Period
to 6 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 6 December 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
6 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 34 42 29
Rank change year-on-year +8 -13 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4,072 5,111 6,187
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 5.48% 5.33% 6.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.83% 5.62% 6.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,420 3,062 3,505
England median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.44%
10th Percentile £363 £350 £350
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 29 33
England median hourly rate £46.00 £42.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.24% -10.53% +5.56%
10th Percentile £19.65 £25.80 £28.03
90th Percentile £68.25 £78.00 £75.50
UK median hourly rate £47.00 £36.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +28.77% -18.89% -1.10%

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 69,836 90,934 90,775
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.93% 94.81% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 46,204 60,984 60,677
England median daily rate £463 £458 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.09% +1.67% +5.88%
10th Percentile £256 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £631
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,599 2,785 2,667
England median hourly rate £19.25 £18.50 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.05% -1.07% +1.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.01 £10.76
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.00
UK median hourly rate £19.46 £18.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +5.19% -1.07% +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 6 December 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 6 December 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 6 December 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 +2 1,824 £513 -2.38% 430
South East +5 796 £495 +4.21% 188
North of England +10 557 £495 +4.21% 174
North West +22 389 £475 - 107
Midlands +11 327 £510 +7.37% 143
South West -17 265 £500 +9.89% 93
West Midlands +14 233 £500 +9.59% 104
East of England +4 185 £475 - 85
Yorkshire -11 130 £500 +2.56% 48
East Midlands +6 74 £580 +20.52% 38
North East +22 38 £414 -11.02% 20
South Coast +1 2 - -
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 6 December 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.

1 958 (23.53%) SAP
2 819 (20.11%) Finance
3 556 (13.65%) Microsoft
4 532 (13.06%) Azure
5 517 (12.70%) Migration
6 430 (10.56%) SQL
7 401 (9.85%) Agile Software Development
8 398 (9.77%) Security Cleared
9 366 (8.99%) Oracle
10 354 (8.69%) Windows
11 303 (7.44%) Business Intelligence
12 294 (7.22%) SC Cleared
12 294 (7.22%) Office 365
13 264 (6.48%) ERP
14 257 (6.31%) SAP S/4HANA
15 256 (6.29%) Active Directory
15 256 (6.29%) DevOps
16 249 (6.11%) Stakeholder Management
17 245 (6.02%) AWS
18 242 (5.94%) CRM
19 208 (5.11%) Information Security
20 200 (4.91%) Java
21 198 (4.86%) Analytics
22 197 (4.84%) Linux
23 195 (4.79%) SharePoint
23 195 (4.79%) Problem-Solving
24 185 (4.54%) Analytical Skills
25 172 (4.22%) Cybersecurity
26 171 (4.20%) Manufacturing
27 168 (4.13%) 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
1 195 (4.79%) SharePoint
2 56 (1.38%) Skype for Business
3 51 (1.25%) Confluence
4 41 (1.01%) MS Exchange
5 33 (0.81%) Apache
6 23 (0.56%) JBoss
7 21 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 19 (0.47%) NetWeaver
9 18 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 18 (0.44%) CMS
9 18 (0.44%) SAS
10 17 (0.42%) Apache Spark
10 17 (0.42%) IIS
11 16 (0.39%) OpenStack
12 15 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2010
12 15 (0.37%) Tomcat
13 13 (0.32%) Documentum
13 13 (0.32%) WebSphere
14 12 (0.29%) SharePoint 2013
15 11 (0.27%) WebLogic
Applications
1 95 (2.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 77 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
3 28 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 20 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
5 12 (0.29%) MS Visio
6 9 (0.22%) Photoshop
7 8 (0.20%) Sketch
7 8 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.15%) Adobe Illustrator
9 5 (0.12%) InfoPath
10 4 (0.098%) InDesign
10 4 (0.098%) InVision
11 2 (0.049%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.049%) Flinto
11 2 (0.049%) Lectora
11 2 (0.049%) Windchill
11 2 (0.049%) XMetaL
12 1 (0.025%) Mingle
12 1 (0.025%) OmniGraffle
12 1 (0.025%) OrCAD
Business Applications
1 257 (6.31%) SAP S/4HANA
2 124 (3.05%) Dynamics CRM
3 117 (2.87%) SAP FI
4 101 (2.48%) SAP CO
5 94 (2.31%) SAP FI/CO
6 77 (1.89%) SAP HCM
7 61 (1.50%) Oracle EBS
8 51 (1.25%) SAP HR
9 50 (1.23%) SAP ERP
10 48 (1.18%) Dynamics AX
10 48 (1.18%) SAP PP
11 46 (1.13%) Oracle EBS R12
12 45 (1.11%) Oracle Receivables
13 42 (1.03%) NetSuite
13 42 (1.03%) SAP SD
14 38 (0.93%) SAP MM
15 34 (0.83%) SAP Payroll
16 33 (0.81%) SAP BPC
17 32 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
18 31 (0.76%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 532 (13.06%) Azure
2 294 (7.22%) Office 365
3 245 (6.02%) AWS
4 167 (4.10%) Power Platform
5 164 (4.03%) Dynamics 365
6 111 (2.73%) Azure Active Directory
7 84 (2.06%) SuccessFactors
8 65 (1.60%) PaaS
9 60 (1.47%) SaaS
10 54 (1.33%) IaaS
11 47 (1.15%) GCP
12 44 (1.08%) Serverless
13 38 (0.93%) GitHub
14 37 (0.91%) OneDrive
15 35 (0.86%) PowerApps
16 25 (0.61%) Azure Functions
17 23 (0.56%) OpenShift
18 22 (0.54%) Azure Data Factory
18 22 (0.54%) Google Analytics
19 21 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 144 (3.54%) Firewall
2 71 (1.74%) Skype
3 60 (1.47%) Network Security
4 55 (1.35%) DNS
5 52 (1.28%) WAN
6 45 (1.11%) VPN
7 38 (0.93%) LAN
8 35 (0.86%) SAN
9 33 (0.81%) Internet
10 27 (0.66%) DHCP
11 26 (0.64%) Wireless
12 21 (0.52%) HTTP
12 21 (0.52%) Unified Communications
13 20 (0.49%) TCP/IP
14 19 (0.47%) Cisco ASA
15 18 (0.44%) Intranet
16 17 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
17 13 (0.32%) Cisco Nexus
17 13 (0.32%) VoIP
17 13 (0.32%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 157 (3.86%) SQL Server
2 143 (3.51%) Power BI
3 118 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
4 84 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 72 (1.77%) SAP HANA
6 70 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 62 (1.52%) SAP BW
8 60 (1.47%) Big Data
9 57 (1.40%) Oracle Database
10 42 (1.03%) Data Lake
11 40 (0.98%) BusinessObjects
12 37 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 34 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
13 34 (0.83%) Relational Database
14 30 (0.74%) Oracle BI EE
15 27 (0.66%) Azure SQL Database
16 26 (0.64%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
16 26 (0.64%) Oracle BI Publisher
17 24 (0.59%) Hadoop
17 24 (0.59%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 92 (2.26%) JIRA
2 66 (1.62%) Jenkins
3 42 (1.03%) Git (software)
4 36 (0.88%) Visual Studio Team System
5 25 (0.61%) LSMW
6 18 (0.44%) Visual Studio
7 17 (0.42%) Oracle Forms
8 13 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
9 11 (0.27%) PVCS
10 9 (0.22%) Maven
10 9 (0.22%) Selenium
11 8 (0.20%) GitLab
11 8 (0.20%) Hudson
12 7 (0.17%) Bitbucket
12 7 (0.17%) CircleCI
12 7 (0.17%) Octopus Deploy
12 7 (0.17%) Subversion
12 7 (0.17%) TeamCity
13 6 (0.15%) JUnit
14 5 (0.12%) JMeter
General
1 819 (20.11%) Finance
2 171 (4.20%) Manufacturing
3 163 (4.00%) Public Sector
4 148 (3.63%) Marketing
5 146 (3.59%) Retail
6 137 (3.36%) Telecoms
7 118 (2.90%) Banking
8 55 (1.35%) Billing
9 47 (1.15%) Electronics
10 46 (1.13%) General Ledger
11 45 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
12 42 (1.03%) Legal
13 26 (0.64%) Law
14 22 (0.54%) Local Government
15 16 (0.39%) German Language
16 15 (0.37%) Advertising
17 13 (0.32%) Financial Institution
17 13 (0.32%) Publishing
18 12 (0.29%) Police
19 11 (0.27%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 114 (2.80%) Web Services
2 84 (2.06%) .NET
3 69 (1.69%) XML
4 63 (1.55%) REST
5 62 (1.52%) HTML
6 59 (1.45%) JSON
7 53 (1.30%) SAP Fiori
8 52 (1.28%) SAML
9 50 (1.23%) CSS
10 49 (1.20%) SAP Basis
11 43 (1.06%) Oracle Fusion
12 40 (0.98%) LDAP
13 36 (0.88%) SOAP
14 33 (0.81%) OAuth
15 28 (0.69%) BAPI
16 26 (0.64%) ASP.NET
17 22 (0.54%) AngularJS
17 22 (0.54%) SAP XI
18 21 (0.52%) EDI
19 20 (0.49%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 185 (4.54%) Analytical Skills
2 119 (2.92%) Data Centre
3 87 (2.14%) Management Information System
4 73 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
5 69 (1.69%) User Experience
6 48 (1.18%) Self-Motivation
7 47 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
8 31 (0.76%) Public Cloud
9 28 (0.69%) Clustering
10 26 (0.64%) CMDB
11 24 (0.59%) Data Structures
11 24 (0.59%) Replication
12 23 (0.56%) PKI
13 20 (0.49%) Life Science
14 19 (0.47%) e-Learning
14 19 (0.47%) FMCG
15 18 (0.44%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
16 16 (0.39%) Cyberthreat
16 16 (0.39%) Private Cloud
16 16 (0.39%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 354 (8.69%) Windows
2 197 (4.84%) Linux
3 141 (3.46%) Windows Server
4 99 (2.43%) Windows 10
5 89 (2.19%) Unix
6 53 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
7 37 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 34 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (0.52%) AIX
10 19 (0.47%) Android
11 17 (0.42%) Apple iOS
12 15 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
13 13 (0.32%) SUSE
14 11 (0.27%) Windows 7
15 10 (0.25%) CentOS
16 8 (0.20%) Solaris
16 8 (0.20%) Windows 2000 Server
17 7 (0.17%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 7 (0.17%) VMS
18 6 (0.15%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 517 (12.70%) Migration
2 401 (9.85%) Agile Software Development
3 303 (7.44%) Business Intelligence
4 264 (6.48%) ERP
5 256 (6.29%) DevOps
6 249 (6.11%) Stakeholder Management
7 242 (5.94%) CRM
8 208 (5.11%) Information Security
9 198 (4.86%) Analytics
10 195 (4.79%) Problem-Solving
11 172 (4.22%) Cybersecurity
12 149 (3.66%) ITIL
13 143 (3.51%) Workflow
14 138 (3.39%) Project Management
15 124 (3.05%) Data Modelling
16 122 (3.00%) Data Migration
17 118 (2.90%) Scrum
18 104 (2.55%) Change Management
19 99 (2.43%) Risk Management
20 92 (2.26%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 430 (10.56%) SQL
2 200 (4.91%) Java
3 149 (3.66%) JavaScript
4 145 (3.56%) PowerShell
5 144 (3.54%) Python
6 98 (2.41%) C#
7 81 (1.99%) ABAP
8 54 (1.33%) PL/SQL
9 35 (0.86%) C
10 34 (0.83%) Bash Shell
11 30 (0.74%) Shell Script
12 28 (0.69%) T-SQL
13 18 (0.44%) Apex Code
13 18 (0.44%) Perl
14 17 (0.42%) Ruby
15 16 (0.39%) C++
16 14 (0.34%) PHP
17 12 (0.29%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 11 (0.27%) Groovy
19 10 (0.25%) R
Qualifications
1 398 (9.77%) Security Cleared
2 294 (7.22%) SC Cleared
3 121 (2.97%) CISSP
4 117 (2.87%) Degree
5 81 (1.99%) CISM
6 71 (1.74%) Cisco Certification
7 54 (1.33%) DV Cleared
8 41 (1.01%) Microsoft Certification
9 38 (0.93%) CCNP
10 35 (0.86%) BPSS Clearance
11 27 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 26 (0.64%) CRISC
13 25 (0.61%) CCA
14 24 (0.59%) CESG Certified Professional
15 23 (0.56%) CCIE
15 23 (0.56%) MCSE
16 20 (0.49%) CISA
17 17 (0.42%) Citrix Certification
18 16 (0.39%) CCNA
19 15 (0.37%) (ISC)2 CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 75 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 66 (1.62%) QA
3 52 (1.28%) GDPR
4 42 (1.03%) SLA
5 39 (0.96%) Data Quality
6 38 (0.93%) PCI DSS
7 33 (0.81%) NIST
8 29 (0.71%) PMO
9 22 (0.54%) NCSC
10 15 (0.37%) RMADS
11 13 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 13 (0.32%) JSP 440
12 12 (0.29%) COBIT
13 11 (0.27%) IFRS
14 10 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
15 8 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
16 7 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
16 7 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 5 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 5 (0.12%) SEPA
System Software
1 256 (6.29%) Active Directory
2 98 (2.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 79 (1.94%) Docker
4 61 (1.50%) Hyper-V
5 38 (0.93%) VMware ESXi
6 32 (0.79%) vSphere
7 19 (0.47%) VMware NSX
8 15 (0.37%) Virtual Machines
8 15 (0.37%) XenDesktop
9 14 (0.34%) XenApp
10 13 (0.32%) Microsoft App-V
11 11 (0.27%) vCloud
12 10 (0.25%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.20%) Firmware
14 7 (0.17%) NDS
14 7 (0.17%) NetIQ eDirectory
14 7 (0.17%) Virtual Desktop
15 5 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 5 (0.12%) NFS
16 4 (0.098%) GlusterFS
Systems Management
1 130 (3.19%) SCCM
2 94 (2.31%) Ansible
3 75 (1.84%) Terraform
4 69 (1.69%) Microsoft Intune
5 66 (1.62%) Puppet
6 61 (1.50%) Kubernetes
7 37 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
8 36 (0.88%) Single Sign-On
9 28 (0.69%) vCenter Server
10 25 (0.61%) AirWatch
11 23 (0.56%) NetBackup
12 18 (0.44%) Cisco CUCM
12 18 (0.44%) vRealize
13 11 (0.27%) WSUS
14 10 (0.25%) Packer
15 9 (0.22%) NetIQ Identity Manager
15 9 (0.22%) Prometheus
15 9 (0.22%) SCOM
16 8 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
16 8 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 958 (23.53%) SAP
2 556 (13.65%) Microsoft
3 366 (8.99%) Oracle
4 168 (4.13%) VMware
5 126 (3.09%) Cisco
6 107 (2.63%) Salesforce.com
7 89 (2.19%) Ariba
8 77 (1.89%) Citrix
9 66 (1.62%) Google
10 58 (1.42%) Adobe
11 53 (1.30%) ServiceNow
12 52 (1.28%) IBM
13 48 (1.18%) Tableau
13 48 (1.18%) Workday
14 46 (1.13%) Informatica
15 43 (1.06%) BMC
16 40 (0.98%) Splunk
17 39 (0.96%) HP
18 38 (0.93%) Red Hat
19 37 (0.91%) Remedy