Period
to 9 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

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
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 42 30 25
Rank change year-on-year -12 -5 0
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 5,127 6,087 6,376
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.37% 6.45% 6.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.67% 6.80% 6.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,072 3,464 3,644
England median daily rate £500 £475 £451
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.44% +0.11%
10th Percentile £350 £350 £325
90th Percentile £650 £638 £614
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 34 44
England median hourly rate £41.25 £47.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.16% +5.56% -1.10%
10th Percentile £25.13 £25.80 £5.00
90th Percentile £72.50 £74.50 £85.25
UK median hourly rate £36.50 £45.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year -18.89% -2.17% +5.75%

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 90,470 89,490 91,173
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.90% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 60,667 59,868 60,011
England median daily rate £456 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,745 2,600 3,024
England median hourly rate £18.25 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.41% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.80 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in England

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Consultant in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Consultant in England

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Consultant in England over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Consultant in England

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Consultant in England

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Consultant in England over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor 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 9 December 2018. 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 -11 2,458 £525 +5.00% 528
South East -7 950 £475 - 263
North of England -19 558 £475 +2.70% 317
Midlands -22 390 £475 - 193
South West -8 331 £455 -4.21% 112
North West -25 290 £475 +1.60% 181
West Midlands -24 269 £456 -3.95% 130
East of England -19 245 £475 -2.56% 136
Yorkshire -11 231 £488 +2.63% 89
East Midlands -18 104 £481 +6.94% 62
North East -41 35 £465 +7.20% 49
South Coast +2 3 £425 -
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 9 December 2018, 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.

1 959 (18.70%) Finance
2 924 (18.02%) SAP
3 707 (13.79%) Microsoft
4 575 (11.22%) Migration
5 553 (10.79%) Security Cleared
6 529 (10.32%) Microsoft Azure
7 528 (10.30%) Oracle
8 525 (10.24%) Agile Software Development
9 495 (9.65%) SQL
10 440 (8.58%) Windows
11 389 (7.59%) SC Cleared
12 363 (7.08%) Active Directory
13 329 (6.42%) Office 365
14 325 (6.34%) Stakeholder Management
15 320 (6.24%) ERP
16 302 (5.89%) Business Intelligence
17 301 (5.87%) Java
18 294 (5.73%) DevOps
18 294 (5.73%) Amazon AWS
19 274 (5.34%) Information Security
20 259 (5.05%) CRM
21 246 (4.80%) Linux
22 244 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
23 240 (4.68%) VMware
24 235 (4.58%) Analytics
25 234 (4.56%) PowerShell
26 220 (4.29%) Problem-Solving
27 219 (4.27%) Banking
28 209 (4.08%) Project Management
29 203 (3.96%) SQL Server

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
1 189 (3.69%) SharePoint
2 81 (1.58%) Skype for Business
3 59 (1.15%) Confluence
4 57 (1.11%) MS Exchange
5 38 (0.74%) Apache Spark
6 37 (0.72%) SAS
7 30 (0.59%) WebLogic
8 28 (0.55%) OpenStack
9 26 (0.51%) JBoss
10 25 (0.49%) CMS
10 25 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2010
11 24 (0.47%) WebSphere
12 22 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
12 22 (0.43%) NetWeaver
13 18 (0.35%) Apache
13 18 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 17 (0.33%) IIS
14 17 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
15 14 (0.27%) SharePoint 2010
16 13 (0.25%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 102 (1.99%) Microsoft Office
2 80 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 49 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 34 (0.66%) MS Visio
5 25 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
6 16 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
7 11 (0.21%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.078%) InVision
8 4 (0.078%) Windchill
9 3 (0.059%) OmniGraffle
9 3 (0.059%) UXPin
10 2 (0.039%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.039%) Mingle
11 1 (0.020%) Adobe Captivate
11 1 (0.020%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.020%) Camtasia
11 1 (0.020%) CATIA
11 1 (0.020%) HipChat
11 1 (0.020%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 133 (2.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 126 (2.46%) SAP S/4HANA
3 99 (1.93%) Oracle EBS R12
4 94 (1.83%) Oracle EBS
5 85 (1.66%) SAP FI
6 73 (1.42%) SAP MM
7 64 (1.25%) Dynamics AX
7 64 (1.25%) SAP CO
8 62 (1.21%) SAP FI/CO
9 56 (1.09%) SAP SD
10 55 (1.07%) SAP HR
11 53 (1.03%) Oracle Payables
12 49 (0.96%) Oracle Financials
12 49 (0.96%) Oracle Receivables
13 42 (0.82%) SAP ERP
14 40 (0.78%) NetSuite
15 38 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
16 37 (0.72%) Oracle ERP
17 35 (0.68%) SAP BPC
18 30 (0.59%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 529 (10.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 329 (6.42%) Office 365
3 294 (5.73%) Amazon AWS
4 139 (2.71%) Dynamics 365
5 125 (2.44%) Azure Active Directory
6 95 (1.85%) IaaS
7 93 (1.81%) PaaS
8 88 (1.72%) SuccessFactors
9 82 (1.60%) SaaS
10 51 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
11 41 (0.80%) AWS CloudFormation
12 40 (0.78%) OneDrive
13 39 (0.76%) Serverless
14 35 (0.68%) Amazon EC2
15 33 (0.64%) Amazon S3
16 32 (0.62%) OpenShift
17 31 (0.60%) AWS Lambda
18 30 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
19 28 (0.55%) Virtual Private Cloud
20 22 (0.43%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 193 (3.76%) Firewall
2 95 (1.85%) Network Security
3 86 (1.68%) DNS
4 83 (1.62%) Skype
5 70 (1.37%) LAN
6 68 (1.33%) VPN
7 63 (1.23%) WAN
8 50 (0.98%) TCP/IP
9 42 (0.82%) Internet
10 39 (0.76%) SAN
11 38 (0.74%) Wireless
12 35 (0.68%) SSL
13 32 (0.62%) OSPF
14 31 (0.60%) BGP
15 30 (0.59%) DHCP
16 29 (0.57%) MPLS
17 28 (0.55%) VSAN
18 27 (0.53%) Cisco ASA
18 27 (0.53%) VoIP
19 25 (0.49%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 203 (3.96%) SQL Server
2 124 (2.42%) Hadoop
3 112 (2.18%) Data Warehouse
4 96 (1.87%) Big Data
5 95 (1.85%) Power BI
6 83 (1.62%) BusinessObjects
7 79 (1.54%) Oracle Database
8 76 (1.48%) SAP HANA
9 71 (1.38%) SAP BW
10 57 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 57 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 54 (1.05%) Relational Database
12 42 (0.82%) MySQL
13 37 (0.72%) PostgreSQL
14 36 (0.70%) Crystal Reports
15 34 (0.66%) SAP Data Services
16 33 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
17 32 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
18 31 (0.60%) Data Lake
19 28 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 140 (2.73%) Jenkins
2 121 (2.36%) JIRA
3 90 (1.76%) Git (software)
4 36 (0.70%) Bitbucket
4 36 (0.70%) Visual Studio
4 36 (0.70%) Visual Studio Team System
5 35 (0.68%) Selenium
6 33 (0.64%) Maven
7 30 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
8 27 (0.53%) Cucumber
9 24 (0.47%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 18 (0.35%) Axure RP
10 18 (0.35%) Subversion
10 18 (0.35%) WebDriver
11 17 (0.33%) LSMW
12 14 (0.27%) SonarQube
12 14 (0.27%) Sonatype Nexus
13 12 (0.23%) GitLab
13 12 (0.23%) VSS/SourceSafe
14 10 (0.20%) Vagrant
General
1 959 (18.70%) Finance
2 219 (4.27%) Banking
3 163 (3.18%) Retail
4 141 (2.75%) Manufacturing
5 134 (2.61%) Marketing
6 120 (2.34%) Telecoms
7 98 (1.91%) Advertising
8 83 (1.62%) Legal
9 68 (1.33%) General Ledger
10 63 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
11 55 (1.07%) Billing
12 49 (0.96%) Law
13 42 (0.82%) Front Office
14 36 (0.70%) Financial Institution
14 36 (0.70%) Investment Banking
15 33 (0.64%) Back Office
16 32 (0.62%) Publishing
17 23 (0.45%) Automotive
17 23 (0.45%) Electronics
18 22 (0.43%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 156 (3.04%) Web Services
2 135 (2.63%) .NET
3 108 (2.11%) HTML
4 106 (2.07%) XML
5 88 (1.72%) Oracle Fusion
6 86 (1.68%) Middleware
6 86 (1.68%) REST
7 62 (1.21%) CSS
8 59 (1.15%) JSON
8 59 (1.15%) SOAP
9 45 (0.88%) LDAP
10 44 (0.86%) Node.js
11 43 (0.84%) J2EE
12 38 (0.74%) OAuth
13 31 (0.60%) Kafka
14 28 (0.55%) jQuery
14 28 (0.55%) SAP PI
15 27 (0.53%) AngularJS
16 26 (0.51%) SAML
17 25 (0.49%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 244 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
2 132 (2.57%) Data Centre
3 107 (2.09%) Management Information System
4 100 (1.95%) User Experience
5 93 (1.81%) Greenfield Project
6 66 (1.29%) Self-Motivation
7 59 (1.15%) PKI
8 53 (1.03%) Public Cloud
9 44 (0.86%) Fintech
10 32 (0.62%) Virtual Team
11 30 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
12 29 (0.57%) FMCG
13 25 (0.49%) Replication
14 24 (0.47%) Mobile App
15 23 (0.45%) Social Media
16 21 (0.41%) CESG
16 21 (0.41%) CMDB
16 21 (0.41%) Data Structures
16 21 (0.41%) Mainframe
17 20 (0.39%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 440 (8.58%) Windows
2 246 (4.80%) Linux
3 173 (3.37%) Windows Server
4 143 (2.79%) Windows 10
5 119 (2.32%) Unix
6 83 (1.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 55 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
8 40 (0.78%) Windows 7
9 29 (0.57%) AIX
9 29 (0.57%) Windows Server 2008
10 26 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
11 15 (0.29%) SUSE
12 14 (0.27%) CentOS
13 13 (0.25%) Solaris
14 11 (0.21%) Ubuntu
14 11 (0.21%) zOS
15 10 (0.20%) Android
16 9 (0.18%) Mac OS
17 7 (0.14%) Apple iOS
17 7 (0.14%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 575 (11.22%) Migration
2 525 (10.24%) Agile Software Development
3 325 (6.34%) Stakeholder Management
4 320 (6.24%) ERP
5 302 (5.89%) Business Intelligence
6 294 (5.73%) DevOps
7 274 (5.34%) Information Security
8 259 (5.05%) CRM
9 235 (4.58%) Analytics
10 220 (4.29%) Problem-Solving
11 209 (4.08%) Project Management
12 199 (3.88%) Cybersecurity
13 184 (3.59%) ITIL
14 169 (3.30%) Data Migration
15 150 (2.93%) Risk Management
16 138 (2.69%) Change Management
17 128 (2.50%) Scrum
18 113 (2.20%) Business Analysis
19 110 (2.15%) Test Automation
19 110 (2.15%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 495 (9.65%) SQL
2 301 (5.87%) Java
3 234 (4.56%) PowerShell
4 176 (3.43%) JavaScript
5 175 (3.41%) Python
6 122 (2.38%) C#
7 75 (1.46%) Groovy
8 72 (1.40%) ABAP
9 58 (1.13%) C
10 50 (0.98%) Bash Shell
11 39 (0.76%) PL/SQL
12 36 (0.70%) T-SQL
13 32 (0.62%) Scala
14 30 (0.59%) Perl
15 28 (0.55%) R
16 26 (0.51%) Shell Script
17 23 (0.45%) Ruby
18 20 (0.39%) VBScript
19 17 (0.33%) PHP
20 13 (0.25%) C++
Qualifications
1 553 (10.79%) Security Cleared
2 389 (7.59%) SC Cleared
3 177 (3.45%) CISSP
4 167 (3.26%) Degree
5 139 (2.71%) CISM
6 72 (1.40%) CISA
7 68 (1.33%) Cisco Certification
8 64 (1.25%) DV Cleared
9 59 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
10 45 (0.88%) CCNP
11 38 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
12 29 (0.57%) CCIE
13 26 (0.51%) MCSE
14 23 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
14 23 (0.45%) CESG Certified Professional
14 23 (0.45%) CRISC
14 23 (0.45%) Master's Degree
14 23 (0.45%) Six Sigma Black Belt
15 18 (0.35%) CCNA
16 17 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 150 (2.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 135 (2.63%) QA
3 117 (2.28%) GDPR
4 73 (1.42%) PCI DSS
5 69 (1.35%) Data Quality
6 47 (0.92%) PMO
7 40 (0.78%) SLA
8 36 (0.70%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 26 (0.51%) IFRS
10 25 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 16 (0.31%) GxP
12 10 (0.20%) HIPAA
13 9 (0.18%) COBIT
13 9 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
13 9 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 9 (0.18%) RMADS
14 8 (0.16%) 21 CFR Part 11
14 8 (0.16%) GAAP
14 8 (0.16%) GMP
15 6 (0.12%) JSP 440
System Software
1 363 (7.08%) Active Directory
2 148 (2.89%) Docker
3 117 (2.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 68 (1.33%) vSphere
5 56 (1.09%) Hyper-V
6 49 (0.96%) VMware NSX
7 42 (0.82%) VMware ESXi
8 36 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
9 34 (0.66%) Virtual Machines
9 34 (0.66%) XenDesktop
10 28 (0.55%) XenApp
11 21 (0.41%) BitLocker
12 12 (0.23%) HDFS
13 11 (0.21%) vCloud
13 11 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
14 8 (0.16%) OpenAM
14 8 (0.16%) OpenDJ
15 7 (0.14%) Apache Flume
15 7 (0.14%) KVM
15 7 (0.14%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 174 (3.39%) SCCM
2 167 (3.26%) Ansible
3 154 (3.00%) Terraform
4 127 (2.48%) Opscode Chef
5 126 (2.46%) Kubernetes
6 123 (2.40%) Puppet
7 75 (1.46%) Microsoft Intune
8 39 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
9 33 (0.64%) vRealize
10 30 (0.59%) SCOM
11 26 (0.51%) HP ALM
12 19 (0.37%) vCenter Server
13 17 (0.33%) AirWatch
14 16 (0.31%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 16 (0.31%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 14 (0.27%) QRadar
15 14 (0.27%) WSUS
16 13 (0.25%) Cisco Prime
17 12 (0.23%) Nessus
17 12 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 924 (18.02%) SAP
2 707 (13.79%) Microsoft
3 528 (10.30%) Oracle
4 240 (4.68%) VMware
5 168 (3.28%) Cisco
6 98 (1.91%) Google
7 92 (1.79%) Salesforce.com
7 92 (1.79%) Tableau
8 85 (1.66%) IBM
9 82 (1.60%) Citrix
10 77 (1.50%) Red Hat
10 77 (1.50%) Workday
11 73 (1.42%) Splunk
12 69 (1.35%) HP
13 62 (1.21%) ServiceNow
14 56 (1.09%) Ariba
14 56 (1.09%) CyberArk
15 47 (0.92%) Sage
16 42 (0.82%) Dell
17 40 (0.78%) Atlassian