Period
to 9 July 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 9 July 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
9 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 712 674 824
Rank change year-on-year -38 +150 -142
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 127 502 390
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.16% 0.34% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.75% 1.40% 0.92%
Number of salaries quoted 114 276 307
Median annual salary £40,000 £42,500 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -5.88% +10.39% +2.67%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,875 £28,150
90th Percentile £56,750 £60,000 £53,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £41,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year -2.44% +9.33% +7.14%

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 16,906 35,732 42,185
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.70% 24.28% 23.75%
Number of salaries quoted 12,335 25,866 31,531
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £29,536 £26,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,500
% change year-on-year +5.56% +1.12% +4.71%

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 9 July 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 9 July 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 +38 106 £40,000 -2.44% 6
England -68 93 £42,500 - 5
South East +104 24 £50,000 +15.61%
Wales +28 24 £35,000 +9.38% 1
London +57 20 £45,000 -18.18% 2
North of England +73 18 £39,704 +5.88% 2
Midlands +23 16 £40,000 -2.44% 1
West Midlands +63 13 £46,000 +13.58%
East of England +88 10 £35,000 -17.65%
North West +49 10 £50,000 +38.89% 1
Yorkshire +100 8 £32,500 -18.75%
Northern Ireland +28 8 £35,000 -17.65%
South West +62 5 £35,000 +11.11%
Work from Home +56 3 £50,000 +25.00%
East Midlands +29 3 £33,500 -21.18% 1
Scotland +67 1 £41,500 -5.14% 2

For the 6 months to 9 July 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.

1 118 (92.91%) ISTQB
2 98 (77.17%) Test Automation
3 57 (44.88%) Software Testing
4 54 (42.52%) Agile Software Development
5 51 (40.16%) Selenium
6 50 (39.37%) JIRA
7 46 (36.22%) ISEB
8 44 (34.65%) QA
9 40 (31.50%) Finance
10 30 (23.62%) Test Scripting
11 27 (21.26%) C#
11 27 (21.26%) SDLC
12 24 (18.90%) Postman
12 24 (18.90%) Test Strategy
13 23 (18.11%) User Acceptance Testing
13 23 (18.11%) SQL
13 23 (18.11%) HP
14 22 (17.32%) Problem-Solving
15 21 (16.54%) Performance Testing
16 20 (15.75%) Jenkins
17 19 (14.96%) HP Quality Center
17 19 (14.96%) WebDriver
17 19 (14.96%) Degree
17 19 (14.96%) Regression Testing
17 19 (14.96%) Scrum
18 17 (13.39%) JMeter
18 17 (13.39%) Microsoft
18 17 (13.39%) Azure
18 17 (13.39%) Scenario Testing
19 16 (12.60%) Analytical Skills

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 8 (6.30%) Confluence
2 4 (3.15%) CMS
3 2 (1.57%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.79%) Mule
4 1 (0.79%) Mule ESB
4 1 (0.79%) NServiceBus
4 1 (0.79%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (4.72%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (2.36%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.79%) NetSuite
1 1 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 17 (13.39%) Azure
2 9 (7.09%) GitHub
3 8 (6.30%) AWS
4 5 (3.94%) Heroku
5 4 (3.15%) BrowserStack
6 3 (2.36%) Slack
7 2 (1.57%) AWS IoT
7 2 (1.57%) GCP
8 1 (0.79%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.79%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.36%) Firewall
1 3 (2.36%) HTTP
2 2 (1.57%) Network Security
2 2 (1.57%) PuTTY
2 2 (1.57%) SSL
2 2 (1.57%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.79%) 3G
3 1 (0.79%) 4G
3 1 (0.79%) LTE
3 1 (0.79%) RS-232
3 1 (0.79%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (3.94%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.36%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.57%) SQLPlus
4 1 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (0.79%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.79%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 51 (40.16%) Selenium
2 50 (39.37%) JIRA
3 24 (18.90%) Postman
4 20 (15.75%) Jenkins
5 19 (14.96%) WebDriver
6 17 (13.39%) JMeter
7 16 (12.60%) Visual Studio
8 15 (11.81%) SoapUI
8 15 (11.81%) Zephyr
9 14 (11.02%) Cucumber
9 14 (11.02%) Team Foundation Server
10 11 (8.66%) SpecFlow
11 10 (7.87%) Gatling
12 9 (7.09%) TeamCity
13 7 (5.51%) GoCD
13 7 (5.51%) HP UFT
13 7 (5.51%) Octopus Deploy
14 5 (3.94%) Maven
14 5 (3.94%) TestComplete
14 5 (3.94%) TestRail
General
1 40 (31.50%) Finance
2 7 (5.51%) Banking
3 4 (3.15%) Legal
3 4 (3.15%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.36%) Advertising
4 3 (2.36%) Games
4 3 (2.36%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.79%) Back Office
5 1 (0.79%) Electronics
5 1 (0.79%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.79%) Marketing
5 1 (0.79%) Public Sector
5 1 (0.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 57 (44.88%) Analyst
2 47 (37.01%) Test Analyst
3 30 (23.62%) Tester
4 14 (11.02%) Test Leader
5 12 (9.45%) Automation Test Analyst
5 12 (9.45%) QA Analyst
5 12 (9.45%) Software Tester
5 12 (9.45%) Test Engineer
6 8 (6.30%) Automation Tester
6 8 (6.30%) QA Engineer
6 8 (6.30%) QA Tester
7 7 (5.51%) Senior Analyst
7 7 (5.51%) Senior Test Analyst
7 7 (5.51%) Senior Tester
8 6 (4.72%) Senior Automation Tester
8 6 (4.72%) Software Analyst
9 5 (3.94%) Junior
9 5 (3.94%) Performance Test Leader
9 5 (3.94%) Test Manager
10 4 (3.15%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (5.51%) Gherkin
1 7 (5.51%) XML
2 6 (4.72%) REST
3 5 (3.94%) RESTful
3 5 (3.94%) Web Services
4 4 (3.15%) .NET
4 4 (3.15%) Chai
4 4 (3.15%) Nightwatchjs
4 4 (3.15%) WebdriverIO
5 3 (2.36%) HTML
5 3 (2.36%) SOAP
5 3 (2.36%) Velocity
6 2 (1.57%) DHTML
6 2 (1.57%) Middleware
6 2 (1.57%) Swagger
6 2 (1.57%) WCF
7 1 (0.79%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.79%) CSS
7 1 (0.79%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.79%) Jest
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.60%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.72%) Management Information System
2 6 (4.72%) Mobile App
2 6 (4.72%) User Experience
3 2 (1.57%) BBC
3 2 (1.57%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (1.57%) Smart Meter
3 2 (1.57%) W3C
4 1 (0.79%) DataPower
4 1 (0.79%) Derivative
4 1 (0.79%) Device Driver
4 1 (0.79%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.79%) Equities
4 1 (0.79%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (0.79%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 8 (6.30%) Windows
2 5 (3.94%) Unix
3 1 (0.79%) Linux
3 1 (0.79%) Windows 10
3 1 (0.79%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (77.17%) Test Automation
2 57 (44.88%) Software Testing
3 54 (42.52%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (23.62%) Test Scripting
5 27 (21.26%) SDLC
6 24 (18.90%) Test Strategy
7 23 (18.11%) User Acceptance Testing
8 22 (17.32%) Problem-Solving
9 21 (16.54%) Performance Testing
10 19 (14.96%) Regression Testing
10 19 (14.96%) Scrum
11 17 (13.39%) Scenario Testing
12 16 (12.60%) Continuous Integration
13 15 (11.81%) Computer Science
13 15 (11.81%) System Testing
14 14 (11.02%) BDD
14 14 (11.02%) DevOps
14 14 (11.02%) Manual Testing
15 13 (10.24%) Defect Management
15 13 (10.24%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 27 (21.26%) C#
2 23 (18.11%) SQL
3 14 (11.02%) Java
3 14 (11.02%) JavaScript
3 14 (11.02%) Python
4 9 (7.09%) Ruby
5 7 (5.51%) PowerShell
6 5 (3.94%) VBScript
7 4 (3.15%) PL/SQL
8 3 (2.36%) Groovy
8 3 (2.36%) Scala
8 3 (2.36%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.57%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.79%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 118 (92.91%) ISTQB
2 46 (36.22%) ISEB
3 19 (14.96%) Degree
4 12 (9.45%) HNC
5 6 (4.72%) Security Cleared
6 2 (1.57%) CEH
6 2 (1.57%) CISA
6 2 (1.57%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.57%) GIAC
6 2 (1.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (1.57%) OSCE
6 2 (1.57%) OSCP
7 1 (0.79%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.79%) PMI Certification
7 1 (0.79%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (34.65%) QA
2 2 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.57%) NIST
3 1 (0.79%) GDPR
3 1 (0.79%) JTAG
System Software
1 4 (3.15%) Docker
2 1 (0.79%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 19 (14.96%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (7.87%) Opscode Chef
2 10 (7.87%) Puppet
3 7 (5.51%) Ansible
3 7 (5.51%) HP ALM
4 3 (2.36%) Kubernetes
5 2 (1.57%) HP Fortify
5 2 (1.57%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 23 (18.11%) HP
2 17 (13.39%) Microsoft
3 10 (7.87%) Oracle
4 5 (3.94%) Google
4 5 (3.94%) Micro Focus
5 3 (2.36%) Atlassian
5 3 (2.36%) CA
5 3 (2.36%) CA Agile Central
5 3 (2.36%) IBM
5 3 (2.36%) Parasoft
6 2 (1.57%) ArcSight
6 2 (1.57%) Black Duck
6 2 (1.57%) Cadence
6 2 (1.57%) Qualys
6 2 (1.57%) Sonatype
6 2 (1.57%) Splunk
6 2 (1.57%) Tripwire
7 1 (0.79%) JD Edwards
7 1 (0.79%) OpenLink
7 1 (0.79%) Salesforce.com