The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 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
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 24 25 22
Rank change year-on-year +1 -3  
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3021 3527 3853
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.70% 6.58% 7.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.07% 6.91% 7.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1676 1948 1954
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £438
% change year-on-year +2.85% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 23 16
Median hourly rate £48.50 £50.00 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.00% +29.03%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.60 £24.00 £14.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.50 £60.98 £132.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £50.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year -6.00% +38.88%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Consultant in the job title.

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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Top 30 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 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +1 2733 £475 +5.55% 687
London -1 1228 £500 +5.26% 342
South East -2 496 £475 +5.55% 86
North West +8 191 £450 +5.88% 47
South West +5 172 £450 +5.88% 32
Berkshire +3 163 £475 +7.64% 34
East of England -6 139 £450 +9.09% 36
West Midlands -2 130 £450 - 50
Yorkshire +12 125 £488 +14.70% 34
City of London -14 124 £500 +5.26% 85
Hampshire +2 109 £450 +9.09% 16
Scotland -5 109 £400 -5.04% 23
East Midlands -5 100 £445 -1.11% 22
Manchester -1 91 £450 - 35
West Yorkshire +12 77 £500 +11.11% 25
Wiltshire +17 73 £488 +14.70% 4
Surrey +19 69 £443 -7.61% 13
Reading -3 61 £520 +15.55% 12
Leeds +18 60 £475 +5.55% 19
Cheshire +15 59 £475 +11.76% 8
Derbyshire +8 55 £425 +13.33% 11
Hertfordshire +1 55 £475 +11.76% 15
Edinburgh -3 52 £428 -5.00% 17
Buckinghamshire -6 49 £500 +11.11% 4
Derby +14 45 £475 +18.75% 4
Bristol -3 44 £420 +8.38% 14
Birmingham 0 43 £475 +11.76% 31
Wales +36 40 £500 +33.33% 8
Swindon +12 40 £450 - 3
Milton Keynes -2 40 £500 +11.11% 2

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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 1458 (23.51%) SAP
2 1197 (19.30%) Finance
3 847 (13.66%) Oracle
4 796 (12.83%) Microsoft
5 660 (10.64%) Security Cleared
6 613 (9.88%) Migration
7 596 (9.61%) SQL
8 576 (9.29%) Agile Software Development
9 529 (8.53%) Windows
10 497 (8.01%) SC Cleared
11 419 (6.76%) CRM
12 417 (6.72%) Linux
13 410 (6.61%) Business Intelligence
14 379 (6.11%) ERP
15 374 (6.03%) Java
16 342 (5.51%) DevOps
17 339 (5.47%) SQL Server
18 330 (5.32%) Retail
19 314 (5.06%) Stakeholder Management
19 314 (5.06%) Microsoft Azure
20 311 (5.01%) Banking
21 297 (4.79%) MS Excel
22 293 (4.72%) Active Directory
23 291 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
24 278 (4.48%) Office 365
25 274 (4.42%) Project Management
26 246 (3.97%) Information Security
27 245 (3.95%) VMware
28 243 (3.92%) Cisco
29 239 (3.85%) JavaScript

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
1 227 (3.66%) SharePoint
2 107 (1.73%) MS Exchange
3 102 (1.64%) Skype for Business
4 60 (0.97%) Confluence
5 56 (0.90%) Apache Spark
6 54 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
7 53 (0.85%) SharePoint 2013
8 51 (0.82%) CMS
8 51 (0.82%) Tomcat
9 50 (0.81%) Apache
9 50 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2010
10 49 (0.79%) WebSphere
11 44 (0.71%) SAS
12 41 (0.66%) JBoss
13 40 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2013
13 40 (0.64%) IIS
13 40 (0.64%) WebLogic
14 38 (0.61%) NetWeaver
15 34 (0.55%) Oracle SOA Suite
15 34 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 297 (4.79%) MS Excel
2 92 (1.48%) MS Office
3 48 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
4 38 (0.61%) MS Visio
5 26 (0.42%) MS Project
6 17 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.16%) HipChat
8 9 (0.15%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.15%) SPSS
9 8 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
10 6 (0.097%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.081%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.064%) Gliffy
13 3 (0.048%) InDesign
14 2 (0.032%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.032%) Mathematica
15 1 (0.016%) Adobe Captivate
15 1 (0.016%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 220 (3.55%) Dynamics CRM
2 169 (2.72%) Oracle EBS R12
3 155 (2.50%) SAP FI
4 146 (2.35%) SAP CO
5 133 (2.14%) SAP FI/CO
6 131 (2.11%) Oracle EBS
7 103 (1.66%) Dynamics AX
8 102 (1.64%) SAP SD
9 96 (1.55%) SAP HR
10 78 (1.26%) SAP MM
11 76 (1.23%) SAP HCM
12 68 (1.10%) Oracle Receivables
12 68 (1.10%) SAP IS-U
13 65 (1.05%) SAP Retail
14 56 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
15 53 (0.85%) Oracle Payables
16 51 (0.82%) Oracle Financials
17 49 (0.79%) SAP S/4HANA
17 49 (0.79%) Unit4 Business World
18 48 (0.77%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 314 (5.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 278 (4.48%) Office 365
3 239 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
4 76 (1.23%) SaaS
5 74 (1.19%) SuccessFactors
6 67 (1.08%) PaaS
7 65 (1.05%) IaaS
8 58 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
9 27 (0.44%) Yammer
10 24 (0.39%) Google Analytics
11 18 (0.29%) GitHub
12 17 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
12 17 (0.27%) Cloud Computing
13 16 (0.26%) Adobe Analytics
14 14 (0.23%) Amazon S3
14 14 (0.23%) AWS CloudFormation
14 14 (0.23%) Google Cloud Platform
15 13 (0.21%) Oracle CX
16 12 (0.19%) Taleo
17 10 (0.16%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 231 (3.72%) Firewall
2 120 (1.93%) DNS
3 110 (1.77%) Network Security
4 88 (1.42%) VPN
5 76 (1.23%) Skype
6 68 (1.10%) WAN
7 63 (1.02%) LDAP
8 62 (1.00%) DHCP
9 59 (0.95%) LAN
10 58 (0.94%) SAN
11 56 (0.90%) Cisco ASA
12 51 (0.82%) TCP/IP
13 43 (0.69%) HTTP
14 42 (0.68%) Internet
15 40 (0.64%) Cisco Nexus
16 38 (0.61%) SSL
17 37 (0.60%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
18 30 (0.48%) SSH
18 30 (0.48%) Unified Communications
19 29 (0.47%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 339 (5.47%) SQL Server
2 161 (2.60%) Data Warehouse
3 139 (2.24%) Big Data
4 123 (1.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 116 (1.87%) SAP BW
6 115 (1.85%) Hadoop
7 112 (1.81%) Oracle Database
8 105 (1.69%) BusinessObjects
9 96 (1.55%) Relational Database
10 89 (1.44%) SAP HANA
11 85 (1.37%) Oracle Reports
11 85 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 67 (1.08%) DB2
13 56 (0.90%) Oracle BI EE
13 56 (0.90%) QlikView
13 56 (0.90%) RDBMS
14 52 (0.84%) Power BI
15 51 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
16 48 (0.77%) Oracle Database 11g
16 48 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 156 (2.52%) Jenkins
2 97 (1.56%) Git (software)
3 92 (1.48%) JIRA
4 53 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 50 (0.81%) Maven
6 36 (0.58%) Selenium
6 36 (0.58%) Visual Studio
7 33 (0.53%) Sonatype Nexus
8 20 (0.32%) Cucumber
8 20 (0.32%) Subversion
9 17 (0.27%) Axure RP
9 17 (0.27%) LSMW
9 17 (0.27%) Talend Open Studio
10 16 (0.26%) JUnit
10 16 (0.26%) Oracle APEX
11 15 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 15 (0.24%) Gradle
11 15 (0.24%) SonarQube
12 14 (0.23%) Bitbucket
12 14 (0.23%) Vagrant
General
1 1197 (19.30%) Finance
2 330 (5.32%) Retail
3 311 (5.01%) Banking
4 208 (3.35%) Manufacturing
5 195 (3.14%) Marketing
6 163 (2.63%) Telecoms
7 128 (2.06%) Billing
8 107 (1.73%) Advertising
9 86 (1.39%) Pharmaceutical
10 83 (1.34%) Legal
11 67 (1.08%) Law
12 57 (0.92%) General Ledger
13 46 (0.74%) Investment Banking
14 43 (0.69%) Electronics
15 40 (0.64%) Back Office
16 38 (0.61%) Financial Institution
17 30 (0.48%) Front Office
18 27 (0.44%) French Language
19 25 (0.40%) German Language
20 23 (0.37%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 218 (3.51%) .NET
2 204 (3.29%) Web Services
3 168 (2.71%) HTML
4 143 (2.31%) CSS
5 137 (2.21%) XML
6 96 (1.55%) Middleware
7 69 (1.11%) Oracle Fusion
8 65 (1.05%) REST
9 58 (0.94%) SOAP
10 57 (0.92%) Spring
11 51 (0.82%) J2EE
12 48 (0.77%) JSON
13 45 (0.73%) SAP Basis
14 44 (0.71%) ASP.NET
15 40 (0.64%) AngularJS
16 34 (0.55%) SAPUI5
17 32 (0.52%) jQuery
17 32 (0.52%) SAP Fiori
18 31 (0.50%) Web Dynpro
19 29 (0.47%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 291 (4.69%) Analytical Skills
2 211 (3.40%) Data Centre
3 97 (1.56%) Management Information System
3 97 (1.56%) User Experience
4 66 (1.06%) FMCG
5 60 (0.97%) Computer Science
6 49 (0.79%) iPad
7 48 (0.77%) PKI
8 43 (0.69%) Mobile App
8 43 (0.69%) Public Cloud
9 42 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
10 40 (0.64%) Data Structures
11 34 (0.55%) Clustering
12 31 (0.50%) Fintech
13 29 (0.47%) Replication
14 28 (0.45%) Virtual Team
15 26 (0.42%) Private Cloud
16 24 (0.39%) Credit Risk
17 23 (0.37%) Client/Server
17 23 (0.37%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 529 (8.53%) Windows
2 417 (6.72%) Linux
3 237 (3.82%) Unix
4 178 (2.87%) Windows Server
5 119 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
6 102 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 101 (1.63%) Windows Server 2008
8 72 (1.16%) Windows 10
9 67 (1.08%) CentOS
10 50 (0.81%) AIX
11 44 (0.71%) Solaris
12 42 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
13 32 (0.52%) Windows 7
14 28 (0.45%) Apple iOS
15 27 (0.44%) Android
16 14 (0.23%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.18%) Debian
18 10 (0.16%) VMS
19 9 (0.15%) HPUX
19 9 (0.15%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 613 (9.88%) Migration
2 576 (9.29%) Agile Software Development
3 419 (6.76%) CRM
4 410 (6.61%) Business Intelligence
5 379 (6.11%) ERP
6 342 (5.51%) DevOps
7 314 (5.06%) Stakeholder Management
8 274 (4.42%) Project Management
9 246 (3.97%) Information Security
10 239 (3.85%) Analytics
11 237 (3.82%) Data Migration
12 212 (3.42%) ITIL
12 212 (3.42%) Workflow
13 196 (3.16%) Business Analysis
14 172 (2.77%) ETL
15 159 (2.56%) Continuous Integration
16 154 (2.48%) Change Management
17 152 (2.45%) Service Management
18 149 (2.40%) Data Modelling
19 145 (2.34%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 596 (9.61%) SQL
2 374 (6.03%) Java
3 239 (3.85%) JavaScript
4 172 (2.77%) C#
5 171 (2.76%) Python
6 168 (2.71%) ABAP
7 157 (2.53%) PowerShell
8 88 (1.42%) C
9 84 (1.35%) Bash Shell
10 82 (1.32%) PL/SQL
11 72 (1.16%) Shell Script
12 69 (1.11%) Ruby
13 67 (1.08%) Perl
14 54 (0.87%) T-SQL
15 43 (0.69%) Scala
16 40 (0.64%) PHP
17 30 (0.48%) Apex Code
18 25 (0.40%) VBA
19 22 (0.35%) R
20 20 (0.32%) C++
Qualifications
1 660 (10.64%) Security Cleared
2 497 (8.01%) SC Cleared
3 200 (3.22%) Degree
4 154 (2.48%) CISSP
5 92 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
6 88 (1.42%) DV Cleared
7 68 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
8 64 (1.03%) CISM
9 49 (0.79%) CCNP
10 48 (0.77%) CISA
11 46 (0.74%) MCSE
12 41 (0.66%) CCIE
13 36 (0.58%) CEH
14 34 (0.55%) CCNA
15 33 (0.53%) CLAS
16 31 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
17 24 (0.39%) CREST Certified
17 24 (0.39%) SANS
18 23 (0.37%) PCI QSA
19 22 (0.35%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 100 (1.61%) QA
3 95 (1.53%) Data Quality
4 78 (1.26%) PCI DSS
5 54 (0.87%) SLA
6 38 (0.61%) GDPR
7 35 (0.56%) PMO
8 32 (0.52%) COBIT
9 28 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 25 (0.40%) GMP
11 18 (0.29%) GxP
11 18 (0.29%) ISO27002
12 16 (0.26%) Disclosure Scotland
13 15 (0.24%) MiFID
14 14 (0.23%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 13 (0.21%) GCP
16 12 (0.19%) GAMP
17 11 (0.18%) 21 CFR Part 11
18 10 (0.16%) IFRS
19 9 (0.15%) RMADS
System Software
1 293 (4.72%) Active Directory
2 143 (2.31%) Docker
3 121 (1.95%) VMware Infrastructure
4 62 (1.00%) Hyper-V
5 42 (0.68%) XenApp
6 37 (0.60%) vSphere
7 35 (0.56%) XenDesktop
8 34 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
9 27 (0.44%) HDFS
10 26 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
11 25 (0.40%) VMware ESX
12 22 (0.35%) vCloud
13 19 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
14 18 (0.29%) Oracle RAC
15 17 (0.27%) Veritas Cluster Server
16 13 (0.21%) BitLocker
17 10 (0.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
17 10 (0.16%) Squid
18 9 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
18 9 (0.15%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 162 (2.61%) Puppet
2 161 (2.60%) Ansible
3 110 (1.77%) SCCM
4 98 (1.58%) Kubernetes
5 68 (1.10%) Opscode Chef
5 68 (1.10%) Terraform
6 54 (0.87%) SCOM
7 28 (0.45%) logstash
8 25 (0.40%) WSUS
9 23 (0.37%) Kibana
10 20 (0.32%) vRealize
11 19 (0.31%) Rancher
12 18 (0.29%) Tivoli
13 17 (0.27%) Nagios
14 16 (0.26%) McAfee ePO
15 15 (0.24%) ZABBIX
16 14 (0.23%) AirWatch
17 13 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
18 12 (0.19%) NetBackup
19 11 (0.18%) Cisco Prime
Vendors
1 1458 (23.51%) SAP
2 847 (13.66%) Oracle
3 796 (12.83%) Microsoft
4 245 (3.95%) VMware
5 243 (3.92%) Cisco
6 187 (3.02%) IBM
7 144 (2.32%) Salesforce.com
8 120 (1.93%) Citrix
9 99 (1.60%) F5
10 91 (1.47%) Tableau
11 74 (1.19%) ServiceNow
12 73 (1.18%) Red Hat
13 72 (1.16%) Adobe
13 72 (1.16%) CheckPoint
14 71 (1.14%) HP
15 69 (1.11%) Splunk
16 64 (1.03%) Google
17 63 (1.02%) Juniper
18 57 (0.92%) Informatica
19 46 (0.74%) CyberArk
Derby, Derbyshire
Rullion
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Horsham, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £415.00 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £900 - £1100 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
NCC Group
Rate: Competitive rates
Posted: 19 hours ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £500.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £600 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Derby, Derbyshire
LA International
Rate: £500 - £560 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £382 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Warwickshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Scotland
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: £588 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Spencer Rose
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Somerton, Somerset
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Gloucestershire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £442 per day +
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Clear Edge Consulting
Rate: From £70,000 to £75,000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Leicestershire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: 5 days ago