Period
to 24 May 2020

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 May 2020.

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
24 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 29 40 36
Rank change year-on-year +11 -4 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 2,802 5,067 5,914
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 5.82% 5.53% 5.87%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.21% 5.85% 6.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,683 2,975 3,449
Median daily rate £500 £500 £488
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £363 £363 £350
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £480 £463
% change year-on-year +4.17% +3.78% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 55 43
Median hourly rate £35.00 £49.86 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -29.80% +17.32% -29.17%
10th Percentile £18.25 £35.00 £14.75
90th Percentile £66.00 £64.50 £72.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £50.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -30.00% +17.65% -6.59%

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 45,109 86,667 95,593
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.66% 94.55% 94.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 28,368 57,055 62,751
Median daily rate £465 £473 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.59% +5.00% +5.88%
10th Percentile £243 £275 £263
90th Percentile £650 £650 £633
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £413
% change year-on-year - +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,908 2,780 3,006
Median hourly rate £21.00 £18.78 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.85% +4.31% -5.06%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £10.88
90th Percentile £52.33 £50.00 £47.83
Median hourly rate £19.44 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.09% - -2.78%

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 24 May 2020.

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 24 May 2020.

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 24 May 2020. 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 +5 2,419 £500 - 288
UK excluding London +3 1,417 £500 +4.17% 184
London -3 1,104 £525 +5.00% 121
South East +8 470 £500 - 42
North of England +13 304 £493 +3.68% 38
Work from Home -1 254 £525 +10.53% 67
North West +18 192 £500 - 21
Midlands +6 191 £500 +5.26% 25
South West +6 173 £500 +2.56% 27
West Midlands +10 137 £513 +7.89% 17
Scotland -3 129 £473 +5.00% 7
East of England -21 90 £475 - 31
Yorkshire -10 74 £510 +13.33% 13
Wales +26 55 £500 +5.26% 11
East Midlands -2 43 £498 +10.56% 7
North East +18 35 £400 -17.95% 4
Northern Ireland -16 9 £350 -36.07% 3

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 May 2020, 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.

1 513 (18.31%) SAP
1 513 (18.31%) Finance
2 386 (13.78%) Security Cleared
3 368 (13.13%) Azure
4 367 (13.10%) Migration
5 364 (12.99%) Microsoft
6 361 (12.88%) Oracle
7 295 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
8 292 (10.42%) SC Cleared
9 291 (10.39%) SQL
10 233 (8.32%) Windows
11 224 (7.99%) DevOps
12 209 (7.46%) Active Directory
13 197 (7.03%) Business Intelligence
14 188 (6.71%) Stakeholder Management
15 186 (6.64%) Office 365
16 184 (6.57%) AWS
17 181 (6.46%) ERP
18 160 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
19 159 (5.67%) SAP S/4HANA
20 148 (5.28%) Analytics
21 145 (5.17%) SharePoint
22 143 (5.10%) Information Security
23 138 (4.93%) CRM
24 136 (4.85%) Cybersecurity
25 128 (4.57%) Linux
25 128 (4.57%) PowerShell
26 125 (4.46%) Java
27 114 (4.07%) Dynamics 365
27 114 (4.07%) 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
1 145 (5.17%) SharePoint
2 42 (1.50%) Confluence
3 37 (1.32%) Skype for Business
4 25 (0.89%) OpenStack
5 24 (0.86%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 23 (0.82%) MS Exchange
6 23 (0.82%) SAS
7 22 (0.79%) IIS
8 20 (0.71%) WebSphere
9 19 (0.68%) SharePoint 2013
10 18 (0.64%) BizTalk Server
11 16 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
11 16 (0.57%) WebLogic
12 12 (0.43%) JBoss
13 11 (0.39%) Apache Spark
13 11 (0.39%) CMS
14 10 (0.36%) NetWeaver
15 9 (0.32%) Apache
16 8 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
17 7 (0.25%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 64 (2.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 53 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
3 24 (0.86%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 15 (0.54%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.29%) Chatbot
8 6 (0.21%) InVision
9 3 (0.11%) Photoshop
9 3 (0.11%) Sketch
9 3 (0.11%) Windchill
10 2 (0.071%) Adobe Premiere
10 2 (0.071%) SPSS
10 2 (0.071%) Stata
11 1 (0.036%) 3ds Max
11 1 (0.036%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.036%) Adobe Illustrator
11 1 (0.036%) CINEMA 4D
11 1 (0.036%) FreeHand
11 1 (0.036%) Gliffy
Business Applications
1 159 (5.67%) SAP S/4HANA
2 68 (2.43%) Dynamics CRM
3 57 (2.03%) Oracle EBS
4 50 (1.78%) SAP CO
5 49 (1.75%) Oracle Payables
6 45 (1.61%) SAP FI
7 39 (1.39%) Oracle EBS R12
7 39 (1.39%) SAP FI/CO
7 39 (1.39%) SAP HCM
8 36 (1.28%) Dynamics AX
9 30 (1.07%) Oracle Receivables
10 28 (1.00%) Oracle Financials
11 26 (0.93%) Oracle Assets
11 26 (0.93%) Oracle ERP
11 26 (0.93%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
12 24 (0.86%) NetSuite
13 23 (0.82%) SAP SD
14 19 (0.68%) Oracle Cash Management
14 19 (0.68%) SAP Payroll
14 19 (0.68%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 368 (13.13%) Azure
2 186 (6.64%) Office 365
3 184 (6.57%) AWS
4 114 (4.07%) Dynamics 365
5 111 (3.96%) Power Platform
6 82 (2.93%) SaaS
7 63 (2.25%) GCP
8 61 (2.18%) Azure Active Directory
9 54 (1.93%) PaaS
10 50 (1.78%) SuccessFactors
11 43 (1.53%) OneDrive
12 41 (1.46%) IaaS
13 36 (1.28%) GitHub
14 24 (0.86%) PowerApps
15 18 (0.64%) Power Automate
16 17 (0.61%) Salesforce Service Cloud
17 16 (0.57%) OpenShift
17 16 (0.57%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
18 13 (0.46%) Trello
19 12 (0.43%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 79 (2.82%) Firewall
2 54 (1.93%) DNS
3 43 (1.53%) Network Security
4 42 (1.50%) Skype
5 33 (1.18%) WAN
6 30 (1.07%) DHCP
7 29 (1.03%) Internet
7 29 (1.03%) VPN
8 21 (0.75%) LAN
8 21 (0.75%) SSL
9 19 (0.68%) Kerberos
10 18 (0.64%) SAN
11 15 (0.54%) TCP/IP
12 14 (0.50%) HTTP
12 14 (0.50%) Unified Communications
13 13 (0.46%) MPLS
14 12 (0.43%) VoIP
14 12 (0.43%) X.509
15 11 (0.39%) BGP
15 11 (0.39%) Junos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 94 (3.35%) SQL Server
2 85 (3.03%) Power BI
3 75 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
4 53 (1.89%) Big Data
5 44 (1.57%) SAP BW
6 40 (1.43%) Oracle Database
7 39 (1.39%) BusinessObjects
8 37 (1.32%) SAP HANA
9 36 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 23 (0.82%) Oracle ODI
10 23 (0.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 22 (0.79%) Hadoop
12 21 (0.75%) Oracle BI EE
13 18 (0.64%) Data Lake
14 17 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
14 17 (0.61%) Oracle Smart View
15 16 (0.57%) SAP Data Services
15 16 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 14 (0.50%) Azure SQL Database
16 14 (0.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 82 (2.93%) JIRA
2 58 (2.07%) Jenkins
3 48 (1.71%) Git (software)
4 26 (0.93%) Visual Studio
5 21 (0.75%) Team Foundation Server
6 20 (0.71%) GitLab
7 18 (0.64%) Visual Studio Team System
8 17 (0.61%) Oracle Forms
9 13 (0.46%) Selenium
10 12 (0.43%) Bitbucket
11 9 (0.32%) Ant
11 9 (0.32%) PVCS
12 7 (0.25%) Eclipse
12 7 (0.25%) Maven
13 6 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
14 5 (0.18%) LoadRunner
14 5 (0.18%) SoapUI
14 5 (0.18%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
14 5 (0.18%) WebDriver
15 4 (0.14%) ClearQuest
General
1 513 (18.31%) Finance
2 108 (3.85%) Public Sector
3 94 (3.35%) Banking
4 82 (2.93%) Telecoms
5 69 (2.46%) Marketing
6 64 (2.28%) Legal
7 58 (2.07%) Manufacturing
8 57 (2.03%) Retail
9 48 (1.71%) General Ledger
10 35 (1.25%) Billing
11 31 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
12 26 (0.93%) Law
13 25 (0.89%) Local Government
14 22 (0.79%) Advertising
15 16 (0.57%) Front Office
16 15 (0.54%) German Language
17 12 (0.43%) Back Office
18 10 (0.36%) French Language
18 10 (0.36%) Games
18 10 (0.36%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (2.57%) .NET
2 67 (2.39%) Web Services
3 62 (2.21%) XML
4 58 (2.07%) Oracle Fusion
5 39 (1.39%) SAML
5 39 (1.39%) SOAP
6 38 (1.36%) HTML
7 34 (1.21%) Middleware
8 31 (1.11%) REST
9 29 (1.03%) SAP Fiori
10 28 (1.00%) CSS
10 28 (1.00%) LDAP
11 18 (0.64%) Node.js
11 18 (0.64%) SailPoint
12 16 (0.57%) RESTful
13 15 (0.54%) J2EE
13 15 (0.54%) OAuth
13 15 (0.54%) React
13 15 (0.54%) SAP Basis
14 14 (0.50%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 160 (5.71%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (2.68%) Data Centre
3 61 (2.18%) Management Information System
4 51 (1.82%) User Experience
5 48 (1.71%) Greenfield Project
6 35 (1.25%) Public Cloud
7 25 (0.89%) PKI
8 23 (0.82%) Data Structures
8 23 (0.82%) Self-Motivation
9 22 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
10 21 (0.75%) Clustering
11 17 (0.61%) Virtual Team
12 16 (0.57%) CMDB
12 16 (0.57%) NHS
13 12 (0.43%) e-Learning
13 12 (0.43%) Private Cloud
14 10 (0.36%) Algorithms
14 10 (0.36%) Data Protection Act
14 10 (0.36%) Hedge funds
14 10 (0.36%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 233 (8.32%) Windows
2 128 (4.57%) Linux
3 79 (2.82%) Windows Server
4 72 (2.57%) Windows 10
5 53 (1.89%) Unix
6 37 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 27 (0.96%) Windows Server 2012
8 24 (0.86%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (0.68%) CentOS
10 18 (0.64%) Android
11 15 (0.54%) Windows Server 2016
12 14 (0.50%) Windows 7
13 12 (0.43%) Ubuntu
14 10 (0.36%) SUSE
15 9 (0.32%) AIX
15 9 (0.32%) Apple iOS
15 9 (0.32%) Oracle Linux
15 9 (0.32%) Solaris
16 8 (0.29%) VMS
16 8 (0.29%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 367 (13.10%) Migration
2 295 (10.53%) Agile Software Development
3 224 (7.99%) DevOps
4 197 (7.03%) Business Intelligence
5 188 (6.71%) Stakeholder Management
6 181 (6.46%) ERP
7 148 (5.28%) Analytics
8 143 (5.10%) Information Security
9 138 (4.93%) CRM
10 136 (4.85%) Cybersecurity
11 114 (4.07%) Problem-Solving
12 110 (3.93%) Data Migration
12 110 (3.93%) Risk Management
13 102 (3.64%) Project Management
14 93 (3.32%) ITIL
15 92 (3.28%) Requirements Gathering
16 90 (3.21%) User Acceptance Testing
16 90 (3.21%) Workflow
17 78 (2.78%) ETL
18 77 (2.75%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 291 (10.39%) SQL
2 128 (4.57%) PowerShell
3 125 (4.46%) Java
4 106 (3.78%) Python
5 69 (2.46%) JavaScript
6 59 (2.11%) PL/SQL
7 50 (1.78%) C#
8 39 (1.39%) Shell Script
9 37 (1.32%) C
10 34 (1.21%) ABAP
11 28 (1.00%) PHP
12 26 (0.93%) Bash Shell
13 23 (0.82%) Perl
14 19 (0.68%) R
14 19 (0.68%) VBA
15 16 (0.57%) Ruby
16 15 (0.54%) T-SQL
17 9 (0.32%) Apex Code
17 9 (0.32%) C++
18 7 (0.25%) Go
Qualifications
1 386 (13.78%) Security Cleared
2 292 (10.42%) SC Cleared
3 91 (3.25%) CISSP
4 88 (3.14%) Degree
5 62 (2.21%) CISM
6 53 (1.89%) DV Cleared
7 38 (1.36%) Cisco Certification
8 37 (1.32%) CESG Certified Professional
9 34 (1.21%) Microsoft Certification
10 24 (0.86%) CCNP
11 21 (0.75%) Computer Science Degree
12 20 (0.71%) CRISC
13 17 (0.61%) CCA
14 15 (0.54%) CISA
14 15 (0.54%) MCSE
15 13 (0.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 12 (0.43%) CTC Cleared
17 11 (0.39%) CCNA
18 10 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
18 10 (0.36%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 94 (3.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 57 (2.03%) GDPR
3 41 (1.46%) SLA
4 35 (1.25%) Data Quality
5 30 (1.07%) QA
6 27 (0.96%) NIST
7 22 (0.79%) PCI DSS
8 17 (0.61%) NCSC
9 13 (0.46%) PMO
10 12 (0.43%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 12 (0.43%) RMADS
11 9 (0.32%) IFRS
11 9 (0.32%) SEPA
12 7 (0.25%) Cyber Essentials
12 7 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
13 5 (0.18%) ISO 22301
14 4 (0.14%) ISAE 3402
14 4 (0.14%) JSP 440
15 3 (0.11%) COBIT
15 3 (0.11%) HL7
System Software
1 209 (7.46%) Active Directory
2 64 (2.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 52 (1.86%) Docker
4 29 (1.03%) VMware NSX
5 25 (0.89%) vSphere
6 21 (0.75%) Hyper-V
7 20 (0.71%) Virtual Machines
8 16 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
9 14 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
10 11 (0.39%) Firmware
10 11 (0.39%) XenApp
10 11 (0.39%) XenDesktop
11 10 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
12 5 (0.18%) BitLocker
12 5 (0.18%) KVM
12 5 (0.18%) Virtual Servers
13 4 (0.14%) iptables
13 4 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 4 (0.14%) NDS
13 4 (0.14%) UAG
Systems Management
1 71 (2.53%) Ansible
2 61 (2.18%) SCCM
3 60 (2.14%) Kubernetes
4 50 (1.78%) Microsoft Intune
5 49 (1.75%) Terraform
6 46 (1.64%) Puppet
7 42 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
8 33 (1.18%) Single Sign-On
9 23 (0.82%) AirWatch
10 19 (0.68%) vCenter Server
11 18 (0.64%) Nagios
11 18 (0.64%) SCOM
11 18 (0.64%) vRealize
12 15 (0.54%) NetBackup
13 13 (0.46%) Oracle Identity Management
14 10 (0.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
14 10 (0.36%) Prometheus
15 9 (0.32%) Grafana
16 8 (0.29%) Network Intrusion Detection System
17 7 (0.25%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 513 (18.31%) SAP
2 364 (12.99%) Microsoft
3 361 (12.88%) Oracle
4 111 (3.96%) VMware
5 72 (2.57%) Cisco
6 68 (2.43%) Salesforce.com
7 55 (1.96%) Tableau
8 47 (1.68%) Ariba
9 45 (1.61%) Citrix
9 45 (1.61%) ServiceNow
10 44 (1.57%) Google
11 43 (1.53%) Splunk
12 40 (1.43%) IBM
13 38 (1.36%) Red Hat
14 35 (1.25%) Workday
15 26 (0.93%) Informatica
16 24 (0.86%) Juniper
17 23 (0.82%) F5
18 22 (0.79%) Alteryx
18 22 (0.79%) EMC