Period
to 22 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 July 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
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 38 24 25
Rank change year-on-year -14 +1 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 5,694 6,622 7,435
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.51% 6.90% 6.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.81% 7.27% 7.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,211 3,625 4,196
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% -
10th Percentile £350 £325 £313
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £458 £475 £440
% change year-on-year -3.68% +7.95% +0.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 33 40
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £46.00 £49.95
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.61% -7.91% +24.88%
10th Percentile £14.75 £16.19 £19.89
90th Percentile £67.00 £78.10 £66.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £45.00 £46.00
% change year-on-year -5.56% -2.17% +18.71%

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 98,001 91,080 104,622
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.84% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,208 59,037 68,093
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.14% +0.71% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,166 2,930 3,110
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.32
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

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 July 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 22 July 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 22 July 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 -14 5,138 £485 +2.11% 993
UK excluding London -13 2,954 £458 -3.68% 602
London -16 2,329 £500 - 434
South East -6 1,041 £459 -3.37% 178
North of England -21 609 £475 +5.56% 170
Midlands -12 471 £474 +0.80% 87
North West -17 361 £475 +5.56% 91
West Midlands -12 296 £466 -1.84% 62
Scotland -13 281 £438 -2.78% 43
South West -12 260 £425 -5.56% 47
East of England -11 243 £475 - 67
Yorkshire -16 218 £475 - 43
East Midlands -12 158 £475 +5.56% 25
Wales -40 40 £450 -5.26% 6
North East -28 29 £375 -16.67% 36
Northern Ireland +20 15 £500 +42.86% 4
Channel Islands -1 6 £404 -19.25%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 1,146 (20.13%) Finance
2 1,135 (19.93%) SAP
3 726 (12.75%) Microsoft
4 613 (10.77%) Migration
5 597 (10.48%) Oracle
6 581 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
7 572 (10.05%) SQL
8 517 (9.08%) Microsoft Azure
9 491 (8.62%) Windows
10 453 (7.96%) Security Cleared
11 402 (7.06%) Stakeholder Management
12 364 (6.39%) Business Intelligence
13 349 (6.13%) DevOps
14 343 (6.02%) SC Cleared
15 328 (5.76%) ERP
16 325 (5.71%) Linux
17 319 (5.60%) Active Directory
18 317 (5.57%) Amazon AWS
18 317 (5.57%) Office 365
19 290 (5.09%) Java
20 282 (4.95%) Analytical Skills
21 266 (4.67%) Analytics
22 265 (4.65%) Information Security
23 259 (4.55%) Problem-Solving
24 252 (4.43%) SQL Server
25 251 (4.41%) CRM
26 241 (4.23%) ITIL
27 230 (4.04%) VMware
28 223 (3.92%) Banking
28 223 (3.92%) Change Management

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 (2.55%) SharePoint
2 58 (1.02%) Skype for Business
3 53 (0.93%) Apache Spark
3 53 (0.93%) SAS
4 50 (0.88%) MS Exchange
5 45 (0.79%) Confluence
6 32 (0.56%) Apache
7 31 (0.54%) CMS
8 29 (0.51%) WebSphere
9 28 (0.49%) Elasticsearch
10 26 (0.46%) IIS
10 26 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 26 (0.46%) Tomcat
11 25 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
12 23 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2010
13 21 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
14 20 (0.35%) nginx
15 18 (0.32%) Adobe Experience Manager
16 17 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
17 16 (0.28%) Apache Solr
Applications
1 112 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
2 110 (1.93%) Microsoft Office
3 55 (0.97%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 42 (0.74%) MS Visio
5 25 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
6 16 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
7 15 (0.26%) InfoPath
8 8 (0.14%) SPSS
9 7 (0.12%) Windchill
10 5 (0.088%) AutoCAD
10 5 (0.088%) CATIA
11 4 (0.070%) Adobe Captivate
11 4 (0.070%) InVision
12 3 (0.053%) Photoshop
13 2 (0.035%) Adobe Creative Suite
13 2 (0.035%) Adobe Illustrator
13 2 (0.035%) Autodesk Inventor
13 2 (0.035%) Camtasia
13 2 (0.035%) HipChat
13 2 (0.035%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 165 (2.90%) SAP FI
2 120 (2.11%) SAP CO
3 118 (2.07%) Oracle EBS
4 117 (2.05%) Dynamics CRM
5 114 (2.00%) SAP FI/CO
6 113 (1.98%) SAP S/4HANA
7 107 (1.88%) Dynamics AX
8 104 (1.83%) Oracle EBS R12
9 79 (1.39%) SAP HR
10 63 (1.11%) Oracle Receivables
11 54 (0.95%) SAP ERP
11 54 (0.95%) SAP SD
12 52 (0.91%) Oracle Payables
12 52 (0.91%) SAP MM
13 43 (0.76%) Oracle Financials
13 43 (0.76%) SAP HCM
14 42 (0.74%) SAP PP
15 41 (0.72%) Oracle Assets
16 38 (0.67%) Oracle General Ledger
17 36 (0.63%) NetSuite
Cloud Services
1 517 (9.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 317 (5.57%) Amazon AWS
2 317 (5.57%) Office 365
3 108 (1.90%) Dynamics 365
4 91 (1.60%) Azure Active Directory
5 80 (1.40%) SaaS
6 78 (1.37%) PaaS
7 74 (1.30%) IaaS
8 67 (1.18%) SuccessFactors
9 40 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
10 38 (0.67%) AWS CloudFormation
11 34 (0.60%) Serverless
12 32 (0.56%) Salesforce Service Cloud
13 30 (0.53%) OneDrive
14 29 (0.51%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
15 26 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
16 25 (0.44%) Amazon EC2
17 23 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
17 23 (0.40%) Taleo
18 21 (0.37%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 211 (3.71%) Firewall
2 101 (1.77%) DNS
3 86 (1.51%) WAN
4 83 (1.46%) Network Security
5 75 (1.32%) VPN
6 69 (1.21%) Skype
7 67 (1.18%) LAN
8 63 (1.11%) SSL
9 58 (1.02%) TCP/IP
10 55 (0.97%) SMS
11 53 (0.93%) SAN
12 39 (0.68%) DHCP
12 39 (0.68%) HTTP
12 39 (0.68%) Internet
13 32 (0.56%) Wireless
14 29 (0.51%) MPLS
15 26 (0.46%) Kerberos
16 25 (0.44%) Unified Communications
17 24 (0.42%) Cisco Nexus
17 24 (0.42%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 252 (4.43%) SQL Server
2 130 (2.28%) Hadoop
3 129 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
4 121 (2.13%) Big Data
5 111 (1.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 106 (1.86%) Power BI
7 103 (1.81%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 95 (1.67%) BusinessObjects
9 87 (1.53%) SAP HANA
10 83 (1.46%) SAP BW
11 68 (1.19%) Oracle Database
12 62 (1.09%) MySQL
13 61 (1.07%) Relational Database
14 55 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
14 55 (0.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 46 (0.81%) PostgreSQL
16 44 (0.77%) SAP Data Services
17 38 (0.67%) Azure SQL Database
18 37 (0.65%) MongoDB
19 36 (0.63%) HBase
Development Applications
1 157 (2.76%) Jenkins
2 140 (2.46%) Git (software)
3 95 (1.67%) JIRA
4 52 (0.91%) Visual Studio
5 44 (0.77%) Visual Studio Team System
6 39 (0.68%) Team Foundation Server
7 37 (0.65%) Bitbucket
8 33 (0.58%) Selenium
9 32 (0.56%) Subversion
10 24 (0.42%) Sonatype Nexus
11 21 (0.37%) Maven
12 20 (0.35%) TeamCity
13 17 (0.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 17 (0.30%) Oracle Forms
14 16 (0.28%) LSMW
15 15 (0.26%) Eclipse
16 14 (0.25%) Cucumber
16 14 (0.25%) JUnit
17 13 (0.23%) Artifactory
18 12 (0.21%) JMeter
General
1 1,146 (20.13%) Finance
2 223 (3.92%) Banking
3 182 (3.20%) Manufacturing
4 174 (3.06%) Retail
5 163 (2.86%) Marketing
6 123 (2.16%) Telecoms
7 86 (1.51%) Legal
8 83 (1.46%) Advertising
9 75 (1.32%) General Ledger
10 67 (1.18%) Law
11 63 (1.11%) Billing
12 39 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 33 (0.58%) Back Office
14 32 (0.56%) Investment Banking
14 32 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
15 30 (0.53%) French Language
16 24 (0.42%) Front Office
16 24 (0.42%) Publishing
17 22 (0.39%) German Language
18 21 (0.37%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 189 (3.32%) Web Services
2 175 (3.07%) .NET
3 174 (3.06%) HTML
4 144 (2.53%) CSS
5 124 (2.18%) XML
6 93 (1.63%) REST
7 88 (1.55%) Oracle Fusion
8 72 (1.26%) Middleware
9 64 (1.12%) SOAP
10 57 (1.00%) J2EE
10 57 (1.00%) JSON
11 52 (0.91%) LDAP
12 46 (0.81%) HTML5
13 43 (0.76%) ASP.NET
14 42 (0.74%) Kafka
15 41 (0.72%) CSS3
16 37 (0.65%) Node.js
16 37 (0.65%) SAML
17 36 (0.63%) EDI
18 35 (0.61%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 282 (4.95%) Analytical Skills
2 184 (3.23%) Data Centre
3 112 (1.97%) User Experience
4 109 (1.91%) Management Information System
5 99 (1.74%) Self-Motivation
6 85 (1.49%) Greenfield Project
7 65 (1.14%) Public Cloud
8 63 (1.11%) Computer Science
9 60 (1.05%) Fintech
10 57 (1.00%) PKI
11 43 (0.76%) Mobile App
12 35 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
12 35 (0.61%) Replication
13 30 (0.53%) Virtual Team
14 29 (0.51%) FMCG
15 24 (0.42%) Private Cloud
16 23 (0.40%) CMDB
17 20 (0.35%) Mainframe
18 19 (0.33%) e-Learning
18 19 (0.33%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 491 (8.62%) Windows
2 325 (5.71%) Linux
3 172 (3.02%) Windows Server
4 162 (2.85%) Unix
5 117 (2.05%) Windows 10
6 85 (1.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 55 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
8 48 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
9 42 (0.74%) Android
9 42 (0.74%) Windows 7
10 39 (0.68%) CentOS
11 38 (0.67%) Apple iOS
12 36 (0.63%) Windows Server 2003
13 27 (0.47%) AIX
14 24 (0.42%) Solaris
15 17 (0.30%) Ubuntu
15 17 (0.30%) VMS
16 8 (0.14%) Mac OS
16 8 (0.14%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
17 7 (0.12%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 613 (10.77%) Migration
2 581 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
3 402 (7.06%) Stakeholder Management
4 364 (6.39%) Business Intelligence
5 349 (6.13%) DevOps
6 328 (5.76%) ERP
7 266 (4.67%) Analytics
8 265 (4.65%) Information Security
9 259 (4.55%) Problem-Solving
10 251 (4.41%) CRM
11 241 (4.23%) ITIL
12 223 (3.92%) Change Management
13 222 (3.90%) Project Management
14 193 (3.39%) Data Migration
15 157 (2.76%) Cybersecurity
16 149 (2.62%) Data Modelling
16 149 (2.62%) Scrum
17 143 (2.51%) User Acceptance Testing
18 141 (2.48%) Service Management
19 140 (2.46%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 572 (10.05%) SQL
2 290 (5.09%) Java
3 216 (3.79%) JavaScript
4 215 (3.78%) PowerShell
5 214 (3.76%) Python
6 160 (2.81%) C#
7 82 (1.44%) PL/SQL
8 76 (1.33%) Bash Shell
9 75 (1.32%) ABAP
10 54 (0.95%) Perl
11 49 (0.86%) C
12 48 (0.84%) Ruby
13 47 (0.83%) R
14 43 (0.76%) Scala
15 41 (0.72%) Groovy
16 40 (0.70%) T-SQL
17 39 (0.68%) Shell Script
18 32 (0.56%) PHP
19 30 (0.53%) VBA
20 22 (0.39%) C++
Qualifications
1 453 (7.96%) Security Cleared
2 343 (6.02%) SC Cleared
3 181 (3.18%) Degree
4 154 (2.70%) CISSP
5 104 (1.83%) CISM
6 80 (1.40%) Microsoft Certification
7 67 (1.18%) Cisco Certification
8 55 (0.97%) CISA
9 45 (0.79%) DV Cleared
10 39 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
11 36 (0.63%) CCNP
12 35 (0.61%) MCSE
13 34 (0.60%) CCIE
13 34 (0.60%) Computer Science Degree
14 28 (0.49%) Master's Degree
15 24 (0.42%) CCA
16 20 (0.35%) MCITP
17 16 (0.28%) CCNA
17 16 (0.28%) DBS Check
18 15 (0.26%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 221 (3.88%) GDPR
2 137 (2.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 107 (1.88%) QA
4 78 (1.37%) PCI DSS
5 71 (1.25%) PMO
6 61 (1.07%) SLA
7 58 (1.02%) Data Quality
8 25 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 24 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 20 (0.35%) GCP
11 17 (0.30%) IFRS
12 15 (0.26%) COBIT
13 13 (0.23%) SEPA
14 10 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
15 7 (0.12%) NIST 800
15 7 (0.12%) RMADS
16 6 (0.11%) COSO
16 6 (0.11%) GMP
16 6 (0.11%) GxP
16 6 (0.11%) PSD2
System Software
1 319 (5.60%) Active Directory
2 125 (2.20%) Docker
3 124 (2.18%) VMware Infrastructure
4 70 (1.23%) vSphere
5 48 (0.84%) Hyper-V
6 41 (0.72%) VMware NSX
7 37 (0.65%) Virtual Machines
8 31 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
9 30 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
10 28 (0.49%) XenApp
11 25 (0.44%) XenDesktop
12 24 (0.42%) HDFS
13 18 (0.32%) Apache Flume
14 16 (0.28%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 13 (0.23%) NFS
16 12 (0.21%) vCloud
17 9 (0.16%) BitLocker
17 9 (0.16%) KVM
18 8 (0.14%) XenServer
19 7 (0.12%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 167 (2.93%) Ansible
2 164 (2.88%) Puppet
3 150 (2.63%) SCCM
4 130 (2.28%) Terraform
5 103 (1.81%) Opscode Chef
6 99 (1.74%) Kubernetes
7 78 (1.37%) Microsoft Intune
8 51 (0.90%) Single Sign-On
9 32 (0.56%) vRealize
10 29 (0.51%) SCOM
11 24 (0.42%) vCenter Server
12 21 (0.37%) AirWatch
13 20 (0.35%) Kibana
14 18 (0.32%) vRealize Orchestrator
15 17 (0.30%) WSUS
15 17 (0.30%) XenMobile
16 16 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
16 16 (0.28%) Packer
17 15 (0.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
17 15 (0.26%) logstash
Vendors
1 1,135 (19.93%) SAP
2 726 (12.75%) Microsoft
3 597 (10.48%) Oracle
4 230 (4.04%) VMware
5 181 (3.18%) Cisco
6 155 (2.72%) Salesforce.com
7 106 (1.86%) ServiceNow
8 103 (1.81%) Workday
9 85 (1.49%) Tableau
10 82 (1.44%) Citrix
11 80 (1.40%) HP
12 79 (1.39%) IBM
13 65 (1.14%) Adobe
14 64 (1.12%) Google
15 56 (0.98%) Red Hat
15 56 (0.98%) Splunk
16 48 (0.84%) McAfee
17 46 (0.81%) F5
17 46 (0.81%) Sage
18 42 (0.74%) JD Edwards