Period
to 22 August 2017

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 August 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
22 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 24 26
Rank change year-on-year -1 +2 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 6460 7440 7312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.74% 6.87% 6.44%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.10% 7.24% 6.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 3542 4204 3678
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £325 £313 £313
90th Percentile £625 £609 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £440 £440
% change year-on-year +7.95% - +4.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 50 56
UK median hourly rate £46.33 £46.00 £36.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.72% +26.03% +21.67%
10th Percentile £22.70 £18.42 £10.50
90th Percentile £79.43 £66.50 £69.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £45.50 £36.50
% change year-on-year -1.10% +24.66% +30.36%

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 90952 102814 107650
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.94% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 59071 67035 67268
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £255 £238
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.09% +3.47% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2791 3108 4174
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £17.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +6.38% +5.06%
10th Percentile £10.86 £10.38 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.29 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.30
% change year-on-year -5.26% +9.83% +3.38%

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 August 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 22 August 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 22 August 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 -1 5891 £475 +5.56% 669
UK excluding London 0 3359 £475 +7.95% 360
London -5 2635 £500 +5.26% 320
South East -3 1066 £476 +5.83% 88
North of England +11 785 £461 +5.43% 121
Midlands -1 539 £451 +0.11% 53
North West +10 514 £450 +5.88% 71
East of England -3 326 £485 +10.54% 37
South West -6 306 £475 +9.83% 29
West Midlands +2 296 £468 +10.00% 39
Scotland +6 277 £450 +7.14% 25
East Midlands +3 206 £450 - 13
Yorkshire +13 204 £475 +5.56% 44
North East -1 60 £470 +11.90% 6
Wales +4 57 £463 +12.80% 5
Northern Ireland -51 15 £350 -22.22% 2
Channel Islands -3 3 £500 +21.21%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 1548 (23.96%) SAP
2 1288 (19.94%) Finance
3 712 (11.02%) Migration
4 682 (10.56%) Microsoft
5 640 (9.91%) Oracle
6 615 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
7 593 (9.18%) SQL
8 584 (9.04%) Security Cleared
9 535 (8.28%) Windows
10 490 (7.59%) Linux
11 443 (6.86%) SC Cleared
12 396 (6.13%) ERP
13 390 (6.04%) Business Intelligence
14 389 (6.02%) Banking
15 381 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
16 356 (5.51%) Stakeholder Management
17 342 (5.29%) Active Directory
18 339 (5.25%) Java
19 334 (5.17%) Microsoft Azure
20 312 (4.83%) Retail
21 307 (4.75%) Information Security
22 304 (4.71%) DevOps
23 298 (4.61%) Project Management
24 290 (4.49%) CRM
25 282 (4.37%) SQL Server
25 282 (4.37%) Office 365
26 276 (4.27%) Unix
27 262 (4.06%) Amazon AWS
28 261 (4.04%) Manufacturing
29 254 (3.93%) 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
1 212 (3.28%) SharePoint
2 106 (1.64%) MS Exchange
3 91 (1.41%) Skype for Business
4 56 (0.87%) WebSphere
5 53 (0.82%) SAS
6 52 (0.80%) Apache
7 51 (0.79%) Confluence
7 51 (0.79%) OpenStack
8 47 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2010
9 43 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
10 40 (0.62%) IIS
10 40 (0.62%) JBoss
11 39 (0.60%) Tomcat
12 37 (0.57%) Apache Spark
13 36 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
13 36 (0.56%) NetWeaver
14 33 (0.51%) SharePoint 2013
15 31 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2013
15 31 (0.48%) WebLogic
16 29 (0.45%) CMS
Applications
1 144 (2.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 84 (1.30%) Microsoft Office
3 47 (0.73%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 35 (0.54%) MS Visio
5 29 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
6 13 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.12%) InfoPath
7 8 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 6 (0.093%) Adobe Illustrator
8 6 (0.093%) OmniGraffle
9 3 (0.046%) InDesign
9 3 (0.046%) SPSS
10 2 (0.031%) Adobe Captivate
10 2 (0.031%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.031%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.031%) HipChat
11 1 (0.015%) Adobe Premiere
11 1 (0.015%) Camtasia
11 1 (0.015%) EViews
11 1 (0.015%) InVision
Business Applications
1 195 (3.02%) SAP FI
2 175 (2.71%) SAP CO
3 158 (2.45%) SAP FI/CO
4 146 (2.26%) Dynamics CRM
5 128 (1.98%) SAP SD
6 100 (1.55%) Oracle EBS
7 99 (1.53%) Oracle EBS R12
8 98 (1.52%) SAP MM
9 97 (1.50%) SAP ERP
10 96 (1.49%) Dynamics AX
11 79 (1.22%) SAP HR
12 71 (1.10%) SAP Retail
13 61 (0.94%) Unit4 Business World
14 57 (0.88%) Dynamics NAV
15 56 (0.87%) SAP S/4HANA
16 52 (0.80%) SAP HCM
17 48 (0.74%) Oracle Receivables
18 44 (0.68%) SAP IS-U
19 43 (0.67%) SAP Payroll
20 41 (0.63%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 334 (5.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 282 (4.37%) Office 365
3 262 (4.06%) Amazon AWS
4 87 (1.35%) Azure Active Directory
5 80 (1.24%) IaaS
6 79 (1.22%) PaaS
7 71 (1.10%) SuccessFactors
8 68 (1.05%) SaaS
9 59 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
10 44 (0.68%) OpenShift
11 33 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
12 28 (0.43%) Google Analytics
13 26 (0.40%) GitHub
13 26 (0.40%) OneDrive
14 20 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
14 20 (0.31%) Google Cloud Platform
15 18 (0.28%) AWS CloudFormation
16 16 (0.25%) Taleo
17 13 (0.20%) Adobe Analytics
18 12 (0.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 219 (3.39%) Firewall
2 128 (1.98%) Network Security
3 100 (1.55%) DNS
4 89 (1.38%) Skype
4 89 (1.38%) VPN
5 82 (1.27%) WAN
6 73 (1.13%) LDAP
7 72 (1.11%) TCP/IP
8 70 (1.08%) LAN
9 65 (1.01%) Internet
10 63 (0.98%) SAN
11 49 (0.76%) HTTP
12 45 (0.70%) DHCP
13 39 (0.60%) Wireless
14 38 (0.59%) SSL
15 36 (0.56%) Cisco ASA
15 36 (0.56%) Cisco Nexus
16 31 (0.48%) NetScaler
17 26 (0.40%) BGP
18 25 (0.39%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 282 (4.37%) SQL Server
2 156 (2.41%) SAP BW
3 154 (2.38%) SAP HANA
4 116 (1.80%) Data Warehouse
5 104 (1.61%) Big Data
6 103 (1.59%) BusinessObjects
7 82 (1.27%) Hadoop
8 80 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 76 (1.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 68 (1.05%) Oracle Database
11 67 (1.04%) Oracle Reports
12 59 (0.91%) Relational Database
13 57 (0.88%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
14 53 (0.82%) MySQL
15 52 (0.80%) QlikView
16 51 (0.79%) Power BI
17 50 (0.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 44 (0.68%) Oracle BI EE
19 43 (0.67%) SAP Data Services
20 37 (0.57%) DB2
Development Applications
1 165 (2.55%) Jenkins
2 107 (1.66%) JIRA
3 96 (1.49%) Git (software)
4 85 (1.32%) Maven
5 71 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
6 43 (0.67%) Sonatype Nexus
7 40 (0.62%) Visual Studio
8 38 (0.59%) Selenium
9 34 (0.53%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 33 (0.51%) Subversion
11 32 (0.50%) Artifactory
12 23 (0.36%) Cucumber
12 23 (0.36%) GitLab
13 22 (0.34%) TeamCity
13 22 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
14 20 (0.31%) Axure RP
15 19 (0.29%) Bitbucket
15 19 (0.29%) LSMW
16 18 (0.28%) Talend Open Studio
17 17 (0.26%) LoadRunner
General
1 1288 (19.94%) Finance
2 389 (6.02%) Banking
3 312 (4.83%) Retail
4 261 (4.04%) Manufacturing
5 188 (2.91%) Telecoms
6 171 (2.65%) Marketing
7 107 (1.66%) Law
8 98 (1.52%) Pharmaceutical
9 93 (1.44%) Billing
9 93 (1.44%) Legal
10 68 (1.05%) Advertising
11 63 (0.98%) Electronics
12 60 (0.93%) General Ledger
13 45 (0.70%) Investment Banking
14 43 (0.67%) Back Office
14 43 (0.67%) Financial Institution
15 40 (0.62%) Front Office
16 37 (0.57%) Local Government
17 22 (0.34%) Publishing
18 21 (0.33%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 194 (3.00%) .NET
2 178 (2.76%) Web Services
3 161 (2.49%) HTML
4 140 (2.17%) XML
5 119 (1.84%) Middleware
6 112 (1.73%) CSS
7 72 (1.11%) SAP Basis
8 65 (1.01%) JSON
9 64 (0.99%) REST
10 62 (0.96%) SAP Fiori
11 58 (0.90%) Oracle Fusion
12 48 (0.74%) J2EE
13 47 (0.73%) XSLT
14 44 (0.68%) SOAP
15 38 (0.59%) AngularJS
15 38 (0.59%) IDoc
16 37 (0.57%) ASP.NET
17 34 (0.53%) Spring
18 32 (0.50%) Swagger
18 32 (0.50%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 381 (5.90%) Analytical Skills
2 206 (3.19%) Data Centre
3 134 (2.07%) Management Information System
4 105 (1.63%) Greenfield Project
5 101 (1.56%) User Experience
6 68 (1.05%) FMCG
7 58 (0.90%) PKI
8 56 (0.87%) Virtual Team
9 48 (0.74%) Computer Science
10 41 (0.63%) Mobile App
10 41 (0.63%) Replication
11 40 (0.62%) CESG
12 37 (0.57%) Clustering
13 36 (0.56%) Public Cloud
14 35 (0.54%) Linux Command Line
15 34 (0.53%) Data Structures
16 31 (0.48%) Private Cloud
17 30 (0.46%) CMDB
18 29 (0.45%) Mainframe
19 24 (0.37%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 535 (8.28%) Windows
2 490 (7.59%) Linux
3 276 (4.27%) Unix
4 164 (2.54%) Windows Server
5 85 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 72 (1.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 70 (1.08%) Windows Server 2008
8 63 (0.98%) Solaris
9 57 (0.88%) Windows 10
10 51 (0.79%) AIX
11 42 (0.65%) CentOS
12 39 (0.60%) Android
12 39 (0.60%) Windows 7
13 30 (0.46%) Apple iOS
14 21 (0.33%) VMS
15 20 (0.31%) Windows Server 2003
16 15 (0.23%) Ubuntu
17 10 (0.15%) Windows XP
18 7 (0.11%) SUSE
18 7 (0.11%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 712 (11.02%) Migration
2 615 (9.52%) Agile Software Development
3 396 (6.13%) ERP
4 390 (6.04%) Business Intelligence
5 356 (5.51%) Stakeholder Management
6 307 (4.75%) Information Security
7 304 (4.71%) DevOps
8 298 (4.61%) Project Management
9 290 (4.49%) CRM
10 254 (3.93%) Data Migration
11 250 (3.87%) Analytics
12 212 (3.28%) ITIL
13 201 (3.11%) Risk Management
14 191 (2.96%) User Acceptance Testing
14 191 (2.96%) Workflow
15 188 (2.91%) Change Management
16 154 (2.38%) Cybersecurity
17 135 (2.09%) Service Management
18 130 (2.01%) ETL
18 130 (2.01%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 593 (9.18%) SQL
2 339 (5.25%) Java
3 186 (2.88%) Python
4 179 (2.77%) JavaScript
4 179 (2.77%) PowerShell
5 123 (1.90%) C#
6 109 (1.69%) Perl
7 107 (1.66%) ABAP
8 75 (1.16%) Ruby
9 74 (1.15%) Shell Script
10 67 (1.04%) Bash Shell
11 60 (0.93%) C
12 59 (0.91%) T-SQL
13 56 (0.87%) PL/SQL
14 40 (0.62%) PHP
15 38 (0.59%) Scala
16 34 (0.53%) XPath
17 30 (0.46%) VBScript
18 28 (0.43%) VBA
19 25 (0.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 584 (9.04%) Security Cleared
2 443 (6.86%) SC Cleared
3 199 (3.08%) CISSP
4 188 (2.91%) Degree
5 129 (2.00%) CISM
6 111 (1.72%) Cisco Certification
7 76 (1.18%) DV Cleared
8 66 (1.02%) CCNP
9 52 (0.80%) Microsoft Certification
10 48 (0.74%) CISA
11 44 (0.68%) CCIE
12 41 (0.63%) CLAS
13 36 (0.56%) CCNA
13 36 (0.56%) CESG Certified Professional
14 27 (0.42%) MCSE
15 26 (0.40%) Computer Science Degree
16 25 (0.39%) BPSS Clearance
17 23 (0.36%) CRISC
18 22 (0.34%) Six Sigma Black Belt
19 20 (0.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 166 (2.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 96 (1.49%) GDPR
3 85 (1.32%) QA
4 78 (1.21%) Data Quality
5 72 (1.11%) PCI DSS
6 46 (0.71%) PMO
7 43 (0.67%) SLA
8 24 (0.37%) COBIT
9 20 (0.31%) JSP 440
10 18 (0.28%) MiFID
11 16 (0.25%) NIST 800
11 16 (0.25%) RMADS
12 14 (0.22%) Cyber Essentials
13 13 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
14 12 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 12 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 11 (0.17%) IFRS
16 9 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27005
17 8 (0.12%) EMIR
17 8 (0.12%) GxP
System Software
1 342 (5.29%) Active Directory
2 147 (2.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 124 (1.92%) Docker
4 53 (0.82%) Hyper-V
5 37 (0.57%) XenApp
6 36 (0.56%) Virtual Machines
7 33 (0.51%) vSphere
8 32 (0.50%) XenDesktop
9 31 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
10 27 (0.42%) VMware NSX
11 24 (0.37%) Veritas Cluster Server
12 20 (0.31%) VMware ESXi
13 18 (0.28%) BitLocker
14 14 (0.22%) Firmware
15 12 (0.19%) XenServer
16 9 (0.14%) vCloud
16 9 (0.14%) Veritas Volume Manager
17 8 (0.12%) HDFS
18 7 (0.11%) VirtualBox
19 6 (0.093%) etcd
Systems Management
1 152 (2.35%) Ansible
2 151 (2.34%) Puppet
3 125 (1.93%) SCCM
4 110 (1.70%) Opscode Chef
5 61 (0.94%) Kubernetes
6 59 (0.91%) Terraform
7 45 (0.70%) Microsoft Intune
8 34 (0.53%) SCOM
9 33 (0.51%) WSUS
10 30 (0.46%) Tivoli
11 23 (0.36%) vRealize
12 20 (0.31%) vCenter Server
13 19 (0.29%) Failover Clustering
14 17 (0.26%) logstash
15 15 (0.23%) ITRS Geneos
15 15 (0.23%) Norton AntiVirus
16 14 (0.22%) HP Quality Center
16 14 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
17 13 (0.20%) Microsoft Clustering
18 12 (0.19%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 1548 (23.96%) SAP
2 682 (10.56%) Microsoft
3 640 (9.91%) Oracle
4 253 (3.92%) Cisco
5 219 (3.39%) VMware
6 210 (3.25%) IBM
7 131 (2.03%) Red Hat
8 109 (1.69%) Citrix
9 101 (1.56%) HP
10 96 (1.49%) Salesforce.com
11 93 (1.44%) Splunk
12 92 (1.42%) Workday
13 82 (1.27%) ServiceNow
14 72 (1.11%) CheckPoint
15 70 (1.08%) Google
16 69 (1.07%) JD Edwards
17 67 (1.04%) Ariba
18 60 (0.93%) F5
18 60 (0.93%) Tableau
19 53 (0.82%) Juniper