Period
to 21 February 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 21 February 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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 867 819 851
Rank change year-on-year -48 +32 +9
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 8 27 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.008% 0.028% 0.024%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.061% 0.24% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 13 2
UK median daily rate £370 £550 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -32.73% +55.48% -2.50%
10th Percentile £286 £355 £334
90th Percentile £459 £648 £376
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £550 £354
% change year-on-year -32.73% +55.48% -2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 19
UK median hourly rate £46.00 £50.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.00% +33.33% -7.41%
10th Percentile £44.00 £47.00 £31.44
90th Percentile £48.00 £57.00 £44.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.00 £50.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year -8.00% +33.33% -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 13,160 11,165 12,677
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.96% 11.63% 11.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,606 7,318 7,958
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £258 £225 £230
90th Percentile £638 £625 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 362 388 447
UK median hourly rate £21.50 £21.50 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -15.69% +18.60%
10th Percentile £11.66 £10.85 £11.45
90th Percentile £57.50 £48.90 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £21.98 £25.50
% change year-on-year +2.39% -13.82% +27.50%

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 Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing IEC 61508 over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

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
Top 8 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 February 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
England -27 7 £370 +1.37% 14
UK excluding London -29 7 £370 -32.73% 14
West Midlands +4 4 £290 - 3
Midlands +2 4 £290 -10.77% 3
South West +1 1 £450 - 2
South East -15 1 - - 2
Scotland -21 1 - -
London - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 21 February 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 6 (75.00%) C++
2 5 (62.50%) C
2 5 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (62.50%) Software Engineering
2 5 (62.50%) Degree
2 5 (62.50%) IEC 62304
3 4 (50.00%) Scrum
4 3 (37.50%) Pascal
4 3 (37.50%) VxWorks
4 3 (37.50%) Microsoft
4 3 (37.50%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (37.50%) JIRA
4 3 (37.50%) Confluence
4 3 (37.50%) Profibus
5 2 (25.00%) ISO 26262
5 2 (25.00%) RS-232
5 2 (25.00%) RS-485
5 2 (25.00%) DO-178B
5 2 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
5 2 (25.00%) Embedded Systems
5 2 (25.00%) Master's Degree
5 2 (25.00%) TCP/IP
5 2 (25.00%) Electronics
5 2 (25.00%) Automotive
5 2 (25.00%) Validation
6 1 (12.50%) Military
6 1 (12.50%) Embedded C++
6 1 (12.50%) Linux
6 1 (12.50%) UML

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 3 (37.50%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) Profibus
2 2 (25.00%) RS-232
2 2 (25.00%) RS-485
2 2 (25.00%) TCP/IP
3 1 (12.50%) Ethernet
Development Applications
1 3 (37.50%) JIRA
2 1 (12.50%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (12.50%) Rational Rhapsody
2 1 (12.50%) VectorCAST
General
1 2 (25.00%) Automotive
1 2 (25.00%) Electronics
2 1 (12.50%) Military
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Software Engineer
2 2 (25.00%) Embedded Engineer
2 2 (25.00%) Embedded Software Engineer
2 2 (25.00%) Project Engineer
2 2 (25.00%) Project Manager
2 2 (25.00%) Software Project Manager
3 1 (12.50%) C++ Software Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Embedded C++ Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Embedded C++ Software Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Embedded Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Embedded Software Developer
3 1 (12.50%) RAMS Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Project Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Software Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Senior Software Project Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Software Developer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (12.50%) Computer Science
2 1 (12.50%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) VxWorks
2 1 (12.50%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (62.50%) Software Engineering
2 4 (50.00%) Scrum
3 2 (25.00%) Validation
4 1 (12.50%) Human Factors
4 1 (12.50%) Multithreading
4 1 (12.50%) Physics
4 1 (12.50%) Requirements Management
4 1 (12.50%) UML
4 1 (12.50%) V-Model
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) C++
2 5 (62.50%) C
3 3 (37.50%) Pascal
4 1 (12.50%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 5 (62.50%) Degree
2 2 (25.00%) Master's Degree
2 2 (25.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (62.50%) IEC 62304
2 2 (25.00%) DO-178B
2 2 (25.00%) ISO 26262
3 1 (12.50%) Def Stans
3 1 (12.50%) MISRA
3 1 (12.50%) MISRA C
Vendors
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft