Period
to 20 August 2019

The median contractor rate for an IT Consultant was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 August 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
20 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 743 781 756
Rank change year-on-year +38 -25 -20
Contract jobs requiring an IT Consultant 91 115 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.12% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 71 65
UK median daily rate £425 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.00% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £263 £306 £283
90th Percentile £600 £625 £586
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £449
% change year-on-year - +0.28% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 12 1
UK median hourly rate - £42.50 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +269.57% -74.73%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £11.50
% change year-on-year - +269.57% -74.73%

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 84,920 96,975 90,896
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.32% 94.86% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,773 63,444 59,037
UK median daily rate £465 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £263 £269 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,893 3,108 2,782
UK median hourly rate £19.97 £17.83 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.01% -4.68% -1.58%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +5.71% -2.18% -5.84%

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 August 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
Top 13 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 August 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 +1 78 £450 -10.00% 57
UK excluding London +49 56 £450 - 44
London +17 34 £370 -29.52% 13
South East +39 19 £475 +26.67% 13
North of England +43 12 £488 -4.88% 16
Scotland +47 8 £415 +14.48%
South West -8 8 £450 -15.29% 8
Yorkshire +24 6 £638 +15.91% 7
North West +10 6 £280 -37.78% 8
Midlands +36 5 £475 +5.56% 4
West Midlands +17 5 £475 +5.56% 2
Wales - 2 £405 -
Northern Ireland - 2 - -

IT Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 21 (23.08%) Finance
2 19 (20.88%) Windows
3 18 (19.78%) Information Security
4 15 (16.48%) Active Directory
4 15 (16.48%) ITIL
5 13 (14.29%) Citrix
6 12 (13.19%) Microsoft
6 12 (13.19%) Cybersecurity
7 10 (10.99%) Risk Management
7 10 (10.99%) Migration
8 9 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
8 9 (9.89%) Windows 10
9 8 (8.79%) ITSM
9 8 (8.79%) Service Management
9 8 (8.79%) Microsoft Certification
9 8 (8.79%) Analytics
9 8 (8.79%) Office 365
10 7 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
10 7 (7.69%) VMware
10 7 (7.69%) NIST
11 6 (6.59%) IT Audit
11 6 (6.59%) CRM
11 6 (6.59%) XenApp
11 6 (6.59%) XenDesktop
11 6 (6.59%) Risk Analysis
11 6 (6.59%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (6.59%) Ethical Hacking
12 5 (5.49%) Requirements Management
12 5 (5.49%) SCCM
12 5 (5.49%) Network Security

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 4 (4.40%) MS Exchange
2 3 (3.30%) Exchange Server 2007
2 3 (3.30%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.10%) Apache
3 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.10%) IIS
3 1 (1.10%) iPlanet
3 1 (1.10%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.10%) Tomcat
3 1 (1.10%) WordPress
Applications
1 4 (4.40%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.20%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.20%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (2.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.10%) CSG Singleview
Cloud Services
1 8 (8.79%) Office 365
2 5 (5.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.20%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (1.10%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.10%) GitHub
4 1 (1.10%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.10%) Heroku
4 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Flow
4 1 (1.10%) Power Platform
4 1 (1.10%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.49%) Network Security
2 4 (4.40%) Firewall
2 4 (4.40%) WAN
3 3 (3.30%) DHCP
3 3 (3.30%) DNS
3 3 (3.30%) LAN
3 3 (3.30%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.20%) PABX
4 2 (2.20%) VoIP
4 2 (2.20%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.10%) Fibre Channel
5 1 (1.10%) HTTP
5 1 (1.10%) HTTPS
5 1 (1.10%) Internet
5 1 (1.10%) Intranet
5 1 (1.10%) SAN
5 1 (1.10%) Skype
5 1 (1.10%) SMTP
5 1 (1.10%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.10%) Relational Database
1 1 (1.10%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (2.20%) Jenkins
1 2 (2.20%) Maven
2 1 (1.10%) Ant
2 1 (1.10%) Cucumber
2 1 (1.10%) JIRA
2 1 (1.10%) Selenium
2 1 (1.10%) TeamCity
General
1 21 (23.08%) Finance
2 5 (5.49%) Manufacturing
3 4 (4.40%) Banking
3 4 (4.40%) Legal
3 4 (4.40%) Public Sector
4 3 (3.30%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.30%) Law
4 3 (3.30%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.20%) Local Government
6 1 (1.10%) Advertising
6 1 (1.10%) Front Office
6 1 (1.10%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.10%) .NET
1 1 (1.10%) .NET Framework
1 1 (1.10%) Apache Commons
1 1 (1.10%) Gherkin
1 1 (1.10%) HTML
1 1 (1.10%) JDBC
1 1 (1.10%) JSP
1 1 (1.10%) Middleware
1 1 (1.10%) Servlets
1 1 (1.10%) WCF
1 1 (1.10%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.49%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (4.40%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (3.30%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.20%) Clustering
5 2 (2.20%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.10%) CMDB
6 1 (1.10%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (1.10%) Cyber-Physical System
6 1 (1.10%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 1 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.10%) Life Science
6 1 (1.10%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.10%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 19 (20.88%) Windows
2 9 (9.89%) Windows 10
3 5 (5.49%) Windows Server
4 3 (3.30%) Windows 7
5 2 (2.20%) Linux
6 1 (1.10%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (19.78%) Information Security
2 15 (16.48%) ITIL
3 12 (13.19%) Cybersecurity
4 10 (10.99%) Migration
4 10 (10.99%) Risk Management
5 8 (8.79%) Analytics
5 8 (8.79%) ITSM
5 8 (8.79%) Service Management
6 6 (6.59%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (6.59%) CRM
6 6 (6.59%) Ethical Hacking
6 6 (6.59%) IT Audit
6 6 (6.59%) Risk Analysis
7 5 (5.49%) Project Management
7 5 (5.49%) Requirements Management
8 4 (4.40%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (4.40%) IT Governance
8 4 (4.40%) Project Delivery
8 4 (4.40%) Security Architecture
8 4 (4.40%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 4 (4.40%) JavaScript
2 3 (3.30%) Python
2 3 (3.30%) SQL
3 2 (2.20%) Bash Shell
3 2 (2.20%) Java
3 2 (2.20%) PowerShell
4 1 (1.10%) C
4 1 (1.10%) Java 8
4 1 (1.10%) Korn
4 1 (1.10%) Perl
4 1 (1.10%) PHP
4 1 (1.10%) PL/SQL
4 1 (1.10%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 8 (8.79%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (5.49%) CISSP
3 4 (4.40%) Degree
4 3 (3.30%) CCNA
4 3 (3.30%) CISA
4 3 (3.30%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (3.30%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (3.30%) MCDST
4 3 (3.30%) MCP
4 3 (3.30%) MCSA
4 3 (3.30%) MCSE
4 3 (3.30%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.20%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.10%) CISM
6 1 (1.10%) GCFA
6 1 (1.10%) GCIA
6 1 (1.10%) GCIH
6 1 (1.10%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.10%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (1.10%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.69%) NIST
2 5 (5.49%) GDPR
3 4 (4.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (2.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (1.10%) COBIT
5 1 (1.10%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.10%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
5 1 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (1.10%) NCSC
5 1 (1.10%) PCI DSS
5 1 (1.10%) QA
System Software
1 15 (16.48%) Active Directory
2 7 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (6.59%) XenApp
3 6 (6.59%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.10%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.10%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.10%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (1.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (5.49%) SCCM
2 3 (3.30%) NetBackup
3 1 (1.10%) Demisto
3 1 (1.10%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.10%) SnapMirror
3 1 (1.10%) SnapVault
3 1 (1.10%) WMI
3 1 (1.10%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (14.29%) Citrix
2 12 (13.19%) Microsoft
3 7 (7.69%) VMware
4 4 (4.40%) Cisco
4 4 (4.40%) SAP
5 3 (3.30%) HP
6 2 (2.20%) IBM
6 2 (2.20%) Splunk
7 1 (1.10%) AppDynamics
7 1 (1.10%) Ariba
7 1 (1.10%) Dell
7 1 (1.10%) LogRhythm
7 1 (1.10%) Marketo
7 1 (1.10%) Meraki
7 1 (1.10%) NetApp
7 1 (1.10%) NetWitness
7 1 (1.10%) Oracle
7 1 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.10%) Sun
7 1 (1.10%) Tealium