Period
to 19 June 2019

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 19 June 2019.

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
19 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 37 38 26
Rank change year-on-year +1 -12 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 5,120 5,646 6,116
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.64% 5.66% 6.72%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.97% 5.97% 7.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,883 3,141 3,407
UK median daily rate £500 £485 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.09% +2.11% +5.56%
10th Percentile £363 £350 £325
90th Percentile £650 £650 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £458 £450
% change year-on-year +3.66% +1.83% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 47 23
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £42.50 £47.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.65% -9.57% -1.98%
10th Percentile £35.60 £14.75 £16.19
90th Percentile £63.75 £70.00 £82.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +17.65% -5.56% -2.17%

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 85,772 94,560 86,421
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.56% 94.82% 95.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,324 61,894 55,966
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.07%
10th Percentile £274 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,813 3,049 2,878
UK median hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -3.99% -6.26%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.48 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.06 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year +3.17% -1.52% -11.15%

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 19 June 2019.

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 19 June 2019.

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 19 June 2019. 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 4,560 £500 +2.04% 1,337
UK excluding London +1 2,592 £475 +3.66% 914
London +4 2,191 £500 - 500
South East -4 855 £500 +8.05% 214
North of England -3 480 £475 - 270
Midlands +1 390 £475 +0.26% 158
West Midlands +1 274 £475 +0.80% 123
East of England +9 266 £478 -1.80% 79
South West -13 260 £500 +17.65% 121
North West -19 234 £500 +5.26% 146
Scotland -3 210 £425 -1.16% 58
Yorkshire +6 203 £450 -5.26% 79
East Midlands -5 100 £425 -10.53% 34
Northern Ireland +39 75 £600 +6.67% 6
Wales +20 57 £475 +5.56% 13
North East +24 42 £475 +5.56% 45
Channel Islands -10 3 £450 +12.50%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 June 2019, 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 1,082 (21.13%) Finance
2 1,071 (20.92%) SAP
3 680 (13.28%) Microsoft
4 589 (11.50%) Microsoft Azure
5 582 (11.37%) Migration
6 510 (9.96%) Agile Software Development
7 487 (9.51%) SQL
8 485 (9.47%) Oracle
9 436 (8.52%) Windows
10 391 (7.64%) Security Cleared
11 346 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
12 329 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
13 328 (6.41%) Active Directory
14 318 (6.21%) CRM
15 314 (6.13%) DevOps
16 299 (5.84%) ERP
17 287 (5.61%) Analytics
18 276 (5.39%) Office 365
19 264 (5.16%) Information Security
20 261 (5.10%) Amazon AWS
21 256 (5.00%) Linux
22 254 (4.96%) Problem-Solving
23 252 (4.92%) SC Cleared
24 235 (4.59%) Banking
25 225 (4.39%) Analytical Skills
26 216 (4.22%) Python
27 212 (4.14%) Firewall
28 211 (4.12%) VMware
29 210 (4.10%) SAP S/4HANA
30 209 (4.08%) 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
1 143 (2.79%) SharePoint
2 57 (1.11%) Skype for Business
3 51 (1.00%) MS Exchange
4 39 (0.76%) WebSphere
5 35 (0.68%) SAS
6 33 (0.64%) Apache
7 31 (0.61%) WebLogic
8 27 (0.53%) IIS
9 26 (0.51%) Apache Spark
9 26 (0.51%) Confluence
10 24 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
11 23 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2010
12 21 (0.41%) CMS
13 19 (0.37%) Tomcat
14 17 (0.33%) OpenStack
14 17 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 17 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
15 14 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 13 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
16 13 (0.25%) Mule
Applications
1 104 (2.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 86 (1.68%) Microsoft Office
3 44 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 36 (0.70%) MS Visio
5 17 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.16%) Chatbot
7 8 (0.16%) Sketch
8 7 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 7 (0.14%) InVision
9 4 (0.078%) Flinto
10 3 (0.059%) Adobe Captivate
10 3 (0.059%) SPSS
11 2 (0.039%) CATIA
11 2 (0.039%) Photoshop
11 2 (0.039%) Stata
11 2 (0.039%) Windchill
12 1 (0.020%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.020%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.020%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 210 (4.10%) SAP S/4HANA
2 174 (3.40%) SAP FI
3 166 (3.24%) Dynamics CRM
4 161 (3.14%) SAP CO
5 152 (2.97%) SAP FI/CO
6 89 (1.74%) SAP MM
7 79 (1.54%) Oracle EBS
8 76 (1.48%) Oracle Receivables
9 74 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
10 70 (1.37%) Oracle Payables
11 56 (1.09%) SAP SD
12 55 (1.07%) Oracle EBS R12
12 55 (1.07%) SAP WM
13 54 (1.05%) Oracle General Ledger
14 51 (1.00%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
15 49 (0.96%) Oracle Financials
16 47 (0.92%) SAP HR
17 46 (0.90%) NetSuite
17 46 (0.90%) Oracle Cash Management
18 45 (0.88%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 589 (11.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 276 (5.39%) Office 365
3 261 (5.10%) Amazon AWS
4 209 (4.08%) Dynamics 365
5 165 (3.22%) Power Platform
6 129 (2.52%) Azure Active Directory
7 112 (2.19%) IaaS
8 104 (2.03%) PaaS
9 73 (1.43%) SaaS
10 71 (1.39%) SuccessFactors
11 54 (1.05%) Google Cloud Platform
12 36 (0.70%) OpenShift
12 36 (0.70%) Serverless
13 34 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
14 32 (0.63%) GitHub
15 30 (0.59%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 27 (0.53%) Amazon S3
16 27 (0.53%) Google Analytics
17 26 (0.51%) OneDrive
18 20 (0.39%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 212 (4.14%) Firewall
2 111 (2.17%) DNS
3 80 (1.56%) WAN
4 70 (1.37%) Network Security
5 65 (1.27%) Skype
6 64 (1.25%) Internet
7 61 (1.19%) LAN
8 58 (1.13%) VPN
9 46 (0.90%) DHCP
10 44 (0.86%) Wireless
11 36 (0.70%) TCP/IP
12 35 (0.68%) SAN
13 33 (0.64%) Cisco ASA
14 31 (0.61%) NetScaler
15 28 (0.55%) BGP
15 28 (0.55%) HTTP
15 28 (0.55%) SMTP
15 28 (0.55%) SSL
15 28 (0.55%) VLAN
16 27 (0.53%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 192 (3.75%) SQL Server
2 148 (2.89%) Power BI
3 104 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
4 86 (1.68%) Big Data
5 78 (1.52%) SAP BW
6 74 (1.45%) Relational Database
7 66 (1.29%) SAP HANA
8 60 (1.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 57 (1.11%) Hadoop
9 57 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 52 (1.02%) BusinessObjects
11 49 (0.96%) Oracle Database
12 47 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
13 38 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 33 (0.64%) DB2
15 31 (0.61%) RDBMS
16 30 (0.59%) MySQL
17 29 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
17 29 (0.57%) Data Lake
18 28 (0.55%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 142 (2.77%) Jenkins
2 81 (1.58%) JIRA
3 66 (1.29%) Git (software)
4 32 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
5 29 (0.57%) Oracle Forms
6 28 (0.55%) Visual Studio
7 27 (0.53%) Team Foundation Server
8 20 (0.39%) Sonatype Nexus
9 19 (0.37%) Selenium
10 14 (0.27%) Hudson
11 13 (0.25%) Cucumber
11 13 (0.25%) LSMW
11 13 (0.25%) TeamCity
12 12 (0.23%) Bitbucket
12 12 (0.23%) Maven
12 12 (0.23%) Travis CI
13 10 (0.20%) Axure RP
14 9 (0.18%) IBM UrbanCode
14 9 (0.18%) Octopus Deploy
15 8 (0.16%) Subversion
General
1 1,082 (21.13%) Finance
2 235 (4.59%) Banking
3 186 (3.63%) Retail
4 180 (3.52%) Manufacturing
5 163 (3.18%) Marketing
6 111 (2.17%) Telecoms
7 88 (1.72%) Legal
8 83 (1.62%) Billing
9 70 (1.37%) Law
10 62 (1.21%) Pharmaceutical
11 61 (1.19%) General Ledger
12 55 (1.07%) Financial Institution
13 43 (0.84%) Advertising
14 31 (0.61%) Investment Banking
15 30 (0.59%) Back Office
16 26 (0.51%) French Language
17 24 (0.47%) Retail Banking
18 18 (0.35%) Electronics
19 14 (0.27%) Italian Language
20 13 (0.25%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (2.38%) .NET
2 119 (2.32%) Web Services
3 111 (2.17%) XML
4 89 (1.74%) HTML
5 75 (1.46%) Oracle Fusion
6 68 (1.33%) REST
7 64 (1.25%) JSON
8 62 (1.21%) CSS
9 54 (1.05%) LDAP
9 54 (1.05%) Middleware
9 54 (1.05%) SOAP
10 51 (1.00%) SAML
11 43 (0.84%) OpenID
12 40 (0.78%) OAuth
13 38 (0.74%) J2EE
14 35 (0.68%) SAP PI
15 31 (0.61%) EDI
16 30 (0.59%) jQuery
16 30 (0.59%) Spring
17 28 (0.55%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 225 (4.39%) Analytical Skills
2 120 (2.34%) Data Centre
3 98 (1.91%) Management Information System
4 97 (1.89%) User Experience
5 82 (1.60%) Greenfield Project
6 54 (1.05%) CMDB
7 52 (1.02%) Public Cloud
8 46 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
9 44 (0.86%) Self-Motivation
10 42 (0.82%) Data Structures
10 42 (0.82%) Mobile App
11 38 (0.74%) Clustering
12 32 (0.63%) Hedge funds
13 31 (0.61%) FMCG
14 30 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
15 28 (0.55%) Private Cloud
16 27 (0.53%) Algorithms
16 27 (0.53%) Virtual Team
17 26 (0.51%) Replication
18 25 (0.49%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 436 (8.52%) Windows
2 256 (5.00%) Linux
3 134 (2.62%) Windows Server
4 129 (2.52%) Unix
5 119 (2.32%) Windows 10
6 67 (1.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 47 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
8 26 (0.51%) AIX
8 26 (0.51%) Windows 7
9 25 (0.49%) Android
9 25 (0.49%) Windows Server 2008
10 21 (0.41%) Apple iOS
11 18 (0.35%) Solaris
12 11 (0.21%) Windows Server 2003
13 9 (0.18%) VMS
13 9 (0.18%) Windows Mobile
13 9 (0.18%) zOS
14 8 (0.16%) Ubuntu
15 7 (0.14%) CentOS
16 6 (0.12%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 582 (11.37%) Migration
2 510 (9.96%) Agile Software Development
3 346 (6.76%) Business Intelligence
4 329 (6.43%) Stakeholder Management
5 318 (6.21%) CRM
6 314 (6.13%) DevOps
7 299 (5.84%) ERP
8 287 (5.61%) Analytics
9 264 (5.16%) Information Security
10 254 (4.96%) Problem-Solving
11 209 (4.08%) Project Management
12 206 (4.02%) Cybersecurity
13 192 (3.75%) Data Migration
14 182 (3.55%) ITIL
15 146 (2.85%) Risk Management
16 132 (2.58%) Change Management
17 131 (2.56%) Data Modelling
18 121 (2.36%) Workflow
19 116 (2.27%) Scrum
20 113 (2.21%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 487 (9.51%) SQL
2 216 (4.22%) Python
3 198 (3.87%) Java
4 185 (3.61%) JavaScript
5 164 (3.20%) PowerShell
6 111 (2.17%) ABAP
7 93 (1.82%) C#
8 79 (1.54%) PL/SQL
9 71 (1.39%) C
10 46 (0.90%) Bash Shell
11 36 (0.70%) T-SQL
12 32 (0.63%) PHP
13 31 (0.61%) Ruby
14 30 (0.59%) Perl
14 30 (0.59%) Shell Script
15 26 (0.51%) Apex Code
16 24 (0.47%) Go
16 24 (0.47%) VBA
17 23 (0.45%) R
18 19 (0.37%) Scala
Qualifications
1 391 (7.64%) Security Cleared
2 252 (4.92%) SC Cleared
3 183 (3.57%) Degree
4 137 (2.68%) CISSP
5 101 (1.97%) Cisco Certification
6 99 (1.93%) DV Cleared
7 88 (1.72%) CISM
8 67 (1.31%) Microsoft Certification
9 48 (0.94%) CCNP
10 44 (0.86%) CCNA
11 43 (0.84%) Computer Science Degree
12 38 (0.74%) CISA
13 34 (0.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 33 (0.64%) CCIE
15 32 (0.63%) MCSE
16 28 (0.55%) ITIL Certification
17 27 (0.53%) CESG Certified Professional
18 25 (0.49%) CRISC
19 24 (0.47%) CEH
20 22 (0.43%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (2.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 93 (1.82%) GDPR
3 74 (1.45%) NIST
4 59 (1.15%) Data Quality
5 53 (1.04%) QA
6 49 (0.96%) SLA
7 46 (0.90%) PCI DSS
8 45 (0.88%) PMO
9 30 (0.59%) COBIT
10 29 (0.57%) NCSC
11 21 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 20 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 16 (0.31%) IFRS
14 11 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 11 (0.21%) JSP 440
14 11 (0.21%) RMADS
15 9 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
16 8 (0.16%) PSD2
17 7 (0.14%) ISO 22301
18 6 (0.12%) MiFID
System Software
1 328 (6.41%) Active Directory
2 131 (2.56%) Docker
3 123 (2.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 61 (1.19%) Hyper-V
5 55 (1.07%) XenDesktop
6 49 (0.96%) XenApp
7 44 (0.86%) vSphere
8 42 (0.82%) VMware NSX
9 38 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
10 31 (0.61%) VMware ESXi
11 17 (0.33%) NFS
12 15 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
12 15 (0.29%) OpenAM
13 12 (0.23%) Firmware
13 12 (0.23%) ProxySG
14 10 (0.20%) BitLocker
14 10 (0.20%) Virtual Servers
15 8 (0.16%) vCloud
16 6 (0.12%) HDFS
16 6 (0.12%) Xen
Systems Management
1 156 (3.05%) Ansible
2 147 (2.87%) SCCM
3 118 (2.30%) Kubernetes
4 102 (1.99%) Puppet
5 100 (1.95%) Terraform
6 78 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
7 76 (1.48%) Single Sign-On
8 65 (1.27%) Microsoft Intune
9 38 (0.74%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 36 (0.70%) vRealize
11 30 (0.59%) vCenter Server
12 25 (0.49%) SCOM
13 24 (0.47%) AirWatch
14 18 (0.35%) Prometheus
15 17 (0.33%) Failover Clustering
15 17 (0.33%) NetBackup
16 16 (0.31%) HP ALM
17 13 (0.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 13 (0.25%) Nagios
17 13 (0.25%) QRadar
Vendors
1 1,071 (20.92%) SAP
2 680 (13.28%) Microsoft
3 485 (9.47%) Oracle
4 211 (4.12%) VMware
5 181 (3.54%) Cisco
6 173 (3.38%) Salesforce.com
7 106 (2.07%) Citrix
7 106 (2.07%) IBM
8 87 (1.70%) ServiceNow
9 82 (1.60%) Red Hat
9 82 (1.60%) Workday
10 80 (1.56%) HP
11 79 (1.54%) Google
12 76 (1.48%) Splunk
13 69 (1.35%) Ariba
14 59 (1.15%) Tableau
15 51 (1.00%) Dell
16 46 (0.90%) Adobe
17 45 (0.88%) Palo Alto
18 40 (0.78%) BMC