Period
to 21 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 25 26 26
Rank change year-on-year +1 0 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 6630 7091 7387
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.67% 6.68% 6.47%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.04% 7.05% 6.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3610 3947 3897
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £335 £313 £313
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £445 £450
% change year-on-year +6.74% -1.11% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 52 50
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £46.25 £42.76
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.70% +8.16% +55.49%
10th Percentile £23.50 £12.60 £10.64
90th Percentile £67.50 £80.00 £73.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £46.00 £42.76
% change year-on-year -2.17% +7.58% +56.92%

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 94181 100639 108360
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.77% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 61868 65556 68886
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £248
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2802 3285 4159
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.39 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.71% +2.14% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.86 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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 21 October 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 0 6082 £475 +5.56% 464
UK excluding London +2 3418 £475 +6.74% 255
London -4 2753 £489 +2.95% 227
South East -1 1057 £475 +5.56% 75
North of England +13 800 £450 +2.86% 67
Midlands +2 580 £475 +5.56% 38
North West +9 497 £463 +7.56% 38
West Midlands +12 366 £475 +11.76% 29
East of England -3 354 £483 +13.53% 23
South West -5 299 £475 +6.74% 28
Scotland +5 272 £450 +5.88% 18
Yorkshire +10 223 £463 +2.83% 21
East Midlands -3 183 £473 +5.00% 9
North East +37 74 £428 +4.27% 8
Wales -16 46 £463 +2.78% 4
Northern Ireland -47 18 £375 -16.67% 2
Channel Islands -6 1 £500 +21.21%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 1543 (23.27%) SAP
2 1254 (18.91%) Finance
3 731 (11.03%) Migration
4 720 (10.86%) Microsoft
5 599 (9.03%) Oracle
6 587 (8.85%) SQL
7 585 (8.82%) Agile Software Development
8 584 (8.81%) Windows
9 511 (7.71%) Security Cleared
10 495 (7.47%) Linux
11 407 (6.14%) Microsoft Azure
12 406 (6.12%) Stakeholder Management
13 404 (6.09%) Active Directory
14 398 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
15 387 (5.84%) SC Cleared
16 381 (5.75%) Banking
17 380 (5.73%) Business Intelligence
18 379 (5.72%) Java
19 365 (5.51%) ERP
20 354 (5.34%) Office 365
21 324 (4.89%) Information Security
22 316 (4.77%) DevOps
23 302 (4.56%) Retail
24 297 (4.48%) Project Management
25 277 (4.18%) CRM
25 277 (4.18%) Unix
26 267 (4.03%) SQL Server
27 258 (3.89%) Amazon AWS
28 254 (3.83%) Manufacturing
29 251 (3.79%) Analytics

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
1 232 (3.50%) SharePoint
2 120 (1.81%) MS Exchange
3 105 (1.58%) Skype for Business
4 66 (1.00%) Apache
5 58 (0.87%) OpenStack
6 56 (0.84%) SAS
7 50 (0.75%) Confluence
7 50 (0.75%) Tomcat
8 49 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2010
9 47 (0.71%) WebSphere
10 46 (0.69%) SharePoint 2013
11 45 (0.68%) JBoss
12 43 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
13 41 (0.62%) IIS
14 36 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
14 36 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
15 34 (0.51%) CMS
16 32 (0.48%) NetWeaver
17 31 (0.47%) Apache Spark
18 27 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 129 (1.95%) Microsoft Excel
2 97 (1.46%) Microsoft Office
3 49 (0.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 37 (0.56%) MS Visio
5 21 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
6 12 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 9 (0.14%) OmniGraffle
8 8 (0.12%) InfoPath
9 4 (0.060%) Photoshop
10 3 (0.045%) InVision
11 2 (0.030%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.030%) Chatbot
11 2 (0.030%) InDesign
11 2 (0.030%) SPSS
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe After Effects
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.015%) Adobe Premiere
12 1 (0.015%) EngageOne
12 1 (0.015%) Simulink
12 1 (0.015%) SmartSuite
Business Applications
1 228 (3.44%) SAP FI
2 201 (3.03%) SAP CO
3 184 (2.78%) SAP FI/CO
4 147 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
5 139 (2.10%) Dynamics AX
6 133 (2.01%) SAP SD
7 110 (1.66%) SAP MM
8 89 (1.34%) Oracle EBS
9 85 (1.28%) SAP ERP
10 83 (1.25%) SAP Retail
10 83 (1.25%) SAP S/4HANA
11 81 (1.22%) Oracle EBS R12
12 74 (1.12%) SAP HR
13 64 (0.97%) Dynamics NAV
14 52 (0.78%) Oracle Receivables
15 50 (0.75%) Oracle Payables
16 46 (0.69%) SAP HCM
17 43 (0.65%) SAP Payroll
18 40 (0.60%) SAP IS-U
19 37 (0.56%) SAP CRM
Cloud Services
1 407 (6.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 354 (5.34%) Office 365
3 258 (3.89%) Amazon AWS
4 111 (1.67%) Azure Active Directory
5 102 (1.54%) Dynamics 365
6 95 (1.43%) PaaS
7 94 (1.42%) IaaS
8 81 (1.22%) SuccessFactors
9 76 (1.15%) SaaS
10 48 (0.72%) OneDrive
11 46 (0.69%) OpenShift
12 35 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
13 32 (0.48%) GitHub
14 30 (0.45%) Taleo
15 28 (0.42%) Google Analytics
16 25 (0.38%) Amazon EC2
17 24 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
18 19 (0.29%) AWS CloudFormation
19 14 (0.21%) Amazon S3
20 13 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 196 (2.96%) Firewall
2 110 (1.66%) Skype
3 106 (1.60%) Network Security
4 103 (1.55%) DNS
5 86 (1.30%) VPN
6 75 (1.13%) TCP/IP
7 69 (1.04%) LDAP
8 67 (1.01%) WAN
9 60 (0.90%) Internet
10 58 (0.87%) HTTP
11 54 (0.81%) LAN
12 52 (0.78%) SAN
13 41 (0.62%) SSL
14 40 (0.60%) DHCP
15 28 (0.42%) NetScaler
15 28 (0.42%) Wireless
16 26 (0.39%) SMS
17 25 (0.38%) VLAN
18 22 (0.33%) FTP
19 21 (0.32%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 267 (4.03%) SQL Server
2 155 (2.34%) SAP BW
3 138 (2.08%) SAP HANA
4 132 (1.99%) Data Warehouse
5 122 (1.84%) Big Data
6 94 (1.42%) BusinessObjects
7 79 (1.19%) Oracle Database
8 75 (1.13%) Hadoop
9 72 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 69 (1.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 57 (0.86%) Power BI
12 56 (0.84%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
13 55 (0.83%) MySQL
13 55 (0.83%) Oracle BI EE
14 53 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
15 52 (0.78%) Relational Database
16 49 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 47 (0.71%) DB2
18 41 (0.62%) QlikView
19 35 (0.53%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 170 (2.56%) Jenkins
2 112 (1.69%) JIRA
3 108 (1.63%) Git (software)
4 77 (1.16%) Maven
5 67 (1.01%) Team Foundation Server
6 44 (0.66%) Selenium
7 43 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
8 42 (0.63%) Artifactory
9 41 (0.62%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 40 (0.60%) Visual Studio
11 39 (0.59%) Subversion
12 32 (0.48%) Bitbucket
13 31 (0.47%) Cucumber
14 28 (0.42%) GitLab
14 28 (0.42%) TeamCity
15 26 (0.39%) Visual Studio Team System
16 24 (0.36%) JMeter
17 23 (0.35%) LoadRunner
18 22 (0.33%) LSMW
19 20 (0.30%) AppScan
General
1 1254 (18.91%) Finance
2 381 (5.75%) Banking
3 302 (4.56%) Retail
4 254 (3.83%) Manufacturing
5 177 (2.67%) Marketing
6 172 (2.59%) Telecoms
7 105 (1.58%) Billing
7 105 (1.58%) Law
8 100 (1.51%) Legal
9 82 (1.24%) Pharmaceutical
10 74 (1.12%) General Ledger
11 72 (1.09%) Advertising
12 53 (0.80%) Electronics
12 53 (0.80%) Investment Banking
13 39 (0.59%) Back Office
14 35 (0.53%) Financial Institution
14 35 (0.53%) Front Office
15 28 (0.42%) Retail Banking
16 25 (0.38%) Automotive
17 24 (0.36%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (2.96%) .NET
2 179 (2.70%) Web Services
3 153 (2.31%) XML
4 132 (1.99%) HTML
5 111 (1.67%) Middleware
6 90 (1.36%) CSS
7 77 (1.16%) REST
8 75 (1.13%) JSON
8 75 (1.13%) Oracle Fusion
9 63 (0.95%) SAP Fiori
10 60 (0.90%) SOAP
11 58 (0.87%) SAP Basis
12 51 (0.77%) Spring
13 42 (0.63%) XSLT
14 40 (0.60%) J2EE
15 38 (0.57%) RESTful
16 36 (0.54%) ASP.NET
17 33 (0.50%) SAP PI
18 29 (0.44%) AngularJS
19 28 (0.42%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 398 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 174 (2.62%) Data Centre
3 122 (1.84%) Management Information System
4 105 (1.58%) Greenfield Project
5 101 (1.52%) User Experience
6 71 (1.07%) PKI
7 63 (0.95%) FMCG
8 57 (0.86%) Computer Science
9 50 (0.75%) Virtual Team
10 47 (0.71%) CESG
11 46 (0.69%) Mobile App
12 42 (0.63%) Public Cloud
13 38 (0.57%) Mainframe
14 37 (0.56%) Replication
15 36 (0.54%) Data Structures
16 31 (0.47%) Clustering
16 31 (0.47%) CMDB
16 31 (0.47%) Derivative
17 27 (0.41%) NHS
18 26 (0.39%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 584 (8.81%) Windows
2 495 (7.47%) Linux
3 277 (4.18%) Unix
4 184 (2.78%) Windows Server
5 90 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 77 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
7 75 (1.13%) Windows 10
7 75 (1.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 55 (0.83%) Solaris
9 53 (0.80%) Windows 7
10 52 (0.78%) AIX
11 38 (0.57%) Android
12 35 (0.53%) CentOS
13 28 (0.42%) Apple iOS
14 22 (0.33%) VMS
15 21 (0.32%) Windows Server 2003
16 16 (0.24%) Ubuntu
17 8 (0.12%) SUSE
17 8 (0.12%) Windows XP
18 7 (0.11%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 731 (11.03%) Migration
2 585 (8.82%) Agile Software Development
3 406 (6.12%) Stakeholder Management
4 380 (5.73%) Business Intelligence
5 365 (5.51%) ERP
6 324 (4.89%) Information Security
7 316 (4.77%) DevOps
8 297 (4.48%) Project Management
9 277 (4.18%) CRM
10 251 (3.79%) Analytics
11 236 (3.56%) Data Migration
12 213 (3.21%) ITIL
13 199 (3.00%) Risk Management
14 190 (2.87%) User Acceptance Testing
15 176 (2.65%) Workflow
16 174 (2.62%) Change Management
17 155 (2.34%) Cybersecurity
18 151 (2.28%) Data Protection
19 142 (2.14%) Scrum
20 135 (2.04%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 587 (8.85%) SQL
2 379 (5.72%) Java
3 234 (3.53%) PowerShell
4 194 (2.93%) Python
5 179 (2.70%) JavaScript
6 132 (1.99%) C#
7 113 (1.70%) ABAP
8 111 (1.67%) Perl
9 70 (1.06%) Shell Script
10 69 (1.04%) Ruby
11 65 (0.98%) PL/SQL
12 58 (0.87%) Bash Shell
13 54 (0.81%) C
14 44 (0.66%) T-SQL
15 43 (0.65%) VBScript
16 41 (0.62%) PHP
17 30 (0.45%) XPath
18 27 (0.41%) C++
18 27 (0.41%) Scala
19 23 (0.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 511 (7.71%) Security Cleared
2 387 (5.84%) SC Cleared
3 207 (3.12%) CISSP
4 186 (2.81%) Degree
5 133 (2.01%) CISM
6 98 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
7 69 (1.04%) DV Cleared
8 56 (0.84%) CISA
8 56 (0.84%) Microsoft Certification
9 55 (0.83%) CCNP
10 37 (0.56%) CLAS
11 36 (0.54%) MCSE
12 35 (0.53%) CESG Certified Professional
13 32 (0.48%) CCIE
14 29 (0.44%) CCNA
15 28 (0.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 27 (0.41%) Computer Science Degree
17 25 (0.38%) BPSS Clearance
18 24 (0.36%) CRISC
18 24 (0.36%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (2.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 147 (2.22%) GDPR
3 89 (1.34%) Data Quality
4 76 (1.15%) PCI DSS
4 76 (1.15%) QA
5 45 (0.68%) PMO
6 40 (0.60%) SLA
7 24 (0.36%) COBIT
8 21 (0.32%) MiFID
9 19 (0.29%) Cyber Essentials
10 18 (0.27%) JSP 440
11 15 (0.23%) IFRS
11 15 (0.23%) NIST 800
12 14 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
13 13 (0.20%) EMIR
14 12 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
14 12 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
14 12 (0.18%) PSD2
15 11 (0.17%) RMADS
16 10 (0.15%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 404 (6.09%) Active Directory
2 142 (2.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 132 (1.99%) Docker
4 59 (0.89%) Hyper-V
5 47 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
6 41 (0.62%) Microsoft App-V
7 40 (0.60%) XenApp
8 38 (0.57%) VMware NSX
9 37 (0.56%) XenDesktop
10 35 (0.53%) vSphere
11 27 (0.41%) BitLocker
12 18 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
13 17 (0.26%) vCloud
14 12 (0.18%) Firmware
14 12 (0.18%) XenServer
15 9 (0.14%) LXC
16 8 (0.12%) HDFS
17 7 (0.11%) Veritas Cluster Server
17 7 (0.11%) Virtual Servers
17 7 (0.11%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 169 (2.55%) Puppet
2 161 (2.43%) Ansible
3 154 (2.32%) SCCM
4 105 (1.58%) Opscode Chef
5 75 (1.13%) Terraform
6 65 (0.98%) Microsoft Intune
7 61 (0.92%) Kubernetes
8 34 (0.51%) SCOM
9 25 (0.38%) Norton AntiVirus
9 25 (0.38%) Tivoli
10 23 (0.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 23 (0.35%) vRealize
10 23 (0.35%) WSUS
11 19 (0.29%) ITRS Geneos
11 19 (0.29%) logstash
12 14 (0.21%) Control-M
12 14 (0.21%) Failover Clustering
12 14 (0.21%) HP Quality Center
13 13 (0.20%) Netcool
14 12 (0.18%) Nagios
Vendors
1 1543 (23.27%) SAP
2 720 (10.86%) Microsoft
3 599 (9.03%) Oracle
4 234 (3.53%) VMware
5 199 (3.00%) IBM
6 192 (2.90%) Cisco
7 136 (2.05%) Red Hat
8 100 (1.51%) Citrix
9 98 (1.48%) Splunk
9 98 (1.48%) Workday
10 93 (1.40%) Salesforce.com
11 92 (1.39%) HP
12 90 (1.36%) ServiceNow
13 79 (1.19%) Ariba
14 71 (1.07%) JD Edwards
15 68 (1.03%) Google
16 65 (0.98%) Tableau
17 63 (0.95%) Symantec
18 62 (0.94%) CyberArk
19 47 (0.71%) CheckPoint