Period
to 21 April 2019

The median contractor rate for an IT Consultant was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 2019.

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
21 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 730 755 696
Rank change year-on-year +25 -59 +15
Contract jobs requiring an IT Consultant 128 131 135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.13% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.14% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 76 68
UK median daily rate £450 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11% -5.26%
10th Percentile £313 £365 £260
90th Percentile £628 £753 £591
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 -
% change year-on-year -17.65% - -

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 90,535 96,027 87,317
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.60% 94.93% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,930 63,185 56,733
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £258
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £410 £400
% change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,811 2,953 3,002
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.08% -2.63% -2.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.80 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.53 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% -5.26%

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 21 April 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing IT Consultant over the 6 months to 21 April 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Top 16 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 21 April 2019. 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 +6 112 £450 -10.00% 43
UK excluding London +28 78 £450 - 28
London +20 48 £450 -25.00% 17
South East +28 30 £456 -3.95% 7
South West -27 11 £425 -5.56% 8
Scotland +25 10 £450 +4.35% 2
Midlands -2 9 £500 +25.00% 2
North of England +7 8 £513 +17.14% 8
East of England +20 6 £400 -15.79% 1
Yorkshire +9 6 £500 +49.25% 1
West Midlands -11 5 £475 +65.22% 1
Wales 0 3 £425 -
East Midlands +10 2 £325 -32.99% 1
North West +1 1 £475 -5.00% 6
North East -6 1 £700 +60.00% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

IT Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 2019, IT 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 IT Consultant in the job title.

1 32 (25.00%) Finance
2 25 (19.53%) Microsoft
3 24 (18.75%) Active Directory
3 24 (18.75%) Windows
4 22 (17.19%) Migration
4 22 (17.19%) Information Security
5 19 (14.84%) ITIL
5 19 (14.84%) Office 365
6 16 (12.50%) Banking
7 14 (10.94%) Microsoft Azure
7 14 (10.94%) Service Management
7 14 (10.94%) Analytical Skills
8 12 (9.38%) ITSM
8 12 (9.38%) Citrix
9 11 (8.59%) VMware
9 11 (8.59%) Windows 10
10 10 (7.81%) Agile Software Development
11 9 (7.03%) Investment Banking
11 9 (7.03%) XenApp
11 9 (7.03%) Risk Management
11 9 (7.03%) Legal
11 9 (7.03%) CISSP
11 9 (7.03%) Microsoft Certification
11 9 (7.03%) Self-Motivation
12 8 (6.25%) Windows Server
12 8 (6.25%) SAP
12 8 (6.25%) Firewall
12 8 (6.25%) Security Cleared
12 8 (6.25%) Security Architecture
12 8 (6.25%) IT Governance

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 7 (5.47%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.34%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (0.78%) Confluence
3 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (0.78%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.78%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (4.69%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.78%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.78%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 19 (14.84%) Office 365
2 14 (10.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.91%) IaaS
3 5 (3.91%) PaaS
4 3 (2.34%) SaaS
5 2 (1.56%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.25%) Firewall
2 6 (4.69%) DHCP
2 6 (4.69%) DNS
3 4 (3.13%) WAN
4 3 (2.34%) Intranet
4 3 (2.34%) LAN
4 3 (2.34%) TCP/IP
5 2 (1.56%) Network Security
5 2 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (0.78%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (0.78%) IMAP
6 1 (0.78%) RFID
6 1 (0.78%) SAN
6 1 (0.78%) SSL
6 1 (0.78%) VoIP
6 1 (0.78%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.34%) PostgreSQL
1 3 (2.34%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.56%) EDRMS
2 2 (1.56%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.56%) Redis
2 2 (1.56%) Relational Database
2 2 (1.56%) SAP HANA
3 1 (0.78%) BigQuery
Development Applications
1 2 (1.56%) GitLab
1 2 (1.56%) JIRA
2 1 (0.78%) Cucumber
2 1 (0.78%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.78%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.78%) Maven
2 1 (0.78%) Selenium
2 1 (0.78%) TeamCity
General
1 32 (25.00%) Finance
2 16 (12.50%) Banking
3 9 (7.03%) Investment Banking
3 9 (7.03%) Legal
4 4 (3.13%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.13%) Marketing
4 4 (3.13%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.34%) Electronics
5 3 (2.34%) Retail Banking
6 2 (1.56%) Law
6 2 (1.56%) Retail
7 1 (0.78%) French Language
7 1 (0.78%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.34%) Middleware
1 3 (2.34%) OAuth
1 3 (2.34%) OAuth2
2 2 (1.56%) Celery
2 2 (1.56%) JSON
2 2 (1.56%) scikit-learn
3 1 (0.78%) Gherkin
3 1 (0.78%) Kafka
3 1 (0.78%) LDAP
3 1 (0.78%) REST
3 1 (0.78%) SAML
3 1 (0.78%) SOAP
3 1 (0.78%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.78%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.94%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (7.03%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (3.13%) Social Media
4 3 (2.34%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.78%) Data Centre
5 1 (0.78%) e-Learning
5 1 (0.78%) Fintech
5 1 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.78%) Private Cloud
5 1 (0.78%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.78%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (0.78%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 24 (18.75%) Windows
2 11 (8.59%) Windows 10
3 8 (6.25%) Windows Server
4 5 (3.91%) Windows 7
4 5 (3.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (3.91%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (17.19%) Information Security
1 22 (17.19%) Migration
2 19 (14.84%) ITIL
3 14 (10.94%) Service Management
4 12 (9.38%) ITSM
5 10 (7.81%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (7.03%) Risk Management
7 8 (6.25%) IT Governance
7 8 (6.25%) Security Architecture
8 7 (5.47%) Cybersecurity
9 6 (4.69%) Ethical Hacking
9 6 (4.69%) Problem-Solving
9 6 (4.69%) Requirements Management
9 6 (4.69%) Risk Analysis
9 6 (4.69%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (3.91%) IT Strategy
10 5 (3.91%) Penetration Testing
10 5 (3.91%) Project Management
10 5 (3.91%) Risk Assessment
11 4 (3.13%) Threat Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 4 (3.13%) PowerShell
1 4 (3.13%) SQL
2 3 (2.34%) Java
3 2 (1.56%) Bash Shell
3 2 (1.56%) C#
3 2 (1.56%) Python
4 1 (0.78%) C++
4 1 (0.78%) Go
4 1 (0.78%) Korn
4 1 (0.78%) Perl
4 1 (0.78%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 9 (7.03%) CISSP
1 9 (7.03%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (6.25%) Security Cleared
3 7 (5.47%) DV Cleared
4 6 (4.69%) CISA
4 6 (4.69%) MCSE
5 5 (3.91%) Degree
6 4 (3.13%) CCNA
6 4 (3.13%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (3.13%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (2.34%) CISM
7 3 (2.34%) CRISC
7 3 (2.34%) MCDST
7 3 (2.34%) MCP
7 3 (2.34%) SC Cleared
8 2 (1.56%) CLAS
8 2 (1.56%) GSEC
8 2 (1.56%) GSNA
8 2 (1.56%) NVQ Level 3
9 1 (0.78%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (3.13%) QA
3 3 (2.34%) GDPR
4 2 (1.56%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.78%) COBIT
5 1 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 24 (18.75%) Active Directory
2 9 (7.03%) XenApp
3 7 (5.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (5.47%) XenDesktop
4 3 (2.34%) Hyper-V
4 3 (2.34%) OpenAM
4 3 (2.34%) OpenDJ
4 3 (2.34%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.56%) Docker
6 1 (0.78%) BitLocker
6 1 (0.78%) Forefront TMG
6 1 (0.78%) ISA Server
6 1 (0.78%) UAG
6 1 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.78%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 7 (5.47%) SCCM
2 4 (3.13%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (1.56%) Kubernetes
3 2 (1.56%) Single Sign-On
3 2 (1.56%) Terraform
4 1 (0.78%) Cisco UCCE
Vendors
1 25 (19.53%) Microsoft
2 12 (9.38%) Citrix
3 11 (8.59%) VMware
4 8 (6.25%) SAP
5 6 (4.69%) Cisco
5 6 (4.69%) HP
5 6 (4.69%) Oracle
6 3 (2.34%) ForgeRock
7 2 (1.56%) Dell
7 2 (1.56%) Google
7 2 (1.56%) IBM
7 2 (1.56%) Palo Alto
7 2 (1.56%) Progress
7 2 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.78%) Adobe
8 1 (0.78%) BT
8 1 (0.78%) CheckPoint
8 1 (0.78%) McAfee
8 1 (0.78%) Meraki
8 1 (0.78%) Sophos