Period
to 23 September 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for ISTQB Advanced Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 23 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) formerly ISEB Advanced
UK
6 months to
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 1001 1121 1165
Rank change year-on-year +120 +44 -61
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification 76 50 51
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.054% 0.030% 0.029%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.13% 0.12%
Number of salaries quoted 41 41 34
UK median annual salary £75,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +36.36% +4.76% -12.50%
10th Percentile £40,000 £36,750 £37,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £72,500 £74,100
UK excluding London median annual salary £60,000 £55,000 £47,125
% change year-on-year +9.09% +16.71% -24.60%

ISTQB Advanced Certification 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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 32,821 39,001 43,055
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.44% 23.59% 24.51%
Number of salaries quoted 23,835 28,921 33,066
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +8.70% +2.22%
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISTQB Advanced Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Advanced Certification in the UK

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification.

Salary trend for ISTQB Advanced Certification in the UK

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification over the 6 months to 23 September 2019.

Salary histogram for ISTQB Advanced Certification in the UK

ISTQB Advanced Certification
Top 11 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 23 September 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
England +97 74 £75,000 +36.36% 7
UK excluding London +65 57 £60,000 +9.09% 6
North of England +40 32 - - 1
North West +52 31 - -
London +86 19 £80,000 +14.29% 2
South East +21 14 £57,500 +4.55% 1
South West - 6 £75,000 -
Midlands +39 3 £39,750 - 3
East Midlands - 3 £39,750 -
Wales - 2 £38,500 -
North East - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 23 September 2019, IT jobs citing ISTQB Advanced Certification 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 ISTQB Advanced Certification.

1 75 (98.68%) ISTQB
2 66 (86.84%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (71.05%) Test Automation
4 46 (60.53%) QA
5 44 (57.89%) Degree
5 44 (57.89%) Test Strategy
6 40 (52.63%) .NET
7 39 (51.32%) C#
8 37 (48.68%) Telecoms
9 34 (44.74%) Waterfall
10 33 (43.42%) SQL Server
11 31 (40.79%) C++
11 31 (40.79%) Broadband
11 31 (40.79%) Microsoft
11 31 (40.79%) SoapUI
11 31 (40.79%) Line Management
12 27 (35.53%) Mentoring
13 25 (32.89%) Continuous Integration
14 22 (28.95%) SDLC
15 21 (27.63%) Java
16 18 (23.68%) Enterprise Architecture
16 18 (23.68%) Manual Testing
16 18 (23.68%) System Testing
16 18 (23.68%) Selenium
16 18 (23.68%) Software Architecture
16 18 (23.68%) Continuous Improvement
16 18 (23.68%) Process Improvement
16 18 (23.68%) Prototyping
16 18 (23.68%) Problem-Solving
17 16 (21.05%) TDD

ISTQB Advanced Certification
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 (2.63%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.32%) Spreadsheet
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.53%) Azure
Communications & Networking
1 31 (40.79%) Broadband
2 1 (1.32%) 2G
2 1 (1.32%) 3G
2 1 (1.32%) LTE
2 1 (1.32%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (1.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (43.42%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.32%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.32%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 31 (40.79%) SoapUI
2 18 (23.68%) Selenium
3 14 (18.42%) WebDriver
4 13 (17.11%) JIRA
5 10 (13.16%) Cucumber
6 9 (11.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 9 (11.84%) Jenkins
7 7 (9.21%) Bitbucket Server
7 7 (9.21%) Git (software)
7 7 (9.21%) Ranorex
7 7 (9.21%) TeamCity
7 7 (9.21%) Visual Studio
7 7 (9.21%) Visual Studio Coded UI
7 7 (9.21%) Visual Studio Team System
8 5 (6.58%) Maven
9 3 (3.95%) Gradle
10 2 (2.63%) Bitbucket
11 1 (1.32%) NeoLoad
11 1 (1.32%) Rational DOORS
11 1 (1.32%) TestRail
General
1 37 (48.68%) Telecoms
2 6 (7.89%) Finance
2 6 (7.89%) Public Sector
3 2 (2.63%) Banking
Job Titles
1 35 (46.05%) Test Engineer
2 18 (23.68%) Principal Engineer
2 18 (23.68%) Principal Test Engineer
2 18 (23.68%) Test Manager
3 15 (19.74%) Senior Test Engineer
4 7 (9.21%) Architect
5 6 (7.89%) Analyst
5 6 (7.89%) Test Architect
6 5 (6.58%) QA Manager
6 5 (6.58%) Senior Manager
6 5 (6.58%) Senior Test Manager
6 5 (6.58%) Test Analyst
7 3 (3.95%) QA Automation Engineer
7 3 (3.95%) QA Engineer
7 3 (3.95%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (3.95%) Senior Test Analyst
8 2 (2.63%) Head of Engineering
8 2 (2.63%) Head of Test
8 2 (2.63%) OAT Test Analyst
8 2 (2.63%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (52.63%) .NET
2 7 (9.21%) .NET Framework
3 2 (2.63%) XML
4 1 (1.32%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.58%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.32%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.53%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (86.84%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (71.05%) Test Automation
3 44 (57.89%) Test Strategy
4 34 (44.74%) Waterfall
5 31 (40.79%) Line Management
6 27 (35.53%) Mentoring
7 25 (32.89%) Continuous Integration
8 22 (28.95%) SDLC
9 18 (23.68%) Continuous Improvement
9 18 (23.68%) Enterprise Architecture
9 18 (23.68%) Manual Testing
9 18 (23.68%) Problem-Solving
9 18 (23.68%) Process Improvement
9 18 (23.68%) Prototyping
9 18 (23.68%) Software Architecture
9 18 (23.68%) System Testing
10 16 (21.05%) TDD
11 15 (19.74%) OO
11 15 (19.74%) OOP
11 15 (19.74%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 39 (51.32%) C#
2 31 (40.79%) C++
3 21 (27.63%) Java
4 4 (5.26%) SQL
5 2 (2.63%) Java 8
6 1 (1.32%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 75 (98.68%) ISTQB
2 44 (57.89%) Degree
3 13 (17.11%) ISEB
4 12 (15.79%) Security Cleared
5 10 (13.16%) SC Cleared
6 6 (7.89%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (6.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 2 (2.63%) CITP
9 1 (1.32%) HNC
9 1 (1.32%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (60.53%) QA
2 1 (1.32%) GDPR
2 1 (1.32%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.32%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 2 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.32%) Netcool
Vendors
1 31 (40.79%) Microsoft
2 13 (17.11%) Pega
2 13 (17.11%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (2.63%) SolarWinds
4 1 (1.32%) AppDynamics
4 1 (1.32%) Guidewire
4 1 (1.32%) OpenText
4 1 (1.32%) Remedy