Period
to 1 October 2020

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 1 October 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
6 months to
1 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 26 31 42
Rank change year-on-year +5 +11 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 1,833 4,966 5,422
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.13% 5.67% 5.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.65% 6.02% 5.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,178 3,037 3,288
Median daily rate £488 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £350 £354 £350
90th Percentile £663 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% -2.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 73 35
Median hourly rate £52.25 £49.13 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.35% +15.60% -5.56%
10th Percentile £35.00 £24.00 £14.75
90th Percentile £66.00 £68.50 £62.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.49 £50.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -13.02% +17.65% -5.56%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 27,566 82,526 96,487
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.26% 94.22% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 17,372 54,149 63,442
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +2.86%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £270
90th Percentile £668 £645 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £415
% change year-on-year - +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,100 2,880 3,109
Median hourly rate £30.00 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +50.00% +14.29% -7.89%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.17 £11.00
90th Percentile £53.75 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +21.62% +5.71% -2.78%

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Daily rate trend for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Consultant over the 6 months to 1 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Hourly rate trend for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Consultant over the 6 months to 1 October 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Top 17 Contract Locations

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 over the 6 months to 1 October 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
England 0 1,477 £500 - 449
London -9 712 £500 - 177
UK excluding London -1 680 £475 - 305
Work from Home -7 493 £463 +2.78% 76
South East +2 194 £507 +2.42% 59
North of England -7 149 £499 +6.12% 85
South West +24 104 £475 -2.56% 47
Midlands +3 98 £450 -5.26% 42
North West -31 75 £523 +10.00% 48
West Midlands +1 64 £431 -9.21% 30
Yorkshire +11 57 £450 - 31
East of England 0 55 £450 -5.26% 32
Scotland -19 53 £440 +3.53% 28
East Midlands +18 31 £450 -2.70% 12
Wales 0 21 £550 +10.00% 4
North East +21 19 £438 +0.57% 6
Northern Ireland -19 7 £471 -21.46% 8

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 356 (19.42%) Finance
2 338 (18.44%) SAP
3 335 (18.28%) Security Cleared
4 261 (14.24%) SC Cleared
5 228 (12.44%) Oracle
6 221 (12.06%) Azure
7 215 (11.73%) Migration
8 210 (11.46%) Microsoft
9 189 (10.31%) SQL
10 187 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
11 134 (7.31%) Windows
12 128 (6.98%) DevOps
13 126 (6.87%) SAP S/4HANA
14 121 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
15 119 (6.49%) Business Intelligence
16 115 (6.27%) Cybersecurity
17 114 (6.22%) Information Security
18 107 (5.84%) Analytics
19 101 (5.51%) Active Directory
20 100 (5.46%) ERP
21 98 (5.35%) Office 365
22 96 (5.24%) Java
23 92 (5.02%) Power Platform
24 91 (4.96%) AWS
25 90 (4.91%) Python
26 89 (4.86%) SharePoint
27 88 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
28 87 (4.75%) Public Sector
29 84 (4.58%) VMware
30 83 (4.53%) CRM

Consultant Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (4.86%) SharePoint
2 16 (0.87%) WebSphere
3 15 (0.82%) Apache
3 15 (0.82%) Confluence
3 15 (0.82%) Skype for Business
4 13 (0.71%) IIS
5 11 (0.60%) Apache Spark
5 11 (0.60%) Tomcat
6 9 (0.49%) CMS
6 9 (0.49%) MS Exchange
6 9 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 8 (0.44%) JBoss
7 8 (0.44%) Mule
8 7 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
9 6 (0.33%) Cloud Foundry
9 6 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
9 6 (0.33%) NetWeaver
9 6 (0.33%) OpenStack
9 6 (0.33%) WebLogic
10 5 (0.27%) SAS
Applications
1 34 (1.85%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (1.36%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (0.93%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.71%) Spreadsheet
5 12 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 8 (0.44%) InfoPath
6 8 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (0.22%) Chatbot
7 4 (0.22%) Windchill
8 2 (0.11%) Simulink
9 1 (0.055%) Acrobat
9 1 (0.055%) Adobe Captivate
9 1 (0.055%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.055%) Adobe Premiere
9 1 (0.055%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 126 (6.87%) SAP S/4HANA
2 48 (2.62%) Dynamics CRM
3 26 (1.42%) Oracle EBS
4 25 (1.36%) Oracle Payables
5 23 (1.25%) SAP BPC
6 16 (0.87%) SAP FI
7 15 (0.82%) Oracle ERP
8 14 (0.76%) NetSuite
8 14 (0.76%) SAP SD
9 13 (0.71%) Oracle EBS R12
9 13 (0.71%) Oracle Payroll
9 13 (0.71%) SAP MM
9 13 (0.71%) Teamcenter
10 12 (0.65%) Oracle Financials
10 12 (0.65%) Oracle Receivables
10 12 (0.65%) SAP CO
11 11 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
11 11 (0.60%) SAP FI/CO
12 10 (0.55%) SAP EWM
12 10 (0.55%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 221 (12.06%) Azure
2 98 (5.35%) Office 365
3 92 (5.02%) Power Platform
4 91 (4.96%) AWS
5 76 (4.15%) Dynamics 365
6 49 (2.67%) SaaS
7 36 (1.96%) Azure Active Directory
8 34 (1.85%) PaaS
9 33 (1.80%) PowerApps
10 27 (1.47%) GCP
11 24 (1.31%) Serverless
12 20 (1.09%) GitHub
13 19 (1.04%) Azure Functions
13 19 (1.04%) IaaS
14 17 (0.93%) OneDrive
15 15 (0.82%) SuccessFactors
16 14 (0.76%) Logic Apps
17 13 (0.71%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
18 12 (0.65%) Azure Data Factory
19 11 (0.60%) Oracle Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 72 (3.93%) Firewall
2 25 (1.36%) DNS
3 22 (1.20%) WAN
4 21 (1.15%) Network Security
5 20 (1.09%) LAN
6 17 (0.93%) SAN
6 17 (0.93%) Skype
6 17 (0.93%) SNMP
7 15 (0.82%) Cisco Nexus
7 15 (0.82%) HTTP
8 13 (0.71%) DHCP
8 13 (0.71%) VPN
9 12 (0.65%) BGP
9 12 (0.65%) Cisco ASA
9 12 (0.65%) OSPF
9 12 (0.65%) TCP/IP
10 11 (0.60%) MPLS
10 11 (0.60%) VLAN
10 11 (0.60%) Wireless
11 10 (0.55%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (3.11%) Power BI
2 50 (2.73%) SQL Server
3 38 (2.07%) SAP BW
4 37 (2.02%) BusinessObjects
5 32 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
6 29 (1.58%) Big Data
7 28 (1.53%) SAP HANA
8 23 (1.25%) Oracle Database
9 22 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 21 (1.15%) Oracle Reports
11 19 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
12 16 (0.87%) MySQL
12 16 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 15 (0.82%) Hadoop
14 12 (0.65%) Looker
14 12 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 11 (0.60%) Amazon Redshift
15 11 (0.60%) DB2
16 10 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
17 9 (0.49%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 47 (2.56%) JIRA
2 40 (2.18%) Git (software)
2 40 (2.18%) Jenkins
3 20 (1.09%) GitLab
4 18 (0.98%) Bitbucket
5 16 (0.87%) Visual Studio
6 15 (0.82%) Selenium
7 14 (0.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 13 (0.71%) Oracle APEX
9 12 (0.65%) Cucumber
10 11 (0.60%) Oracle Forms
10 11 (0.60%) Visual Studio Team System
11 10 (0.55%) eggPlant
12 7 (0.38%) Toad
13 6 (0.33%) Ant
13 6 (0.33%) Hudson
13 6 (0.33%) Subversion
14 5 (0.27%) Maven
14 5 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
15 4 (0.22%) LSMW
General
1 356 (19.42%) Finance
2 87 (4.75%) Public Sector
3 74 (4.04%) Banking
4 60 (3.27%) Manufacturing
5 48 (2.62%) Marketing
6 46 (2.51%) Legal
7 43 (2.35%) Telecoms
8 37 (2.02%) Retail
9 23 (1.25%) Advertising
10 22 (1.20%) Billing
11 21 (1.15%) Law
11 21 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
12 20 (1.09%) General Ledger
13 18 (0.98%) Front Office
14 17 (0.93%) Electronics
14 17 (0.93%) French Language
15 14 (0.76%) German Language
15 14 (0.76%) Italian Language
16 13 (0.71%) Back Office
17 9 (0.49%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (2.73%) .NET
2 46 (2.51%) XML
3 44 (2.40%) Web Services
4 40 (2.18%) HTML
4 40 (2.18%) REST
5 32 (1.75%) SOAP
6 31 (1.69%) CSS
6 31 (1.69%) Middleware
7 27 (1.47%) Oracle Fusion
8 20 (1.09%) JSON
9 17 (0.93%) LDAP
10 16 (0.87%) RESTful
11 15 (0.82%) SAML
12 14 (0.76%) SailPoint
12 14 (0.76%) SAP Fiori
13 11 (0.60%) Elastic Stack
13 11 (0.60%) jQuery
13 11 (0.60%) Node.js
14 10 (0.55%) Spring Boot
15 9 (0.49%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 88 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (3.22%) Management Information System
3 34 (1.85%) Data Centre
4 27 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
4 27 (1.47%) Public Cloud
5 25 (1.36%) Virtual Team
6 24 (1.31%) User Experience
7 22 (1.20%) CMDB
8 20 (1.09%) Self-Motivation
9 14 (0.76%) Data Structures
9 14 (0.76%) PKI
10 13 (0.71%) Clustering
10 13 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
11 12 (0.65%) Fixed Income
12 10 (0.55%) Linux Command Line
12 10 (0.55%) Mainframe
13 9 (0.49%) Algorithms
14 8 (0.44%) FMCG
14 8 (0.44%) Hedge funds
14 8 (0.44%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 134 (7.31%) Windows
2 66 (3.60%) Linux
3 50 (2.73%) Windows Server
4 38 (2.07%) Unix
5 34 (1.85%) Windows 10
6 21 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.49%) AIX
7 9 (0.49%) CentOS
7 9 (0.49%) Windows Server 2016
8 8 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (0.44%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.38%) Windows 7
9 7 (0.38%) Windows Server 2019
10 6 (0.33%) Apple iOS
10 6 (0.33%) Solaris
11 5 (0.27%) Android
12 3 (0.16%) Mac OS
12 3 (0.16%) SUSE
12 3 (0.16%) VMS
12 3 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 215 (11.73%) Migration
2 187 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
3 128 (6.98%) DevOps
4 121 (6.60%) Stakeholder Management
5 119 (6.49%) Business Intelligence
6 115 (6.27%) Cybersecurity
7 114 (6.22%) Information Security
8 107 (5.84%) Analytics
9 100 (5.46%) ERP
10 83 (4.53%) CRM
11 71 (3.87%) Risk Management
12 69 (3.76%) Requirements Gathering
13 68 (3.71%) Data Migration
13 68 (3.71%) Project Delivery
14 64 (3.49%) Change Management
15 57 (3.11%) Data Modelling
16 56 (3.06%) Workflow
17 51 (2.78%) ITIL
18 49 (2.67%) Project Management
19 47 (2.56%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 189 (10.31%) SQL
2 96 (5.24%) Java
3 90 (4.91%) Python
4 74 (4.04%) JavaScript
5 72 (3.93%) PowerShell
6 47 (2.56%) C#
7 41 (2.24%) ABAP
8 40 (2.18%) Shell Script
9 32 (1.75%) PL/SQL
10 26 (1.42%) C
11 22 (1.20%) Perl
12 19 (1.04%) Bash Shell
13 15 (0.82%) VBA
14 13 (0.71%) PHP
14 13 (0.71%) R
15 12 (0.65%) Apex Code
15 12 (0.65%) VBScript
16 9 (0.49%) T-SQL
17 8 (0.44%) VB
17 8 (0.44%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 335 (18.28%) Security Cleared
2 261 (14.24%) SC Cleared
3 76 (4.15%) CISSP
4 55 (3.00%) Degree
5 51 (2.78%) CISM
6 43 (2.35%) DV Cleared
7 33 (1.80%) CISA
8 30 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
9 28 (1.53%) CESG Certified Professional
10 26 (1.42%) CRISC
11 22 (1.20%) CCNP
12 17 (0.93%) BPSS Clearance
13 15 (0.82%) CCIE
13 15 (0.82%) Microsoft Certification
14 13 (0.71%) SAP Certification
15 11 (0.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 10 (0.55%) ISEB
16 10 (0.55%) ISTQB
17 9 (0.49%) CEH
18 8 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (4.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 32 (1.75%) NIST
3 29 (1.58%) QA
4 27 (1.47%) NCSC
5 26 (1.42%) GDPR
6 22 (1.20%) Data Quality
7 20 (1.09%) SLA
8 18 (0.98%) Cyber Essentials
8 18 (0.98%) PCI DSS
9 16 (0.87%) COBIT
10 14 (0.76%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 12 (0.65%) PMO
12 11 (0.60%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
12 11 (0.60%) RMADS
13 10 (0.55%) IFRS
14 9 (0.49%) ITGC
15 7 (0.38%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 7 (0.38%) NIST 800
16 5 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
16 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 101 (5.51%) Active Directory
2 50 (2.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (2.24%) Docker
4 17 (0.93%) vSphere
5 15 (0.82%) VMware NSX
6 12 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
7 10 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
8 9 (0.49%) Hyper-V
9 6 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
9 6 (0.33%) Virtual Desktop
9 6 (0.33%) XenApp
9 6 (0.33%) XenDesktop
10 4 (0.22%) BitLocker
10 4 (0.22%) Firmware
10 4 (0.22%) Oracle RAC
11 2 (0.11%) Apache Flume
11 2 (0.11%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 2 (0.11%) UAG
12 1 (0.055%) IAG
12 1 (0.055%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 48 (2.62%) Kubernetes
2 46 (2.51%) Ansible
3 37 (2.02%) SCCM
4 31 (1.69%) Terraform
5 28 (1.53%) Puppet
6 22 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
7 19 (1.04%) Single Sign-On
8 18 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
9 14 (0.76%) AirWatch
10 9 (0.49%) FortiGate
10 9 (0.49%) Grafana
10 9 (0.49%) Tivoli
11 8 (0.44%) vCenter Server
12 7 (0.38%) HP ALM
12 7 (0.38%) Netcool
12 7 (0.38%) Netcool/OMNIbus
12 7 (0.38%) Netcool/Webtop
12 7 (0.38%) Prometheus
12 7 (0.38%) WSUS
12 7 (0.38%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 338 (18.44%) SAP
2 228 (12.44%) Oracle
3 210 (11.46%) Microsoft
4 84 (4.58%) VMware
5 68 (3.71%) Cisco
6 55 (3.00%) ServiceNow
7 52 (2.84%) Salesforce.com
8 46 (2.51%) Splunk
9 38 (2.07%) IBM
10 29 (1.58%) Ariba
11 25 (1.36%) HP
12 23 (1.25%) Google
12 23 (1.25%) Tableau
13 17 (0.93%) Atlassian
13 17 (0.93%) Citrix
13 17 (0.93%) F5
13 17 (0.93%) Informatica
14 15 (0.82%) Dell
14 15 (0.82%) Red Hat
15 14 (0.76%) EMC