Period
to 26 January 2020

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £495 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 26 January 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
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
26 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 37 39 31
Rank change year-on-year +2 -8 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 2,100 2,626 3,240
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 5.31% 5.00% 6.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.63% 5.27% 6.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,268 1,515 1,751
UK excluding London median daily rate £495 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.21% +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £350 £350 £325
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +4.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 18 20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -12.50% -11.11%
10th Percentile £18.25 £29.95 £22.47
90th Percentile £67.50 £65.75 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £35.75 £41.00
% change year-on-year +25.87% -12.80% -8.89%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London. 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
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies in the UK excluding London with a recognized job title 37,286 49,810 49,364
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.21% 94.82% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 22,846 30,949 30,359
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £575 £575
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £450
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,123 2,214 2,188
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% - -
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year +1.60% +1.08% +2.78%

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings that featured Consultant in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in the UK excluding London

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Consultant in the UK excluding London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Consultant in the UK excluding London

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Consultant in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 26 January 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Consultant in the UK excluding London

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Consultant in the UK excluding London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Consultant in the UK excluding London

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Consultant in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 26 January 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Consultant in the UK excluding London

Consultant
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Consultant within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 26 January 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
South East 0 640 £490 -2.00% 175
North of England +13 485 £488 - 178
North West +22 330 £500 +2.04% 105
Midlands +16 300 £503 +5.79% 132
South West -9 262 £500 +8.11% 96
West Midlands +19 220 £500 +5.26% 96
Scotland -1 172 £473 +2.16% 50
East of England +5 161 £463 -2.63% 91
Yorkshire -8 107 £500 - 49
Wales +33 69 £489 +2.89% 18
East Midlands -3 63 £550 +12.82% 35
North East +22 47 £400 -14.89% 24
Northern Ireland +7 9 £500 +17.65% 2
South Coast +4 2 - -
Channel Islands -10 1 £475 -9.52%
Consultant
UK

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 UK excluding London region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 428 (20.38%) SAP
2 365 (17.38%) Finance
3 316 (15.05%) Azure
4 312 (14.86%) Security Cleared
5 291 (13.86%) Microsoft
6 272 (12.95%) Migration
7 262 (12.48%) Agile Software Development
8 243 (11.57%) Windows
9 239 (11.38%) SQL
10 237 (11.29%) SC Cleared
11 202 (9.62%) Oracle
12 179 (8.52%) Active Directory
13 142 (6.76%) AWS
13 142 (6.76%) Office 365
14 140 (6.67%) CRM
14 140 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
15 135 (6.43%) DevOps
16 134 (6.38%) Stakeholder Management
17 128 (6.10%) Information Security
18 122 (5.81%) VMware
19 119 (5.67%) ERP
20 117 (5.57%) SAP S/4HANA
21 116 (5.52%) Windows Server
22 114 (5.43%) Linux
23 113 (5.38%) Analytics
24 102 (4.86%) Java
25 98 (4.67%) ITIL
26 97 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
26 97 (4.62%) Problem-Solving
27 96 (4.57%) Public Sector

Consultant Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 94 (4.48%) SharePoint
2 39 (1.86%) Confluence
3 29 (1.38%) Skype for Business
4 27 (1.29%) MS Exchange
5 15 (0.71%) JBoss
5 15 (0.71%) WebSphere
6 14 (0.67%) SAS
7 11 (0.52%) SharePoint 2013
8 10 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2010
8 10 (0.48%) NetWeaver
8 10 (0.48%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (0.43%) IIS
9 9 (0.43%) OpenStack
9 9 (0.43%) Tomcat
10 8 (0.38%) WebLogic
11 7 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
11 7 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 7 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
12 6 (0.29%) Apache
12 6 (0.29%) Documentum
Applications
1 41 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 40 (1.90%) Microsoft Office
3 16 (0.76%) Microsoft Project
4 10 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.29%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.24%) Adobe Illustrator
6 5 (0.24%) Photoshop
6 5 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.19%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.14%) InVision
9 2 (0.095%) Sketch
9 2 (0.095%) Windchill
10 1 (0.048%) 3ds Max
10 1 (0.048%) CINEMA 4D
10 1 (0.048%) Figma
10 1 (0.048%) FreeHand
10 1 (0.048%) InDesign
10 1 (0.048%) SPSS
10 1 (0.048%) Stata
10 1 (0.048%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 117 (5.57%) SAP S/4HANA
2 69 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 53 (2.52%) SAP FI
4 50 (2.38%) SAP HCM
5 48 (2.29%) SAP CO
6 41 (1.95%) SAP FI/CO
7 28 (1.33%) SAP ERP
8 25 (1.19%) SAP PP
9 22 (1.05%) Dynamics AX
9 22 (1.05%) Remedy ITSM
10 21 (1.00%) SAP Payroll
11 20 (0.95%) SAP MM
12 19 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
13 16 (0.76%) NetSuite
13 16 (0.76%) Oracle Receivables
13 16 (0.76%) SAP SD
14 15 (0.71%) Dynamics NAV
14 15 (0.71%) Oracle EBS R12
15 14 (0.67%) SAP BPC
15 14 (0.67%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 316 (15.05%) Azure
2 142 (6.76%) AWS
2 142 (6.76%) Office 365
3 89 (4.24%) Power Platform
4 86 (4.10%) Dynamics 365
5 58 (2.76%) Azure Active Directory
6 40 (1.90%) SuccessFactors
7 37 (1.76%) SaaS
8 36 (1.71%) PaaS
9 31 (1.48%) IaaS
10 27 (1.29%) GCP
11 20 (0.95%) PowerApps
11 20 (0.95%) Serverless
12 18 (0.86%) Trello
13 16 (0.76%) Azure Data Factory
13 16 (0.76%) OneDrive
14 14 (0.67%) Azure Functions
14 14 (0.67%) GitHub
15 13 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
16 10 (0.48%) Akamai
Communications & Networking
1 77 (3.67%) Firewall
2 54 (2.57%) DNS
3 36 (1.71%) Skype
4 31 (1.48%) WAN
5 29 (1.38%) LAN
6 28 (1.33%) DHCP
7 26 (1.24%) Network Security
7 26 (1.24%) SAN
8 21 (1.00%) VPN
9 15 (0.71%) HTTP
9 15 (0.71%) TCP/IP
10 14 (0.67%) Unified Communications
11 13 (0.62%) Cisco ASA
12 12 (0.57%) Wireless
13 11 (0.52%) Fibre Channel
13 11 (0.52%) SSL
14 8 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
15 7 (0.33%) BGP
15 7 (0.33%) Intranet
15 7 (0.33%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 87 (4.14%) SQL Server
2 74 (3.52%) Power BI
3 65 (3.10%) Data Warehouse
4 52 (2.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 38 (1.81%) SAP HANA
5 38 (1.81%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 36 (1.71%) Big Data
7 35 (1.67%) Oracle Database
7 35 (1.67%) SAP BW
8 30 (1.43%) BusinessObjects
9 27 (1.29%) Data Lake
10 21 (1.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 15 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
12 14 (0.67%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
12 14 (0.67%) Oracle BI Publisher
13 13 (0.62%) SAP Data Services
13 13 (0.62%) SQL Server 2012
14 12 (0.57%) Relational Database
14 12 (0.57%) SQL Server 2016
15 11 (0.52%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 54 (2.57%) JIRA
2 31 (1.48%) Jenkins
3 22 (1.05%) Git (software)
4 18 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (0.71%) Visual Studio
6 13 (0.62%) Visual Studio Team System
7 10 (0.48%) Oracle Forms
8 9 (0.43%) GitLab
9 7 (0.33%) Selenium
10 5 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 5 (0.24%) JMeter
10 5 (0.24%) LoadRunner
10 5 (0.24%) LSMW
10 5 (0.24%) PVCS
10 5 (0.24%) Subversion
11 4 (0.19%) Bitbucket
11 4 (0.19%) Eclipse
11 4 (0.19%) Hudson
11 4 (0.19%) JUnit
11 4 (0.19%) Maven
General
1 365 (17.38%) Finance
2 96 (4.57%) Public Sector
3 77 (3.67%) Retail
4 64 (3.05%) Manufacturing
5 54 (2.57%) Marketing
6 52 (2.48%) Telecoms
7 38 (1.81%) Banking
8 32 (1.52%) Billing
9 24 (1.14%) Legal
10 22 (1.05%) General Ledger
11 17 (0.81%) Local Government
12 14 (0.67%) Pharmaceutical
13 8 (0.38%) Law
14 7 (0.33%) Electronics
15 6 (0.29%) Advertising
15 6 (0.29%) Aerospace
15 6 (0.29%) Automotive
15 6 (0.29%) Publishing
16 5 (0.24%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.24%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (3.05%) .NET
2 59 (2.81%) Web Services
3 39 (1.86%) XML
4 37 (1.76%) REST
5 36 (1.71%) SAP Fiori
6 31 (1.48%) SAML
7 30 (1.43%) SAP Basis
8 29 (1.38%) HTML
8 29 (1.38%) JSON
9 26 (1.24%) LDAP
9 26 (1.24%) Oracle Fusion
10 22 (1.05%) OAuth
11 21 (1.00%) SailPoint
11 21 (1.00%) SOAP
12 18 (0.86%) SAP XI
13 17 (0.81%) ASP.NET
13 17 (0.81%) SAPUI5
14 16 (0.76%) CSS
15 15 (0.71%) OpenID
16 14 (0.67%) BAPI
Miscellaneous
1 97 (4.62%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (3.57%) Data Centre
3 42 (2.00%) Management Information System
4 39 (1.86%) User Experience
5 30 (1.43%) Self-Motivation
6 27 (1.29%) Clustering
7 24 (1.14%) Public Cloud
8 20 (0.95%) CMDB
9 16 (0.76%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 16 (0.76%) PKI
9 16 (0.76%) Private Cloud
10 14 (0.67%) Greenfield Project
11 13 (0.62%) Data Structures
12 12 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (0.57%) Virtual Team
13 11 (0.52%) NHS
14 9 (0.43%) e-Learning
14 9 (0.43%) EMC VNX
15 8 (0.38%) FMCG
16 7 (0.33%) Podcast
Operating Systems
1 243 (11.57%) Windows
2 116 (5.52%) Windows Server
3 114 (5.43%) Linux
4 50 (2.38%) Windows 10
5 46 (2.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 32 (1.52%) Unix
8 27 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 20 (0.95%) Windows Server 2003
10 17 (0.81%) CentOS
11 14 (0.67%) SUSE
11 14 (0.67%) Windows 7
12 9 (0.43%) AIX
12 9 (0.43%) Solaris
13 8 (0.38%) Windows 2000 Server
14 6 (0.29%) Ubuntu
15 5 (0.24%) Android
15 5 (0.24%) Oracle Linux
15 5 (0.24%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
16 4 (0.19%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 272 (12.95%) Migration
2 262 (12.48%) Agile Software Development
3 140 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
3 140 (6.67%) CRM
4 135 (6.43%) DevOps
5 134 (6.38%) Stakeholder Management
6 128 (6.10%) Information Security
7 119 (5.67%) ERP
8 113 (5.38%) Analytics
9 98 (4.67%) ITIL
10 97 (4.62%) Problem-Solving
11 96 (4.57%) Cybersecurity
12 82 (3.90%) Workflow
13 81 (3.86%) User Acceptance Testing
14 73 (3.48%) Project Management
15 61 (2.90%) Risk Management
16 58 (2.76%) Scrum
17 56 (2.67%) Change Management
18 55 (2.62%) Data Migration
19 54 (2.57%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 239 (11.38%) SQL
2 102 (4.86%) Java
3 92 (4.38%) PowerShell
4 72 (3.43%) Python
5 56 (2.67%) JavaScript
6 47 (2.24%) C#
7 40 (1.90%) ABAP
8 25 (1.19%) PL/SQL
9 24 (1.14%) Bash Shell
10 18 (0.86%) T-SQL
11 15 (0.71%) Perl
12 13 (0.62%) C
12 13 (0.62%) Shell Script
13 12 (0.57%) C++
13 12 (0.57%) Ruby
14 10 (0.48%) Groovy
15 8 (0.38%) Apex Code
15 8 (0.38%) PHP
16 7 (0.33%) Go
17 6 (0.29%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 312 (14.86%) Security Cleared
2 237 (11.29%) SC Cleared
3 71 (3.38%) CISSP
4 56 (2.67%) Degree
5 47 (2.24%) CISM
6 43 (2.05%) DV Cleared
7 40 (1.90%) Cisco Certification
8 27 (1.29%) Microsoft Certification
9 24 (1.14%) CESG Certified Professional
10 18 (0.86%) CCA
11 17 (0.81%) BPSS Clearance
11 17 (0.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 16 (0.76%) CCNP
13 14 (0.67%) MCSE
14 12 (0.57%) CCNA
15 11 (0.52%) Citrix Certification
15 11 (0.52%) Computer Science Degree
16 10 (0.48%) (ISC)2 CCSP
16 10 (0.48%) DBS Check
17 9 (0.43%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (2.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 34 (1.62%) QA
3 28 (1.33%) SLA
4 25 (1.19%) GDPR
5 24 (1.14%) NCSC
6 23 (1.10%) NIST
6 23 (1.10%) PCI DSS
7 18 (0.86%) Data Quality
8 17 (0.81%) PMO
9 13 (0.62%) RMADS
10 12 (0.57%) JSP 440
11 6 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 5 (0.24%) Cyber Essentials
12 5 (0.24%) ISO 22301
12 5 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 4 (0.19%) COBIT
13 4 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 3 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
15 2 (0.095%) ISO 20022
15 2 (0.095%) TARGET2
System Software
1 179 (8.52%) Active Directory
2 61 (2.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 34 (1.62%) Hyper-V
4 30 (1.43%) Docker
5 22 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
5 22 (1.05%) vSphere
6 17 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
7 13 (0.62%) VMware NSX
8 11 (0.52%) XenDesktop
9 10 (0.48%) NDS
9 10 (0.48%) NetIQ eDirectory
9 10 (0.48%) XenApp
10 9 (0.43%) Firmware
11 8 (0.38%) Microsoft App-V
12 6 (0.29%) Virtual Desktop
13 5 (0.24%) vCloud
13 5 (0.24%) VMware Server
14 4 (0.19%) BitLocker
14 4 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 4 (0.19%) NFS
Systems Management
1 73 (3.48%) SCCM
2 60 (2.86%) Ansible
3 49 (2.33%) Terraform
4 34 (1.62%) Puppet
5 33 (1.57%) Microsoft Intune
6 29 (1.38%) Kubernetes
7 26 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
8 22 (1.05%) Opscode Chef
8 22 (1.05%) vCenter Server
9 16 (0.76%) NetBackup
10 15 (0.71%) vRealize
11 12 (0.57%) NetIQ Identity Manager
11 12 (0.57%) SCOM
12 10 (0.48%) Nagios
12 10 (0.48%) Prometheus
13 8 (0.38%) Data Guard
13 8 (0.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 8 (0.38%) Oracle Identity Management
13 8 (0.38%) Oracle RMAN
13 8 (0.38%) Packer
Vendors
1 428 (20.38%) SAP
2 291 (13.86%) Microsoft
3 202 (9.62%) Oracle
4 122 (5.81%) VMware
5 73 (3.48%) Cisco
6 63 (3.00%) Citrix
7 45 (2.14%) Salesforce.com
8 42 (2.00%) Ariba
8 42 (2.00%) IBM
9 29 (1.38%) Splunk
10 28 (1.33%) NetApp
11 27 (1.29%) BMC
12 26 (1.24%) ServiceNow
13 25 (1.19%) Red Hat
14 24 (1.14%) HP
14 24 (1.14%) Remedy
15 23 (1.10%) Google
16 22 (1.05%) Tableau
17 19 (0.90%) Adobe
17 19 (0.90%) EMC