Period
to 20 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 May 2018.

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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 36 26 26
Rank change year-on-year -10 0 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 5,942 6,129 6,990
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.90% 6.75% 6.62%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.22% 7.11% 6.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,361 3,429 3,871
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £350 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £450 £438
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 25 40
UK median hourly rate £41.25 £47.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.23% -6.00% +38.89%
10th Percentile £14.75 £12.05 £21.02
90th Percentile £71.13 £81.80 £71.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year -5.56% -2.17% +27.78%

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 95,560 86,173 100,394
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.88% 94.90% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,787 55,896 65,029
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £252
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,996 2,928 3,142
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.97% -6.28% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.92 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -7.69% +17.47%

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 20 May 2018.

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 20 May 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Top 18 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 May 2018. 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 -10 5,394 £495 +4.21% 931
UK excluding London -9 3,094 £463 +2.78% 532
London -12 2,445 £500 - 432
South East -2 1,050 £463 -2.63% 156
North of England -7 678 £475 +5.56% 127
Midlands -5 504 £470 +4.44% 87
North West -6 418 £475 +5.56% 66
West Midlands -6 297 £475 +5.56% 56
Scotland -8 279 £425 - 39
East of England -9 274 £489 +8.61% 53
South West -11 259 £450 -4.00% 63
Yorkshire -15 218 £475 +5.56% 43
East Midlands -10 189 £450 - 31
Wales -24 44 £469 -3.85% 4
North East -13 40 £450 +12.50% 18
Northern Ireland +11 17 £475 +35.71% 2
Channel Islands -1 5 £396 -27.95% 1
Isle of Man - 1 £400 -

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, 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 1,182 (19.89%) Finance
2 1,167 (19.64%) SAP
3 769 (12.94%) Microsoft
4 636 (10.70%) Migration
5 607 (10.22%) Oracle
6 590 (9.93%) SQL
7 584 (9.83%) Agile Software Development
8 528 (8.89%) Microsoft Azure
9 515 (8.67%) Security Cleared
10 499 (8.40%) Windows
11 431 (7.25%) DevOps
12 430 (7.24%) Stakeholder Management
13 374 (6.29%) Linux
14 373 (6.28%) SC Cleared
15 370 (6.23%) Business Intelligence
16 351 (5.91%) ERP
17 330 (5.55%) Amazon AWS
18 325 (5.47%) CRM
19 317 (5.33%) Information Security
20 303 (5.10%) Office 365
21 300 (5.05%) Java
22 299 (5.03%) Active Directory
23 274 (4.61%) Analytical Skills
23 274 (4.61%) GDPR
24 270 (4.54%) Analytics
25 260 (4.38%) Project Management
26 238 (4.01%) ITIL
27 235 (3.95%) Change Management
28 228 (3.84%) SQL Server
28 228 (3.84%) 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
1 147 (2.47%) SharePoint
2 61 (1.03%) MS Exchange
3 59 (0.99%) Apache Spark
4 56 (0.94%) Skype for Business
5 43 (0.72%) SAS
6 37 (0.62%) CMS
7 35 (0.59%) WebSphere
8 30 (0.50%) Tomcat
9 29 (0.49%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 28 (0.47%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 28 (0.47%) Confluence
11 27 (0.45%) nginx
12 26 (0.44%) Apache
13 24 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
14 22 (0.37%) IIS
14 22 (0.37%) SharePoint 2013
15 21 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
16 20 (0.34%) Apache Solr
17 18 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
18 17 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 122 (2.05%) Microsoft Excel
2 79 (1.33%) Microsoft Office
3 53 (0.89%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 34 (0.57%) MS Visio
5 23 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
6 17 (0.29%) InfoPath
7 14 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
8 8 (0.13%) SPSS
9 7 (0.12%) Windchill
10 4 (0.067%) Adobe Captivate
10 4 (0.067%) AutoCAD
10 4 (0.067%) CATIA
11 3 (0.050%) EngageOne
11 3 (0.050%) InVision
11 3 (0.050%) Photoshop
12 2 (0.034%) Autodesk Inventor
12 2 (0.034%) Camtasia
12 2 (0.034%) PTC Creo
12 2 (0.034%) Siemens NX
12 2 (0.034%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 173 (2.91%) SAP FI
2 159 (2.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 139 (2.34%) Dynamics AX
4 124 (2.09%) SAP CO
5 117 (1.97%) Oracle EBS
6 113 (1.90%) SAP FI/CO
6 113 (1.90%) SAP S/4HANA
7 106 (1.78%) Oracle EBS R12
8 73 (1.23%) SAP HR
9 69 (1.16%) SAP MM
9 69 (1.16%) SAP SD
10 61 (1.03%) Oracle Receivables
11 58 (0.98%) SAP ERP
12 52 (0.88%) Oracle Payables
13 49 (0.82%) Oracle Financials
14 47 (0.79%) SAP PP
15 46 (0.77%) NetSuite
16 45 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
17 40 (0.67%) SAP HCM
18 36 (0.61%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 528 (8.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 330 (5.55%) Amazon AWS
3 303 (5.10%) Office 365
4 149 (2.51%) Dynamics 365
5 101 (1.70%) Azure Active Directory
6 98 (1.65%) IaaS
7 97 (1.63%) PaaS
8 79 (1.33%) SaaS
9 69 (1.16%) SuccessFactors
10 43 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
11 37 (0.62%) Serverless
12 34 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
13 31 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
13 31 (0.52%) OneDrive
14 29 (0.49%) OpenShift
15 28 (0.47%) Salesforce Service Cloud
16 26 (0.44%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
17 25 (0.42%) Amazon S3
17 25 (0.42%) AWS Lambda
17 25 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 191 (3.21%) Firewall
2 96 (1.62%) DNS
3 86 (1.45%) Network Security
4 83 (1.40%) VPN
5 75 (1.26%) SSL
6 68 (1.14%) WAN
7 62 (1.04%) Skype
8 59 (0.99%) SMS
9 56 (0.94%) TCP/IP
10 53 (0.89%) Internet
11 50 (0.84%) SAN
12 44 (0.74%) LAN
13 43 (0.72%) DHCP
14 40 (0.67%) HTTP
15 37 (0.62%) Kerberos
16 28 (0.47%) MPLS
17 26 (0.44%) Intrusion Detection
17 26 (0.44%) Wireless
18 21 (0.35%) Cisco ASA
18 21 (0.35%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 228 (3.84%) SQL Server
2 146 (2.46%) Hadoop
3 126 (2.12%) Big Data
4 114 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
5 110 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 107 (1.80%) Power BI
6 107 (1.80%) SAP HANA
7 104 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 90 (1.51%) SAP BW
9 79 (1.33%) BusinessObjects
10 75 (1.26%) Oracle Database
11 57 (0.96%) MySQL
12 55 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 53 (0.89%) Relational Database
14 52 (0.88%) Apache Hive
14 52 (0.88%) Oracle Reports
15 49 (0.82%) HBase
16 41 (0.69%) MongoDB
17 40 (0.67%) Oracle BI EE
18 36 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 183 (3.08%) Jenkins
2 141 (2.37%) Git (software)
3 72 (1.21%) JIRA
4 58 (0.98%) Visual Studio
5 46 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 42 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
7 40 (0.67%) Visual Studio Team System
8 35 (0.59%) Selenium
9 34 (0.57%) Maven
10 32 (0.54%) Subversion
11 20 (0.34%) Artifactory
11 20 (0.34%) TeamCity
12 19 (0.32%) Cucumber
12 19 (0.32%) LSMW
12 19 (0.32%) Oracle Forms
13 14 (0.24%) Ant
13 14 (0.24%) Eclipse
14 13 (0.22%) JMeter
14 13 (0.22%) Vagrant
15 12 (0.20%) Bitbucket
General
1 1,182 (19.89%) Finance
2 214 (3.60%) Banking
3 201 (3.38%) Retail
4 181 (3.05%) Manufacturing
5 176 (2.96%) Marketing
6 144 (2.42%) Telecoms
7 97 (1.63%) Legal
8 69 (1.16%) General Ledger
9 68 (1.14%) Law
10 67 (1.13%) Billing
11 66 (1.11%) Advertising
12 49 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
13 34 (0.57%) Financial Institution
13 34 (0.57%) Investment Banking
14 31 (0.52%) French Language
15 26 (0.44%) Back Office
15 26 (0.44%) Front Office
16 18 (0.30%) German Language
16 18 (0.30%) Publishing
17 17 (0.29%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 205 (3.45%) .NET
2 177 (2.98%) Web Services
3 135 (2.27%) HTML
4 128 (2.15%) XML
5 116 (1.95%) CSS
6 81 (1.36%) REST
7 78 (1.31%) Oracle Fusion
8 67 (1.13%) Middleware
9 64 (1.08%) J2EE
10 58 (0.98%) SOAP
11 56 (0.94%) JSON
12 54 (0.91%) Kafka
13 50 (0.84%) LDAP
14 40 (0.67%) ASP.NET
15 38 (0.64%) EDI
16 34 (0.57%) .NET Framework
16 34 (0.57%) HTML5
17 33 (0.56%) Node.js
18 30 (0.50%) CSS3
19 29 (0.49%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 274 (4.61%) Analytical Skills
2 152 (2.56%) Data Centre
3 115 (1.94%) Management Information System
4 104 (1.75%) User Experience
5 100 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
6 92 (1.55%) Self-Motivation
7 67 (1.13%) Public Cloud
8 55 (0.93%) Computer Science
9 45 (0.76%) PKI
10 40 (0.67%) Replication
11 38 (0.64%) Fintech
12 36 (0.61%) Mobile App
13 30 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
14 25 (0.42%) Cyberthreat
14 25 (0.42%) Private Cloud
15 24 (0.40%) e-Learning
16 23 (0.39%) Data Protection Act
17 22 (0.37%) Clustering
17 22 (0.37%) FMCG
17 22 (0.37%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 499 (8.40%) Windows
2 374 (6.29%) Linux
3 190 (3.20%) Unix
4 165 (2.78%) Windows Server
5 103 (1.73%) Windows 10
6 85 (1.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 59 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
8 51 (0.86%) CentOS
8 51 (0.86%) Windows Server 2008
9 45 (0.76%) Windows 7
10 37 (0.62%) Apple iOS
11 36 (0.61%) Android
12 34 (0.57%) Windows Server 2003
13 29 (0.49%) AIX
14 22 (0.37%) Solaris
15 13 (0.22%) Ubuntu
16 12 (0.20%) VMS
17 8 (0.13%) SUSE
18 7 (0.12%) Mac OS X
18 7 (0.12%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 636 (10.70%) Migration
2 584 (9.83%) Agile Software Development
3 431 (7.25%) DevOps
4 430 (7.24%) Stakeholder Management
5 370 (6.23%) Business Intelligence
6 351 (5.91%) ERP
7 325 (5.47%) CRM
8 317 (5.33%) Information Security
9 270 (4.54%) Analytics
10 260 (4.38%) Project Management
11 238 (4.01%) ITIL
12 235 (3.95%) Change Management
13 228 (3.84%) Problem-Solving
14 199 (3.35%) Data Migration
15 174 (2.93%) Cybersecurity
16 165 (2.78%) Risk Management
17 157 (2.64%) Data Protection
18 153 (2.57%) Configuration Management
18 153 (2.57%) Data Modelling
18 153 (2.57%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 590 (9.93%) SQL
2 300 (5.05%) Java
3 223 (3.75%) Python
4 220 (3.70%) PowerShell
5 208 (3.50%) JavaScript
6 170 (2.86%) C#
7 102 (1.72%) ABAP
8 100 (1.68%) PL/SQL
9 66 (1.11%) Bash Shell
10 61 (1.03%) Perl
11 59 (0.99%) C
12 55 (0.93%) Shell Script
13 50 (0.84%) R
14 48 (0.81%) Ruby
15 38 (0.64%) PHP
16 37 (0.62%) Groovy
17 35 (0.59%) T-SQL
18 32 (0.54%) C++
18 32 (0.54%) Scala
19 31 (0.52%) VBA
Qualifications
1 515 (8.67%) Security Cleared
2 373 (6.28%) SC Cleared
3 191 (3.21%) Degree
4 187 (3.15%) CISSP
5 121 (2.04%) CISM
6 70 (1.18%) CISA
7 69 (1.16%) Microsoft Certification
8 62 (1.04%) DV Cleared
9 58 (0.98%) Cisco Certification
10 38 (0.64%) MCSE
11 36 (0.61%) BPSS Clearance
12 33 (0.56%) CCIE
13 28 (0.47%) CCNP
14 27 (0.45%) CCA
15 22 (0.37%) Computer Science Degree
16 20 (0.34%) Master's Degree
17 19 (0.32%) CEH
18 18 (0.30%) CESG Certified Professional
18 18 (0.30%) CTC Cleared
19 16 (0.27%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 274 (4.61%) GDPR
2 165 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 100 (1.68%) QA
4 93 (1.57%) PCI DSS
5 66 (1.11%) PMO
6 55 (0.93%) SLA
7 39 (0.66%) Data Quality
8 34 (0.57%) IFRS
9 26 (0.44%) Disclosure Scotland
10 23 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 18 (0.30%) GCP
11 18 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 16 (0.27%) COBIT
13 15 (0.25%) GMP
13 15 (0.25%) RMADS
14 13 (0.22%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 12 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 12 (0.20%) SEPA
16 11 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 10 (0.17%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 299 (5.03%) Active Directory
2 151 (2.54%) Docker
3 91 (1.53%) VMware Infrastructure
4 39 (0.66%) Hyper-V
5 38 (0.64%) Virtual Machines
6 37 (0.62%) vSphere
7 31 (0.52%) HDFS
7 31 (0.52%) XenApp
8 29 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
9 28 (0.47%) Apache Flume
10 26 (0.44%) Apache ZooKeeper
11 24 (0.40%) VMware NSX
12 22 (0.37%) XenDesktop
13 19 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
14 13 (0.22%) NFS
15 11 (0.19%) BitLocker
16 6 (0.10%) vCloud
17 4 (0.067%) VirtualBox
17 4 (0.067%) Xen
17 4 (0.067%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 192 (3.23%) Ansible
2 189 (3.18%) Puppet
3 140 (2.36%) Terraform
4 124 (2.09%) SCCM
5 96 (1.62%) Kubernetes
6 95 (1.60%) Opscode Chef
7 62 (1.04%) Microsoft Intune
8 44 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
9 28 (0.47%) vCenter Server
10 24 (0.40%) Hadoop YARN
11 22 (0.37%) Oozie
11 22 (0.37%) SCOM
12 21 (0.35%) logstash
12 21 (0.35%) vRealize
13 20 (0.34%) Ambari
14 19 (0.32%) Kibana
14 19 (0.32%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 18 (0.30%) Apache Slider
15 18 (0.30%) McAfee ePO
15 18 (0.30%) Packer
Vendors
1 1,167 (19.64%) SAP
2 769 (12.94%) Microsoft
3 607 (10.22%) Oracle
4 174 (2.93%) VMware
5 164 (2.76%) Cisco
6 160 (2.69%) Salesforce.com
7 97 (1.63%) ServiceNow
8 95 (1.60%) Workday
9 86 (1.45%) IBM
10 81 (1.36%) Tableau
11 74 (1.25%) HP
12 73 (1.23%) Adobe
13 70 (1.18%) Citrix
14 65 (1.09%) Google
15 57 (0.96%) Red Hat
16 54 (0.91%) Splunk
17 50 (0.84%) JD Edwards
17 50 (0.84%) McAfee
18 48 (0.81%) F5
19 43 (0.72%) Sage