Period
to 7 April 2020

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 6 months to 7 April 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
England > North West
6 months to
7 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 23 48 19
Rank change year-on-year +25 -29 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 262 253 434
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the North West 6.54% 4.48% 7.52%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.92% 4.73% 7.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 146 231
Median daily rate £488 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £325 £355 £325
90th Percentile £707 £638 £713
England median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £35.00 £22.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +59.09% - -
England median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year -17.65% - -5.56%

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 3,788 5,344 5,483
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.49% 94.65% 95.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,234 3,404 3,443
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% +5.26%
10th Percentile £200 £250 £236
90th Percentile £600 £613 £588
England median daily rate £473 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -0.53% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 225 260 303
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% -7.89%
10th Percentile £12.46 £13.00 £11.19
90th Percentile £53.00 £47.60 £52.05
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.75 £18.70
% change year-on-year +6.67% +0.27% -

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 7 April 2020.

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 7 April 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
Manchester +19 145 £450 -10.00% 44
Cumbria +3 29 £575 -2.87% 3
Merseyside +18 21 £425 -10.53% 3
Cheshire +1 21 £500 +21.21% 3
Lancashire +11 14 £400 -25.58% 3
Consultant
England

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

For the 6 months to 7 April 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 North West region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 64 (24.43%) Security Cleared
2 61 (23.28%) SAP
3 55 (20.99%) Azure
4 54 (20.61%) SC Cleared
5 41 (15.65%) Migration
6 36 (13.74%) Windows
7 33 (12.60%) Microsoft
7 33 (12.60%) Active Directory
8 27 (10.31%) Finance
8 27 (10.31%) DevOps
9 26 (9.92%) SAP S/4HANA
10 25 (9.54%) AWS
11 24 (9.16%) Agile Software Development
12 23 (8.78%) Oracle
12 23 (8.78%) Cybersecurity
13 21 (8.02%) Public Sector
14 20 (7.63%) .NET
15 19 (7.25%) ERP
15 19 (7.25%) Office 365
16 18 (6.87%) Azure Active Directory
16 18 (6.87%) Data Centre
16 18 (6.87%) Stakeholder Management
17 17 (6.49%) Java
17 17 (6.49%) Firewall
18 15 (5.73%) Windows Server
18 15 (5.73%) VMware
18 15 (5.73%) Ansible
18 15 (5.73%) PowerShell
19 14 (5.34%) SCCM
19 14 (5.34%) SQL

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 12 (4.58%) SharePoint
2 5 (1.91%) Skype for Business
3 4 (1.53%) CMS
3 4 (1.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (1.53%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.53%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (1.53%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (1.53%) Umbraco
4 3 (1.15%) Office Communications Server
4 3 (1.15%) SAS
4 3 (1.15%) WebSphere
5 2 (0.76%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (0.76%) Mule
5 2 (0.76%) OpenStack
5 2 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.38%) Apache
6 1 (0.38%) IIS
6 1 (0.38%) Site Server
Applications
1 3 (1.15%) Chatbot
2 2 (0.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 26 (9.92%) SAP S/4HANA
2 9 (3.44%) SAP CO
2 9 (3.44%) SAP HCM
3 6 (2.29%) SAP FI
3 6 (2.29%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (1.53%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (1.53%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (1.53%) SAP PS
4 4 (1.53%) Teamcenter
5 3 (1.15%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (1.15%) Dynamics CRM
5 3 (1.15%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 3 (1.15%) SAP APO
5 3 (1.15%) SAP IS-U
5 3 (1.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (1.15%) SAP SRM
6 2 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.76%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.76%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.76%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 55 (20.99%) Azure
2 25 (9.54%) AWS
3 19 (7.25%) Office 365
4 18 (6.87%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (5.34%) Power Platform
6 7 (2.67%) AWS CloudFormation
6 7 (2.67%) Dynamics 365
6 7 (2.67%) GCP
7 4 (1.53%) Azure Data Factory
7 4 (1.53%) Microsoft Flow
8 3 (1.15%) SaaS
8 3 (1.15%) SuccessFactors
9 2 (0.76%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.76%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.76%) Oracle Service Cloud
9 2 (0.76%) PowerApps
9 2 (0.76%) Serverless
10 1 (0.38%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 1 (0.38%) AWS Lambda
10 1 (0.38%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.49%) Firewall
2 11 (4.20%) SAN
3 10 (3.82%) Fibre Channel
4 7 (2.67%) DNS
5 4 (1.53%) DHCP
5 4 (1.53%) Intranet
5 4 (1.53%) NAS
5 4 (1.53%) Network Security
5 4 (1.53%) Skype
5 4 (1.53%) VSAN
6 3 (1.15%) VPN
6 3 (1.15%) X.509
7 2 (0.76%) iSCSI
7 2 (0.76%) PBX
8 1 (0.38%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (0.38%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
8 1 (0.38%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
8 1 (0.38%) Internet
8 1 (0.38%) NetScaler
8 1 (0.38%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.44%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.29%) Power BI
3 5 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (1.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (1.53%) SAP HANA
5 3 (1.15%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (1.15%) Big Data
5 3 (1.15%) SAP BW
5 3 (1.15%) SAP Data Services
6 2 (0.76%) DB2
6 2 (0.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.38%) Apache Cassandra
7 1 (0.38%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.38%) MySQL
7 1 (0.38%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle BI EE
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle8/8i Database
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 8 (3.05%) Jenkins
2 5 (1.91%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.53%) Selenium
4 3 (1.15%) GitLab
4 3 (1.15%) Selenium IDE
4 3 (1.15%) WebDriver
5 2 (0.76%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.76%) Hudson
5 2 (0.76%) JMeter
5 2 (0.76%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.38%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.38%) Gatling
6 1 (0.38%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 27 (10.31%) Finance
2 21 (8.02%) Public Sector
3 8 (3.05%) Manufacturing
4 7 (2.67%) Banking
5 4 (1.53%) Billing
5 4 (1.53%) Legal
5 4 (1.53%) Local Government
6 2 (0.76%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.38%) Advertising
7 1 (0.38%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.38%) Automotive
7 1 (0.38%) Law
7 1 (0.38%) Marketing
7 1 (0.38%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.38%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (7.63%) .NET
2 8 (3.05%) Web Services
3 6 (2.29%) SAML
4 5 (1.91%) ASP.NET
4 5 (1.91%) HTML
4 5 (1.91%) SOAP
5 4 (1.53%) SAP Fiori
6 3 (1.15%) JSON
6 3 (1.15%) LDAP
6 3 (1.15%) REST
6 3 (1.15%) RESTful
6 3 (1.15%) XML
7 2 (0.76%) J2EE
7 2 (0.76%) JSP
7 2 (0.76%) Oracle Fusion
7 2 (0.76%) SAP Basis
7 2 (0.76%) Servlets
7 2 (0.76%) XSLT
8 1 (0.38%) Java EE
8 1 (0.38%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 18 (6.87%) Data Centre
2 10 (3.82%) Management Information System
3 9 (3.44%) EMC VNX
4 7 (2.67%) Public Cloud
4 7 (2.67%) Self-Motivation
5 6 (2.29%) Clustering
6 4 (1.53%) Freedom of Information
7 3 (1.15%) Data Protection Act
7 3 (1.15%) Freedom of Information Act
7 3 (1.15%) Life Science
7 3 (1.15%) NHS
8 2 (0.76%) Analytical Skills
8 2 (0.76%) Private Cloud
8 2 (0.76%) SWIFT
9 1 (0.38%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.38%) CMDB
9 1 (0.38%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.38%) Fibre Optics
9 1 (0.38%) Robotics
9 1 (0.38%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 36 (13.74%) Windows
2 15 (5.73%) Windows Server
3 13 (4.96%) Linux
4 10 (3.82%) Windows 10
4 10 (3.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (3.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (3.05%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (2.67%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (1.91%) Solaris
8 5 (1.91%) Windows Server 2016
9 4 (1.53%) CentOS
9 4 (1.53%) Ubuntu
9 4 (1.53%) Unix
9 4 (1.53%) Windows Server 2019
10 2 (0.76%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.38%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (15.65%) Migration
2 27 (10.31%) DevOps
3 24 (9.16%) Agile Software Development
4 23 (8.78%) Cybersecurity
5 19 (7.25%) ERP
6 18 (6.87%) Stakeholder Management
7 13 (4.96%) Security Architecture
8 12 (4.58%) Information Security
8 12 (4.58%) PLM
8 12 (4.58%) System Integration Testing
8 12 (4.58%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (4.20%) Open Source
10 10 (3.82%) B2C
10 10 (3.82%) Identity Management
11 9 (3.44%) Business Analysis
11 9 (3.44%) Business Intelligence
11 9 (3.44%) Configuration Management
11 9 (3.44%) CRM
11 9 (3.44%) Infrastructure as Code
11 9 (3.44%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (6.49%) Java
2 15 (5.73%) PowerShell
3 14 (5.34%) SQL
4 8 (3.05%) C#
5 6 (2.29%) Python
6 4 (1.53%) Bash Shell
6 4 (1.53%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.76%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 2 (0.76%) Perl
7 2 (0.76%) PHP
7 2 (0.76%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.38%) C++
8 1 (0.38%) U-SQL
Qualifications
1 64 (24.43%) Security Cleared
2 54 (20.61%) SC Cleared
3 10 (3.82%) CESG Certified Professional
4 8 (3.05%) CISSP
5 7 (2.67%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (2.29%) CISM
7 5 (1.91%) CISA
8 3 (1.15%) MCSE
8 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (1.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (0.76%) CRISC
9 2 (0.76%) Degree
9 2 (0.76%) HND
9 2 (0.76%) MCITP
9 2 (0.76%) MCP
9 2 (0.76%) MCSA
9 2 (0.76%) MCTS
9 2 (0.76%) RHCE
9 2 (0.76%) RHCSA
10 1 (0.38%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (2.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (1.91%) GDPR
3 3 (1.15%) NCSC
4 2 (0.76%) ISO 20022
4 2 (0.76%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.76%) TARGET2
5 1 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.38%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (0.38%) NIST
5 1 (0.38%) QA
5 1 (0.38%) SLA
System Software
1 33 (12.60%) Active Directory
2 12 (4.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.44%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (2.29%) Firmware
4 6 (2.29%) VMware NSX
5 4 (1.53%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.53%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (1.53%) vSphere
6 3 (1.15%) VMware Server
7 2 (0.76%) Docker
8 1 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 15 (5.73%) Ansible
2 14 (5.34%) SCCM
3 13 (4.96%) Terraform
4 11 (4.20%) NetBackup
5 9 (3.44%) vCenter Server
6 8 (3.05%) Nagios
7 7 (2.67%) Grafana
7 7 (2.67%) Opscode Chef
7 7 (2.67%) Prometheus
8 6 (2.29%) Microsoft Intune
9 5 (1.91%) SnapMirror
9 5 (1.91%) vRealize
10 4 (1.53%) HP Data Protector
10 4 (1.53%) Oracle Identity Management
11 3 (1.15%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (1.15%) Puppet
12 2 (0.76%) Network Intrusion Detection System
12 2 (0.76%) Oracle Identity Manager
12 2 (0.76%) Single Sign-On
12 2 (0.76%) WSUS
Vendors
1 61 (23.28%) SAP
2 33 (12.60%) Microsoft
3 23 (8.78%) Oracle
4 15 (5.73%) VMware
5 13 (4.96%) Cisco
6 10 (3.82%) EMC
6 10 (3.82%) NetApp
7 9 (3.44%) Brocade
8 7 (2.67%) Citrix
8 7 (2.67%) Siebel
8 7 (2.67%) Sitecore
9 5 (1.91%) HP
9 5 (1.91%) Red Hat
10 4 (1.53%) 3PAR
10 4 (1.53%) DataCore
10 4 (1.53%) Nintex
11 3 (1.15%) MuleSoft
11 3 (1.15%) Pega
12 2 (0.76%) Databricks
12 2 (0.76%) MobileIron