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 4% more Management consultant jobs in 2024.
In your local area

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


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.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course


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

You'll usually need:

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

Graduate Training Scheme

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

£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.

Foreign language skills are highly valued, as many firms work with international clients.

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
  • to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
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