Period
to 19 November 2019

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 6 months to 19 November 2019 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 788 888 884
Rank change year-on-year +100 -4 +10
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 21 10 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.025% 0.010% 0.006%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.24% 0.090% 0.047%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 1
UK median daily rate £453 £484 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.46% +7.50% +14.65%
10th Percentile £398 £439 £425
90th Percentile £489 £563 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £453 £484 £450
% change year-on-year -6.46% +7.50% +14.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 5 1
UK median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 £51.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% -12.66% +58.52%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £45.00 -
% change year-on-year +11.11% - -

IEC 61508 is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 8,819 11,170 12,890
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.52% 10.82% 12.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,503 7,084 8,411
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £228 £250 £256
90th Percentile £638 £625 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +3.70% +1.25% +1.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 379 369
UK median hourly rate £21.42 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.66% +10.00% -13.67%
10th Percentile £11.24 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £55.00 £49.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.08 £21.25 £20.00
% change year-on-year +8.59% +6.25% -20.00%

IEC 61508
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing IEC 61508 as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 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 6 months to 19 November 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
UK excluding London +67 21 £453 -6.46% 19
England +119 20 £441 -4.08% 16
South East +55 13 £453 -10.40% 6
South West -3 5 £400 - 4
Midlands - 2 - - 1
Wales +26 1 £460 -9.36%

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, IT contractor jobs citing IEC 61508 also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for IEC 61508.

1 11 (52.38%) SC Cleared
1 11 (52.38%) Security Cleared
2 10 (47.62%) Software Engineering
3 9 (42.86%) FMEA
3 9 (42.86%) HAZOP
3 9 (42.86%) DO-178B
4 8 (38.10%) DO-254
4 8 (38.10%) Def Stans
5 7 (33.33%) FMECA
5 7 (33.33%) ARP4761
5 7 (33.33%) ISO 26262
5 7 (33.33%) ARP4754
5 7 (33.33%) CAE
6 6 (28.57%) Hazard Analysis
6 6 (28.57%) C
7 5 (23.81%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (23.81%) MISRA
7 5 (23.81%) Avionics
7 5 (23.81%) Aerospace
7 5 (23.81%) Automotive
8 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (19.05%) C#
8 4 (19.05%) Rational DOORS
9 3 (14.29%) VectorCAST
9 3 (14.29%) Polyspace
9 3 (14.29%) C++
9 3 (14.29%) Ada
9 3 (14.29%) Management Information System
9 3 (14.29%) Assembly Language
10 2 (9.52%) Embedded C

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:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) Ethernet
1 1 (4.76%) RS-485
1 1 (4.76%) TCP/IP
1 1 (4.76%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 4 (19.05%) Rational DOORS
2 3 (14.29%) Polyspace
2 3 (14.29%) VectorCAST
General
1 5 (23.81%) Aerospace
1 5 (23.81%) Automotive
1 5 (23.81%) Avionics
2 2 (9.52%) Military
3 1 (4.76%) Law
Job Titles
1 6 (28.57%) Embedded Engineer
1 6 (28.57%) Embedded Software Engineer
1 6 (28.57%) Software Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) Ada Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) SPARK Ada Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) Systems Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) Systems Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Firmware Engineer
4 1 (4.76%) Project Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Site Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Software Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Software Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 5 (23.81%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (14.29%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) CAN bus
3 1 (4.76%) Self-Motivation
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (47.62%) Software Engineering
2 9 (42.86%) FMEA
3 7 (33.33%) CAE
3 7 (33.33%) FMECA
4 6 (28.57%) Hazard Analysis
5 4 (19.05%) Stakeholder Management
6 1 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (4.76%) Decision-Making
6 1 (4.76%) Problem-Solving
6 1 (4.76%) Project Management
6 1 (4.76%) Systems Engineering
6 1 (4.76%) Time Management
6 1 (4.76%) UML
Programming Languages
1 6 (28.57%) C
2 4 (19.05%) C#
3 3 (14.29%) Ada
3 3 (14.29%) Assembly Language
3 3 (14.29%) C++
4 2 (9.52%) Embedded C
5 1 (4.76%) Java
Qualifications
1 11 (52.38%) SC Cleared
1 11 (52.38%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.76%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (42.86%) DO-178B
1 9 (42.86%) HAZOP
2 8 (38.10%) Def Stans
2 8 (38.10%) DO-254
3 7 (33.33%) ARP4754
3 7 (33.33%) ARP4761
3 7 (33.33%) ISO 26262
4 5 (23.81%) MISRA
5 1 (4.76%) COSHH
5 1 (4.76%) ISO 9001
5 1 (4.76%) ISO 9002
System Software
1 1 (4.76%) Firmware