Period
to 23 October 2017

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 23 October 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
6 months to
23 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 871 862 854
Rank change year-on-year -9 -8 +8
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 11 23 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.011% 0.022% 0.040%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.088% 0.19% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 9 15
UK median daily rate £320 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.95% +4.00% +4.17%
10th Percentile £304 £355 £335
90th Percentile £444 £638 £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £390 £373
% change year-on-year -17.95% +4.70% +3.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 24
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33% -11.76%
10th Percentile £33.25 £30.50 £31.44
90th Percentile £47.01 £46.60 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £32.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33% -11.76%

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 12432 12085 13545
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.41% 11.47% 11.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 8153 7807 8654
UK median daily rate £438 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.42% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £256 £225 £230
90th Percentile £631 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 364 445 468
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.84 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.42% +5.96% +10.51%
10th Percentile £10.61 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £47.50 £47.50 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £21.55
% change year-on-year -20.00% +16.01% +10.51%

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

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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 Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IEC 61508 over the 6 months to 23 October 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing IEC 61508 over the 6 months to 23 October 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for IEC 61508 in the UK

IEC 61508
Top 7 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 23 October 2017. 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
England +8 10 £320 -15.79% 1
UK excluding London +21 9 £320 -17.95% 1
South West 0 6 £375 -
South East -1 2 £320 -15.79% 1
West Midlands +28 1 - -
Midlands +25 1 - -
London - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 7 (63.64%) C
1 7 (63.64%) Validation
2 6 (54.55%) DO-178B
2 6 (54.55%) Def Stans
3 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
3 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
4 4 (36.36%) Unit Testing
5 3 (27.27%) ISO 26262
5 3 (27.27%) C++
5 3 (27.27%) Aerospace
5 3 (27.27%) Automotive
5 3 (27.27%) Degree
6 2 (18.18%) Software Engineering
6 2 (18.18%) Electronics
6 2 (18.18%) MISRA
6 2 (18.18%) IEC 62304
7 1 (9.09%) MISRA C
7 1 (9.09%) RS-232
7 1 (9.09%) RS-485
7 1 (9.09%) Multithreading
7 1 (9.09%) Finance
7 1 (9.09%) Linux
7 1 (9.09%) UML
7 1 (9.09%) Ethernet
7 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
7 1 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
7 1 (9.09%) Scrum
7 1 (9.09%) Programme Management
7 1 (9.09%) SysML
7 1 (9.09%) Manufacturing

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 (9.09%) Ethernet
1 1 (9.09%) FlexRay
1 1 (9.09%) RS-232
1 1 (9.09%) RS-485
1 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) VectorCAST
General
1 3 (27.27%) Aerospace
1 3 (27.27%) Automotive
2 2 (18.18%) Electronics
3 1 (9.09%) Finance
3 1 (9.09%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (45.45%) Test Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Software Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Test and Validation Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Validation Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Applications Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Development Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Embedded Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Embedded Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Embedded Software Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Embedded Software Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Principal Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Principal Software Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) RAMS Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Software Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Software Test Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) Computer Science
1 1 (9.09%) Driving Licence
1 1 (9.09%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (63.64%) Validation
2 4 (36.36%) Unit Testing
3 2 (18.18%) Software Engineering
4 1 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (9.09%) Human Factors
4 1 (9.09%) Kalman Filter
4 1 (9.09%) Multithreading
4 1 (9.09%) Physics
4 1 (9.09%) Programme Management
4 1 (9.09%) Scrum
4 1 (9.09%) SysML
4 1 (9.09%) UML
4 1 (9.09%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 7 (63.64%) C
2 3 (27.27%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
1 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
2 3 (27.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (54.55%) Def Stans
1 6 (54.55%) DO-178B
2 3 (27.27%) ISO 26262
3 2 (18.18%) IEC 62304
3 2 (18.18%) MISRA
4 1 (9.09%) MISRA C