Period
to 29 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £531 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 29 July 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
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 40 38 37
Rank change year-on-year -2 -1 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3,022 1,816 4,689
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 5.29% 5.56% 5.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.68% 5.95% 5.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,912 1,113 2,764
10th Percentile £381 £375 £363
25th Percentile £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £531 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.56%
75th Percentile £638 £600 £575
90th Percentile £700 £696 £650
UK median daily rate £530 £500 £500
% change year-on-year +6.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 15 49
10th Percentile £27.00 £26.63 £36.40
25th Percentile £35.75 £43.49 £41.60
Median hourly rate £61.50 £52.50 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +17.14% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £75.25 £65.25 £55.00
90th Percentile £75.55 £66.00 £67.75
UK median hourly rate £61.50 £53.75 £50.00
% change year-on-year +14.42% +7.50% -

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 53,226 30,529 78,894
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.12% 93.50% 94.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 36,969 20,648 53,320
10th Percentile £300 £263 £270
25th Percentile £400 £375 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £690 £675 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £468
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.60% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,726 1,008 2,438
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.53 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.63 £14.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year - +5.26% +4.91%
75th Percentile £43.00 £42.63 £43.75
90th Percentile £57.56 £52.65 £52.35
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year - +6.95% +6.86%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 29 July 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 0 1,582 £563 +7.14% 400
South East -5 360 £500 -4.76% 110
North of England -4 261 £500 - 119
Midlands +2 226 £475 -5.00% 103
West Midlands +5 179 £475 -5.00% 83
North West -11 145 £500 - 72
South West -15 121 £500 - 61
Yorkshire +2 101 £500 - 35
East of England +10 78 £500 +0.25% 52
East Midlands -5 38 £463 -7.04% 18
North East -11 15 £450 +2.86% 12
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 661 (21.87%) Finance
2 537 (17.77%) Social Skills
3 522 (17.27%) SAP
4 463 (15.32%) Azure
5 430 (14.23%) Oracle
6 421 (13.93%) Migration
7 388 (12.84%) Agile Software Development
8 369 (12.21%) Microsoft
9 346 (11.45%) Security Cleared
10 321 (10.62%) SQL
11 263 (8.70%) DevOps
12 245 (8.11%) SC Cleared
13 244 (8.07%) AWS
14 214 (7.08%) Business Intelligence
15 207 (6.85%) Stakeholder Management
16 197 (6.52%) Java
17 191 (6.32%) Banking
18 186 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
19 183 (6.06%) Microsoft 365
20 179 (5.92%) Data Migration
21 172 (5.69%) Analytics
22 170 (5.63%) Cybersecurity
22 170 (5.63%) Windows
23 169 (5.59%) ERP
24 164 (5.43%) Active Directory
25 158 (5.23%) SAP S/4HANA
26 157 (5.20%) Python
26 157 (5.20%) Requirements Gathering
27 149 (4.93%) Power Platform
28 144 (4.77%) Public Sector

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
1 104 (3.44%) SharePoint
2 48 (1.59%) Confluence
3 40 (1.32%) Apache
4 34 (1.13%) SAS
5 19 (0.63%) CMS
6 16 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 14 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 13 (0.43%) OpenStack
9 12 (0.40%) Apache Spark
10 10 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
11 9 (0.30%) SAP Portal
12 8 (0.26%) Skype for Business
13 7 (0.23%) MS Exchange
14 6 (0.20%) nginx
14 6 (0.20%) Tomcat
15 5 (0.17%) Elasticsearch
15 5 (0.17%) WebLogic
15 5 (0.17%) WebSphere
16 4 (0.13%) CICS
16 4 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 39 (1.29%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (1.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 14 (0.46%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.43%) Oracle Smart View
6 8 (0.26%) Chatbot
6 8 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
6 8 (0.26%) PTC Creo
6 8 (0.26%) Windchill
7 6 (0.20%) Figma
8 5 (0.17%) InfoPath
8 5 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
9 4 (0.13%) InVision
9 4 (0.13%) Sketch
10 3 (0.099%) Zeplin
11 2 (0.066%) Photoshop
12 1 (0.033%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 158 (5.23%) SAP S/4HANA
2 68 (2.25%) Dynamics CRM
3 65 (2.15%) Oracle EBS
4 56 (1.85%) SAP FI
5 47 (1.56%) SAP CO
6 44 (1.46%) SAP FI/CO
7 42 (1.39%) Oracle Payables
8 38 (1.26%) Dynamics AX
9 35 (1.16%) Oracle Receivables
10 32 (1.06%) Oracle Assets
11 29 (0.96%) Oracle Financials
12 28 (0.93%) SAP PP
13 27 (0.89%) Oracle EBS R12
14 25 (0.83%) SAP MM
15 24 (0.79%) Oracle General Ledger
16 22 (0.73%) SAP ERP
17 21 (0.69%) NetSuite
17 21 (0.69%) Oracle ERP
17 21 (0.69%) SAP SD
18 20 (0.66%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 463 (15.32%) Azure
2 244 (8.07%) AWS
3 183 (6.06%) Microsoft 365
4 149 (4.93%) Power Platform
5 143 (4.73%) Dynamics 365
6 103 (3.41%) GCP
7 88 (2.91%) SaaS
8 65 (2.15%) Azure Active Directory
9 53 (1.75%) PaaS
10 48 (1.59%) PowerApps
11 45 (1.49%) IaaS
12 35 (1.16%) Power Automate
13 33 (1.09%) Serverless
14 30 (0.99%) Azure Data Factory
15 27 (0.89%) Azure Logic Apps
16 25 (0.83%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 21 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
18 19 (0.63%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
19 18 (0.60%) Salesforce Service Cloud
19 18 (0.60%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 76 (2.51%) Firewall
2 48 (1.59%) DNS
3 46 (1.52%) Network Security
4 30 (0.99%) WAN
5 29 (0.96%) VPN
6 26 (0.86%) HTTP
7 25 (0.83%) TCP/IP
8 24 (0.79%) DHCP
9 23 (0.76%) LAN
10 22 (0.73%) Skype
11 21 (0.69%) MPLS
12 20 (0.66%) SSL
13 19 (0.63%) SAN
13 19 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
14 17 (0.56%) Internet
14 17 (0.56%) Wireless
15 16 (0.53%) BGP
16 13 (0.43%) OSPF
16 13 (0.43%) SD-WAN
16 13 (0.43%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 124 (4.10%) SQL Server
2 107 (3.54%) Power BI
3 84 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
4 52 (1.72%) SAP BW
5 46 (1.52%) Oracle Database
6 40 (1.32%) Hadoop
7 39 (1.29%) SAP HANA
8 37 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 35 (1.16%) Big Data
10 32 (1.06%) Data Lake
11 31 (1.03%) PostgreSQL
12 27 (0.89%) Oracle BI Publisher
12 27 (0.89%) Oracle ODI
12 27 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
13 24 (0.79%) Apache Ignite
13 24 (0.79%) Metadata
14 23 (0.76%) Essbase
14 23 (0.76%) Oracle BI EE
15 21 (0.69%) Relational Database
15 21 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 92 (3.04%) JIRA
2 68 (2.25%) Git (software)
3 62 (2.05%) Jenkins
4 24 (0.79%) Bitbucket
5 18 (0.60%) SonarQube
6 9 (0.30%) Visual Studio Team System
7 8 (0.26%) GitLab
7 8 (0.26%) JUnit
7 8 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
8 7 (0.23%) PowerDesigner
8 7 (0.23%) Team Foundation Server
8 7 (0.23%) Toad
9 6 (0.20%) Postman
9 6 (0.20%) Selenium
9 6 (0.20%) TeamCity
9 6 (0.20%) Visual Studio
10 5 (0.17%) Cucumber
10 5 (0.17%) Eclipse
10 5 (0.17%) Maven
10 5 (0.17%) PowerBuilder
General
1 661 (21.87%) Finance
2 537 (17.77%) Social Skills
3 191 (6.32%) Banking
4 186 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
5 144 (4.77%) Public Sector
6 134 (4.43%) Manufacturing
7 130 (4.30%) Marketing
8 107 (3.54%) Presentation Skills
9 97 (3.21%) Telecoms
10 66 (2.18%) Retail
11 59 (1.95%) Investment Banking
12 58 (1.92%) Legal
13 50 (1.65%) Billing
14 47 (1.56%) Front Office
15 45 (1.49%) Law
16 41 (1.36%) Documentation Skills
17 38 (1.26%) General Ledger
18 35 (1.16%) Electronics
19 24 (0.79%) French Language
20 22 (0.73%) Organisational Skills
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (3.04%) .NET
2 86 (2.85%) REST
3 62 (2.05%) Web Services
4 47 (1.56%) HTML
5 45 (1.49%) Spring
6 42 (1.39%) XML
7 41 (1.36%) WPF
8 35 (1.16%) Oracle Fusion
9 32 (1.06%) CSS
10 29 (0.96%) SAP Basis
10 29 (0.96%) SOAP
11 28 (0.93%) LDAP
12 26 (0.86%) ASP.NET
13 25 (0.83%) .NET Framework
13 25 (0.83%) Spring Boot
14 23 (0.76%) .NET Core
14 23 (0.76%) JSON
15 22 (0.73%) EDI
15 22 (0.73%) OAuth
15 22 (0.73%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 66 (2.18%) Data Centre
2 42 (1.39%) Management Information System
3 38 (1.26%) Public Cloud
4 35 (1.16%) User Experience
5 34 (1.13%) Data Protection Act
6 32 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 30 (0.99%) CMDB
7 30 (0.99%) Legacy Systems
7 30 (0.99%) Self-Motivation
8 24 (0.79%) NHS
9 21 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
10 19 (0.63%) Data Structures
11 18 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
12 17 (0.56%) Social Media
13 16 (0.53%) Cloud Native
14 15 (0.50%) Virtual Team
15 14 (0.46%) Clustering
15 14 (0.46%) Mobile App
15 14 (0.46%) Oracle Exalytics
15 14 (0.46%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 170 (5.63%) Windows
2 127 (4.20%) Linux
3 59 (1.95%) Unix
4 53 (1.75%) Windows Server
5 36 (1.19%) Windows 10
6 26 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 15 (0.50%) Apple iOS
8 14 (0.46%) AIX
8 14 (0.46%) Android
8 14 (0.46%) Windows Server 2019
9 13 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (0.36%) Windows Mobile
11 9 (0.30%) SUSE
11 9 (0.30%) Windows Server 2016
12 8 (0.26%) Oracle Linux
12 8 (0.26%) VMS
13 4 (0.13%) MVS
13 4 (0.13%) Solaris
13 4 (0.13%) Windows 7
13 4 (0.13%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 421 (13.93%) Migration
2 388 (12.84%) Agile Software Development
3 263 (8.70%) DevOps
4 214 (7.08%) Business Intelligence
5 207 (6.85%) Stakeholder Management
6 179 (5.92%) Data Migration
7 172 (5.69%) Analytics
8 170 (5.63%) Cybersecurity
9 169 (5.59%) ERP
10 157 (5.20%) Requirements Gathering
11 143 (4.73%) Change Management
12 139 (4.60%) Information Security
13 137 (4.53%) CRM
14 131 (4.33%) Problem-Solving
15 129 (4.27%) ITIL
16 118 (3.90%) Risk Management
17 116 (3.84%) Project Management
18 109 (3.61%) Data Modelling
19 97 (3.21%) Scrum
20 96 (3.18%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 321 (10.62%) SQL
2 197 (6.52%) Java
3 157 (5.20%) Python
4 113 (3.74%) C#
5 101 (3.34%) PowerShell
6 65 (2.15%) JavaScript
7 47 (1.56%) PL/SQL
8 45 (1.49%) ABAP
9 41 (1.36%) T-SQL
10 32 (1.06%) C++
11 29 (0.96%) C
12 26 (0.86%) Shell Script
13 21 (0.69%) Bash Shell
14 20 (0.66%) PHP
15 18 (0.60%) Java 8
16 17 (0.56%) Ruby
17 16 (0.53%) VB.NET
18 15 (0.50%) Perl
19 13 (0.43%) R
19 13 (0.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 346 (11.45%) Security Cleared
2 245 (8.11%) SC Cleared
3 107 (3.54%) Degree
4 105 (3.47%) CISSP
5 61 (2.02%) CISM
6 47 (1.56%) DV Cleared
7 34 (1.13%) Microsoft Certification
8 31 (1.03%) Cisco Certification
9 30 (0.99%) CESG Certified Professional
10 27 (0.89%) CRISC
11 26 (0.86%) CCNP
12 22 (0.73%) CISA
13 21 (0.69%) Computer Science Degree
13 21 (0.69%) SAS Certification
14 20 (0.66%) ITIL Certification
15 13 (0.43%) AWS Certification
16 12 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 11 (0.36%) CCA
18 7 (0.23%) CCIE
18 7 (0.23%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (2.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 65 (2.15%) Data Quality
3 63 (2.08%) QA
4 56 (1.85%) GDPR
5 45 (1.49%) SLA
6 33 (1.09%) PCI DSS
7 30 (0.99%) GRC
8 28 (0.93%) PMO
9 26 (0.86%) NIST
10 24 (0.79%) NCSC
11 20 (0.66%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 18 (0.60%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 13 (0.43%) Cyber Essentials
14 12 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27005
15 10 (0.33%) RMADS
16 8 (0.26%) COBIT
17 7 (0.23%) Accessibility
17 7 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
17 7 (0.23%) JSP 440
18 5 (0.17%) SOC 2
System Software
1 164 (5.43%) Active Directory
2 75 (2.48%) Docker
3 66 (2.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (0.79%) GridGain
4 24 (0.79%) Hyper-V
5 22 (0.73%) vSphere
6 18 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
7 16 (0.53%) VMware NSX
8 12 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
8 12 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
9 10 (0.33%) XenApp
10 9 (0.30%) XenDesktop
11 5 (0.17%) vCloud
12 3 (0.099%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 3 (0.099%) BitLocker
12 3 (0.099%) Firmware
12 3 (0.099%) HDFS
12 3 (0.099%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (0.099%) ProxySG
13 2 (0.066%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 115 (3.81%) Terraform
2 103 (3.41%) Ansible
3 74 (2.45%) Kubernetes
4 46 (1.52%) Microsoft Intune
5 45 (1.49%) SCCM
6 31 (1.03%) Single Sign-On
7 27 (0.89%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 27 (0.89%) Opscode Chef
7 27 (0.89%) Puppet
8 23 (0.76%) vRealize
9 15 (0.50%) Prometheus
9 15 (0.50%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 11 (0.36%) Data Guard
11 10 (0.33%) Grafana
11 10 (0.33%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
12 9 (0.30%) Kibana
12 9 (0.30%) Oracle RMAN
13 8 (0.26%) vCenter Server
14 7 (0.23%) Red Hat Satellite
14 7 (0.23%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 522 (17.27%) SAP
2 430 (14.23%) Oracle
3 369 (12.21%) Microsoft
4 124 (4.10%) Salesforce.com
5 115 (3.81%) VMware
6 77 (2.55%) Google
7 74 (2.45%) Cisco
8 69 (2.28%) ServiceNow
9 42 (1.39%) Splunk
10 36 (1.19%) Informatica
11 35 (1.16%) Citrix
11 35 (1.16%) IBM
12 30 (0.99%) HP
12 30 (0.99%) Workday
13 29 (0.96%) Databricks
14 28 (0.93%) Atlassian
14 28 (0.93%) Hyperion
14 28 (0.93%) Remedy
15 25 (0.83%) Red Hat
16 24 (0.79%) Sage