Period
to 16 December 2018

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 16 December 2018 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
16 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 724 714 621
Rank change year-on-year -10 -93 -22
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 416 520 697
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.29% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.11% 1.22% 1.44%
Number of salaries quoted 315 431 592
UK median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,500 £26,025
90th Percentile £55,000 £52,500 £51,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £37,000
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +5.71%

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 37,643 42,669 48,361
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.80% 23.95% 26.11%
Number of salaries quoted 27,589 32,795 38,603
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.98%

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 16 December 2018.

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 16 December 2018. 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 -7 371 £38,000 +7.04% 67
UK excluding London -31 303 £35,000 - 61
London +42 101 £45,000 +10.43% 11
South East +11 100 £32,500 - 21
Midlands +8 58 £34,250 -2.14% 12
North of England -29 55 £35,000 - 15
East of England +41 40 £40,000 +6.67% 3
West Midlands +30 36 £31,500 -10.00% 10
North West -15 29 £33,250 -5.00% 8
Yorkshire +21 25 £37,500 +8.70% 2
Scotland +5 24 £57,500 +53.33% 3
East Midlands +21 22 £42,500 - 2
South West -28 15 £35,000 -4.11% 5
Wales +3 11 £27,500 -19.12% 2
North East -15 1 £42,500 +6.25% 5

For the 6 months to 16 December 2018, 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.

1 351 (84.38%) ISTQB
2 264 (63.46%) Agile Software Development
3 258 (62.02%) Test Automation
4 242 (58.17%) Software Testing
5 194 (46.63%) ISEB
6 169 (40.63%) QA
7 157 (37.74%) Test Scripting
8 143 (34.38%) SQL
9 129 (31.01%) Selenium
10 108 (25.96%) JIRA
11 104 (25.00%) Waterfall
12 102 (24.52%) Finance
13 87 (20.91%) Test Strategy
14 82 (19.71%) SDLC
14 82 (19.71%) Regression Testing
15 77 (18.51%) Microsoft
16 73 (17.55%) Scenario Testing
17 69 (16.59%) Manual Testing
18 68 (16.35%) Defect Management
19 67 (16.11%) Test Management
20 62 (14.90%) Degree
21 60 (14.42%) Scrum
22 55 (13.22%) Java
23 54 (12.98%) C#
24 53 (12.74%) Analytical Skills
25 51 (12.26%) WebDriver
25 51 (12.26%) Functional Testing
25 51 (12.26%) SQL Server
26 50 (12.02%) Exploratory Testing
27 48 (11.54%) User Acceptance Testing

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 17 (4.09%) Confluence
2 10 (2.40%) SAS
3 5 (1.20%) CMS
3 5 (1.20%) EPiServer
4 3 (0.72%) MQSeries
4 3 (0.72%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.24%) Apache Spark
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.24%) WordPress
Applications
1 22 (5.29%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.96%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.72%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (0.96%) SAP FI-CA
1 4 (0.96%) SAP PSCD
2 3 (0.72%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.48%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.48%) Postilion
3 2 (0.48%) TIBCO iProcess
4 1 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 9 (2.16%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (0.48%) Sage Pay
3 2 (0.48%) Trello
4 1 (0.24%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.88%) Wireless
2 10 (2.40%) FTP
3 9 (2.16%) LTE
4 7 (1.68%) CDMA
4 7 (1.68%) DNS
4 7 (1.68%) GSM
4 7 (1.68%) UMTS
5 6 (1.44%) 2G
5 6 (1.44%) 3G
5 6 (1.44%) 802.15
5 6 (1.44%) Bluetooth
5 6 (1.44%) DHCP
5 6 (1.44%) ICMP
5 6 (1.44%) LAN
5 6 (1.44%) TCP/IP
5 6 (1.44%) WAN
5 6 (1.44%) Wi-Fi
5 6 (1.44%) ZigBee
6 3 (0.72%) ATM
6 3 (0.72%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (12.26%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.37%) DB2
3 6 (1.44%) Big Data
3 6 (1.44%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (1.20%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.96%) Data Mining
6 3 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.72%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.48%) Oracle Database 10g
7 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.24%) Apache Accumulo
8 1 (0.24%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 129 (31.01%) Selenium
2 108 (25.96%) JIRA
3 51 (12.26%) WebDriver
4 37 (8.89%) Cucumber
5 24 (5.77%) Jenkins
6 23 (5.53%) Team Foundation Server
7 18 (4.33%) Appium
8 17 (4.09%) SoapUI
9 15 (3.61%) Visual Studio
10 14 (3.37%) Git (software)
10 14 (3.37%) LoadRunner
11 13 (3.13%) NeoLoad
12 12 (2.88%) Rational DOORS
13 10 (2.40%) SpecFlow
13 10 (2.40%) Zephyr
14 8 (1.92%) JMeter
15 7 (1.68%) HP UFT
16 6 (1.44%) Bugzilla
16 6 (1.44%) Rational Quality Manager
16 6 (1.44%) TestRail
General
1 102 (24.52%) Finance
2 29 (6.97%) Banking
3 19 (4.57%) Retail
4 12 (2.88%) Legal
5 10 (2.40%) Retail Banking
6 9 (2.16%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.92%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.44%) Electronics
8 6 (1.44%) Investment Banking
9 5 (1.20%) Marketing
9 5 (1.20%) Military
10 4 (0.96%) Automotive
10 4 (0.96%) Games
10 4 (0.96%) Law
11 2 (0.48%) Back Office
11 2 (0.48%) Billing
11 2 (0.48%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 216 (51.92%) Analyst
2 207 (49.76%) Test Analyst
3 100 (24.04%) Tester
4 42 (10.10%) Test Engineer
5 41 (9.86%) Automation Tester
6 31 (7.45%) Test Manager
7 29 (6.97%) Software Analyst
7 29 (6.97%) Software Test Analyst
7 29 (6.97%) Test Leader
8 28 (6.73%) Software Tester
9 23 (5.53%) SQL Analyst
10 22 (5.29%) QA Engineer
11 21 (5.05%) Graduate
12 20 (4.81%) Junior
13 18 (4.33%) Junior Analyst
13 18 (4.33%) Junior Test Analyst
13 18 (4.33%) Lead Test Analyst
13 18 (4.33%) Manual Test Analyst
14 17 (4.09%) Graduate Test Analyst
14 17 (4.09%) Graduate Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (9.62%) .NET
2 28 (6.73%) Web Services
3 25 (6.01%) XML
4 17 (4.09%) ASP.NET
5 9 (2.16%) Gherkin
6 8 (1.92%) HTML
6 8 (1.92%) SOAP
7 6 (1.44%) 802.1X
7 6 (1.44%) JSON
7 6 (1.44%) ODBC
7 6 (1.44%) REST
8 4 (0.96%) .NET Framework
8 4 (0.96%) RabbitMQ
9 3 (0.72%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.72%) CSS
9 3 (0.72%) RESTful
10 2 (0.48%) CGI
10 2 (0.48%) jQuery
10 2 (0.48%) Velocity
11 1 (0.24%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 53 (12.74%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (8.65%) Mobile App
3 33 (7.93%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (3.37%) AS400
4 14 (3.37%) Fintech
5 9 (2.16%) Management Information System
6 5 (1.20%) Linux Command Line
7 4 (0.96%) Client/Server
7 4 (0.96%) User Experience
8 3 (0.72%) Animation
8 3 (0.72%) Photography
9 2 (0.48%) Analytical Mindset
9 2 (0.48%) EPoS
9 2 (0.48%) NHS
9 2 (0.48%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.24%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 31 (7.45%) Windows
2 25 (6.01%) Linux
3 11 (2.64%) Unix
4 8 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (1.68%) Android
5 7 (1.68%) CentOS
6 3 (0.72%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.72%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.48%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (63.46%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (62.02%) Test Automation
3 242 (58.17%) Software Testing
4 157 (37.74%) Test Scripting
5 104 (25.00%) Waterfall
6 87 (20.91%) Test Strategy
7 82 (19.71%) Regression Testing
7 82 (19.71%) SDLC
8 73 (17.55%) Scenario Testing
9 69 (16.59%) Manual Testing
10 68 (16.35%) Defect Management
11 67 (16.11%) Test Management
12 60 (14.42%) Scrum
13 51 (12.26%) Functional Testing
14 50 (12.02%) Exploratory Testing
15 48 (11.54%) User Acceptance Testing
16 46 (11.06%) Integration Testing
17 43 (10.34%) System Integration Testing
18 38 (9.13%) Non-Functional Testing
19 37 (8.89%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 143 (34.38%) SQL
2 55 (13.22%) Java
3 54 (12.98%) C#
4 31 (7.45%) Python
5 19 (4.57%) Bash Shell
6 17 (4.09%) JavaScript
7 9 (2.16%) PHP
7 9 (2.16%) PowerShell
8 7 (1.68%) Groovy
8 7 (1.68%) Ruby
8 7 (1.68%) Shell Script
8 7 (1.68%) VBA
9 5 (1.20%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.72%) C
10 3 (0.72%) Perl
10 3 (0.72%) TypeScript
10 3 (0.72%) VB
11 2 (0.48%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.24%) F#
12 1 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 351 (84.38%) ISTQB
2 194 (46.63%) ISEB
3 62 (14.90%) Degree
4 16 (3.85%) Security Cleared
5 14 (3.37%) SC Cleared
6 12 (2.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (1.44%) DV Cleared
8 4 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 4 (0.96%) IIBA
8 4 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 2 (0.48%) HNC
9 2 (0.48%) HND
10 1 (0.24%) CBAP
10 1 (0.24%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.24%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (40.63%) QA
2 3 (0.72%) GDPR
2 3 (0.72%) MiFID
3 2 (0.48%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.24%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (0.96%) Docker
3 3 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.24%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.24%) Firmware
4 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 27 (6.49%) HP ALM
2 24 (5.77%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (1.44%) Netcool
4 5 (1.20%) Ansible
5 1 (0.24%) Puppet
5 1 (0.24%) SCCM
5 1 (0.24%) SCOM
Vendors
1 77 (18.51%) Microsoft
2 34 (8.17%) HP
3 23 (5.53%) IBM
4 16 (3.85%) Cognizant
5 14 (3.37%) SAP
6 13 (3.13%) Oracle
7 12 (2.88%) Remedy
8 11 (2.64%) Atlassian
9 8 (1.92%) Red Hat
10 7 (1.68%) Cadence
11 6 (1.44%) SolarWinds
11 6 (1.44%) VMware
12 3 (0.72%) iManage
13 2 (0.48%) BT
13 2 (0.48%) OpenText
13 2 (0.48%) TIBCO
13 2 (0.48%) Xamarin
14 1 (0.24%) CheckPoint
14 1 (0.24%) LogRhythm
14 1 (0.24%) webMethods