Period
to 25 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 25 January 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
25 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 30 34 43
Rank change year-on-year +4 +9 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 2,040 3,574 4,774
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.88% 5.49% 5.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.36% 5.85% 5.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,476 2,268 2,986
Median daily rate £475 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £350 £360 £357
90th Percentile £638 £688 £673
UK median daily rate £495 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -1.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 29 17
Median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +27.78% +23.29% -12.57%
10th Percentile £43.49 £18.25 £22.97
90th Percentile £64.50 £68.00 £60.50
UK median hourly rate £60.00 £50.00 £36.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% +36.99% -8.75%

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 32,064 61,096 86,385
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.48% 93.84% 94.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,027 41,350 58,839
Median daily rate £475 £463 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% -0.54% +3.33%
10th Percentile £256 £250 £275
90th Percentile £656 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +4.44% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,169 2,206 2,486
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £23.47 £18.00 £17.68
% change year-on-year +30.39% +1.81% -1.78%

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 25 January 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 25 January 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 25 January 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 -6 951 £500 -2.44% 288
South East +9 284 £500 +2.04% 93
North of England -11 177 £500 +5.26% 105
Midlands -9 139 £450 -10.00% 60
South West +26 125 £463 -7.50% 51
North West -16 109 £500 +5.26% 58
West Midlands -5 100 £428 -14.50% 49
East of England +17 89 £450 - 46
Yorkshire +10 56 £450 -10.00% 26
East Midlands +14 37 £500 -0.99% 11
North East +4 15 £450 +12.50% 21
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 25 January 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.

1 393 (19.26%) Security Cleared
2 392 (19.22%) Finance
3 304 (14.90%) SAP
4 291 (14.26%) SC Cleared
5 286 (14.02%) Microsoft
6 274 (13.43%) Azure
7 249 (12.21%) Oracle
8 236 (11.57%) Migration
9 206 (10.10%) SQL
10 205 (10.05%) Agile Software Development
11 159 (7.79%) Windows
12 157 (7.70%) Business Intelligence
13 138 (6.76%) Cybersecurity
14 133 (6.52%) ERP
15 130 (6.37%) Power Platform
16 127 (6.23%) Information Security
17 118 (5.78%) Stakeholder Management
18 117 (5.74%) Active Directory
18 117 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
18 117 (5.74%) Public Sector
19 116 (5.69%) AWS
20 112 (5.49%) Linux
21 109 (5.34%) DevOps
22 108 (5.29%) CISSP
22 108 (5.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
23 107 (5.25%) Office 365
24 104 (5.10%) Dynamics 365
25 103 (5.05%) Project Delivery
25 103 (5.05%) Analytics
26 101 (4.95%) VMware

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 91 (4.46%) SharePoint
2 30 (1.47%) Confluence
3 18 (0.88%) Apache
4 15 (0.74%) Apache Spark
4 15 (0.74%) MS Exchange
5 14 (0.69%) Oracle Workflow
6 12 (0.59%) OpenStack
7 10 (0.49%) IIS
7 10 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 10 (0.49%) Skype for Business
8 9 (0.44%) SAS
9 8 (0.39%) WebSphere
10 7 (0.34%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (0.34%) Tomcat
11 6 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
11 6 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
11 6 (0.29%) nginx
12 5 (0.25%) JBoss
12 5 (0.25%) WebLogic
13 4 (0.20%) MTS
Applications
1 41 (2.01%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.34%) Windchill
6 6 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
7 5 (0.25%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.25%) PTC Creo
8 4 (0.20%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.15%) Simulink
10 1 (0.049%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.049%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 92 (4.51%) SAP S/4HANA
2 52 (2.55%) Oracle EBS
3 47 (2.30%) Dynamics CRM
4 32 (1.57%) Oracle EBS R12
5 21 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
6 19 (0.93%) NetSuite
7 16 (0.78%) Oracle Payables
8 15 (0.74%) Oracle ERP
8 15 (0.74%) SAP SD
9 14 (0.69%) SAP CO
9 14 (0.69%) SAP FI
9 14 (0.69%) SAP MM
9 14 (0.69%) SAP PLM
10 13 (0.64%) Oracle Assets
11 12 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
11 12 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
11 12 (0.59%) Oracle Receivables
11 12 (0.59%) SAP FI/CO
12 11 (0.54%) HFM
12 11 (0.54%) Oracle Cash Management
Cloud Services
1 274 (13.43%) Azure
2 130 (6.37%) Power Platform
3 116 (5.69%) AWS
4 107 (5.25%) Office 365
5 104 (5.10%) Dynamics 365
6 56 (2.75%) PowerApps
7 49 (2.40%) Azure Active Directory
8 46 (2.25%) SaaS
9 38 (1.86%) PaaS
10 36 (1.76%) GCP
11 34 (1.67%) IaaS
12 33 (1.62%) Serverless
13 24 (1.18%) Power Automate
14 20 (0.98%) Logic Apps
15 19 (0.93%) Cloud Computing
16 18 (0.88%) OneDrive
17 17 (0.83%) GitHub
17 17 (0.83%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
18 16 (0.78%) Azure Data Factory
19 14 (0.69%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 57 (2.79%) Firewall
2 29 (1.42%) WAN
3 27 (1.32%) DNS
4 21 (1.03%) VPN
5 20 (0.98%) Network Security
6 18 (0.88%) LAN
6 18 (0.88%) MPLS
7 17 (0.83%) Cisco Nexus
7 17 (0.83%) SNMP
7 17 (0.83%) Wireless
8 15 (0.74%) TCP/IP
8 15 (0.74%) VLAN
9 14 (0.69%) HTTP
9 14 (0.69%) SAN
10 13 (0.64%) Skype
11 12 (0.59%) BGP
11 12 (0.59%) DHCP
11 12 (0.59%) OSPF
11 12 (0.59%) VSAN
12 11 (0.54%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (3.92%) Power BI
2 67 (3.28%) SQL Server
3 56 (2.75%) Data Warehouse
4 41 (2.01%) SAP BW
5 39 (1.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 29 (1.42%) SAP HANA
7 28 (1.37%) BusinessObjects
8 27 (1.32%) Oracle Database
9 22 (1.08%) Azure SQL Database
9 22 (1.08%) Relational Database
10 21 (1.03%) Oracle BI Publisher
10 21 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
10 21 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 20 (0.98%) Big Data
12 19 (0.93%) MySQL
13 17 (0.83%) Tableau
14 16 (0.78%) Hadoop
14 16 (0.78%) PostgreSQL
15 15 (0.74%) RDBMS
16 14 (0.69%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 62 (3.04%) JIRA
2 40 (1.96%) Jenkins
3 29 (1.42%) Git (software)
4 28 (1.37%) Bitbucket
5 27 (1.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 19 (0.93%) GitLab
7 11 (0.54%) Oracle Forms
8 9 (0.44%) Oracle APEX
8 9 (0.44%) Visual Studio
9 8 (0.39%) Toad
10 7 (0.34%) Selenium
11 6 (0.29%) Hudson
11 6 (0.29%) JMeter
11 6 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
12 5 (0.25%) Maven
13 4 (0.20%) Artifactory
13 4 (0.20%) CA Gen
13 4 (0.20%) NWDS
13 4 (0.20%) SonarQube
14 3 (0.15%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 392 (19.22%) Finance
2 117 (5.74%) Public Sector
3 87 (4.26%) Banking
4 86 (4.22%) Manufacturing
5 65 (3.19%) Marketing
6 61 (2.99%) Telecoms
7 59 (2.89%) Retail
8 38 (1.86%) Legal
9 26 (1.27%) Electronics
10 24 (1.18%) Law
11 21 (1.03%) Front Office
12 19 (0.93%) Billing
13 16 (0.78%) Advertising
13 16 (0.78%) French Language
14 15 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
15 13 (0.64%) Local Government
16 11 (0.54%) Investment Banking
17 10 (0.49%) German Language
18 9 (0.44%) Publishing
18 9 (0.44%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (2.21%) XML
2 44 (2.16%) HTML
3 42 (2.06%) .NET
4 41 (2.01%) REST
5 38 (1.86%) Web Services
6 32 (1.57%) Oracle Fusion
7 31 (1.52%) SOAP
8 29 (1.42%) CSS
9 26 (1.27%) JSON
10 23 (1.13%) Middleware
11 22 (1.08%) RESTful
12 18 (0.88%) SailPoint
13 14 (0.69%) J2EE
13 14 (0.69%) LDAP
14 13 (0.64%) PySpark
15 12 (0.59%) SAML
16 11 (0.54%) Kafka
16 11 (0.54%) SAP Fiori
17 10 (0.49%) Spring Boot
17 10 (0.49%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 117 (5.74%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (2.60%) Data Centre
3 50 (2.45%) Management Information System
4 38 (1.86%) Self-Motivation
5 34 (1.67%) Public Cloud
6 30 (1.47%) User Experience
7 23 (1.13%) Greenfield Project
8 19 (0.93%) Private Cloud
9 18 (0.88%) Algorithms
9 18 (0.88%) Data Structures
10 17 (0.83%) Replication
11 14 (0.69%) Clustering
11 14 (0.69%) FMCG
11 14 (0.69%) NHS
11 14 (0.69%) PKI
12 11 (0.54%) CMDB
12 11 (0.54%) Linux Command Line
13 10 (0.49%) Fixed Income
13 10 (0.49%) Virtual Team
14 9 (0.44%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 159 (7.79%) Windows
2 112 (5.49%) Linux
3 51 (2.50%) Windows 10
4 43 (2.11%) Windows Server
5 42 (2.06%) Unix
6 36 (1.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (0.83%) AIX
8 15 (0.74%) CentOS
8 15 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
9 12 (0.59%) Windows Server 2016
10 11 (0.54%) Solaris
11 8 (0.39%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (0.39%) Windows Server 2019
12 7 (0.34%) Apple iOS
12 7 (0.34%) Oracle Linux
12 7 (0.34%) Windows 7
13 5 (0.25%) Android
13 5 (0.25%) SUSE
13 5 (0.25%) VMS
14 4 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 236 (11.57%) Migration
2 205 (10.05%) Agile Software Development
3 157 (7.70%) Business Intelligence
4 138 (6.76%) Cybersecurity
5 133 (6.52%) ERP
6 127 (6.23%) Information Security
7 118 (5.78%) Stakeholder Management
8 109 (5.34%) DevOps
9 103 (5.05%) Analytics
9 103 (5.05%) Project Delivery
10 97 (4.75%) Requirements Gathering
11 93 (4.56%) Problem-Solving
12 90 (4.41%) CRM
13 86 (4.22%) Data Migration
14 85 (4.17%) Risk Management
15 84 (4.12%) Data Modelling
16 74 (3.63%) Change Management
17 72 (3.53%) ITIL
18 69 (3.38%) Workflow
19 63 (3.09%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 206 (10.10%) SQL
2 96 (4.71%) Python
3 89 (4.36%) Java
4 70 (3.43%) PowerShell
5 65 (3.19%) JavaScript
6 41 (2.01%) PL/SQL
7 37 (1.81%) C#
8 30 (1.47%) ABAP
9 25 (1.23%) C
10 23 (1.13%) Bash Shell
11 20 (0.98%) Perl
12 18 (0.88%) VBA
13 17 (0.83%) Shell Script
14 15 (0.74%) PHP
15 12 (0.59%) Apex Code
16 11 (0.54%) VBScript
17 10 (0.49%) Go
18 9 (0.44%) C++
18 9 (0.44%) VB
19 7 (0.34%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 393 (19.26%) Security Cleared
2 291 (14.26%) SC Cleared
3 108 (5.29%) CISSP
4 86 (4.22%) CISM
5 66 (3.24%) Degree
6 47 (2.30%) CESG Certified Professional
7 40 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
7 40 (1.96%) CRISC
8 37 (1.81%) DV Cleared
9 31 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
10 30 (1.47%) CCNP
11 23 (1.13%) CISA
12 18 (0.88%) CCIE
13 17 (0.83%) BPSS Clearance
13 17 (0.83%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
14 12 (0.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 10 (0.49%) CEH
16 8 (0.39%) Computer Science Degree
16 8 (0.39%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
16 8 (0.39%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (5.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 54 (2.65%) NIST
3 46 (2.25%) NCSC
4 39 (1.91%) PCI DSS
5 37 (1.81%) QA
6 34 (1.67%) GDPR
7 25 (1.23%) SLA
8 24 (1.18%) Data Quality
9 21 (1.03%) Cyber Essentials
10 20 (0.98%) COBIT
10 20 (0.98%) RMADS
11 14 (0.69%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 13 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 13 (0.64%) PMO
13 11 (0.54%) JSP 440
14 10 (0.49%) NIST 800
15 8 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 7 (0.34%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 3 (0.15%) COSO
17 3 (0.15%) HIPAA
System Software
1 117 (5.74%) Active Directory
2 66 (3.24%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (2.25%) Docker
4 28 (1.37%) VMware NSX
5 20 (0.98%) vSphere
6 19 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
7 18 (0.88%) VMware ESXi
8 10 (0.49%) Hyper-V
9 7 (0.34%) vCloud
9 7 (0.34%) Virtual Desktop
10 6 (0.29%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 6 (0.29%) BitLocker
10 6 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
11 5 (0.25%) NFS
12 4 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
12 4 (0.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 4 (0.20%) Oracle Clusterware
12 4 (0.20%) PowerHA
12 4 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.20%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 59 (2.89%) Kubernetes
2 54 (2.65%) Ansible
3 47 (2.30%) SCCM
4 38 (1.86%) Terraform
5 34 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
6 33 (1.62%) Puppet
7 25 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
8 21 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
9 13 (0.64%) vCenter Server
10 12 (0.59%) Grafana
10 12 (0.59%) Prometheus
11 11 (0.54%) AirWatch
12 10 (0.49%) vRealize
13 9 (0.44%) Nessus
13 9 (0.44%) Netcool
13 9 (0.44%) Oracle RMAN
14 8 (0.39%) HP ALM
15 7 (0.34%) Netcool/OMNIbus
15 7 (0.34%) Netcool/Webtop
15 7 (0.34%) SCOM
Vendors
1 304 (14.90%) SAP
2 286 (14.02%) Microsoft
3 249 (12.21%) Oracle
4 101 (4.95%) VMware
5 84 (4.12%) Salesforce.com
6 66 (3.24%) Cisco
7 55 (2.70%) ServiceNow
8 43 (2.11%) Splunk
9 38 (1.86%) IBM
10 36 (1.76%) Atlassian
11 34 (1.67%) Google
11 34 (1.67%) Red Hat
12 23 (1.13%) Dell
13 19 (0.93%) HP
13 19 (0.93%) Informatica
14 18 (0.88%) BMC
15 17 (0.83%) Ariba
16 16 (0.78%) CyberArk
17 15 (0.74%) Citrix
17 15 (0.74%) F5