The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Consultant
UK
Rank 24 25 22
Rank change year-on-year +1 -3  
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 3038 3474 3777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 6.71% 6.55% 7.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.07% 6.89% 7.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1682 1915 1910
Median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £438 £438
% change year-on-year +2.85% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 22 13
Median hourly rate £48.50 £48.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.04% +20.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.60 £22.00 £17.22
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.50 £60.98 £161.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.00 £48.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year -2.08% +95.91%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42950 50452 49894
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.19% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 27813 32635 30138
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1510 1582 1977
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Consultant in the job title.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +2 2752 £475 +5.55% 684
London -2 1232 £500 +5.26% 330
South East 0 499 £475 +5.55% 92
North West +6 191 £450 +4.34% 55
South West +5 171 £450 +5.88% 35
Berkshire -1 166 £475 +7.34% 36
East of England -10 140 £450 +7.46% 36
West Midlands -2 136 £450 +0.05% 41
Yorkshire +12 126 £488 +13.04% 37
City of London -4 126 £500 +5.26% 84
Hampshire -1 109 £450 +9.09% 19
Scotland -8 107 £400 -4.76% 27
East Midlands -3 102 £425 -5.55% 15
Manchester +2 92 £450 - 41
West Yorkshire +13 77 £500 +5.26% 28
Wiltshire +15 74 £488 +14.70% 4
Surrey +15 68 £443 -7.89% 16
Reading -4 63 £525 +16.66% 11
Leeds +18 60 £475 +2.70% 22
Cheshire +19 58 £456 +7.35% 9
Derbyshire +10 57 £425 +13.33% 7
Hertfordshire -3 53 £475 +11.76% 17
Edinburgh -8 51 £428 -5.00% 16
Buckinghamshire -8 50 £500 +11.11% 3
Derby +14 44 £450 +12.50% 1
Birmingham -1 44 £475 +11.76% 26
Bristol -5 43 £420 +8.38% 15
Swindon +12 42 £450 - 3
Milton Keynes +2 40 £500 +11.11% 1
Wales +30 37 £500 +33.33% 10

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 1484 (23.56%) SAP
2 1222 (19.40%) Finance
3 864 (13.72%) Oracle
4 815 (12.94%) Microsoft
5 667 (10.59%) Security Cleared
6 623 (9.89%) Migration
7 609 (9.67%) SQL
8 580 (9.21%) Agile Software Development
9 543 (8.62%) Windows
10 501 (7.95%) SC Cleared
11 433 (6.88%) Linux
12 427 (6.78%) CRM
13 419 (6.65%) Business Intelligence
14 384 (6.10%) ERP
15 377 (5.99%) Java
16 349 (5.54%) DevOps
17 342 (5.43%) SQL Server
18 327 (5.19%) Retail
19 323 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
20 316 (5.02%) Stakeholder Management
21 312 (4.95%) Banking
22 302 (4.80%) MS Excel
23 299 (4.75%) Analytical Skills
24 297 (4.72%) Active Directory
25 286 (4.54%) Office 365
26 276 (4.38%) Project Management
27 248 (3.94%) VMware
27 248 (3.94%) Information Security
28 244 (3.87%) Cisco
28 244 (3.87%) JavaScript

Consultant Skill Set
Top Related 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
1 231 (3.67%) SharePoint
2 110 (1.75%) MS Exchange
3 106 (1.68%) Skype for Business
4 61 (0.97%) Confluence
5 57 (0.91%) SharePoint 2013
6 56 (0.89%) Apache Spark
6 56 (0.89%) BizTalk Server
7 52 (0.83%) CMS
7 52 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2010
8 51 (0.81%) Apache
8 51 (0.81%) Tomcat
9 49 (0.78%) WebSphere
10 46 (0.73%) SAS
11 44 (0.70%) IIS
12 42 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2013
13 41 (0.65%) JBoss
14 40 (0.64%) WebLogic
15 39 (0.62%) NetWeaver
16 36 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
17 34 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 302 (4.80%) MS Excel
2 92 (1.46%) MS Office
3 49 (0.78%) MS PowerPoint
4 38 (0.60%) MS Visio
5 26 (0.41%) MS Project
6 18 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
7 10 (0.16%) HipChat
8 9 (0.14%) InfoPath
8 9 (0.14%) SPSS
9 8 (0.13%) OmniGraffle
10 6 (0.095%) Photoshop
11 5 (0.079%) Adobe Illustrator
12 4 (0.064%) Gliffy
13 3 (0.048%) InDesign
14 2 (0.032%) AutoCAD
14 2 (0.032%) Mathematica
15 1 (0.016%) Adobe Captivate
15 1 (0.016%) Camtasia
15 1 (0.016%) Lectora
15 1 (0.016%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 221 (3.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 172 (2.73%) Oracle EBS R12
3 160 (2.54%) SAP FI
4 149 (2.37%) SAP CO
5 136 (2.16%) SAP FI/CO
6 131 (2.08%) Oracle EBS
7 105 (1.67%) SAP SD
8 104 (1.65%) Dynamics AX
9 98 (1.56%) SAP HR
10 82 (1.30%) SAP MM
11 77 (1.22%) SAP HCM
12 71 (1.13%) SAP IS-U
13 66 (1.05%) Oracle Receivables
14 65 (1.03%) SAP Retail
15 58 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
16 56 (0.89%) Oracle Payables
17 51 (0.81%) Oracle Financials
17 51 (0.81%) Unit4 Business World
18 50 (0.79%) SAP S/4HANA
19 46 (0.73%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 323 (5.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 286 (4.54%) Office 365
3 241 (3.83%) Amazon AWS
4 77 (1.22%) SaaS
5 73 (1.16%) SuccessFactors
6 71 (1.13%) IaaS
7 70 (1.11%) PaaS
8 59 (0.94%) Azure Active Directory
9 28 (0.44%) Yammer
10 25 (0.40%) Google Analytics
11 19 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
11 19 (0.30%) GitHub
12 18 (0.29%) Adobe Analytics
13 16 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
14 14 (0.22%) Amazon S3
14 14 (0.22%) AWS CloudFormation
14 14 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
15 13 (0.21%) Oracle CX
16 12 (0.19%) Taleo
17 10 (0.16%) Route 53
Communications & Networking
1 236 (3.75%) Firewall
2 122 (1.94%) DNS
3 112 (1.78%) Network Security
4 89 (1.41%) VPN
5 78 (1.24%) Skype
6 71 (1.13%) WAN
7 65 (1.03%) LDAP
8 63 (1.00%) DHCP
9 62 (0.98%) LAN
10 58 (0.92%) SAN
11 57 (0.91%) Cisco ASA
12 53 (0.84%) TCP/IP
13 43 (0.68%) HTTP
14 41 (0.65%) Cisco Nexus
15 40 (0.64%) Internet
16 38 (0.60%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
16 38 (0.60%) SSL
17 30 (0.48%) Unified Communications
18 29 (0.46%) SSH
18 29 (0.46%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 342 (5.43%) SQL Server
2 177 (2.81%) Data Warehouse
3 144 (2.29%) Big Data
4 126 (2.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 121 (1.92%) SAP BW
6 118 (1.87%) Oracle Database
7 116 (1.84%) Hadoop
8 106 (1.68%) BusinessObjects
9 98 (1.56%) Relational Database
10 92 (1.46%) SAP HANA
11 89 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 83 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
13 67 (1.06%) DB2
14 59 (0.94%) RDBMS
15 56 (0.89%) QlikView
16 54 (0.86%) Oracle BI EE
17 52 (0.83%) Power BI
18 51 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
19 50 (0.79%) NoSQL
19 50 (0.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 160 (2.54%) Jenkins
2 101 (1.60%) Git (software)
3 93 (1.48%) JIRA
4 54 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 50 (0.79%) Maven
6 36 (0.57%) Visual Studio
7 35 (0.56%) Selenium
8 33 (0.52%) Sonatype Nexus
9 23 (0.37%) Subversion
10 20 (0.32%) Cucumber
11 19 (0.30%) LSMW
12 16 (0.25%) Axure RP
12 16 (0.25%) JUnit
12 16 (0.25%) Oracle APEX
12 16 (0.25%) Talend Open Studio
13 15 (0.24%) Ant
13 15 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 15 (0.24%) Gradle
13 15 (0.24%) SonarQube
14 14 (0.22%) Vagrant
General
1 1222 (19.40%) Finance
2 327 (5.19%) Retail
3 312 (4.95%) Banking
4 213 (3.38%) Manufacturing
5 198 (3.14%) Marketing
6 164 (2.60%) Telecoms
7 130 (2.06%) Billing
8 112 (1.78%) Advertising
9 86 (1.37%) Pharmaceutical
10 84 (1.33%) Legal
11 65 (1.03%) Law
12 56 (0.89%) General Ledger
13 45 (0.71%) Investment Banking
14 44 (0.70%) Electronics
15 41 (0.65%) Back Office
16 40 (0.64%) Financial Institution
17 32 (0.51%) Front Office
18 27 (0.43%) French Language
19 24 (0.38%) German Language
20 23 (0.37%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 223 (3.54%) .NET
2 212 (3.37%) Web Services
3 170 (2.70%) HTML
4 144 (2.29%) CSS
5 143 (2.27%) XML
6 99 (1.57%) Middleware
7 71 (1.13%) Oracle Fusion
8 65 (1.03%) REST
9 59 (0.94%) SOAP
10 57 (0.91%) Spring
11 51 (0.81%) J2EE
12 50 (0.79%) JSON
13 45 (0.71%) ASP.NET
13 45 (0.71%) SAP Basis
14 39 (0.62%) AngularJS
15 38 (0.60%) SAPUI5
16 32 (0.51%) jQuery
16 32 (0.51%) SAP Fiori
16 32 (0.51%) Web Dynpro
17 28 (0.44%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 299 (4.75%) Analytical Skills
2 212 (3.37%) Data Centre
3 95 (1.51%) Management Information System
4 94 (1.49%) User Experience
5 66 (1.05%) FMCG
6 60 (0.95%) Computer Science
7 48 (0.76%) iPad
7 48 (0.76%) PKI
8 44 (0.70%) Mobile App
9 43 (0.68%) Public Cloud
10 42 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
11 40 (0.64%) Data Structures
12 35 (0.56%) Clustering
13 31 (0.49%) Fintech
14 29 (0.46%) Replication
15 28 (0.44%) Virtual Team
16 27 (0.43%) Private Cloud
17 25 (0.40%) CMDB
18 23 (0.37%) Client/Server
18 23 (0.37%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 543 (8.62%) Windows
2 433 (6.88%) Linux
3 244 (3.87%) Unix
4 180 (2.86%) Windows Server
5 123 (1.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 106 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 101 (1.60%) Windows Server 2008
8 75 (1.19%) Windows 10
9 69 (1.10%) CentOS
10 51 (0.81%) AIX
11 45 (0.71%) Solaris
12 43 (0.68%) Windows Server 2003
13 33 (0.52%) Windows 7
14 28 (0.44%) Apple iOS
15 27 (0.43%) Android
16 15 (0.24%) Ubuntu
17 11 (0.17%) Debian
18 10 (0.16%) VMS
18 10 (0.16%) Windows XP
19 9 (0.14%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 623 (9.89%) Migration
2 580 (9.21%) Agile Software Development
3 427 (6.78%) CRM
4 419 (6.65%) Business Intelligence
5 384 (6.10%) ERP
6 349 (5.54%) DevOps
7 316 (5.02%) Stakeholder Management
8 276 (4.38%) Project Management
9 248 (3.94%) Information Security
10 241 (3.83%) Analytics
10 241 (3.83%) Data Migration
11 216 (3.43%) ITIL
12 211 (3.35%) Workflow
13 198 (3.14%) Business Analysis
14 180 (2.86%) ETL
15 163 (2.59%) Continuous Integration
16 155 (2.46%) Change Management
17 154 (2.45%) Service Management
18 152 (2.41%) Data Modelling
19 148 (2.35%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 609 (9.67%) SQL
2 377 (5.99%) Java
3 244 (3.87%) JavaScript
4 176 (2.79%) C#
4 176 (2.79%) Python
5 170 (2.70%) ABAP
6 160 (2.54%) PowerShell
7 90 (1.43%) C
8 87 (1.38%) Bash Shell
9 82 (1.30%) PL/SQL
10 73 (1.16%) Shell Script
11 71 (1.13%) Perl
11 71 (1.13%) Ruby
12 58 (0.92%) T-SQL
13 43 (0.68%) Scala
14 42 (0.67%) PHP
15 29 (0.46%) Apex Code
16 25 (0.40%) VBA
17 22 (0.35%) R
18 20 (0.32%) C++
Qualifications
1 667 (10.59%) Security Cleared
2 501 (7.95%) SC Cleared
3 203 (3.22%) Degree
4 155 (2.46%) CISSP
5 93 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
6 90 (1.43%) DV Cleared
7 69 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
8 65 (1.03%) CISM
9 49 (0.78%) CCNP
10 47 (0.75%) CISA
11 46 (0.73%) MCSE
12 42 (0.67%) CCIE
13 39 (0.62%) CEH
14 34 (0.54%) CCNA
15 33 (0.52%) CLAS
16 28 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
17 24 (0.38%) CREST Certified
17 24 (0.38%) SANS
18 23 (0.37%) PCI QSA
19 21 (0.33%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 103 (1.64%) QA
3 100 (1.59%) Data Quality
4 76 (1.21%) PCI DSS
5 55 (0.87%) SLA
6 36 (0.57%) GDPR
6 36 (0.57%) PMO
7 32 (0.51%) COBIT
8 29 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 26 (0.41%) GMP
10 19 (0.30%) GxP
11 18 (0.29%) ISO27002
12 16 (0.25%) Disclosure Scotland
13 15 (0.24%) MiFID
14 14 (0.22%) GCP
14 14 (0.22%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 13 (0.21%) GAMP
16 11 (0.17%) 21 CFR Part 11
17 10 (0.16%) IFRS
18 9 (0.14%) RMADS
System Software
1 297 (4.72%) Active Directory
2 149 (2.37%) Docker
3 120 (1.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 66 (1.05%) Hyper-V
5 41 (0.65%) XenApp
6 39 (0.62%) vSphere
7 36 (0.57%) Virtual Machines
8 35 (0.56%) XenDesktop
9 29 (0.46%) HDFS
10 25 (0.40%) Microsoft App-V
10 25 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
11 24 (0.38%) vCloud
11 24 (0.38%) VMware ESX
12 22 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
13 17 (0.27%) Veritas Cluster Server
14 13 (0.21%) BitLocker
15 10 (0.16%) Apache ZooKeeper
15 10 (0.16%) Squid
16 8 (0.13%) Apache Flume
16 8 (0.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 165 (2.62%) Puppet
2 163 (2.59%) Ansible
3 112 (1.78%) SCCM
4 99 (1.57%) Kubernetes
5 70 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
6 68 (1.08%) Terraform
7 56 (0.89%) SCOM
8 29 (0.46%) logstash
9 25 (0.40%) WSUS
10 23 (0.37%) Kibana
11 20 (0.32%) vRealize
12 19 (0.30%) Rancher
13 18 (0.29%) Nagios
13 18 (0.29%) Tivoli
14 16 (0.25%) McAfee ePO
14 16 (0.25%) ZABBIX
15 13 (0.21%) AirWatch
16 12 (0.19%) HP Quality Center
16 12 (0.19%) QRadar
17 11 (0.17%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 1484 (23.56%) SAP
2 864 (13.72%) Oracle
3 815 (12.94%) Microsoft
4 248 (3.94%) VMware
5 244 (3.87%) Cisco
6 192 (3.05%) IBM
7 146 (2.32%) Salesforce.com
8 118 (1.87%) Citrix
9 101 (1.60%) F5
10 93 (1.48%) Tableau
11 79 (1.25%) ServiceNow
12 77 (1.22%) Red Hat
13 75 (1.19%) Adobe
14 73 (1.16%) CheckPoint
15 72 (1.14%) HP
15 72 (1.14%) Splunk
16 68 (1.08%) Informatica
17 65 (1.03%) Google
18 64 (1.02%) Juniper
19 48 (0.76%) CyberArk
City, London
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 18 hours ago
Telford, Shropshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £1 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: 1 hour ago
Derby, Derbyshire
LA International
Rate: £500 - £560 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Oscar
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Rate: £400 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Code Red Associates
Rate: £60000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: £588 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Somerton, Somerset
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Perth & Kinross
Apollo Solutions
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Clear Edge Consulting
Rate: From £70,000 to £75,000 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Talent International
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
London
UBS
Rate: Competitive
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Thebes IT
Posted: Yesterday
Oxfordshire
Mason Frank International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
JM
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 20 hours ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Code Red Associates
Rate: £250 - £280 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £430 per annum +
Posted: Yesterday
London
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
IT Talent Solutions
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £500 to £650 per day Initial 12 Month Contract!
Posted: 18 hours ago