Period
to 29 September 2020

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 29 September 2020.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Consultant
UK > England
6 months to
29 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 33 35 43
Rank change year-on-year +2 +8 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 1,489 4,375 4,905
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.75% 5.54% 5.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.22% 5.88% 5.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 977 2,666 3,013
Median daily rate £500 £500 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.04% +3.16%
10th Percentile £357 £350 £348
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £490 £500 £488
% change year-on-year -2.00% +2.56% +2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 63 33
Median hourly rate £47.50 £47.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +10.59% -8.27%
10th Percentile £35.00 £24.00 £14.75
90th Percentile £66.00 £66.75 £64.75
UK median hourly rate £52.50 £48.32 £42.50
% change year-on-year +8.66% +13.68% -5.56%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 23,938 74,385 88,037
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.51% 94.19% 94.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 15,326 49,424 58,607
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £263 £263 £275
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 933 2,484 2,790
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +11.11% -3.74%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £48.75
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +50.00% +14.29% -7.89%

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Consultant in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in England

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Consultant in England.

Daily rate trend for Consultant in England

Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Consultant in England over the 6 months to 29 September 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Consultant in England

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Consultant in England.

Hourly rate trend for Consultant in England

Consultant
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Consultant in England over the 6 months to 29 September 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Consultant in England

Consultant
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Consultant within the England region over the 6 months to 29 September 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -9 718 £500 - 187
South East +3 201 £500 +1.01% 64
North of England -8 150 £499 +5.56% 82
South West +25 103 £475 -2.56% 46
Midlands +4 98 £450 -5.26% 41
North West -29 74 £525 +10.53% 39
West Midlands -7 65 £445 -6.32% 26
Yorkshire +12 59 £450 - 36
East of England -4 56 £450 -5.26% 31
East Midlands +24 30 £450 -2.70% 14
North East +20 17 £438 +0.57% 7
Consultant
UK

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 September 2020, Consultant contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 302 (20.28%) Finance
2 290 (19.48%) Security Cleared
3 236 (15.85%) SAP
4 224 (15.04%) SC Cleared
5 190 (12.76%) Oracle
6 189 (12.69%) Azure
7 173 (11.62%) Microsoft
8 167 (11.22%) Agile Software Development
8 167 (11.22%) Migration
9 164 (11.01%) SQL
10 113 (7.59%) Windows
10 113 (7.59%) DevOps
11 105 (7.05%) Business Intelligence
12 103 (6.92%) Information Security
13 99 (6.65%) Stakeholder Management
14 98 (6.58%) Cybersecurity
15 90 (6.04%) Analytics
16 86 (5.78%) Java
17 85 (5.71%) Active Directory
17 85 (5.71%) SAP S/4HANA
17 85 (5.71%) Power Platform
18 81 (5.44%) AWS
19 77 (5.17%) Analytical Skills
20 76 (5.10%) Office 365
21 75 (5.04%) ERP
22 73 (4.90%) SharePoint
23 72 (4.84%) Public Sector
24 71 (4.77%) Python
24 71 (4.77%) VMware
25 70 (4.70%) CRM

Consultant Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 73 (4.90%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.07%) Confluence
3 14 (0.94%) WebSphere
4 12 (0.81%) Apache
5 10 (0.67%) Apache Spark
5 10 (0.67%) IIS
5 10 (0.67%) Tomcat
6 9 (0.60%) Skype for Business
7 8 (0.54%) CMS
7 8 (0.54%) Mule
8 7 (0.47%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 7 (0.47%) WebSphere Application Server
9 6 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (0.40%) JBoss
9 6 (0.40%) MS Exchange
9 6 (0.40%) NetWeaver
9 6 (0.40%) OpenStack
10 5 (0.34%) MTS
10 5 (0.34%) WebLogic
11 4 (0.27%) SAS
Applications
1 27 (1.81%) Microsoft Excel
2 22 (1.48%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (1.07%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
5 9 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.54%) InfoPath
7 6 (0.40%) Microsoft Project
8 4 (0.27%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.20%) Windchill
10 2 (0.13%) Simulink
11 1 (0.067%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.067%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.067%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 1 (0.067%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 85 (5.71%) SAP S/4HANA
2 40 (2.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 26 (1.75%) Oracle EBS
4 18 (1.21%) SAP BPC
5 15 (1.01%) Oracle Payables
6 13 (0.87%) Teamcenter
7 12 (0.81%) NetSuite
7 12 (0.81%) Oracle EBS R12
7 12 (0.81%) Oracle Payroll
7 12 (0.81%) SAP FI
8 11 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
8 11 (0.74%) Oracle ERP
8 11 (0.74%) Oracle Financials
9 9 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
9 9 (0.60%) SAP CO
9 9 (0.60%) SAP MM
10 8 (0.54%) Oracle Receivables
10 8 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
10 8 (0.54%) SAP FI/CO
11 7 (0.47%) Remedy AR System
Cloud Services
1 189 (12.69%) Azure
2 85 (5.71%) Power Platform
3 81 (5.44%) AWS
4 76 (5.10%) Office 365
5 69 (4.63%) Dynamics 365
6 43 (2.89%) SaaS
7 30 (2.01%) PowerApps
8 29 (1.95%) PaaS
9 27 (1.81%) Azure Active Directory
10 25 (1.68%) GCP
11 20 (1.34%) Serverless
12 17 (1.14%) Azure Functions
12 17 (1.14%) GitHub
13 15 (1.01%) IaaS
14 13 (0.87%) Logic Apps
14 13 (0.87%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
15 12 (0.81%) Azure Data Factory
16 10 (0.67%) OneDrive
16 10 (0.67%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 9 (0.60%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 59 (3.96%) Firewall
2 25 (1.68%) DNS
3 20 (1.34%) Network Security
4 19 (1.28%) WAN
5 17 (1.14%) SNMP
6 16 (1.07%) LAN
7 14 (0.94%) SAN
8 13 (0.87%) DHCP
8 13 (0.87%) HTTP
9 11 (0.74%) TCP/IP
10 10 (0.67%) BGP
10 10 (0.67%) MPLS
10 10 (0.67%) OSPF
10 10 (0.67%) Skype
10 10 (0.67%) VPN
11 9 (0.60%) Cisco Nexus
11 9 (0.60%) VLAN
12 8 (0.54%) Internet
13 7 (0.47%) EIGRP
13 7 (0.47%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (3.63%) Power BI
2 48 (3.22%) SQL Server
3 32 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
4 26 (1.75%) Big Data
5 25 (1.68%) BusinessObjects
6 24 (1.61%) SAP BW
7 22 (1.48%) Oracle Database
7 22 (1.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 18 (1.21%) Azure SQL Database
8 18 (1.21%) Oracle Reports
9 17 (1.14%) SAP HANA
10 15 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 14 (0.94%) Hadoop
11 14 (0.94%) MySQL
12 12 (0.81%) Amazon Redshift
12 12 (0.81%) Looker
12 12 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 10 (0.67%) Oracle Database 11g
14 9 (0.60%) OLAP
15 8 (0.54%) DB2
Development Applications
1 47 (3.16%) JIRA
2 36 (2.42%) Jenkins
3 35 (2.35%) Git (software)
4 18 (1.21%) Bitbucket
4 18 (1.21%) GitLab
5 14 (0.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 14 (0.94%) Selenium
5 14 (0.94%) Visual Studio
6 13 (0.87%) Oracle APEX
7 11 (0.74%) Cucumber
8 10 (0.67%) eggPlant
8 10 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
9 8 (0.54%) Oracle Forms
10 7 (0.47%) Hudson
10 7 (0.47%) Toad
11 6 (0.40%) Ant
12 5 (0.34%) Subversion
13 4 (0.27%) Maven
13 4 (0.27%) SoapUI
13 4 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 302 (20.28%) Finance
2 72 (4.84%) Public Sector
3 63 (4.23%) Banking
4 51 (3.43%) Manufacturing
5 46 (3.09%) Marketing
6 44 (2.96%) Legal
7 42 (2.82%) Telecoms
8 27 (1.81%) Retail
9 24 (1.61%) Advertising
10 20 (1.34%) Billing
11 17 (1.14%) Electronics
11 17 (1.14%) Front Office
11 17 (1.14%) Law
11 17 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
12 13 (0.87%) French Language
12 13 (0.87%) General Ledger
13 12 (0.81%) Back Office
14 9 (0.60%) Investment Banking
15 8 (0.54%) German Language
16 7 (0.47%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (3.16%) .NET
2 39 (2.62%) XML
3 38 (2.55%) REST
3 38 (2.55%) Web Services
4 37 (2.48%) HTML
5 30 (2.01%) SOAP
6 29 (1.95%) CSS
6 29 (1.95%) Middleware
7 24 (1.61%) Oracle Fusion
8 17 (1.14%) JSON
9 16 (1.07%) LDAP
9 16 (1.07%) SAML
10 15 (1.01%) RESTful
11 14 (0.94%) SailPoint
12 12 (0.81%) Node.js
13 11 (0.74%) jQuery
14 9 (0.60%) Spring Boot
14 9 (0.60%) Visualforce
15 8 (0.54%) Elastic Stack
15 8 (0.54%) SAP Fiori
Miscellaneous
1 77 (5.17%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (3.43%) Management Information System
3 30 (2.01%) Data Centre
4 22 (1.48%) CMDB
4 22 (1.48%) Public Cloud
5 21 (1.41%) User Experience
6 20 (1.34%) Greenfield Project
7 15 (1.01%) Self-Motivation
8 13 (0.87%) Clustering
8 13 (0.87%) PKI
9 12 (0.81%) Data Structures
9 12 (0.81%) Virtual Team
10 11 (0.74%) Fixed Income
11 10 (0.67%) Linux Command Line
12 9 (0.60%) Algorithms
12 9 (0.60%) Mainframe
13 8 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
13 8 (0.54%) Hedge funds
14 7 (0.47%) DataPower
14 7 (0.47%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 113 (7.59%) Windows
2 54 (3.63%) Linux
3 42 (2.82%) Windows Server
4 34 (2.28%) Unix
5 29 (1.95%) Windows 10
6 21 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.60%) CentOS
7 9 (0.60%) Windows Server 2016
8 8 (0.54%) AIX
9 7 (0.47%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.47%) Windows Server 2019
10 6 (0.40%) Solaris
10 6 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
11 5 (0.34%) Android
11 5 (0.34%) Apple iOS
12 3 (0.20%) Oracle Linux
12 3 (0.20%) SUSE
13 2 (0.13%) HPUX
13 2 (0.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 167 (11.22%) Agile Software Development
1 167 (11.22%) Migration
2 113 (7.59%) DevOps
3 105 (7.05%) Business Intelligence
4 103 (6.92%) Information Security
5 99 (6.65%) Stakeholder Management
6 98 (6.58%) Cybersecurity
7 90 (6.04%) Analytics
8 75 (5.04%) ERP
9 70 (4.70%) CRM
10 64 (4.30%) Project Delivery
11 63 (4.23%) Risk Management
12 55 (3.69%) Change Management
13 53 (3.56%) Requirements Gathering
14 49 (3.29%) Data Migration
15 47 (3.16%) Data Modelling
16 46 (3.09%) Workflow
17 44 (2.96%) Project Management
18 42 (2.82%) ITIL
19 40 (2.69%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 164 (11.01%) SQL
2 86 (5.78%) Java
3 71 (4.77%) Python
4 70 (4.70%) JavaScript
5 63 (4.23%) PowerShell
6 42 (2.82%) C#
7 32 (2.15%) Shell Script
8 29 (1.95%) ABAP
9 25 (1.68%) PL/SQL
10 23 (1.54%) C
11 17 (1.14%) Bash Shell
12 14 (0.94%) Perl
13 12 (0.81%) Apex Code
13 12 (0.81%) PHP
13 12 (0.81%) VBScript
14 10 (0.67%) R
15 9 (0.60%) T-SQL
15 9 (0.60%) VBA
16 8 (0.54%) VB
16 8 (0.54%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 290 (19.48%) Security Cleared
2 224 (15.04%) SC Cleared
3 68 (4.57%) CISSP
4 48 (3.22%) Degree
5 47 (3.16%) CISM
6 36 (2.42%) DV Cleared
7 30 (2.01%) CISA
8 28 (1.88%) CESG Certified Professional
9 25 (1.68%) Cisco Certification
9 25 (1.68%) CRISC
10 17 (1.14%) CCNP
11 14 (0.94%) Microsoft Certification
12 11 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
12 11 (0.74%) CCIE
12 11 (0.74%) SAP Certification
13 10 (0.67%) ISEB
13 10 (0.67%) ISTQB
13 10 (0.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 9 (0.60%) CEH
15 8 (0.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 70 (4.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 28 (1.88%) NIST
3 27 (1.81%) NCSC
4 24 (1.61%) GDPR
5 22 (1.48%) QA
6 18 (1.21%) PCI DSS
7 17 (1.14%) Data Quality
8 15 (1.01%) SLA
9 13 (0.87%) Cyber Essentials
9 13 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 11 (0.74%) COBIT
10 11 (0.74%) RMADS
11 10 (0.67%) PMO
12 9 (0.60%) IFRS
13 8 (0.54%) ITGC
14 7 (0.47%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 7 (0.47%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 5 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 4 (0.27%) COSO
17 3 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 85 (5.71%) Active Directory
2 47 (3.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (2.42%) Docker
4 16 (1.07%) vSphere
5 14 (0.94%) VMware NSX
6 12 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (0.54%) Hyper-V
9 6 (0.40%) XenApp
9 6 (0.40%) XenDesktop
10 5 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (0.20%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.13%) Apache Flume
12 2 (0.13%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 2 (0.13%) Firmware
12 2 (0.13%) Oracle RAC
13 1 (0.067%) IAG
13 1 (0.067%) UAG
13 1 (0.067%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 43 (2.89%) Kubernetes
2 40 (2.69%) Ansible
3 34 (2.28%) SCCM
4 26 (1.75%) Terraform
5 25 (1.68%) Puppet
6 18 (1.21%) Single Sign-On
7 17 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
8 15 (1.01%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (0.60%) Tivoli
10 8 (0.54%) AirWatch
11 7 (0.47%) Grafana
11 7 (0.47%) HP ALM
11 7 (0.47%) Netcool
11 7 (0.47%) Netcool/OMNIbus
11 7 (0.47%) Netcool/Webtop
11 7 (0.47%) ZABBIX
12 6 (0.40%) Packer
12 6 (0.40%) Prometheus
12 6 (0.40%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.40%) WSUS
Vendors
1 236 (15.85%) SAP
2 190 (12.76%) Oracle
3 173 (11.62%) Microsoft
4 71 (4.77%) VMware
5 53 (3.56%) Cisco
6 52 (3.49%) Salesforce.com
7 47 (3.16%) ServiceNow
8 39 (2.62%) IBM
8 39 (2.62%) Splunk
9 22 (1.48%) Tableau
10 19 (1.28%) Google
10 19 (1.28%) HP
11 17 (1.14%) Atlassian
12 16 (1.07%) Ariba
13 15 (1.01%) Alteryx
13 15 (1.01%) Dell
13 15 (1.01%) EMC
13 15 (1.01%) Red Hat
14 14 (0.94%) Citrix
15 13 (0.87%) Juniper