The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies 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 27 May 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
3 months to
27 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 580 647 618
Rank change year-on-year +67 -29  
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 13 8 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.029% 0.015% 0.029%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.25% 0.13% 0.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 3
Median daily rate £348 £438 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.57% +9.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £428 £376
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £448 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £348 £438 £398
% change year-on-year -20.57% +9.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 8
Median hourly rate £37.50 £42.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.71% -1.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £35.05 £39.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £46.85 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £42.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year -10.71% -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 with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills.

Contract Quality Assurance & Compliance Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance and compliance skills 5219 6203 6317
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 11.46% 11.37% 11.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 3363 4007 4005
Median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.43% +3.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 176 209 190
Median hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.66% +22.96%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.98 £12.37 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.50 £52.86
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.83 £31.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year -13.45% +39.32%  

IEC 61508
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 the UK

IEC 61508
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for IEC 61508 in the UK

IEC 61508
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for IEC 61508 in the UK

IEC 61508
Top 9 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 27 May 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
England +68 13 £348 -20.57% 6
South West +13 9 £375 - 1
Wiltshire - 9 £375 -
South East +32 3 £320 -28.88% 4
Hampshire - 2 - - 1
Surrey +2 1 £320 -28.88% 1
Woking - 1 £320 -
Corsham - 1 £300 -
West Midlands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 with a requirement for IEC 61508.

1 17 (60.71%) C
2 16 (57.14%) Def Stans
3 14 (50.00%) ISO 26262
4 12 (42.86%) C++
5 11 (39.29%) DO-178B
6 10 (35.71%) Automotive
6 10 (35.71%) Unit Testing
6 10 (35.71%) SC Cleared
6 10 (35.71%) Security Cleared
7 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Office
7 8 (28.57%) Hazard Analysis
8 7 (25.00%) Validation
9 6 (21.43%) Risk Assessment
9 6 (21.43%) Aerospace
9 6 (21.43%) MISRA
10 5 (17.86%) Rational DOORS
10 5 (17.86%) FlexRay
10 5 (17.86%) Military
11 4 (14.29%) Software Engineering
11 4 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
11 4 (14.29%) SharePoint
11 4 (14.29%) ISO 14001
11 4 (14.29%) HTML
11 4 (14.29%) Microsoft
11 4 (14.29%) CA
11 4 (14.29%) Coaching
11 4 (14.29%) Rational Rhapsody
11 4 (14.29%) MISRA C
12 3 (10.71%) MATLAB
12 3 (10.71%) Simulink

IEC 61508
Co-occurring 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 4 (14.29%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (28.57%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (10.71%) Simulink
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (3.57%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.86%) FlexRay
2 2 (7.14%) Ethernet
Development Applications
1 5 (17.86%) Rational DOORS
2 4 (14.29%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 10 (35.71%) Automotive
2 6 (21.43%) Aerospace
3 5 (17.86%) Military
4 1 (3.57%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 7 (25.00%) Test Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Applications Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Quality Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Software Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Software Quality Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Systems Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Software Test Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Test and Validation Engineer
3 2 (7.14%) Validation Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Development Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Embedded Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 1 (3.57%) RAMS Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (14.29%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.57%) Embedded Systems
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (35.71%) Unit Testing
2 8 (28.57%) Hazard Analysis
3 7 (25.00%) Validation
4 6 (21.43%) Risk Assessment
5 4 (14.29%) Coaching
5 4 (14.29%) Requirements Analysis
5 4 (14.29%) Software Engineering
6 1 (3.57%) Fault Management
6 1 (3.57%) Human Factors
6 1 (3.57%) Kalman Filter
6 1 (3.57%) Matrix Organization
6 1 (3.57%) Requirements Management
6 1 (3.57%) SysML
6 1 (3.57%) UML
Programming Languages
1 17 (60.71%) C
2 12 (42.86%) C++
3 3 (10.71%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 10 (35.71%) SC Cleared
1 10 (35.71%) Security Cleared
2 2 (7.14%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (57.14%) Def Stans
2 14 (50.00%) ISO 26262
3 11 (39.29%) DO-178B
4 6 (21.43%) MISRA
5 4 (14.29%) ISO 14001
5 4 (14.29%) MISRA C
Vendors
1 4 (14.29%) CA
1 4 (14.29%) Microsoft