Consultants salary & working hours index

Consultants salary & working hours index

Powering careers
in & after consulting

Founders foreword

Consultants are blessed with a transferable skill set compatible with an almost limitless number of industries/organisation types. Our mission is to help everyone make a more informed career choice.

In August 2022 we embarked on creating the world’s first index of careers for all those staying in or leaving consulting. ~1,500 current & former consultants participated, sharing their salaries & working hours and their satisfaction with both.

We have used this data to create 3 indexes:

  • Index 1 looks at satisfaction with salary and working hours
  • Index 2 considers actual salary and working hours
  • Index 3 considers the difference between satisfaction with salary & working hours and the reality of those two factors


Rich Rosser and Nick Patterson
Co-founders of Movemeon

Index 1
Satisfaction with salary
& working hours

For satisfaction with salary and working hours, the average satisfaction for people working in each industry was compared to the overall average of all respondents, to yield a difference to that overall average for each industry.

A positive figure means that people are more satisfied than average; a negative figure, less satisfied.

Industries have then been ranked by summing the difference vs average for both salary satisfaction and working hours satisfaction to give a cumulative difference vs the overall average.

  • The highest-ranked industries are where people are the most satisfied with the combination of salary and working hours.
  • The lowest-ranked industries are where people are least satisfied with the combination of salary and working hours.

Satisfaction with salary and working hours – by industry

Index 2
Actual salary & working hours 

For actual salary and working hours, the average for people working in each industry was compared to the overall average of all respondents, to yield a difference to that overall average for each industry.

A positive figure means that people work fewer weekly hours or earn higher salaries than average; a negative figure means they work more weekly hours or earn lower salaries than average.

Industries have then been ranked by summing the difference vs average for both salary and working hours = to give a cumulative difference vs the overall average.

  • The highest-ranked industries are where people work fewer hours & earn higher salaries.
  • The lowest-ranked industries are where people work more hours and earn lower salaries.

Actual salary and working hours – by industry

Index 3
The differences in-between

The third index looks at the difference between indexes 1 and 2, namely, it shows the disparity between satisfaction with working hours & salary combined and actual working hours & salary combined.

Industries are then ranked according to the largest difference between the two. The highest-ranked industries for “X-factor” are where people report above-average satisfaction with working hours & salary, despite actual working hours & salary being below average.

The lowest-ranked industries are where people report below-average satisfaction despite actual average working hours & salaries being above average.

There are various explanations for this index.

  • It could show how strong a sense of purpose people feel in their jobs depending on the industry.
  • It could point to other factors apart from salary and working hours (e.g, total compensation, progression, learning & development).

For consultants & ex-consultants: Industry X-factor

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