Period
to 18 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 18 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
England > North West
6 months to
18 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 41 21 42
Rank change year-on-year -20 +21 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 107 348 267
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 4.44% 7.14% 4.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.76% 7.62% 4.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 210 156
Median daily rate £500 £498 £484
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.50% +2.84% +7.50%
10th Percentile £300 £338 £313
90th Percentile £612 £688 £613
England median daily rate £475 £500 £500
% change year-on-year -5.00% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 3
Median hourly rate £60.00 - £24.00
England median hourly rate £57.50 £45.00 £38.25
% change year-on-year +27.78% +17.65% -10.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West. 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
North West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 2,246 4,567 5,362
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.23% 93.66% 94.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,525 2,930 3,411
Median daily rate £425 £425 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.12% +0.13%
10th Percentile £171 £213 £243
90th Percentile £595 £575 £582
England median daily rate £475 £463 £463
% change year-on-year +2.70% - +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 249 313
Median hourly rate £17.00 £19.00 £19.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.53% -1.30% +10.00%
10th Percentile £10.89 £11.17 £11.26
90th Percentile £48.73 £52.50 £47.50
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +25.00% - -

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings that featured Consultant in the job title as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in the North West

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Consultant in the North West.

Daily rate trend for Consultant in the North West

Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Consultant in the North West over the 6 months to 18 January 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Consultant in the North West

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Consultant in the North West.

Hourly rate trend for Consultant in the North West

Consultant
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Consultant within the North West region over the 6 months to 18 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
Manchester -17 57 £513 +7.89% 37
Cheshire +12 16 £575 +27.78% 7
Lancashire +5 7 £563 +30.81% 2
Merseyside -9 6 £463 +2.78%
Cumbria -6 3 £400 -34.16% 3
Consultant
England

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 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 North West region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 25 (23.36%) Security Cleared
2 23 (21.50%) SC Cleared
2 23 (21.50%) SAP
3 17 (15.89%) SAP S/4HANA
4 14 (13.08%) Finance
5 11 (10.28%) Business Intelligence
6 10 (9.35%) Cybersecurity
6 10 (9.35%) Oracle
6 10 (9.35%) Linux
6 10 (9.35%) Python
6 10 (9.35%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (9.35%) Azure
6 10 (9.35%) AWS
7 9 (8.41%) Microsoft
7 9 (8.41%) Kubernetes
8 8 (7.48%) Data Modelling
8 8 (7.48%) Java
8 8 (7.48%) Information Security
8 8 (7.48%) Logistics
9 7 (6.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 7 (6.54%) Manufacturing
9 7 (6.54%) Migration
9 7 (6.54%) SQL
9 7 (6.54%) Windows
9 7 (6.54%) AIX
9 7 (6.54%) IBM
9 7 (6.54%) Ansible
9 7 (6.54%) DevOps
10 6 (5.61%) Information Governance
10 6 (5.61%) Dynamics 365

Consultant Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 4 (3.74%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.87%) Apache
2 2 (1.87%) Apache Spark
3 1 (0.93%) Apache Airflow
3 1 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.93%) CMS
3 1 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (0.93%) Headless CMS
3 1 (0.93%) IBM HTTP Server
3 1 (0.93%) IIS
3 1 (0.93%) Oracle HTTP Server
3 1 (0.93%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.93%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.93%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.93%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 17 (15.89%) SAP S/4HANA
2 5 (4.67%) SAP WM
3 4 (3.74%) Oracle Applications
3 4 (3.74%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (3.74%) Oracle EBS R12
3 4 (3.74%) SAP MM
4 3 (2.80%) SAP BPC
4 3 (2.80%) SAP PP
4 3 (2.80%) SAP SCM
5 2 (1.87%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (1.87%) SAP EWM
5 2 (1.87%) SAP GRC
5 2 (1.87%) SAP PLM
5 2 (1.87%) SAP PP-PI
5 2 (1.87%) SAP SRM
6 1 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.93%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.93%) OpenText VIM for SAP
6 1 (0.93%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.93%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 10 (9.35%) AWS
1 10 (9.35%) Azure
2 6 (5.61%) Dynamics 365
3 4 (3.74%) AWS CloudFormation
4 3 (2.80%) Amazon ECS
4 3 (2.80%) Amazon EKS
4 3 (2.80%) AWS Lambda
4 3 (2.80%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (2.80%) GCP
4 3 (2.80%) Office 365
4 3 (2.80%) Power Platform
4 3 (2.80%) Serverless
5 2 (1.87%) Power Automate
5 2 (1.87%) PowerApps
6 1 (0.93%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (0.93%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.93%) AWS Step Functions
6 1 (0.93%) SaaS
6 1 (0.93%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
6 1 (0.93%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.80%) Calico
2 2 (1.87%) Intranet
3 1 (0.93%) DHCP
3 1 (0.93%) DNS
3 1 (0.93%) Firewall
3 1 (0.93%) HTTP
3 1 (0.93%) LAN
3 1 (0.93%) NetScaler
3 1 (0.93%) Network Security
3 1 (0.93%) SAN
3 1 (0.93%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.93%) WAN
3 1 (0.93%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.93%) X.509
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.74%) Oracle BI Publisher
1 4 (3.74%) Oracle Database
1 4 (3.74%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (2.80%) SAP BW
2 3 (2.80%) Tableau
3 2 (1.87%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (1.87%) Apache Hive
3 2 (1.87%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (1.87%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.87%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.87%) MySQL
3 2 (1.87%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.93%) Amazon Athena
4 1 (0.93%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 1 (0.93%) Big Data
4 1 (0.93%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.93%) HBase
4 1 (0.93%) Power BI
4 1 (0.93%) Presto
4 1 (0.93%) Redis
Development Applications
1 4 (3.74%) Jenkins
1 4 (3.74%) Toad
2 3 (2.80%) GitLab
3 2 (1.87%) JIRA
3 2 (1.87%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.93%) ER Studio
4 1 (0.93%) ERwin
General
1 14 (13.08%) Finance
2 7 (6.54%) Manufacturing
3 5 (4.67%) Law
4 4 (3.74%) Banking
5 3 (2.80%) Legal
5 3 (2.80%) Public Sector
5 3 (2.80%) Retail
6 2 (1.87%) Marketing
7 1 (0.93%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.93%) Back Office
7 1 (0.93%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.80%) Node.js
1 3 (2.80%) PySpark
1 3 (2.80%) REST
1 3 (2.80%) SAP Fiori
1 3 (2.80%) SOAP
2 2 (1.87%) .NET
2 2 (1.87%) HTML
2 2 (1.87%) SAML
3 1 (0.93%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (0.93%) Flash
3 1 (0.93%) J2EE
3 1 (0.93%) Kafka
3 1 (0.93%) LDAP
3 1 (0.93%) Middleware
3 1 (0.93%) PyQt
3 1 (0.93%) RESTful
3 1 (0.93%) SailPoint
3 1 (0.93%) SAP ALE
3 1 (0.93%) WebSphere MQ
3 1 (0.93%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.67%) Greenfield Project
1 5 (4.67%) NHS
2 3 (2.80%) Private Cloud
2 3 (2.80%) Security Operations Centre
3 2 (1.87%) Clustering
3 2 (1.87%) LPAR
3 2 (1.87%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.87%) Public Cloud
4 1 (0.93%) Algorithms
4 1 (0.93%) Data Structures
4 1 (0.93%) DataPower
4 1 (0.93%) Freedom of Information
4 1 (0.93%) Replication
4 1 (0.93%) Smartcard
4 1 (0.93%) User Experience
4 1 (0.93%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.35%) Linux
2 7 (6.54%) AIX
2 7 (6.54%) Windows
3 6 (5.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (3.74%) Solaris
5 2 (1.87%) CentOS
5 2 (1.87%) Unix
6 1 (0.93%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.93%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (10.28%) Business Intelligence
2 10 (9.35%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (9.35%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (7.48%) Data Modelling
3 8 (7.48%) Information Security
3 8 (7.48%) Logistics
4 7 (6.54%) DevOps
4 7 (6.54%) Migration
5 6 (5.61%) Information Governance
5 6 (5.61%) Security Architecture
6 5 (4.67%) Identity Access Management
6 5 (4.67%) Infrastructure as Code
6 5 (4.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (3.74%) Data Privacy
7 4 (3.74%) Identity Management
7 4 (3.74%) Microservices
7 4 (3.74%) Project Delivery
7 4 (3.74%) Project Management
7 4 (3.74%) Supply Chain Management
8 3 (2.80%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 10 (9.35%) Python
2 8 (7.48%) Java
3 7 (6.54%) SQL
4 5 (4.67%) Bash Shell
4 5 (4.67%) PowerShell
5 4 (3.74%) PL/SQL
6 3 (2.80%) Perl
7 2 (1.87%) C#
8 1 (0.93%) C
8 1 (0.93%) C++
8 1 (0.93%) PHP
Qualifications
1 25 (23.36%) Security Cleared
2 23 (21.50%) SC Cleared
3 6 (5.61%) CESG Certified Professional
4 3 (2.80%) Degree
5 2 (1.87%) CISSP
5 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (1.87%) RHCE
6 1 (0.93%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.93%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.93%) Tableau Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (4.67%) NCSC
3 4 (3.74%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 4 (3.74%) NIST
3 4 (3.74%) PCI DSS
4 3 (2.80%) GDPR
5 1 (0.93%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.93%) QA
System Software
1 5 (4.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (2.80%) Docker
2 3 (2.80%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.80%) VMware NSX
3 2 (1.87%) GPFS
3 2 (1.87%) PowerHA
4 1 (0.93%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
4 1 (0.93%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.93%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 9 (8.41%) Kubernetes
2 7 (6.54%) Ansible
3 6 (5.61%) Terraform
4 4 (3.74%) Oracle RMAN
5 3 (2.80%) Istio
5 3 (2.80%) Single Sign-On
5 3 (2.80%) Tivoli Identity Manager
6 2 (1.87%) Netcool
6 2 (1.87%) Oracle Identity Management
6 2 (1.87%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 2 (1.87%) SCOM
7 1 (0.93%) CA Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.93%) Grafana
7 1 (0.93%) Nagios
7 1 (0.93%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.93%) Prometheus
7 1 (0.93%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 23 (21.50%) SAP
2 10 (9.35%) Oracle
3 9 (8.41%) Microsoft
4 7 (6.54%) IBM
5 5 (4.67%) Red Hat
5 5 (4.67%) Splunk
5 5 (4.67%) VMware
6 4 (3.74%) PeopleSoft
6 4 (3.74%) Sun
7 3 (2.80%) CyberArk
7 3 (2.80%) F5
8 2 (1.87%) Axiomatics
8 2 (1.87%) ForgeRock
8 2 (1.87%) Kofax
8 2 (1.87%) ReadSoft
8 2 (1.87%) ServiceNow
9 1 (0.93%) BT
9 1 (0.93%) Citrix
9 1 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.93%) TIBCO