Number of open business consulting jobs in the UK rises

24 August 2017 3 min. read

The number of business consulting vacancies opening in UK has risen over the past year, echoing the improving state of the consulting market. An average of 2,800 new positions were advertised via online job boards over the course of the last 12 months, new figures show.

The UK consulting market is continuing to grow, having increased revenues by more than £1 billion since 2015. The UK’s entire consulting market is now worth an estimated £7.31 billion thanks in part to the continuously expanding digital transformation sector. This has enabled consultancies to prioritise expanding their ranks, in-taking new employees to help them meet the needs of a growing number of potential clients looking to transition the way their businesses operate, as they seek to compete with new market disruptors.

According to new figures released by vacancy search database JobLift, the number of business consulting jobs has grown steadily over the past year. On average 2,800 open business consulting jobs in UK opened up per month over the past year according to this database. While the rate of growth appeared to peak in June 2017, at 3,371 jobs posted, the reduced rate of 2,788 for July was still on one of the highest numbers of new vacancies seen in the last 12 months.

Number of business consulting jobs in the UK

A meta search engine for currently more than 1,000,000 jobs from over 100 partner job boards, and Joblift’s figures were leveraged from that database. According to the data, a total of 33,851 business consulting roles have been advertised in the last year.

The figures come in contrast to a recent analysis by rival job-site Adzuna, who suggested a large number of consultancy roles are actually declining. Business consulting in that analysis was the most rapidly falling sector for consulting jobs, with Business Analyst Project Manager positions the second most quickly declining title on online job posts behind Strategy Analysts. This difference can likely be attributed to a variation in the definition of business consulting between the two companies, with Adzuna’s being the broader terms.

Location of business consulting jobs

According to Joblift’s figures meanwhile, the majority of new business consultant roles, the UK’s capital city housed the greatest number of consulting vacancies. London hosted 34% of all the nations positions, while other major population centres Manchester and Birmingham registered a distant joint second, with 4% of all roles each.

England as a whole was found to be the location of 85% of all postings, with 28,697 jobs being advertised in the largest portion of the UK, while Scotland followed with 1,424 roles. Just 358 positions were advertised in Wales in the last 12 months, with Northern Ireland hosting the fewest, with only 226 listings.