Germany is the largest consulting market in Europe, followed by the UK. In 2009, around 84,600 management consultants worked in about 13,250 management-consulting firms. About 35% of the consultants work in firms, which achieved revenues below EUR 1 million, and about 34% in large firms with more than EUR 45 million in revenue. These large consulting firms earned nearly half of all revenues in the consulting market.
Management consultants in Germany experienced a difficult year in 2009 with declining revenues. Estimates for 2010 are very difficult, but a small increase is expected. The two largest fields are strategic and organizational/process consulting. Consulting firms throughout Germany tend to be located in various regional centers, rather than in one city serving as a national center.
More than half of the demand for consulting services comes from clients in both the manufacturing and financial services industries. Many large projects are being canceled or postponed. A demand increase is expected for projects in energy efficiency, restructuring, cost-cutting and supply optimization. Six week quick-checks and long-term reorganization projects are expected to grow. Consulting clients often demand assurance for concrete added value of consulting projects.