Period
to 7 December 2019

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 7 December 2019 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
7 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 266 308 300
Rank change year-on-year +42 -8 -55
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 854 928 1,065
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 1.13% 1.03% 1.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.65% 4.10% 4.21%
Number of salaries quoted 683 757 882
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,000 £40,000 £37,375
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.50% +7.02% -1.64%
10th Percentile £27,600 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £57,500 £54,500
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £38,500
% change year-on-year - +10.39% -3.75%

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 18,356 22,612 25,308
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 24.26% 25.19% 25.21%
Number of salaries quoted 13,441 16,580 19,891
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,000 £24,000
90th Percentile £72,000 £69,500 £65,000
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT 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

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 7 December 2019.

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 7 December 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +20 291 £45,000 - 25
North of England +39 173 £35,000 - 30
South West +55 154 £42,500 +13.33% 11
Midlands +20 126 £40,000 +5.26% 21
North West +7 99 £40,000 +23.08% 13
West Midlands +28 89 £40,000 +23.08% 10
Yorkshire +5 63 £32,500 -13.33% 16
East of England +14 47 £42,500 -5.56% 5
Wales +27 41 £35,000 +20.16% 5
East Midlands +2 34 £40,000 -5.88% 11
Scotland -40 23 £40,000 +7.38% 4
North East +31 11 £28,922 -31.95% 1
Northern Ireland +1 1 - -
ISTQB
UK

For the 6 months to 7 December 2019, 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.

1 640 (74.94%) Test Automation
2 517 (60.54%) Agile Software Development
3 380 (44.50%) QA
4 373 (43.68%) ISEB
5 325 (38.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 313 (36.65%) Test Scripting
7 279 (32.67%) Software Testing
8 261 (30.56%) Selenium
9 253 (29.63%) SQL
10 220 (25.76%) Scrum
11 205 (24.00%) JIRA
12 170 (19.91%) C#
13 169 (19.79%) Regression Testing
14 157 (18.38%) Manual Testing
15 141 (16.51%) Problem-Solving
16 139 (16.28%) Finance
17 134 (15.69%) Test Strategy
18 133 (15.57%) Test Management
18 133 (15.57%) Java
19 129 (15.11%) User Acceptance Testing
20 127 (14.87%) SDLC
21 110 (12.88%) Cucumber
22 109 (12.76%) Defect Management
22 109 (12.76%) Postman
23 108 (12.65%) WebDriver
24 107 (12.53%) Microsoft
25 106 (12.41%) BDD
26 102 (11.94%) Analytical Skills
27 100 (11.71%) Waterfall
28 97 (11.36%) Degree

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 91 (10.66%) Confluence
2 17 (1.99%) SharePoint
3 7 (0.82%) CMS
4 6 (0.70%) SAS
4 6 (0.70%) WebSphere
5 3 (0.35%) Apache
5 3 (0.35%) CICS
5 3 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.35%) WebSphere Application Server
6 2 (0.23%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.12%) Tomcat
Applications
1 16 (1.87%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (1.41%) SAP ERP
2 4 (0.47%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.12%) SAP EWM
4 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 58 (6.79%) Azure
2 26 (3.04%) AWS
3 15 (1.76%) SaaS
4 9 (1.05%) SuccessFactors
5 6 (0.70%) Azure Stack
5 6 (0.70%) BlazeMeter
5 6 (0.70%) Office 365
5 6 (0.70%) OneDrive
6 5 (0.59%) GCP
6 5 (0.59%) GitHub
7 4 (0.47%) BrowserStack
8 2 (0.23%) AWS IoT
8 2 (0.23%) Tricentis Tosca
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon EMR
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon SageMaker
9 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.12%) AWS Lambda
9 1 (0.12%) Boomi
9 1 (0.12%) Google Compute Engine
9 1 (0.12%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.76%) Wireless
2 13 (1.52%) DAB
3 12 (1.41%) LTE
4 9 (1.05%) PuTTY
4 9 (1.05%) SSH
5 7 (0.82%) ATM
6 6 (0.70%) NetScaler
6 6 (0.70%) Skype
7 5 (0.59%) Softphone
8 4 (0.47%) Firewall
8 4 (0.47%) IPsec
8 4 (0.47%) Wireshark
9 3 (0.35%) DHCP
9 3 (0.35%) DNS
9 3 (0.35%) HSRP
9 3 (0.35%) Multicast
9 3 (0.35%) Network Security
9 3 (0.35%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.35%) VLAN
9 3 (0.35%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (9.84%) SQL Server
2 22 (2.58%) MongoDB
3 18 (2.11%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (1.41%) Relational Database
5 9 (1.05%) SQLPlus
6 6 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
6 6 (0.70%) BusinessObjects XI
6 6 (0.70%) Cognos Query Studio
6 6 (0.70%) IBM InfoSphere
6 6 (0.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 5 (0.59%) Big Data
8 4 (0.47%) PostgreSQL
8 4 (0.47%) Qlik Sense
9 3 (0.35%) DB2
9 3 (0.35%) MySQL
9 3 (0.35%) SAP BW
10 2 (0.23%) Cosmos DB
10 2 (0.23%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.23%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 261 (30.56%) Selenium
2 205 (24.00%) JIRA
3 110 (12.88%) Cucumber
4 109 (12.76%) Postman
5 108 (12.65%) WebDriver
6 70 (8.20%) SpecFlow
7 59 (6.91%) JMeter
8 55 (6.44%) Team Foundation Server
9 49 (5.74%) Visual Studio
10 39 (4.57%) Jenkins
11 38 (4.45%) Git (software)
11 38 (4.45%) HP UFT
11 38 (4.45%) TestNG
12 36 (4.22%) SoapUI
13 32 (3.75%) JUnit
14 30 (3.51%) TestRail
15 29 (3.40%) Zephyr
16 23 (2.69%) Appium
16 23 (2.69%) Bitbucket
17 22 (2.58%) LoadRunner
General
1 139 (16.28%) Finance
2 71 (8.31%) Telecoms
3 50 (5.85%) Public Sector
4 29 (3.40%) Banking
5 20 (2.34%) Marketing
6 18 (2.11%) Electronics
7 16 (1.87%) Legal
7 16 (1.87%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.87%) Retail
8 11 (1.29%) Games
9 10 (1.17%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.47%) Back Office
12 3 (0.35%) Automotive
13 2 (0.23%) Billing
14 1 (0.12%) Advertising
14 1 (0.12%) Investment Banking
14 1 (0.12%) Law
14 1 (0.12%) Military
14 1 (0.12%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 321 (37.59%) Analyst
2 271 (31.73%) Test Analyst
3 211 (24.71%) Tester
4 162 (18.97%) Test Engineer
5 85 (9.95%) QA Analyst
6 77 (9.02%) Software Tester
7 73 (8.55%) Test Manager
8 71 (8.31%) QA Engineer
8 71 (8.31%) QA Tester
9 60 (7.03%) Automation Test Analyst
10 59 (6.91%) Test Leader
11 49 (5.74%) Test Automation Engineer
12 43 (5.04%) QA Test Analyst
13 41 (4.80%) Manual Test Analyst
14 37 (4.33%) Senior Analyst
14 37 (4.33%) Senior Test Analyst
15 36 (4.22%) Automation Tester
15 36 (4.22%) Senior QA Engineer
16 34 (3.98%) Senior Test Engineer
17 30 (3.51%) Software Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (9.13%) Web Services
2 74 (8.67%) .NET
3 63 (7.38%) REST
4 61 (7.14%) SOAP
5 38 (4.45%) Gherkin
6 34 (3.98%) XML
7 33 (3.86%) HTML
8 26 (3.04%) ASP.NET
9 16 (1.87%) WCF
10 14 (1.64%) RESTful
11 12 (1.41%) CSS
11 12 (1.41%) Swagger
12 10 (1.17%) React
13 9 (1.05%) DHTML
13 9 (1.05%) Spring
14 6 (0.70%) Node.js
15 5 (0.59%) SAP Fiori
16 4 (0.47%) JSON
17 3 (0.35%) AngularJS
17 3 (0.35%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 102 (11.94%) Analytical Skills
2 54 (6.32%) User Experience
3 50 (5.85%) Mobile App
4 30 (3.51%) Management Information System
5 25 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
6 17 (1.99%) Driving Licence
6 17 (1.99%) Smart Meter
7 10 (1.17%) CCTV
8 9 (1.05%) Linux Command Line
9 7 (0.82%) Greenfield Project
10 6 (0.70%) Client/Server
10 6 (0.70%) Embedded Systems
10 6 (0.70%) Wiki
11 5 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.59%) Handset
11 5 (0.59%) Life Science
12 3 (0.35%) Cloud Native
12 3 (0.35%) Mainframe
12 3 (0.35%) PKI
12 3 (0.35%) Renewable Energy
Operating Systems
1 53 (6.21%) Windows
2 45 (5.27%) Linux
3 19 (2.22%) Unix
4 13 (1.52%) Android
4 13 (1.52%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.41%) CentOS
6 9 (1.05%) Windows 7
6 9 (1.05%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (0.70%) Mac OS
8 4 (0.47%) VMS
8 4 (0.47%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 640 (74.94%) Test Automation
2 517 (60.54%) Agile Software Development
3 313 (36.65%) Test Scripting
4 279 (32.67%) Software Testing
5 220 (25.76%) Scrum
6 169 (19.79%) Regression Testing
7 157 (18.38%) Manual Testing
8 141 (16.51%) Problem-Solving
9 134 (15.69%) Test Strategy
10 133 (15.57%) Test Management
11 129 (15.11%) User Acceptance Testing
12 127 (14.87%) SDLC
13 109 (12.76%) Defect Management
14 106 (12.41%) BDD
15 100 (11.71%) Waterfall
16 89 (10.42%) Performance Testing
17 85 (9.95%) API Testing
18 82 (9.60%) DevOps
18 82 (9.60%) Scenario Testing
19 81 (9.48%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 253 (29.63%) SQL
2 170 (19.91%) C#
3 133 (15.57%) Java
4 63 (7.38%) JavaScript
5 42 (4.92%) Python
6 22 (2.58%) VBScript
7 17 (1.99%) C
8 16 (1.87%) PowerShell
9 15 (1.76%) PHP
9 15 (1.76%) Ruby
10 14 (1.64%) T-SQL
11 13 (1.52%) PL/SQL
11 13 (1.52%) VB
12 10 (1.17%) Perl
13 9 (1.05%) C++
14 7 (0.82%) Bash Shell
15 6 (0.70%) VBA
16 3 (0.35%) Assembly Language
16 3 (0.35%) PL/1
16 3 (0.35%) REXX
Qualifications
1 373 (43.68%) ISEB
2 325 (38.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 97 (11.36%) Degree
4 93 (10.89%) Security Cleared
5 57 (6.67%) SC Cleared
6 31 (3.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 24 (2.81%) Computer Science Degree
8 20 (2.34%) DV Cleared
9 14 (1.64%) Microsoft Certification
10 11 (1.29%) CEH
10 11 (1.29%) MCSA
10 11 (1.29%) MCSE
11 9 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 7 (0.82%) ISEB Practitioner
12 7 (0.82%) MCP
13 6 (0.70%) CCA
13 6 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (0.70%) RHCE
14 5 (0.59%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (0.47%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 380 (44.50%) QA
2 15 (1.76%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.70%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.23%) GAMP
4 2 (0.23%) PMO
5 1 (0.12%) GDPR
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.12%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (1.76%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.17%) Docker
3 7 (0.82%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (0.70%) XenApp
5 3 (0.35%) ACF2
5 3 (0.35%) RACF
5 3 (0.35%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.35%) vSphere
6 2 (0.23%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.12%) Firmware
7 1 (0.12%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 45 (5.27%) HP ALM
2 31 (3.63%) HP Quality Center
3 15 (1.76%) SCOM
4 10 (1.17%) SCCM
5 9 (1.05%) Netcool
5 9 (1.05%) TeMIP
6 6 (0.70%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 6 (0.70%) SCOrch
7 2 (0.23%) Ansible
8 1 (0.12%) Control-M
8 1 (0.12%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.12%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.12%) Puppet
8 1 (0.12%) Terraform
Vendors
1 107 (12.53%) Microsoft
2 56 (6.56%) HP
3 52 (6.09%) SAP
4 29 (3.40%) Atlassian
5 24 (2.81%) Sage
6 22 (2.58%) Remedy
7 15 (1.76%) Oracle
8 13 (1.52%) IBM
9 10 (1.17%) Apple
9 10 (1.17%) Cadence
9 10 (1.17%) OpenText
9 10 (1.17%) SolarWinds
10 9 (1.05%) Ariba
11 7 (0.82%) Ab Initio
11 7 (0.82%) Netezza
12 6 (0.70%) Cognos
12 6 (0.70%) Informatica
12 6 (0.70%) Splunk
12 6 (0.70%) Xamarin
13 5 (0.59%) Google