Period
to 22 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 February 2018.

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
22 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 30 24 26
Rank change year-on-year -6 +2 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 6,541 6,334 7,006
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.44% 6.60% 6.53%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.79% 6.96% 6.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,652 3,551 3,749
UK median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% -
10th Percentile £350 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £465 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +3.33% +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 32 36
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £45.50 £47.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.09% -4.71% -3.05%
10th Percentile £18.85 £5.00 £14.50
90th Percentile £60.60 £92.00 £100.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year -11.11% +3.45% +58.18%

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 96,293 90,999 101,882
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.77% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,953 59,312 65,238
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £383
% change year-on-year - +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,840 3,245 3,701
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.54 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 22 February 2018.

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 22 February 2018.

Contractor 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 22 February 2018. 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 -5 5,931 £487 +2.58% 1,245
UK excluding London -1 3,309 £465 +3.33% 757
London -6 2,788 £500 +2.56% 543
South East +1 1,044 £463 +2.78% 195
North of England +5 757 £466 +3.61% 210
Midlands -1 579 £470 +4.44% 144
North West +6 417 £463 +2.78% 119
West Midlands +9 368 £475 +5.56% 91
East of England -7 295 £475 +13.43% 65
Scotland +2 283 £450 +12.50% 51
Yorkshire -5 273 £475 +5.56% 71
South West -8 267 £464 +3.06% 76
East Midlands -11 185 £450 - 53
Wales -10 67 £500 +2.56% 12
North East +32 65 £439 +9.69% 20
Northern Ireland +3 24 £444 +2.90% 4
Channel Islands +2 4 £325 -31.58%
Isle of Man - 1 £400 -

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 February 2018, 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 1,280 (19.57%) SAP
2 1,187 (18.15%) Finance
3 802 (12.26%) Microsoft
4 745 (11.39%) Migration
5 652 (9.97%) Oracle
6 605 (9.25%) SQL
7 586 (8.96%) Agile Software Development
8 584 (8.93%) Windows
9 518 (7.92%) Security Cleared
10 473 (7.23%) Microsoft Azure
11 441 (6.74%) Linux
12 440 (6.73%) Stakeholder Management
13 417 (6.38%) DevOps
14 389 (5.95%) Java
15 388 (5.93%) Active Directory
16 381 (5.82%) ERP
17 379 (5.79%) SC Cleared
18 371 (5.67%) Business Intelligence
19 358 (5.47%) Office 365
20 353 (5.40%) CRM
21 352 (5.38%) Information Security
22 342 (5.23%) Analytical Skills
23 299 (4.57%) Amazon AWS
23 299 (4.57%) Project Management
24 295 (4.51%) Analytics
25 279 (4.27%) Banking
26 265 (4.05%) GDPR
27 264 (4.04%) Retail
28 260 (3.97%) Unix
29 248 (3.79%) Data Migration

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
1 182 (2.78%) SharePoint
2 108 (1.65%) MS Exchange
3 84 (1.28%) Skype for Business
4 57 (0.87%) Apache Spark
5 54 (0.83%) SAS
6 51 (0.78%) CMS
7 50 (0.76%) Tomcat
8 47 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2010
9 40 (0.61%) Apache
10 37 (0.57%) Confluence
10 37 (0.57%) SharePoint 2013
11 32 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2013
11 32 (0.49%) JBoss
11 32 (0.49%) OpenStack
12 30 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 30 (0.46%) WebSphere
13 28 (0.43%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 26 (0.40%) SharePoint 2010
15 24 (0.37%) IIS
16 21 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 115 (1.76%) Microsoft Excel
2 72 (1.10%) Microsoft Office
3 50 (0.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 38 (0.58%) MS Visio
5 14 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.18%) InfoPath
6 12 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 7 (0.11%) OmniGraffle
8 5 (0.076%) Photoshop
9 4 (0.061%) EngageOne
9 4 (0.061%) SPSS
10 3 (0.046%) Adobe Captivate
10 3 (0.046%) InVision
11 2 (0.031%) Acrobat
11 2 (0.031%) Camtasia
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.015%) CATIA
12 1 (0.015%) InDesign
12 1 (0.015%) Simulink
12 1 (0.015%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 187 (2.86%) Dynamics CRM
1 187 (2.86%) SAP FI
2 175 (2.68%) Dynamics AX
3 152 (2.32%) SAP CO
4 139 (2.13%) SAP FI/CO
5 118 (1.80%) Oracle EBS
5 118 (1.80%) SAP S/4HANA
6 102 (1.56%) SAP SD
7 96 (1.47%) SAP MM
8 90 (1.38%) Oracle EBS R12
9 64 (0.98%) SAP HR
10 58 (0.89%) Oracle Receivables
11 57 (0.87%) Dynamics NAV
11 57 (0.87%) SAP ERP
12 56 (0.86%) SAP Retail
13 50 (0.76%) Oracle Payables
14 47 (0.72%) NetSuite
15 43 (0.66%) Oracle Financials
16 41 (0.63%) SAP HCM
17 40 (0.61%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 473 (7.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 358 (5.47%) Office 365
3 299 (4.57%) Amazon AWS
4 181 (2.77%) Dynamics 365
5 133 (2.03%) Azure Active Directory
6 113 (1.73%) PaaS
7 108 (1.65%) IaaS
8 93 (1.42%) SaaS
9 74 (1.13%) SuccessFactors
10 51 (0.78%) OneDrive
11 40 (0.61%) OpenShift
12 36 (0.55%) Amazon EC2
12 36 (0.55%) AWS CloudFormation
13 35 (0.54%) Taleo
14 34 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
15 28 (0.43%) Amazon S3
16 27 (0.41%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 27 (0.41%) Serverless
17 26 (0.40%) GitHub
17 26 (0.40%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 189 (2.89%) Firewall
2 95 (1.45%) DNS
3 88 (1.35%) Skype
3 88 (1.35%) VPN
4 83 (1.27%) Network Security
5 74 (1.13%) SSL
6 70 (1.07%) TCP/IP
7 64 (0.98%) Internet
8 59 (0.90%) SAN
9 56 (0.86%) WAN
10 48 (0.73%) SMS
11 44 (0.67%) Kerberos
12 41 (0.63%) DHCP
13 38 (0.58%) HTTP
14 30 (0.46%) FTP
15 29 (0.44%) LAN
16 24 (0.37%) MPLS
17 22 (0.34%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 20 (0.31%) SMTP
19 19 (0.29%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 235 (3.59%) SQL Server
2 134 (2.05%) Big Data
3 129 (1.97%) Hadoop
4 125 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
5 118 (1.80%) SAP HANA
6 105 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 102 (1.56%) Oracle Database
8 101 (1.54%) SAP BW
9 87 (1.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 81 (1.24%) Power BI
11 70 (1.07%) Oracle BI EE
12 69 (1.05%) BusinessObjects
13 58 (0.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 55 (0.84%) Oracle BI Publisher
14 55 (0.84%) Oracle Reports
15 48 (0.73%) DB2
16 47 (0.72%) Apache Hive
16 47 (0.72%) Oracle ODI
17 46 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
18 45 (0.69%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 191 (2.92%) Jenkins
2 132 (2.02%) Git (software)
3 99 (1.51%) JIRA
4 53 (0.81%) Sonatype Nexus
5 49 (0.75%) Visual Studio
6 46 (0.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 44 (0.67%) Maven
8 41 (0.63%) Selenium
9 31 (0.47%) Cucumber
10 30 (0.46%) TeamCity
11 29 (0.44%) Bitbucket
11 29 (0.44%) Subversion
12 28 (0.43%) Visual Studio Team System
13 25 (0.38%) Artifactory
13 25 (0.38%) GitLab
14 23 (0.35%) LSMW
15 22 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
16 18 (0.28%) Axure RP
17 17 (0.26%) JMeter
18 16 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 1,187 (18.15%) Finance
2 279 (4.27%) Banking
3 264 (4.04%) Retail
4 199 (3.04%) Marketing
5 190 (2.90%) Manufacturing
6 138 (2.11%) Telecoms
7 104 (1.59%) Billing
8 100 (1.53%) Legal
9 87 (1.33%) Advertising
10 73 (1.12%) General Ledger
11 61 (0.93%) Law
12 60 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
13 45 (0.69%) Investment Banking
14 39 (0.60%) French Language
15 31 (0.47%) Back Office
16 30 (0.46%) Financial Institution
17 21 (0.32%) Front Office
18 20 (0.31%) Automotive
19 19 (0.29%) Games
19 19 (0.29%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 205 (3.13%) .NET
2 190 (2.90%) Web Services
3 147 (2.25%) XML
4 116 (1.77%) HTML
5 107 (1.64%) Oracle Fusion
6 97 (1.48%) CSS
7 90 (1.38%) REST
8 77 (1.18%) SOAP
9 74 (1.13%) Middleware
10 69 (1.05%) JSON
11 57 (0.87%) Kafka
12 45 (0.69%) J2EE
13 38 (0.58%) ASP.NET
14 37 (0.57%) LDAP
14 37 (0.57%) RESTful
15 36 (0.55%) EDI
16 35 (0.54%) .NET Framework
17 34 (0.52%) Spring
18 33 (0.50%) SAP PI
19 32 (0.49%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 342 (5.23%) Analytical Skills
2 123 (1.88%) Data Centre
3 113 (1.73%) Management Information System
4 108 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
5 104 (1.59%) User Experience
6 62 (0.95%) PKI
7 61 (0.93%) Computer Science
8 54 (0.83%) Public Cloud
9 46 (0.70%) Replication
10 39 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
11 36 (0.55%) FMCG
12 35 (0.54%) Mobile App
13 34 (0.52%) CESG
14 32 (0.49%) CMDB
15 31 (0.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 31 (0.47%) Mainframe
16 28 (0.43%) Data Protection Act
17 27 (0.41%) Cyberthreat
18 26 (0.40%) Data Structures
19 25 (0.38%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 584 (8.93%) Windows
2 441 (6.74%) Linux
3 260 (3.97%) Unix
4 191 (2.92%) Windows Server
5 107 (1.64%) Windows 10
6 90 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 82 (1.25%) Windows Server 2012
8 66 (1.01%) Windows Server 2008
9 58 (0.89%) Windows 7
10 43 (0.66%) CentOS
11 41 (0.63%) AIX
12 38 (0.58%) Solaris
13 31 (0.47%) Android
13 31 (0.47%) Apple iOS
14 27 (0.41%) Windows Server 2003
15 13 (0.20%) VMS
16 11 (0.17%) SUSE
17 9 (0.14%) Mac OS X
18 8 (0.12%) Ubuntu
19 7 (0.11%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 745 (11.39%) Migration
2 586 (8.96%) Agile Software Development
3 440 (6.73%) Stakeholder Management
4 417 (6.38%) DevOps
5 381 (5.82%) ERP
6 371 (5.67%) Business Intelligence
7 353 (5.40%) CRM
8 352 (5.38%) Information Security
9 299 (4.57%) Project Management
10 295 (4.51%) Analytics
11 248 (3.79%) Data Migration
12 235 (3.59%) ITIL
13 185 (2.83%) Data Protection
14 184 (2.81%) Change Management
14 184 (2.81%) Risk Management
15 162 (2.48%) User Acceptance Testing
16 161 (2.46%) Logistics
17 157 (2.40%) Cybersecurity
18 156 (2.38%) Configuration Management
19 154 (2.35%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 605 (9.25%) SQL
2 389 (5.95%) Java
3 248 (3.79%) PowerShell
4 209 (3.20%) Python
5 202 (3.09%) JavaScript
6 176 (2.69%) C#
7 133 (2.03%) ABAP
8 101 (1.54%) PL/SQL
9 74 (1.13%) Perl
10 66 (1.01%) Shell Script
11 61 (0.93%) Bash Shell
12 56 (0.86%) C
13 49 (0.75%) VBScript
14 39 (0.60%) Groovy
15 36 (0.55%) PHP
16 33 (0.50%) C++
16 33 (0.50%) Ruby
16 33 (0.50%) T-SQL
17 28 (0.43%) Scala
18 27 (0.41%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 518 (7.92%) Security Cleared
2 379 (5.79%) SC Cleared
3 210 (3.21%) CISSP
4 192 (2.94%) Degree
5 135 (2.06%) CISM
6 83 (1.27%) Microsoft Certification
7 75 (1.15%) CISA
8 59 (0.90%) Cisco Certification
9 54 (0.83%) MCSE
10 53 (0.81%) DV Cleared
11 32 (0.49%) MCSA
12 29 (0.44%) Computer Science Degree
13 28 (0.43%) CCNP
14 25 (0.38%) CEH
15 24 (0.37%) CESG Certified Professional
16 22 (0.34%) CCIE
16 22 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
16 22 (0.34%) ITIL Certification
17 21 (0.32%) SAP Certification
18 20 (0.31%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 265 (4.05%) GDPR
2 176 (2.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 121 (1.85%) QA
4 81 (1.24%) PCI DSS
5 54 (0.83%) Data Quality
6 49 (0.75%) PMO
7 46 (0.70%) SLA
8 34 (0.52%) IFRS
9 30 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
10 24 (0.37%) COBIT
11 23 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 19 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 19 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 20000
13 15 (0.23%) MiFID
14 14 (0.21%) RMADS
15 13 (0.20%) GMP
16 11 (0.17%) ISO 9001
17 10 (0.15%) 21 CFR Part 11
17 10 (0.15%) ISO 22301
17 10 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 388 (5.93%) Active Directory
2 153 (2.34%) Docker
3 94 (1.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 56 (0.86%) Hyper-V
5 48 (0.73%) Virtual Machines
6 44 (0.67%) vSphere
7 41 (0.63%) XenApp
8 37 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
9 35 (0.54%) XenDesktop
10 32 (0.49%) BitLocker
11 30 (0.46%) VMware NSX
12 25 (0.38%) Apache Flume
12 25 (0.38%) HDFS
13 20 (0.31%) Apache ZooKeeper
14 18 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
15 14 (0.21%) vCloud
16 13 (0.20%) NFS
17 10 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
18 9 (0.14%) XenServer
19 5 (0.076%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 210 (3.21%) Ansible
2 199 (3.04%) Puppet
3 146 (2.23%) SCCM
4 145 (2.22%) Terraform
5 100 (1.53%) Kubernetes
6 87 (1.33%) Opscode Chef
7 69 (1.05%) Microsoft Intune
8 38 (0.58%) Single Sign-On
9 30 (0.46%) SCOM
10 24 (0.37%) logstash
10 24 (0.37%) vRealize
11 23 (0.35%) Grafana
12 22 (0.34%) vCenter Server
13 21 (0.32%) Hadoop YARN
13 21 (0.32%) Norton AntiVirus
14 20 (0.31%) Ambari
14 20 (0.31%) Tivoli
15 19 (0.29%) Control-M
15 19 (0.29%) Mesos
15 19 (0.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1,280 (19.57%) SAP
2 802 (12.26%) Microsoft
3 652 (9.97%) Oracle
4 204 (3.12%) VMware
5 147 (2.25%) Salesforce.com
6 143 (2.19%) IBM
7 138 (2.11%) Cisco
8 103 (1.57%) ServiceNow
9 87 (1.33%) Tableau
10 86 (1.31%) Red Hat
11 85 (1.30%) Adobe
12 84 (1.28%) Citrix
13 78 (1.19%) Workday
14 76 (1.16%) HP
15 75 (1.15%) Splunk
16 74 (1.13%) JD Edwards
17 72 (1.10%) CyberArk
18 61 (0.93%) Google
19 55 (0.84%) Symantec
20 46 (0.70%) Ariba