Period
to 16 August 2018

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 16 August 2018 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 876 843 889
Rank change year-on-year -33 +46 -31
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 12 19 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.012% 0.020% 0.017%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.100% 0.17% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 4
UK median daily rate £445 £375 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.67% -14.29% +12.18%
10th Percentile £417 £308 £395
90th Percentile £542 £489 £589
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £375 £450
% change year-on-year +18.67% -16.67% +17.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 7
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £38.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.88% -6.10% -3.53%
10th Percentile £41.15 £31.25 £30.75
90th Percentile £48.00 £50.50 £46.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £38.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year +18.42% -7.32% -3.53%

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 12,019 11,320 12,237
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 11.75% 11.83% 11.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,634 7,350 7,906
UK median daily rate £450 £447 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.61% +8.42% +3.13%
10th Percentile £254 £250 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £395 £375
% change year-on-year +2.53% +5.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 363 421
UK median hourly rate £22.20 £21.90 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.35% -2.67% +4.47%
10th Percentile £11.11 £11.02 £11.11
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £20.59 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.84% -12.40% +9.18%

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 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 6 months to 16 August 2018. 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 -33 12 £445 +18.67% 9
England -65 11 £435 +24.29% 8
South West -7 7 £425 +13.33% 2
Midlands -7 2 - - 3
East Midlands +1 1 - -
Wales -16 1 £525 -16.00%
South East -20 1 - - 3
West Midlands -25 1 - - 3
East of England - 1 £445 -

For the 6 months to 16 August 2018, 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 9 (75.00%) Software Engineering
2 6 (50.00%) C
3 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (33.33%) FreeRTOS
4 4 (33.33%) DO-178B
4 4 (33.33%) C++
5 3 (25.00%) Electronics
5 3 (25.00%) Embedded C
5 3 (25.00%) DO-254
5 3 (25.00%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (25.00%) SafeRTOS
6 2 (16.67%) IEC 62304
6 2 (16.67%) ISO 15765
6 2 (16.67%) VxWorks
6 2 (16.67%) Kalman Filter
6 2 (16.67%) Schematic Capture
6 2 (16.67%) Embedded C++
6 2 (16.67%) EMC
6 2 (16.67%) UML
6 2 (16.67%) Ethernet
6 2 (16.67%) Aerospace
6 2 (16.67%) Validation
6 2 (16.67%) Degree
7 1 (8.33%) JIRA
7 1 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
7 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
7 1 (8.33%) Test Automation
7 1 (8.33%) Confluence
7 1 (8.33%) SysML

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 1 (8.33%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) Ethernet
2 1 (8.33%) Profibus
2 1 (8.33%) Software-Defined Radio
2 1 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (8.33%) JIRA
1 1 (8.33%) Rational DOORS
General
1 3 (25.00%) Electronics
2 2 (16.67%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 7 (58.33%) Software Engineer
2 5 (41.67%) Embedded Engineer
3 4 (33.33%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 2 (16.67%) Embedded C Engineer
4 2 (16.67%) Hardware Engineer
4 2 (16.67%) Project Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Ada Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Analogue Hardware Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) C Software Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) DOORS Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Electronics Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Electronics Hardware Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Embedded C Software Engineer
5 1 (8.33%) Project Manager
5 1 (8.33%) Software Project Manager
5 1 (8.33%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (8.33%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 4 (33.33%) FreeRTOS
2 3 (25.00%) SafeRTOS
3 2 (16.67%) VxWorks
4 1 (8.33%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (75.00%) Software Engineering
2 5 (41.67%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (16.67%) Kalman Filter
3 2 (16.67%) Schematic Capture
3 2 (16.67%) UML
3 2 (16.67%) Validation
4 1 (8.33%) CMMI
4 1 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (8.33%) Hazard Analysis
4 1 (8.33%) Regression Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Scrum
4 1 (8.33%) Static Code Analysis
4 1 (8.33%) SysML
4 1 (8.33%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 6 (50.00%) C
2 4 (33.33%) C++
3 3 (25.00%) Embedded C
4 2 (16.67%) Embedded C++
5 1 (8.33%) Ada
5 1 (8.33%) Assembly Language
5 1 (8.33%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 2 (16.67%) Degree
2 1 (8.33%) CCA
2 1 (8.33%) SC Cleared
2 1 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (33.33%) DO-178B
2 3 (25.00%) DO-254
3 2 (16.67%) IEC 62304
3 2 (16.67%) ISO 15765
4 1 (8.33%) COSHH
4 1 (8.33%) Def Stans
4 1 (8.33%) MISRA
4 1 (8.33%) MISRA C
Vendors
1 2 (16.67%) EMC
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft