Period
to 15 January 2021

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 15 January 2021.

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
15 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 21 33 41
Rank change year-on-year +12 +8 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 2,692 4,077 5,276
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 6.58% 5.56% 5.30%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.13% 5.93% 5.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,017 2,588 3,214
Median daily rate £488 £500 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £350 £358 £353
90th Percentile £650 £677 £663
UK excluding London median daily rate £473 £495 £475
% change year-on-year -4.55% +4.21% +1.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 35 18
Median hourly rate £62.50 £45.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £42.09 £16.60 £25.58
90th Percentile £66.00 £69.00 £59.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £54.00 £45.00 £50.00
% change year-on-year +20.00% -10.00% +23.46%

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 37,759 68,804 94,216
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.36% 93.84% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 25,514 46,024 63,324
Median daily rate £470 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% - -
10th Percentile £256 £238 £267
90th Percentile £650 £650 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,390 2,542 2,759
Median hourly rate £23.20 £18.00 £17.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.86% +1.69% -1.67%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.17 £10.99
90th Percentile £57.55 £50.00 £48.75
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.43% - -

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 15 January 2021.

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 15 January 2021.

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 15 January 2021. 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 1,981 £475 -5.00% 542
Work from Home -9 1,007 £475 -2.56% 104
London -6 923 £500 -2.44% 231
UK excluding London +7 889 £473 -4.55% 331
South East +11 264 £500 +1.83% 74
North of England -16 168 £488 - 100
Midlands -4 140 £450 -11.98% 50
South West +27 127 £463 -7.50% 39
North West -18 105 £500 - 58
West Midlands 0 100 £427 -14.55% 43
East of England +14 87 £450 - 38
Scotland -9 85 £480 +6.67% 27
Yorkshire -4 50 £450 -10.00% 29
East Midlands +17 39 £500 -10.11% 6
North East +3 16 £450 +12.50% 13
Wales -16 15 £435 -13.00% 4
Northern Ireland +8 6 £500 -4.76%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 15 January 2021, 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.

1 508 (18.87%) Security Cleared
2 502 (18.65%) Finance
3 501 (18.61%) SAP
4 404 (15.01%) SC Cleared
5 369 (13.71%) Microsoft
6 355 (13.19%) Azure
7 336 (12.48%) Migration
8 312 (11.59%) Oracle
9 253 (9.40%) SQL
10 240 (8.92%) Agile Software Development
11 192 (7.13%) Business Intelligence
12 177 (6.58%) Windows
12 177 (6.58%) Cybersecurity
13 170 (6.32%) SAP S/4HANA
14 167 (6.20%) ERP
15 157 (5.83%) Active Directory
16 156 (5.79%) Power Platform
17 155 (5.76%) Public Sector
17 155 (5.76%) Stakeholder Management
18 148 (5.50%) AWS
19 140 (5.20%) Office 365
20 136 (5.05%) Information Security
21 135 (5.01%) Analytics
21 135 (5.01%) DevOps
22 132 (4.90%) Python
23 130 (4.83%) VMware
24 126 (4.68%) Linux
24 126 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
24 126 (4.68%) Dynamics 365
25 120 (4.46%) 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
1 117 (4.35%) SharePoint
2 45 (1.67%) Confluence
3 22 (0.82%) Oracle Workflow
4 19 (0.71%) Apache Spark
5 18 (0.67%) SAS
6 17 (0.63%) MS Exchange
6 17 (0.63%) Skype for Business
7 16 (0.59%) Apache
8 15 (0.56%) OpenStack
9 12 (0.45%) IIS
10 10 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 10 (0.37%) WebSphere
11 9 (0.33%) Exchange Server 2013
11 9 (0.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 9 (0.33%) Tomcat
12 7 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.26%) CMS
12 7 (0.26%) Exchange Server 2010
12 7 (0.26%) NetWeaver
13 6 (0.22%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 43 (1.60%) Microsoft Office
2 37 (1.37%) Microsoft Excel
3 20 (0.74%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.48%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.26%) Microsoft Project
6 6 (0.22%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.19%) Chatbot
8 3 (0.11%) Simulink
9 2 (0.074%) Figma
9 2 (0.074%) Sketch
9 2 (0.074%) SPSS
9 2 (0.074%) Windchill
10 1 (0.037%) Adobe Creative Suite
10 1 (0.037%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 170 (6.32%) SAP S/4HANA
2 61 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
3 57 (2.12%) Oracle EBS
4 40 (1.49%) Oracle EBS R12
5 31 (1.15%) SAP SD
6 26 (0.97%) Dynamics AX
7 25 (0.93%) NetSuite
8 24 (0.89%) SAP FI
9 23 (0.85%) SAP MM
10 22 (0.82%) Oracle ERP
10 22 (0.82%) SAP MDG
11 21 (0.78%) SAP PLM
12 20 (0.74%) Oracle Payables
12 20 (0.74%) SAP CO
13 18 (0.67%) Oracle Receivables
14 17 (0.63%) SAP GRC
15 16 (0.59%) Oracle Assets
15 16 (0.59%) SAP CRM
16 15 (0.56%) SAP FI/CO
17 14 (0.52%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 355 (13.19%) Azure
2 156 (5.79%) Power Platform
3 148 (5.50%) AWS
4 140 (5.20%) Office 365
5 126 (4.68%) Dynamics 365
6 73 (2.71%) Azure Active Directory
7 69 (2.56%) SaaS
8 58 (2.15%) PowerApps
9 50 (1.86%) IaaS
9 50 (1.86%) PaaS
10 44 (1.63%) Serverless
11 40 (1.49%) GCP
12 27 (1.00%) OneDrive
13 26 (0.97%) Power Automate
14 24 (0.89%) SuccessFactors
15 23 (0.85%) Logic Apps
16 21 (0.78%) Azure Functions
17 20 (0.74%) GitHub
18 19 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
19 18 (0.67%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 75 (2.79%) Firewall
2 41 (1.52%) WAN
3 38 (1.41%) DNS
4 37 (1.37%) Network Security
5 33 (1.23%) SSL
6 31 (1.15%) Kerberos
7 28 (1.04%) VPN
8 26 (0.97%) LAN
9 25 (0.93%) Cisco Nexus
10 21 (0.78%) SAN
10 21 (0.78%) Wireless
11 20 (0.74%) IPsec
11 20 (0.74%) Skype
12 19 (0.71%) MPLS
13 17 (0.63%) HTTP
13 17 (0.63%) SNMP
14 16 (0.59%) Cisco ASA
14 16 (0.59%) TCP/IP
15 15 (0.56%) Internet
15 15 (0.56%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (3.60%) Power BI
2 78 (2.90%) SQL Server
3 67 (2.49%) Data Warehouse
4 57 (2.12%) SAP BW
5 52 (1.93%) BusinessObjects
6 44 (1.63%) SAP HANA
7 43 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 29 (1.08%) Oracle Database
8 29 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
8 29 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 28 (1.04%) Big Data
9 28 (1.04%) Tableau
10 23 (0.85%) Azure SQL Database
10 23 (0.85%) Relational Database
11 22 (0.82%) Oracle BI Publisher
12 21 (0.78%) MySQL
13 18 (0.67%) Data Lake
14 16 (0.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 15 (0.56%) Hadoop
15 15 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 87 (3.23%) JIRA
2 42 (1.56%) Jenkins
3 36 (1.34%) Git (software)
4 32 (1.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 31 (1.15%) Bitbucket
6 20 (0.74%) GitLab
7 14 (0.52%) Oracle Forms
8 13 (0.48%) Visual Studio
9 10 (0.37%) Oracle APEX
9 10 (0.37%) Team Foundation Server
10 8 (0.30%) Selenium
10 8 (0.30%) Toad
11 7 (0.26%) Hudson
11 7 (0.26%) Maven
12 6 (0.22%) JMeter
12 6 (0.22%) JUnit
12 6 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
13 5 (0.19%) SonarQube
14 4 (0.15%) Artifactory
14 4 (0.15%) Gradle
General
1 502 (18.65%) Finance
2 155 (5.76%) Public Sector
3 105 (3.90%) Manufacturing
4 93 (3.45%) Banking
5 79 (2.93%) Retail
6 74 (2.75%) Marketing
7 67 (2.49%) Telecoms
8 40 (1.49%) Legal
9 31 (1.15%) Electronics
9 31 (1.15%) French Language
10 30 (1.11%) Law
11 28 (1.04%) Pharmaceutical
12 27 (1.00%) Billing
13 21 (0.78%) Front Office
14 20 (0.74%) German Language
15 18 (0.67%) Advertising
16 14 (0.52%) General Ledger
17 13 (0.48%) Local Government
18 12 (0.45%) Spanish Language
19 11 (0.41%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (2.08%) .NET
2 53 (1.97%) Web Services
3 50 (1.86%) HTML
3 50 (1.86%) XML
4 49 (1.82%) REST
5 37 (1.37%) Oracle Fusion
6 36 (1.34%) SAML
7 35 (1.30%) CSS
8 34 (1.26%) SOAP
9 29 (1.08%) JSON
10 28 (1.04%) OAuth
10 28 (1.04%) OpenID
11 27 (1.00%) LDAP
11 27 (1.00%) Middleware
12 26 (0.97%) RESTful
12 26 (0.97%) SailPoint
13 22 (0.82%) OAuth2
14 19 (0.71%) SAP Fiori
14 19 (0.71%) XACML
15 16 (0.59%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 126 (4.68%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (2.38%) Management Information System
3 57 (2.12%) Data Centre
4 46 (1.71%) Self-Motivation
5 36 (1.34%) Public Cloud
6 35 (1.30%) User Experience
7 32 (1.19%) Replication
8 29 (1.08%) Greenfield Project
9 28 (1.04%) PKI
9 28 (1.04%) Virtual Team
10 25 (0.93%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 24 (0.89%) Private Cloud
12 21 (0.78%) Algorithms
12 21 (0.78%) Data Structures
13 17 (0.63%) Clustering
13 17 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
14 16 (0.59%) FMCG
15 15 (0.56%) NHS
16 14 (0.52%) CMDB
17 11 (0.41%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 177 (6.58%) Windows
2 126 (4.68%) Linux
3 54 (2.01%) Windows 10
4 52 (1.93%) Unix
5 49 (1.82%) Windows Server
6 37 (1.37%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 22 (0.82%) AIX
8 17 (0.63%) CentOS
9 16 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 12 (0.45%) Windows Server 2016
11 11 (0.41%) Solaris
11 11 (0.41%) Windows Server 2019
12 10 (0.37%) VMS
13 9 (0.33%) Windows Server 2008
14 8 (0.30%) Apple iOS
14 8 (0.30%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.22%) Android
15 6 (0.22%) Oracle Linux
16 5 (0.19%) SUSE
17 4 (0.15%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 336 (12.48%) Migration
2 240 (8.92%) Agile Software Development
3 192 (7.13%) Business Intelligence
4 177 (6.58%) Cybersecurity
5 167 (6.20%) ERP
6 155 (5.76%) Stakeholder Management
7 136 (5.05%) Information Security
8 135 (5.01%) Analytics
8 135 (5.01%) DevOps
9 120 (4.46%) CRM
10 116 (4.31%) Data Migration
11 113 (4.20%) Requirements Gathering
12 112 (4.16%) Problem-Solving
12 112 (4.16%) Project Delivery
13 97 (3.60%) Data Modelling
13 97 (3.60%) Risk Management
14 91 (3.38%) Workflow
15 87 (3.23%) Change Management
16 83 (3.08%) ITIL
17 79 (2.93%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 253 (9.40%) SQL
2 132 (4.90%) Python
3 109 (4.05%) Java
4 91 (3.38%) PowerShell
5 85 (3.16%) JavaScript
6 59 (2.19%) ABAP
7 47 (1.75%) PL/SQL
8 43 (1.60%) C#
9 30 (1.11%) C
10 28 (1.04%) Bash Shell
11 25 (0.93%) Perl
12 22 (0.82%) Shell Script
13 19 (0.71%) VBA
14 17 (0.63%) PHP
15 14 (0.52%) Apex Code
16 11 (0.41%) Ruby
16 11 (0.41%) T-SQL
16 11 (0.41%) VB
16 11 (0.41%) VBScript
17 10 (0.37%) Go
Qualifications
1 508 (18.87%) Security Cleared
2 404 (15.01%) SC Cleared
3 112 (4.16%) CISSP
4 86 (3.19%) CISM
5 72 (2.67%) Degree
6 54 (2.01%) Cisco Certification
7 50 (1.86%) CESG Certified Professional
8 44 (1.63%) CCNP
9 43 (1.60%) DV Cleared
10 41 (1.52%) CRISC
11 32 (1.19%) Microsoft Certification
12 27 (1.00%) CCIE
13 24 (0.89%) CISA
14 22 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
15 15 (0.56%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
16 14 (0.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 11 (0.41%) Computer Science Degree
18 10 (0.37%) CEH
19 9 (0.33%) CCNA
19 9 (0.33%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 107 (3.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 49 (1.82%) NIST
3 45 (1.67%) NCSC
4 44 (1.63%) QA
5 39 (1.45%) PCI DSS
6 38 (1.41%) GDPR
7 36 (1.34%) Data Quality
8 30 (1.11%) SLA
9 21 (0.78%) Cyber Essentials
10 20 (0.74%) COBIT
11 19 (0.71%) RMADS
12 17 (0.63%) PMO
13 16 (0.59%) HMG Security Policy Framework
14 11 (0.41%) JSP 440
15 10 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
15 10 (0.37%) NIST 800
15 10 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
16 7 (0.26%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
17 4 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
17 4 (0.15%) ITGC
System Software
1 157 (5.83%) Active Directory
2 76 (2.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 51 (1.89%) Docker
4 35 (1.30%) VMware NSX
5 21 (0.78%) vSphere
6 20 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
7 19 (0.71%) RACF
7 19 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
8 14 (0.52%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 12 (0.45%) Virtual Desktop
10 10 (0.37%) Hyper-V
11 7 (0.26%) GPFS
11 7 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
11 7 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
11 7 (0.26%) PowerHA
11 7 (0.26%) vCloud
12 6 (0.22%) BitLocker
13 5 (0.19%) XenApp
14 4 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 4 (0.15%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 70 (2.60%) Kubernetes
2 63 (2.34%) Ansible
3 55 (2.04%) SCCM
4 48 (1.78%) Single Sign-On
5 43 (1.60%) Microsoft Intune
6 41 (1.52%) Terraform
7 38 (1.41%) Puppet
8 27 (1.00%) Opscode Chef
9 16 (0.59%) AirWatch
9 16 (0.59%) vCenter Server
10 11 (0.41%) Nessus
10 11 (0.41%) vRealize
11 10 (0.37%) Prometheus
12 9 (0.33%) Grafana
12 9 (0.33%) Netcool
12 9 (0.33%) Oracle RMAN
13 8 (0.30%) HP ALM
13 8 (0.30%) Istio
14 7 (0.26%) Netcool/OMNIbus
14 7 (0.26%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 501 (18.61%) SAP
2 369 (13.71%) Microsoft
3 312 (11.59%) Oracle
4 130 (4.83%) VMware
5 95 (3.53%) Salesforce.com
6 92 (3.42%) Cisco
7 70 (2.60%) ServiceNow
8 50 (1.86%) Splunk
9 49 (1.82%) IBM
10 45 (1.67%) Google
11 44 (1.63%) Atlassian
12 42 (1.56%) Ariba
13 33 (1.23%) Red Hat
14 29 (1.08%) HP
15 24 (0.89%) Dell
16 21 (0.78%) Citrix
16 21 (0.78%) Informatica
17 20 (0.74%) F5
18 19 (0.71%) OpenText
19 18 (0.67%) BMC