Period
to 18 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 September 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
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 42 26 26
Rank change year-on-year -16 0 0
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 5,429 6,538 7,185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.27% 6.67% 6.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.56% 7.03% 7.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,149 3,606 4,038
UK median daily rate £488 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.63% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £350 £335 £313
90th Percentile £644 £625 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £475 £450
% change year-on-year -2.63% +5.56% +1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 35 48
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.56% -2.17% +26.03%
10th Percentile £14.75 £21.79 £12.83
90th Percentile £67.50 £75.45 £67.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year -5.56% -2.17% +26.03%

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 97,636 92,995 100,848
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.93% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,048 60,711 65,871
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,165 2,810 3,123
UK median hourly rate £17.85 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.05% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.25 £48.75 £46.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.87
% change year-on-year -2.78% -4.61% +7.83%

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 18 September 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 18 September 2018.

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 18 September 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 -16 4,930 £490 +3.16% 1,221
UK excluding London -14 2,754 £463 -2.63% 821
London -15 2,313 £500 - 464
South East -9 964 £470 -1.05% 205
North of England -25 554 £475 +2.70% 229
Midlands -14 405 £475 - 151
North West -24 309 £475 +5.56% 114
South West -6 275 £450 -2.70% 87
Scotland -12 271 £450 - 50
West Midlands -18 261 £475 - 103
East of England -22 233 £450 -7.46% 87
Yorkshire -4 222 £475 - 67
East Midlands -13 130 £475 - 48
Wales -27 41 £463 -2.63% 11
North East -51 20 £369 -18.06% 49
Northern Ireland +29 9 £575 +64.29% 3
Channel Islands +5 8 £413 -17.50%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 1,069 (19.69%) Finance
2 1,038 (19.12%) SAP
3 701 (12.91%) Microsoft
4 578 (10.65%) Agile Software Development
5 576 (10.61%) Migration
6 555 (10.22%) Oracle
7 527 (9.71%) SQL
8 520 (9.58%) Microsoft Azure
9 445 (8.20%) Windows
10 420 (7.74%) Security Cleared
11 375 (6.91%) Stakeholder Management
12 343 (6.32%) Active Directory
13 336 (6.19%) Office 365
14 328 (6.04%) ERP
15 326 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
16 322 (5.93%) DevOps
17 311 (5.73%) SC Cleared
18 307 (5.65%) Amazon AWS
19 284 (5.23%) Java
20 275 (5.07%) Information Security
21 271 (4.99%) Linux
22 256 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
23 254 (4.68%) Analytics
24 246 (4.53%) SQL Server
24 246 (4.53%) VMware
24 246 (4.53%) Banking
25 234 (4.31%) PowerShell
26 233 (4.29%) Problem-Solving
27 231 (4.25%) Firewall
27 231 (4.25%) CRM

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
1 178 (3.28%) SharePoint
2 68 (1.25%) Skype for Business
3 55 (1.01%) Confluence
4 51 (0.94%) MS Exchange
5 47 (0.87%) SAS
6 41 (0.76%) Apache Spark
7 34 (0.63%) Apache
8 32 (0.59%) Elasticsearch
9 29 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 27 (0.50%) CMS
11 26 (0.48%) IIS
11 26 (0.48%) WebLogic
11 26 (0.48%) WebSphere
12 25 (0.46%) Tomcat
13 23 (0.42%) OpenStack
13 23 (0.42%) Oracle Workflow
13 23 (0.42%) SharePoint 2013
14 18 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2010
14 18 (0.33%) SharePoint 2010
15 17 (0.31%) nginx
Applications
1 114 (2.10%) Microsoft Office
2 83 (1.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 47 (0.87%) MS Visio
4 43 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 20 (0.37%) Microsoft Project
6 19 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 14 (0.26%) InfoPath
8 8 (0.15%) Windchill
9 4 (0.074%) AutoCAD
9 4 (0.074%) CATIA
9 4 (0.074%) InVision
9 4 (0.074%) SPSS
10 2 (0.037%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 2 (0.037%) Autodesk Inventor
10 2 (0.037%) Mingle
10 2 (0.037%) PTC Creo
10 2 (0.037%) Siemens NX
10 2 (0.037%) SOLIDWORKS
10 2 (0.037%) UXPin
11 1 (0.018%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 131 (2.41%) SAP FI
2 117 (2.16%) Oracle EBS
3 115 (2.12%) Oracle EBS R12
4 108 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
5 107 (1.97%) SAP S/4HANA
6 101 (1.86%) SAP CO
7 96 (1.77%) SAP FI/CO
8 86 (1.58%) Dynamics AX
9 76 (1.40%) SAP HR
10 68 (1.25%) SAP MM
11 61 (1.12%) SAP SD
12 60 (1.11%) Oracle Receivables
13 59 (1.09%) Oracle Payables
14 49 (0.90%) SAP ERP
15 47 (0.87%) Oracle Assets
16 43 (0.79%) Oracle Financials
17 41 (0.76%) Oracle General Ledger
18 39 (0.72%) Oracle Cash Management
19 34 (0.63%) Oracle ERP
20 33 (0.61%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 520 (9.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 336 (6.19%) Office 365
3 307 (5.65%) Amazon AWS
4 114 (2.10%) Dynamics 365
5 106 (1.95%) Azure Active Directory
6 91 (1.68%) SaaS
7 75 (1.38%) PaaS
8 68 (1.25%) IaaS
9 61 (1.12%) SuccessFactors
10 45 (0.83%) AWS CloudFormation
10 45 (0.83%) Google Cloud Platform
11 37 (0.68%) Serverless
12 35 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
13 32 (0.59%) Amazon S3
14 31 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
15 29 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
16 26 (0.48%) OneDrive
17 25 (0.46%) Amazon ELB
18 24 (0.44%) Salesforce Service Cloud
19 23 (0.42%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 231 (4.25%) Firewall
2 92 (1.69%) DNS
3 91 (1.68%) Network Security
4 75 (1.38%) Skype
5 72 (1.33%) VPN
6 71 (1.31%) LAN
7 67 (1.23%) WAN
8 54 (0.99%) TCP/IP
9 53 (0.98%) SSL
10 39 (0.72%) SAN
11 37 (0.68%) Wireless
12 35 (0.64%) HTTP
13 33 (0.61%) Internet
14 31 (0.57%) DHCP
14 31 (0.57%) OSPF
14 31 (0.57%) SMS
15 30 (0.55%) BGP
16 27 (0.50%) Kerberos
16 27 (0.50%) Unified Communications
17 26 (0.48%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 246 (4.53%) SQL Server
2 122 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
3 118 (2.17%) Hadoop
4 109 (2.01%) Big Data
5 102 (1.88%) Power BI
6 96 (1.77%) BusinessObjects
7 86 (1.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 82 (1.51%) SAP HANA
9 80 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 73 (1.34%) SAP BW
11 71 (1.31%) MySQL
12 68 (1.25%) Relational Database
13 62 (1.14%) Oracle Database
14 50 (0.92%) SAP Data Services
15 49 (0.90%) Oracle Reports
16 42 (0.77%) PostgreSQL
17 37 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
17 37 (0.68%) MongoDB
18 35 (0.64%) RDBMS
18 35 (0.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 149 (2.74%) Jenkins
2 119 (2.19%) Git (software)
3 110 (2.03%) JIRA
4 49 (0.90%) Visual Studio
5 41 (0.76%) Visual Studio Team System
6 40 (0.74%) Bitbucket
7 33 (0.61%) Maven
7 33 (0.61%) Subversion
8 32 (0.59%) Team Foundation Server
9 29 (0.53%) Selenium
10 21 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 21 (0.39%) LSMW
11 18 (0.33%) Axure RP
12 16 (0.29%) Vagrant
13 15 (0.28%) Eclipse
13 15 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
14 14 (0.26%) Sonatype Nexus
15 13 (0.24%) Cucumber
15 13 (0.24%) JUnit
16 11 (0.20%) Mercurial
General
1 1,069 (19.69%) Finance
2 246 (4.53%) Banking
3 190 (3.50%) Retail
4 170 (3.13%) Manufacturing
5 128 (2.36%) Marketing
6 115 (2.12%) Telecoms
7 103 (1.90%) Legal
8 93 (1.71%) Advertising
9 75 (1.38%) General Ledger
10 74 (1.36%) Law
11 63 (1.16%) Billing
12 50 (0.92%) Pharmaceutical
13 39 (0.72%) Investment Banking
14 37 (0.68%) Financial Institution
15 36 (0.66%) Back Office
16 31 (0.57%) Front Office
17 29 (0.53%) Automotive
18 27 (0.50%) Publishing
19 22 (0.41%) French Language
20 19 (0.35%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 196 (3.61%) Web Services
2 169 (3.11%) HTML
3 155 (2.86%) .NET
4 125 (2.30%) XML
5 123 (2.27%) CSS
6 118 (2.17%) REST
7 84 (1.55%) Middleware
7 84 (1.55%) Oracle Fusion
8 69 (1.27%) SOAP
9 61 (1.12%) JSON
10 55 (1.01%) LDAP
11 49 (0.90%) J2EE
12 48 (0.88%) HTML5
13 46 (0.85%) Node.js
14 42 (0.77%) SAML
15 40 (0.74%) CSS3
15 40 (0.74%) jQuery
16 39 (0.72%) ASP.NET
16 39 (0.72%) OAuth
17 38 (0.70%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 256 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
2 177 (3.26%) Data Centre
3 111 (2.04%) Management Information System
4 101 (1.86%) User Experience
5 89 (1.64%) Computer Science
6 88 (1.62%) Self-Motivation
7 76 (1.40%) Greenfield Project
8 64 (1.18%) Public Cloud
9 60 (1.11%) PKI
10 59 (1.09%) Fintech
11 47 (0.87%) Mobile App
12 41 (0.76%) Virtual Team
13 32 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
14 31 (0.57%) FMCG
15 30 (0.55%) Replication
16 24 (0.44%) Algorithms
17 23 (0.42%) CESG
18 22 (0.41%) NHS
18 22 (0.41%) Private Cloud
19 21 (0.39%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 445 (8.20%) Windows
2 271 (4.99%) Linux
3 171 (3.15%) Windows Server
4 151 (2.78%) Unix
5 135 (2.49%) Windows 10
6 82 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 47 (0.87%) Windows 7
8 46 (0.85%) Windows Server 2012
9 37 (0.68%) Windows Server 2008
10 32 (0.59%) CentOS
11 29 (0.53%) Android
12 27 (0.50%) Windows Server 2003
13 22 (0.41%) AIX
13 22 (0.41%) Apple iOS
14 17 (0.31%) Solaris
15 15 (0.28%) Ubuntu
16 10 (0.18%) VMS
17 7 (0.13%) SUSE
17 7 (0.13%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
18 6 (0.11%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 578 (10.65%) Agile Software Development
2 576 (10.61%) Migration
3 375 (6.91%) Stakeholder Management
4 328 (6.04%) ERP
5 326 (6.00%) Business Intelligence
6 322 (5.93%) DevOps
7 275 (5.07%) Information Security
8 254 (4.68%) Analytics
9 233 (4.29%) Problem-Solving
10 231 (4.25%) CRM
11 214 (3.94%) Project Management
12 211 (3.89%) ITIL
13 196 (3.61%) Change Management
14 172 (3.17%) Risk Management
15 171 (3.15%) Data Migration
16 152 (2.80%) Cybersecurity
17 148 (2.73%) Scrum
18 132 (2.43%) User Acceptance Testing
19 131 (2.41%) Mentoring
20 120 (2.21%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 527 (9.71%) SQL
2 284 (5.23%) Java
3 234 (4.31%) PowerShell
4 212 (3.90%) JavaScript
5 195 (3.59%) Python
6 150 (2.76%) C#
7 66 (1.22%) Bash Shell
8 64 (1.18%) ABAP
9 61 (1.12%) Groovy
10 58 (1.07%) PL/SQL
11 51 (0.94%) C
12 49 (0.90%) Perl
13 45 (0.83%) Ruby
14 42 (0.77%) R
15 41 (0.76%) T-SQL
16 34 (0.63%) Shell Script
17 33 (0.61%) PHP
18 32 (0.59%) Scala
19 21 (0.39%) VBA
20 20 (0.37%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 420 (7.74%) Security Cleared
2 311 (5.73%) SC Cleared
3 185 (3.41%) Degree
4 177 (3.26%) CISSP
5 132 (2.43%) CISM
6 80 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
7 73 (1.34%) CISA
8 68 (1.25%) Microsoft Certification
9 50 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
10 46 (0.85%) CCNP
11 38 (0.70%) CCIE
12 36 (0.66%) DV Cleared
13 34 (0.63%) MCSE
14 29 (0.53%) Master's Degree
15 28 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
16 24 (0.44%) CCA
17 21 (0.39%) CCNA
18 20 (0.37%) CRISC
19 18 (0.33%) CESG Certified Professional
19 18 (0.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (3.21%) GDPR
2 139 (2.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 118 (2.17%) QA
4 80 (1.47%) PCI DSS
5 70 (1.29%) Data Quality
6 61 (1.12%) PMO
7 50 (0.92%) SLA
8 30 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 21 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 18 (0.33%) IFRS
11 15 (0.28%) GCP
12 12 (0.22%) COBIT
13 11 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 10 (0.18%) GMP
15 9 (0.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
15 9 (0.17%) GxP
15 9 (0.17%) SEPA
16 8 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
16 8 (0.15%) RMADS
17 6 (0.11%) COSO
System Software
1 343 (6.32%) Active Directory
2 130 (2.39%) Docker
2 130 (2.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 75 (1.38%) vSphere
4 53 (0.98%) VMware NSX
5 50 (0.92%) Hyper-V
6 39 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
7 34 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
8 32 (0.59%) Virtual Machines
9 30 (0.55%) XenDesktop
10 24 (0.44%) XenApp
11 16 (0.29%) HDFS
12 13 (0.24%) BitLocker
12 13 (0.24%) Virtual Desktop
13 12 (0.22%) vCloud
14 9 (0.17%) KVM
14 9 (0.17%) VirtualBox
15 8 (0.15%) Apache Flume
15 8 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 8 (0.15%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 170 (3.13%) Ansible
2 165 (3.04%) SCCM
3 145 (2.67%) Puppet
4 143 (2.63%) Terraform
5 120 (2.21%) Opscode Chef
6 115 (2.12%) Kubernetes
7 86 (1.58%) Microsoft Intune
8 45 (0.83%) Single Sign-On
9 35 (0.64%) vRealize
10 28 (0.52%) SCOM
11 27 (0.50%) vCenter Server
12 25 (0.46%) AirWatch
13 23 (0.42%) HP ALM
14 21 (0.39%) Kibana
15 18 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
15 18 (0.33%) vRealize Orchestrator
16 17 (0.31%) WSUS
16 17 (0.31%) XenMobile
17 14 (0.26%) logstash
17 14 (0.26%) Packer
Vendors
1 1,038 (19.12%) SAP
2 701 (12.91%) Microsoft
3 555 (10.22%) Oracle
4 246 (4.53%) VMware
5 178 (3.28%) Cisco
6 104 (1.92%) Salesforce.com
7 90 (1.66%) IBM
8 86 (1.58%) Tableau
9 84 (1.55%) ServiceNow
10 80 (1.47%) Citrix
11 75 (1.38%) Google
12 74 (1.36%) Workday
13 70 (1.29%) HP
14 68 (1.25%) Red Hat
15 62 (1.14%) Splunk
16 49 (0.90%) Sage
17 45 (0.83%) Ariba
18 44 (0.81%) McAfee
19 42 (0.77%) CheckPoint
20 41 (0.76%) NetApp