Period
to 28 October 2021

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 October 2021 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 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 856 629 667
Rank change year-on-year -227 +38 +146
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 196 73 448
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.15% 0.15% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.71% 0.69% 1.42%
Number of salaries quoted 127 54 277
10th Percentile £30,500 £30,375 £28,000
25th Percentile £36,250 £35,000 £31,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
75th Percentile £56,875 £51,313 £47,500
90th Percentile £73,000 £57,500 £59,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +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 27,563 10,564 31,445
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.68% 21.28% 22.95%
Number of salaries quoted 15,262 8,149 23,527
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.04% +8.89% -

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 October 2021.

Salary histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 17 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 October 2021. 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 -242 161 £45,000 +5.88% 36
UK excluding London -168 136 £45,000 +5.88% 34
Work from Home -215 50 £47,500 +26.67% 7
London -204 47 £55,000 +8.91% 6
South East -149 46 £46,500 +9.41% 11
Midlands -113 23 £46,000 -5.15% 2
South West -68 21 £45,000 -18.18% 5
North of England -122 19 £37,500 - 9
West Midlands -91 18 £43,250 -10.82% 2
Northern Ireland -37 12 - - 1
North West -94 11 £37,500 +15.38% 5
Scotland - 7 £32,500 - 2
East Midlands -69 5 £46,000 +37.31%
Yorkshire - 5 £36,250 - 4
East of England -106 4 - - 3
Wales - 4 £35,250 - 2
North East -30 3 £35,000 -17.65%

For the 6 months to 28 October 2021, 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.

1 180 (91.84%) ISTQB
2 153 (78.06%) Test Automation
3 139 (70.92%) Software Testing
4 138 (70.41%) QA
5 119 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
6 83 (42.35%) Selenium
7 79 (40.31%) Social Skills
8 76 (38.78%) JIRA
9 75 (38.27%) ISEB
10 62 (31.63%) Regression Testing
11 59 (30.10%) Java
12 57 (29.08%) C#
13 56 (28.57%) Test Scripting
13 56 (28.57%) DevOps
14 55 (28.06%) SQL
15 51 (26.02%) Test Strategy
16 49 (25.00%) Microsoft
16 49 (25.00%) Test Management
16 49 (25.00%) Azure
17 48 (24.49%) SQL Server
18 42 (21.43%) HP
18 42 (21.43%) TDD
18 42 (21.43%) BDD
19 41 (20.92%) Problem-Solving
20 40 (20.41%) API Testing
20 40 (20.41%) User Acceptance Testing
21 38 (19.39%) Degree
22 37 (18.88%) Finance
22 37 (18.88%) Scrum
22 37 (18.88%) SDLC

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 24 (12.24%) Confluence
2 4 (2.04%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.02%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.02%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (4.08%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 14 (7.14%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (6.12%) Oracle Applications
2 12 (6.12%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.51%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.51%) SAP FI-CA
3 1 (0.51%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.51%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 49 (25.00%) Azure
2 19 (9.69%) AWS
3 9 (4.59%) GitHub
4 8 (4.08%) Serverless
5 7 (3.57%) SaaS
6 5 (2.55%) BlazeMeter
6 5 (2.55%) BrowserStack
7 4 (2.04%) AWS CodePipeline
8 3 (1.53%) Azure Data Factory
9 2 (1.02%) Amazon S3
9 2 (1.02%) AWS CodeDeploy
9 2 (1.02%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (1.02%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (1.02%) Microsoft 365
9 2 (1.02%) NuGet
9 2 (1.02%) Power Platform
9 2 (1.02%) Sauce Labs
9 2 (1.02%) Snowflake
10 1 (0.51%) AWS IoT
10 1 (0.51%) Azure Service Bus
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.12%) Firewall
2 10 (5.10%) TCP/IP
3 9 (4.59%) HTTP
4 8 (4.08%) Network Security
5 6 (3.06%) SSL
6 2 (1.02%) SNMP
6 2 (1.02%) Softphone
7 1 (0.51%) ATM
7 1 (0.51%) SMTP
7 1 (0.51%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (24.49%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.10%) RDBMS
2 10 (5.10%) Relational Database
3 9 (4.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (4.08%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.55%) PostgreSQL
6 4 (2.04%) NoSQL
7 3 (1.53%) Amazon RDS
7 3 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (1.02%) Big Data
8 2 (1.02%) Power BI
8 2 (1.02%) Tableau
9 1 (0.51%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.51%) OLAP
9 1 (0.51%) Oracle BI EE
9 1 (0.51%) Oracle ODI
9 1 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 83 (42.35%) Selenium
2 76 (38.78%) JIRA
3 34 (17.35%) Team Foundation Server
4 28 (14.29%) SpecFlow
5 26 (13.27%) TestRail
6 25 (12.76%) Jenkins
6 25 (12.76%) Postman
7 19 (9.69%) WebDriver
8 18 (9.18%) HP UFT
9 17 (8.67%) JMeter
9 17 (8.67%) SoapUI
10 15 (7.65%) Cucumber
11 13 (6.63%) Ranorex
12 12 (6.12%) NUnit
13 11 (5.61%) Maven
13 11 (5.61%) MSTest
14 10 (5.10%) Cypress.io
15 9 (4.59%) Git (software)
16 7 (3.57%) TestComplete
17 6 (3.06%) JUnit
General
1 79 (40.31%) Social Skills
2 37 (18.88%) Finance
3 31 (15.82%) Analytical Skills
4 21 (10.71%) Organisational Skills
5 15 (7.65%) Marketing
6 13 (6.63%) Influencing Skills
7 11 (5.61%) Law
8 9 (4.59%) Telecoms
9 7 (3.57%) Legal
10 6 (3.06%) Presentation Skills
11 5 (2.55%) Public Sector
12 3 (1.53%) Aerospace
12 3 (1.53%) Manufacturing
13 2 (1.02%) Banking
13 2 (1.02%) Documentation Skills
13 2 (1.02%) Electronics
13 2 (1.02%) Inclusion and Diversity
14 1 (0.51%) Automotive
14 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
14 1 (0.51%) Retail
Job Titles
1 61 (31.12%) Analyst
2 47 (23.98%) Test Analyst
3 45 (22.96%) Tester
4 38 (19.39%) QA Engineer
5 34 (17.35%) Test Engineer
6 29 (14.80%) Software Tester
7 16 (8.16%) Software Test Engineer
8 13 (6.63%) QA Leader
8 13 (6.63%) Senior QA Engineer
8 13 (6.63%) Test Automation Engineer
9 12 (6.12%) ERP Analyst
9 12 (6.12%) Quality Engineer
10 11 (5.61%) Automation Tester
10 11 (5.61%) QA Automation Engineer
11 10 (5.10%) QA Analyst
12 9 (4.59%) Senior Test Engineer
12 9 (4.59%) Software Analyst
13 8 (4.08%) Software Test Analyst
13 8 (4.08%) Test Leader
13 8 (4.08%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (15.82%) .NET
2 22 (11.22%) SOAP
2 22 (11.22%) XML
3 14 (7.14%) Web Services
4 13 (6.63%) REST
4 13 (6.63%) Velocity
5 8 (4.08%) RESTful
6 7 (3.57%) .NET Framework
6 7 (3.57%) JSON
7 4 (2.04%) Node.js
7 4 (2.04%) Swagger
7 4 (2.04%) WebSockets
8 3 (1.53%) ASP.NET
8 3 (1.53%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (1.53%) Gherkin
8 3 (1.53%) React
9 2 (1.02%) Kafka
10 1 (0.51%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.51%) iOS SDK
10 1 (0.51%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 27 (13.78%) Management Information System
2 23 (11.73%) Self-Motivation
3 22 (11.22%) Mobile App
4 15 (7.65%) User Experience
5 13 (6.63%) EPoS
6 6 (3.06%) Digital Media
7 5 (2.55%) Client/Server
8 4 (2.04%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (2.04%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (1.53%) Analytical Mindset
9 3 (1.53%) Data Structures
10 2 (1.02%) Handset
11 1 (0.51%) Cybercrime
11 1 (0.51%) Driving Licence
11 1 (0.51%) Embedded Systems
11 1 (0.51%) PMI
11 1 (0.51%) Video Conferencing
11 1 (0.51%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 24 (12.24%) Windows
2 18 (9.18%) Linux
3 13 (6.63%) Unix
4 8 (4.08%) Solaris
5 5 (2.55%) Android
5 5 (2.55%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 153 (78.06%) Test Automation
2 139 (70.92%) Software Testing
3 119 (60.71%) Agile Software Development
4 62 (31.63%) Regression Testing
5 56 (28.57%) DevOps
5 56 (28.57%) Test Scripting
6 51 (26.02%) Test Strategy
7 49 (25.00%) Test Management
8 42 (21.43%) BDD
8 42 (21.43%) TDD
9 41 (20.92%) Problem-Solving
10 40 (20.41%) API Testing
10 40 (20.41%) User Acceptance Testing
11 37 (18.88%) Scrum
11 37 (18.88%) SDLC
12 33 (16.84%) Continuous Improvement
13 32 (16.33%) Scenario Testing
13 32 (16.33%) Stakeholder Management
14 31 (15.82%) Test Planning
15 27 (13.78%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 59 (30.10%) Java
2 57 (29.08%) C#
3 55 (28.06%) SQL
4 26 (13.27%) JavaScript
5 14 (7.14%) Python
6 7 (3.57%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.51%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.51%) C
7 1 (0.51%) C++
7 1 (0.51%) Go
7 1 (0.51%) Groovy
7 1 (0.51%) PHP
7 1 (0.51%) Ruby
7 1 (0.51%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 180 (91.84%) ISTQB
2 75 (38.27%) ISEB
3 38 (19.39%) Degree
4 13 (6.63%) HNC
5 11 (5.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 9 (4.59%) Computer Science Degree
7 8 (4.08%) CEH
7 8 (4.08%) CISA
7 8 (4.08%) GIAC
7 8 (4.08%) OSCE
7 8 (4.08%) OSCP
8 6 (3.06%) SC Cleared
8 6 (3.06%) Security Cleared
9 4 (2.04%) Sun Certification
10 3 (1.53%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (1.02%) CCSP
11 2 (1.02%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (1.02%) CISSP
11 2 (1.02%) GISF
11 2 (1.02%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (70.41%) QA
2 8 (4.08%) Accessibility
2 8 (4.08%) GDPR
2 8 (4.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (4.08%) NIST
3 3 (1.53%) SLA
4 2 (1.02%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.51%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.51%) Docker
2 1 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 28 (14.29%) HP ALM
2 17 (8.67%) HP Quality Center
3 6 (3.06%) HP Fortify
3 6 (3.06%) WebInspect
4 4 (2.04%) Grafana
5 3 (1.53%) Kubernetes
6 2 (1.02%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 49 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 42 (21.43%) HP
3 29 (14.80%) Oracle
4 12 (6.12%) JD Edwards
5 8 (4.08%) ArcSight
5 8 (4.08%) Atlassian
5 8 (4.08%) Splunk
5 8 (4.08%) Tripwire
6 6 (3.06%) Black Duck
6 6 (3.06%) Micro Focus
6 6 (3.06%) Qualys
6 6 (3.06%) Sonatype
7 5 (2.55%) Salesforce.com
8 4 (2.04%) Cognizant
8 4 (2.04%) SAP
9 2 (1.02%) Databricks
9 2 (1.02%) VMware
9 2 (1.02%) webMethods
10 1 (0.51%) Guidewire
10 1 (0.51%) iManage