Period
to 17 January 2019

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 17 January 2019 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
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 864 899 846
Rank change year-on-year +35 -53 +7
Contract jobs citing IEC 61508 9 7 26
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.009% 0.007% 0.027%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.085% 0.054% 0.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 11
UK median daily rate £508 £370 £550
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +37.16% -32.73% +54.93%
10th Percentile £465 £286 £355
90th Percentile £560 £459 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £508 £370 £550
% change year-on-year +37.16% -32.73% +61.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 4
UK median hourly rate £42.50 - £48.75
10th Percentile £41.25 - £35.75
90th Percentile £46.75 - £56.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 - £48.75

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 10,626 12,955 11,196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 10.69% 12.91% 11.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,653 8,492 7,309
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +4.94%
10th Percentile £254 £256 £228
90th Percentile £625 £638 £620
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +3.75% +1.01% +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 369 351 400
UK median hourly rate £20.25 £21.00 £23.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.60% -10.03% -6.64%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.74
90th Percentile £47.65 £50.78 £47.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.08 £22.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -10.78% -10.00% -

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 5 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 17 January 2019. 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 -30 8 £508 +37.16% 17
England +8 5 £525 +41.89% 14
South East +4 3 £505 - 5
Wales - 3 £508 - 1
South West -25 2 £525 +16.67% 4

For the 6 months to 17 January 2019, 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 (66.67%) C
1 6 (66.67%) Software Engineering
2 5 (55.56%) Risk Assessment
2 5 (55.56%) DO-178B
2 5 (55.56%) Def Stans
3 3 (33.33%) Legal
4 2 (22.22%) ISO 14001
4 2 (22.22%) CA
4 2 (22.22%) NHS
4 2 (22.22%) Embedded C
4 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (22.22%) FMECA
4 2 (22.22%) FMEA
4 2 (22.22%) HAZOP
4 2 (22.22%) Systems Engineering
4 2 (22.22%) DO-254
4 2 (22.22%) Hazard Analysis
4 2 (22.22%) Data Protection
4 2 (22.22%) Aerospace
5 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared
5 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
5 1 (11.11%) JTAG
5 1 (11.11%) Altera
5 1 (11.11%) Actel
5 1 (11.11%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (11.11%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (11.11%) NEBOSH
5 1 (11.11%) Schematic Capture
5 1 (11.11%) FreeRTOS
5 1 (11.11%) SafeRTOS

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:

Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Rational DOORS
General
1 3 (33.33%) Legal
2 2 (22.22%) Aerospace
3 1 (11.11%) Electronics
3 1 (11.11%) Military
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Consultant
2 2 (22.22%) Embedded Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Embedded Software Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Software Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Systems Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) C Software Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Design Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Electronics Design Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Electronics Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Electronics Hardware Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Embedded C Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Embedded C Software Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Hardware Design Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Hardware Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Principal Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) NHS
2 1 (11.11%) ASIC
2 1 (11.11%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (11.11%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 1 (11.11%) VHDL
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) FreeRTOS
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
1 1 (11.11%) SafeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Software Engineering
2 5 (55.56%) Risk Assessment
3 2 (22.22%) Data Protection
3 2 (22.22%) FMEA
3 2 (22.22%) FMECA
3 2 (22.22%) Hazard Analysis
3 2 (22.22%) Systems Engineering
4 1 (11.11%) Schematic Capture
Programming Languages
1 6 (66.67%) C
2 2 (22.22%) Embedded C
3 1 (11.11%) Ada
3 1 (11.11%) Assembly Language
3 1 (11.11%) C++
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) CEH
1 1 (11.11%) HNC
1 1 (11.11%) HND
1 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared
1 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (55.56%) Def Stans
1 5 (55.56%) DO-178B
2 2 (22.22%) DO-254
2 2 (22.22%) HAZOP
2 2 (22.22%) ISO 14001
3 1 (11.11%) JTAG
3 1 (11.11%) MISRA
3 1 (11.11%) NEBOSH
System Software
1 1 (11.11%) Firmware
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) CA
2 1 (11.11%) Actel
2 1 (11.11%) Altera
2 1 (11.11%) EMC
2 1 (11.11%) Mentor Graphics
2 1 (11.11%) Xilinx