2469
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.15 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.79% -7.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -8.33%

Software Consultant
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Consultant in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Consultant Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Consultant
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Consultant within the UK.

Software Consultant Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 27 January 2015.

Software Consultant Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Consultant
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Consultant within the UK.

Software Consultant Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software 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 Software Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 27 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 -25 15 £356 -16.17% 23
London -8 4 £492 +63.83% 9
South East -29 4 £305 -28.23% 3
East of England +1 3 £305 -6.15% 3
Cambridge - 3 £305 - 2
Cambridgeshire - 3 £305 - 3
West Yorkshire +2 2 £416 - 2
Yorkshire -1 2 £416 - 3
Berkshire - 2 - - 1
Hampshire -18 1 £305 -28.23%
City of London - 1 £575 - 2
South West - 1 - -
North West - 1 - - 3
Chiswick - - - -
Tyne and Wear - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Scotland - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
Midlands - - - -
North East - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -
North Yorkshire - - - - 1
Nottinghamshire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
Surrey - - - - 2
Cheshire - - - -
Devon - - - -
Durham - - - -

Software Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Consultant in their job title.

1 8 (25.00%) Java
1 8 (25.00%) .NET
1 8 (25.00%) Linux
1 8 (25.00%) IBM
1 8 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (21.88%) Python
2 7 (21.88%) Finance
3 6 (18.75%) Asset Management
3 6 (18.75%) JIRA
3 6 (18.75%) Release Management
3 6 (18.75%) SQL
3 6 (18.75%) Oracle
3 6 (18.75%) Software Licensing
4 5 (15.63%) Software Asset Management
4 5 (15.63%) XML
4 5 (15.63%) Subversion
4 5 (15.63%) Data Analysis
4 5 (15.63%) Software Engineering
4 5 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (12.50%) Workflow
5 4 (12.50%) WebSphere
5 4 (12.50%) MS Excel
5 4 (12.50%) UML
5 4 (12.50%) HTML
5 4 (12.50%) C
5 4 (12.50%) SharePoint
5 4 (12.50%) SSL
5 4 (12.50%) Configuration Management
5 4 (12.50%) Banking
5 4 (12.50%) Analytical Skills

Software Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software 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 Software Consultant in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 4 (12.50%) WebSphere
1 4 (12.50%) SharePoint
2 3 (9.38%) Confluence
2 3 (9.38%) WebSphere Application Server
3 2 (6.25%) WebSphere Process Server
3 2 (6.25%) WebLogic
4 1 (3.13%) Adobe CQ
4 1 (3.13%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (3.13%) Apache Spark
4 1 (3.13%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (3.13%) Oracle HTTP Server
4 1 (3.13%) JBoss
4 1 (3.13%) Apache
4 1 (3.13%) Tomcat
4 1 (3.13%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 4 (12.50%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (12.50%) SSL
2 3 (9.38%) Internet
2 3 (9.38%) HTTP
3 1 (3.13%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.13%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.38%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (6.25%) MySQL
2 2 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.25%) Ingres
3 1 (3.13%) Big Data
3 1 (3.13%) Oracle Database
3 1 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.13%) DB2
Development Applications
1 6 (18.75%) JIRA
2 5 (15.63%) Subversion
3 3 (9.38%) Artifactory
3 3 (9.38%) Ant
4 2 (6.25%) NUnit
4 2 (6.25%) CruiseControl
4 2 (6.25%) CppUnit
4 2 (6.25%) ClearCase
4 2 (6.25%) ClearQuest
4 2 (6.25%) GoogleTest
5 1 (3.13%) Jenkins
5 1 (3.13%) Gradle
5 1 (3.13%) TeamCity
5 1 (3.13%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (21.88%) Finance
2 4 (12.50%) Banking
3 1 (3.13%) Investment Banking
3 1 (3.13%) Aerospace
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (25.00%) .NET
2 5 (15.63%) XML
3 4 (12.50%) HTML
4 2 (6.25%) wxWidgets
4 2 (6.25%) ASP.NET
4 2 (6.25%) SOAP
4 2 (6.25%) JMS
4 2 (6.25%) WSDL
4 2 (6.25%) Motif
4 2 (6.25%) Middleware
4 2 (6.25%) ASP.NET MVC
4 2 (6.25%) REST
5 1 (3.13%) Tivoli Directory Integrator
5 1 (3.13%) HTML5
5 1 (3.13%) WebSphere MQ
5 1 (3.13%) XSLT
5 1 (3.13%) Java SE
Miscellaneous
1 4 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.25%) Fat Client
2 2 (6.25%) Client/Server
2 2 (6.25%) Thin Client
2 2 (6.25%) Mainframe
3 1 (3.13%) Open Source
3 1 (3.13%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 8 (25.00%) Linux
2 2 (6.25%) UNIX
2 2 (6.25%) Windows
2 2 (6.25%) Windows 8
3 1 (3.13%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
3 1 (3.13%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (18.75%) Asset Management
1 6 (18.75%) Release Management
1 6 (18.75%) Software Licensing
2 5 (15.63%) Software Asset Management
2 5 (15.63%) Data Analysis
2 5 (15.63%) Software Engineering
2 5 (15.63%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (12.50%) Workflow
3 4 (12.50%) UML
3 4 (12.50%) Configuration Management
4 3 (9.38%) Waterfall
4 3 (9.38%) Manual Testing
4 3 (9.38%) Service Management
4 3 (9.38%) Service Delivery
4 3 (9.38%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (6.25%) Scrum
5 2 (6.25%) MVC
5 2 (6.25%) Migration
5 2 (6.25%) Time Management
5 2 (6.25%) SysML
Programming Languages
1 8 (25.00%) Java
2 7 (21.88%) Python
3 6 (18.75%) SQL
4 4 (12.50%) C
5 3 (9.38%) Groovy
6 2 (6.25%) C#
6 2 (6.25%) C++
6 2 (6.25%) Perl
7 1 (3.13%) Bash Shell
7 1 (3.13%) PHP
7 1 (3.13%) JavaScript
7 1 (3.13%) COBOL
7 1 (3.13%) Ruby
7 1 (3.13%) XPath
7 1 (3.13%) Scala
7 1 (3.13%) PowerShell
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (6.25%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.13%) NFS
Systems Management
1 2 (6.25%) Puppet
2 1 (3.13%) Vagrant
2 1 (3.13%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (3.13%) Tivoli
2 1 (3.13%) Nagios
Vendors
1 8 (25.00%) IBM
1 8 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (18.75%) Oracle
3 3 (9.38%) HP
3 3 (9.38%) Software AG
3 3 (9.38%) BMC
3 3 (9.38%) Perforce
4 2 (6.25%) Mercator
5 1 (3.13%) webMethods
5 1 (3.13%) NetApp
5 1 (3.13%) Red Hat
5 1 (3.13%) Adobe
5 1 (3.13%) Sybase
5 1 (3.13%) LANDesk