Period
to 24 June 2019

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in the UK excluding London during the 6 months to 24 June 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 > UK excluding London
6 months to
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 35 36 26
Rank change year-on-year +1 -10 0
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 2,590 2,931 3,230
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 5.33% 5.52% 6.55%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.61% 5.82% 6.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,505 1,578 1,806
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £458 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +1.83% +2.27%
10th Percentile £363 £325 £317
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £500 £480 £475
% change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 38 15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £42.50 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -7.61% -
10th Percentile £38.00 £14.75 £15.32
90th Percentile £63.00 £61.50 £60.87
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £42.50 £50.00
% change year-on-year +17.65% -15.00% +0.10%

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 46,198 50,379 46,918
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.99% 94.91% 95.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,591 30,501 28,365
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £225
90th Percentile £600 £568 £545
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +0.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,215 2,321 2,324
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.86% -1.27% -11.38%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +8.33% -3.74% -6.50%

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 24 June 2019.

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 24 June 2019.

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 24 June 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
South East -2 854 £500 +8.05% 225
North of England -2 488 £475 - 271
Midlands 0 378 £475 - 161
West Midlands +3 269 £475 +0.26% 119
East of England +10 267 £478 -2.05% 85
South West -11 260 £500 +17.65% 120
North West -14 243 £500 +5.26% 144
Scotland -5 214 £425 -2.58% 54
Yorkshire +5 203 £450 -2.17% 77
East Midlands -12 92 £425 -10.53% 41
Northern Ireland +39 75 £600 +6.67% 6
Wales +22 55 £475 +5.56% 17
North East +19 41 £499 +12.08% 50
Channel Islands -10 3 £450 +12.50% 2
South Coast -1 2 - -
Consultant
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 UK excluding London region featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 534 (20.62%) SAP
2 483 (18.65%) Finance
3 423 (16.33%) Microsoft
4 370 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
5 338 (13.05%) Migration
6 271 (10.46%) Security Cleared
7 264 (10.19%) Windows
8 252 (9.73%) SQL
9 238 (9.19%) Agile Software Development
10 205 (7.92%) Oracle
11 199 (7.68%) Active Directory
12 184 (7.10%) DevOps
13 182 (7.03%) SC Cleared
14 177 (6.83%) Office 365
15 168 (6.49%) Business Intelligence
16 166 (6.41%) Amazon AWS
17 160 (6.18%) Stakeholder Management
18 158 (6.10%) Linux
19 152 (5.87%) ERP
20 147 (5.68%) CRM
21 145 (5.60%) VMware
22 139 (5.37%) Problem-Solving
23 138 (5.33%) Information Security
24 127 (4.90%) Firewall
25 122 (4.71%) Java
26 117 (4.52%) Dynamics 365
27 116 (4.48%) Cisco
28 115 (4.44%) Analytics
29 114 (4.40%) JavaScript
29 114 (4.40%) ITIL

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 89 (3.44%) SharePoint
2 40 (1.54%) MS Exchange
3 36 (1.39%) Skype for Business
4 24 (0.93%) Apache
4 24 (0.93%) WebSphere
5 20 (0.77%) WebLogic
6 19 (0.73%) SAS
6 19 (0.73%) SharePoint 2010
7 18 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2010
7 18 (0.69%) IIS
8 15 (0.58%) Confluence
9 13 (0.50%) CMS
10 12 (0.46%) Cloud Foundry
11 11 (0.42%) Apache Spark
11 11 (0.42%) OpenStack
11 11 (0.42%) Tomcat
12 9 (0.35%) BizTalk Server
12 9 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
13 8 (0.31%) NetWeaver
14 7 (0.27%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 46 (1.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 39 (1.51%) Microsoft Office
3 31 (1.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (0.62%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.27%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.12%) Adobe Captivate
7 3 (0.12%) Sketch
8 2 (0.077%) CATIA
8 2 (0.077%) InVision
8 2 (0.077%) SPSS
8 2 (0.077%) Stata
9 1 (0.039%) Adobe Illustrator
9 1 (0.039%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.039%) Autodesk Inventor
9 1 (0.039%) EPLAN
9 1 (0.039%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.039%) SOLIDWORKS
9 1 (0.039%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 106 (4.09%) SAP S/4HANA
2 99 (3.82%) Dynamics CRM
3 93 (3.59%) SAP FI
4 85 (3.28%) SAP CO
5 83 (3.20%) SAP FI/CO
6 54 (2.08%) SAP MM
7 37 (1.43%) SAP WM
8 33 (1.27%) Dynamics AX
9 29 (1.12%) SAP SD
10 26 (1.00%) Oracle EBS
11 23 (0.89%) Dynamics NAV
12 22 (0.85%) SAP HR
13 21 (0.81%) Oracle Receivables
13 21 (0.81%) SAP ERP
13 21 (0.81%) SAP PP
14 18 (0.69%) Oracle Payables
14 18 (0.69%) SAP HCM
15 17 (0.66%) Maximo
16 16 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
17 15 (0.58%) SAP PS
Cloud Services
1 370 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 177 (6.83%) Office 365
3 166 (6.41%) Amazon AWS
4 117 (4.52%) Dynamics 365
5 92 (3.55%) Power Platform
6 70 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
7 64 (2.47%) IaaS
8 56 (2.16%) PaaS
9 37 (1.43%) SaaS
10 35 (1.35%) Google Cloud Platform
11 32 (1.24%) SuccessFactors
12 25 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
12 25 (0.97%) Serverless
13 22 (0.85%) OpenShift
14 20 (0.77%) GitHub
15 17 (0.66%) Amazon S3
16 14 (0.54%) OneDrive
17 13 (0.50%) Amazon EC2
17 13 (0.50%) AWS CloudFormation
17 13 (0.50%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 127 (4.90%) Firewall
2 87 (3.36%) DNS
3 50 (1.93%) WAN
4 46 (1.78%) Network Security
5 42 (1.62%) LAN
6 40 (1.54%) Skype
7 39 (1.51%) Internet
8 30 (1.16%) DHCP
9 28 (1.08%) VPN
10 27 (1.04%) Wireless
11 25 (0.97%) TCP/IP
12 22 (0.85%) HTTP
13 19 (0.73%) VSAN
14 18 (0.69%) SAN
14 18 (0.69%) SMTP
14 18 (0.69%) SSL
15 17 (0.66%) NetScaler
15 17 (0.66%) VLAN
16 14 (0.54%) OSPF
17 13 (0.50%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (4.29%) SQL Server
2 82 (3.17%) Power BI
3 49 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
4 36 (1.39%) Big Data
5 35 (1.35%) BusinessObjects
6 34 (1.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 31 (1.20%) SAP BW
8 30 (1.16%) Relational Database
8 30 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 29 (1.12%) SAP HANA
10 26 (1.00%) Oracle Database
11 24 (0.93%) Hadoop
12 21 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 20 (0.77%) MySQL
14 18 (0.69%) Azure SQL Database
14 18 (0.69%) DB2
15 16 (0.62%) Data Lake
16 14 (0.54%) RDBMS
17 12 (0.46%) Amazon RDS
17 12 (0.46%) GIS
Development Applications
1 87 (3.36%) Jenkins
2 37 (1.43%) Git (software)
3 30 (1.16%) JIRA
4 24 (0.93%) Visual Studio
5 21 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
6 20 (0.77%) Visual Studio Team System
7 11 (0.42%) Hudson
8 10 (0.39%) LSMW
8 10 (0.39%) Travis CI
9 9 (0.35%) TeamCity
10 8 (0.31%) Octopus Deploy
11 7 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
11 7 (0.27%) PVCS
12 6 (0.23%) Selenium
13 5 (0.19%) Axure RP
13 5 (0.19%) Bitbucket
13 5 (0.19%) JMeter
13 5 (0.19%) ProC
14 4 (0.15%) Cucumber
14 4 (0.15%) IBM UrbanCode
General
1 483 (18.65%) Finance
2 102 (3.94%) Manufacturing
3 82 (3.17%) Retail
4 74 (2.86%) Banking
5 71 (2.74%) Telecoms
6 52 (2.01%) Marketing
7 38 (1.47%) Billing
8 37 (1.43%) Law
9 34 (1.31%) General Ledger
10 29 (1.12%) Legal
11 17 (0.66%) Advertising
12 14 (0.54%) Electronics
12 14 (0.54%) Retail Banking
13 12 (0.46%) Financial Institution
14 11 (0.42%) Back Office
15 7 (0.27%) Investment Banking
16 6 (0.23%) Pharmaceutical
17 5 (0.19%) Publishing
18 4 (0.15%) Local Government
18 4 (0.15%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 79 (3.05%) .NET
2 72 (2.78%) Web Services
3 51 (1.97%) XML
4 48 (1.85%) HTML
5 47 (1.81%) Oracle Fusion
6 44 (1.70%) JSON
7 39 (1.51%) SAML
8 36 (1.39%) REST
9 35 (1.35%) CSS
9 35 (1.35%) SOAP
10 33 (1.27%) LDAP
11 32 (1.24%) OpenID
12 28 (1.08%) Middleware
13 27 (1.04%) OAuth
14 26 (1.00%) J2EE
15 22 (0.85%) jQuery
15 22 (0.85%) Node.js
16 20 (0.77%) SAP PI
17 19 (0.73%) ASP.NET
17 19 (0.73%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 101 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
2 67 (2.59%) Data Centre
3 49 (1.89%) Management Information System
4 46 (1.78%) User Experience
5 38 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
6 34 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
7 30 (1.16%) CMDB
8 29 (1.12%) Public Cloud
9 25 (0.97%) Clustering
10 21 (0.81%) Data Structures
10 21 (0.81%) Private Cloud
11 20 (0.77%) Data Protection Act
12 19 (0.73%) Mobile App
13 17 (0.66%) Self-Motivation
14 16 (0.62%) Mainframe
14 16 (0.62%) Replication
15 14 (0.54%) DataPower
15 14 (0.54%) Hybrid Cloud
16 13 (0.50%) e-Learning
17 11 (0.42%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 264 (10.19%) Windows
2 158 (6.10%) Linux
3 100 (3.86%) Windows Server
4 85 (3.28%) Unix
5 62 (2.39%) Windows 10
6 34 (1.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 33 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 22 (0.85%) AIX
9 20 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
10 18 (0.69%) Windows 7
11 12 (0.46%) Android
12 10 (0.39%) Solaris
12 10 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
13 9 (0.35%) zOS
14 8 (0.31%) Apple iOS
15 7 (0.27%) CentOS
16 6 (0.23%) SUSE
16 6 (0.23%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.15%) Oracle Linux
18 3 (0.12%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (13.05%) Migration
2 238 (9.19%) Agile Software Development
3 184 (7.10%) DevOps
4 168 (6.49%) Business Intelligence
5 160 (6.18%) Stakeholder Management
6 152 (5.87%) ERP
7 147 (5.68%) CRM
8 139 (5.37%) Problem-Solving
9 138 (5.33%) Information Security
10 115 (4.44%) Analytics
11 114 (4.40%) ITIL
12 99 (3.82%) Data Migration
13 89 (3.44%) Project Management
14 87 (3.36%) Cybersecurity
15 74 (2.86%) Risk Management
16 62 (2.39%) Data Modelling
17 61 (2.36%) Change Management
18 58 (2.24%) Data Protection
19 55 (2.12%) Continuous Improvement
19 55 (2.12%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 252 (9.73%) SQL
2 122 (4.71%) Java
3 114 (4.40%) JavaScript
4 111 (4.29%) Python
5 100 (3.86%) PowerShell
6 73 (2.82%) ABAP
7 59 (2.28%) C#
8 35 (1.35%) C
8 35 (1.35%) PL/SQL
9 27 (1.04%) PHP
10 26 (1.00%) Bash Shell
11 22 (0.85%) Ruby
12 20 (0.77%) Go
13 16 (0.62%) Shell Script
14 15 (0.58%) T-SQL
15 12 (0.46%) VBA
16 10 (0.39%) Scala
17 8 (0.31%) Perl
17 8 (0.31%) R
18 7 (0.27%) C++
Qualifications
1 271 (10.46%) Security Cleared
2 182 (7.03%) SC Cleared
3 92 (3.55%) CISSP
4 79 (3.05%) Degree
5 72 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
6 66 (2.55%) DV Cleared
7 57 (2.20%) CISM
8 54 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
9 36 (1.39%) CCNA
10 34 (1.31%) CCNP
11 30 (1.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 29 (1.12%) MCSE
13 22 (0.85%) CCIE
14 21 (0.81%) CESG Certified Professional
15 20 (0.77%) CISA
16 17 (0.66%) Computer Science Degree
17 16 (0.62%) CEH
18 15 (0.58%) MCSA
19 14 (0.54%) CCA
19 14 (0.54%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (2.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 53 (2.05%) GDPR
3 30 (1.16%) Data Quality
4 29 (1.12%) NIST
5 26 (1.00%) QA
6 25 (0.97%) SLA
7 24 (0.93%) PMO
8 20 (0.77%) NCSC
9 18 (0.69%) COBIT
10 17 (0.66%) PCI DSS
11 14 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 12 (0.46%) JSP 440
13 11 (0.42%) RMADS
14 10 (0.39%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 9 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 6 (0.23%) Cyber Essentials
16 6 (0.23%) IFRS
17 5 (0.19%) ISO 9001
18 3 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
19 2 (0.077%) GPG13
System Software
1 199 (7.68%) Active Directory
2 86 (3.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (2.66%) Docker
4 40 (1.54%) Hyper-V
5 38 (1.47%) vSphere
6 35 (1.35%) VMware NSX
7 26 (1.00%) XenApp
8 24 (0.93%) XenDesktop
9 23 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
10 15 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
11 11 (0.42%) NFS
11 11 (0.42%) OpenAM
12 10 (0.39%) ProxySG
13 9 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
14 8 (0.31%) Firmware
15 7 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
16 5 (0.19%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 5 (0.19%) HDFS
16 5 (0.19%) vCloud
16 5 (0.19%) Xen
Systems Management
1 104 (4.02%) Ansible
2 96 (3.71%) SCCM
3 71 (2.74%) Terraform
4 68 (2.63%) Kubernetes
5 67 (2.59%) Puppet
6 54 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
7 50 (1.93%) Single Sign-On
8 34 (1.31%) Microsoft Intune
9 33 (1.27%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 28 (1.08%) vRealize
11 22 (0.85%) vCenter Server
12 18 (0.69%) SCOM
13 15 (0.58%) Prometheus
14 14 (0.54%) Failover Clustering
15 12 (0.46%) PowerCLI
16 10 (0.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
16 10 (0.39%) Packer
16 10 (0.39%) Salt
17 9 (0.35%) HP ALM
18 8 (0.31%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 534 (20.62%) SAP
2 423 (16.33%) Microsoft
3 205 (7.92%) Oracle
4 145 (5.60%) VMware
5 116 (4.48%) Cisco
6 67 (2.59%) IBM
7 56 (2.16%) HP
8 53 (2.05%) Citrix
9 49 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
10 42 (1.62%) Red Hat
11 35 (1.35%) Dell
11 35 (1.35%) Google
12 33 (1.27%) BMC
13 31 (1.20%) ServiceNow
14 29 (1.12%) Workday
15 28 (1.08%) Remedy
16 27 (1.04%) CheckPoint
16 27 (1.04%) EMC
17 24 (0.93%) Ariba
17 24 (0.93%) Splunk