Admin, HR, legal

Management consultant

Management consultants help organisations solve problems and improve efficiency.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £90,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

40 to 50

Future employment

There will be 5% more Management consultant jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • meeting clients to discuss what they need
  • carrying out research to gain an understanding of the client's business
  • interviewing managers, staff and customers
  • collecting and analysing data, and preparing reports
  • identifying and investigating issues, and planning how to tackle them
  • highlighting areas for improvement
  • creating computer models to test possible business solutions
  • presenting recommendations to the client
  • agreeing a course of action with the client
  • providing ongoing support to the client

You'll usually need a degree in a subject like business studies or business management.

Experience in business, finance, human resources, IT, project management or the armed forces could also help you get a job.

You could join a graduate training scheme with a management consultancy firm. You'll usually need at least a 2:1 degree.

A postgraduate qualification, like a master's in business administration (MBA), could also help you get a job.

£25,000 to £90,000

Starter salary: £25,000 to £35,000

Experienced salary: £40,000 to £60,000

Profit sharing, allowances and bonus schemes can increase your salary.

These figures are a guide.

40 to 50

You'll often work long hours to meet project deadlines. A working week of 50 hours or more is common.

Projects may run from one day to several months.

You'll work in an office, spending a lot of your time at clients' sites. You may have to travel frequently, sometimes abroad.

The work can be pressurised.

With experience, you could become a partner in a management consultancy, work freelance or set up your own consultancy firm.

You could become a member of the Institute of Consulting and apply for certified management consultant status.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent numeracy and IT skills
  • presentation skills
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