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Management consultants advise organisations on how to solve problems and be more efficient.

Annual Salary

£27,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 42 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; away from home

Future employment

There will be 2.4% more Management consultant jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

As a management consultant, you could:

  • speak to staff, managers and customers to understand issues
  • collect and analyse data to pinpoint areas for improvement
  • create computer models to test possible business solutions
  • prepare reports and present recommendations to the client
  • support businesses as they put plans into action

You'll travel often and may spend nights away from home.

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • a graduate training scheme

You could do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • business studies
  • finance
  • maths
  • science
  • management

A postgraduate qualification, like a master's in business administration (MBA), may also be helpful.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
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You could apply for a place on a Junior Management Consultant Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship, or Chartered Manager Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship, and work your way up as your experience grows.

These can take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Direct application

You can apply directly to become a management consultant or set up your own business, if you've got relevant work experience in:

  • business management or finance
  • human resources
  • project management
  • IT

Other routes

You may be able to join a graduate training scheme straight from university. Competition for places is strong, so it may help if you have:

  • a good degree pass in a subject like business studies or business management
  • evidence of analytical, planning and communication skills
  • relevant work experience from placements, internships or temporary jobs

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Career tips

Foreign language skills could be useful, as many firms work with international clients.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Institute of Consulting for career support and professional development.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in management consultancy from the Management Consultancies Association and the [Chartered Management Institute |].

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With experience, you could become a partner in a management consultancy, work freelance or set up your own consultancy firm. You could work in all areas of the public and private sector.

You might also apply to become a chartered management consultant, which gives you industry recognition of your skills and expertise.

You can find out more about careers in management consultancy from the Management Consultancies Association and the Chartered Management Institute.

How does this job help to address the impacts of climate change and protect wildlife and nature in the West of England?

Management Consultants are needed to help businesses to transition to low emission, sustainable practices and adapt for climate resilience, as well as preparing business for emerging green economies.

Examples of post-16 courses you could study at local schools or colleges

  • Business Studies, Maths, Economics, Environmental Science A-levels
  • T Level Business, Management and Administration 
  • Level 2-3 Business Studies

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Apprenticeships you may be able to take with local employers

  • Level 2 Business and Client Support
  • Level 4 Project Management
  • Level 4 Junior Management Consultant
  • Level 4 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Practitioner

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Examples of post-18 courses you could study at local higher education providers

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For more information on the different routes you can take to get into working in green finance, take a look at the 'Routes into this job' section above. 

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Local employers 

  • Arup 
  • Amey
  • Turner and Townsend

For more local employment opportunities see the 'Live job vacancies by region' section above.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • business management skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • the ability to work well with others
  • persistence and determination
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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