Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 867 801 879
Rank change year-on-year -66 +78 -42
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 10 27 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.010% 0.029% 0.013%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.078% 0.25% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 3
UK median daily rate £408 £550 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.91% +29.41% +19.35%
10th Percentile £292 £353 £371
90th Percentile £537 £650 £468
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £550 £410
% change year-on-year -25.91% +34.15% +15.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 8
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -0.58% +6.88%
10th Percentile £41.45 £31.25 £40.00
90th Percentile £47.85 £52.98 £47.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 £42.75
% change year-on-year +5.88% -0.58% +6.88%

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 12,840 10,759 12,312
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 12.70% 11.61% 11.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,282 7,017 7,825
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +7.50% -
10th Percentile £260 £238 £226
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 367 360 420
UK median hourly rate £22.85 £22.50 £24.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.53% -7.14% +12.44%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.00 £12.23
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.83 £52.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.56 £22.45 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.40% -10.20% +13.68%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 -41 10 £408 -25.91% 18
England -61 8 £290 -22.67% 16
Midlands -1 5 £290 -10.77% 1
West Midlands -17 4 £290 -
South West +3 3 - - 7
East Midlands -5 1 - - 1
Wales -15 1 £525 -16.00% 1
Scotland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 8 (80.00%) Software Engineering
2 7 (70.00%) C
3 6 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
4 5 (50.00%) C++
5 4 (40.00%) Pascal
5 4 (40.00%) VxWorks
5 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (40.00%) Microsoft
5 4 (40.00%) Scrum
5 4 (40.00%) Degree
5 4 (40.00%) JIRA
5 4 (40.00%) Confluence
5 4 (40.00%) Profibus
5 4 (40.00%) IEC 62304
6 3 (30.00%) DO-178B
6 3 (30.00%) Ethernet
7 2 (20.00%) Embedded C
7 2 (20.00%) Validation
7 2 (20.00%) DO-254
7 2 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
7 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
7 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 2 (20.00%) Def Stans
7 2 (20.00%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (20.00%) Master's Degree
7 2 (20.00%) ISO 15765
7 2 (20.00%) FreeRTOS
7 2 (20.00%) SafeRTOS
8 1 (10.00%) Rational Rhapsody
8 1 (10.00%) Kalman Filter

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 4 (40.00%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 4 (40.00%) Profibus
2 3 (30.00%) Ethernet
3 1 (10.00%) RS-232
3 1 (10.00%) RS-485
3 1 (10.00%) TCP/IP
Development Applications
1 4 (40.00%) JIRA
2 2 (20.00%) Rational DOORS
3 1 (10.00%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 1 (10.00%) Aerospace
1 1 (10.00%) Electronics
1 1 (10.00%) Military
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Software Engineer
2 4 (40.00%) Project Engineer
3 3 (30.00%) Project Manager
3 3 (30.00%) Software Project Manager
4 2 (20.00%) Embedded Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Ada Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) C++ Software Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) DOORS Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Electronics Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Electronics Hardware Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Embedded C Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Embedded C++ Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Embedded C++ Software Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Embedded Software Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Hardware Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Senior Manager
5 1 (10.00%) Senior Project Manager
5 1 (10.00%) Senior Software Engineer
5 1 (10.00%) Senior Software Project Manager
5 1 (10.00%) Systems Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (20.00%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) VxWorks
2 2 (20.00%) FreeRTOS
2 2 (20.00%) SafeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (80.00%) Software Engineering
2 6 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (40.00%) Scrum
4 2 (20.00%) Validation
5 1 (10.00%) CMMI
5 1 (10.00%) Kalman Filter
5 1 (10.00%) Requirements Management
5 1 (10.00%) Schematic Capture
5 1 (10.00%) SysML
5 1 (10.00%) UML
Programming Languages
1 7 (70.00%) C
2 5 (50.00%) C++
3 4 (40.00%) Pascal
4 2 (20.00%) Embedded C
5 1 (10.00%) Ada
5 1 (10.00%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 4 (40.00%) Degree
2 2 (20.00%) Master's Degree
2 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (10.00%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (40.00%) IEC 62304
2 3 (30.00%) DO-178B
3 2 (20.00%) Def Stans
3 2 (20.00%) DO-254
3 2 (20.00%) ISO 15765
4 1 (10.00%) COSHH
Vendors
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) EMC