Period
to 12 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 12 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
12 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 309 268 333
Rank change year-on-year -41 +65 -77
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 313 987 885
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 0.89% 1.20% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.79% 4.56% 3.76%
Number of salaries quoted 262 730 743
Median annual salary £37,908 £41,750 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -9.20% +9.87% +4.11%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,000
90th Percentile £60,000 £57,500 £55,000
UK median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -

ISTQB is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK excluding London
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8,256 21,630 23,528
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 23.52% 26.36% 24.45%
Number of salaries quoted 5,923 15,451 17,548
Median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,508 £24,750
90th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £67,500
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing ISTQB as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the UK excluding London

ISTQB
Salary Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing ISTQB in the UK excluding London.

Salary trend for ISTQB in the UK excluding London

ISTQB
Salary Histogram in the UK excluding London

Salary distribution for jobs citing ISTQB in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 12 August 2020.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the UK excluding London

ISTQB
Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 12 August 2020. 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
Job
Vacancies
South East +56 118 £42,500 -5.56% 5
North of England -25 58 £35,000 -12.50% 3
South West +6 47 £35,000 -21.35% 12
North West -26 33 £35,500 -13.41% 1
Yorkshire +95 25 £35,000 -12.50% 1
Midlands +28 23 £38,317 -4.21% 5
East of England +87 22 £42,500 - 4
Northern Ireland +40 19 £35,000 -15.15% 1
West Midlands +43 14 £40,000 - 3
Wales -2 13 £35,000 -
Scotland +84 11 £37,500 -7.98% 1
East Midlands +48 9 £37,500 -8.54% 2
Isle of Man +1 2 £33,000 -34.00%
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 12 August 2020, IT jobs citing ISTQB 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 across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 228 (72.84%) Test Automation
2 215 (68.69%) Agile Software Development
3 148 (47.28%) Selenium
4 144 (46.01%) ISEB
5 114 (36.42%) C#
6 101 (32.27%) JIRA
7 99 (31.63%) QA
8 87 (27.80%) Java
9 86 (27.48%) Software Testing
10 79 (25.24%) Test Scripting
11 74 (23.64%) Cucumber
12 71 (22.68%) Manual Testing
13 70 (22.36%) Scrum
14 66 (21.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 63 (20.13%) Degree
16 62 (19.81%) Finance
17 57 (18.21%) SQL
18 55 (17.57%) Waterfall
19 47 (15.02%) Test Strategy
19 47 (15.02%) SDLC
20 43 (13.74%) SpecFlow
21 41 (13.10%) .NET
21 41 (13.10%) Python
22 40 (12.78%) WebDriver
23 39 (12.46%) Azure
24 38 (12.14%) Confluence
24 38 (12.14%) Microsoft
25 37 (11.82%) Problem-Solving
26 35 (11.18%) JavaScript
27 34 (10.86%) Non-Functional Testing

ISTQB
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London 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 38 (12.14%) Confluence
2 5 (1.60%) IIS
2 5 (1.60%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.64%) CICS
4 2 (0.64%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.32%) Mule
5 1 (0.32%) Mule ESB
5 1 (0.32%) NServiceBus
5 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
Applications
1 12 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.28%) AutoCAD
3 4 (1.28%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.32%) NetSuite
1 1 (0.32%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (0.32%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 39 (12.46%) Azure
2 26 (8.31%) AWS
3 11 (3.51%) Sauce Labs
4 8 (2.56%) Trello
5 3 (0.96%) BlazeMeter
5 3 (0.96%) GitHub
5 3 (0.96%) SaaS
6 2 (0.64%) BrowserStack
6 2 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.32%) Azure Machine Learning
7 1 (0.32%) Heroku
7 1 (0.32%) IaaS
7 1 (0.32%) Office 365
7 1 (0.32%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.32%) Slack
7 1 (0.32%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.60%) Skype
2 4 (1.28%) DNS
3 3 (0.96%) 3G
3 3 (0.96%) 4G
3 3 (0.96%) LTE
3 3 (0.96%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.64%) HTTP
4 2 (0.64%) IPv6
4 2 (0.64%) SSH
5 1 (0.32%) Firewall
5 1 (0.32%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (6.07%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.24%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (1.92%) MongoDB
4 5 (1.60%) MySQL
4 5 (1.60%) NoSQL
5 2 (0.64%) DB2
5 2 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.64%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.32%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 148 (47.28%) Selenium
2 101 (32.27%) JIRA
3 74 (23.64%) Cucumber
4 43 (13.74%) SpecFlow
5 40 (12.78%) WebDriver
6 33 (10.54%) Team Foundation Server
7 32 (10.22%) JMeter
7 32 (10.22%) SoapUI
8 24 (7.67%) Jenkins
9 23 (7.35%) Git (software)
10 18 (5.75%) Postman
11 17 (5.43%) Visual Studio
12 16 (5.11%) eggPlant
13 13 (4.15%) Zephyr
14 11 (3.51%) TestComplete
15 10 (3.19%) Appium
15 10 (3.19%) NUnit
15 10 (3.19%) Ranorex
16 9 (2.88%) HP UFT
16 9 (2.88%) Sikuli
General
1 62 (19.81%) Finance
2 18 (5.75%) Retail
3 8 (2.56%) Legal
3 8 (2.56%) Telecoms
4 5 (1.60%) Public Sector
5 4 (1.28%) Back Office
6 3 (0.96%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.96%) Military
7 2 (0.64%) Aerospace
7 2 (0.64%) Banking
7 2 (0.64%) Games
7 2 (0.64%) Police
8 1 (0.32%) Advertising
8 1 (0.32%) Law
Job Titles
1 116 (37.06%) Analyst
2 101 (32.27%) Test Analyst
3 81 (25.88%) Tester
4 60 (19.17%) Test Engineer
5 36 (11.50%) Software Tester
6 30 (9.58%) Automation Test Analyst
7 28 (8.95%) Automation Tester
7 28 (8.95%) QA Engineer
8 25 (7.99%) Senior Test Engineer
9 23 (7.35%) Test Automation Engineer
10 20 (6.39%) Test Leader
11 17 (5.43%) QA Analyst
11 17 (5.43%) QA Tester
11 17 (5.43%) Test Manager
12 15 (4.79%) Senior Tester
12 15 (4.79%) Software Analyst
13 13 (4.15%) Senior Automation Tester
14 12 (3.83%) Senior Analyst
14 12 (3.83%) Software Test Analyst
15 11 (3.51%) Senior QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (13.10%) .NET
2 24 (7.67%) Web Services
3 20 (6.39%) SOAP
4 15 (4.79%) React
5 13 (4.15%) .NET Framework
5 13 (4.15%) ASP.NET
6 11 (3.51%) Gherkin
6 11 (3.51%) XML
7 10 (3.19%) REST
8 9 (2.88%) HTML
9 6 (1.92%) AngularJS
10 4 (1.28%) JSON
11 3 (0.96%) COM
12 2 (0.64%) WebSphere MQ
12 2 (0.64%) WPF
13 1 (0.32%) .NET Core
13 1 (0.32%) Node.js
13 1 (0.32%) RabbitMQ
13 1 (0.32%) RESTful
13 1 (0.32%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 25 (7.99%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (4.47%) Mainframe
3 11 (3.51%) Client/Server
4 8 (2.56%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (2.56%) Mobile App
5 7 (2.24%) User Experience
6 4 (1.28%) Linux Command Line
6 4 (1.28%) Self-Motivation
6 4 (1.28%) Smart Meter
7 3 (0.96%) Management Information System
8 2 (0.64%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.64%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.64%) IBM Mainframe
8 2 (0.64%) Replication
8 2 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (0.64%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.32%) DataPower
9 1 (0.32%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.32%) Life Science
9 1 (0.32%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 26 (8.31%) Windows
2 17 (5.43%) Linux
3 7 (2.24%) Unix
4 5 (1.60%) Android
5 4 (1.28%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.28%) CentOS
5 4 (1.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 228 (72.84%) Test Automation
2 215 (68.69%) Agile Software Development
3 86 (27.48%) Software Testing
4 79 (25.24%) Test Scripting
5 71 (22.68%) Manual Testing
6 70 (22.36%) Scrum
7 55 (17.57%) Waterfall
8 47 (15.02%) SDLC
8 47 (15.02%) Test Strategy
9 37 (11.82%) Problem-Solving
10 34 (10.86%) Non-Functional Testing
11 33 (10.54%) Computer Science
12 32 (10.22%) Regression Testing
13 29 (9.27%) BDD
13 29 (9.27%) Continuous Integration
14 27 (8.63%) User Stories
15 26 (8.31%) DevOps
15 26 (8.31%) Scenario Testing
16 25 (7.99%) Mentoring
16 25 (7.99%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 114 (36.42%) C#
2 87 (27.80%) Java
3 57 (18.21%) SQL
4 41 (13.10%) Python
5 35 (11.18%) JavaScript
6 24 (7.67%) TypeScript
7 14 (4.47%) Ruby
8 13 (4.15%) Bash Shell
9 9 (2.88%) PowerShell
10 8 (2.56%) C
10 8 (2.56%) VB
11 7 (2.24%) C++
12 5 (1.60%) PHP
13 3 (0.96%) Perl
13 3 (0.96%) PL/SQL
13 3 (0.96%) Scala
13 3 (0.96%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.64%) COBOL
14 2 (0.64%) VBScript
15 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 144 (46.01%) ISEB
2 66 (21.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 63 (20.13%) Degree
4 22 (7.03%) Security Cleared
5 15 (4.79%) ISEB Practitioner
6 11 (3.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 8 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
8 7 (2.24%) HNC
9 6 (1.92%) DV Cleared
9 6 (1.92%) SC Cleared
10 3 (0.96%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.96%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (31.63%) QA
2 1 (0.32%) GxP
2 1 (0.32%) ISO 22301
2 1 (0.32%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (2.24%) Docker
2 2 (0.64%) ACF2
2 2 (0.64%) RACF
Systems Management
1 25 (7.99%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (4.15%) HP ALM
3 6 (1.92%) Opscode Chef
3 6 (1.92%) Puppet
4 5 (1.60%) Ansible
4 5 (1.60%) Kubernetes
5 2 (0.64%) Kibana
6 1 (0.32%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 38 (12.14%) Microsoft
2 30 (9.58%) HP
2 30 (9.58%) Oracle
3 11 (3.51%) SAP
4 8 (2.56%) Atlassian
5 6 (1.92%) IBM
6 5 (1.60%) Remedy
7 4 (1.28%) Sage
8 2 (0.64%) AppDynamics
8 2 (0.64%) MuleSoft
8 2 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (0.64%) Xamarin
9 1 (0.32%) CA Agile Central
9 1 (0.32%) Cadence
9 1 (0.32%) Google
9 1 (0.32%) hybris
9 1 (0.32%) Micro Focus
9 1 (0.32%) Parasoft
9 1 (0.32%) Symantec
9 1 (0.32%) Unisys