Period
to 24 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £550 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 October 2021.

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
24 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 45 33 35
Rank change year-on-year -12 +2 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3,376 1,553 4,309
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.02% 5.68% 5.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.37% 6.14% 5.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,124 894 2,580
10th Percentile £393 £360 £358
25th Percentile £463 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - +0.25%
75th Percentile £638 £575 £575
90th Percentile £713 £663 £650
UK median daily rate £538 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +7.50% - +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 29 50
10th Percentile £29.90 £34.70 £20.93
25th Percentile £47.00 £45.00 £41.34
Median hourly rate £63.00 £54.00 £49.50
Median % change year-on-year +16.67% +9.10% -1.01%
75th Percentile £75.25 £64.50 £54.81
90th Percentile £77.50 £66.00 £64.25
UK median hourly rate £63.00 £61.50 £49.93
% change year-on-year +2.44% +23.17% -0.14%

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 62,842 25,304 72,519
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.46% 92.55% 94.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 44,337 17,429 49,219
10th Percentile £300 £263 £263
25th Percentile £406 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £505 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +6.32% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £613 £575 £575
90th Percentile £700 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,852 809 2,398
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.66 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £19.52 £22.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year -11.27% +17.65% +6.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.75
90th Percentile £62.14 £53.75 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £19.92 £22.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -9.45% +15.79% +8.57%

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 24 October 2021.

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 24 October 2021.

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 24 October 2021. 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 -1 1,696 £575 +15.00% 359
South East -7 403 £500 -4.76% 117
Midlands +3 284 £493 +9.44% 108
North of England -7 284 £500 - 150
West Midlands +4 221 £500 +16.96% 79
North West +5 182 £500 -1.96% 75
South West -21 145 £500 +5.26% 67
East of England -19 104 £500 +11.11% 66
Yorkshire -23 89 £500 +5.26% 48
East Midlands -21 51 £463 +2.78% 25
North East -8 16 £538 +17.49% 27
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 October 2021, 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.

1 769 (22.78%) Finance
2 663 (19.64%) Social Skills
3 617 (18.28%) SAP
4 496 (14.69%) Migration
5 484 (14.34%) Azure
6 458 (13.57%) Agile Software Development
7 444 (13.15%) Microsoft
8 420 (12.44%) Oracle
9 408 (12.09%) Security Cleared
10 360 (10.66%) SQL
11 305 (9.03%) SC Cleared
12 294 (8.71%) DevOps
13 273 (8.09%) Business Intelligence
14 247 (7.32%) AWS
15 233 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
16 222 (6.58%) Power Platform
17 214 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
18 212 (6.28%) Banking
19 208 (6.16%) Data Migration
20 207 (6.13%) Microsoft 365
20 207 (6.13%) Cybersecurity
21 202 (5.98%) Java
22 198 (5.86%) Analytics
23 192 (5.69%) SAP S/4HANA
24 190 (5.63%) Windows
25 177 (5.24%) ERP
25 177 (5.24%) Public Sector
26 176 (5.21%) Problem-Solving
27 174 (5.15%) Dynamics 365
28 172 (5.09%) Python

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
1 113 (3.35%) SharePoint
2 40 (1.18%) Confluence
3 39 (1.16%) Apache
4 26 (0.77%) SAS
5 16 (0.47%) CMS
6 15 (0.44%) Apache Spark
7 14 (0.41%) OpenStack
8 12 (0.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 11 (0.33%) IIS
10 10 (0.30%) SAP Portal
11 8 (0.24%) nginx
12 7 (0.21%) MS Exchange
12 7 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 7 (0.21%) Sitecore CMS
12 7 (0.21%) Skype for Business
13 6 (0.18%) Moodle
13 6 (0.18%) SharePoint 2013
14 5 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
14 5 (0.15%) WebSphere
15 4 (0.12%) WebLogic
Applications
1 50 (1.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 37 (1.10%) Microsoft Office
3 27 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
5 11 (0.33%) Oracle Smart View
6 10 (0.30%) Chatbot
7 6 (0.18%) Figma
7 6 (0.18%) PTC Creo
8 5 (0.15%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 4 (0.12%) InVision
9 4 (0.12%) MS Visio
9 4 (0.12%) Sketch
9 4 (0.12%) Windchill
10 3 (0.089%) Zeplin
11 2 (0.059%) Microsoft Project
12 1 (0.030%) Lectora
12 1 (0.030%) Siemens NX
Business Applications
1 192 (5.69%) SAP S/4HANA
2 80 (2.37%) Dynamics CRM
3 73 (2.16%) Oracle EBS
4 66 (1.95%) SAP FI
5 56 (1.66%) SAP CO
6 54 (1.60%) Dynamics AX
7 53 (1.57%) SAP FI/CO
8 41 (1.21%) Oracle Payables
9 39 (1.16%) NetSuite
10 35 (1.04%) Oracle Receivables
11 32 (0.95%) SAP SD
12 30 (0.89%) Oracle Assets
13 29 (0.86%) SAP ERP
14 28 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
15 25 (0.74%) Oracle General Ledger
16 24 (0.71%) Oracle EBS R12
16 24 (0.71%) Remedy ITSM
16 24 (0.71%) SAP IBP
17 23 (0.68%) SAP PP
18 22 (0.65%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 484 (14.34%) Azure
2 247 (7.32%) AWS
3 222 (6.58%) Power Platform
4 207 (6.13%) Microsoft 365
5 174 (5.15%) Dynamics 365
6 97 (2.87%) GCP
7 81 (2.40%) Azure Active Directory
8 69 (2.04%) PowerApps
9 66 (1.95%) SaaS
10 60 (1.78%) PaaS
11 52 (1.54%) IaaS
12 49 (1.45%) Power Automate
13 47 (1.39%) Serverless
14 44 (1.30%) Azure Logic Apps
15 32 (0.95%) Azure Data Factory
16 25 (0.74%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 24 (0.71%) SuccessFactors
18 23 (0.68%) OneDrive
19 19 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
20 17 (0.50%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 73 (2.16%) Firewall
2 72 (2.13%) DNS
3 52 (1.54%) Network Security
4 38 (1.13%) DHCP
5 25 (0.74%) WAN
6 24 (0.71%) Skype
7 23 (0.68%) SAN
8 22 (0.65%) HTTP
8 22 (0.65%) Internet
8 22 (0.65%) VPN
9 19 (0.56%) TCP/IP
10 18 (0.53%) SSL
10 18 (0.53%) Wireless
11 17 (0.50%) LAN
12 14 (0.41%) Intranet
13 12 (0.36%) MPLS
13 12 (0.36%) Unified Communications
13 12 (0.36%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (0.33%) FTP
14 11 (0.33%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 171 (5.07%) Power BI
2 124 (3.67%) SQL Server
3 100 (2.96%) Data Warehouse
4 55 (1.63%) Oracle Database
5 51 (1.51%) SAP HANA
6 43 (1.27%) SAP BW
7 42 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 41 (1.21%) Big Data
9 35 (1.04%) Data Lake
10 32 (0.95%) Oracle BI EE
10 32 (0.95%) Oracle ODI
11 30 (0.89%) Tableau
12 29 (0.86%) Oracle BI Publisher
13 28 (0.83%) Hadoop
13 28 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
14 27 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 25 (0.74%) Metadata
16 23 (0.68%) BusinessObjects
17 21 (0.62%) Apache Ignite
18 20 (0.59%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 90 (2.67%) JIRA
2 67 (1.98%) Git (software)
3 66 (1.95%) Jenkins
4 24 (0.71%) Bitbucket
5 16 (0.47%) SonarQube
6 12 (0.36%) Terragrunt
7 10 (0.30%) Cucumber
7 10 (0.30%) Selenium
7 10 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
7 10 (0.30%) Visual Studio
8 9 (0.27%) Gerrit
8 9 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
9 8 (0.24%) Postman
10 7 (0.21%) JUnit
10 7 (0.21%) Robot Framework
10 7 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
11 6 (0.18%) GitLab
11 6 (0.18%) JMeter
11 6 (0.18%) TeamCity
12 5 (0.15%) SpecFlow
General
1 769 (22.78%) Finance
2 663 (19.64%) Social Skills
3 214 (6.34%) Analytical Skills
4 212 (6.28%) Banking
5 177 (5.24%) Public Sector
6 152 (4.50%) Manufacturing
7 149 (4.41%) Marketing
8 134 (3.97%) Presentation Skills
9 93 (2.75%) Telecoms
10 77 (2.28%) Retail
11 73 (2.16%) Front Office
11 73 (2.16%) Investment Banking
12 65 (1.93%) Documentation Skills
13 63 (1.87%) Billing
14 60 (1.78%) Legal
15 57 (1.69%) Law
16 49 (1.45%) General Ledger
17 46 (1.36%) Organisational Skills
18 29 (0.86%) Electronics
19 26 (0.77%) Influencing Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (2.58%) .NET
2 75 (2.22%) REST
3 58 (1.72%) HTML
3 58 (1.72%) Oracle Fusion
4 57 (1.69%) Web Services
5 51 (1.51%) XML
6 47 (1.39%) SAP Basis
7 39 (1.16%) CSS
7 39 (1.16%) Spring
8 31 (0.92%) WPF
9 27 (0.80%) SOAP
10 26 (0.77%) Middleware
11 25 (0.74%) .NET Framework
11 25 (0.74%) LDAP
11 25 (0.74%) SAML
12 24 (0.71%) ASP.NET
12 24 (0.71%) Spring Boot
13 23 (0.68%) JSON
14 22 (0.65%) .NET Core
14 22 (0.65%) SAP Fiori
Miscellaneous
1 62 (1.84%) Data Centre
2 54 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
3 50 (1.48%) Data Protection Act
4 47 (1.39%) Management Information System
5 44 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 41 (1.21%) Public Cloud
7 37 (1.10%) User Experience
8 36 (1.07%) NHS
9 35 (1.04%) CMDB
9 35 (1.04%) Fixed Income
10 30 (0.89%) Hybrid Cloud
11 29 (0.86%) Data Structures
11 29 (0.86%) Legacy Systems
12 21 (0.62%) Enterprise Software
12 21 (0.62%) Greenfield Project
12 21 (0.62%) Replication
12 21 (0.62%) Virtual Team
13 20 (0.59%) Cloud Native
13 20 (0.59%) Mainframe
14 19 (0.56%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 190 (5.63%) Windows
2 166 (4.92%) Linux
3 71 (2.10%) Unix
4 66 (1.95%) Windows Server
5 47 (1.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 28 (0.83%) Windows 10
7 23 (0.68%) VMS
8 19 (0.56%) Windows Server 2019
9 18 (0.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 16 (0.47%) Windows Server 2016
11 14 (0.41%) AIX
12 11 (0.33%) Apple iOS
12 11 (0.33%) Windows 7
13 10 (0.30%) SUSE
14 9 (0.27%) Oracle Linux
15 7 (0.21%) Android
15 7 (0.21%) Windows Server 2008
16 4 (0.12%) MVS
16 4 (0.12%) Solaris
17 3 (0.089%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 496 (14.69%) Migration
2 458 (13.57%) Agile Software Development
3 294 (8.71%) DevOps
4 273 (8.09%) Business Intelligence
5 233 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
6 208 (6.16%) Data Migration
7 207 (6.13%) Cybersecurity
8 198 (5.86%) Analytics
9 177 (5.24%) ERP
10 176 (5.21%) Problem-Solving
11 167 (4.95%) Information Security
12 166 (4.92%) Change Management
13 163 (4.83%) CRM
14 141 (4.18%) Requirements Gathering
15 134 (3.97%) Project Management
16 129 (3.82%) Data Modelling
16 129 (3.82%) ITIL
17 125 (3.70%) Risk Management
18 120 (3.55%) User Acceptance Testing
19 119 (3.52%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 360 (10.66%) SQL
2 202 (5.98%) Java
3 172 (5.09%) Python
4 115 (3.41%) PowerShell
5 105 (3.11%) C#
6 92 (2.73%) JavaScript
7 64 (1.90%) PL/SQL
8 50 (1.48%) ABAP
9 38 (1.13%) T-SQL
10 32 (0.95%) PHP
11 30 (0.89%) Bash Shell
11 30 (0.89%) C
12 29 (0.86%) Shell Script
13 27 (0.80%) C++
14 24 (0.71%) R
15 19 (0.56%) Perl
16 18 (0.53%) Java 8
16 18 (0.53%) VB
17 17 (0.50%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 16 (0.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 408 (12.09%) Security Cleared
2 305 (9.03%) SC Cleared
3 109 (3.23%) CISSP
4 101 (2.99%) Degree
5 74 (2.19%) CISM
6 52 (1.54%) Microsoft Certification
7 39 (1.16%) CRISC
7 39 (1.16%) DV Cleared
8 28 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
9 27 (0.80%) CISA
10 23 (0.68%) CESG Certified Professional
11 22 (0.65%) Computer Science Degree
12 20 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
13 19 (0.56%) CCNP
14 15 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
15 13 (0.39%) CCA
16 12 (0.36%) CEH
16 12 (0.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 11 (0.33%) SAS Certification
18 10 (0.30%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 96 (2.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 93 (2.75%) QA
3 88 (2.61%) Data Quality
4 74 (2.19%) GDPR
5 53 (1.57%) NIST
6 34 (1.01%) SLA
7 33 (0.98%) PMO
8 32 (0.95%) NCSC
9 29 (0.86%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 28 (0.83%) PCI DSS
11 26 (0.77%) GRC
12 15 (0.44%) COBIT
13 14 (0.41%) Cyber Essentials
14 12 (0.36%) NIST 800
15 10 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 9 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 9 (0.27%) RMADS
16 9 (0.27%) SOC 2
17 8 (0.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
17 8 (0.24%) ITGC
System Software
1 169 (5.01%) Active Directory
2 87 (2.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 76 (2.25%) Docker
4 27 (0.80%) Virtual Machines
5 25 (0.74%) Hyper-V
6 23 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
6 23 (0.68%) vSphere
7 21 (0.62%) GridGain
8 20 (0.59%) VMware NSX
9 15 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
10 8 (0.24%) vCloud
10 8 (0.24%) XenApp
11 7 (0.21%) XenDesktop
12 3 (0.089%) Ceph
13 2 (0.059%) Apache Flume
13 2 (0.059%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.059%) HDFS
13 2 (0.059%) Oracle RAC
13 2 (0.059%) ProxySG
13 2 (0.059%) UAG
Systems Management
1 131 (3.88%) Terraform
2 118 (3.50%) Ansible
3 74 (2.19%) Kubernetes
4 43 (1.27%) Microsoft Intune
5 38 (1.13%) SCCM
6 26 (0.77%) Single Sign-On
7 22 (0.65%) Puppet
8 21 (0.62%) Opscode Chef
9 20 (0.59%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 20 (0.59%) vRealize
10 17 (0.50%) Prometheus
11 13 (0.39%) Data Guard
11 13 (0.39%) Grafana
11 13 (0.39%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 12 (0.36%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 11 (0.33%) Oracle RMAN
14 9 (0.27%) Red Hat Satellite
14 9 (0.27%) vCenter Server
15 8 (0.24%) Nagios
16 7 (0.21%) Kibana
Vendors
1 617 (18.28%) SAP
2 444 (13.15%) Microsoft
3 420 (12.44%) Oracle
4 160 (4.74%) VMware
5 116 (3.44%) Salesforce.com
6 71 (2.10%) ServiceNow
7 69 (2.04%) Cisco
8 64 (1.90%) Google
9 47 (1.39%) Informatica
10 40 (1.18%) Red Hat
11 37 (1.10%) IBM
12 36 (1.07%) Splunk
13 34 (1.01%) Citrix
14 31 (0.92%) Atlassian
14 31 (0.92%) Remedy
15 29 (0.86%) BMC
15 29 (0.86%) Databricks
15 29 (0.86%) Workday
16 27 (0.80%) Hyperion
17 24 (0.71%) HP