Period
to 25 January 2022

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £538 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 January 2022.

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
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 44 24 35
Rank change year-on-year -20 +11 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4,523 2,781 3,985
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.15% 6.65% 5.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.52% 7.19% 5.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,623 1,532 2,387
10th Percentile £390 £350 £360
25th Percentile £454 £413 £419
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £538 £480 £500
Median % change year-on-year +11.98% -4.00% -
75th Percentile £626 £568 £588
90th Percentile £713 £650 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £495
% change year-on-year +5.26% -4.04% +4.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 78 35
10th Percentile £29.70 £42.44 £18.25
25th Percentile £46.25 £51.00 £21.13
Median hourly rate £63.00 £61.25 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +22.50% +36.99%
75th Percentile £73.50 £66.00 £57.88
90th Percentile £82.50 - £70.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £63.00 £60.00 £45.00
% change year-on-year +5.00% +33.33% -10.00%

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 81,953 38,704 67,252
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.38% 92.53% 93.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,507 26,512 44,962
10th Percentile £305 £256 £238
25th Percentile £413 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £518 £470 £450
Median % change year-on-year +10.21% +4.44% -
75th Percentile £625 £573 £563
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,039 1,411 2,482
10th Percentile £12.24 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £14.25 £14.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate £21.00 £23.50 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year -10.64% +30.56% +1.81%
75th Percentile £46.88 £45.00 £38.61
90th Percentile £62.37 £58.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +14.29% -

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 25 January 2022.

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 25 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Top 18 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 25 January 2022. 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
Jobs
England -17 3,219 £550 +15.79% 889
Work from Home -7 1,756 £525 +10.53% 242
London -14 1,590 £550 +10.00% 412
UK excluding London -20 1,257 £500 +5.26% 511
South East -14 403 £525 +5.00% 108
Midlands -2 264 £505 +12.22% 105
North of England -22 216 £525 +5.00% 125
West Midlands -2 208 £513 +19.88% 79
South West -23 175 £513 +9.92% 44
North West -22 132 £525 +5.00% 63
East of England -24 98 £500 +11.11% 68
Scotland -52 76 £460 -3.16% 51
Yorkshire -29 69 £483 +7.22% 35
East Midlands -27 41 £505 +12.22% 25
Wales -19 24 £450 -5.26% 7
North East -3 16 £565 +25.56% 27
Northern Ireland +3 7 £438 -12.50% 3
Channel Islands - 3 £500 -

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, 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.

1 970 (21.45%) Finance
2 936 (20.69%) Social Skills
3 928 (20.52%) SAP
4 663 (14.66%) Azure
5 635 (14.04%) Microsoft
6 622 (13.75%) Migration
7 580 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
8 543 (12.01%) Oracle
9 485 (10.72%) Security Cleared
10 446 (9.86%) SQL
11 377 (8.34%) SC Cleared
12 358 (7.92%) DevOps
13 350 (7.74%) Business Intelligence
14 330 (7.30%) Stakeholder Management
15 310 (6.85%) AWS
16 309 (6.83%) Power Platform
17 302 (6.68%) Windows
18 300 (6.63%) SAP S/4HANA
19 277 (6.12%) Dynamics 365
20 275 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
21 272 (6.01%) Java
22 263 (5.81%) ERP
22 263 (5.81%) Data Migration
23 253 (5.59%) Public Sector
24 247 (5.46%) Linux
25 245 (5.42%) CRM
25 245 (5.42%) Microsoft 365
26 237 (5.24%) Analytics
27 235 (5.20%) Problem-Solving
28 232 (5.13%) Power BI

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
1 170 (3.76%) SharePoint
2 49 (1.08%) Confluence
3 32 (0.71%) SAS
4 30 (0.66%) Apache
5 27 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
6 18 (0.40%) CMS
7 17 (0.38%) OpenStack
8 15 (0.33%) Apache Spark
9 14 (0.31%) MS Exchange
9 14 (0.31%) nginx
9 14 (0.31%) Oracle Workflow
10 11 (0.24%) IIS
10 11 (0.24%) NetWeaver
11 10 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 10 (0.22%) SAP Portal
12 9 (0.20%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 8 (0.18%) Cloud Foundry
13 8 (0.18%) IBM Notes
13 8 (0.18%) WebLogic
14 7 (0.15%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 78 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 45 (0.99%) Microsoft Office
3 37 (0.82%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 21 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
5 17 (0.38%) MS Visio
6 10 (0.22%) Chatbot
7 9 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
8 7 (0.15%) Siemens NX
9 6 (0.13%) Oracle Smart View
10 5 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 5 (0.11%) InVision
10 5 (0.11%) Zeplin
11 4 (0.088%) PTC Creo
12 3 (0.066%) Windchill
13 2 (0.044%) InfoPath
14 1 (0.022%) CATIA
14 1 (0.022%) Lectora
14 1 (0.022%) ProjectWise
Business Applications
1 300 (6.63%) SAP S/4HANA
2 127 (2.81%) Dynamics CRM
3 90 (1.99%) Dynamics AX
4 84 (1.86%) Oracle EBS
5 79 (1.75%) NetSuite
6 72 (1.59%) SAP FI
7 65 (1.44%) SAP SD
8 58 (1.28%) SAP CO
9 56 (1.24%) Oracle Payables
10 53 (1.17%) Oracle Receivables
11 52 (1.15%) SAP FI/CO
12 44 (0.97%) SAP ERP
13 37 (0.82%) Oracle EBS R12
13 37 (0.82%) SAP EWM
14 35 (0.77%) SAP MDG
14 35 (0.77%) SAP PP
15 34 (0.75%) SAP MM
16 33 (0.73%) Oracle Financials
17 32 (0.71%) Oracle ERP
18 25 (0.55%) SAP IBP
Cloud Services
1 663 (14.66%) Azure
2 310 (6.85%) AWS
3 309 (6.83%) Power Platform
4 277 (6.12%) Dynamics 365
5 245 (5.42%) Microsoft 365
6 130 (2.87%) Azure Active Directory
7 106 (2.34%) GCP
8 103 (2.28%) PowerApps
9 97 (2.14%) PaaS
10 95 (2.10%) SaaS
11 91 (2.01%) IaaS
12 72 (1.59%) Power Automate
13 59 (1.30%) Azure Logic Apps
14 53 (1.17%) Serverless
15 42 (0.93%) SuccessFactors
16 32 (0.71%) GitHub
17 30 (0.66%) Azure Data Factory
17 30 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
18 28 (0.62%) AWS CloudFormation
19 27 (0.60%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 116 (2.56%) Firewall
2 91 (2.01%) DNS
3 60 (1.33%) Network Security
4 44 (0.97%) DHCP
5 39 (0.86%) Internet
6 36 (0.80%) VPN
6 36 (0.80%) WAN
7 32 (0.71%) LAN
8 31 (0.69%) SAN
9 30 (0.66%) TCP/IP
10 29 (0.64%) Wireless
11 22 (0.49%) Cisco Nexus
12 20 (0.44%) VSAN
13 17 (0.38%) VLAN
14 16 (0.35%) Cisco Firepower
14 16 (0.35%) Unified Communications
15 15 (0.33%) BGP
15 15 (0.33%) Cisco ASA
15 15 (0.33%) HTTP
15 15 (0.33%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 232 (5.13%) Power BI
2 120 (2.65%) SQL Server
3 84 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
4 79 (1.75%) SAP HANA
5 60 (1.33%) SAP BW
6 59 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 56 (1.24%) Oracle Reports
8 50 (1.11%) Metadata
9 49 (1.08%) Tableau
10 45 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
11 40 (0.88%) Oracle Database
12 37 (0.82%) Big Data
13 36 (0.80%) Oracle BI Publisher
13 36 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 32 (0.71%) Data Lake
15 26 (0.57%) MySQL
15 26 (0.57%) Relational Database
16 23 (0.51%) PostgreSQL
17 21 (0.46%) Oracle ODI
18 20 (0.44%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 113 (2.50%) JIRA
2 93 (2.06%) Jenkins
3 84 (1.86%) Git (software)
4 22 (0.49%) Bitbucket
4 22 (0.49%) GitLab
4 22 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
5 20 (0.44%) Selenium
6 19 (0.42%) JMeter
7 18 (0.40%) SonarQube
8 15 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
9 14 (0.31%) Terragrunt
10 13 (0.29%) Gatling
10 13 (0.29%) Gerrit
11 12 (0.27%) Cucumber
12 11 (0.24%) Visual Studio
13 10 (0.22%) Postman
14 9 (0.20%) Spinnaker
15 8 (0.18%) Oracle APEX
15 8 (0.18%) Team Foundation Server
16 7 (0.15%) Maven
General
1 970 (21.45%) Finance
2 936 (20.69%) Social Skills
3 275 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
4 253 (5.59%) Public Sector
5 200 (4.42%) Banking
6 190 (4.20%) Manufacturing
7 172 (3.80%) Marketing
8 164 (3.63%) Presentation Skills
9 117 (2.59%) Retail
10 99 (2.19%) Telecoms
11 84 (1.86%) Billing
12 75 (1.66%) Front Office
13 66 (1.46%) Documentation Skills
14 65 (1.44%) Legal
15 64 (1.41%) Investment Banking
16 58 (1.28%) Organisational Skills
17 56 (1.24%) Law
18 52 (1.15%) Influencing Skills
19 51 (1.13%) General Ledger
20 36 (0.80%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (2.70%) .NET
2 91 (2.01%) REST
3 81 (1.79%) HTML
4 80 (1.77%) Oracle Fusion
5 79 (1.75%) XML
6 57 (1.26%) Web Services
7 54 (1.19%) SAP Basis
8 49 (1.08%) CSS
9 47 (1.04%) SAP Fiori
10 45 (0.99%) J2EE
10 45 (0.99%) SOAP
11 44 (0.97%) Middleware
12 39 (0.86%) JSON
13 34 (0.75%) Spring
14 33 (0.73%) Kafka
15 31 (0.69%) Node.js
15 31 (0.69%) SAML
16 30 (0.66%) IDoc
17 28 (0.62%) SAP TM
18 27 (0.60%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 91 (2.01%) Data Centre
2 85 (1.88%) Self-Motivation
3 75 (1.66%) Management Information System
4 63 (1.39%) User Experience
5 56 (1.24%) Greenfield Project
6 55 (1.22%) Data Protection Act
7 52 (1.15%) Public Cloud
8 51 (1.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 42 (0.93%) CMDB
10 40 (0.88%) Legacy Systems
11 38 (0.84%) Hybrid Cloud
12 37 (0.82%) Fixed Income
12 37 (0.82%) NHS
13 35 (0.77%) Data Structures
13 35 (0.77%) Replication
14 32 (0.71%) Virtual Team
15 31 (0.69%) Social Media
16 30 (0.66%) Cloud Native
17 28 (0.62%) Algorithms
18 24 (0.53%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 302 (6.68%) Windows
2 247 (5.46%) Linux
3 108 (2.39%) Unix
4 81 (1.79%) Windows Server
5 77 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 61 (1.35%) Windows 10
7 37 (0.82%) VMS
8 31 (0.69%) Apple iOS
9 30 (0.66%) Android
10 29 (0.64%) Windows Server 2016
11 26 (0.57%) SUSE
12 25 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
13 23 (0.51%) Windows 7
14 22 (0.49%) Oracle Linux
15 20 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
16 17 (0.38%) AIX
17 16 (0.35%) Windows Server 2019
18 14 (0.31%) Solaris
18 14 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
19 9 (0.20%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 622 (13.75%) Migration
2 580 (12.82%) Agile Software Development
3 358 (7.92%) DevOps
4 350 (7.74%) Business Intelligence
5 330 (7.30%) Stakeholder Management
6 263 (5.81%) Data Migration
6 263 (5.81%) ERP
7 245 (5.42%) CRM
8 237 (5.24%) Analytics
9 235 (5.20%) Problem-Solving
10 203 (4.49%) CI/CD
10 203 (4.49%) Information Security
11 202 (4.47%) Cybersecurity
12 187 (4.13%) Change Management
13 171 (3.78%) Requirements Gathering
14 161 (3.56%) ITIL
15 154 (3.40%) User Acceptance Testing
16 150 (3.32%) Data Modelling
16 150 (3.32%) Project Management
17 145 (3.21%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 446 (9.86%) SQL
2 272 (6.01%) Java
3 197 (4.36%) Python
4 165 (3.65%) JavaScript
5 158 (3.49%) PowerShell
6 105 (2.32%) C#
7 84 (1.86%) ABAP
8 73 (1.61%) PL/SQL
9 55 (1.22%) PHP
10 43 (0.95%) C
11 42 (0.93%) Shell Script
12 39 (0.86%) Bash
13 33 (0.73%) T-SQL
14 31 (0.69%) C++
15 29 (0.64%) R
16 21 (0.46%) Perl
17 19 (0.42%) TypeScript
18 18 (0.40%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
18 18 (0.40%) Scala
18 18 (0.40%) VB
Qualifications
1 485 (10.72%) Security Cleared
2 377 (8.34%) SC Cleared
3 124 (2.74%) CISSP
4 123 (2.72%) Degree
5 85 (1.88%) CISM
6 68 (1.50%) Cisco Certification
7 62 (1.37%) Microsoft Certification
8 52 (1.15%) DV Cleared
9 47 (1.04%) CRISC
10 31 (0.69%) BPSS Clearance
10 31 (0.69%) CISA
11 28 (0.62%) CCNP
12 22 (0.49%) CCIE
13 20 (0.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 18 (0.40%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 18 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
15 17 (0.38%) CEH
16 16 (0.35%) Computer Science Degree
16 16 (0.35%) Master's Degree
17 15 (0.33%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (2.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 113 (2.50%) QA
3 100 (2.21%) GDPR
4 81 (1.79%) Data Quality
5 72 (1.59%) NIST
6 41 (0.91%) GRC
7 38 (0.84%) PMO
8 36 (0.80%) NCSC
9 33 (0.73%) PCI DSS
9 33 (0.73%) SLA
10 24 (0.53%) COBIT
11 23 (0.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 20 (0.44%) IFRS
13 18 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
13 18 (0.40%) NIST 800
14 12 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.24%) Accessibility
15 11 (0.24%) RMADS
16 8 (0.18%) HL7
16 8 (0.18%) Solvency II
System Software
1 219 (4.84%) Active Directory
2 110 (2.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 68 (1.50%) Docker
4 46 (1.02%) Hyper-V
5 43 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
6 36 (0.80%) VMware NSX
7 32 (0.71%) vSphere
8 29 (0.64%) Virtual Desktop
9 25 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
10 16 (0.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 13 (0.29%) BitLocker
12 12 (0.27%) Firmware
13 11 (0.24%) XenDesktop
14 10 (0.22%) GridGain
15 9 (0.20%) XenApp
16 8 (0.18%) vCloud
17 7 (0.15%) IAG
17 7 (0.15%) NFS
18 5 (0.11%) Veritas Cluster Server
18 5 (0.11%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 172 (3.80%) Terraform
2 139 (3.07%) Ansible
3 110 (2.43%) Kubernetes
4 90 (1.99%) Microsoft Intune
5 51 (1.13%) SCCM
6 45 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
7 36 (0.80%) Puppet
8 33 (0.73%) Single Sign-On
9 30 (0.66%) Active Directory Federation Services
9 30 (0.66%) vRealize
10 21 (0.46%) vCenter Server
11 16 (0.35%) Grafana
12 15 (0.33%) Nessus
12 15 (0.33%) NetBackup
12 15 (0.33%) Prometheus
13 14 (0.31%) VxRail
14 13 (0.29%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 12 (0.27%) AirWatch
15 12 (0.27%) Tivoli
16 10 (0.22%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 928 (20.52%) SAP
2 635 (14.04%) Microsoft
3 543 (12.01%) Oracle
4 223 (4.93%) VMware
5 139 (3.07%) Salesforce.com
6 123 (2.72%) Cisco
7 106 (2.34%) ServiceNow
8 86 (1.90%) Google
9 63 (1.39%) IBM
10 60 (1.33%) Red Hat
11 50 (1.11%) Ariba
12 39 (0.86%) Informatica
13 38 (0.84%) Citrix
13 38 (0.84%) JD Edwards
14 33 (0.73%) Workday
15 32 (0.71%) Splunk
16 30 (0.66%) Dell
17 29 (0.64%) CheckPoint
18 28 (0.62%) BMC
18 28 (0.62%) NetApp