Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

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
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 29 24 25
Rank change year-on-year -5 +1 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 6703 7081 7495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.50% 6.73% 6.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.86% 7.10% 6.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 3659 3938 3936
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £344 £319 £319
90th Percentile £638 £618 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 47 45
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +3.45% +58.18%
10th Percentile £23.23 £5.00 £10.95
90th Percentile £62.86 £80.00 £69.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £45.00 £42.01
% change year-on-year - +7.12% +60.04%

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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017.

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 23 November 2017. 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 -4 6108 £475 +5.56% 766
UK excluding London 0 3414 £475 +5.56% 442
London -5 2817 £500 +5.26% 339
South East -4 1076 £475 +5.56% 118
North of England +10 771 £450 +2.86% 131
Midlands 0 583 £475 +5.56% 77
North West +6 436 £450 +1.12% 77
West Midlands +10 375 £475 +11.76% 63
East of England -5 332 £483 +13.53% 47
South West -7 298 £470 +4.44% 32
Scotland +5 281 £450 +12.50% 29
Yorkshire +7 257 £470 +4.44% 36
East Midlands -5 175 £450 - 14
North East +35 73 £425 +3.66% 18
Wales 0 61 £488 +8.33% 4
Northern Ireland -37 19 £431 -4.17% 4
Channel Islands 0 4 £500 +6.67%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Consultant contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Consultant in the job title.

1 1442 (21.51%) SAP
2 1235 (18.42%) Finance
3 767 (11.44%) Migration
4 758 (11.31%) Microsoft
5 625 (9.32%) Oracle
6 609 (9.09%) SQL
7 590 (8.80%) Agile Software Development
8 576 (8.59%) Windows
9 510 (7.61%) Security Cleared
10 465 (6.94%) Linux
11 423 (6.31%) Microsoft Azure
12 408 (6.09%) Active Directory
13 405 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
14 403 (6.01%) Java
15 398 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
16 395 (5.89%) Business Intelligence
17 387 (5.77%) SC Cleared
18 383 (5.71%) Banking
19 367 (5.48%) Office 365
20 360 (5.37%) ERP
21 345 (5.15%) Information Security
22 329 (4.91%) DevOps
23 315 (4.70%) Retail
24 293 (4.37%) CRM
25 292 (4.36%) Unix
26 287 (4.28%) Project Management
27 276 (4.12%) SQL Server
28 272 (4.06%) Analytics
29 262 (3.91%) Amazon AWS
30 251 (3.74%) PowerShell

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
1 231 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 116 (1.73%) MS Exchange
3 104 (1.55%) Skype for Business
4 67 (1.00%) Apache
5 57 (0.85%) SAS
5 57 (0.85%) Tomcat
6 56 (0.84%) Confluence
7 52 (0.78%) OpenStack
8 50 (0.75%) Exchange Server 2010
9 48 (0.72%) JBoss
10 45 (0.67%) WebSphere
11 44 (0.66%) IIS
11 44 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
12 38 (0.57%) CMS
13 36 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
13 36 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
14 35 (0.52%) Apache Spark
14 35 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
15 33 (0.49%) NetWeaver
16 28 (0.42%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 117 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
2 95 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
3 47 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 45 (0.67%) MS Visio
5 19 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
6 14 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.13%) InfoPath
8 8 (0.12%) OmniGraffle
9 5 (0.075%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.045%) Chatbot
10 3 (0.045%) InVision
10 3 (0.045%) SPSS
11 2 (0.030%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.030%) InDesign
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Premiere
12 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
12 1 (0.015%) Simulink
12 1 (0.015%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 208 (3.10%) SAP FI
2 182 (2.72%) SAP CO
3 165 (2.46%) Dynamics CRM
3 165 (2.46%) SAP FI/CO
4 154 (2.30%) Dynamics AX
5 132 (1.97%) SAP SD
6 106 (1.58%) SAP MM
7 93 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
8 88 (1.31%) SAP S/4HANA
9 87 (1.30%) SAP Retail
10 82 (1.22%) SAP HR
11 74 (1.10%) Oracle EBS R12
12 73 (1.09%) SAP ERP
13 72 (1.07%) Dynamics NAV
14 53 (0.79%) Oracle Receivables
15 50 (0.75%) Oracle Payables
16 49 (0.73%) SAP HCM
17 47 (0.70%) SAP Payroll
18 39 (0.58%) SAP IS-U
19 36 (0.54%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 423 (6.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 367 (5.48%) Office 365
3 262 (3.91%) Amazon AWS
4 123 (1.83%) Dynamics 365
5 114 (1.70%) Azure Active Directory
6 105 (1.57%) PaaS
7 94 (1.40%) IaaS
8 92 (1.37%) SuccessFactors
9 89 (1.33%) SaaS
10 49 (0.73%) OneDrive
10 49 (0.73%) OpenShift
11 41 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
12 34 (0.51%) Taleo
13 31 (0.46%) GitHub
14 29 (0.43%) Amazon EC2
15 28 (0.42%) Google Analytics
16 24 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
17 23 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
18 20 (0.30%) Amazon S3
19 15 (0.22%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 178 (2.66%) Firewall
2 107 (1.60%) Skype
3 105 (1.57%) Network Security
4 99 (1.48%) DNS
5 85 (1.27%) VPN
6 72 (1.07%) TCP/IP
7 64 (0.95%) SAN
8 62 (0.92%) Internet
9 60 (0.90%) LDAP
10 54 (0.81%) HTTP
10 54 (0.81%) WAN
11 46 (0.69%) SSL
12 45 (0.67%) LAN
13 31 (0.46%) DHCP
13 31 (0.46%) SMS
14 30 (0.45%) VLAN
15 28 (0.42%) FTP
16 25 (0.37%) Unified Communications
17 23 (0.34%) Kerberos
17 23 (0.34%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 276 (4.12%) SQL Server
2 135 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
3 124 (1.85%) SAP BW
4 123 (1.83%) Big Data
4 123 (1.83%) SAP HANA
5 105 (1.57%) Oracle Database
6 78 (1.16%) Hadoop
7 77 (1.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 75 (1.12%) BusinessObjects
9 74 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 72 (1.07%) Oracle BI EE
11 65 (0.97%) Power BI
12 55 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
13 54 (0.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 53 (0.79%) MySQL
15 48 (0.72%) Relational Database
16 47 (0.70%) Oracle ODI
17 45 (0.67%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
18 42 (0.63%) DB2
19 39 (0.58%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 164 (2.45%) Jenkins
2 128 (1.91%) JIRA
3 104 (1.55%) Git (software)
4 72 (1.07%) Maven
5 62 (0.92%) Team Foundation Server
6 46 (0.69%) Selenium
7 43 (0.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 43 (0.64%) Visual Studio
8 39 (0.58%) Subversion
9 38 (0.57%) Sonatype Nexus
10 37 (0.55%) Artifactory
10 37 (0.55%) Bitbucket
11 32 (0.48%) Cucumber
12 31 (0.46%) TeamCity
13 28 (0.42%) GitLab
14 24 (0.36%) JMeter
14 24 (0.36%) Visual Studio Team System
15 23 (0.34%) LoadRunner
15 23 (0.34%) LSMW
15 23 (0.34%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 1235 (18.42%) Finance
2 383 (5.71%) Banking
3 315 (4.70%) Retail
4 251 (3.74%) Manufacturing
5 184 (2.75%) Marketing
6 163 (2.43%) Telecoms
7 102 (1.52%) Legal
8 99 (1.48%) Billing
9 98 (1.46%) Law
10 86 (1.28%) Advertising
11 75 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
12 67 (1.00%) General Ledger
13 56 (0.84%) Investment Banking
14 46 (0.69%) Electronics
15 38 (0.57%) Back Office
16 34 (0.51%) Financial Institution
17 30 (0.45%) Publishing
17 30 (0.45%) Retail Banking
18 29 (0.43%) Front Office
19 27 (0.40%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 197 (2.94%) .NET
2 189 (2.82%) Web Services
3 154 (2.30%) XML
4 136 (2.03%) HTML
5 107 (1.60%) Middleware
6 95 (1.42%) CSS
7 94 (1.40%) Oracle Fusion
8 86 (1.28%) REST
9 85 (1.27%) JSON
10 68 (1.01%) SOAP
11 56 (0.84%) SAP Fiori
12 46 (0.69%) J2EE
13 45 (0.67%) Spring
14 41 (0.61%) SAP Basis
15 38 (0.57%) XSLT
16 37 (0.55%) ASP.NET
16 37 (0.55%) RESTful
17 32 (0.48%) SAP PI
18 31 (0.46%) HTML5
19 30 (0.45%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 405 (6.04%) Analytical Skills
2 157 (2.34%) Data Centre
3 120 (1.79%) Management Information System
4 112 (1.67%) Greenfield Project
5 103 (1.54%) User Experience
6 73 (1.09%) PKI
7 61 (0.91%) Computer Science
8 53 (0.79%) FMCG
9 51 (0.76%) CESG
10 47 (0.70%) Mobile App
11 46 (0.69%) Public Cloud
12 45 (0.67%) Virtual Team
13 42 (0.63%) Data Structures
14 40 (0.60%) Replication
15 36 (0.54%) Mainframe
16 32 (0.48%) CMDB
17 31 (0.46%) Derivative
18 30 (0.45%) NHS
19 29 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
20 27 (0.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 576 (8.59%) Windows
2 465 (6.94%) Linux
3 292 (4.36%) Unix
4 195 (2.91%) Windows Server
5 88 (1.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 83 (1.24%) Windows 10
7 81 (1.21%) Windows Server 2012
8 75 (1.12%) Windows Server 2008
9 56 (0.84%) Windows 7
10 53 (0.79%) Solaris
11 48 (0.72%) AIX
12 43 (0.64%) Android
13 35 (0.52%) Apple iOS
14 34 (0.51%) CentOS
15 23 (0.34%) Windows Server 2003
16 16 (0.24%) Ubuntu
17 13 (0.19%) VMS
18 8 (0.12%) Data ONTAP
19 7 (0.10%) Windows XP
20 6 (0.090%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 767 (11.44%) Migration
2 590 (8.80%) Agile Software Development
3 398 (5.94%) Stakeholder Management
4 395 (5.89%) Business Intelligence
5 360 (5.37%) ERP
6 345 (5.15%) Information Security
7 329 (4.91%) DevOps
8 293 (4.37%) CRM
9 287 (4.28%) Project Management
10 272 (4.06%) Analytics
11 243 (3.63%) Data Migration
12 225 (3.36%) ITIL
13 195 (2.91%) Risk Management
14 177 (2.64%) User Acceptance Testing
15 174 (2.60%) Workflow
16 171 (2.55%) Data Protection
17 169 (2.52%) Change Management
18 148 (2.21%) Scrum
19 143 (2.13%) Logistics
20 138 (2.06%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 609 (9.09%) SQL
2 403 (6.01%) Java
3 251 (3.74%) PowerShell
4 190 (2.83%) JavaScript
5 189 (2.82%) Python
6 145 (2.16%) C#
7 110 (1.64%) ABAP
8 101 (1.51%) Perl
9 71 (1.06%) PL/SQL
10 67 (1.00%) Shell Script
11 56 (0.84%) Bash Shell
11 56 (0.84%) C
12 49 (0.73%) Ruby
13 47 (0.70%) T-SQL
14 44 (0.66%) VBScript
15 34 (0.51%) PHP
16 28 (0.42%) XPath
17 27 (0.40%) C++
17 27 (0.40%) Scala
18 23 (0.34%) VBA
Qualifications
1 510 (7.61%) Security Cleared
2 387 (5.77%) SC Cleared
3 198 (2.95%) CISSP
4 181 (2.70%) Degree
5 132 (1.97%) CISM
6 82 (1.22%) Cisco Certification
7 72 (1.07%) Microsoft Certification
8 65 (0.97%) CISA
9 61 (0.91%) DV Cleared
10 45 (0.67%) CCNP
11 44 (0.66%) MCSE
12 36 (0.54%) Computer Science Degree
13 27 (0.40%) MCSA
14 26 (0.39%) SAP Certification
15 25 (0.37%) CCNA
15 25 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 24 (0.36%) CCIE
17 23 (0.34%) BPSS Clearance
17 23 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
18 22 (0.33%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (2.89%) GDPR
2 169 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 94 (1.40%) QA
4 83 (1.24%) Data Quality
5 73 (1.09%) PCI DSS
6 46 (0.69%) PMO
7 44 (0.66%) SLA
8 26 (0.39%) COBIT
9 22 (0.33%) MiFID
10 17 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
10 17 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
11 16 (0.24%) IFRS
11 16 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 14 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 14 (0.21%) NIST 800
13 11 (0.16%) EMIR
13 11 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
14 10 (0.15%) JSP 440
14 10 (0.15%) RMADS
15 8 (0.12%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 408 (6.09%) Active Directory
2 136 (2.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 121 (1.81%) Docker
4 66 (0.98%) Hyper-V
5 53 (0.79%) Virtual Machines
6 43 (0.64%) Microsoft App-V
7 42 (0.63%) vSphere
8 41 (0.61%) XenApp
9 37 (0.55%) XenDesktop
10 35 (0.52%) BitLocker
11 34 (0.51%) VMware NSX
12 18 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
13 15 (0.22%) vCloud
14 12 (0.18%) Firmware
14 12 (0.18%) XenServer
15 11 (0.16%) Virtual Servers
16 9 (0.13%) HDFS
17 7 (0.10%) LXC
18 6 (0.090%) KVM
19 5 (0.075%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 176 (2.63%) Ansible
2 165 (2.46%) Puppet
3 149 (2.22%) SCCM
4 100 (1.49%) Terraform
5 83 (1.24%) Opscode Chef
6 72 (1.07%) Microsoft Intune
7 68 (1.01%) Kubernetes
8 35 (0.52%) SCOM
9 28 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
10 27 (0.40%) vRealize
11 25 (0.37%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 25 (0.37%) Tivoli
12 20 (0.30%) logstash
13 18 (0.27%) vCenter Server
14 16 (0.24%) ITRS Geneos
15 15 (0.22%) Netcool
16 14 (0.21%) Control-M
16 14 (0.21%) Grafana
17 13 (0.19%) WSUS
18 12 (0.18%) Packer
Vendors
1 1442 (21.51%) SAP
2 758 (11.31%) Microsoft
3 625 (9.32%) Oracle
4 237 (3.54%) VMware
5 200 (2.98%) IBM
6 172 (2.57%) Cisco
7 119 (1.78%) Red Hat
8 103 (1.54%) ServiceNow
9 99 (1.48%) Citrix
10 98 (1.46%) Salesforce.com
11 95 (1.42%) Workday
12 93 (1.39%) Splunk
13 85 (1.27%) HP
14 77 (1.15%) JD Edwards
15 76 (1.13%) Tableau
16 75 (1.12%) CyberArk
17 68 (1.01%) Ariba
18 67 (1.00%) Google
19 63 (0.94%) Symantec
20 50 (0.75%) Adobe