Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 787 719 613
Rank change year-on-year -68 -106 +12
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 365 506 761
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.29% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.94% 1.19% 1.51%
Number of salaries quoted 276 403 641
UK median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £36,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +14.29% -2.78% -6.49%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £56,250 £52,500 £51,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £36,000
% 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 38,782 42,567 50,529
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.72% 24.41% 26.46%
Number of salaries quoted 28,746 32,680 40,569
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -99 320 £40,000 +14.29% 69
UK excluding London -74 253 £35,000 - 64
South East -2 97 £34,000 -2.86% 12
London -2 95 £44,250 +4.12% 11
North of England -25 41 £32,250 -7.86% 24
Midlands +5 40 £34,250 -6.16% 12
West Midlands +18 30 £32,500 -10.96% 9
South West -13 24 £35,000 -6.67% 5
North West -24 23 £30,750 -12.14% 13
East of England +26 22 £40,000 +42.86% 5
Scotland +8 22 £55,000 +46.67% 5
Yorkshire -2 18 £33,000 -2.94% 9
East Midlands -6 10 £42,500 +13.33% 3
Wales +3 6 £55,000 +96.43% 1
Northern Ireland +8 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 309 (84.66%) ISTQB
2 229 (62.74%) Agile Software Development
2 229 (62.74%) Test Automation
3 217 (59.45%) Software Testing
4 188 (51.51%) ISEB
5 156 (42.74%) QA
6 132 (36.16%) Test Scripting
7 128 (35.07%) Selenium
8 109 (29.86%) SQL
9 99 (27.12%) JIRA
10 95 (26.03%) Finance
11 79 (21.64%) Test Strategy
11 79 (21.64%) SDLC
12 75 (20.55%) Waterfall
12 75 (20.55%) Degree
13 69 (18.90%) Test Management
14 68 (18.63%) Scenario Testing
15 65 (17.81%) Scrum
16 58 (15.89%) Java
17 55 (15.07%) Regression Testing
17 55 (15.07%) User Acceptance Testing
18 53 (14.52%) Cucumber
18 53 (14.52%) Functional Testing
19 52 (14.25%) Defect Management
20 50 (13.70%) C#
21 49 (13.42%) Analytical Skills
22 48 (13.15%) WebDriver
22 48 (13.15%) Manual Testing
22 48 (13.15%) Microsoft
23 44 (12.05%) Integration 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 21 (5.75%) Confluence
2 7 (1.92%) CMS
3 5 (1.37%) EPiServer
3 5 (1.37%) SAS
4 2 (0.55%) Apache Spark
4 2 (0.55%) WordPress
5 1 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 1 (0.27%) SharePoint
Applications
1 19 (5.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 17 (4.66%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.27%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 4 (1.10%) TIBCO iProcess
2 3 (0.82%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.55%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.55%) Postilion
3 2 (0.55%) SAP FI-CA
3 2 (0.55%) SAP PSCD
4 1 (0.27%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.27%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (1.92%) BrowserStack
1 7 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (1.64%) GitHub
3 4 (1.10%) Office 365
3 4 (1.10%) Sage Pay
4 2 (0.55%) Runscope
4 2 (0.55%) Trello
5 1 (0.27%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.27%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.74%) LAN
1 10 (2.74%) WAN
2 7 (1.92%) DNS
2 7 (1.92%) FTP
2 7 (1.92%) LTE
2 7 (1.92%) Wireless
3 6 (1.64%) 2G
3 6 (1.64%) 3G
3 6 (1.64%) 802.15
3 6 (1.64%) Bluetooth
3 6 (1.64%) CDMA
3 6 (1.64%) DHCP
3 6 (1.64%) GSM
3 6 (1.64%) ICMP
3 6 (1.64%) TCP/IP
3 6 (1.64%) UMTS
3 6 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
3 6 (1.64%) ZigBee
4 3 (0.82%) ATM
5 1 (0.27%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (9.86%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.74%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (1.10%) Big Data
3 4 (1.10%) Data Mining
3 4 (1.10%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (0.82%) MongoDB
4 3 (0.82%) MySQL
4 3 (0.82%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.55%) Apache Accumulo
5 2 (0.55%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.55%) Oracle Database 10g
5 2 (0.55%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.27%) Apache Cassandra
6 1 (0.27%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.27%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.27%) Power BI
6 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.27%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 128 (35.07%) Selenium
2 99 (27.12%) JIRA
3 53 (14.52%) Cucumber
4 48 (13.15%) WebDriver
5 32 (8.77%) Jenkins
6 25 (6.85%) Team Foundation Server
7 21 (5.75%) Appium
8 19 (5.21%) HP UFT
9 18 (4.93%) Git (software)
10 17 (4.66%) SoapUI
11 16 (4.38%) SpecFlow
12 15 (4.11%) JMeter
13 13 (3.56%) TestRail
14 12 (3.29%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 12 (3.29%) LoadRunner
15 10 (2.74%) NeoLoad
15 10 (2.74%) Visual Studio
16 8 (2.19%) TestNG
16 8 (2.19%) Visual Studio Team System
17 6 (1.64%) TeamCity
General
1 95 (26.03%) Finance
2 33 (9.04%) Banking
3 17 (4.66%) Retail
4 11 (3.01%) Legal
5 9 (2.47%) Games
6 8 (2.19%) Manufacturing
6 8 (2.19%) Retail Banking
7 7 (1.92%) Automotive
8 5 (1.37%) Back Office
8 5 (1.37%) Investment Banking
9 4 (1.10%) Electronics
9 4 (1.10%) Law
9 4 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (1.10%) Telecoms
10 3 (0.82%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.82%) Marketing
11 2 (0.55%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.27%) Billing
12 1 (0.27%) Military
Job Titles
1 178 (48.77%) Analyst
2 160 (43.84%) Test Analyst
3 71 (19.45%) Tester
4 34 (9.32%) Test Engineer
5 29 (7.95%) Test Manager
6 28 (7.67%) Automation Tester
6 28 (7.67%) Software Tester
7 24 (6.58%) QA Analyst
7 24 (6.58%) Test Leader
8 20 (5.48%) QA Engineer
9 19 (5.21%) Software Analyst
10 18 (4.93%) Software Test Analyst
11 17 (4.66%) SQL Analyst
12 16 (4.38%) Consultant
12 16 (4.38%) Graduate
13 15 (4.11%) Senior Analyst
14 14 (3.84%) Senior Test Analyst
15 13 (3.56%) Junior
15 13 (3.56%) Test Automation Engineer
16 12 (3.29%) QA Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (9.59%) .NET
2 22 (6.03%) Web Services
2 22 (6.03%) XML
3 14 (3.84%) SOAP
4 11 (3.01%) HTML
5 10 (2.74%) .NET Framework
5 10 (2.74%) ASP.NET
6 9 (2.47%) CSS
7 6 (1.64%) 802.1X
7 6 (1.64%) Gherkin
7 6 (1.64%) RESTful
8 5 (1.37%) jQuery
8 5 (1.37%) JSON
9 4 (1.10%) REST
10 3 (0.82%) AngularJS
11 2 (0.55%) CGI
11 2 (0.55%) HTML5
11 2 (0.55%) RabbitMQ
11 2 (0.55%) XHTML
12 1 (0.27%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 49 (13.42%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (10.14%) Self-Motivation
3 34 (9.32%) Computer Science
4 27 (7.40%) Mobile App
5 10 (2.74%) Management Information System
6 9 (2.47%) Fintech
7 4 (1.10%) Client/Server
8 3 (0.82%) Algorithms
8 3 (0.82%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.82%) Life Science
9 2 (0.55%) Analytical Mindset
9 2 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.55%) EPoS
9 2 (0.55%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.55%) Public Cloud
10 1 (0.27%) AS400
10 1 (0.27%) LIMS
10 1 (0.27%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.27%) NHS
10 1 (0.27%) Spread Betting
Operating Systems
1 20 (5.48%) Linux
2 18 (4.93%) Windows
3 12 (3.29%) Unix
4 7 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 6 (1.64%) CentOS
5 6 (1.64%) Windows Server
6 2 (0.55%) Android
6 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (0.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.27%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 229 (62.74%) Agile Software Development
1 229 (62.74%) Test Automation
2 217 (59.45%) Software Testing
3 132 (36.16%) Test Scripting
4 79 (21.64%) SDLC
4 79 (21.64%) Test Strategy
5 75 (20.55%) Waterfall
6 69 (18.90%) Test Management
7 68 (18.63%) Scenario Testing
8 65 (17.81%) Scrum
9 55 (15.07%) Regression Testing
9 55 (15.07%) User Acceptance Testing
10 53 (14.52%) Functional Testing
11 52 (14.25%) Defect Management
12 48 (13.15%) Manual Testing
13 44 (12.05%) Integration Testing
14 40 (10.96%) BDD
15 39 (10.68%) Continuous Improvement
16 38 (10.41%) System Integration Testing
17 36 (9.86%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 109 (29.86%) SQL
2 58 (15.89%) Java
3 50 (13.70%) C#
4 37 (10.14%) Python
5 26 (7.12%) JavaScript
6 17 (4.66%) Bash Shell
7 11 (3.01%) Ruby
8 10 (2.74%) Groovy
9 7 (1.92%) PHP
10 6 (1.64%) C++
10 6 (1.64%) PowerShell
10 6 (1.64%) Shell Script
11 5 (1.37%) T-SQL
11 5 (1.37%) VBScript
12 4 (1.10%) Perl
13 3 (0.82%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.55%) C
14 2 (0.55%) VB
15 1 (0.27%) Kotlin
15 1 (0.27%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 309 (84.66%) ISTQB
2 188 (51.51%) ISEB
3 75 (20.55%) Degree
4 14 (3.84%) Security Cleared
5 9 (2.47%) SC Cleared
6 8 (2.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 8 (2.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 8 (2.19%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 7 (1.92%) ISEB Practitioner
8 6 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (1.37%) IIBA
9 5 (1.37%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.10%) DV Cleared
10 4 (1.10%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (1.10%) Six Sigma Green Belt
11 2 (0.55%) HNC
12 1 (0.27%) CBAP
12 1 (0.27%) HND
12 1 (0.27%) MCP
12 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 156 (42.74%) QA
2 4 (1.10%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.82%) GAMP
3 3 (0.82%) GMP
4 2 (0.55%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.27%) GDPR
5 1 (0.27%) ISO 15765
5 1 (0.27%) MiFID
5 1 (0.27%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (1.37%) Docker
2 3 (0.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.55%) Firmware
4 1 (0.27%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.27%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.27%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.27%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 21 (5.75%) HP ALM
1 21 (5.75%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (0.55%) Ansible
2 2 (0.55%) Puppet
3 1 (0.27%) Netcool
3 1 (0.27%) SCCM
3 1 (0.27%) SCOM
Vendors
1 48 (13.15%) Microsoft
2 35 (9.59%) HP
3 24 (6.58%) Atlassian
4 14 (3.84%) Cognizant
5 12 (3.29%) Oracle
6 8 (2.19%) Capita
6 8 (2.19%) SAP
7 7 (1.92%) IBM
7 7 (1.92%) Red Hat
7 7 (1.92%) Remedy
8 6 (1.64%) CA Agile Central
9 5 (1.37%) Cadence
10 4 (1.10%) Micro Focus
10 4 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
10 4 (1.10%) TIBCO
10 4 (1.10%) VMware
11 3 (0.82%) iManage
12 2 (0.55%) BT
13 1 (0.27%) OpenText
13 1 (0.27%) webMethods