Period
to 25 July 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 25 July 2021.

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 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 32 31 35
Rank change year-on-year -1 +4 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4,315 2,189 5,291
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.10% 5.83% 5.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.56% 6.25% 6.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,498 1,290 3,033
10th Percentile £381 £363 £363
25th Percentile £450 £420 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.26%
75th Percentile £625 £592 £575
90th Percentile £700 £688 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +4.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 17 61
10th Percentile £27.00 £29.50 £38.00
25th Percentile £35.00 £43.49 £43.49
Median hourly rate £51.00 £55.00 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year -7.27% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £67.69 £66.00 £57.50
90th Percentile £75.25 " £67.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £67.50 £52.50 £51.25
% change year-on-year +28.57% +2.44% +2.50%

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 65,818 35,000 86,800
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.01% 93.28% 94.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 45,239 23,228 58,050
10th Percentile £300 £261 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £470
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +1.06% +4.44%
75th Percentile £595 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £668 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,969 1,199 2,773
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.32 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.52 £14.07 £13.35
Median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £18.70
Median % change year-on-year - +6.95% +6.86%
75th Percentile £43.75 £42.25 £42.50
90th Percentile £58.71 £52.50 £51.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.72 £19.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -6.76% +5.56% +2.86%

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 July 2021.

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 July 2021.

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 25 July 2021. 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 -2 2,986 £525 +5.00% 890
Work from Home -4 1,671 £540 +8.00% 211
London -1 1,567 £563 +7.14% 386
UK excluding London -8 1,189 £500 - 521
South East -4 361 £500 -4.76% 115
North of England -4 259 £500 - 134
Midlands +1 223 £475 -5.00% 105
West Midlands +3 177 £475 -6.17% 83
North West -13 141 £500 +1.27% 91
Scotland -34 110 £500 +11.11% 23
South West -15 109 £500 - 83
Yorkshire +15 104 £500 - 29
East of England +2 79 £500 - 49
East Midlands -3 37 £463 -6.57% 21
Wales -12 37 £500 -6.98% 9
North East -10 14 £450 +2.86% 14
Northern Ireland -4 12 £400 -21.95% 4

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 2021, 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.

1 898 (20.81%) Finance
2 845 (19.58%) SAP
3 796 (18.45%) Social Skills
4 711 (16.48%) Azure
5 639 (14.81%) Migration
6 631 (14.62%) Oracle
7 570 (13.21%) Microsoft
8 514 (11.91%) Agile Software Development
9 440 (10.20%) SQL
10 427 (9.90%) Security Cleared
11 356 (8.25%) AWS
12 347 (8.04%) DevOps
13 299 (6.93%) SC Cleared
14 285 (6.60%) ERP
15 279 (6.47%) Microsoft 365
16 277 (6.42%) Stakeholder Management
17 275 (6.37%) Business Intelligence
18 274 (6.35%) Data Migration
19 267 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
20 266 (6.16%) SAP S/4HANA
21 259 (6.00%) Windows
22 249 (5.77%) Java
23 241 (5.59%) Active Directory
24 232 (5.38%) Banking
25 226 (5.24%) CRM
26 224 (5.19%) Requirements Gathering
27 219 (5.08%) Power Platform
28 210 (4.87%) Cybersecurity
29 209 (4.84%) Analytics
29 209 (4.84%) Dynamics 365

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
1 183 (4.24%) SharePoint
2 57 (1.32%) Confluence
3 43 (1.00%) Apache
4 36 (0.83%) SAS
5 24 (0.56%) CMS
6 23 (0.53%) MS Exchange
7 19 (0.44%) Apache Spark
8 18 (0.42%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 15 (0.35%) OpenStack
9 15 (0.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 15 (0.35%) Skype for Business
10 11 (0.25%) SharePoint 2010
11 9 (0.21%) SAP Portal
12 8 (0.19%) Elasticsearch
13 7 (0.16%) CICS
13 7 (0.16%) IIS
14 6 (0.14%) Apache Airflow
14 6 (0.14%) nginx
14 6 (0.14%) Tomcat
14 6 (0.14%) WebLogic
Applications
1 76 (1.76%) Microsoft Office
2 54 (1.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 19 (0.44%) Oracle Smart View
5 17 (0.39%) MS Visio
6 14 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
7 12 (0.28%) Chatbot
8 10 (0.23%) PTC Creo
8 10 (0.23%) Windchill
9 6 (0.14%) Figma
9 6 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
10 5 (0.12%) InfoPath
11 4 (0.093%) InVision
11 4 (0.093%) Sketch
12 3 (0.070%) Zeplin
13 2 (0.046%) CPLEX
13 2 (0.046%) Photoshop
14 1 (0.023%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 266 (6.16%) SAP S/4HANA
2 105 (2.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 91 (2.11%) Oracle EBS
4 86 (1.99%) SAP FI
5 73 (1.69%) Dynamics AX
6 68 (1.58%) SAP CO
7 65 (1.51%) SAP SD
8 64 (1.48%) SAP FI/CO
9 59 (1.37%) Oracle Payables
10 58 (1.34%) NetSuite
11 55 (1.27%) Oracle Receivables
12 53 (1.23%) Oracle EBS R12
13 52 (1.21%) SAP MM
14 46 (1.07%) Oracle Assets
15 43 (1.00%) SAP PP
16 41 (0.95%) Oracle Financials
17 36 (0.83%) SAP MDG
18 33 (0.76%) Oracle General Ledger
19 30 (0.70%) Oracle ERP
20 29 (0.67%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
Cloud Services
1 711 (16.48%) Azure
2 356 (8.25%) AWS
3 279 (6.47%) Microsoft 365
4 219 (5.08%) Power Platform
5 209 (4.84%) Dynamics 365
6 145 (3.36%) GCP
7 141 (3.27%) SaaS
8 104 (2.41%) PaaS
9 100 (2.32%) Azure Active Directory
10 98 (2.27%) IaaS
11 84 (1.95%) PowerApps
12 47 (1.09%) Serverless
13 43 (1.00%) Power Automate
14 42 (0.97%) Azure Data Factory
15 37 (0.86%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 33 (0.76%) Azure Logic Apps
17 32 (0.74%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 32 (0.74%) SuccessFactors
18 30 (0.70%) Cloud Computing
19 23 (0.53%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 104 (2.41%) Firewall
2 69 (1.60%) DNS
3 66 (1.53%) Network Security
4 43 (1.00%) TCP/IP
5 39 (0.90%) WAN
6 37 (0.86%) SAN
7 36 (0.83%) VPN
8 32 (0.74%) HTTP
8 32 (0.74%) LAN
9 30 (0.70%) Skype
9 30 (0.70%) VSAN
10 28 (0.65%) DHCP
10 28 (0.65%) SSL
11 22 (0.51%) Wireless
12 21 (0.49%) FTP
12 21 (0.49%) Internet
12 21 (0.49%) MPLS
13 20 (0.46%) Wi-Fi
14 18 (0.42%) Intranet
14 18 (0.42%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 168 (3.89%) SQL Server
2 153 (3.55%) Power BI
3 113 (2.62%) Data Warehouse
4 64 (1.48%) SAP BW
5 56 (1.30%) Oracle Database
6 52 (1.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 50 (1.16%) SAP HANA
8 48 (1.11%) Hadoop
9 46 (1.07%) Data Lake
10 39 (0.90%) Big Data
11 36 (0.83%) Metadata
12 35 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
13 34 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
14 32 (0.74%) Oracle BI Publisher
15 31 (0.72%) Relational Database
16 30 (0.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 29 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
17 29 (0.67%) Oracle ODI
18 25 (0.58%) Essbase
19 24 (0.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 107 (2.48%) JIRA
2 95 (2.20%) Git (software)
3 82 (1.90%) Jenkins
4 28 (0.65%) Bitbucket
5 21 (0.49%) SonarQube
6 18 (0.42%) Oracle Forms
7 11 (0.25%) Visual Studio
7 11 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
8 9 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
8 9 (0.21%) Team Foundation Server
9 8 (0.19%) GitLab
9 8 (0.19%) JUnit
9 8 (0.19%) Maven
9 8 (0.19%) Postman
9 8 (0.19%) SpecFlow
10 7 (0.16%) PowerDesigner
10 7 (0.16%) Toad
11 6 (0.14%) Eclipse
11 6 (0.14%) Oracle APEX
11 6 (0.14%) Selenium
General
1 898 (20.81%) Finance
2 796 (18.45%) Social Skills
3 267 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
4 232 (5.38%) Banking
5 207 (4.80%) Manufacturing
6 200 (4.63%) Public Sector
7 152 (3.52%) Marketing
8 140 (3.24%) Presentation Skills
9 114 (2.64%) Retail
10 102 (2.36%) Telecoms
11 74 (1.71%) Billing
12 70 (1.62%) Legal
13 62 (1.44%) Documentation Skills
14 59 (1.37%) Investment Banking
15 49 (1.14%) General Ledger
16 47 (1.09%) Front Office
16 47 (1.09%) Law
16 47 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
17 32 (0.74%) Electronics
17 32 (0.74%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (2.90%) .NET
2 112 (2.60%) REST
3 84 (1.95%) Web Services
4 62 (1.44%) HTML
5 57 (1.32%) XML
6 47 (1.09%) Spring
7 46 (1.07%) LDAP
7 46 (1.07%) Oracle Fusion
8 44 (1.02%) SOAP
9 43 (1.00%) CSS
10 42 (0.97%) WPF
11 37 (0.86%) Middleware
12 35 (0.81%) EDI
13 33 (0.76%) J2EE
13 33 (0.76%) SAML
14 30 (0.70%) ASP.NET
14 30 (0.70%) OAuth
15 28 (0.65%) .NET Framework
15 28 (0.65%) JSON
16 27 (0.63%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 86 (1.99%) Data Centre
2 66 (1.53%) Management Information System
3 51 (1.18%) User Experience
4 48 (1.11%) Self-Motivation
5 46 (1.07%) Legacy Systems
6 45 (1.04%) Greenfield Project
6 45 (1.04%) Public Cloud
7 34 (0.79%) CMDB
7 34 (0.79%) Data Protection Act
7 34 (0.79%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 28 (0.65%) Life Science
9 26 (0.60%) Enterprise Software
10 24 (0.56%) Data Structures
10 24 (0.56%) NHS
11 20 (0.46%) Cloud Native
11 20 (0.46%) Virtual Team
12 19 (0.44%) Social Media
13 18 (0.42%) Mainframe
14 17 (0.39%) FMCG
15 15 (0.35%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 259 (6.00%) Windows
2 188 (4.36%) Linux
3 96 (2.22%) Windows Server
4 89 (2.06%) Unix
5 50 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 50 (1.16%) Windows 10
6 29 (0.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 26 (0.60%) Windows Server 2016
7 26 (0.60%) Windows Server 2019
8 21 (0.49%) AIX
8 21 (0.49%) Android
8 21 (0.49%) Apple iOS
9 16 (0.37%) SUSE
10 15 (0.35%) Solaris
11 12 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
12 9 (0.21%) Windows 7
12 9 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
13 8 (0.19%) Oracle Linux
13 8 (0.19%) zOS
14 6 (0.14%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 639 (14.81%) Migration
2 514 (11.91%) Agile Software Development
3 347 (8.04%) DevOps
4 285 (6.60%) ERP
5 277 (6.42%) Stakeholder Management
6 275 (6.37%) Business Intelligence
7 274 (6.35%) Data Migration
8 226 (5.24%) CRM
9 224 (5.19%) Requirements Gathering
10 210 (4.87%) Cybersecurity
11 209 (4.84%) Analytics
12 199 (4.61%) Problem-Solving
13 198 (4.59%) Information Security
14 172 (3.99%) Change Management
15 150 (3.48%) Data Modelling
16 147 (3.41%) Risk Management
17 145 (3.36%) ITIL
18 144 (3.34%) Project Management
19 142 (3.29%) Scrum
20 136 (3.15%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 440 (10.20%) SQL
2 249 (5.77%) Java
3 206 (4.77%) Python
4 166 (3.85%) PowerShell
5 142 (3.29%) C#
6 90 (2.09%) JavaScript
7 67 (1.55%) PL/SQL
8 66 (1.53%) ABAP
9 55 (1.27%) T-SQL
10 50 (1.16%) C
11 35 (0.81%) Shell Script
12 33 (0.76%) Bash Shell
12 33 (0.76%) C++
13 24 (0.56%) PHP
14 22 (0.51%) Groovy
15 19 (0.44%) Ruby
16 18 (0.42%) Java 8
17 17 (0.39%) VB.NET
18 16 (0.37%) Perl
18 16 (0.37%) VBA
Qualifications
1 427 (9.90%) Security Cleared
2 299 (6.93%) SC Cleared
3 153 (3.55%) Degree
4 124 (2.87%) CISSP
5 69 (1.60%) CISM
6 60 (1.39%) Microsoft Certification
7 54 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
8 48 (1.11%) DV Cleared
9 37 (0.86%) CCNP
10 30 (0.70%) CESG Certified Professional
10 30 (0.70%) CRISC
11 26 (0.60%) CISA
12 24 (0.56%) Computer Science Degree
12 24 (0.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 22 (0.51%) SAS Certification
14 21 (0.49%) AWS Certification
15 20 (0.46%) ACCA
16 19 (0.44%) ITIL Certification
17 17 (0.39%) BPSS Clearance
18 16 (0.37%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 113 (2.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 88 (2.04%) Data Quality
3 85 (1.97%) QA
4 72 (1.67%) GDPR
5 45 (1.04%) SLA
6 42 (0.97%) PCI DSS
7 39 (0.90%) NIST
8 34 (0.79%) PMO
9 33 (0.76%) GRC
10 32 (0.74%) NCSC
11 25 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 18 (0.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
13 17 (0.39%) Cyber Essentials
14 14 (0.32%) GxP
15 13 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 12 (0.28%) COBIT
17 11 (0.25%) IFRS
18 10 (0.23%) RMADS
19 9 (0.21%) Accessibility
19 9 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 241 (5.59%) Active Directory
2 95 (2.20%) Docker
3 86 (1.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 51 (1.18%) VMware NSX
5 48 (1.11%) vSphere
6 33 (0.76%) Hyper-V
7 31 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
8 25 (0.58%) Virtual Desktop
9 24 (0.56%) GridGain
9 24 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
10 17 (0.39%) XenApp
11 14 (0.32%) XenDesktop
12 7 (0.16%) Firmware
13 6 (0.14%) vCloud
14 5 (0.12%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 5 (0.12%) ProxySG
15 4 (0.093%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 4 (0.093%) BitLocker
15 4 (0.093%) Microsoft App-V
15 4 (0.093%) OpenAM
Systems Management
1 152 (3.52%) Terraform
2 138 (3.20%) Ansible
3 112 (2.60%) Kubernetes
4 82 (1.90%) Microsoft Intune
5 59 (1.37%) SCCM
6 54 (1.25%) vRealize
7 45 (1.04%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 40 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
9 36 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
10 34 (0.79%) Puppet
11 27 (0.63%) vRealize Orchestrator
12 21 (0.49%) vCenter Server
13 20 (0.46%) Prometheus
13 20 (0.46%) Red Hat Satellite
14 14 (0.32%) Failover Clustering
15 13 (0.30%) Grafana
16 12 (0.28%) Data Guard
17 10 (0.23%) HP ALM
17 10 (0.23%) Kibana
17 10 (0.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 845 (19.58%) SAP
2 631 (14.62%) Oracle
3 570 (13.21%) Microsoft
4 172 (3.99%) VMware
5 168 (3.89%) Salesforce.com
6 117 (2.71%) Cisco
7 96 (2.22%) Google
8 80 (1.85%) ServiceNow
9 58 (1.34%) Splunk
10 56 (1.30%) Citrix
11 49 (1.14%) Ariba
12 48 (1.11%) IBM
13 47 (1.09%) Red Hat
14 42 (0.97%) HP
15 41 (0.95%) Informatica
16 38 (0.88%) Workday
17 37 (0.86%) Hyperion
18 36 (0.83%) Atlassian
18 36 (0.83%) Remedy
19 35 (0.81%) CyberArk