Period
to 20 April 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 April 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
20 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 22 31 40
Rank change year-on-year +9 +9 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3,482 3,301 5,226
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.50% 5.75% 5.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.01% 6.13% 5.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,010 1,939 3,061
10th Percentile £350 £363 £363
25th Percentile £413 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £500 £500
75th Percentile £588 £588 £575
90th Percentile £675 £688 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £495 £480
% change year-on-year -4.04% +3.13% +1.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 29 25
10th Percentile £35.00 £18.25 £26.40
25th Percentile £46.25 £20.88 £32.50
Median hourly rate £58.25 £50.00 £50.00
Median % change year-on-year +16.50% - +16.28%
75th Percentile £66.00 £64.50 £57.50
90th Percentile " £71.51 "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £62.00 £43.32 £50.00
% change year-on-year +43.14% -13.37% +5.26%

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 49,685 53,854 90,609
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.77% 93.78% 94.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 34,126 35,719 61,078
10th Percentile £280 £225 £273
25th Percentile £379 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £460 £465
Median % change year-on-year +3.26% -1.08% +3.33%
75th Percentile £575 £569 £569
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,684 2,067 2,666
10th Percentile £11.36 £11.61 £11.00
25th Percentile £14.50 £14.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.90 £18.00
Median % change year-on-year +19.05% +5.00% +2.86%
75th Percentile £45.00 £38.75 £38.75
90th Percentile £57.85 £52.17 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £17.86 £17.50
% change year-on-year +6.41% +2.03% -

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 20 April 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 20 April 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 20 April 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 0 2,405 £500 - 790
Work from Home -11 1,442 £500 - 210
London +1 1,226 £525 - 337
UK excluding London -1 991 £475 -4.04% 464
South East +1 328 £500 +1.01% 104
North of England -10 190 £500 +5.26% 143
Midlands -5 152 £475 -5.00% 99
West Midlands -9 126 £475 -5.00% 77
Scotland -17 115 £478 +3.52% 20
South West -4 113 £461 -7.75% 53
North West -18 107 £500 +5.26% 69
East of England +8 75 £475 +5.56% 38
Yorkshire +22 71 £500 -3.85% 39
East Midlands -6 21 £465 -7.00% 21
Wales -26 15 £475 -4.04% 5
North East +3 12 £450 +12.15% 35
Northern Ireland +5 7 £400 -11.11% 3

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 April 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.

1 658 (18.90%) Finance
2 624 (17.92%) SAP
3 546 (15.68%) Azure
4 479 (13.76%) Microsoft
5 464 (13.33%) Security Cleared
6 437 (12.55%) Migration
7 423 (12.15%) Oracle
8 387 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
9 353 (10.14%) SC Cleared
10 348 (9.99%) SQL
11 278 (7.98%) AWS
12 239 (6.86%) ERP
13 235 (6.75%) Microsoft 365
14 232 (6.66%) Stakeholder Management
15 231 (6.63%) Business Intelligence
16 224 (6.43%) DevOps
17 214 (6.15%) Windows
18 207 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
19 202 (5.80%) Active Directory
20 188 (5.40%) SAP S/4HANA
20 188 (5.40%) Requirements Gathering
21 185 (5.31%) Cybersecurity
22 175 (5.03%) Public Sector
23 174 (5.00%) Information Security
24 171 (4.91%) Power Platform
25 167 (4.80%) Analytics
26 166 (4.77%) Java
27 161 (4.62%) Data Migration
28 157 (4.51%) CRM
29 154 (4.42%) Problem-Solving

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
1 120 (3.45%) SharePoint
2 59 (1.69%) Confluence
3 38 (1.09%) SAS
4 32 (0.92%) Apache
5 28 (0.80%) OpenStack
6 21 (0.60%) MS Exchange
7 16 (0.46%) Apache Spark
8 14 (0.40%) CMS
8 14 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
9 13 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 12 (0.34%) Skype for Business
11 11 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
11 11 (0.32%) nginx
12 10 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
13 9 (0.26%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 9 (0.26%) SharePoint 2013
14 8 (0.23%) IIS
14 8 (0.23%) Tomcat
15 7 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.20%) WebLogic
Applications
1 80 (2.30%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (1.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 19 (0.55%) MS Visio
5 12 (0.34%) PTC Creo
5 12 (0.34%) Windchill
6 10 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
7 9 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
8 6 (0.17%) Chatbot
9 3 (0.086%) SPSS
10 2 (0.057%) Figma
10 2 (0.057%) InfoPath
10 2 (0.057%) Photoshop
10 2 (0.057%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 188 (5.40%) SAP S/4HANA
2 73 (2.10%) Oracle EBS
3 61 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
4 55 (1.58%) Oracle EBS R12
5 51 (1.46%) SAP SD
6 46 (1.32%) SAP MM
7 43 (1.23%) SAP FI
8 38 (1.09%) NetSuite
8 38 (1.09%) SAP CO
9 36 (1.03%) Oracle Payables
10 33 (0.95%) SAP PP
11 31 (0.89%) Oracle Receivables
11 31 (0.89%) SAP FI/CO
11 31 (0.89%) SAP MDG
12 30 (0.86%) Oracle Assets
13 29 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
14 28 (0.80%) Oracle ERP
15 26 (0.75%) Oracle Financials
16 25 (0.72%) SAP WM
17 24 (0.69%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 546 (15.68%) Azure
2 278 (7.98%) AWS
3 235 (6.75%) Microsoft 365
4 171 (4.91%) Power Platform
5 145 (4.16%) Dynamics 365
6 120 (3.45%) SaaS
7 100 (2.87%) IaaS
8 98 (2.81%) Azure Active Directory
8 98 (2.81%) PaaS
9 87 (2.50%) GCP
10 66 (1.90%) PowerApps
11 43 (1.23%) Serverless
12 41 (1.18%) Power Automate
13 39 (1.12%) Salesforce Service Cloud
14 38 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
15 34 (0.98%) SuccessFactors
16 26 (0.75%) Azure Logic Apps
17 25 (0.72%) Azure Data Factory
18 22 (0.63%) OneDrive
19 21 (0.60%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 69 (1.98%) Firewall
2 61 (1.75%) Network Security
3 43 (1.23%) WAN
4 42 (1.21%) DNS
5 41 (1.18%) VPN
6 36 (1.03%) SSL
7 35 (1.01%) Kerberos
8 30 (0.86%) LAN
8 30 (0.86%) TCP/IP
9 28 (0.80%) IPsec
10 22 (0.63%) MPLS
11 21 (0.60%) SAN
11 21 (0.60%) Wi-Fi
12 20 (0.57%) SD-WAN
13 19 (0.55%) Cisco Nexus
13 19 (0.55%) Internet
14 18 (0.52%) BGP
14 18 (0.52%) HTTP
14 18 (0.52%) Skype
15 17 (0.49%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (3.53%) Power BI
2 113 (3.25%) SQL Server
3 93 (2.67%) Data Warehouse
4 69 (1.98%) SAP BW
5 53 (1.52%) SAP HANA
6 49 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 35 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
8 34 (0.98%) Data Lake
9 33 (0.95%) Hadoop
10 32 (0.92%) Oracle Database
10 32 (0.92%) Tableau
11 31 (0.89%) BusinessObjects
12 29 (0.83%) Big Data
12 29 (0.83%) Oracle BI Publisher
12 29 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
13 28 (0.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 25 (0.72%) Azure SQL Database
15 24 (0.69%) MySQL
15 24 (0.69%) Relational Database
16 19 (0.55%) Essbase
Development Applications
1 104 (2.99%) JIRA
2 51 (1.46%) Git (software)
3 45 (1.29%) Jenkins
4 28 (0.80%) Bitbucket
5 17 (0.49%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 17 (0.49%) Oracle Forms
6 15 (0.43%) SonarQube
7 11 (0.32%) GitLab
7 11 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
8 10 (0.29%) Visual Studio
9 9 (0.26%) Maven
9 9 (0.26%) Oracle APEX
10 8 (0.23%) JUnit
10 8 (0.23%) Toad
11 7 (0.20%) PowerBuilder
12 6 (0.17%) Eclipse
12 6 (0.17%) PowerDesigner
12 6 (0.17%) Selenium
13 5 (0.14%) JMeter
13 5 (0.14%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 658 (18.90%) Finance
2 175 (5.03%) Public Sector
3 145 (4.16%) Banking
4 143 (4.11%) Manufacturing
5 116 (3.33%) Marketing
6 96 (2.76%) Telecoms
7 85 (2.44%) Retail
8 58 (1.67%) Legal
9 47 (1.35%) Billing
10 38 (1.09%) Electronics
11 36 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
12 33 (0.95%) French Language
13 30 (0.86%) Law
14 28 (0.80%) General Ledger
15 26 (0.75%) Investment Banking
16 23 (0.66%) Front Office
17 19 (0.55%) German Language
18 17 (0.49%) Local Government
18 17 (0.49%) Publishing
19 14 (0.40%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (2.01%) .NET
1 70 (2.01%) Web Services
2 68 (1.95%) REST
3 57 (1.64%) HTML
4 54 (1.55%) XML
5 44 (1.26%) SAML
6 41 (1.18%) LDAP
7 37 (1.06%) OAuth
8 35 (1.01%) CSS
9 31 (0.89%) JSON
9 31 (0.89%) Oracle Fusion
9 31 (0.89%) Spring
10 30 (0.86%) SOAP
11 27 (0.78%) OpenID
11 27 (0.78%) SailPoint
12 26 (0.75%) OAuth2
13 24 (0.69%) Middleware
14 21 (0.60%) XACML
15 19 (0.55%) EDI
15 19 (0.55%) Spring Boot
Miscellaneous
1 207 (5.94%) Analytical Skills
2 77 (2.21%) Management Information System
3 75 (2.15%) Data Centre
4 53 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
4 53 (1.52%) User Experience
5 50 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
6 35 (1.01%) Replication
7 33 (0.95%) PKI
8 30 (0.86%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
9 24 (0.69%) Data Structures
9 24 (0.69%) Public Cloud
10 21 (0.60%) Social Media
11 20 (0.57%) Enterprise Software
11 20 (0.57%) FMCG
11 20 (0.57%) Virtual Team
12 19 (0.55%) Algorithms
12 19 (0.55%) Clustering
12 19 (0.55%) CMDB
12 19 (0.55%) Private Cloud
13 16 (0.46%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 214 (6.15%) Windows
2 149 (4.28%) Linux
3 72 (2.07%) Unix
4 62 (1.78%) Windows 10
5 52 (1.49%) Windows Server
6 40 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 19 (0.55%) AIX
8 16 (0.46%) Android
8 16 (0.46%) Apple iOS
8 16 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
9 12 (0.34%) CentOS
9 12 (0.34%) Windows Server 2019
10 11 (0.32%) SUSE
10 11 (0.32%) Windows Server 2016
11 10 (0.29%) Windows Mobile
12 7 (0.20%) Oracle Linux
12 7 (0.20%) Solaris
13 6 (0.17%) VMS
13 6 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (0.17%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 437 (12.55%) Migration
2 387 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
3 239 (6.86%) ERP
4 232 (6.66%) Stakeholder Management
5 231 (6.63%) Business Intelligence
6 224 (6.43%) DevOps
7 188 (5.40%) Requirements Gathering
8 185 (5.31%) Cybersecurity
9 174 (5.00%) Information Security
10 167 (4.80%) Analytics
11 161 (4.62%) Data Migration
12 157 (4.51%) CRM
13 154 (4.42%) Problem-Solving
14 151 (4.34%) Risk Management
15 135 (3.88%) Change Management
16 133 (3.82%) ITIL
17 128 (3.68%) Data Modelling
18 122 (3.50%) Project Delivery
19 120 (3.45%) Scrum
20 110 (3.16%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 348 (9.99%) SQL
2 166 (4.77%) Java
3 153 (4.39%) Python
4 127 (3.65%) PowerShell
5 82 (2.35%) C#
6 75 (2.15%) JavaScript
7 65 (1.87%) PL/SQL
8 62 (1.78%) ABAP
9 37 (1.06%) C
10 24 (0.69%) T-SQL
11 22 (0.63%) C++
12 21 (0.60%) Bash Shell
13 20 (0.57%) Perl
13 20 (0.57%) PHP
13 20 (0.57%) VBA
14 17 (0.49%) Ruby
15 16 (0.46%) Apex Code
16 13 (0.37%) Shell Script
16 13 (0.37%) VB
17 12 (0.34%) R
Qualifications
1 464 (13.33%) Security Cleared
2 353 (10.14%) SC Cleared
3 128 (3.68%) CISSP
4 121 (3.48%) Degree
5 81 (2.33%) CISM
6 59 (1.69%) Microsoft Certification
7 54 (1.55%) Cisco Certification
8 49 (1.41%) DV Cleared
9 47 (1.35%) CCNP
10 40 (1.15%) CESG Certified Professional
11 34 (0.98%) CRISC
12 25 (0.72%) CISA
13 20 (0.57%) BPSS Clearance
14 18 (0.52%) CCIE
15 14 (0.40%) AWS Certification
15 14 (0.40%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
16 13 (0.37%) ITIL Certification
16 13 (0.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 12 (0.34%) CCA
17 12 (0.34%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 117 (3.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 59 (1.69%) QA
3 56 (1.61%) GDPR
4 52 (1.49%) PCI DSS
5 49 (1.41%) NIST
6 38 (1.09%) Data Quality
7 33 (0.95%) SLA
8 32 (0.92%) GRC
9 27 (0.78%) NCSC
10 24 (0.69%) COBIT
11 23 (0.66%) HMG Security Policy Framework
12 18 (0.52%) PMO
13 16 (0.46%) RMADS
14 14 (0.40%) Cyber Essentials
15 11 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
16 9 (0.26%) JSP 440
17 8 (0.23%) NIST 800
18 7 (0.20%) MiFID
18 7 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
19 6 (0.17%) GxP
System Software
1 202 (5.80%) Active Directory
2 80 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 58 (1.67%) Docker
4 41 (1.18%) VMware NSX
5 29 (0.83%) Virtual Machines
6 28 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
7 22 (0.63%) RACF
8 19 (0.55%) Virtual Desktop
8 19 (0.55%) vSphere
9 18 (0.52%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 17 (0.49%) Hyper-V
11 10 (0.29%) GridGain
12 9 (0.26%) vCloud
13 8 (0.23%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.23%) NFS
14 6 (0.17%) GPFS
14 6 (0.17%) PowerHA
14 6 (0.17%) XenApp
15 5 (0.14%) Oracle RAC
16 4 (0.11%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 86 (2.47%) Ansible
2 85 (2.44%) Terraform
3 80 (2.30%) Kubernetes
4 73 (2.10%) Microsoft Intune
5 70 (2.01%) SCCM
6 61 (1.75%) Single Sign-On
7 37 (1.06%) Puppet
8 36 (1.03%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (0.63%) vCenter Server
10 21 (0.60%) vRealize
11 16 (0.46%) Nessus
12 9 (0.26%) AirWatch
12 9 (0.26%) Failover Clustering
12 9 (0.26%) Grafana
13 8 (0.23%) Control-M
13 8 (0.23%) Prometheus
13 8 (0.23%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 7 (0.20%) Data Guard
14 7 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
15 6 (0.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 624 (17.92%) SAP
2 479 (13.76%) Microsoft
3 423 (12.15%) Oracle
4 141 (4.05%) Salesforce.com
5 139 (3.99%) VMware
6 98 (2.81%) Cisco
7 88 (2.53%) ServiceNow
8 82 (2.35%) Google
9 46 (1.32%) IBM
9 46 (1.32%) Splunk
10 41 (1.18%) Atlassian
11 40 (1.15%) Ariba
12 35 (1.01%) Red Hat
13 29 (0.83%) Citrix
13 29 (0.83%) Dell
14 28 (0.80%) CyberArk
15 27 (0.78%) Sage
16 26 (0.75%) F5
17 25 (0.72%) HP
18 24 (0.69%) Hyperion