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Management consultant

Management consultants help organisations solve problems and improve efficiency.

Annual Salary

£25,000 to £90,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; away from home

4%
Future employment

There will be 4% more Management consultant jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

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

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
University

It may be useful to have a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like:

  • business studies
  • maths
  • finance
  • science
  • project 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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Apprenticeship

You could do a junior management consultant higher apprenticeship and work your way up as your experience grows.

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 on schemes is strong, so you'll find it helps if you have:

  • a minimum of an upper second class degree 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 are highly valued, as many firms work with international clients.

Professional and industry bodies

You may find it helps to become a member of a professional body like the Institute of Consulting.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in management consultancy from the [Management Consultancies Association | https://www.mca.org.uk/career-development/careers-advice/] and the [Chartered Management Institute | http://www.managers.org.uk].

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.

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

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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