Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for an IT Consultant was £471 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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.

IT Consultant
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 749 710 695
Rank change year-on-year -39 -15 +38
Contract jobs requiring an IT Consultant 130 178 191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.17% 0.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.18% 0.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 98 116
UK median daily rate £471 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.79% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £309 £293 £313
90th Percentile £675 £638 £850
UK excluding London median daily rate £485 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +7.78% +5.88% -1.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 4
UK median hourly rate £11.50 £46.00 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -75.00% +283.33% +20.00%
10th Percentile £10.75 £46.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £12.25 £46.00 £18.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.50 £46.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -75.00% +130.00% +100.00%

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 96939 98568 108531
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.76% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 63924 64295 69051
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2896 3271 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

IT Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured IT Consultant in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing IT Consultant.

Contractor daily rate trend for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IT Consultant over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing IT Consultant.

Contractor hourly rate trend for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IT Consultant within the UK over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 -20 123 £475 - 36
London -14 71 £468 -6.50% 16
UK excluding London -7 54 £485 +7.78% 23
North of England +41 22 £500 +37.46% 7
South East -10 13 £313 -39.90% 5
North West +3 11 £350 +2.94% 5
Yorkshire +17 10 £525 +10.53% 2
Midlands +21 9 £346 -23.06% 2
East of England -19 7 £485 - 4
East Midlands +3 5 £525 +16.67% 1
West Midlands +26 4 £168 -62.78% 1
Scotland -15 2 £550 +87.23% 4
North East +60 1 - -
South West +6 1 - - 1

IT Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT 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 IT Consultant in the job title.

1 39 (30.00%) Information Security
2 34 (26.15%) Finance
3 26 (20.00%) Risk Management
3 26 (20.00%) CISSP
4 23 (17.69%) Stakeholder Management
5 21 (16.15%) CISM
6 16 (12.31%) Windows
6 16 (12.31%) Microsoft
6 16 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
7 14 (10.77%) ITIL
7 14 (10.77%) Active Directory
7 14 (10.77%) Project Management
8 13 (10.00%) VMware
8 13 (10.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 12 (9.23%) Cisco
9 12 (9.23%) Cybersecurity
10 10 (7.69%) Law
11 9 (6.92%) SIEM
11 9 (6.92%) Migration
11 9 (6.92%) Linux
11 9 (6.92%) Risk Assessment
12 8 (6.15%) Microsoft Excel
12 8 (6.15%) CISA
12 8 (6.15%) Change Management
12 8 (6.15%) Firewall
12 8 (6.15%) Security Operations
13 7 (5.38%) Windows Server
13 7 (5.38%) GDPR
13 7 (5.38%) SAP
13 7 (5.38%) Agile Software Development

IT 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 2 (1.54%) MS Exchange
1 2 (1.54%) Skype for Business
2 1 (0.77%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (6.15%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (2.31%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.77%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.77%) Simulink
4 1 (0.77%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (3.08%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 6 (4.62%) Office 365
2 4 (3.08%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (1.54%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.54%) SaaS
4 1 (0.77%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.77%) Cloudflare
4 1 (0.77%) IaaS
4 1 (0.77%) OneDrive
4 1 (0.77%) PaaS
4 1 (0.77%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.15%) Firewall
2 6 (4.62%) Network Security
3 4 (3.08%) VPN
4 3 (2.31%) LAN
4 3 (2.31%) MPLS
5 2 (1.54%) Internet
5 2 (1.54%) LTE
5 2 (1.54%) Skype
5 2 (1.54%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.54%) TETRA
5 2 (1.54%) WAN
6 1 (0.77%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (0.77%) NAS
6 1 (0.77%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.54%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.77%) Oracle Database
2 1 (0.77%) Relational Database
2 1 (0.77%) Spotfire
2 1 (0.77%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (1.54%) Metasploit
General
1 34 (26.15%) Finance
2 10 (7.69%) Law
3 7 (5.38%) Banking
4 6 (4.62%) Telecoms
5 5 (3.85%) French Language
6 4 (3.08%) Financial Institution
7 3 (2.31%) Manufacturing
7 3 (2.31%) Retail
8 2 (1.54%) Advertising
8 2 (1.54%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.54%) Marketing
9 1 (0.77%) Back Office
9 1 (0.77%) Billing
9 1 (0.77%) Electronics
9 1 (0.77%) Front Office
9 1 (0.77%) Japanese Language
9 1 (0.77%) Publishing
9 1 (0.77%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.54%) Middleware
2 1 (0.77%) J2EE
2 1 (0.77%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.31%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.38%) PKI
3 5 (3.85%) Data Centre
4 4 (3.08%) Management Information System
5 3 (2.31%) FMCG
5 3 (2.31%) LIMS
5 3 (2.31%) Security Operations Centre
6 1 (0.77%) CESG
6 1 (0.77%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.77%) Cybercrime
6 1 (0.77%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (0.77%) Derivative
6 1 (0.77%) Driving Licence
6 1 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.77%) iSeries
6 1 (0.77%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.77%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.77%) OTC Derivatives
6 1 (0.77%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.77%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 16 (12.31%) Windows
2 9 (6.92%) Linux
3 7 (5.38%) Windows Server
4 5 (3.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (3.85%) Unix
5 4 (3.08%) Windows 7
5 4 (3.08%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (2.31%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.77%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.77%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.77%) Windows Vista
7 1 (0.77%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (30.00%) Information Security
2 26 (20.00%) Risk Management
3 23 (17.69%) Stakeholder Management
4 14 (10.77%) ITIL
4 14 (10.77%) Project Management
5 12 (9.23%) Cybersecurity
6 9 (6.92%) Migration
6 9 (6.92%) Risk Assessment
6 9 (6.92%) SIEM
7 8 (6.15%) Change Management
7 8 (6.15%) Security Operations
8 7 (5.38%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (4.62%) Identity Access Management
9 6 (4.62%) IT Governance
9 6 (4.62%) Service Management
10 5 (3.85%) CRM
10 5 (3.85%) Data Privacy
10 5 (3.85%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (3.85%) SDLC
10 5 (3.85%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 7 (5.38%) PowerShell
2 3 (2.31%) Shell Script
3 2 (1.54%) Python
3 2 (1.54%) SQL
4 1 (0.77%) C++
4 1 (0.77%) Java
4 1 (0.77%) MATLAB
4 1 (0.77%) VB
4 1 (0.77%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (20.00%) CISSP
2 21 (16.15%) CISM
3 8 (6.15%) CISA
4 5 (3.85%) Degree
4 5 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (3.08%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (3.08%) MCSA
6 3 (2.31%) MCSE
6 3 (2.31%) SC Cleared
6 3 (2.31%) Security Cleared
7 2 (1.54%) CEH
7 2 (1.54%) CHFI
7 2 (1.54%) MCDST
7 2 (1.54%) MCP
7 2 (1.54%) SSCP
8 1 (0.77%) EMC Certification
8 1 (0.77%) PMI Certification
8 1 (0.77%) PMP
8 1 (0.77%) RHCE
8 1 (0.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (10.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 7 (5.38%) GDPR
3 6 (4.62%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 4 (3.08%) COBIT
4 4 (3.08%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (1.54%) NIST 800
5 2 (1.54%) QA
5 2 (1.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.77%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.77%) ISAE 3402
6 1 (0.77%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.77%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.77%) PMO
System Software
1 14 (10.77%) Active Directory
2 7 (5.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.54%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.77%) BitLocker
4 1 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.77%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (0.77%) vSphere
4 1 (0.77%) XenApp
4 1 (0.77%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 4 (3.08%) SCCM
2 2 (1.54%) Red Hat Satellite
3 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (0.77%) Nessus
3 1 (0.77%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (0.77%) SCOM
3 1 (0.77%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (0.77%) WSUS
Vendors
1 16 (12.31%) Microsoft
2 13 (10.00%) VMware
3 12 (9.23%) Cisco
4 7 (5.38%) SAP
5 6 (4.62%) Oracle
6 5 (3.85%) Red Hat
7 3 (2.31%) Citrix
7 3 (2.31%) IBM
7 3 (2.31%) Sophos
7 3 (2.31%) Splunk
7 3 (2.31%) Symantec
7 3 (2.31%) Tableau
8 2 (1.54%) FireEye
8 2 (1.54%) JD Edwards
9 1 (0.77%) Adobe
9 1 (0.77%) Apple
9 1 (0.77%) Bloomberg
9 1 (0.77%) McAfee
9 1 (0.77%) MicroStrategy
9 1 (0.77%) Reuters