Period
to 13 April 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 13 April 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
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 32 33 39
Rank change year-on-year +1 +6 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 2,364 3,000 4,687
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.67% 5.57% 5.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.12% 5.93% 5.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,442 1,798 2,846
10th Percentile £350 £363 £363
25th Percentile £413 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £600 £588
90th Percentile £675 £700 £675
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 26 19
10th Percentile £35.25 £18.25 £23.48
25th Percentile £51.00 £20.88 £30.25
Median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £42.50
Median % change year-on-year +27.78% +5.88% -1.73%
75th Percentile £62.63 £56.88 £51.25
90th Percentile £64.50 £71.88 £55.50
UK median hourly rate £57.50 £50.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year +15.00% - +21.21%

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 38,630 50,558 83,611
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.67% 93.89% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 26,701 34,049 57,020
10th Percentile £275 £238 £275
25th Percentile £375 £363 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £475 £475
75th Percentile £575 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £460 £463
% change year-on-year +3.26% -0.70% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,413 1,898 2,371
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.59 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.25 £14.00 £13.05
Median hourly rate £21.56 £18.50 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +16.54% +2.78% +2.86%
75th Percentile £44.00 £37.50 £38.75
90th Percentile £56.00 £51.25 £49.50
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £17.83
% change year-on-year +20.32% +4.91% +1.86%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -3 1,188 £525 - 342
South East +4 333 £500 +1.01% 95
North of England -11 190 £500 +2.56% 134
Midlands -8 155 £475 -5.00% 96
West Midlands -2 129 £475 -5.00% 69
North West -11 112 £500 +5.26% 64
South West -3 110 £450 -10.00% 53
East of England +5 74 £475 +5.56% 36
Yorkshire +17 65 £500 -2.91% 35
East Midlands -2 21 £465 -7.00% 25
North East +5 13 £450 +12.15% 36
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 477 (20.18%) Finance
2 357 (15.10%) SAP
3 350 (14.81%) Azure
4 348 (14.72%) Security Cleared
5 333 (14.09%) Microsoft
6 298 (12.61%) Migration
7 293 (12.39%) Oracle
8 262 (11.08%) SQL
9 260 (11.00%) Agile Software Development
10 249 (10.53%) SC Cleared
11 177 (7.49%) Business Intelligence
12 173 (7.32%) Windows
13 166 (7.02%) ERP
14 165 (6.98%) AWS
15 161 (6.81%) Stakeholder Management
16 154 (6.51%) Microsoft 365
17 150 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
18 147 (6.22%) DevOps
19 140 (5.92%) Requirements Gathering
20 139 (5.88%) Active Directory
21 138 (5.84%) Cybersecurity
22 133 (5.63%) Analytics
23 125 (5.29%) Data Migration
24 124 (5.25%) Public Sector
25 123 (5.20%) Power Platform
25 123 (5.20%) Java
26 120 (5.08%) Information Security
27 118 (4.99%) Linux
28 114 (4.82%) Change Management
29 112 (4.74%) Banking

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 86 (3.64%) SharePoint
2 35 (1.48%) Confluence
3 27 (1.14%) Apache
3 27 (1.14%) SAS
4 23 (0.97%) OpenStack
5 14 (0.59%) MS Exchange
6 12 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 11 (0.47%) Apache Spark
7 11 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
8 10 (0.42%) CMS
9 9 (0.38%) nginx
10 8 (0.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 8 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
11 7 (0.30%) Elasticsearch
11 7 (0.30%) Tomcat
11 7 (0.30%) WebLogic
12 6 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
13 5 (0.21%) Skype for Business
14 4 (0.17%) Liferay
Applications
1 47 (1.99%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 15 (0.63%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.51%) PTC Creo
4 12 (0.51%) Windchill
5 11 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 10 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.21%) Chatbot
8 2 (0.085%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.085%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.085%) SPSS
9 1 (0.042%) InfoPath
9 1 (0.042%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 100 (4.23%) SAP S/4HANA
2 60 (2.54%) Oracle EBS
3 47 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
4 39 (1.65%) Oracle EBS R12
5 24 (1.02%) Dynamics AX
5 24 (1.02%) Teamcenter
6 23 (0.97%) Oracle Payables
7 22 (0.93%) SAP FI
7 22 (0.93%) SAP SD
8 21 (0.89%) SAP MM
9 19 (0.80%) SAP CO
10 18 (0.76%) Oracle Assets
10 18 (0.76%) Oracle Receivables
11 17 (0.72%) Oracle Financials
11 17 (0.72%) SAP FI/CO
11 17 (0.72%) SAP PP
11 17 (0.72%) SAP WM
12 16 (0.68%) Oracle ERP
13 15 (0.63%) Oracle Applications
14 14 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 350 (14.81%) Azure
2 165 (6.98%) AWS
3 154 (6.51%) Microsoft 365
4 123 (5.20%) Power Platform
5 112 (4.74%) Dynamics 365
6 65 (2.75%) SaaS
7 63 (2.66%) Azure Active Directory
8 62 (2.62%) GCP
9 46 (1.95%) PaaS
10 45 (1.90%) PowerApps
11 44 (1.86%) IaaS
12 29 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
13 27 (1.14%) Power Automate
14 24 (1.02%) Serverless
15 21 (0.89%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 20 (0.85%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
17 19 (0.80%) Logic Apps
18 17 (0.72%) Oracle CX
19 16 (0.68%) Oracle Service Cloud
19 16 (0.68%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 45 (1.90%) Firewall
2 34 (1.44%) VPN
3 31 (1.31%) Network Security
3 31 (1.31%) WAN
4 25 (1.06%) TCP/IP
5 24 (1.02%) DNS
6 22 (0.93%) LAN
7 21 (0.89%) MPLS
7 21 (0.89%) SD-WAN
8 17 (0.72%) BGP
8 17 (0.72%) Wi-Fi
9 15 (0.63%) Internet
10 14 (0.59%) HTTP
10 14 (0.59%) Wireless
11 13 (0.55%) Cisco ASA
11 13 (0.55%) SAN
12 12 (0.51%) OSPF
12 12 (0.51%) SSL
13 11 (0.47%) Cisco Nexus
13 11 (0.47%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (3.72%) SQL Server
2 86 (3.64%) Power BI
3 64 (2.71%) Data Warehouse
4 47 (1.99%) SAP BW
5 38 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 32 (1.35%) SAP HANA
7 30 (1.27%) Oracle Database
7 30 (1.27%) PostgreSQL
8 29 (1.23%) Hadoop
9 24 (1.02%) Big Data
10 23 (0.97%) Oracle BI Publisher
11 20 (0.85%) Relational Database
12 19 (0.80%) BusinessObjects
12 19 (0.80%) MySQL
12 19 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
13 18 (0.76%) Data Lake
13 18 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 18 (0.76%) Tableau
14 15 (0.63%) Azure SQL Database
14 15 (0.63%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 68 (2.88%) JIRA
2 34 (1.44%) Jenkins
3 29 (1.23%) Git (software)
4 25 (1.06%) Bitbucket
5 15 (0.63%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 10 (0.42%) GitLab
6 10 (0.42%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (0.38%) Oracle APEX
7 9 (0.38%) SonarQube
7 9 (0.38%) Toad
8 8 (0.34%) Visual Studio
9 7 (0.30%) Maven
9 7 (0.30%) Oracle Forms
9 7 (0.30%) PowerBuilder
9 7 (0.30%) Selenium
10 6 (0.25%) PowerDesigner
11 5 (0.21%) Eclipse
11 5 (0.21%) JMeter
11 5 (0.21%) JUnit
12 4 (0.17%) TeamCity
General
1 477 (20.18%) Finance
2 124 (5.25%) Public Sector
3 112 (4.74%) Banking
4 99 (4.19%) Manufacturing
5 96 (4.06%) Marketing
6 85 (3.60%) Telecoms
7 60 (2.54%) Retail
8 42 (1.78%) Legal
9 37 (1.57%) Electronics
10 34 (1.44%) Billing
11 28 (1.18%) Law
12 24 (1.02%) Investment Banking
13 22 (0.93%) Front Office
14 19 (0.80%) General Ledger
15 17 (0.72%) French Language
16 16 (0.68%) Publishing
17 15 (0.63%) Local Government
17 15 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
18 11 (0.47%) Games
18 11 (0.47%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (2.33%) .NET
2 52 (2.20%) REST
3 47 (1.99%) HTML
3 47 (1.99%) Web Services
4 41 (1.73%) XML
5 29 (1.23%) CSS
6 27 (1.14%) Spring
7 23 (0.97%) JSON
7 23 (0.97%) SOAP
8 21 (0.89%) Oracle Fusion
9 20 (0.85%) LDAP
10 18 (0.76%) WPF
11 17 (0.72%) Middleware
11 17 (0.72%) SailPoint
12 15 (0.63%) ASP.NET
13 14 (0.59%) J2EE
13 14 (0.59%) RESTful
13 14 (0.59%) Spring Boot
14 13 (0.55%) PySpark
14 13 (0.55%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 150 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
2 61 (2.58%) Data Centre
3 43 (1.82%) Management Information System
4 42 (1.78%) User Experience
5 34 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
6 28 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
7 23 (0.97%) Public Cloud
8 22 (0.93%) Data Structures
9 17 (0.72%) FMCG
9 17 (0.72%) PKI
9 17 (0.72%) Replication
10 15 (0.63%) Algorithms
10 15 (0.63%) Clustering
10 15 (0.63%) NHS
10 15 (0.63%) Social Media
11 14 (0.59%) CMDB
11 14 (0.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 14 (0.59%) Private Cloud
12 12 (0.51%) Cloud Native
12 12 (0.51%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 173 (7.32%) Windows
2 118 (4.99%) Linux
3 53 (2.24%) Unix
4 51 (2.16%) Windows 10
5 40 (1.69%) Windows Server
6 29 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 16 (0.68%) AIX
8 15 (0.63%) Apple iOS
8 15 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
9 14 (0.59%) Android
10 12 (0.51%) CentOS
11 10 (0.42%) Windows Server 2019
12 9 (0.38%) Windows Mobile
12 9 (0.38%) Windows Server 2016
13 7 (0.30%) Oracle Linux
14 6 (0.25%) Solaris
14 6 (0.25%) SUSE
15 4 (0.17%) Ubuntu
15 4 (0.17%) VMS
15 4 (0.17%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 298 (12.61%) Migration
2 260 (11.00%) Agile Software Development
3 177 (7.49%) Business Intelligence
4 166 (7.02%) ERP
5 161 (6.81%) Stakeholder Management
6 147 (6.22%) DevOps
7 140 (5.92%) Requirements Gathering
8 138 (5.84%) Cybersecurity
9 133 (5.63%) Analytics
10 125 (5.29%) Data Migration
11 120 (5.08%) Information Security
12 114 (4.82%) Change Management
13 111 (4.70%) Risk Management
14 109 (4.61%) Problem-Solving
15 108 (4.57%) ITIL
16 104 (4.40%) CRM
17 98 (4.15%) Data Modelling
17 98 (4.15%) Project Delivery
18 82 (3.47%) Project Management
18 82 (3.47%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 262 (11.08%) SQL
2 123 (5.20%) Java
3 109 (4.61%) Python
4 75 (3.17%) PowerShell
5 60 (2.54%) C#
6 56 (2.37%) JavaScript
7 49 (2.07%) PL/SQL
8 31 (1.31%) ABAP
9 21 (0.89%) C++
9 21 (0.89%) T-SQL
10 20 (0.85%) C
10 20 (0.85%) Perl
11 19 (0.80%) VBA
12 16 (0.68%) PHP
13 15 (0.63%) Bash Shell
14 13 (0.55%) VB
15 11 (0.47%) Apex Code
15 11 (0.47%) Ruby
16 10 (0.42%) Shell Script
17 8 (0.34%) R
Qualifications
1 348 (14.72%) Security Cleared
2 249 (10.53%) SC Cleared
3 102 (4.31%) CISSP
4 81 (3.43%) Degree
5 75 (3.17%) CISM
6 40 (1.69%) DV Cleared
7 39 (1.65%) Microsoft Certification
8 37 (1.57%) Cisco Certification
9 35 (1.48%) CESG Certified Professional
10 32 (1.35%) CCNP
10 32 (1.35%) CRISC
11 19 (0.80%) CISA
12 14 (0.59%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
13 13 (0.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 12 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
15 11 (0.47%) CCIE
16 10 (0.42%) CCA
16 10 (0.42%) SAS Certification
17 9 (0.38%) PMI Certification
17 9 (0.38%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (4.02%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 46 (1.95%) QA
3 44 (1.86%) PCI DSS
4 43 (1.82%) NIST
5 42 (1.78%) GDPR
6 33 (1.40%) SLA
7 27 (1.14%) Data Quality
8 26 (1.10%) GRC
8 26 (1.10%) NCSC
9 19 (0.80%) RMADS
10 18 (0.76%) COBIT
11 17 (0.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 13 (0.55%) Cyber Essentials
13 12 (0.51%) PMO
14 10 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 10 (0.42%) JSP 440
15 9 (0.38%) NIST 800
16 6 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 5 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
18 4 (0.17%) SOC 2
System Software
1 139 (5.88%) Active Directory
2 59 (2.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 43 (1.82%) Docker
4 28 (1.18%) VMware NSX
5 21 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
6 17 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
7 15 (0.63%) vSphere
8 12 (0.51%) Hyper-V
9 10 (0.42%) GridGain
9 10 (0.42%) Virtual Desktop
10 9 (0.38%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 9 (0.38%) vCloud
11 7 (0.30%) BitLocker
12 5 (0.21%) NFS
13 4 (0.17%) GPFS
13 4 (0.17%) Oracle Clusterware
13 4 (0.17%) Oracle RAC
13 4 (0.17%) PowerHA
14 3 (0.13%) GlusterFS
14 3 (0.13%) LXC
Systems Management
1 66 (2.79%) Ansible
2 62 (2.62%) Terraform
3 59 (2.50%) Kubernetes
4 52 (2.20%) SCCM
5 49 (2.07%) Microsoft Intune
6 34 (1.44%) Single Sign-On
7 30 (1.27%) Puppet
8 26 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
9 19 (0.80%) vCenter Server
10 16 (0.68%) vRealize
11 11 (0.47%) Nessus
12 10 (0.42%) AirWatch
13 9 (0.38%) Prometheus
14 8 (0.34%) Grafana
14 8 (0.34%) Oracle RMAN
15 7 (0.30%) Data Guard
15 7 (0.30%) vRealize Orchestrator
16 6 (0.25%) Control-M
16 6 (0.25%) SCOM
17 5 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 357 (15.10%) SAP
2 333 (14.09%) Microsoft
3 293 (12.39%) Oracle
4 100 (4.23%) VMware
5 97 (4.10%) Salesforce.com
6 67 (2.83%) ServiceNow
7 66 (2.79%) Cisco
8 60 (2.54%) Google
9 33 (1.40%) Splunk
10 30 (1.27%) Red Hat
11 29 (1.23%) IBM
12 26 (1.10%) Atlassian
12 26 (1.10%) Dell
13 25 (1.06%) CyberArk
14 23 (0.97%) Sage
14 23 (0.97%) Siemens
15 22 (0.93%) BMC
16 21 (0.89%) F5
16 21 (0.89%) Informatica
17 19 (0.80%) Juniper