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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 28 May 2022 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
28 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 809 686 763
Rank change year-on-year -123 +77 -83
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 428 218 141
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.23% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.11% 0.73%
Number of salaries quoted 163 120 113
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,125 £28,000
25th Percentile £36,125 £36,250 £31,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -2.44%
75th Percentile £53,500 £53,750 £47,500
90th Percentile £63,500 £61,250 £57,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -

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 41,234 19,569 19,436
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.70% 20.87% 21.50%
Number of salaries quoted 17,151 12,637 14,596
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £28,750
25th Percentile £40,749 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £73,286 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £86,250 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 28 May 2022.

Salary histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 15 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 28 May 2022. 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
Jobs
England -87 341 £45,000 - 19
UK excluding London -85 256 £45,000 +5.88% 20
Work from Home -166 140 £45,020 +0.05% 7
London -219 90 £57,500 +9.52% 1
South East -77 78 £50,000 +17.65% 3
South West +28 66 £45,000 -14.29% 5
Midlands -28 48 £35,000 -19.08% 7
West Midlands -36 33 £39,113 -9.57% 7
North of England -64 29 £45,041 +20.11% 2
East of England -67 27 £45,000 -25.00% 1
East Midlands -22 15 £35,000 -
North West -65 15 £45,041 +44.13% 2
Scotland -90 15 £60,000 +65.98%
Yorkshire -45 13 £35,000 -6.67%
North East - 1 £42,000 -

For the 6 months to 28 May 2022, 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.

1 413 (96.50%) ISTQB
2 365 (85.28%) Test Automation
3 303 (70.79%) Software Testing
4 263 (61.45%) Agile
5 247 (57.71%) QA
6 204 (47.66%) ISEB
7 188 (43.93%) Finance
8 168 (39.25%) Social Skills
9 143 (33.41%) Test Management
10 140 (32.71%) Selenium
11 135 (31.54%) JIRA
12 129 (30.14%) Python
13 116 (27.10%) C#
14 113 (26.40%) Telecoms
15 112 (26.17%) Java
16 104 (24.30%) SQL
17 101 (23.60%) Test Scripting
17 101 (23.60%) Thought Leadership
18 97 (22.66%) DevOps
19 95 (22.20%) Cybersecurity
19 95 (22.20%) SDLC
19 95 (22.20%) Aerospace
20 92 (21.50%) User Experience
20 92 (21.50%) Test Strategy
21 87 (20.33%) Artificial Intelligence
22 86 (20.09%) Robotic Process Automation
23 82 (19.16%) Non-Functional Testing
24 81 (18.93%) Security Cleared
25 76 (17.76%) BDD
26 74 (17.29%) Continuous Integration

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 56 (13.08%) Confluence
2 4 (0.93%) WebLogic
3 3 (0.70%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.47%) CMS
4 2 (0.47%) Kentico
4 2 (0.47%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 10 (2.34%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (1.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.47%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.47%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.23%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 68 (15.89%) Azure
2 17 (3.97%) Dynamics 365
3 12 (2.80%) AWS
3 12 (2.80%) SaaS
4 9 (2.10%) BlazeMeter
5 4 (0.93%) GitHub
5 4 (0.93%) Sauce Labs
5 4 (0.93%) Serverless
6 3 (0.70%) Microsoft 365
7 2 (0.47%) AWS CodePipeline
7 2 (0.47%) AWS Data Pipeline
7 2 (0.47%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.47%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.47%) OpenShift
7 2 (0.47%) Tricentis Tosca
8 1 (0.23%) AWS CodeDeploy
8 1 (0.23%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 41 (9.58%) HTTP
2 38 (8.88%) Wireshark
3 37 (8.64%) DHCP
3 37 (8.64%) IMAP
3 37 (8.64%) SSL
3 37 (8.64%) TCP/IP
3 37 (8.64%) tcpdump
4 3 (0.70%) Softphone
5 2 (0.47%) PuTTY
5 2 (0.47%) WinSCP
6 1 (0.23%) Firewall
6 1 (0.23%) Internet
6 1 (0.23%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (0.23%) TETRA
6 1 (0.23%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (17.06%) SQL Server
2 41 (9.58%) Big Data
3 13 (3.04%) PostgreSQL
4 5 (1.17%) MySQL
5 2 (0.47%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 2 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.47%) InfluxDB
5 2 (0.47%) NoSQL
5 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (0.47%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (0.47%) RDBMS
5 2 (0.47%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.23%) BigQuery
6 1 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.23%) MySQL Workbench
Development Applications
1 140 (32.71%) Selenium
2 135 (31.54%) JIRA
3 72 (16.82%) Jenkins
4 61 (14.25%) Cucumber
5 51 (11.92%) WebDriver
6 46 (10.75%) Cypress.io
6 46 (10.75%) TestRail
7 42 (9.81%) Team Foundation Server
8 41 (9.58%) Zephyr
9 35 (8.18%) Visual Studio
10 34 (7.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 31 (7.24%) Postman
11 31 (7.24%) SoapUI
12 28 (6.54%) SpecFlow
13 27 (6.31%) Git (software)
13 27 (6.31%) JMeter
14 12 (2.80%) LoadRunner
14 12 (2.80%) Ranorex
15 11 (2.57%) Protractor
15 11 (2.57%) Tricentis qTest
General
1 188 (43.93%) Finance
2 168 (39.25%) Social Skills
3 113 (26.40%) Telecoms
4 95 (22.20%) Aerospace
5 42 (9.81%) Inclusion and Diversity
6 34 (7.94%) Public Sector
7 26 (6.07%) Manufacturing
8 23 (5.37%) Presentation Skills
9 22 (5.14%) Analytical Skills
10 21 (4.91%) Organisational Skills
11 17 (3.97%) Retail
12 16 (3.74%) Marketing
13 15 (3.50%) Law
13 15 (3.50%) Legal
14 9 (2.10%) Back Office
15 8 (1.87%) Electronics
15 8 (1.87%) Games
16 6 (1.40%) Influencing Skills
17 5 (1.17%) Banking
17 5 (1.17%) Military
Job Titles
1 102 (23.83%) Test Engineer
2 89 (20.79%) Analyst
3 74 (17.29%) Test Analyst
4 66 (15.42%) Consultant
4 66 (15.42%) Test Consultant
5 62 (14.49%) Test Manager
6 61 (14.25%) Test Leader
7 60 (14.02%) QA Engineer
8 47 (10.98%) Tester
9 40 (9.35%) Software Test Engineer
10 35 (8.18%) Automation Test Analyst
11 33 (7.71%) Automation Test Lead
12 28 (6.54%) QA Automation Engineer
13 27 (6.31%) Automation Engineer
14 25 (5.84%) Test Automation Engineer
15 23 (5.37%) Software Tester
16 20 (4.67%) Test Automation Consultant
17 17 (3.97%) Environment Manager
17 17 (3.97%) Test Environment Manager
18 15 (3.50%) Data Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (11.92%) .NET
2 25 (5.84%) REST
3 24 (5.61%) .NET Framework
4 17 (3.97%) XML
5 16 (3.74%) SOAP
5 16 (3.74%) Web Services
6 14 (3.27%) GraphQL
7 9 (2.10%) Velocity
8 8 (1.87%) WebdriverIO
9 7 (1.64%) RESTful
10 6 (1.40%) Apache Flex
10 6 (1.40%) CSS
11 4 (0.93%) Ajax
11 4 (0.93%) Dojo
11 4 (0.93%) FIX Protocol
11 4 (0.93%) HTML
11 4 (0.93%) React
11 4 (0.93%) WML
12 3 (0.70%) Node.js
12 3 (0.70%) Playwright
Miscellaneous
1 92 (21.50%) User Experience
2 41 (9.58%) Cyberattack
3 39 (9.11%) Cyber Defence
4 37 (8.64%) Cyberthreat
5 34 (7.94%) Self-Motivation
6 30 (7.01%) Management Information System
7 24 (5.61%) Legacy Code
8 20 (4.67%) Cybercrime
9 12 (2.80%) Tandem
10 9 (2.10%) Mobile App
11 5 (1.17%) Linux Command Line
12 4 (0.93%) Driving Licence
12 4 (0.93%) Equities
12 4 (0.93%) Sports Betting
13 3 (0.70%) Handset
13 3 (0.70%) Smart Meter
14 2 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
14 2 (0.47%) Hedge funds
14 2 (0.47%) IoT
14 2 (0.47%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 73 (17.06%) Linux
2 45 (10.51%) Windows
3 12 (2.80%) Android
4 11 (2.57%) AIX
4 11 (2.57%) Unix
5 6 (1.40%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.70%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.70%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.47%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 365 (85.28%) Test Automation
2 303 (70.79%) Software Testing
3 263 (61.45%) Agile
4 143 (33.41%) Test Management
5 101 (23.60%) Test Scripting
5 101 (23.60%) Thought Leadership
6 97 (22.66%) DevOps
7 95 (22.20%) Cybersecurity
7 95 (22.20%) SDLC
8 92 (21.50%) Test Strategy
9 87 (20.33%) Artificial Intelligence
10 86 (20.09%) Robotic Process Automation
11 82 (19.16%) Non-Functional Testing
12 76 (17.76%) BDD
13 74 (17.29%) Continuous Integration
14 72 (16.82%) Manual Testing
15 69 (16.12%) Customer Requirements
16 68 (15.89%) Stakeholder Management
17 66 (15.42%) System Testing
18 65 (15.19%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 129 (30.14%) Python
2 116 (27.10%) C#
3 112 (26.17%) Java
4 104 (24.30%) SQL
5 64 (14.95%) JavaScript
6 43 (10.05%) Shell Script
7 12 (2.80%) C++
8 9 (2.10%) T-SQL
9 5 (1.17%) TypeScript
10 4 (0.93%) Scala
11 3 (0.70%) Bash
11 3 (0.70%) C
11 3 (0.70%) Dart
11 3 (0.70%) Go
12 2 (0.47%) F#
12 2 (0.47%) Groovy
12 2 (0.47%) VB.NET
13 1 (0.23%) PHP
13 1 (0.23%) VB
13 1 (0.23%) XPath
Qualifications
1 413 (96.50%) ISTQB
2 204 (47.66%) ISEB
3 81 (18.93%) Security Cleared
4 69 (16.12%) SC Cleared
5 48 (11.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 26 (6.07%) Degree
7 24 (5.61%) DBS Check
8 13 (3.04%) ITIL Certification
9 11 (2.57%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (1.40%) HNC
11 5 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (1.17%) PMI Certification
11 5 (1.17%) PMP
12 4 (0.93%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 247 (57.71%) QA
2 20 (4.67%) GDPR
3 10 (2.34%) ISO 9001
4 9 (2.10%) Accessibility
5 4 (0.93%) HL7
6 3 (0.70%) FATCA
6 3 (0.70%) ISO 26262
7 1 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 26 (6.07%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (0.93%) Docker
3 2 (0.47%) VirtualBox
3 2 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.23%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 44 (10.28%) HP ALM
2 19 (4.44%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (1.17%) Kubernetes
4 2 (0.47%) Grafana
Vendors
1 56 (13.08%) Microsoft
2 54 (12.62%) HP
3 49 (11.45%) Atlassian
4 27 (6.31%) Oracle
5 24 (5.61%) NEC
5 24 (5.61%) Northgate
6 11 (2.57%) IBM
7 10 (2.34%) SAP
8 4 (0.93%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.70%) Sun
10 2 (0.47%) Citrix
10 2 (0.47%) Guidewire
10 2 (0.47%) Micro Focus
10 2 (0.47%) Omniture
10 2 (0.47%) RedGate
10 2 (0.47%) Software AG
10 2 (0.47%) Sony
10 2 (0.47%) VMware
10 2 (0.47%) webMethods
11 1 (0.23%) Sparx