Period
to 19 June 2019

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 19 June 2019 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
19 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 652 795 676
Rank change year-on-year +143 -119 -39
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 496 405 558
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.24% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.40% 0.99% 1.30%
Number of salaries quoted 276 316 479
UK median annual salary £42,500 £38,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.39% +2.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £26,250 £28,250 £24,700
90th Percentile £60,000 £53,750 £55,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% +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 35,397 40,945 42,977
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.63% 23.78% 24.96%
Number of salaries quoted 25,374 30,885 33,583
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.01% +10.00% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,582 £42,500
% change year-on-year +0.94% +4.90% -

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 19 June 2019.

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 19 June 2019. 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 +160 460 £42,500 +11.84% 11
UK excluding London +119 354 £40,000 +6.67% 10
London +116 140 £55,000 +24.29% 3
Midlands +94 101 £41,000 +7.89% 2
North of England +54 90 £36,000 +10.77% 1
South East +22 72 £43,250 +15.33% 3
North West +62 63 £36,750 +22.50% 1
West Midlands +62 51 £40,000 +29.03%
East Midlands +49 50 £41,000 +7.89% 2
South West +8 32 £31,250 -21.88% 2
East of England +64 23 £42,500 +6.25%
Yorkshire -5 20 £40,000 +23.08%
Wales +19 17 £32,000 -5.88% 1
Scotland +23 16 £51,250 +17.14% 1
North East +19 7 £27,500 -34.52%
Northern Ireland -22 3 £42,500 -

For the 6 months to 19 June 2019, 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.

1 409 (82.46%) ISTQB
2 320 (64.52%) Test Automation
3 310 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
4 284 (57.26%) ISEB
5 278 (56.05%) Software Testing
6 221 (44.56%) QA
7 180 (36.29%) Test Scripting
8 156 (31.45%) Finance
9 146 (29.44%) SQL
10 125 (25.20%) Selenium
11 124 (25.00%) Regression Testing
11 124 (25.00%) SDLC
12 113 (22.78%) JIRA
13 104 (20.97%) Test Strategy
14 99 (19.96%) Java
15 96 (19.35%) Problem-Solving
16 86 (17.34%) Scrum
17 85 (17.14%) Waterfall
18 81 (16.33%) Degree
19 80 (16.13%) TDD
20 76 (15.32%) Microsoft
21 75 (15.12%) Functional Testing
22 74 (14.92%) Test Management
23 72 (14.52%) C#
24 70 (14.11%) Non-Functional Testing
25 68 (13.71%) DevOps
25 68 (13.71%) Defect Management
26 67 (13.51%) BDD
27 66 (13.31%) Manual Testing
27 66 (13.31%) Performance 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 26 (5.24%) Confluence
2 9 (1.81%) WebLogic
3 8 (1.61%) Apache Spark
3 8 (1.61%) SharePoint
4 6 (1.21%) Tomcat
5 4 (0.81%) MQSeries
6 1 (0.20%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.20%) WebSphere Application Server
6 1 (0.20%) WordPress
Applications
1 16 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.21%) Photoshop
3 5 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.20%) EngageOne
5 1 (0.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (2.42%) Payment Gateway
2 3 (0.60%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.20%) SAP FI-CA
3 1 (0.20%) SAP PSCD
3 1 (0.20%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 21 (4.23%) Microsoft Azure
1 21 (4.23%) SaaS
2 20 (4.03%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (0.60%) SuccessFactors
4 2 (0.40%) BrowserStack
4 2 (0.40%) Trello
4 2 (0.40%) Tricentis Tosca
5 1 (0.20%) Amazon Alexa
5 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.20%) GitHub
5 1 (0.20%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.20%) Google Play
5 1 (0.20%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 36 (7.26%) Broadband
2 13 (2.62%) LTE
3 8 (1.61%) HTTPS
3 8 (1.61%) SSH
4 6 (1.21%) Wireless
5 5 (1.01%) ATM
6 4 (0.81%) HTTP
6 4 (0.81%) Internet
7 3 (0.60%) Softphone
7 3 (0.60%) Wireshark
8 2 (0.40%) SMTP
8 2 (0.40%) TCP/IP
9 1 (0.20%) DAB
9 1 (0.20%) FTP
9 1 (0.20%) SMS
9 1 (0.20%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (11.69%) SQL Server
2 23 (4.64%) DB2
3 8 (1.61%) Apache Accumulo
3 8 (1.61%) Hadoop
4 6 (1.21%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.01%) Big Data
6 4 (0.81%) MySQL
6 4 (0.81%) QualityStage
7 3 (0.60%) PostgreSQL
7 3 (0.60%) SAP HANA
8 2 (0.40%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.20%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 125 (25.20%) Selenium
2 113 (22.78%) JIRA
3 65 (13.10%) SoapUI
4 46 (9.27%) Jenkins
5 44 (8.87%) Cucumber
6 40 (8.06%) WebDriver
7 33 (6.65%) JMeter
7 33 (6.65%) LoadRunner
8 27 (5.44%) Git (software)
9 26 (5.24%) Zephyr
10 24 (4.84%) Rational DOORS
11 23 (4.64%) SpecFlow
12 21 (4.23%) HP UFT
12 21 (4.23%) Team Foundation Server
12 21 (4.23%) TeamCity
13 19 (3.83%) Bugzilla
14 16 (3.23%) Visual Studio
15 14 (2.82%) NeoLoad
16 10 (2.02%) Mercurial
17 9 (1.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 156 (31.45%) Finance
2 65 (13.10%) Telecoms
3 45 (9.07%) Aerospace
4 41 (8.27%) Manufacturing
5 21 (4.23%) Retail
6 14 (2.82%) Advertising
7 11 (2.22%) Financial Institution
8 10 (2.02%) Banking
9 7 (1.41%) Legal
10 4 (0.81%) Back Office
10 4 (0.81%) Electronics
11 3 (0.60%) Front Office
11 3 (0.60%) Games
11 3 (0.60%) Publishing
12 2 (0.40%) Automotive
12 2 (0.40%) Billing
12 2 (0.40%) Investment Banking
13 1 (0.20%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 207 (41.73%) Analyst
2 194 (39.11%) Test Analyst
3 109 (21.98%) Tester
4 94 (18.95%) Test Engineer
5 51 (10.28%) Test Manager
6 40 (8.06%) Senior Analyst
6 40 (8.06%) Senior Test Analyst
7 37 (7.46%) Automation Test Analyst
8 35 (7.06%) Software Tester
9 34 (6.85%) Test Leader
10 32 (6.45%) Automation Tester
10 32 (6.45%) QA Analyst
11 30 (6.05%) Test Automation Engineer
12 27 (5.44%) QA Tester
13 25 (5.04%) Senior Tester
14 24 (4.84%) QA Test Analyst
15 22 (4.44%) Financial Analyst
16 21 (4.23%) Service Analyst
17 20 (4.03%) QA Engineer
18 18 (3.63%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (6.65%) SOAP
2 27 (5.44%) REST
3 26 (5.24%) XML
4 16 (3.23%) .NET
4 16 (3.23%) Web Services
5 13 (2.62%) Gherkin
6 7 (1.41%) ASP.NET
7 6 (1.21%) CSS
7 6 (1.21%) HTML
8 5 (1.01%) JSON
9 4 (0.81%) Middleware
9 4 (0.81%) ODBC
10 2 (0.40%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.40%) Apache Cordova
11 1 (0.20%) RabbitMQ
11 1 (0.20%) Spring
11 1 (0.20%) Velocity
11 1 (0.20%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 61 (12.30%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (8.47%) Mobile App
3 36 (7.26%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (3.43%) User Experience
5 13 (2.62%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (1.21%) Animation
6 6 (1.21%) Photography
6 6 (1.21%) PlayStation
7 5 (1.01%) Xbox
8 4 (0.81%) Linux Command Line
9 3 (0.60%) Handset
9 3 (0.60%) PMI
10 2 (0.40%) AS400
10 2 (0.40%) CCTV
10 2 (0.40%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.40%) Embedded Systems
10 2 (0.40%) Internet of Things
10 2 (0.40%) NHS
10 2 (0.40%) Smart Home
10 2 (0.40%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 58 (11.69%) Windows
2 19 (3.83%) Unix
3 17 (3.43%) Linux
4 5 (1.01%) Android
4 5 (1.01%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.40%) Mac OS
5 2 (0.40%) Solaris
5 2 (0.40%) Windows 10
5 2 (0.40%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 320 (64.52%) Test Automation
2 310 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
3 278 (56.05%) Software Testing
4 180 (36.29%) Test Scripting
5 124 (25.00%) Regression Testing
5 124 (25.00%) SDLC
6 104 (20.97%) Test Strategy
7 96 (19.35%) Problem-Solving
8 86 (17.34%) Scrum
9 85 (17.14%) Waterfall
10 80 (16.13%) TDD
11 75 (15.12%) Functional Testing
12 74 (14.92%) Test Management
13 70 (14.11%) Non-Functional Testing
14 68 (13.71%) Defect Management
14 68 (13.71%) DevOps
15 67 (13.51%) BDD
16 66 (13.31%) Manual Testing
16 66 (13.31%) Performance Testing
17 56 (11.29%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 146 (29.44%) SQL
2 99 (19.96%) Java
3 72 (14.52%) C#
4 40 (8.06%) Python
5 21 (4.23%) Bash Shell
6 17 (3.43%) Ruby
7 16 (3.23%) JavaScript
8 14 (2.82%) T-SQL
9 12 (2.42%) C
10 10 (2.02%) Perl
10 10 (2.02%) PowerShell
11 9 (1.81%) PL/SQL
12 7 (1.41%) PHP
12 7 (1.41%) VB
13 6 (1.21%) Groovy
13 6 (1.21%) VBScript
14 4 (0.81%) C++
15 2 (0.40%) Uniface
16 1 (0.20%) Shell Script
16 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 409 (82.46%) ISTQB
2 284 (57.26%) ISEB
3 81 (16.33%) Degree
4 34 (6.85%) Security Cleared
5 10 (2.02%) DV Cleared
5 10 (2.02%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.81%) ISEB Practitioner
7 7 (1.41%) HNC
7 7 (1.41%) HND
8 5 (1.01%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 5 (1.01%) Master's Degree
8 5 (1.01%) PhD
9 4 (0.81%) APMP
9 4 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.81%) IIBA
10 3 (0.60%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.60%) PMP
11 2 (0.40%) MBA
11 2 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.40%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 221 (44.56%) QA
2 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.20%) PMO
System Software
1 8 (1.61%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (0.40%) Docker
2 2 (0.40%) Firmware
2 2 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 30 (6.05%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (1.81%) HP ALM
2 9 (1.81%) Puppet
3 5 (1.01%) ZABBIX
4 4 (0.81%) Netcool
5 2 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.20%) Ansible
Vendors
1 76 (15.32%) Microsoft
2 23 (4.64%) Oracle
3 19 (3.83%) OpenText
4 17 (3.43%) Atlassian
4 17 (3.43%) HP
5 16 (3.23%) SAP
6 12 (2.42%) WorldPay
7 9 (1.81%) CA Agile Central
7 9 (1.81%) Cadence
8 6 (1.21%) Cognizant
8 6 (1.21%) IBM
9 4 (0.81%) Pega
9 4 (0.81%) Remedy
9 4 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (0.81%) SolarWinds
10 3 (0.60%) Ariba
10 3 (0.60%) webMethods
11 2 (0.40%) Google
11 2 (0.40%) New Relic
11 2 (0.40%) VMware