Period
to 5 December 2019

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 5 December 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
6 months to
5 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 34 42 29
Rank change year-on-year +8 -13 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4,585 5,603 6,714
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.60% 5.35% 6.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.96% 5.65% 6.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,725 3,260 3,707
UK median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £363 £350 £350
90th Percentile £655 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £498 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +4.74% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 34 40
UK median hourly rate £47.25 £35.75 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +32.17% -20.56% -1.10%
10th Percentile £18.85 £20.30 £23.41
90th Percentile £69.63 £74.50 £68.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.25 £35.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +35.00% -22.22% -

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 76,946 99,214 98,101
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.00% 94.81% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 50,308 65,663 64,886
UK median daily rate £452 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.39% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £250 £270 £258
90th Percentile £644 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% +1.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,949 3,103 2,911
UK median hourly rate £19.47 £18.12 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.45% -3.13% +3.89%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - -

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Consultant over the 6 months to 5 December 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Consultant over the 6 months to 5 December 2019.

Contractor 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 5 December 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
England +8 4,099 £500 - 1,143
UK excluding London +4 2,457 £498 +4.74% 766
London +3 1,842 £513 -2.38% 447
South East +4 800 £494 +3.89% 181
North of England +13 560 £495 +4.21% 179
North West +23 391 £475 - 109
Midlands +13 326 £518 +8.95% 146
South West -12 266 £500 +9.89% 95
West Midlands +13 232 £500 +9.59% 104
Scotland +10 204 £450 - 66
East of England +3 188 £475 +1.33% 88
Yorkshire -7 131 £500 +2.56% 49
Wales +39 85 £500 +5.26% 11
East Midlands +7 74 £580 +18.97% 41
North East +21 38 £414 -11.02% 22
Northern Ireland +22 26 £600 +29.73% 3
Channel Islands -9 4 £463 -11.90%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 1,082 (23.60%) SAP
2 928 (20.24%) Finance
3 616 (13.44%) Microsoft
4 584 (12.74%) Azure
5 561 (12.24%) Migration
6 477 (10.40%) SQL
7 456 (9.95%) Agile Software Development
8 453 (9.88%) Security Cleared
9 423 (9.23%) Oracle
10 405 (8.83%) Windows
11 335 (7.31%) Business Intelligence
12 333 (7.26%) SC Cleared
13 324 (7.07%) Office 365
14 303 (6.61%) Stakeholder Management
15 291 (6.35%) Active Directory
15 291 (6.35%) DevOps
16 287 (6.26%) ERP
17 279 (6.09%) SAP S/4HANA
18 272 (5.93%) AWS
19 265 (5.78%) Information Security
20 259 (5.65%) CRM
21 228 (4.97%) Linux
22 225 (4.91%) Java
23 219 (4.78%) Analytics
24 218 (4.75%) Problem-Solving
25 217 (4.73%) SharePoint
26 211 (4.60%) Analytical Skills
27 203 (4.43%) Manufacturing
28 193 (4.21%) VMware
29 191 (4.17%) Cybersecurity

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
1 217 (4.73%) SharePoint
2 61 (1.33%) Confluence
2 61 (1.33%) Skype for Business
3 47 (1.03%) MS Exchange
4 35 (0.76%) Apache
5 25 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 24 (0.52%) WebSphere
7 23 (0.50%) JBoss
8 22 (0.48%) NetWeaver
8 22 (0.48%) SAS
8 22 (0.48%) Tomcat
9 21 (0.46%) CMS
10 19 (0.41%) IIS
11 18 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 17 (0.37%) Apache Spark
12 17 (0.37%) OpenStack
13 16 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
14 15 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
14 15 (0.33%) WebLogic
15 13 (0.28%) Documentum
Applications
1 100 (2.18%) Microsoft Excel
2 87 (1.90%) Microsoft Office
3 30 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 20 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
5 14 (0.31%) MS Visio
6 12 (0.26%) Sketch
7 9 (0.20%) Photoshop
8 8 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
9 7 (0.15%) InVision
10 6 (0.13%) Adobe Illustrator
11 5 (0.11%) InfoPath
12 4 (0.087%) InDesign
13 2 (0.044%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.044%) Flinto
13 2 (0.044%) Lectora
13 2 (0.044%) Windchill
13 2 (0.044%) XMetaL
14 1 (0.022%) Camtasia
14 1 (0.022%) Chatbot
14 1 (0.022%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 279 (6.09%) SAP S/4HANA
2 131 (2.86%) SAP FI
3 128 (2.79%) Dynamics CRM
4 115 (2.51%) SAP CO
5 107 (2.33%) SAP FI/CO
6 80 (1.74%) SAP HCM
7 69 (1.50%) Oracle EBS
8 60 (1.31%) SAP PP
9 57 (1.24%) Oracle EBS R12
10 55 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
11 53 (1.16%) Oracle Receivables
11 53 (1.16%) SAP HR
12 51 (1.11%) NetSuite
12 51 (1.11%) SAP SD
13 49 (1.07%) SAP ERP
13 49 (1.07%) SAP MM
14 40 (0.87%) SAP BPC
15 37 (0.81%) Oracle Payables
16 36 (0.79%) Remedy ITSM
17 35 (0.76%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 584 (12.74%) Azure
2 324 (7.07%) Office 365
3 272 (5.93%) AWS
4 181 (3.95%) Power Platform
5 176 (3.84%) Dynamics 365
6 122 (2.66%) Azure Active Directory
7 92 (2.01%) SuccessFactors
8 78 (1.70%) PaaS
9 76 (1.66%) SaaS
10 59 (1.29%) IaaS
11 51 (1.11%) GCP
12 45 (0.98%) GitHub
12 45 (0.98%) Serverless
13 42 (0.92%) OneDrive
14 37 (0.81%) PowerApps
15 28 (0.61%) OpenShift
16 25 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
16 25 (0.55%) Azure Functions
17 23 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
18 22 (0.48%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 156 (3.40%) Firewall
2 80 (1.74%) Skype
3 68 (1.48%) Network Security
4 62 (1.35%) DNS
5 58 (1.26%) WAN
6 46 (1.00%) VPN
7 44 (0.96%) SAN
8 42 (0.92%) LAN
9 32 (0.70%) Internet
10 30 (0.65%) DHCP
11 29 (0.63%) Wireless
12 28 (0.61%) HTTP
13 25 (0.55%) TCP/IP
14 22 (0.48%) Intranet
14 22 (0.48%) Unified Communications
15 20 (0.44%) Cisco ASA
16 18 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
17 16 (0.35%) SSL
18 14 (0.31%) BGP
18 14 (0.31%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 170 (3.71%) SQL Server
2 154 (3.36%) Power BI
3 121 (2.64%) Data Warehouse
4 89 (1.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 80 (1.74%) SAP HANA
6 72 (1.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 70 (1.53%) Oracle Database
8 66 (1.44%) SAP BW
9 62 (1.35%) Big Data
10 44 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
10 44 (0.96%) Data Lake
10 44 (0.96%) Relational Database
11 38 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 35 (0.76%) Oracle Reports
13 30 (0.65%) Oracle BI EE
14 28 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
15 27 (0.59%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
15 27 (0.59%) RDBMS
16 26 (0.57%) Oracle BI Publisher
17 25 (0.55%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 107 (2.33%) JIRA
2 78 (1.70%) Jenkins
3 44 (0.96%) Visual Studio Team System
4 43 (0.94%) Git (software)
5 27 (0.59%) LSMW
6 20 (0.44%) Oracle Forms
7 19 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
8 18 (0.39%) Visual Studio
9 11 (0.24%) GitLab
10 10 (0.22%) Bitbucket
10 10 (0.22%) Eclipse
11 9 (0.20%) Maven
11 9 (0.20%) PVCS
11 9 (0.20%) Selenium
12 8 (0.17%) Hudson
12 8 (0.17%) TeamCity
13 7 (0.15%) ERwin
13 7 (0.15%) Octopus Deploy
13 7 (0.15%) PowerDesigner
13 7 (0.15%) Subversion
General
1 928 (20.24%) Finance
2 203 (4.43%) Manufacturing
3 186 (4.06%) Public Sector
4 167 (3.64%) Marketing
5 155 (3.38%) Retail
6 145 (3.16%) Telecoms
7 143 (3.12%) Banking
8 57 (1.24%) Billing
8 57 (1.24%) Legal
9 53 (1.16%) Electronics
10 48 (1.05%) General Ledger
10 48 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
11 28 (0.61%) Law
12 21 (0.46%) Local Government
13 16 (0.35%) Advertising
13 16 (0.35%) Financial Institution
13 16 (0.35%) German Language
14 14 (0.31%) Investment Banking
15 13 (0.28%) Publishing
16 12 (0.26%) Police
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (2.75%) Web Services
2 98 (2.14%) .NET
3 85 (1.85%) XML
4 70 (1.53%) REST
5 68 (1.48%) HTML
6 65 (1.42%) JSON
7 56 (1.22%) SAP Fiori
8 55 (1.20%) SAML
9 53 (1.16%) CSS
9 53 (1.16%) SAP Basis
10 50 (1.09%) Oracle Fusion
11 49 (1.07%) LDAP
12 42 (0.92%) SOAP
13 41 (0.89%) OAuth
14 30 (0.65%) BAPI
15 28 (0.61%) ASP.NET
16 25 (0.55%) Middleware
17 23 (0.50%) AngularJS
17 23 (0.50%) EDI
18 21 (0.46%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 211 (4.60%) Analytical Skills
2 130 (2.84%) Data Centre
3 95 (2.07%) Management Information System
4 85 (1.85%) Greenfield Project
5 79 (1.72%) User Experience
6 57 (1.24%) Self-Motivation
7 52 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
8 33 (0.72%) Public Cloud
9 32 (0.70%) Clustering
9 32 (0.70%) CMDB
10 26 (0.57%) PKI
11 25 (0.55%) Replication
12 23 (0.50%) Data Structures
13 22 (0.48%) FMCG
14 20 (0.44%) Life Science
15 19 (0.41%) e-Learning
16 18 (0.39%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
17 17 (0.37%) Mobile App
17 17 (0.37%) Social Media
18 16 (0.35%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 405 (8.83%) Windows
2 228 (4.97%) Linux
3 170 (3.71%) Windows Server
4 115 (2.51%) Windows 10
5 110 (2.40%) Unix
6 56 (1.22%) Windows Server 2012
7 44 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 41 (0.89%) Windows Server 2008
9 22 (0.48%) AIX
10 20 (0.44%) Android
11 17 (0.37%) Apple iOS
11 17 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
12 16 (0.35%) Windows 7
13 15 (0.33%) SUSE
14 14 (0.31%) CentOS
15 9 (0.20%) Solaris
16 8 (0.17%) Windows 2000 Server
17 7 (0.15%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 7 (0.15%) Ubuntu
17 7 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 561 (12.24%) Migration
2 456 (9.95%) Agile Software Development
3 335 (7.31%) Business Intelligence
4 303 (6.61%) Stakeholder Management
5 291 (6.35%) DevOps
6 287 (6.26%) ERP
7 265 (5.78%) Information Security
8 259 (5.65%) CRM
9 219 (4.78%) Analytics
10 218 (4.75%) Problem-Solving
11 191 (4.17%) Cybersecurity
12 166 (3.62%) ITIL
13 154 (3.36%) Workflow
14 152 (3.32%) Project Management
15 137 (2.99%) Data Modelling
16 134 (2.92%) Data Migration
17 123 (2.68%) Risk Management
18 122 (2.66%) Scrum
19 109 (2.38%) Change Management
20 106 (2.31%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 477 (10.40%) SQL
2 225 (4.91%) Java
3 165 (3.60%) PowerShell
4 163 (3.56%) Python
5 159 (3.47%) JavaScript
6 101 (2.20%) ABAP
7 100 (2.18%) C#
8 55 (1.20%) PL/SQL
9 44 (0.96%) Shell Script
10 42 (0.92%) Bash Shell
11 39 (0.85%) C
12 28 (0.61%) T-SQL
13 23 (0.50%) Perl
14 19 (0.41%) Apex Code
14 19 (0.41%) Ruby
15 17 (0.37%) C++
16 16 (0.35%) PHP
17 13 (0.28%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 12 (0.26%) Groovy
19 10 (0.22%) R
Qualifications
1 453 (9.88%) Security Cleared
2 333 (7.26%) SC Cleared
3 148 (3.23%) CISSP
4 129 (2.81%) Degree
5 99 (2.16%) CISM
6 90 (1.96%) Cisco Certification
7 65 (1.42%) DV Cleared
8 49 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
9 39 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
10 38 (0.83%) CCNP
11 30 (0.65%) (ISC)2 CCSP
12 28 (0.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 27 (0.59%) CCIE
13 27 (0.59%) CRISC
14 25 (0.55%) CESG Certified Professional
14 25 (0.55%) MCSE
15 24 (0.52%) CCA
16 23 (0.50%) CISA
17 17 (0.37%) Citrix Certification
17 17 (0.37%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (2.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 80 (1.74%) QA
3 56 (1.22%) GDPR
4 49 (1.07%) NIST
5 43 (0.94%) SLA
6 39 (0.85%) PCI DSS
7 38 (0.83%) Data Quality
7 38 (0.83%) NCSC
8 32 (0.70%) PMO
9 15 (0.33%) RMADS
10 13 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 13 (0.28%) JSP 440
11 12 (0.26%) COBIT
11 12 (0.26%) IFRS
12 11 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 9 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
14 8 (0.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 7 (0.15%) GxP
15 7 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 5 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 291 (6.35%) Active Directory
2 113 (2.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 83 (1.81%) Docker
4 66 (1.44%) Hyper-V
5 42 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (0.74%) vSphere
7 20 (0.44%) VMware NSX
8 18 (0.39%) XenDesktop
9 17 (0.37%) XenApp
10 16 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
11 15 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
12 13 (0.28%) vCloud
13 11 (0.24%) BitLocker
14 8 (0.17%) Firmware
15 7 (0.15%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 7 (0.15%) NDS
15 7 (0.15%) NetIQ eDirectory
15 7 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
16 6 (0.13%) NFS
17 5 (0.11%) Citrix Hypervisor
Systems Management
1 152 (3.32%) SCCM
2 110 (2.40%) Ansible
3 81 (1.77%) Microsoft Intune
4 80 (1.74%) Terraform
5 76 (1.66%) Kubernetes
6 74 (1.61%) Puppet
7 43 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
8 40 (0.87%) Opscode Chef
9 30 (0.65%) vCenter Server
10 29 (0.63%) AirWatch
11 28 (0.61%) NetBackup
12 18 (0.39%) Cisco CUCM
12 18 (0.39%) vRealize
13 14 (0.31%) WSUS
14 13 (0.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 10 (0.22%) Nagios
15 10 (0.22%) Packer
15 10 (0.22%) SCOM
16 9 (0.20%) NetIQ Identity Manager
16 9 (0.20%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 1,082 (23.60%) SAP
2 616 (13.44%) Microsoft
3 423 (9.23%) Oracle
4 193 (4.21%) VMware
5 133 (2.90%) Cisco
6 120 (2.62%) Salesforce.com
7 105 (2.29%) Ariba
8 83 (1.81%) Citrix
9 72 (1.57%) IBM
10 71 (1.55%) Google
11 62 (1.35%) Adobe
12 59 (1.29%) ServiceNow
13 56 (1.22%) Tableau
14 52 (1.13%) Workday
15 50 (1.09%) Informatica
16 49 (1.07%) Red Hat
17 48 (1.05%) HP
18 46 (1.00%) BMC
19 42 (0.92%) Remedy
19 42 (0.92%) Splunk