Period
to 22 September 2019

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 September 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
22 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 32 43 26
Rank change year-on-year +11 -17 0
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 4,977 5,390 6,566
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.70% 5.29% 6.65%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.05% 5.58% 7.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,873 3,124 3,615
UK median daily rate £500 £488 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +2.63% +5.56%
10th Percentile £350 £350 £338
90th Percentile £650 £649 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £463 £475
% change year-on-year +2.70% -2.63% +6.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 39 36
UK median hourly rate £47.50 £42.50 £45.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.76% -5.56% -2.70%
10th Percentile £21.10 £14.75 £21.93
90th Percentile £66.00 £67.50 £74.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £42.50 £45.00
% change year-on-year +14.71% -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 82,273 96,607 93,715
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.21% 94.77% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 53,988 63,424 61,287
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,855 3,154 2,814
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £17.75 £18.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.68% -5.64% -1.00%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +6.84% -2.78% -2.70%

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 September 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 22 September 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 22 September 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 +10 4,455 £500 +2.04% 1,053
UK excluding London +8 2,598 £475 +2.70% 728
London +8 2,072 £500 - 389
South East +5 854 £500 +5.26% 175
North of England +14 566 £468 -1.58% 199
North West +21 352 £475 -1.04% 131
Midlands +9 343 £481 +1.32% 144
South West -18 256 £488 +8.33% 79
West Midlands +10 246 £475 - 110
East of England +18 242 £475 +5.56% 68
Scotland +6 211 £425 -5.56% 45
Yorkshire -1 171 £450 -5.26% 56
Wales +48 81 £500 +11.11% 11
East Midlands -9 79 £463 -2.63% 34
Northern Ireland +32 46 £600 +4.35% 6
North East +48 42 £430 +16.61% 12
Channel Islands -11 4 £463 +12.12% 2

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 1,170 (23.51%) SAP
2 1,041 (20.92%) Finance
3 649 (13.04%) Microsoft
4 605 (12.16%) Migration
5 575 (11.55%) Azure
6 513 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
7 473 (9.50%) SQL
8 462 (9.28%) Windows
9 448 (9.00%) Oracle
10 413 (8.30%) Security Cleared
11 348 (6.99%) Business Intelligence
12 326 (6.55%) Stakeholder Management
13 310 (6.23%) Office 365
14 299 (6.01%) Active Directory
15 298 (5.99%) DevOps
16 295 (5.93%) SC Cleared
17 286 (5.75%) CRM
18 284 (5.71%) ERP
19 278 (5.59%) SAP S/4HANA
20 276 (5.55%) Information Security
21 271 (5.45%) Linux
22 258 (5.18%) Analytics
23 251 (5.04%) AWS
24 242 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
25 239 (4.80%) Manufacturing
26 232 (4.66%) Java
27 225 (4.52%) Problem-Solving
28 209 (4.20%) Python
29 197 (3.96%) Banking
30 194 (3.90%) ITIL

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
1 191 (3.84%) SharePoint
2 59 (1.19%) Skype for Business
3 52 (1.04%) Confluence
4 51 (1.02%) MS Exchange
5 39 (0.78%) Apache
6 25 (0.50%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 24 (0.48%) JBoss
7 24 (0.48%) WebSphere
8 23 (0.46%) NetWeaver
9 22 (0.44%) CMS
10 21 (0.42%) SAS
11 20 (0.40%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 20 (0.40%) Tomcat
12 19 (0.38%) Apache Spark
12 19 (0.38%) IIS
12 19 (0.38%) WebLogic
13 17 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2010
13 17 (0.34%) SharePoint 2010
14 15 (0.30%) SharePoint 2013
15 14 (0.28%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 99 (1.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 97 (1.95%) Microsoft Office
3 35 (0.70%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 27 (0.54%) MS Visio
5 18 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
6 15 (0.30%) Sketch
7 11 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
8 9 (0.18%) InVision
9 8 (0.16%) Photoshop
10 6 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
11 4 (0.080%) Flinto
12 3 (0.060%) Chatbot
12 3 (0.060%) InfoPath
13 2 (0.040%) Adobe Captivate
13 2 (0.040%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.040%) InDesign
13 2 (0.040%) Lectora
13 2 (0.040%) Windchill
13 2 (0.040%) Zeplin
14 1 (0.020%) Autodesk Inventor
Business Applications
1 278 (5.59%) SAP S/4HANA
2 169 (3.40%) SAP FI
3 155 (3.11%) SAP CO
4 145 (2.91%) SAP FI/CO
5 123 (2.47%) Dynamics CRM
6 75 (1.51%) SAP MM
7 73 (1.47%) Oracle EBS
8 70 (1.41%) Oracle Receivables
9 69 (1.39%) Oracle EBS R12
10 68 (1.37%) SAP HCM
11 63 (1.27%) SAP PP
12 60 (1.21%) Dynamics AX
13 53 (1.06%) SAP SD
14 51 (1.02%) SAP HR
15 48 (0.96%) NetSuite
15 48 (0.96%) SAP ERP
16 45 (0.90%) SAP WM
17 44 (0.88%) Oracle Payables
18 38 (0.76%) Oracle Financials
19 35 (0.70%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 575 (11.55%) Azure
2 310 (6.23%) Office 365
3 251 (5.04%) AWS
4 179 (3.60%) Power Platform
5 173 (3.48%) Dynamics 365
6 113 (2.27%) Azure Active Directory
7 80 (1.61%) SuccessFactors
8 70 (1.41%) SaaS
9 67 (1.35%) PaaS
10 57 (1.15%) IaaS
11 46 (0.92%) GitHub
12 45 (0.90%) GCP
13 43 (0.86%) OpenShift
14 36 (0.72%) OneDrive
15 33 (0.66%) PowerApps
16 32 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
16 32 (0.64%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 31 (0.62%) Serverless
18 30 (0.60%) Google Analytics
19 23 (0.46%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 162 (3.25%) Firewall
2 80 (1.61%) Skype
3 74 (1.49%) DNS
4 69 (1.39%) Network Security
5 58 (1.17%) WAN
6 55 (1.11%) VPN
7 51 (1.02%) LAN
8 46 (0.92%) Internet
9 39 (0.78%) Wireless
10 29 (0.58%) SAN
11 28 (0.56%) TCP/IP
12 27 (0.54%) HTTP
12 27 (0.54%) SMTP
13 24 (0.48%) DHCP
14 23 (0.46%) Cisco ASA
14 23 (0.46%) Intranet
14 23 (0.46%) Wi-Fi
15 22 (0.44%) NetScaler
16 21 (0.42%) BGP
16 21 (0.42%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 177 (3.56%) SQL Server
2 155 (3.11%) Power BI
3 104 (2.09%) Data Warehouse
4 87 (1.75%) SAP BW
5 84 (1.69%) Big Data
6 73 (1.47%) Relational Database
7 71 (1.43%) SAP HANA
8 69 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 66 (1.33%) Oracle Database
9 66 (1.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 47 (0.94%) BusinessObjects
10 47 (0.94%) Hadoop
11 43 (0.86%) Data Lake
12 42 (0.84%) RDBMS
13 39 (0.78%) Oracle Reports
14 35 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 28 (0.56%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
15 28 (0.56%) Oracle BI EE
16 27 (0.54%) DB2
17 24 (0.48%) Azure SQL Database
Development Applications
1 105 (2.11%) JIRA
2 103 (2.07%) Jenkins
3 45 (0.90%) Git (software)
4 39 (0.78%) Visual Studio Team System
5 26 (0.52%) Oracle Forms
6 25 (0.50%) LSMW
7 23 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
8 17 (0.34%) Hudson
8 17 (0.34%) Visual Studio
9 13 (0.26%) PVCS
10 12 (0.24%) Selenium
11 10 (0.20%) Axure RP
12 9 (0.18%) Eclipse
12 9 (0.18%) Travis CI
13 8 (0.16%) ERwin
13 8 (0.16%) Maven
14 7 (0.14%) Cucumber
14 7 (0.14%) JMeter
14 7 (0.14%) JUnit
14 7 (0.14%) PowerDesigner
General
1 1,041 (20.92%) Finance
2 239 (4.80%) Manufacturing
3 197 (3.96%) Banking
4 190 (3.82%) Marketing
5 172 (3.46%) Public Sector
6 170 (3.42%) Retail
7 148 (2.97%) Telecoms
8 88 (1.77%) Billing
9 64 (1.29%) Legal
10 58 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
11 56 (1.13%) General Ledger
12 48 (0.96%) Law
13 44 (0.88%) Electronics
14 42 (0.84%) Financial Institution
15 27 (0.54%) Advertising
16 23 (0.46%) Investment Banking
17 21 (0.42%) Local Government
18 19 (0.38%) Back Office
19 18 (0.36%) Retail Banking
20 17 (0.34%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 112 (2.25%) Web Services
2 108 (2.17%) .NET
3 102 (2.05%) XML
4 81 (1.63%) HTML
5 67 (1.35%) Oracle Fusion
6 66 (1.33%) LDAP
7 62 (1.25%) SAML
8 60 (1.21%) CSS
9 58 (1.17%) JSON
9 58 (1.17%) REST
10 52 (1.04%) SAP Basis
11 43 (0.86%) Middleware
12 41 (0.82%) OAuth
13 40 (0.80%) SOAP
14 32 (0.64%) SAP Fiori
15 30 (0.60%) EDI
15 30 (0.60%) J2EE
15 30 (0.60%) jQuery
15 30 (0.60%) Node.js
16 28 (0.56%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 242 (4.86%) Analytical Skills
2 121 (2.43%) Data Centre
3 107 (2.15%) User Experience
4 98 (1.97%) Management Information System
5 89 (1.79%) Greenfield Project
6 57 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
7 45 (0.90%) Public Cloud
8 43 (0.86%) Self-Motivation
9 42 (0.84%) Clustering
10 41 (0.82%) CMDB
11 38 (0.76%) Data Structures
12 34 (0.68%) FMCG
12 34 (0.68%) Mobile App
13 29 (0.58%) e-Learning
14 27 (0.54%) Hedge funds
14 27 (0.54%) Replication
15 23 (0.46%) Life Science
16 21 (0.42%) Virtual Team
17 20 (0.40%) PKI
18 19 (0.38%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 462 (9.28%) Windows
2 271 (5.45%) Linux
3 157 (3.15%) Windows Server
4 138 (2.77%) Unix
5 136 (2.73%) Windows 10
6 57 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 54 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
8 38 (0.76%) AIX
9 33 (0.66%) Windows Server 2008
10 25 (0.50%) Android
11 23 (0.46%) Apple iOS
12 20 (0.40%) Windows 7
13 18 (0.36%) SUSE
14 17 (0.34%) Solaris
15 14 (0.28%) CentOS
16 13 (0.26%) Windows Server 2003
17 11 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
18 8 (0.16%) Oracle Linux
18 8 (0.16%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
19 6 (0.12%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 605 (12.16%) Migration
2 513 (10.31%) Agile Software Development
3 348 (6.99%) Business Intelligence
4 326 (6.55%) Stakeholder Management
5 298 (5.99%) DevOps
6 286 (5.75%) CRM
7 284 (5.71%) ERP
8 276 (5.55%) Information Security
9 258 (5.18%) Analytics
10 225 (4.52%) Problem-Solving
11 194 (3.90%) ITIL
12 188 (3.78%) Cybersecurity
12 188 (3.78%) Project Management
13 172 (3.46%) Data Migration
14 141 (2.83%) Data Modelling
15 140 (2.81%) Workflow
16 130 (2.61%) Change Management
17 118 (2.37%) Logistics
18 117 (2.35%) Risk Management
19 105 (2.11%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 473 (9.50%) SQL
2 232 (4.66%) Java
3 209 (4.20%) Python
4 169 (3.40%) JavaScript
5 156 (3.13%) PowerShell
6 100 (2.01%) C#
7 89 (1.79%) ABAP
8 58 (1.17%) PL/SQL
9 53 (1.06%) C
10 48 (0.96%) Shell Script
11 44 (0.88%) Bash Shell
12 34 (0.68%) T-SQL
13 27 (0.54%) PHP
14 26 (0.52%) C++
15 25 (0.50%) Perl
16 22 (0.44%) R
17 20 (0.40%) Apex Code
17 20 (0.40%) Ruby
18 16 (0.32%) Go
18 16 (0.32%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 413 (8.30%) Security Cleared
2 295 (5.93%) SC Cleared
3 177 (3.56%) Degree
4 123 (2.47%) CISSP
5 104 (2.09%) Cisco Certification
6 77 (1.55%) CISM
7 73 (1.47%) DV Cleared
8 59 (1.19%) Microsoft Certification
9 47 (0.94%) CCNP
10 35 (0.70%) CCIE
11 30 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
12 28 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
12 28 (0.56%) CISA
13 27 (0.54%) (ISC)2 CCSP
14 25 (0.50%) CEH
14 25 (0.50%) DBS Check
14 25 (0.50%) MCSE
15 23 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
16 22 (0.44%) CRISC
17 20 (0.40%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 92 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 71 (1.43%) GDPR
3 65 (1.31%) QA
4 57 (1.15%) Data Quality
4 57 (1.15%) SLA
5 48 (0.96%) NIST
6 29 (0.58%) PCI DSS
7 28 (0.56%) PMO
8 22 (0.44%) NCSC
9 20 (0.40%) COBIT
10 16 (0.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 13 (0.26%) IFRS
12 11 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
13 10 (0.20%) JSP 440
14 9 (0.18%) Cyber Essentials
14 9 (0.18%) RMADS
15 7 (0.14%) GxP
16 6 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
16 6 (0.12%) PSD2
17 5 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 299 (6.01%) Active Directory
2 122 (2.45%) Docker
3 102 (2.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 64 (1.29%) Hyper-V
5 36 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
6 32 (0.64%) XenDesktop
7 28 (0.56%) vSphere
8 24 (0.48%) XenApp
9 23 (0.46%) VMware NSX
10 15 (0.30%) Firmware
11 12 (0.24%) vCloud
11 12 (0.24%) Virtual Machines
12 9 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
12 9 (0.18%) NFS
13 8 (0.16%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
13 8 (0.16%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.16%) ProxySG
14 7 (0.14%) NDS
14 7 (0.14%) NetIQ eDirectory
15 6 (0.12%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 165 (3.32%) SCCM
2 129 (2.59%) Ansible
3 119 (2.39%) Kubernetes
4 97 (1.95%) Terraform
5 88 (1.77%) Microsoft Intune
6 70 (1.41%) Puppet
7 61 (1.23%) Single Sign-On
8 41 (0.82%) Opscode Chef
9 36 (0.72%) AirWatch
10 25 (0.50%) vCenter Server
11 20 (0.40%) SCOM
11 20 (0.40%) vRealize
12 17 (0.34%) NetBackup
13 16 (0.32%) Packer
14 15 (0.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 14 (0.28%) Tivoli
16 13 (0.26%) Oracle RMAN
17 12 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
17 12 (0.24%) Data Guard
17 12 (0.24%) Prometheus
Vendors
1 1,170 (23.51%) SAP
2 649 (13.04%) Microsoft
3 448 (9.00%) Oracle
4 189 (3.80%) VMware
5 164 (3.30%) Cisco
6 146 (2.93%) Salesforce.com
7 105 (2.11%) Ariba
8 104 (2.09%) IBM
9 94 (1.89%) Citrix
10 83 (1.67%) ServiceNow
11 72 (1.45%) Red Hat
12 70 (1.41%) Google
13 64 (1.29%) Adobe
14 57 (1.15%) Informatica
14 57 (1.15%) Workday
15 55 (1.11%) HP
15 55 (1.11%) Tableau
16 50 (1.00%) Splunk
17 49 (0.98%) BMC
18 43 (0.86%) Palo Alto