Period
to 26 November 2020

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 26 November 2020 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
26 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 625 660 776
Rank change year-on-year +35 +116 -47
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 79 439 408
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.32% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.70% 1.43% 1.07%
Number of salaries quoted 61 288 297
Median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £30,000 £28,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £56,250 £57,500 £56,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% +14.29% -

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 11,356 30,630 38,298
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.67% 22.56% 23.78%
Number of salaries quoted 8,655 22,647 28,326
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.88%

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification.

Salary trend for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification over the 6 months to 26 November 2020.

Salary histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 13 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 26 November 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
England +43 68 £42,500 +6.25% 15
UK excluding London +32 65 £42,500 +6.25% 15
South East +113 33 £42,500 +0.59% 4
Midlands +65 13 £48,500 +21.25% 2
West Midlands +50 11 £48,500 +21.25% 1
London +189 8 £50,500 -4.72% 2
East of England +121 8 £38,250 -10.00% 1
North of England +79 6 £37,500 +15.38% 4
Northern Ireland +25 5 £32,500 -
Work from Home -7 5 £41,250 -38.89% 4
North West +80 4 £32,500 -7.14%
East Midlands +73 2 £33,500 -0.41% 1
North East +12 2 £42,500 +46.55%

For the 6 months to 26 November 2020, IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation 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 Foundation Certification.

1 72 (91.14%) ISTQB
1 72 (91.14%) Test Automation
2 55 (69.62%) Agile Software Development
3 44 (55.70%) Selenium
4 40 (50.63%) QA
5 38 (48.10%) Software Testing
6 37 (46.84%) Test Scripting
7 35 (44.30%) ISEB
8 31 (39.24%) DevOps
9 30 (37.97%) C#
10 25 (31.65%) Azure
11 24 (30.38%) JIRA
11 24 (30.38%) SQL
12 23 (29.11%) Degree
13 22 (27.85%) Scenario Testing
14 20 (25.32%) Java
14 20 (25.32%) Test Management
15 19 (24.05%) Scrum
15 19 (24.05%) Problem-Solving
16 17 (21.52%) Continuous Integration
16 17 (21.52%) BDD
17 16 (20.25%) HP Quality Center
17 16 (20.25%) User Acceptance Testing
17 16 (20.25%) SDLC
17 16 (20.25%) Regression Testing
18 15 (18.99%) Test Strategy
18 15 (18.99%) Performance Testing
19 14 (17.72%) SDET
19 14 (17.72%) Microsoft
19 14 (17.72%) .NET

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 8 (10.13%) CMS
2 4 (5.06%) Confluence
2 4 (5.06%) Umbraco
3 2 (2.53%) WebLogic
4 1 (1.27%) Mule
Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (6.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (5.06%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (5.06%) Magento
3 2 (2.53%) SAP FI-CA
3 2 (2.53%) SAP PSCD
4 1 (1.27%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 25 (31.65%) Azure
2 6 (7.59%) AWS
3 4 (5.06%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (2.53%) OpenShift
4 2 (2.53%) Power Platform
5 1 (1.27%) GitHub
5 1 (1.27%) NuGet
5 1 (1.27%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.59%) Intranet
2 3 (3.80%) 3G
2 3 (3.80%) 4G
2 3 (3.80%) LTE
2 3 (3.80%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.27%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.86%) MongoDB
1 7 (8.86%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.33%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.80%) PostgreSQL
3 3 (3.80%) Redis
4 2 (2.53%) Power BI
5 1 (1.27%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.27%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.27%) MySQL
5 1 (1.27%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.27%) SQLPlus
5 1 (1.27%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 44 (55.70%) Selenium
2 24 (30.38%) JIRA
3 13 (16.46%) Jenkins
3 13 (16.46%) Postman
4 12 (15.19%) SpecFlow
5 11 (13.92%) WebDriver
6 10 (12.66%) Git (software)
7 9 (11.39%) JMeter
7 9 (11.39%) Visual Studio Team System
8 8 (10.13%) Appium
8 8 (10.13%) Cucumber
9 6 (7.59%) Cypress.io
9 6 (7.59%) Protractor
9 6 (7.59%) SoapUI
10 5 (6.33%) Mocha
11 4 (5.06%) Gatling
11 4 (5.06%) REST Assured
12 3 (3.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 3 (3.80%) MSTest
12 3 (3.80%) TestRail
General
1 8 (10.13%) Back Office
2 7 (8.86%) Retail
3 4 (5.06%) Digital Economy
3 4 (5.06%) Finance
3 4 (5.06%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.53%) Front Office
4 2 (2.53%) Games
4 2 (2.53%) Public Sector
5 1 (1.27%) Housing Association
Job Titles
1 29 (36.71%) Analyst
2 27 (34.18%) Test Engineer
3 21 (26.58%) Test Analyst
4 19 (24.05%) Test Automation Engineer
5 9 (11.39%) Tester
6 8 (10.13%) QA Analyst
6 8 (10.13%) QA Engineer
7 6 (7.59%) Developer
7 6 (7.59%) Senior QA Engineer
7 6 (7.59%) Software Developer
8 5 (6.33%) Automation Tester
8 5 (6.33%) Developer in Test
9 4 (5.06%) Automation Test Analyst
9 4 (5.06%) Python Developer
9 4 (5.06%) Selenium Test Analyst
9 4 (5.06%) Software Test Engineer
9 4 (5.06%) Test Automation Developer
10 3 (3.80%) Junior
10 3 (3.80%) Performance Engineer
10 3 (3.80%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (17.72%) .NET
2 13 (16.46%) REST
3 12 (15.19%) Web Services
4 7 (8.86%) .NET Core
5 6 (7.59%) RESTful
5 6 (7.59%) XML
6 4 (5.06%) ASP.NET
6 4 (5.06%) ASP.NET MVC
6 4 (5.06%) ASP.NET MVC 3
6 4 (5.06%) Chai
6 4 (5.06%) jQuery
6 4 (5.06%) KnockoutJS
6 4 (5.06%) RabbitMQ
6 4 (5.06%) SOAP
6 4 (5.06%) WebdriverIO
7 3 (3.80%) .NET Framework
7 3 (3.80%) FIX Protocol
7 3 (3.80%) JSON
8 2 (2.53%) Django
8 2 (2.53%) Flask
Miscellaneous
1 11 (13.92%) Mobile App
2 10 (12.66%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.33%) AS400
4 4 (5.06%) IBM Mainframe
4 4 (5.06%) Mainframe
4 4 (5.06%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (3.80%) Equities
5 3 (3.80%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (2.53%) Smart Meter
6 2 (2.53%) User Experience
7 1 (1.27%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.27%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.27%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.27%) Derivative
7 1 (1.27%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (1.27%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.27%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 14 (17.72%) Windows
2 11 (13.92%) Linux
3 6 (7.59%) Unix
4 2 (2.53%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.27%) Android
5 1 (1.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (91.14%) Test Automation
2 55 (69.62%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (48.10%) Software Testing
4 37 (46.84%) Test Scripting
5 31 (39.24%) DevOps
6 22 (27.85%) Scenario Testing
7 20 (25.32%) Test Management
8 19 (24.05%) Problem-Solving
8 19 (24.05%) Scrum
9 17 (21.52%) BDD
9 17 (21.52%) Continuous Integration
10 16 (20.25%) Regression Testing
10 16 (20.25%) SDLC
10 16 (20.25%) User Acceptance Testing
11 15 (18.99%) Performance Testing
11 15 (18.99%) Test Strategy
12 14 (17.72%) SDET
13 13 (16.46%) TDD
14 12 (15.19%) Computer Science
15 11 (13.92%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (37.97%) C#
2 24 (30.38%) SQL
3 20 (25.32%) Java
4 12 (15.19%) Python
5 7 (8.86%) T-SQL
6 6 (7.59%) JavaScript
7 3 (3.80%) Go
7 3 (3.80%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.53%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.53%) C++
8 2 (2.53%) Perl
9 1 (1.27%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 72 (91.14%) ISTQB
2 35 (44.30%) ISEB
3 23 (29.11%) Degree
4 8 (10.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 4 (5.06%) Security Cleared
6 3 (3.80%) HNC
6 3 (3.80%) SC Cleared
7 2 (2.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (1.27%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (1.27%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (50.63%) QA
2 4 (5.06%) GDPR
3 2 (2.53%) Data Quality
System Software
1 12 (15.19%) Docker
2 1 (1.27%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 16 (20.25%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (15.19%) Kubernetes
3 7 (8.86%) Puppet
4 3 (3.80%) HP ALM
5 2 (2.53%) Ansible
5 2 (2.53%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 14 (17.72%) Microsoft
2 11 (13.92%) HP
3 9 (11.39%) Oracle
4 4 (5.06%) IBM
5 3 (3.80%) Atlassian
5 3 (3.80%) SAP
6 2 (2.53%) Citrix
7 1 (1.27%) hybris
7 1 (1.27%) Novell
7 1 (1.27%) Splunk
7 1 (1.27%) Talend
7 1 (1.27%) webMethods
7 1 (1.27%) Xamarin