Period
to 11 May 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 11 May 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 > South East
6 months to
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 27 30 36
Rank change year-on-year +3 +6 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 352 495 882
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 6.49% 6.22% 5.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.04% 6.62% 6.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 277 494
10th Percentile £350 £363 £371
25th Percentile £414 £425 £420
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £575 £584
90th Percentile £674 £675 £651
England median daily rate £500 £500 £500
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 4
10th Percentile " " £44.00
25th Percentile £61.00 £18.25 £46.25
Median hourly rate £62.00 £18.50 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +235.14% -63.00% +6.95%
75th Percentile £63.00 £18.75 £58.75
90th Percentile " £36.88 £70.00
England median hourly rate £57.50 £50.00 £49.57
% change year-on-year +15.00% +0.88% +13.94%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 4,998 7,472 14,286
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.11% 93.88% 94.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,194 4,638 8,668
10th Percentile £231 £205 £252
25th Percentile £350 £338 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £450
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% -2.78% +5.88%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £525
90th Percentile £613 £600 £600
England median daily rate £485 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +2.11% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 317 404 607
10th Percentile £10.87 £12.32 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.58 £14.00 £13.38
Median hourly rate £24.00 £18.13 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +32.40% -9.36% +14.29%
75th Percentile £45.00 £35.00 £44.50
90th Percentile £56.50 £50.55 £52.50
England median hourly rate £21.74 £18.90 £18.50
% change year-on-year +15.03% +2.16% +5.71%

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in the South East

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Consultant in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Consultant in the South East

Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Consultant in the South East over the 6 months to 11 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Consultant in the South East

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Consultant in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Consultant in the South East

Consultant
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Consultant within the South East region over the 6 months to 11 May 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
Thames Valley +8 169 £525 - 50
Berkshire +13 140 £525 -4.55% 29
Hampshire -15 64 £450 -5.26% 29
West Sussex -1 31 £438 -16.67% 2
Kent +16 29 £413 -33.39% 6
Buckinghamshire -6 24 £498 +10.56% 11
Surrey -10 24 £475 -5.00% 25
East Sussex +11 11 £463 -6.57% 1
Oxfordshire -4 5 £513 +24.24% 10
Middlesex -2 2 £563 -6.25%
M4 Corridor +1 1 £425 -32.00%
Consultant
England

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 11 May 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 South East region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 96 (27.27%) Social Skills
2 69 (19.60%) Migration
2 69 (19.60%) Security Cleared
3 67 (19.03%) SAP
4 62 (17.61%) Azure
5 57 (16.19%) Finance
6 50 (14.20%) SC Cleared
7 44 (12.50%) Oracle
8 43 (12.22%) Microsoft
9 40 (11.36%) SQL
10 39 (11.08%) ERP
11 34 (9.66%) Agile Software Development
11 34 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
12 33 (9.38%) AWS
13 32 (9.09%) Linux
14 30 (8.52%) Data Migration
14 30 (8.52%) Cybersecurity
15 29 (8.24%) Problem-Solving
15 29 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
16 27 (7.67%) Telecoms
16 27 (7.67%) ITIL
16 27 (7.67%) Windows
17 25 (7.10%) CISSP
17 25 (7.10%) VMware
17 25 (7.10%) DevOps
18 23 (6.53%) Manufacturing
18 23 (6.53%) Salesforce.com
19 22 (6.25%) Siemens
19 22 (6.25%) CRM
19 22 (6.25%) Teamcenter

Consultant Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 18 (5.11%) OpenStack
2 5 (1.42%) SAP Portal
2 5 (1.42%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.14%) nginx
4 2 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (0.57%) Confluence
4 2 (0.57%) NetWeaver
5 1 (0.28%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.28%) CICS
5 1 (0.28%) Liferay
5 1 (0.28%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.28%) MS Project Server
5 1 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.28%) Oracle Workflow
5 1 (0.28%) WebLogic
Applications
1 11 (3.13%) PTC Creo
1 11 (3.13%) Windchill
2 5 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.14%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.57%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.57%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 22 (6.25%) Teamcenter
2 15 (4.26%) SAP S/4HANA
3 8 (2.27%) SAP ERP
3 8 (2.27%) SAP WM
4 7 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (1.99%) NetSuite
4 7 (1.99%) SAP PSCD
5 6 (1.70%) Remedy AR System
5 6 (1.70%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (1.42%) Oracle ERP
6 5 (1.42%) SAP MM
7 4 (1.14%) Oracle EBS
7 4 (1.14%) SAP SD
8 3 (0.85%) Oracle Cash Management
8 3 (0.85%) Oracle Receivables
9 2 (0.57%) Oracle Assets
9 2 (0.57%) Oracle Payables
9 2 (0.57%) SAP MDG
9 2 (0.57%) SAP PP
9 2 (0.57%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 62 (17.61%) Azure
2 33 (9.38%) AWS
3 16 (4.55%) Cloud Computing
4 14 (3.98%) SaaS
5 13 (3.69%) Dynamics 365
6 11 (3.13%) Power Platform
7 10 (2.84%) GCP
7 10 (2.84%) Microsoft 365
8 9 (2.56%) IaaS
9 8 (2.27%) Serverless
10 6 (1.70%) PaaS
11 4 (1.14%) Azure Cosmos DB
11 4 (1.14%) OpenShift
11 4 (1.14%) Power Automate
11 4 (1.14%) PowerApps
11 4 (1.14%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 3 (0.85%) Amazon ELB
12 3 (0.85%) Azure Active Directory
13 2 (0.57%) Boomi
13 2 (0.57%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 8 (2.27%) Firewall
1 8 (2.27%) Network Security
2 6 (1.70%) DNS
3 5 (1.42%) Cisco ISE
3 5 (1.42%) LAN
3 5 (1.42%) Software-Defined Networking
3 5 (1.42%) TCP/IP
4 4 (1.14%) MPLS
4 4 (1.14%) Skype
4 4 (1.14%) WAN
5 3 (0.85%) Broadband
5 3 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
5 3 (0.85%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
5 3 (0.85%) Intrusion Detection
5 3 (0.85%) SDH
5 3 (0.85%) SSH
5 3 (0.85%) VoIP
5 3 (0.85%) VPN
5 3 (0.85%) WebEx
5 3 (0.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (3.69%) SAP BW
2 12 (3.41%) SQL Server
3 9 (2.56%) Pentaho
3 9 (2.56%) Power BI
3 9 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (1.99%) SAP HANA
5 6 (1.70%) Oracle Database
5 6 (1.70%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (1.42%) Azure SQL Database
6 5 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.14%) Big Data
7 4 (1.14%) Data Lake
7 4 (1.14%) MySQL
7 4 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.85%) MongoDB
8 3 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.28%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.28%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.28%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.28%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 8 (2.27%) JIRA
2 3 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.57%) CA Gen
3 2 (0.57%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.57%) Toad
4 1 (0.28%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.28%) ER Studio
4 1 (0.28%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.28%) JUnit
4 1 (0.28%) Maven
4 1 (0.28%) MorphX
4 1 (0.28%) MSI
4 1 (0.28%) NWDS
4 1 (0.28%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (0.28%) Postman
4 1 (0.28%) PowerBuilder
4 1 (0.28%) Terragrunt
General
1 96 (27.27%) Social Skills
2 57 (16.19%) Finance
3 34 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (7.67%) Telecoms
5 23 (6.53%) Manufacturing
6 12 (3.41%) Presentation Skills
7 9 (2.56%) Marketing
7 9 (2.56%) Public Sector
8 8 (2.27%) General Ledger
9 7 (1.99%) Automotive
10 5 (1.42%) Billing
10 5 (1.42%) Legal
10 5 (1.42%) Local Government
11 4 (1.14%) Banking
11 4 (1.14%) Electronics
11 4 (1.14%) French Language
11 4 (1.14%) Influencing Skills
12 3 (0.85%) Documentation Skills
13 2 (0.57%) Organisational Skills
13 2 (0.57%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.27%) Web Services
2 7 (1.99%) Itk
2 7 (1.99%) LDAP
2 7 (1.99%) SAP Basis
2 7 (1.99%) SAP XI
3 6 (1.70%) SAP ALE
3 6 (1.70%) SAP PI
4 4 (1.14%) Oracle Fusion
4 4 (1.14%) XML
5 3 (0.85%) .NET
5 3 (0.85%) ADSI
5 3 (0.85%) EDI
5 3 (0.85%) IDoc
5 3 (0.85%) J2EE
5 3 (0.85%) REST
6 2 (0.57%) .NET Core
6 2 (0.57%) 802.1X
6 2 (0.57%) Kafka
6 2 (0.57%) Keras
6 2 (0.57%) TensorFlow
Miscellaneous
1 9 (2.56%) Data Centre
2 8 (2.27%) CMDB
2 8 (2.27%) Hybrid Cloud
2 8 (2.27%) Private Cloud
3 7 (1.99%) Cloud Native
3 7 (1.99%) Clustering
4 5 (1.42%) PKI
5 3 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
5 3 (0.85%) Learning Management System
5 3 (0.85%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.57%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.28%) BYOD
7 1 (0.28%) Cyber Defence
7 1 (0.28%) Cybercrime
7 1 (0.28%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.28%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (0.28%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.28%) Linux Command Line
7 1 (0.28%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.28%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 32 (9.09%) Linux
2 27 (7.67%) Windows
3 7 (1.99%) Oracle Linux
3 7 (1.99%) SUSE
4 6 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 6 (1.70%) Unix
4 6 (1.70%) Windows 10
4 6 (1.70%) Windows Server
5 5 (1.42%) AIX
6 2 (0.57%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.57%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.28%) Windows Server 2019
7 1 (0.28%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (19.60%) Migration
2 39 (11.08%) ERP
3 34 (9.66%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (8.52%) Cybersecurity
4 30 (8.52%) Data Migration
5 29 (8.24%) Problem-Solving
5 29 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
6 27 (7.67%) ITIL
7 25 (7.10%) DevOps
8 22 (6.25%) CRM
9 20 (5.68%) Data Modelling
10 18 (5.11%) Change Management
10 18 (5.11%) Information Security
10 18 (5.11%) PLM
10 18 (5.11%) Presales
10 18 (5.11%) Project Management
11 16 (4.55%) ETL
11 16 (4.55%) Validation
12 14 (3.98%) High Availability
12 14 (3.98%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 40 (11.36%) SQL
2 14 (3.98%) Java
3 13 (3.69%) PowerShell
4 11 (3.13%) Python
5 5 (1.42%) ABAP
5 5 (1.42%) PL/SQL
6 4 (1.14%) C#
6 4 (1.14%) JavaScript
7 3 (0.85%) Perl
7 3 (0.85%) VBA
7 3 (0.85%) VBScript
7 3 (0.85%) XPath
8 2 (0.57%) R
8 2 (0.57%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.57%) VB
9 1 (0.28%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.28%) C
9 1 (0.28%) C++
9 1 (0.28%) PHP
9 1 (0.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 69 (19.60%) Security Cleared
2 50 (14.20%) SC Cleared
3 25 (7.10%) CISSP
4 21 (5.97%) CISM
4 21 (5.97%) Degree
5 12 (3.41%) CISA
6 10 (2.84%) CRISC
6 10 (2.84%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
6 10 (2.84%) MCAD
6 10 (2.84%) Microsoft Certification
7 8 (2.27%) CCA
7 8 (2.27%) CESG Certified Professional
7 8 (2.27%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (1.70%) CCNP
8 6 (1.70%) ISO 27001 Lead Implementer
9 4 (1.14%) DV Cleared
10 3 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.85%) SAP Certification
11 2 (0.57%) CCNA
11 2 (0.57%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (6.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (3.41%) PCI DSS
3 8 (2.27%) COBIT
3 8 (2.27%) NCSC
4 7 (1.99%) NIST
4 7 (1.99%) SLA
5 6 (1.70%) Data Quality
5 6 (1.70%) RMADS
6 5 (1.42%) Cyber Essentials
6 5 (1.42%) GDPR
6 5 (1.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 5 (1.42%) JSP 440
7 3 (0.85%) NIST 800
7 3 (0.85%) PMO
7 3 (0.85%) QA
8 2 (0.57%) GRC
System Software
1 18 (5.11%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (3.13%) Active Directory
3 6 (1.70%) Docker
3 6 (1.70%) VMware NSX
4 3 (0.85%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
4 3 (0.85%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (0.85%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.57%) ProxySG
6 1 (0.28%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.28%) iptables
6 1 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.28%) SAP ITS
6 1 (0.28%) Tivoli Directory Server
6 1 (0.28%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (3.13%) Kubernetes
2 10 (2.84%) Terraform
3 9 (2.56%) Ansible
4 7 (1.99%) Nessus
5 5 (1.42%) Data Guard
5 5 (1.42%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 5 (1.42%) Oracle RMAN
5 5 (1.42%) Puppet
5 5 (1.42%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (1.14%) HAProxy
6 4 (1.14%) SCCM
7 3 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 3 (0.85%) MIIS
8 2 (0.57%) Prometheus
8 2 (0.57%) Red Hat Satellite
8 2 (0.57%) vRealize
9 1 (0.28%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.28%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.28%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 67 (19.03%) SAP
2 44 (12.50%) Oracle
3 43 (12.22%) Microsoft
4 25 (7.10%) VMware
5 23 (6.53%) Salesforce.com
6 22 (6.25%) Siemens
7 14 (3.98%) Google
8 10 (2.84%) Cisco
8 10 (2.84%) Red Hat
8 10 (2.84%) Workday
9 9 (2.56%) BMC
9 9 (2.56%) Dell
10 8 (2.27%) Juniper
10 8 (2.27%) Rackspace
10 8 (2.27%) Remedy
10 8 (2.27%) webMethods
11 6 (1.70%) Ariba
11 6 (1.70%) CyberArk
11 6 (1.70%) Kronos
11 6 (1.70%) ServiceNow