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Management Consultant

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€30k > 95
Management Consultant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€30 - 95
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Employment growth was strong for this occupation and there is evidence that employers are finding it difficult to find suitable candidates in the available labour market. Demand appears to relate primarily to the IT and financial sectors.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Occupational Category

Consultants, Business Analysts & Project Managers

Also included in this category:

Business and management consultants; financial risk analysts; project managers; research support officers.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 11%
Male / Female: 50 / 50%
Non-Nationals: 17%
With Third Level: 94%
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At a Glance... header image

Provides professional management advice and direction to businesses and associations.

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Management consultants give independent advice and support to clients on management issues. They help companies to identify and investigate problems. They suggest solutions and help the company to put their advice into practice.  
An organisation may decide to call in a management consultant for a wide variety of reasons. Consultants may help to decide a company's future development, marketing policy, structure, information technology needs, or recruitment policy. Individual consultants may specialise in any of these areas.  
Sometimes management consultants visit organisations that have serious problems. For example, they may give urgent advice to a struggling retail chain. However, management consultants don't always have this 'emergency service' role. Instead, they may go to a company to give them a second opinion on ideas or to add their management experience to a particular project. Consultants work with organisations large and small, including financial institutions, local and central government, manufacturing industries and voluntary organisations.  
They arrive at an organisation with a fresh mind, to allow them to give objective advice. Consultants collect and analyse all the available information. Next, they consider all the available options. They write a detailed report describing the course of action they recommend, working closely with management staff at the organisation to make sure they agree with and understand the proposal. The management consultant may present a report in front of the management team using visual aid equipment and IT.  
During this process, management consultants may interview employees and managers from the client company. They may also work with other people outside the company, including research specialists, potential customers of the company, accountants and lawyers.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Gather and organize information on problems or procedures.


Analyze data gathered and develop solutions or alternative methods of proceeding.


Confer with personnel concerned to ensure successful functioning of newly implemented systems or procedures.


Develop and implement records management program for filing, protection, and retrieval of records, and assure compliance with program.


Review forms and reports and confer with management and users about format, distribution, and purpose, and to identify problems and improvements.


Interview personnel and conduct on-site observation to ascertain unit functions, work performed, and methods, equipment, and personnel used.


Document findings of study and prepare recommendations for implementation of new systems, procedures, or organizational changes.


Prepare manuals and train workers in use of new forms, reports, procedures or equipment, according to organizational policy.


Design, evaluate, recommend, and approve changes of forms and reports.


Plan study of work problems and procedures, such as organizational change, communications, information flow, integrated production methods, inventory control, or cost analysis.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Personnel and Human Resources: Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Systems Evaluation: Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Systems Analysis: Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a management consultant, you must enjoy problem solving; you'll need to provide firm, workable solutions rather than theoretical ideas. You need to be enthusiastic, creative and have lots of energy. You must be able to grasp complex information quickly - you may not know much about an organisation when you first arrive. It's important to have an enquiring mind; you have to learn about each individual company, rather than arriving with a solution already in mind.  
Excellent communication skills are essential. You have to be a skilled interviewer to draw out facts from people who may not be good at communicating. You must also be able to explain your ideas clearly and have good written skills to produce reports. You may deal with urgent problems, so the ability to cope well under pressure is important.

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Organisation: Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA)
Address: 19 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 634 9636
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Organisation: Irish Management Institute
Address: Clonard, Sandyford Road, Dublin 16
Tel: (01) 207 8400
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