Period
to 17 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Consultant was £500 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 December 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
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 42 29 23
Rank change year-on-year -13 -6 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Consultant 5,659 6,657 6,891
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 5.39% 6.49% 6.77%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.69% 6.83% 7.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,288 3,720 3,840
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £350 £350 £320
90th Percentile £650 £644 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 39 45
UK median hourly rate £36.50 £45.00 £46.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.89% -2.17% +8.24%
10th Percentile £25.35 £22.34 £5.00
90th Percentile £71.50 £62.20 £80.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £45.50
% change year-on-year -17.65% -6.59% +8.33%

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 99,378 97,408 96,493
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.71% 94.92% 94.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,775 64,581 62,953
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.91%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +6.25% +0.63% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,053 2,857 3,274
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.07% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.78 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

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 17 December 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 17 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Consultant in the UK

Consultant
Top 18 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 17 December 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 -11 5,154 £500 +5.26% 1,504
UK excluding London -9 2,799 £475 - 1,070
London -11 2,472 £525 +5.00% 519
South East -7 962 £475 - 254
North of England -21 561 £475 - 311
Midlands -22 383 £475 - 187
South West -3 337 £455 -4.21% 107
North West -20 293 £475 - 161
West Midlands -25 264 £475 - 124
East of England -20 246 £475 -3.80% 125
Scotland -15 241 £450 +5.88% 53
Yorkshire -20 230 £494 +3.95% 96
East Midlands -19 101 £475 +5.56% 62
Wales -25 56 £475 +1.33% 23
North East -39 36 £465 +8.14% 54
Northern Ireland +18 9 £463 +4.23% 4
Channel Islands 0 7 £525 +5.00% 6
Isle of Man -2 2 £569 +42.19%

Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 1,064 (18.80%) Finance
2 1,017 (17.97%) SAP
3 762 (13.47%) Microsoft
4 616 (10.89%) Migration
5 615 (10.87%) Oracle
6 593 (10.48%) Security Cleared
7 592 (10.46%) Microsoft Azure
8 579 (10.23%) Agile Software Development
9 543 (9.60%) SQL
10 469 (8.29%) Windows
11 416 (7.35%) SC Cleared
12 383 (6.77%) Active Directory
13 370 (6.54%) Office 365
14 356 (6.29%) Stakeholder Management
15 350 (6.18%) ERP
16 342 (6.04%) Java
17 338 (5.97%) DevOps
18 334 (5.90%) Amazon AWS
19 328 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
20 310 (5.48%) Information Security
21 275 (4.86%) CRM
22 272 (4.81%) Linux
23 260 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
24 257 (4.54%) Analytics
25 255 (4.51%) VMware
26 249 (4.40%) Banking
27 247 (4.36%) PowerShell
28 232 (4.10%) Problem-Solving
29 231 (4.08%) Project Management
30 226 (3.99%) Firewall

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
1 209 (3.69%) SharePoint
2 87 (1.54%) Skype for Business
3 66 (1.17%) MS Exchange
4 63 (1.11%) Confluence
5 40 (0.71%) Apache Spark
5 40 (0.71%) SAS
6 35 (0.62%) WebLogic
7 30 (0.53%) CMS
7 30 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 29 (0.51%) Elasticsearch
9 28 (0.49%) WebSphere
10 26 (0.46%) OpenStack
11 24 (0.42%) JBoss
12 22 (0.39%) NetWeaver
12 22 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
13 21 (0.37%) IIS
13 21 (0.37%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 20 (0.35%) Apache
15 18 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
15 18 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 109 (1.93%) Microsoft Office
2 91 (1.61%) Microsoft Excel
3 53 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 34 (0.60%) MS Visio
5 25 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
6 17 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
7 13 (0.23%) InfoPath
8 6 (0.11%) InVision
9 4 (0.071%) Windchill
10 3 (0.053%) Chatbot
10 3 (0.053%) OmniGraffle
11 2 (0.035%) Adobe Captivate
11 2 (0.035%) Adobe Creative Suite
11 2 (0.035%) Mingle
11 2 (0.035%) UXPin
12 1 (0.018%) Acrobat
12 1 (0.018%) Adobe Illustrator
12 1 (0.018%) AutoCAD
12 1 (0.018%) CATIA
12 1 (0.018%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 141 (2.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 134 (2.37%) SAP S/4HANA
3 123 (2.17%) Oracle EBS
3 123 (2.17%) Oracle EBS R12
4 103 (1.82%) SAP FI
5 83 (1.47%) SAP MM
6 80 (1.41%) SAP CO
7 78 (1.38%) SAP FI/CO
8 71 (1.25%) Dynamics AX
9 69 (1.22%) Oracle Payables
10 63 (1.11%) Oracle Receivables
11 59 (1.04%) SAP SD
12 57 (1.01%) Oracle Financials
13 56 (0.99%) SAP HR
14 45 (0.80%) Oracle ERP
15 44 (0.78%) SAP ERP
16 42 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
16 42 (0.74%) NetSuite
16 42 (0.74%) SAP BPC
17 40 (0.71%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 592 (10.46%) Microsoft Azure
2 370 (6.54%) Office 365
3 334 (5.90%) Amazon AWS
4 144 (2.54%) Dynamics 365
5 135 (2.39%) Azure Active Directory
6 113 (2.00%) IaaS
7 110 (1.94%) PaaS
8 99 (1.75%) SaaS
9 90 (1.59%) SuccessFactors
10 59 (1.04%) Google Cloud Platform
11 43 (0.76%) OneDrive
11 43 (0.76%) Serverless
12 39 (0.69%) AWS CloudFormation
13 38 (0.67%) Amazon EC2
14 36 (0.64%) OpenShift
15 34 (0.60%) Cloud Computing
16 32 (0.57%) Amazon S3
17 30 (0.53%) AWS Lambda
18 27 (0.48%) Virtual Private Cloud
19 22 (0.39%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 226 (3.99%) Firewall
2 101 (1.78%) Network Security
3 97 (1.71%) DNS
4 89 (1.57%) Skype
5 75 (1.33%) LAN
5 75 (1.33%) VPN
6 69 (1.22%) WAN
7 59 (1.04%) TCP/IP
8 45 (0.80%) Internet
9 44 (0.78%) SAN
10 43 (0.76%) Wireless
11 38 (0.67%) SSL
12 34 (0.60%) DHCP
12 34 (0.60%) OSPF
13 33 (0.58%) BGP
14 32 (0.57%) Cisco ASA
14 32 (0.57%) MPLS
15 31 (0.55%) VoIP
16 30 (0.53%) HTTP
17 28 (0.49%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 221 (3.91%) SQL Server
2 129 (2.28%) Hadoop
3 116 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
4 107 (1.89%) Big Data
5 103 (1.82%) Power BI
6 90 (1.59%) BusinessObjects
7 88 (1.56%) Oracle Database
8 84 (1.48%) SAP HANA
9 78 (1.38%) SAP BW
10 63 (1.11%) Relational Database
11 61 (1.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 61 (1.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 49 (0.87%) MySQL
13 45 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
14 39 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
15 38 (0.67%) SAP Data Services
16 37 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
17 36 (0.64%) Oracle BI EE
18 32 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
18 32 (0.57%) Data Lake
Development Applications
1 153 (2.70%) Jenkins
2 123 (2.17%) JIRA
3 93 (1.64%) Git (software)
4 42 (0.74%) Maven
5 41 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
6 39 (0.69%) Visual Studio
7 35 (0.62%) Selenium
8 34 (0.60%) Bitbucket
8 34 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
9 29 (0.51%) Cucumber
10 26 (0.46%) Axure RP
11 21 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 20 (0.35%) Sonatype Nexus
12 20 (0.35%) Subversion
13 19 (0.34%) LSMW
14 18 (0.32%) WebDriver
15 15 (0.27%) GitLab
15 15 (0.27%) SonarQube
16 14 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
17 13 (0.23%) JMeter
General
1 1,064 (18.80%) Finance
2 249 (4.40%) Banking
3 168 (2.97%) Retail
4 148 (2.62%) Manufacturing
5 134 (2.37%) Marketing
6 126 (2.23%) Telecoms
7 100 (1.77%) Advertising
8 88 (1.56%) Legal
9 72 (1.27%) General Ledger
10 67 (1.18%) Law
11 65 (1.15%) Pharmaceutical
12 57 (1.01%) Billing
13 41 (0.72%) Front Office
13 41 (0.72%) Investment Banking
14 36 (0.64%) Financial Institution
15 35 (0.62%) Back Office
16 32 (0.57%) Publishing
17 30 (0.53%) German Language
18 26 (0.46%) French Language
19 22 (0.39%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 173 (3.06%) Web Services
2 154 (2.72%) .NET
3 115 (2.03%) HTML
4 112 (1.98%) XML
5 102 (1.80%) Oracle Fusion
6 101 (1.78%) REST
7 95 (1.68%) Middleware
8 72 (1.27%) CSS
9 62 (1.10%) SOAP
10 61 (1.08%) JSON
11 56 (0.99%) LDAP
12 52 (0.92%) J2EE
13 49 (0.87%) Node.js
14 39 (0.69%) OAuth
15 36 (0.64%) AngularJS
16 34 (0.60%) Kafka
17 33 (0.58%) jQuery
18 30 (0.53%) SAML
19 29 (0.51%) SAP PI
20 27 (0.48%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 260 (4.59%) Analytical Skills
2 144 (2.54%) Data Centre
3 126 (2.23%) Management Information System
4 116 (2.05%) User Experience
5 97 (1.71%) Greenfield Project
6 69 (1.22%) Self-Motivation
7 65 (1.15%) Public Cloud
8 61 (1.08%) PKI
9 42 (0.74%) Fintech
10 33 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
10 33 (0.58%) Virtual Team
11 32 (0.57%) FMCG
12 25 (0.44%) CMDB
12 25 (0.44%) Mainframe
12 25 (0.44%) Mobile App
12 25 (0.44%) Replication
12 25 (0.44%) Security Operations Centre
13 24 (0.42%) Data Structures
13 24 (0.42%) Social Media
14 23 (0.41%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 469 (8.29%) Windows
2 272 (4.81%) Linux
3 184 (3.25%) Windows Server
4 151 (2.67%) Windows 10
5 139 (2.46%) Unix
6 89 (1.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 60 (1.06%) Windows Server 2012
8 42 (0.74%) Windows 7
9 31 (0.55%) AIX
9 31 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
10 27 (0.48%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (0.32%) Solaris
12 15 (0.27%) CentOS
12 15 (0.27%) SUSE
13 13 (0.23%) zOS
14 10 (0.18%) Android
14 10 (0.18%) Ubuntu
15 9 (0.16%) Mac OS
16 8 (0.14%) VMS
17 7 (0.12%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 616 (10.89%) Migration
2 579 (10.23%) Agile Software Development
3 356 (6.29%) Stakeholder Management
4 350 (6.18%) ERP
5 338 (5.97%) DevOps
6 328 (5.80%) Business Intelligence
7 310 (5.48%) Information Security
8 275 (4.86%) CRM
9 257 (4.54%) Analytics
10 232 (4.10%) Problem-Solving
11 231 (4.08%) Project Management
12 223 (3.94%) Cybersecurity
13 197 (3.48%) ITIL
14 184 (3.25%) Data Migration
15 182 (3.22%) Risk Management
16 153 (2.70%) Change Management
17 125 (2.21%) Scrum
18 120 (2.12%) User Acceptance Testing
18 120 (2.12%) Workflow
19 117 (2.07%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 543 (9.60%) SQL
2 342 (6.04%) Java
3 247 (4.36%) PowerShell
4 196 (3.46%) JavaScript
5 191 (3.38%) Python
6 130 (2.30%) C#
7 78 (1.38%) ABAP
8 76 (1.34%) Groovy
9 60 (1.06%) C
10 57 (1.01%) Bash Shell
11 48 (0.85%) PL/SQL
12 39 (0.69%) T-SQL
13 36 (0.64%) Perl
14 34 (0.60%) Scala
15 30 (0.53%) Shell Script
16 29 (0.51%) R
17 26 (0.46%) Ruby
18 20 (0.35%) VBScript
19 19 (0.34%) PHP
20 15 (0.27%) C++
Qualifications
1 593 (10.48%) Security Cleared
2 416 (7.35%) SC Cleared
3 197 (3.48%) Degree
4 193 (3.41%) CISSP
5 145 (2.56%) CISM
6 84 (1.48%) Cisco Certification
7 76 (1.34%) CISA
8 74 (1.31%) DV Cleared
9 62 (1.10%) Microsoft Certification
10 60 (1.06%) CCNP
11 42 (0.74%) Computer Science Degree
12 37 (0.65%) CCIE
13 33 (0.58%) MCSE
14 31 (0.55%) CCNA
15 29 (0.51%) CRISC
16 27 (0.48%) CESG Certified Professional
17 25 (0.44%) BPSS Clearance
17 25 (0.44%) Master's Degree
18 22 (0.39%) Six Sigma Black Belt
19 18 (0.32%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (2.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 136 (2.40%) QA
3 121 (2.14%) GDPR
4 75 (1.33%) PCI DSS
5 70 (1.24%) Data Quality
6 49 (0.87%) PMO
7 46 (0.81%) SLA
8 37 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 26 (0.46%) IFRS
10 24 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
11 17 (0.30%) GxP
12 12 (0.21%) HIPAA
13 11 (0.19%) Cyber Essentials
14 10 (0.18%) HMG Security Policy Framework
15 9 (0.16%) RMADS
16 8 (0.14%) 21 CFR Part 11
16 8 (0.14%) COBIT
16 8 (0.14%) GAAP
16 8 (0.14%) GMP
17 6 (0.11%) JSP 440
System Software
1 383 (6.77%) Active Directory
2 159 (2.81%) Docker
3 120 (2.12%) VMware Infrastructure
4 64 (1.13%) vSphere
5 61 (1.08%) Hyper-V
6 53 (0.94%) VMware NSX
7 41 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
8 33 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
8 33 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
9 32 (0.57%) XenDesktop
10 30 (0.53%) XenApp
11 25 (0.44%) BitLocker
12 12 (0.21%) HDFS
12 12 (0.21%) vCloud
12 12 (0.21%) Virtual Desktop
13 11 (0.19%) OpenAM
14 9 (0.16%) OpenDJ
15 8 (0.14%) Apache Flume
16 7 (0.12%) Firmware
16 7 (0.12%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 186 (3.29%) SCCM
2 172 (3.04%) Ansible
3 163 (2.88%) Terraform
4 135 (2.39%) Kubernetes
5 134 (2.37%) Puppet
6 129 (2.28%) Opscode Chef
7 84 (1.48%) Microsoft Intune
8 42 (0.74%) Single Sign-On
9 34 (0.60%) vRealize
10 30 (0.53%) SCOM
11 22 (0.39%) HP ALM
12 20 (0.35%) Kibana
13 18 (0.32%) AirWatch
13 18 (0.32%) vCenter Server
14 16 (0.28%) vRealize Orchestrator
14 16 (0.28%) WSUS
15 15 (0.27%) QRadar
16 14 (0.25%) Cisco CUCM
16 14 (0.25%) Cisco Prime
16 14 (0.25%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1,017 (17.97%) SAP
2 762 (13.47%) Microsoft
3 615 (10.87%) Oracle
4 255 (4.51%) VMware
5 188 (3.32%) Cisco
6 104 (1.84%) Google
7 102 (1.80%) Tableau
8 101 (1.78%) IBM
9 95 (1.68%) Salesforce.com
10 88 (1.56%) Workday
11 86 (1.52%) Red Hat
12 81 (1.43%) Citrix
13 76 (1.34%) Splunk
14 72 (1.27%) HP
15 64 (1.13%) ServiceNow
16 60 (1.06%) Ariba
17 56 (0.99%) CyberArk
18 50 (0.88%) Sage
19 49 (0.87%) Symantec
20 48 (0.85%) Dell