Period
to 28 March 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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 746 659 755
Rank change year-on-year -87 +96 -65
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 236 493 480
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.33% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.92% 1.36% 1.15%
Number of salaries quoted 187 341 400
Median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.74%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £57,500 £50,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £38,500 £36,000
% change year-on-year +3.90% +6.94% +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 25,547 36,368 41,812
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.51% 24.54% 23.73%
Number of salaries quoted 18,797 26,327 32,261
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,594 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +1.19%

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 March 2020.

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 28 March 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 -115 198 £40,000 - 24
UK excluding London -23 189 £40,000 +3.90% 29
Midlands -1 52 £40,000 - 9
West Midlands +39 50 £40,000 - 5
South East +25 44 £40,000 - 9
London +18 43 £50,000 +6.38% 1
North of England +40 38 £35,000 -2.78% 4
Wales +2 27 £35,000 +27.27% 5
North West +33 22 £50,000 +38.89% 3
Yorkshire +22 15 £32,500 -13.33%
South West +25 12 £36,500 +12.31% 1
East of England +34 9 £40,000 -5.88%
Work from Home - 8 £67,500 - 1
Scotland +20 7 £30,000 -48.94%
East Midlands -24 2 £32,500 -23.53% 4
North East -3 1 £33,000 +20.00% 1

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 230 (97.46%) ISTQB
2 155 (65.68%) Test Automation
3 120 (50.85%) Software Testing
4 114 (48.31%) Agile Software Development
5 100 (42.37%) QA
6 85 (36.02%) ISEB
7 74 (31.36%) Finance
7 74 (31.36%) Selenium
8 67 (28.39%) Test Scripting
9 60 (25.42%) JIRA
10 56 (23.73%) C#
11 53 (22.46%) SQL
12 52 (22.03%) Scrum
13 50 (21.19%) User Acceptance Testing
14 47 (19.92%) SDLC
15 46 (19.49%) Regression Testing
15 46 (19.49%) Microsoft
16 41 (17.37%) Test Management
17 40 (16.95%) Problem-Solving
18 38 (16.10%) Continuous Integration
18 38 (16.10%) Visual Studio
19 35 (14.83%) Postman
20 34 (14.41%) Analytical Skills
20 34 (14.41%) Test Strategy
21 32 (13.56%) User Stories
21 32 (13.56%) Java
21 32 (13.56%) WebDriver
22 31 (13.14%) HP Quality Center
22 31 (13.14%) Manual Testing
23 30 (12.71%) User Experience

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 15 (6.36%) Confluence
2 2 (0.85%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.42%) CMS
3 1 (0.42%) Mule
3 1 (0.42%) Mule ESB
3 1 (0.42%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (2.97%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.42%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.69%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (1.27%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.42%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.42%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.42%) SAP EWM
3 1 (0.42%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 22 (9.32%) Azure
2 11 (4.66%) AWS
3 9 (3.81%) GitHub
4 7 (2.97%) Heroku
5 6 (2.54%) BrowserStack
5 6 (2.54%) Slack
6 5 (2.12%) SaaS
7 3 (1.27%) AWS IoT
7 3 (1.27%) GCP
7 3 (1.27%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.42%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.66%) PuTTY
2 9 (3.81%) LTE
2 9 (3.81%) Wireless
3 3 (1.27%) ATM
4 2 (0.85%) HTTP
5 1 (0.42%) Firewall
5 1 (0.42%) RS-232
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (10.59%) SQL Server
2 11 (4.66%) SQLPlus
3 9 (3.81%) MongoDB
4 4 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.27%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.42%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (0.42%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.42%) SAP BW
6 1 (0.42%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 74 (31.36%) Selenium
2 60 (25.42%) JIRA
3 38 (16.10%) Visual Studio
4 35 (14.83%) Postman
5 32 (13.56%) WebDriver
6 29 (12.29%) SoapUI
6 29 (12.29%) Team Foundation Server
7 28 (11.86%) Jenkins
8 23 (9.75%) HP UFT
9 22 (9.32%) Cucumber
9 22 (9.32%) JMeter
10 18 (7.63%) Zephyr
11 16 (6.78%) SpecFlow
12 13 (5.51%) Visual Studio Coded UI
13 12 (5.08%) Rational DOORS
14 11 (4.66%) TeamCity
14 11 (4.66%) Toad
15 10 (4.24%) Gatling
15 10 (4.24%) Maven
16 9 (3.81%) Rational Quality Manager
General
1 74 (31.36%) Finance
2 20 (8.47%) Aerospace
3 15 (6.36%) Banking
4 13 (5.51%) Telecoms
5 10 (4.24%) Legal
6 5 (2.12%) Retail
7 4 (1.69%) Games
7 4 (1.69%) Public Sector
8 3 (1.27%) Advertising
8 3 (1.27%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.85%) Back Office
9 2 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.42%) Electronics
10 1 (0.42%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.42%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 84 (35.59%) Analyst
2 73 (30.93%) Test Analyst
3 52 (22.03%) Tester
4 32 (13.56%) Test Engineer
4 32 (13.56%) Test Manager
5 25 (10.59%) QA Tester
6 18 (7.63%) Software Tester
7 17 (7.20%) Automation Test Analyst
8 16 (6.78%) QA Engineer
9 12 (5.08%) QA Analyst
9 12 (5.08%) Senior Analyst
9 12 (5.08%) Senior Test Analyst
9 12 (5.08%) Test Leader
10 10 (4.24%) Manual Tester
11 9 (3.81%) Manual Test Analyst
11 9 (3.81%) QA Manual Tester
11 9 (3.81%) Quality Analyst
12 7 (2.97%) UAT Manager
13 6 (2.54%) QA Leader
13 6 (2.54%) Software Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (7.63%) XML
2 15 (6.36%) SOAP
3 14 (5.93%) .NET
3 14 (5.93%) Web Services
4 12 (5.08%) Gherkin
4 12 (5.08%) HTML
4 12 (5.08%) REST
5 11 (4.66%) DHTML
5 11 (4.66%) WCF
6 8 (3.39%) ASP.NET
7 6 (2.54%) Nightwatchjs
8 4 (1.69%) RESTful
8 4 (1.69%) SAP Fiori
9 3 (1.27%) Middleware
9 3 (1.27%) Swagger
9 3 (1.27%) Velocity
10 2 (0.85%) JSON
11 1 (0.42%) CSS
11 1 (0.42%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 34 (14.41%) Analytical Skills
2 30 (12.71%) User Experience
3 16 (6.78%) Management Information System
4 9 (3.81%) CCTV
4 9 (3.81%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (2.97%) Mobile App
6 2 (0.85%) BBC
6 2 (0.85%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (0.85%) W3C
7 1 (0.42%) DataPower
7 1 (0.42%) Derivative
7 1 (0.42%) Device Driver
7 1 (0.42%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.42%) Equities
7 1 (0.42%) PMI
7 1 (0.42%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 19 (8.05%) Windows
2 6 (2.54%) Unix
3 4 (1.69%) Linux
4 1 (0.42%) Mac OS X
4 1 (0.42%) Windows 10
4 1 (0.42%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 155 (65.68%) Test Automation
2 120 (50.85%) Software Testing
3 114 (48.31%) Agile Software Development
4 67 (28.39%) Test Scripting
5 52 (22.03%) Scrum
6 50 (21.19%) User Acceptance Testing
7 47 (19.92%) SDLC
8 46 (19.49%) Regression Testing
9 41 (17.37%) Test Management
10 40 (16.95%) Problem-Solving
11 38 (16.10%) Continuous Integration
12 34 (14.41%) Test Strategy
13 32 (13.56%) User Stories
14 31 (13.14%) Manual Testing
15 29 (12.29%) Performance Testing
15 29 (12.29%) Scenario Testing
16 28 (11.86%) API Testing
17 25 (10.59%) Defect Management
18 24 (10.17%) Functional Testing
19 23 (9.75%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 56 (23.73%) C#
2 53 (22.46%) SQL
3 32 (13.56%) Java
4 22 (9.32%) VBScript
5 20 (8.47%) JavaScript
5 20 (8.47%) Python
6 16 (6.78%) Ruby
7 13 (5.51%) T-SQL
8 11 (4.66%) PL/SQL
9 6 (2.54%) Groovy
9 6 (2.54%) PowerShell
9 6 (2.54%) Scala
9 6 (2.54%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.85%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 230 (97.46%) ISTQB
2 85 (36.02%) ISEB
3 22 (9.32%) Degree
4 13 (5.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 13 (5.51%) Security Cleared
5 10 (4.24%) HNC
6 7 (2.97%) SC Cleared
7 4 (1.69%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (0.42%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.42%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (42.37%) QA
2 2 (0.85%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.42%) GDPR
3 1 (0.42%) JTAG
System Software
1 7 (2.97%) Docker
2 1 (0.42%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 31 (13.14%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (6.78%) HP ALM
3 12 (5.08%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (5.08%) Puppet
4 9 (3.81%) Netcool
4 9 (3.81%) TeMIP
5 6 (2.54%) Ansible
5 6 (2.54%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 46 (19.49%) Microsoft
2 29 (12.29%) HP
3 10 (4.24%) Oracle
4 9 (3.81%) Google
4 9 (3.81%) OpenText
4 9 (3.81%) Remedy
4 9 (3.81%) SAP
4 9 (3.81%) SolarWinds
5 7 (2.97%) Micro Focus
6 6 (2.54%) CA
6 6 (2.54%) CA Agile Central
6 6 (2.54%) Cadence
6 6 (2.54%) IBM
6 6 (2.54%) Parasoft
7 5 (2.12%) Workday
8 4 (1.69%) Atlassian
9 3 (1.27%) Ariba
10 1 (0.42%) Apple
10 1 (0.42%) JD Edwards
10 1 (0.42%) OpenLink