UK calls for independent consultants to help drive pandemic recovery

COMATCH reports a 65% increase in UK projects sold in the first half of 2021 compared to the second half of 2020

Key data points:
  • UK market has seen a +65% increase in projects sold in H1 2021, compared to H2 2020
  • Revenues in the UK are up 92% for the first half of 2021, compared to 56% globally
  • According to data from the Management Consulting Association the UK consulting market grew +4.5% in 2020 despite COVID – COMATCH UK grew by over 100% in the same period
  • COMATCH has also seen an increase in female consultants matched with a project – up almost 18% on 2019 levels

London, 2nd August, 2021 –Businesses are turning to independent consultants as they look to recover from the pandemic. That’s the view of COMATCH, the curated marketplace for independent management consultants and industry experts, which is reporting a boom in the UK.

According to its own data, COMATCH has seen project demand from its UK clients increase over 65% in the first half of 2021, compared to the second half of 2020. The UK market particularly stands out as it is leading the substantive company global growth of 44% over the same period . Further, company revenues in the UK are up 92% for the first half of 2021, compared to 56% globally.

 But, it’s not just COMATCH reporting a significant rise in the popularity of consultancy services. According to data from the Management Consulting Association, despite COVID, the UK consulting market grew +4.5% in 2020, seeing revenues surpass the £12 billion mark for the first time.  In accordance with these figures, COMATCH UK reported comparative growth of 100% over the same period. 

“We’ve seen a very favourable environment created for independent consultants,” said Charlotte Gregson, MD UK & US, COMATCH. “People have demonstrated they can work remotely with the tools and technology to do so effectively. This means that geography is no longer a barrier when it comes to fulfilling projects. As the economic recovery continues, businesses are looking to partner with individuals flexibly to help them bounce back from the past 18 months, and the consultants can take the roles that suit their situation and lifestyle – it’s a win-win.”

It’s not just a UK-based trend. COMATCH is helping more clients globally – and in quicker time – than ever before. This year it reached the 500-projects milestone in April, four months earlier than in the crisis year 2020 and two months earlier than in pre-pandemic times of 2019. 

The company is also reporting the share of projects matched with female consultants increased by nearly 18% during the crisis compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Gregson concluded, “The trend for using consultancy services, and independent consultants especially, is only going to increase. We may have just emerged from the biggest challenge of our time, but we’re about to enter a new test to find talent. Businesses adapting to the new normal are going to need the right person, skills and experience for the job.”



COMATCH is Europe’s leading marketplace for top freelance management consultants and industry experts. COMATCH combines personal service and innovative technology to quickly and flexibly find the best experts for all business challenges. Companies of all sizes and industries – from start-ups to corporations – use the support of to achieve sustainable project success. The curated COMATCH network includes more than 15,000 consultants* from over 120 countries. COMATCH was founded in 2014 by McKinsey alumni Dr. Christoph Hardt and Dr. Jan Schächtele and employs over 130 people in Berlin, Paris and London.

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Katrin Schwarzenberg Senior Public Relations Manager [email protected] +49 (0)176 727 494 35 COMATCH GmbH Wilhelmstr. 118 10963 Berlin, Germany