Period
to 29 February 2020

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 29 February 2020.

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
29 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 34 41 31
Rank change year-on-year +7 -10 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3,345 4,747 5,954
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.52% 5.25% 6.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.88% 5.54% 6.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,971 2,824 3,427
England median daily rate £500 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £363 £363 £350
90th Percentile £695 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £484
% change year-on-year - +3.31% +2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 23 25
England median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £44.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -20.45% -4.35%
10th Percentile £18.25 £25.20 £21.45
90th Percentile £69.50 £75.50 £70.80
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £50.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +25.00% -13.04%

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 56,914 85,678 88,626
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.94% 94.75% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 37,106 57,288 59,326
England median daily rate £463 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £450 £463 £450
% change year-on-year -2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,242 2,617 2,634
England median hourly rate £19.32 £18.70 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.30% - +1.74%
10th Percentile £11.63 £11.00 £11.00
90th Percentile £51.48 £50.00 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £19.71 £18.70 £18.70
% change year-on-year +5.40% - +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 29 February 2020.

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 29 February 2020.

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 29 February 2020. 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 +7 1,525 £525 - 442
South East +4 616 £485 -3.00% 188
North of England +21 449 £500 +5.26% 214
North West +20 303 £488 -0.51% 113
Midlands +11 279 £500 +2.56% 171
South West -1 254 £500 +5.26% 96
West Midlands +18 210 £500 +2.56% 127
East of England -15 130 £450 -5.26% 79
Yorkshire +1 104 £500 +5.26% 63
East Midlands -1 53 £500 +2.56% 42
North East +22 41 £401 -15.53% 40
South Coast +4 2 - -
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 29 February 2020, 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.

1 656 (19.61%) SAP
2 637 (19.04%) Finance
3 454 (13.57%) Microsoft
4 447 (13.36%) Azure
5 418 (12.50%) Migration
6 390 (11.66%) Security Cleared
7 359 (10.73%) Oracle
8 351 (10.49%) Agile Software Development
9 328 (9.81%) SQL
10 304 (9.09%) SC Cleared
11 277 (8.28%) Windows
12 252 (7.53%) Active Directory
13 238 (7.12%) Business Intelligence
14 232 (6.94%) Office 365
15 227 (6.79%) DevOps
16 207 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
17 205 (6.13%) ERP
18 204 (6.10%) AWS
19 190 (5.68%) CRM
20 184 (5.50%) SAP S/4HANA
21 170 (5.08%) SharePoint
22 168 (5.02%) Analytics
23 165 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
24 155 (4.63%) Information Security
25 150 (4.48%) Cybersecurity
25 150 (4.48%) Power Platform
26 147 (4.39%) VMware
27 146 (4.36%) Java
28 145 (4.33%) Dynamics 365
29 143 (4.28%) Problem-Solving

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
1 170 (5.08%) SharePoint
2 59 (1.76%) Skype for Business
3 57 (1.70%) Confluence
4 43 (1.29%) MS Exchange
5 24 (0.72%) SAS
6 23 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
7 22 (0.66%) IIS
8 19 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
9 18 (0.54%) OpenStack
10 16 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
10 16 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
11 15 (0.45%) CMS
12 13 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 13 (0.39%) WebSphere
13 11 (0.33%) Apache Spark
14 9 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 9 (0.27%) Apache
14 9 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
14 9 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
15 7 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 60 (1.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 47 (1.41%) Microsoft Office
3 20 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
5 12 (0.36%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.24%) Chatbot
7 7 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.18%) InVision
9 5 (0.15%) Sketch
10 4 (0.12%) Photoshop
11 3 (0.090%) InfoPath
12 2 (0.060%) Adobe Premiere
12 2 (0.060%) InDesign
12 2 (0.060%) OmniGraffle
12 2 (0.060%) SPSS
12 2 (0.060%) Stata
12 2 (0.060%) Windchill
12 2 (0.060%) XMetaL
13 1 (0.030%) FreeHand
13 1 (0.030%) RoboHelp
Business Applications
1 184 (5.50%) SAP S/4HANA
2 101 (3.02%) Dynamics CRM
3 79 (2.36%) SAP CO
3 79 (2.36%) SAP FI
4 65 (1.94%) SAP FI/CO
5 61 (1.82%) SAP HCM
6 53 (1.58%) Oracle EBS
7 48 (1.43%) Dynamics AX
8 46 (1.38%) Oracle Payables
9 34 (1.02%) Oracle Assets
10 32 (0.96%) Oracle Receivables
11 31 (0.93%) Oracle EBS R12
12 30 (0.90%) Oracle Financials
13 29 (0.87%) Remedy ITSM
13 29 (0.87%) SAP ERP
13 29 (0.87%) SAP Payroll
14 28 (0.84%) NetSuite
14 28 (0.84%) Oracle Cash Management
14 28 (0.84%) SAP HR
15 27 (0.81%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 447 (13.36%) Azure
2 232 (6.94%) Office 365
3 204 (6.10%) AWS
4 150 (4.48%) Power Platform
5 145 (4.33%) Dynamics 365
6 85 (2.54%) Azure Active Directory
7 78 (2.33%) SuccessFactors
8 59 (1.76%) SaaS
9 55 (1.64%) GCP
10 53 (1.58%) PaaS
11 48 (1.43%) IaaS
12 36 (1.08%) Serverless
13 29 (0.87%) GitHub
13 29 (0.87%) OneDrive
14 27 (0.81%) PowerApps
15 22 (0.66%) AWS CloudFormation
15 22 (0.66%) Trello
16 20 (0.60%) Microsoft Flow
17 18 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
17 18 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 115 (3.44%) Firewall
2 68 (2.03%) DNS
3 65 (1.94%) Skype
4 47 (1.41%) Network Security
4 47 (1.41%) WAN
5 39 (1.17%) DHCP
6 33 (0.99%) SAN
7 31 (0.93%) VPN
8 29 (0.87%) Internet
9 28 (0.84%) LAN
10 22 (0.66%) Unified Communications
11 16 (0.48%) SSL
12 15 (0.45%) Intranet
12 15 (0.45%) Kerberos
13 14 (0.42%) Cisco ASA
13 14 (0.42%) HTTP
14 12 (0.36%) TCP/IP
14 12 (0.36%) Wireless
15 10 (0.30%) Fibre Channel
15 10 (0.30%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 129 (3.86%) SQL Server
2 124 (3.71%) Power BI
3 105 (3.14%) Data Warehouse
4 67 (2.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 55 (1.64%) SAP HANA
6 52 (1.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 49 (1.46%) Big Data
8 41 (1.23%) SAP BW
9 34 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
10 32 (0.96%) Data Lake
11 27 (0.81%) Oracle Database
12 26 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 22 (0.66%) Hadoop
14 20 (0.60%) Azure SQL Database
14 20 (0.60%) Oracle ODI
14 20 (0.60%) Oracle Smart View
15 19 (0.57%) Oracle BI Publisher
16 18 (0.54%) Oracle BI EE
17 17 (0.51%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
18 16 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 80 (2.39%) JIRA
2 55 (1.64%) Jenkins
3 41 (1.23%) Git (software)
4 31 (0.93%) Visual Studio Team System
5 28 (0.84%) Visual Studio
6 24 (0.72%) Team Foundation Server
7 17 (0.51%) GitLab
8 11 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
8 11 (0.33%) Selenium
9 8 (0.24%) Bitbucket
10 7 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 7 (0.21%) CircleCI
10 7 (0.21%) LSMW
10 7 (0.21%) TeamCity
11 6 (0.18%) LoadRunner
11 6 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
11 6 (0.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 5 (0.15%) Maven
12 5 (0.15%) PVCS
12 5 (0.15%) Subversion
General
1 637 (19.04%) Finance
2 138 (4.13%) Public Sector
3 121 (3.62%) Retail
4 106 (3.17%) Marketing
5 105 (3.14%) Banking
6 97 (2.90%) Telecoms
7 80 (2.39%) Manufacturing
8 50 (1.49%) General Ledger
9 41 (1.23%) Billing
10 40 (1.20%) Legal
11 31 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
12 29 (0.87%) Local Government
13 22 (0.66%) Law
14 19 (0.57%) German Language
15 17 (0.51%) Advertising
15 17 (0.51%) Electronics
16 13 (0.39%) Police
17 9 (0.27%) French Language
17 9 (0.27%) Publishing
18 8 (0.24%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (2.96%) Web Services
2 84 (2.51%) .NET
3 58 (1.73%) XML
4 53 (1.58%) REST
5 52 (1.55%) Oracle Fusion
6 48 (1.43%) HTML
7 45 (1.35%) SAP Fiori
8 44 (1.32%) SAML
9 41 (1.23%) SOAP
10 35 (1.05%) CSS
10 35 (1.05%) JSON
11 26 (0.78%) LDAP
12 24 (0.72%) OAuth
13 21 (0.63%) SailPoint
14 18 (0.54%) Node.js
15 17 (0.51%) ASP.NET
15 17 (0.51%) OpenID
15 17 (0.51%) RESTful
15 17 (0.51%) SAPUI5
16 16 (0.48%) React
Miscellaneous
1 165 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
2 108 (3.23%) Data Centre
3 61 (1.82%) User Experience
4 55 (1.64%) Management Information System
5 46 (1.38%) Greenfield Project
6 35 (1.05%) Self-Motivation
7 29 (0.87%) Public Cloud
8 23 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
9 22 (0.66%) CMDB
9 22 (0.66%) PKI
10 21 (0.63%) Clustering
10 21 (0.63%) Data Structures
11 18 (0.54%) e-Learning
12 17 (0.51%) NHS
12 17 (0.51%) Private Cloud
13 14 (0.42%) Virtual Team
14 13 (0.39%) Social Media
15 12 (0.36%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 11 (0.33%) FMCG
16 11 (0.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 277 (8.28%) Windows
2 139 (4.16%) Linux
3 127 (3.80%) Windows Server
4 70 (2.09%) Windows 10
5 51 (1.52%) Unix
6 47 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 39 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 39 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
8 20 (0.60%) Android
9 17 (0.51%) CentOS
10 16 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (0.42%) Apple iOS
12 10 (0.30%) Solaris
12 10 (0.30%) Windows 7
13 8 (0.24%) Ubuntu
14 7 (0.21%) VMS
15 4 (0.12%) SUSE
15 4 (0.12%) Windows 2000 Server
15 4 (0.12%) Windows XP
16 3 (0.090%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 418 (12.50%) Migration
2 351 (10.49%) Agile Software Development
3 238 (7.12%) Business Intelligence
4 227 (6.79%) DevOps
5 207 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
6 205 (6.13%) ERP
7 190 (5.68%) CRM
8 168 (5.02%) Analytics
9 155 (4.63%) Information Security
10 150 (4.48%) Cybersecurity
11 143 (4.28%) Problem-Solving
12 133 (3.98%) Workflow
13 118 (3.53%) Project Management
14 116 (3.47%) ITIL
15 113 (3.38%) User Acceptance Testing
16 112 (3.35%) Data Migration
17 94 (2.81%) Data Modelling
18 93 (2.78%) Scrum
19 88 (2.63%) Change Management
20 87 (2.60%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 328 (9.81%) SQL
2 146 (4.36%) Java
3 140 (4.19%) PowerShell
4 117 (3.50%) Python
5 89 (2.66%) JavaScript
6 59 (1.76%) C#
7 55 (1.64%) PL/SQL
8 46 (1.38%) ABAP
9 34 (1.02%) C
10 32 (0.96%) Bash Shell
11 24 (0.72%) Perl
11 24 (0.72%) T-SQL
12 23 (0.69%) Ruby
13 22 (0.66%) PHP
14 19 (0.57%) Shell Script
15 12 (0.36%) Apex Code
15 12 (0.36%) C++
16 11 (0.33%) Go
17 10 (0.30%) Groovy
18 8 (0.24%) R
Qualifications
1 390 (11.66%) Security Cleared
2 304 (9.09%) SC Cleared
3 106 (3.17%) CISSP
4 99 (2.96%) Degree
5 76 (2.27%) CISM
6 51 (1.52%) DV Cleared
7 41 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
7 41 (1.23%) Microsoft Certification
8 28 (0.84%) CESG Certified Professional
9 27 (0.81%) CRISC
10 26 (0.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 25 (0.75%) CCA
12 24 (0.72%) CCNP
13 20 (0.60%) MCSE
14 19 (0.57%) Citrix Certification
15 18 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
16 17 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
17 15 (0.45%) CISA
18 13 (0.39%) CCNA
19 11 (0.33%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (2.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 54 (1.61%) SLA
3 51 (1.52%) QA
4 44 (1.32%) GDPR
5 41 (1.23%) Data Quality
6 35 (1.05%) PCI DSS
7 30 (0.90%) NIST
8 24 (0.72%) NCSC
9 21 (0.63%) PMO
10 14 (0.42%) RMADS
11 13 (0.39%) JSP 440
12 12 (0.36%) SEPA
13 10 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 9 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 8 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
16 7 (0.21%) ISO 22301
16 7 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 7 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
17 6 (0.18%) COBIT
18 4 (0.12%) ISAE 3402
System Software
1 252 (7.53%) Active Directory
2 92 (2.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 60 (1.79%) Docker
4 42 (1.26%) Hyper-V
5 30 (0.90%) vSphere
6 28 (0.84%) VMware ESXi
7 19 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
8 17 (0.51%) VMware NSX
9 14 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
9 14 (0.42%) XenApp
9 14 (0.42%) XenDesktop
10 9 (0.27%) NDS
10 9 (0.27%) NetIQ eDirectory
11 7 (0.21%) BitLocker
11 7 (0.21%) Firmware
11 7 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
12 6 (0.18%) vCloud
13 5 (0.15%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 5 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
14 4 (0.12%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 93 (2.78%) SCCM
2 79 (2.36%) Ansible
3 60 (1.79%) Terraform
4 59 (1.76%) Microsoft Intune
5 57 (1.70%) Puppet
6 50 (1.49%) Kubernetes
7 47 (1.41%) Opscode Chef
8 33 (0.99%) Single Sign-On
9 24 (0.72%) vCenter Server
10 23 (0.69%) AirWatch
11 22 (0.66%) vRealize
12 20 (0.60%) NetBackup
13 18 (0.54%) Nagios
14 16 (0.48%) Prometheus
14 16 (0.48%) SCOM
15 13 (0.39%) Grafana
16 12 (0.36%) Cisco CUCM
16 12 (0.36%) Packer
17 10 (0.30%) NetIQ Identity Manager
18 8 (0.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 656 (19.61%) SAP
2 454 (13.57%) Microsoft
3 359 (10.73%) Oracle
4 147 (4.39%) VMware
5 99 (2.96%) Cisco
6 86 (2.57%) Salesforce.com
7 59 (1.76%) Citrix
8 53 (1.58%) Ariba
8 53 (1.58%) Google
9 50 (1.49%) Splunk
10 45 (1.35%) Workday
11 41 (1.23%) ServiceNow
12 38 (1.14%) Adobe
12 38 (1.14%) Red Hat
13 35 (1.05%) Tableau
14 31 (0.93%) IBM
14 31 (0.93%) Remedy
15 28 (0.84%) BMC
16 27 (0.81%) HP
17 25 (0.75%) NetApp