The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for IEC 61508 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited IEC 61508 over the 3 months to 23 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

IEC 61508
UK / England
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 579 612 605
Rank change year-on-year +33 -7  
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 9 8 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.021% 0.016% 0.041%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.18% 0.14% 0.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 9
Median daily rate £310 £395 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.51% +5.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £302 £395 £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £395 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £395 £375
% change year-on-year -21.51% +5.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 8
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% -1.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.05 £40.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £46.85 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -16.66% -1.17%  

IEC 61508 is in the quality assurance and compliance skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 4971 5562 5883
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 11.56% 11.25% 11.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3225 3620 3840
Median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 160 203 191
Median hourly rate £25.12 £28.00 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.28% +29.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £48.12
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £28.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year -11.50% +14.14%  

IEC 61508
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing IEC 61508 as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Quality Assurance & Compliance category.

Job vacancy trend for IEC 61508 in England

IEC 61508
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for IEC 61508 in England

IEC 61508
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for IEC 61508 in England

IEC 61508
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 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
South West +10 7 £300 - 1
West Midlands +14 1 - -
South East +7 1 £320 -18.98%
IEC 61508
UK

For the 6 months to 23 June 2017, 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 across the England region with a requirement for IEC 61508.

1 13 (65.00%) C
2 12 (60.00%) Def Stans
3 10 (50.00%) SC Cleared
3 10 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 7 (35.00%) Validation
4 7 (35.00%) DO-178B
5 6 (30.00%) ISO 26262
5 6 (30.00%) Aerospace
5 6 (30.00%) Automotive
5 6 (30.00%) Unit Testing
6 5 (25.00%) FlexRay
7 4 (20.00%) Hazard Analysis
7 4 (20.00%) Software Engineering
7 4 (20.00%) ISO 14001
7 4 (20.00%) C++
7 4 (20.00%) HTML
7 4 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
7 4 (20.00%) SharePoint
7 4 (20.00%) Microsoft
8 3 (15.00%) MATLAB
8 3 (15.00%) Simulink
9 2 (10.00%) Risk Assessment
9 2 (10.00%) Ethernet
9 2 (10.00%) Degree
9 2 (10.00%) MISRA
10 1 (5.00%) Matrix Organization
10 1 (5.00%) Rational DOORS
10 1 (5.00%) Embedded Systems
10 1 (5.00%) Kalman Filter
10 1 (5.00%) Human Factors

IEC 61508
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 4 (20.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (15.00%) Simulink
3 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (5.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (5.00%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 5 (25.00%) FlexRay
2 2 (10.00%) Ethernet
Development Applications
1 1 (5.00%) Rational DOORS
General
1 6 (30.00%) Aerospace
1 6 (30.00%) Automotive
2 1 (5.00%) Electronics
2 1 (5.00%) Military
Job Titles
1 7 (35.00%) Test Engineer
2 4 (20.00%) Applications Engineer
2 4 (20.00%) Software Engineer
2 4 (20.00%) Systems Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Software Test Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Test and Validation Engineer
3 2 (10.00%) Validation Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Development Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Embedded Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 1 (5.00%) RAMS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (20.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (5.00%) Embedded Systems
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (35.00%) Validation
2 6 (30.00%) Unit Testing
3 4 (20.00%) Hazard Analysis
3 4 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 2 (10.00%) Risk Assessment
5 1 (5.00%) Fault Management
5 1 (5.00%) Human Factors
5 1 (5.00%) Kalman Filter
5 1 (5.00%) Matrix Organization
5 1 (5.00%) Requirements Management
5 1 (5.00%) SysML
5 1 (5.00%) UML
Programming Languages
1 13 (65.00%) C
2 4 (20.00%) C++
3 3 (15.00%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 10 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 10 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (10.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (60.00%) Def Stans
2 7 (35.00%) DO-178B
3 6 (30.00%) ISO 26262
4 4 (20.00%) ISO 14001
5 2 (10.00%) MISRA
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) Microsoft