Period
to 23 September 2019

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

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
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 33 43 27
Rank change year-on-year +10 -16 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4,490 4,854 5,950
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.58% 5.25% 6.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.92% 5.54% 6.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,616 2,886 3,330
England median daily rate £500 £490 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.04% +3.16% +5.56%
10th Percentile £350 £350 £337
90th Percentile £650 £646 £625
UK median daily rate £500 £488 £475
% change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 34 27
England median hourly rate £47.00 £42.50 £46.66
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.59% -8.92% +1.43%
10th Percentile £21.15 £14.75 £25.64
90th Percentile £65.25 £63.38 £81.95
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +11.76% -5.56% -2.70%

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 75,783 87,549 85,483
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.18% 94.73% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 50,323 58,175 56,433
England median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,520 2,818 2,530
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% -1.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.09 £10.75
90th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.71 £18.92
% change year-on-year +12.96% -6.42% -0.09%

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 23 September 2019.

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 23 September 2019.

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 23 September 2019. 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 +8 2,087 £500 - 389
South East +7 856 £500 +5.26% 173
North of England +16 576 £473 -0.53% 200
North West +23 360 £488 +1.56% 132
Midlands +7 346 £488 +2.63% 143
South West -18 261 £488 +8.33% 77
West Midlands +8 248 £475 - 110
East of England +11 241 £475 +5.56% 68
Yorkshire +5 172 £450 -5.26% 55
East Midlands -10 80 £481 +1.32% 33
North East +49 43 £430 +9.21% 13
South Coast -2 2 - -
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 September 2019, 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 1,057 (23.54%) SAP
2 933 (20.78%) Finance
3 581 (12.94%) Microsoft
4 568 (12.65%) Migration
5 532 (11.85%) Azure
6 467 (10.40%) Agile Software Development
7 425 (9.47%) SQL
8 413 (9.20%) Windows
9 388 (8.64%) Oracle
10 363 (8.08%) Security Cleared
11 319 (7.10%) Business Intelligence
12 278 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
13 277 (6.17%) Office 365
14 276 (6.15%) CRM
15 269 (5.99%) DevOps
16 267 (5.95%) ERP
17 265 (5.90%) Active Directory
17 265 (5.90%) SAP S/4HANA
18 257 (5.72%) SC Cleared
19 246 (5.48%) Linux
20 245 (5.46%) Analytics
21 230 (5.12%) AWS
22 229 (5.10%) Information Security
23 215 (4.79%) Java
24 205 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
25 204 (4.54%) Manufacturing
26 203 (4.52%) Problem-Solving
27 194 (4.32%) Python
28 178 (3.96%) Marketing
29 177 (3.94%) Cybersecurity

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
1 172 (3.83%) SharePoint
2 53 (1.18%) Skype for Business
3 45 (1.00%) MS Exchange
4 43 (0.96%) Confluence
5 38 (0.85%) Apache
6 24 (0.53%) JBoss
7 23 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 21 (0.47%) NetWeaver
9 20 (0.45%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 18 (0.40%) IIS
10 18 (0.40%) SAS
11 17 (0.38%) CMS
12 16 (0.36%) Apache Spark
12 16 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2010
12 16 (0.36%) Tomcat
12 16 (0.36%) WebLogic
12 16 (0.36%) WebSphere
13 14 (0.31%) SAP Portal
13 14 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
13 14 (0.31%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 91 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 82 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
3 32 (0.71%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (0.40%) MS Visio
5 11 (0.24%) Sketch
6 10 (0.22%) Microsoft Project
6 10 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.18%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (0.13%) InVision
9 4 (0.089%) Flinto
10 3 (0.067%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.045%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.045%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.045%) InDesign
11 2 (0.045%) InfoPath
11 2 (0.045%) Lectora
11 2 (0.045%) Windchill
11 2 (0.045%) Zeplin
12 1 (0.022%) EPLAN
Business Applications
1 265 (5.90%) SAP S/4HANA
2 157 (3.50%) SAP FI
3 143 (3.18%) SAP CO
4 135 (3.01%) SAP FI/CO
5 120 (2.67%) Dynamics CRM
6 66 (1.47%) SAP HCM
7 63 (1.40%) Oracle EBS
8 59 (1.31%) Oracle EBS R12
9 57 (1.27%) Oracle Receivables
10 55 (1.22%) SAP MM
11 52 (1.16%) Dynamics AX
12 51 (1.14%) SAP HR
13 50 (1.11%) SAP PP
14 48 (1.07%) SAP ERP
15 43 (0.96%) NetSuite
16 41 (0.91%) SAP SD
17 34 (0.76%) SAP BPC
18 32 (0.71%) Oracle Payables
19 29 (0.65%) Oracle Financials
19 29 (0.65%) SAP WM
Cloud Services
1 532 (11.85%) Azure
2 277 (6.17%) Office 365
3 230 (5.12%) AWS
4 163 (3.63%) Dynamics 365
4 163 (3.63%) Power Platform
5 105 (2.34%) Azure Active Directory
6 72 (1.60%) SuccessFactors
7 59 (1.31%) SaaS
8 55 (1.22%) PaaS
9 51 (1.14%) IaaS
10 44 (0.98%) GCP
11 39 (0.87%) OpenShift
12 38 (0.85%) GitHub
13 32 (0.71%) OneDrive
14 31 (0.69%) PowerApps
15 30 (0.67%) Cloud Computing
15 30 (0.67%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 29 (0.65%) Google Analytics
16 29 (0.65%) Serverless
17 22 (0.49%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 137 (3.05%) Firewall
2 71 (1.58%) Skype
3 68 (1.51%) DNS
4 61 (1.36%) Network Security
5 54 (1.20%) VPN
6 50 (1.11%) WAN
7 46 (1.02%) LAN
8 38 (0.85%) Internet
9 34 (0.76%) Wireless
10 26 (0.58%) TCP/IP
11 25 (0.56%) SMTP
12 24 (0.53%) SAN
13 23 (0.51%) DHCP
14 22 (0.49%) Wi-Fi
15 21 (0.47%) HTTP
16 20 (0.45%) Cisco ASA
16 20 (0.45%) NetScaler
17 19 (0.42%) BGP
17 19 (0.42%) Cisco Nexus
17 19 (0.42%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 155 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 141 (3.14%) Power BI
3 108 (2.41%) Data Warehouse
4 85 (1.89%) SAP BW
5 77 (1.71%) Big Data
6 71 (1.58%) SAP HANA
7 66 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 63 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 54 (1.20%) Oracle Database
9 54 (1.20%) Relational Database
10 44 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
11 42 (0.94%) Hadoop
12 40 (0.89%) Data Lake
13 37 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
14 36 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 31 (0.69%) RDBMS
16 28 (0.62%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
16 28 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
17 22 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
17 22 (0.49%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 94 (2.09%) Jenkins
2 93 (2.07%) JIRA
3 43 (0.96%) Git (software)
4 32 (0.71%) Visual Studio Team System
5 24 (0.53%) Oracle Forms
6 23 (0.51%) LSMW
7 17 (0.38%) Team Foundation Server
8 16 (0.36%) Visual Studio
9 13 (0.29%) PVCS
10 12 (0.27%) Selenium
11 10 (0.22%) Hudson
12 9 (0.20%) Travis CI
13 8 (0.18%) Axure RP
13 8 (0.18%) Maven
14 7 (0.16%) Cucumber
14 7 (0.16%) JMeter
14 7 (0.16%) JUnit
15 5 (0.11%) Gerrit
15 5 (0.11%) SoapUI
15 5 (0.11%) TeamCity
General
1 933 (20.78%) Finance
2 204 (4.54%) Manufacturing
3 178 (3.96%) Marketing
4 166 (3.70%) Banking
5 163 (3.63%) Retail
6 146 (3.25%) Public Sector
7 139 (3.10%) Telecoms
8 79 (1.76%) Billing
9 57 (1.27%) Legal
10 52 (1.16%) General Ledger
11 51 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
12 47 (1.05%) Law
13 41 (0.91%) Financial Institution
14 39 (0.87%) Electronics
15 25 (0.56%) Advertising
16 21 (0.47%) Local Government
17 19 (0.42%) Back Office
18 18 (0.40%) Investment Banking
19 17 (0.38%) Publishing
20 15 (0.33%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 104 (2.32%) Web Services
2 100 (2.23%) .NET
3 89 (1.98%) XML
4 76 (1.69%) HTML
5 61 (1.36%) SAML
6 60 (1.34%) Oracle Fusion
7 59 (1.31%) CSS
8 58 (1.29%) LDAP
9 55 (1.22%) JSON
9 55 (1.22%) REST
10 49 (1.09%) SAP Basis
11 40 (0.89%) OAuth
12 38 (0.85%) SOAP
13 37 (0.82%) Middleware
14 33 (0.73%) SAP Fiori
15 29 (0.65%) jQuery
16 28 (0.62%) Node.js
17 27 (0.60%) J2EE
17 27 (0.60%) OpenID
18 26 (0.58%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 205 (4.57%) Analytical Skills
2 105 (2.34%) Data Centre
3 95 (2.12%) Management Information System
4 91 (2.03%) User Experience
5 79 (1.76%) Greenfield Project
6 54 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
7 45 (1.00%) Public Cloud
8 40 (0.89%) CMDB
9 38 (0.85%) Data Structures
10 35 (0.78%) Clustering
10 35 (0.78%) Self-Motivation
11 32 (0.71%) FMCG
12 30 (0.67%) Mobile App
13 27 (0.60%) Hedge funds
13 27 (0.60%) Replication
14 26 (0.58%) e-Learning
15 22 (0.49%) Life Science
16 18 (0.40%) PKI
16 18 (0.40%) Virtual Team
17 17 (0.38%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 413 (9.20%) Windows
2 246 (5.48%) Linux
3 133 (2.96%) Windows Server
4 122 (2.72%) Windows 10
5 112 (2.49%) Unix
6 53 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
7 52 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 34 (0.76%) AIX
9 31 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
10 23 (0.51%) Android
11 21 (0.47%) Apple iOS
12 17 (0.38%) SUSE
13 15 (0.33%) Solaris
13 15 (0.33%) Windows 7
14 13 (0.29%) CentOS
15 11 (0.24%) Windows Mobile
15 11 (0.24%) Windows Server 2003
16 8 (0.18%) Oracle Linux
16 8 (0.18%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 6 (0.13%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 568 (12.65%) Migration
2 467 (10.40%) Agile Software Development
3 319 (7.10%) Business Intelligence
4 278 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
5 276 (6.15%) CRM
6 269 (5.99%) DevOps
7 267 (5.95%) ERP
8 245 (5.46%) Analytics
9 229 (5.10%) Information Security
10 203 (4.52%) Problem-Solving
11 177 (3.94%) Cybersecurity
12 171 (3.81%) ITIL
13 168 (3.74%) Project Management
14 162 (3.61%) Data Migration
15 136 (3.03%) Workflow
16 126 (2.81%) Change Management
16 126 (2.81%) Data Modelling
17 104 (2.32%) Risk Management
18 103 (2.29%) Scrum
19 99 (2.20%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 425 (9.47%) SQL
2 215 (4.79%) Java
3 194 (4.32%) Python
4 163 (3.63%) JavaScript
5 138 (3.07%) PowerShell
6 100 (2.23%) C#
7 63 (1.40%) ABAP
8 53 (1.18%) PL/SQL
9 52 (1.16%) C
10 40 (0.89%) Bash Shell
11 38 (0.85%) Shell Script
12 35 (0.78%) T-SQL
13 26 (0.58%) C++
14 25 (0.56%) Perl
15 24 (0.53%) PHP
16 22 (0.49%) R
17 20 (0.45%) Apex Code
18 19 (0.42%) Ruby
19 16 (0.36%) Groovy
20 15 (0.33%) Go
Qualifications
1 363 (8.08%) Security Cleared
2 257 (5.72%) SC Cleared
3 152 (3.39%) Degree
4 93 (2.07%) CISSP
5 80 (1.78%) Cisco Certification
6 61 (1.36%) CISM
6 61 (1.36%) DV Cleared
7 46 (1.02%) Microsoft Certification
8 44 (0.98%) CCNP
9 29 (0.65%) CISA
10 28 (0.62%) CCIE
11 24 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
11 24 (0.53%) MCSE
12 23 (0.51%) Computer Science Degree
13 22 (0.49%) CRISC
14 19 (0.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 18 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
16 17 (0.38%) CCA
16 17 (0.38%) CCNA
17 16 (0.36%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 69 (1.54%) GDPR
3 55 (1.22%) Data Quality
4 52 (1.16%) QA
5 50 (1.11%) SLA
6 34 (0.76%) NIST
7 30 (0.67%) PCI DSS
8 25 (0.56%) PMO
9 16 (0.36%) COBIT
10 14 (0.31%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 12 (0.27%) IFRS
12 11 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 10 (0.22%) JSP 440
14 9 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
14 9 (0.20%) RMADS
15 7 (0.16%) NCSC
16 6 (0.13%) PSD2
17 5 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
18 4 (0.089%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
18 4 (0.089%) GMP
System Software
1 265 (5.90%) Active Directory
2 112 (2.49%) Docker
3 85 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
4 54 (1.20%) Hyper-V
5 33 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (0.65%) XenDesktop
7 25 (0.56%) vSphere
8 21 (0.47%) VMware NSX
9 20 (0.45%) XenApp
10 10 (0.22%) Firmware
10 10 (0.22%) vCloud
10 10 (0.22%) Virtual Machines
11 8 (0.18%) NFS
12 7 (0.16%) BitLocker
12 7 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
12 7 (0.16%) NDS
12 7 (0.16%) NetIQ eDirectory
13 6 (0.13%) HDFS
14 5 (0.11%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 5 (0.11%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 143 (3.18%) SCCM
2 120 (2.67%) Ansible
3 100 (2.23%) Kubernetes
4 95 (2.12%) Terraform
5 74 (1.65%) Microsoft Intune
6 67 (1.49%) Puppet
7 54 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
8 41 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
9 31 (0.69%) AirWatch
10 22 (0.49%) vCenter Server
11 20 (0.45%) vRealize
12 17 (0.38%) NetBackup
13 16 (0.36%) Packer
14 12 (0.27%) Cisco CUCM
14 12 (0.27%) Data Guard
14 12 (0.27%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
14 12 (0.27%) Oracle RMAN
14 12 (0.27%) Prometheus
14 12 (0.27%) Tivoli
15 11 (0.24%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 1,057 (23.54%) SAP
2 581 (12.94%) Microsoft
3 388 (8.64%) Oracle
4 162 (3.61%) VMware
5 149 (3.32%) Cisco
6 139 (3.10%) Salesforce.com
7 94 (2.09%) Ariba
8 89 (1.98%) Citrix
9 87 (1.94%) IBM
10 78 (1.74%) ServiceNow
11 67 (1.49%) Google
12 62 (1.38%) Red Hat
13 58 (1.29%) Adobe
14 54 (1.20%) Workday
15 51 (1.14%) Informatica
15 51 (1.14%) Tableau
16 49 (1.09%) Splunk
17 45 (1.00%) BMC
18 43 (0.96%) HP
19 35 (0.78%) Dell