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Business Consultant

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€28k > 83
Business Consultant
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(thousands per year)*
€28 - 83
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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.
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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 objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.

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Business consultants help businesses and organisations to solve problems, improve efficiency and manage changes to the way they work. Work will involve heloping clients with a wide range of business areas, for example such as planning and strategy, finance, productivity, marketing and IT. 

Projects can vary depending on the type of business, but you may typically:

  • meet clients to discuss what they need
  • carry out research to gain an understanding of the client’s business
  • interview managers, staff and customers
  • collect and analyse data, and prepare reports
  • identify and investigate issues, and plan how to tackle them
  • highlight areas for improvement
  • create computer models to test possible business solutions
  • present recommendations to the client
  • agree a course of action with the client
  • provide ongoing support to the client to put recommendations into place 

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  • excellent communication and 'people' skills
  • problem solving ability
  • a high level of numeracy and IT skills
  • the ability to work well as part of a team
  • confident presentation skills
  • tact and diplomacy
  • a persuasive manner
  • effective written communication skills
  • the flexibility and stamina to work long hours when necessary
  • integrity and the ability to inspire confidence in clients
  • good commercial awareness.

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Business Consultants offer particular expertise in their role. A minimum of an undergraduate degree in Business Management, Project Management and Finance is required.

In order to gain membership to the Instutute of Management Consultants and Advisors a post graduate course in business and related dicisplines is required. See list below:

UCD - Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

  • M. Sc. in Management Consultancy
  • Masters in Business Administration 
  • M. Sc. in Strategic Management & Planning

DCU Business School

  • M. Sc. in E-Commerce
  • M. Sc. in Marketing 
  • M. Sc. in Management (Business) 
  • M. Sc. in Management (Cloud Computing & Commerce)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Digital Marketing)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Innovation & Social Enterprise)
  • M. Sc. in Management (Strategy)

DCU Ryan Academy

  • Business Innovation Programme (Innovation Management)

DIT Graduate School of Business

  • M. Sc. in Strategic Management
  • Experience in Finance, or

  • Experience in Sales and/or Recruitment

Also, many business consultancy roles deem experience of Crystal reports or MS SQL server as very beneficial.

Last Updated: March, 2015

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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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