Period
to 21 October 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 21 October 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) formerly ISEB Foundation
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 710 616 611
Rank change year-on-year -94 -5 0
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 506 755 885
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.40% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.20% 1.50% 1.48%
Number of salaries quoted 403 636 710
UK median annual salary £35,000 £36,125 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.11% -6.17% +4.05%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £52,500 £51,875 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £36,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year -2.78% +2.86% -

ISTQB Foundation 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 42146 50330 59989
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.21% 26.34% 27.38%
Number of salaries quoted 32367 40426 47857
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 6 months to 21 October 2017.

Salary histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 16 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 21 October 2017. 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 -104 468 £35,000 -3.45% 25
UK excluding London -82 368 £35,000 -2.78% 18
London -8 128 £42,500 +13.33% 9
North of England -27 114 £35,000 +7.69% 8
South East -75 104 £35,000 -12.50% 3
Midlands +30 64 £36,500 +12.31% 1
North West +2 57 £35,000 +16.67% 4
South West -13 45 £37,500 +15.38% 2
Yorkshire -39 44 £34,000 -0.73% 3
West Midlands +9 43 £36,500 +12.31%
East Midlands +35 20 £37,500 +7.14% 1
Scotland -8 16 £37,500 +7.14% 1
North East +24 13 £29,500 -15.71% 1
East of England -5 13 £28,000 -25.33% 2
Northern Ireland - 7 - -
Wales +23 5 £28,000 -22.22% 1

For the 6 months to 21 October 2017, IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 390 (77.08%) ISTQB
2 310 (61.26%) Test Automation
3 286 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
4 281 (55.53%) ISEB
5 243 (48.02%) Software Testing
6 238 (47.04%) Test Scripting
7 194 (38.34%) QA
8 163 (32.21%) Selenium
9 150 (29.64%) SQL
10 146 (28.85%) Finance
11 137 (27.08%) Test Strategy
12 135 (26.68%) Degree
13 111 (21.94%) User Acceptance Testing
14 110 (21.74%) Test Management
15 109 (21.54%) Microsoft
16 101 (19.96%) Functional Testing
17 98 (19.37%) JIRA
18 92 (18.18%) Java
19 86 (17.00%) Regression Testing
20 82 (16.21%) SDLC
21 79 (15.61%) Scrum
22 78 (15.42%) Scenario Testing
23 74 (14.62%) Manual Testing
24 73 (14.43%) Analytical Skills
25 69 (13.64%) Defect Management
25 69 (13.64%) HP
26 68 (13.44%) Acceptance Criteria
27 67 (13.24%) Waterfall
28 64 (12.65%) HP Quality Center
29 63 (12.45%) Banking

ISTQB Foundation 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 16 (3.16%) Confluence
2 9 (1.78%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.58%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 7 (1.38%) CMS
5 3 (0.59%) MQSeries
5 3 (0.59%) Sitecore CMS
6 2 (0.40%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.40%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 42 (8.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 41 (8.10%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (1.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 14 (2.77%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.59%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.40%) Sonata
4 1 (0.20%) FastStats
4 1 (0.20%) Magento
4 1 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.20%) SAP LE
4 1 (0.20%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.20%) SAP PP
4 1 (0.20%) SAP QM
4 1 (0.20%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 6 (1.19%) SaaS
2 3 (0.59%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (0.40%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (0.40%) GitHub
3 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.40%) Slack
4 1 (0.20%) BrowserStack
4 1 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.78%) Intranet
2 4 (0.79%) Internet
3 3 (0.59%) TETRA
4 2 (0.40%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.20%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (7.11%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.55%) Relational Database
3 8 (1.58%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (1.19%) MySQL
5 5 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
5 5 (0.99%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.40%) Apache Accumulo
6 2 (0.40%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.20%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.20%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.20%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.20%) Redis
7 1 (0.20%) SAP HANA
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 163 (32.21%) Selenium
2 98 (19.37%) JIRA
3 61 (12.06%) Cucumber
4 58 (11.46%) Team Foundation Server
5 43 (8.50%) HP UFT
5 43 (8.50%) WebDriver
6 37 (7.31%) Jenkins
7 31 (6.13%) SoapUI
8 28 (5.53%) Git (software)
9 23 (4.55%) Visual Studio
10 22 (4.35%) JMeter
10 22 (4.35%) SpecFlow
11 21 (4.15%) LoadRunner
11 21 (4.15%) TestRail
12 20 (3.95%) Appium
13 12 (2.37%) Selenium IDE
14 11 (2.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 11 (2.17%) JUnit
15 10 (1.98%) Rational Functional Tester
15 10 (1.98%) SilkTest
General
1 146 (28.85%) Finance
2 63 (12.45%) Banking
3 37 (7.31%) Retail
4 15 (2.96%) Legal
4 15 (2.96%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.57%) Games
6 12 (2.37%) Financial Institution
7 8 (1.58%) Electronics
7 8 (1.58%) General Ledger
8 7 (1.38%) Front Office
8 7 (1.38%) Manufacturing
9 6 (1.19%) Marketing
10 5 (0.99%) Automotive
11 4 (0.79%) Law
12 3 (0.59%) French Language
12 3 (0.59%) German Language
12 3 (0.59%) Japanese Language
12 3 (0.59%) Russian Language
13 1 (0.20%) Advertising
13 1 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 270 (53.36%) Analyst
2 259 (51.19%) Test Analyst
3 112 (22.13%) Tester
4 49 (9.68%) Software Tester
5 45 (8.89%) Automation Test Analyst
5 45 (8.89%) Test Leader
6 36 (7.11%) Test Engineer
7 34 (6.72%) QA Analyst
8 30 (5.93%) Test Manager
9 27 (5.34%) QA Test Analyst
10 26 (5.14%) Automation Tester
11 23 (4.55%) Manual Test Analyst
11 23 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
12 21 (4.15%) Senior Test Analyst
12 21 (4.15%) Software Analyst
12 21 (4.15%) Software Test Analyst
13 19 (3.75%) Selenium Test Analyst
13 19 (3.75%) Senior Tester
14 16 (3.16%) Junior
15 15 (2.96%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (7.71%) SOAP
2 36 (7.11%) .NET
3 34 (6.72%) XML
4 31 (6.13%) Web Services
5 19 (3.75%) HTML
6 13 (2.57%) Gherkin
7 8 (1.58%) RESTful
7 8 (1.58%) XBRL
8 7 (1.38%) CSS
9 6 (1.19%) HTML5
10 5 (0.99%) AngularJS
10 5 (0.99%) REST
11 4 (0.79%) DCOM
11 4 (0.79%) JSON
12 3 (0.59%) ASP.NET
12 3 (0.59%) WebRTC
12 3 (0.59%) WPF
13 2 (0.40%) .NET Framework
14 1 (0.20%) Node.js
14 1 (0.20%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 73 (14.43%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (6.32%) Computer Science
3 16 (3.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 14 (2.77%) Management Information System
5 11 (2.17%) Mobile App
6 7 (1.38%) Fintech
6 7 (1.38%) Mobile Banking
7 6 (1.19%) Smart Meter
8 5 (0.99%) Equities
8 5 (0.99%) Fixed Income
8 5 (0.99%) User Experience
9 4 (0.79%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
10 3 (0.59%) PlayStation
11 2 (0.40%) Data Centre
11 2 (0.40%) Derivative
11 2 (0.40%) Driving Licence
11 2 (0.40%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.40%) PDA
11 2 (0.40%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 40 (7.91%) Windows
2 26 (5.14%) Unix
3 21 (4.15%) Linux
4 12 (2.37%) Android
4 12 (2.37%) Apple iOS
5 5 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (0.59%) Windows Phone
7 1 (0.20%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 310 (61.26%) Test Automation
2 286 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
3 243 (48.02%) Software Testing
4 238 (47.04%) Test Scripting
5 137 (27.08%) Test Strategy
6 111 (21.94%) User Acceptance Testing
7 110 (21.74%) Test Management
8 101 (19.96%) Functional Testing
9 86 (17.00%) Regression Testing
10 82 (16.21%) SDLC
11 79 (15.61%) Scrum
12 78 (15.42%) Scenario Testing
13 74 (14.62%) Manual Testing
14 69 (13.64%) Defect Management
15 68 (13.44%) Acceptance Criteria
16 67 (13.24%) Waterfall
17 55 (10.87%) BDD
18 51 (10.08%) Integration Testing
19 50 (9.88%) Continuous Integration
19 50 (9.88%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 150 (29.64%) SQL
2 92 (18.18%) Java
3 50 (9.88%) C#
4 30 (5.93%) JavaScript
5 26 (5.14%) Python
6 24 (4.74%) C
7 19 (3.75%) VB
8 18 (3.56%) PL/SQL
8 18 (3.56%) Ruby
9 9 (1.78%) VB.NET
10 8 (1.58%) Perl
11 5 (0.99%) C++
12 4 (0.79%) PowerShell
12 4 (0.79%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.59%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.59%) PHP
14 2 (0.40%) Groovy
14 2 (0.40%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.20%) Objective-C
15 1 (0.20%) Scala
Qualifications
1 390 (77.08%) ISTQB
2 281 (55.53%) ISEB
3 135 (26.68%) Degree
4 32 (6.32%) Security Cleared
5 17 (3.36%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (3.16%) DV Cleared
7 14 (2.77%) SC Cleared
8 13 (2.57%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (1.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 4 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (0.79%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 2 (0.40%) IIBA
11 2 (0.40%) MCP
11 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.20%) HNC
12 1 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 194 (38.34%) QA
2 6 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.99%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.59%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.40%) COBIT
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (0.79%) VirtualBox
2 2 (0.40%) Docker
2 2 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 64 (12.65%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.59%) Puppet
3 1 (0.20%) Kubernetes
3 1 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 109 (21.54%) Microsoft
2 69 (13.64%) HP
3 44 (8.70%) Oracle
4 24 (4.74%) SAP
5 23 (4.55%) Cognizant
6 11 (2.17%) IBM
7 9 (1.78%) Capita
7 9 (1.78%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (0.79%) Citrix
8 4 (0.79%) iManage
8 4 (0.79%) Pega
9 3 (0.59%) CA
9 3 (0.59%) CA Agile Central
9 3 (0.59%) Sitecore
10 2 (0.40%) Calypso
10 2 (0.40%) hybris
10 2 (0.40%) Lotus
10 2 (0.40%) Murex
10 2 (0.40%) TOWER Software
11 1 (0.20%) Progress