Period
to 27 October 2021

The median contractor rate for an IT Consultant was £525 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

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
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 743 509 740
Rank change year-on-year -234 +231 +45
Contract jobs requiring an IT Consultant 82 31 77
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.096% 0.096% 0.091%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.10% 0.097%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 22 56
10th Percentile £341 £363 £298
25th Percentile £413 £453 £370
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £514 £450
Median % change year-on-year +2.19% +14.17% -6.49%
75th Percentile £600 £538 £541
90th Percentile £638 £572 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
10th Percentile £19.25 " "
25th Percentile £25.63 " £44.50
Median hourly rate £37.50 - £47.00
75th Percentile £50.63 " £49.50
90th Percentile £57.75 " "
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 - -

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 79,516 29,896 79,393
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.28% 92.35% 94.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 55,388 20,224 53,196
10th Percentile £300 £258 £258
25th Percentile £408 £363 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £700 £660 £645
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,085 995 2,723
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.17 £11.17
25th Percentile £13.74 £14.00 £13.75
Median hourly rate £20.00 £22.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year -9.09% +15.79% +8.57%
75th Percentile £45.00 £43.75 £43.00
90th Percentile £62.50 £54.41 £51.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year -10.26% +11.43% -

IT Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing IT Consultant.

Daily rate trend for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing IT Consultant over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing IT Consultant.

Hourly rate trend for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing IT Consultant over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for IT Consultant in the UK

IT Consultant
Top 15 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 27 October 2021. 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 -197 68 £525 +1.94% 44
UK excluding London -139 43 £500 +5.26% 28
London -193 24 £525 - 17
Work from Home -213 19 £540 +13.68% 15
North of England -61 13 £600 +71.43% 5
South East -75 8 £600 +50.00% 5
North West - 8 £625 - 2
South West -42 7 £400 -14.89% 10
Midlands -74 6 £523 - 5
Yorkshire -50 5 £300 -14.29% 2
East of England -54 4 £383 -23.50% 2
West Midlands -63 4 £523 - 5
Scotland -82 4 £450 +9.09%
East Midlands - 2 - -
Wales - 1 £530 - 1

IT Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, 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 17 (20.73%) Windows
2 16 (19.51%) Finance
3 14 (17.07%) Stakeholder Management
3 14 (17.07%) Security Cleared
3 14 (17.07%) SC Cleared
3 14 (17.07%) Cybersecurity
4 12 (14.63%) Social Skills
5 11 (13.41%) ITIL
6 10 (12.20%) Microsoft
7 9 (10.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 9 (10.98%) Risk Management
7 9 (10.98%) VMware
7 9 (10.98%) Information Security
7 9 (10.98%) Microsoft 365
7 9 (10.98%) IT Audit
8 8 (9.76%) Azure
8 8 (9.76%) Banking
8 8 (9.76%) Active Directory
9 7 (8.54%) Linux
9 7 (8.54%) Service Management
9 7 (8.54%) Migration
9 7 (8.54%) Law
9 7 (8.54%) VMware Infrastructure
9 7 (8.54%) Degree
9 7 (8.54%) Agile Software Development
9 7 (8.54%) AWS
9 7 (8.54%) Public Sector
10 6 (7.32%) NIST
10 6 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
10 6 (7.32%) ISO/IEC 27001

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 6 (7.32%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (7.32%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (4.88%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.22%) Avolution ABACUS
Cloud Services
1 9 (10.98%) Microsoft 365
2 8 (9.76%) Azure
3 7 (8.54%) AWS
4 6 (7.32%) SaaS
5 4 (4.88%) Power Platform
6 2 (2.44%) PowerApps
7 1 (1.22%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (1.22%) Google Workspace
7 1 (1.22%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.10%) Firewall
2 4 (4.88%) Network Security
2 4 (4.88%) VPN
3 3 (3.66%) DNS
3 3 (3.66%) SAN
4 2 (2.44%) DHCP
4 2 (2.44%) Internet
4 2 (2.44%) LAN
4 2 (2.44%) WAN
5 1 (1.22%) Cisco IPT
5 1 (1.22%) NAS
5 1 (1.22%) Software-Defined Networking
5 1 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.44%) Electronic Patient Records
1 2 (2.44%) Power BI
2 1 (1.22%) Data Lake
2 1 (1.22%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.22%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.22%) Terragrunt
General
1 16 (19.51%) Finance
2 12 (14.63%) Social Skills
3 8 (9.76%) Banking
4 7 (8.54%) Law
4 7 (8.54%) Public Sector
5 6 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (6.10%) French Language
6 5 (6.10%) German Language
7 4 (4.88%) Italian Language
8 3 (3.66%) Legal
9 2 (2.44%) Financial Institution
9 2 (2.44%) Organisational Skills
9 2 (2.44%) Retail Banking
10 1 (1.22%) Documentation Skills
10 1 (1.22%) Dutch Language
10 1 (1.22%) Manufacturing
10 1 (1.22%) Marketing
10 1 (1.22%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (1.22%) Russian Language
10 1 (1.22%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.44%) Middleware
1 2 (2.44%) SAML
2 1 (1.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.10%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.88%) Life Science
3 3 (3.66%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.44%) e-Health
4 2 (2.44%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.44%) LIMS
4 2 (2.44%) NHS
4 2 (2.44%) PACS
5 1 (1.22%) CMDB
5 1 (1.22%) Driving Licence
5 1 (1.22%) e-Learning
5 1 (1.22%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (1.22%) Learning Management System
5 1 (1.22%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 17 (20.73%) Windows
2 7 (8.54%) Linux
3 5 (6.10%) Windows 10
3 5 (6.10%) Windows 7
4 4 (4.88%) Apple iOS
4 4 (4.88%) Unix
4 4 (4.88%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.22%) HPUX
5 1 (1.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.22%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (17.07%) Cybersecurity
1 14 (17.07%) Stakeholder Management
2 11 (13.41%) ITIL
3 9 (10.98%) Information Security
3 9 (10.98%) IT Audit
3 9 (10.98%) Risk Management
4 7 (8.54%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (8.54%) Migration
4 7 (8.54%) Service Management
5 6 (7.32%) Business Continuity
5 6 (7.32%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (6.10%) Cost Reduction
6 5 (6.10%) Project Delivery
6 5 (6.10%) Service Delivery
6 5 (6.10%) SIEM
7 4 (4.88%) Analytics
7 4 (4.88%) Business Case
7 4 (4.88%) Financial Modelling
7 4 (4.88%) IT Strategy
7 4 (4.88%) Security Architecture
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.66%) SQL
2 2 (2.44%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.22%) Java
Qualifications
1 14 (17.07%) SC Cleared
1 14 (17.07%) Security Cleared
2 7 (8.54%) Degree
3 6 (7.32%) CISA
3 6 (7.32%) CISSP
4 3 (3.66%) CISM
4 3 (3.66%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.22%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.22%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.22%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.98%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 6 (7.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (7.32%) NIST
3 4 (4.88%) ITGC
4 3 (3.66%) GDPR
4 3 (3.66%) PMO
5 2 (2.44%) COBIT
5 2 (2.44%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (2.44%) HL7
5 2 (2.44%) SOC 1
5 2 (2.44%) SOC 2
6 1 (1.22%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (1.22%) HIPAA
6 1 (1.22%) JSP 440
6 1 (1.22%) NCSC
6 1 (1.22%) PCI DSS
6 1 (1.22%) QA
6 1 (1.22%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 8 (9.76%) Active Directory
2 7 (8.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (6.10%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.22%) Firmware
4 1 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.22%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 3 (3.66%) Active Directory Federation Services
2 2 (2.44%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 2 (2.44%) SCCM
3 1 (1.22%) Ansible
3 1 (1.22%) CASB
3 1 (1.22%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.22%) NetBackup
3 1 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.22%) Puppet
3 1 (1.22%) Terraform
3 1 (1.22%) TrustSec
Vendors
1 10 (12.20%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.98%) VMware
3 4 (4.88%) Alteryx
4 3 (3.66%) Cisco
4 3 (3.66%) HP
5 2 (2.44%) CheckPoint
5 2 (2.44%) Dell
5 2 (2.44%) Oracle
5 2 (2.44%) SAP
6 1 (1.22%) Apple
6 1 (1.22%) Citrix
6 1 (1.22%) EMC
6 1 (1.22%) Forcepoint
6 1 (1.22%) Juniper
6 1 (1.22%) Kofax
6 1 (1.22%) McAfee
6 1 (1.22%) NetApp
6 1 (1.22%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.22%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.22%) Veritas