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The UK consulting industry is worth over £80 billion and the sector is going to expand to nearly 90 billion in 2019. Economies clearly need business consultancy, but is consulting one of many unsung heroes ? .. and what do consultants do anyway ?
Consultants share their expertise and knowledge for a fee. The aim is to help businesses attain goals and solve problems. Consulting is a broad area of interest and there is a consulting opportunity for practically every industry. Because a consultant isn't beholden to any particular corporate culture, co-worker scrutiny or morale, and because they don't have to worry too much about office politics, they can often be a catalyst for change. As they are new they will see things with a fresh pair of eyes.
consultants are often hired by businesses to supplement their staff, or save the costs of hiring a full-time employee. While there are no degree requirements for a consultant (although Individuals with higher levels of education and experience will generally receive greater compensation), they need to have extensive knowledge and experience in a particular field and they should have a good track record of past accomplishments.
Some businesses may be reluctant to hire consultants because they may acquire intimate knowledge of the business and pass that on to competitors - although many would be happy to sign an NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement)
Consultants will tend to operate in cities with the highest concentration of large businesses, London would be a good choice, along with Birmingham or Manchester. Consultants often get invited to exhibitions as this is a brilliant way to get more clients.
For more information on the duties of a consultant, you can read more at Study.com