Period
to 21 November 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 21 November 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 871 857 848
Rank change year-on-year -14 -9 +22
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 6 24 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.006% 0.023% 0.035%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.046% 0.20% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 10 12
UK median daily rate £450 £393 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.65% +5.37% +6.10%
10th Percentile £425 £355 £332
90th Percentile £475 £639 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £393 £370
% change year-on-year +14.65% +6.08% +5.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 23
UK median hourly rate £51.52 £41.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.90% +10.00% -7.41%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £41.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year - +10.00% -7.41%

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 13124 11893 13444
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.73% 11.36% 11.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 8570 7755 8484
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £255 £225 £230
90th Percentile £638 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £388
% change year-on-year +1.91% +1.29% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 381 417 477
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £22.84 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.42% +1.49% +15.38%
10th Percentile £11.25 £10.78 £11.40
90th Percentile £49.75 £47.10 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +13.64% +12.82%

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 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 21 November 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 +2 5 £450 +18.42% 3
UK excluding London -2 4 £450 +14.65% 3
West Midlands +16 2 - - 1
Midlands +14 2 - - 1
South East -7 1 - - 1
South West -8 1 £450 -
London - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 4 (66.67%) Degree
2 3 (50.00%) C
2 3 (50.00%) C++
2 3 (50.00%) Software Engineering
2 3 (50.00%) IEC 62304
3 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Automotive
3 2 (33.33%) ISO 26262
3 2 (33.33%) Electronics
3 2 (33.33%) Validation
3 2 (33.33%) Scrum
4 1 (16.67%) Programme Management
4 1 (16.67%) Finance
4 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (16.67%) Linux
4 1 (16.67%) TCP/IP
4 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
4 1 (16.67%) Pascal
4 1 (16.67%) VxWorks
4 1 (16.67%) JIRA
4 1 (16.67%) Physics
4 1 (16.67%) Human Factors
4 1 (16.67%) Computer Science
4 1 (16.67%) Multithreading
4 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) V-Model
4 1 (16.67%) Confluence
4 1 (16.67%) DO-178B
4 1 (16.67%) Embedded Systems

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 (16.67%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) Profibus
1 1 (16.67%) RS-232
1 1 (16.67%) RS-485
1 1 (16.67%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) JIRA
1 1 (16.67%) VectorCAST
General
1 2 (33.33%) Automotive
1 2 (33.33%) Electronics
2 1 (16.67%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Software Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Embedded Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Embedded Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Embedded Software Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Embedded Software Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Principal Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Principal Software Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Project Manager
2 1 (16.67%) RAMS Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Software Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Software Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Computer Science
1 1 (16.67%) Driving Licence
1 1 (16.67%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Linux
1 1 (16.67%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (50.00%) Software Engineering
2 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (33.33%) Scrum
2 2 (33.33%) Validation
3 1 (16.67%) Collaborative Working
3 1 (16.67%) Human Factors
3 1 (16.67%) Multithreading
3 1 (16.67%) Physics
3 1 (16.67%) Programme Management
3 1 (16.67%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) C
1 3 (50.00%) C++
2 1 (16.67%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 4 (66.67%) Degree
2 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
2 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (50.00%) IEC 62304
2 2 (33.33%) ISO 26262
3 1 (16.67%) Def Stans
3 1 (16.67%) DO-178B
3 1 (16.67%) MISRA
3 1 (16.67%) MISRA C
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft