Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 619 645 834
Rank change year-on-year +26 +189 -118
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 68 494 346
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.35% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.62% 1.50% 0.89%
Number of salaries quoted 56 278 263
Median annual salary £42,500 £41,500 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.41% +9.21% +1.33%
10th Percentile £29,375 £27,500 £27,500
90th Percentile £57,500 £60,000 £56,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +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 10,902 32,832 39,033
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.05% 23.45% 23.61%
Number of salaries quoted 7,998 23,842 28,948
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +8.70%
10th Percentile £31,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,570 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.16% - +5.88%

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 23 September 2020.

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 23 September 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
UK excluding London +46 58 £42,500 +6.25% 13
England +33 52 £48,500 +14.12% 12
South East +131 19 £50,000 +17.65% 6
East of England +127 10 £42,500 - 1
Midlands +92 9 £48,500 +21.25% 4
Northern Ireland +26 8 £35,000 -
West Midlands +77 7 £48,500 +21.25% 4
London +156 6 £50,000 -9.09%
North of England +106 6 £37,500 +15.38% 1
North West +73 3 £32,500 -
Work from Home +57 3 £37,500 +8.70%
Wales +25 3 £33,703 -3.71% 1
South West +80 2 £45,000 +20.00% 1
East Midlands +67 2 £33,500 -16.25%
North East +14 2 £42,500 +70.00% 1
Yorkshire +134 1 £55,000 +41.94%
Scotland +89 1 £41,500 -2.35%

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 61 (89.71%) Test Automation
2 59 (86.76%) ISTQB
3 39 (57.35%) Agile Software Development
4 35 (51.47%) Selenium
5 30 (44.12%) Software Testing
5 30 (44.12%) ISEB
6 27 (39.71%) QA
7 25 (36.76%) JIRA
8 23 (33.82%) DevOps
9 21 (30.88%) Azure
10 20 (29.41%) C#
11 19 (27.94%) Degree
11 19 (27.94%) Test Scripting
12 18 (26.47%) SQL
13 17 (25.00%) HP
13 17 (25.00%) Performance Testing
13 17 (25.00%) Scenario Testing
14 16 (23.53%) Problem-Solving
15 15 (22.06%) HP Quality Center
16 14 (20.59%) User Acceptance Testing
16 14 (20.59%) Scrum
17 13 (19.12%) Regression Testing
17 13 (19.12%) Test Strategy
18 12 (17.65%) SDET
18 12 (17.65%) Test Management
19 11 (16.18%) Manual Testing
19 11 (16.18%) System Testing
19 11 (16.18%) Computer Science
19 11 (16.18%) WebDriver
20 10 (14.71%) Microsoft

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 6 (8.82%) CMS
2 2 (2.94%) Confluence
2 2 (2.94%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.47%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (4.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.94%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (2.94%) Magento
3 1 (1.47%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 21 (30.88%) Azure
2 7 (10.29%) AWS
3 2 (2.94%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (2.94%) Power Platform
4 1 (1.47%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.47%) GitHub
4 1 (1.47%) NuGet
4 1 (1.47%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.35%) Intranet
2 3 (4.41%) 3G
2 3 (4.41%) 4G
2 3 (4.41%) HTTP
2 3 (4.41%) LTE
2 3 (4.41%) Wireshark
3 2 (2.94%) Firewall
3 2 (2.94%) Network Security
3 2 (2.94%) SSL
3 2 (2.94%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.82%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.94%) Power BI
2 2 (2.94%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.47%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.47%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.47%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 35 (51.47%) Selenium
2 25 (36.76%) JIRA
3 11 (16.18%) WebDriver
4 10 (14.71%) JMeter
4 10 (14.71%) Postman
5 9 (13.24%) SpecFlow
5 9 (13.24%) Visual Studio Team System
6 6 (8.82%) Appium
6 6 (8.82%) Protractor
7 5 (7.35%) Mocha
8 4 (5.88%) Cypress.io
8 4 (5.88%) Gatling
9 3 (4.41%) Git (software)
9 3 (4.41%) Jenkins
9 3 (4.41%) Zephyr
10 2 (2.94%) MSTest
10 2 (2.94%) REST Assured
10 2 (2.94%) SoapUI
11 1 (1.47%) JBehave
11 1 (1.47%) TestNG
General
1 5 (7.35%) Back Office
1 5 (7.35%) Finance
2 4 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 3 (4.41%) Retail
4 2 (2.94%) Digital Economy
4 2 (2.94%) Games
5 1 (1.47%) Front Office
5 1 (1.47%) Housing Association
5 1 (1.47%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 23 (33.82%) Analyst
2 18 (26.47%) Test Engineer
3 14 (20.59%) Test Analyst
4 11 (16.18%) Tester
5 9 (13.24%) Test Automation Engineer
6 8 (11.76%) Automation Tester
7 7 (10.29%) QA Analyst
8 6 (8.82%) Developer
8 6 (8.82%) QA Engineer
8 6 (8.82%) Senior Automation Tester
8 6 (8.82%) Senior QA Engineer
8 6 (8.82%) Senior Tester
8 6 (8.82%) Software Developer
9 5 (7.35%) Developer in Test
10 4 (5.88%) Python Developer
10 4 (5.88%) Selenium Test Analyst
10 4 (5.88%) Test Automation Developer
11 3 (4.41%) Automation Test Analyst
11 3 (4.41%) Performance Engineer
11 3 (4.41%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.24%) .NET
1 9 (13.24%) Web Services
2 8 (11.76%) REST
3 5 (7.35%) RESTful
4 4 (5.88%) .NET Core
4 4 (5.88%) Chai
4 4 (5.88%) WebdriverIO
5 3 (4.41%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.94%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC 3
6 2 (2.94%) FIX Protocol
6 2 (2.94%) jQuery
6 2 (2.94%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (1.47%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.47%) Jest
7 1 (1.47%) Nightwatchjs
7 1 (1.47%) OAuth
7 1 (1.47%) OAuth2
7 1 (1.47%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.24%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (11.76%) Mobile App
3 4 (5.88%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (2.94%) AS400
4 2 (2.94%) Equities
4 2 (2.94%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (2.94%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.94%) Smart Meter
4 2 (2.94%) User Experience
5 1 (1.47%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.47%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.47%) Derivative
5 1 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.47%) NHS
5 1 (1.47%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.41%) Windows
2 2 (2.94%) Linux
3 1 (1.47%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (89.71%) Test Automation
2 39 (57.35%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (44.12%) Software Testing
4 23 (33.82%) DevOps
5 19 (27.94%) Test Scripting
6 17 (25.00%) Performance Testing
6 17 (25.00%) Scenario Testing
7 16 (23.53%) Problem-Solving
8 14 (20.59%) Scrum
8 14 (20.59%) User Acceptance Testing
9 13 (19.12%) Regression Testing
9 13 (19.12%) Test Strategy
10 12 (17.65%) SDET
10 12 (17.65%) Test Management
11 11 (16.18%) Computer Science
11 11 (16.18%) Manual Testing
11 11 (16.18%) System Testing
12 10 (14.71%) BDD
13 9 (13.24%) Non-Functional Testing
13 9 (13.24%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (29.41%) C#
2 18 (26.47%) SQL
3 9 (13.24%) Python
4 6 (8.82%) Java
5 3 (4.41%) T-SQL
6 2 (2.94%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.47%) C++
7 1 (1.47%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.47%) Perl
7 1 (1.47%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.47%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.47%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 59 (86.76%) ISTQB
2 30 (44.12%) ISEB
3 19 (27.94%) Degree
4 7 (10.29%) HNC
5 3 (4.41%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (4.41%) Security Cleared
6 2 (2.94%) CEH
6 2 (2.94%) CISA
6 2 (2.94%) GIAC
6 2 (2.94%) OSCE
6 2 (2.94%) OSCP
7 1 (1.47%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.47%) PMI Certification
7 1 (1.47%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (39.71%) QA
2 2 (2.94%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.94%) GDPR
2 2 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.94%) NIST
System Software
1 9 (13.24%) Docker
Systems Management
1 15 (22.06%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (13.24%) Kubernetes
3 6 (8.82%) HP ALM
4 5 (7.35%) Puppet
5 2 (2.94%) HP Fortify
5 2 (2.94%) WebInspect
6 1 (1.47%) Ansible
6 1 (1.47%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 17 (25.00%) HP
2 10 (14.71%) Microsoft
3 5 (7.35%) Oracle
4 2 (2.94%) ArcSight
4 2 (2.94%) Black Duck
4 2 (2.94%) IBM
4 2 (2.94%) Micro Focus
4 2 (2.94%) Qualys
4 2 (2.94%) Sonatype
4 2 (2.94%) Splunk
4 2 (2.94%) Tripwire
5 1 (1.47%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.47%) Cadence
5 1 (1.47%) Novell
5 1 (1.47%) Talend
5 1 (1.47%) Xamarin