The table below looks at the statistics for IEC 61508 skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited IEC 61508 over the 3 months to 29 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
IEC 61508
Rank 650 623 629
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +6
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 11 26 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.020% 0.046% 0.007%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.22% 0.48% 0.078%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 12 0
Median daily rate £510 £383 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £510 £383 -
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 4
Median hourly rate £32.50 £42.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.52% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year
-23.52% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Quality Assurance & Compliance category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Quality Assurance & Compliance Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Quality Assurance & Compliance category
5040 5428 5151
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 9.36% 9.51% 9.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 3192 3532 3135
Median daily rate £425 £425 £409
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £597 £600 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 201 198 210
Median hourly rate £27.81 £22.25 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.98% +8.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £55.25 £44.73
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +7.14%

IEC 61508
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing IEC 61508 as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

IEC 61508 Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

IEC 61508
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing IEC 61508 within the UK.

IEC 61508 Daily Rate Trend in the UK

IEC 61508
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing IEC 61508 within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2016.

IEC 61508 Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

IEC 61508
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing IEC 61508 within the UK.

IEC 61508 Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

IEC 61508
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing IEC 61508 within the UK over the 3 months to 29 July 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -18 10 £395 +3.26% 4
West Midlands -26 6 - - 2
Stafford - 6 - -
Staffordshire - 6 - -
South East -6 2 £395 +1.28% 1
Hook -9 1 £395 +1.28%
Hampshire -11 1 £395 +1.28% 1
Oxfordshire - 1 - -
Newport - 1 £625 -
Bristol - 1 - -
South Wales - 1 £625 -
North West - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 - - 1
Wales - 1 £625 -

IEC 61508
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing IEC 61508 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for IEC 61508.

1 7 (38.89%) Unit Testing
2 6 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 6 (33.33%) Def Stans
3 5 (27.78%) Change Control
3 5 (27.78%) Case Management
3 5 (27.78%) SC Cleared
3 5 (27.78%) Jenkins
3 5 (27.78%) V-Model
3 5 (27.78%) Release Management
3 5 (27.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 5 (27.78%) Continuous Integration
3 5 (27.78%) Software Engineering
3 5 (27.78%) Requirements Management
3 5 (27.78%) JIRA
3 5 (27.78%) Electronics
3 5 (27.78%) Perl
3 5 (27.78%) Python
3 5 (27.78%) Regression Testing
4 4 (22.22%) MS Office
4 4 (22.22%) Degree
4 4 (22.22%) DO-178B
4 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
5 3 (16.67%) Hazard Analysis
5 3 (16.67%) Military
5 3 (16.67%) C
5 3 (16.67%) C++
6 2 (11.11%) .NET
6 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
6 2 (11.11%) ISO 9001
6 2 (11.11%) MATLAB

IEC 61508
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.56%) WinCC
Applications
1 4 (22.22%) MS Office
2 2 (11.11%) Simulink
3 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
3 1 (5.56%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (5.56%) MS Project
3 1 (5.56%) Windchill
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.56%) RS-232
Development Applications
1 5 (27.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 5 (27.78%) Jenkins
1 5 (27.78%) JIRA
2 2 (11.11%) Rational DOORS
2 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio
3 1 (5.56%) CppUnit
3 1 (5.56%) JUnit
3 1 (5.56%) NetBeans
3 1 (5.56%) Rational Rhapsody
3 1 (5.56%) Subversion
3 1 (5.56%) TestDirector
3 1 (5.56%) TortoiseSVN
3 1 (5.56%) VectorCAST
General
1 5 (27.78%) Electronics
2 3 (16.67%) Military
3 1 (5.56%) Legal
3 1 (5.56%) Manufacturing
3 1 (5.56%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 5 (27.78%) Test Automation Engineer
1 5 (27.78%) Test Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Consultant
2 2 (11.11%) Electronics Engineer
2 2 (11.11%) Software Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) C++ Software Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Electrical Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Embedded Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) EMC Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Software Validation Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Software Verification Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Validation Engineer
3 1 (5.56%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.11%) .NET
2 1 (5.56%) .NET Framework
2 1 (5.56%) JavaFX
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (11.11%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.56%) Device Driver
2 1 (5.56%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (5.56%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) Unit Testing
2 5 (27.78%) Case Management
2 5 (27.78%) Change Control
2 5 (27.78%) Continuous Integration
2 5 (27.78%) Regression Testing
2 5 (27.78%) Release Management
2 5 (27.78%) Requirements Management
2 5 (27.78%) Software Engineering
2 5 (27.78%) V-Model
3 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
4 3 (16.67%) Hazard Analysis
5 2 (11.11%) FMECA
5 2 (11.11%) SDLC
5 2 (11.11%) Time Management
5 2 (11.11%) Validation
6 1 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (5.56%) Risk Assessment
6 1 (5.56%) Scrum
6 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (5.56%) UML
Programming Languages
1 5 (27.78%) Perl
1 5 (27.78%) Python
2 3 (16.67%) C
2 3 (16.67%) C++
3 2 (11.11%) Embedded C
3 2 (11.11%) MATLAB
4 1 (5.56%) C#
4 1 (5.56%) Embedded C++
4 1 (5.56%) Java
4 1 (5.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 6 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 5 (27.78%) SC Cleared
3 4 (22.22%) Degree
4 1 (5.56%) Chartered Engineer
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (33.33%) Def Stans
2 4 (22.22%) DO-178B
3 2 (11.11%) ISO 9001
4 1 (5.56%) HL7
4 1 (5.56%) ISO13485
4 1 (5.56%) ISO26262
4 1 (5.56%) MISRA
4 1 (5.56%) MISRA C
4 1 (5.56%) TickIT
System Software
1 2 (11.11%) Firmware
Vendors
1 2 (11.11%) EMC
2 1 (5.56%) CA
2 1 (5.56%) Cadence
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.56%) Perforce
2 1 (5.56%) Siemens