Period
to 25 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for IEC 61508 skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited IEC 61508 over the 6 months to 25 January 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

IEC 61508
UK
6 months to
25 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 1015 765 992
Rank change year-on-year -250 +227 +120
Permanent jobs citing IEC 61508 58 6 45
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.045% 0.009% 0.036%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 0.29% 0.074% 0.27%
Number of salaries quoted 13 1 30
10th Percentile £40,500 - -
25th Percentile £42,500 £53,750 £42,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £50,000 £57,500 £56,500
Median % change year-on-year -13.04% +1.77% +10.24%
75th Percentile £57,500 £61,250 £61,250
90th Percentile £61,000 - -
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £57,500 £56,500
% change year-on-year -21.74% +1.77% +10.24%

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 permanent job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 20,257 8,120 16,528
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 15.61% 12.73% 13.22%
Number of salaries quoted 12,432 6,068 12,792
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £28,750
25th Percentile £40,750 £41,250 £36,375
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £83,750 £83,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -

IEC 61508
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing IEC 61508 as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for IEC 61508 in the UK

IEC 61508
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing IEC 61508.

Salary trend for IEC 61508 in the UK

IEC 61508
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing IEC 61508 over the 6 months to 25 January 2022.

Salary histogram for IEC 61508 in the UK

IEC 61508
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing IEC 61508 within the UK over the 6 months to 25 January 2022. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England -221 52 £45,000 -21.74% 16
UK excluding London -160 50 £45,000 -21.74% 19
South West -30 18 £45,000 -21.74% 6
East of England -79 15 - -
South East - 11 - - 2
Work from Home - 6 £56,250 - 3
East Midlands - 5 - - 2
Midlands - 5 - - 3
London - 2 £40,000 - 1
North West - 1 £60,000 - 3
North of England - 1 £60,000 - 4

For the 6 months to 25 January 2022, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for IEC 61508.

1 49 (84.48%) Software Engineering
2 43 (74.14%) Social Skills
3 39 (67.24%) Degree
4 35 (60.34%) C++
5 33 (56.90%) C
6 25 (43.10%) Def Stans
7 24 (41.38%) Computer Science
8 22 (37.93%) Electronics
9 21 (36.21%) Automotive
9 21 (36.21%) ISO 26262
10 20 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
11 18 (31.03%) Security Cleared
11 18 (31.03%) Open Source
11 18 (31.03%) LLVM
11 18 (31.03%) SDLC
11 18 (31.03%) Continuous Improvement
11 18 (31.03%) User Experience
11 18 (31.03%) IEC 62304
12 15 (25.86%) Aerospace
12 15 (25.86%) MISRA
13 13 (22.41%) Ada
13 13 (22.41%) Middleware
13 13 (22.41%) MISRA C
13 13 (22.41%) Problem-Solving
14 11 (18.97%) DO-254
15 10 (17.24%) SC Cleared
16 9 (15.52%) Firmware
17 8 (13.79%) ISO 14001
17 8 (13.79%) Military
18 7 (12.07%) 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 2 (3.45%) WinCC
Applications
1 3 (5.17%) Simulink
2 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.90%) Ethernet
2 3 (5.17%) TCP/IP
2 3 (5.17%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (3.45%) Modbus
3 2 (3.45%) RS-232
3 2 (3.45%) Wireless
3 2 (3.45%) ZigBee
General
1 43 (74.14%) Social Skills
2 22 (37.93%) Electronics
3 21 (36.21%) Automotive
4 15 (25.86%) Aerospace
5 8 (13.79%) Military
6 5 (8.62%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 2 (3.45%) Marketing
7 2 (3.45%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 27 (46.55%) Software Engineer
2 18 (31.03%) Technical Leader
3 8 (13.79%) Embedded Engineer
3 8 (13.79%) Embedded Software Engineer
4 3 (5.17%) Systems Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Consultant
5 2 (3.45%) Principal Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Principal Software Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Validation Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Verification Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (31.03%) LLVM
2 13 (22.41%) Middleware
3 2 (3.45%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 18 (31.03%) User Experience
2 7 (12.07%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (5.17%) Algorithms
4 2 (3.45%) CAN bus
4 2 (3.45%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.90%) FreeRTOS
1 4 (6.90%) Linux
1 4 (6.90%) SafeRTOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (84.48%) Software Engineering
2 24 (41.38%) Computer Science
3 20 (34.48%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (31.03%) Continuous Improvement
4 18 (31.03%) Open Source
4 18 (31.03%) SDLC
5 13 (22.41%) Problem-Solving
6 7 (12.07%) Validation
7 6 (10.34%) Systems Engineering
8 4 (6.90%) Cybersecurity
8 4 (6.90%) Software Testing
9 3 (5.17%) Customer Requirements
9 3 (5.17%) Hardware-in-the-Loop
9 3 (5.17%) Product Strategy
10 2 (3.45%) Embedded Software Development
10 2 (3.45%) FMECA
10 2 (3.45%) Mathematics
10 2 (3.45%) Project Management
10 2 (3.45%) Scaled Agile Framework
10 2 (3.45%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (60.34%) C++
2 33 (56.90%) C
3 13 (22.41%) Ada
4 6 (10.34%) Embedded C
5 4 (6.90%) Assembly Language
6 3 (5.17%) MATLAB
7 2 (3.45%) C#
7 2 (3.45%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 39 (67.24%) Degree
2 18 (31.03%) Security Cleared
3 10 (17.24%) SC Cleared
4 4 (6.90%) HNC
4 4 (6.90%) HND
5 2 (3.45%) CEH
5 2 (3.45%) Chartered Engineer
5 2 (3.45%) Master's Degree
6 1 (1.72%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (43.10%) Def Stans
2 21 (36.21%) ISO 26262
3 18 (31.03%) IEC 62304
4 15 (25.86%) MISRA
5 13 (22.41%) MISRA C
6 11 (18.97%) DO-254
7 8 (13.79%) ISO 14001
8 4 (6.90%) DO-178B
9 2 (3.45%) ARP4754
System Software
1 9 (15.52%) Firmware
Vendors
1 2 (3.45%) EMC