Period
to 19 August 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 19 August 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
19 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 838 671 630
Rank change year-on-year -167 -41 +43
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 338 579 781
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.33% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.84% 1.33% 1.47%
Number of salaries quoted 256 474 633
UK median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £28,250 £26,075 £26,250
90th Percentile £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £36,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +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 40,030 43,510 53,112
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.69% 24.56% 26.93%
Number of salaries quoted 29,726 33,453 42,900
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,250
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 19 August 2018.

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 August 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 -180 308 £38,500 +2.67% 63
UK excluding London -145 217 £36,000 +2.86% 48
London +8 105 £44,250 -6.84% 20
South East -32 76 £37,000 +1.37% 14
Midlands -16 40 £33,250 -16.88% 9
South West -3 37 £37,745 +7.84% 6
North of England -92 31 £31,750 -2.31% 12
West Midlands -8 24 £31,000 -22.50% 9
North West -21 21 £30,000 -7.69% 6
East of England +22 19 £39,000 +27.87% 2
East Midlands -1 16 £38,000 -10.59%
Scotland -20 11 £43,750 +18.24% 4
Yorkshire -32 8 £32,750 +0.77% 5
Wales -7 2 - - 1
North East -25 2 £42,000 +36.59% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 August 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.

1 270 (79.88%) ISTQB
2 239 (70.71%) Test Automation
3 221 (65.38%) Software Testing
4 199 (58.88%) Agile Software Development
5 190 (56.21%) ISEB
6 147 (43.49%) QA
7 139 (41.12%) Selenium
8 133 (39.35%) Test Scripting
9 117 (34.62%) SQL
10 91 (26.92%) SDLC
11 90 (26.63%) JIRA
12 86 (25.44%) Finance
13 81 (23.96%) Degree
14 70 (20.71%) Scenario Testing
15 68 (20.12%) Test Management
15 68 (20.12%) User Acceptance Testing
16 65 (19.23%) Java
17 63 (18.64%) Scrum
17 63 (18.64%) Regression Testing
18 60 (17.75%) Analytical Skills
19 59 (17.46%) Test Strategy
20 58 (17.16%) Problem-Solving
21 57 (16.86%) Cucumber
22 49 (14.50%) Functional Testing
23 48 (14.20%) Continuous Improvement
24 47 (13.91%) C#
25 46 (13.61%) Manual Testing
26 43 (12.72%) User Stories
27 42 (12.43%) Waterfall
27 42 (12.43%) 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 18 (5.33%) Confluence
2 8 (2.37%) Apache Spark
2 8 (2.37%) MQSeries
3 5 (1.48%) CMS
4 4 (1.18%) SAS
5 2 (0.59%) WordPress
6 1 (0.30%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.30%) Kentico
6 1 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 1 (0.30%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.30%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.30%) WebLogic
Applications
1 25 (7.40%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (6.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.18%) TIBCO iProcess
2 3 (0.89%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.59%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.59%) Postilion
4 1 (0.30%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.30%) Primavera
4 1 (0.30%) R3 Corda
Cloud Services
1 8 (2.37%) GitHub
2 7 (2.07%) BrowserStack
3 5 (1.48%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.18%) Office 365
4 4 (1.18%) Sage Pay
5 2 (0.59%) Runscope
6 1 (0.30%) BlazeMeter
6 1 (0.30%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.25%) Internet
2 6 (1.78%) LAN
2 6 (1.78%) WAN
3 4 (1.18%) TETRA
4 3 (0.89%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.59%) 2G
5 2 (0.59%) 3G
5 2 (0.59%) 802.15
5 2 (0.59%) ATM
5 2 (0.59%) Bluetooth
5 2 (0.59%) DHCP
5 2 (0.59%) DNS
5 2 (0.59%) ICMP
5 2 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.59%) Wireless
5 2 (0.59%) Wireshark
5 2 (0.59%) ZigBee
6 1 (0.30%) LTE
6 1 (0.30%) PuTTY
6 1 (0.30%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (7.40%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.37%) Apache Accumulo
2 8 (2.37%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (2.37%) Hadoop
3 7 (2.07%) MongoDB
4 6 (1.78%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (1.18%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (0.89%) MySQL
6 3 (0.89%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.89%) QlikView
7 2 (0.59%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.30%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.30%) Big Data
8 1 (0.30%) Blockchain
8 1 (0.30%) Geospatial Data
8 1 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.30%) Power BI
8 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 139 (41.12%) Selenium
2 90 (26.63%) JIRA
3 57 (16.86%) Cucumber
4 34 (10.06%) Jenkins
4 34 (10.06%) WebDriver
5 29 (8.58%) HP UFT
5 29 (8.58%) Team Foundation Server
6 26 (7.69%) Git (software)
7 25 (7.40%) SoapUI
8 24 (7.10%) SpecFlow
9 22 (6.51%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 20 (5.92%) Visual Studio
11 19 (5.62%) Appium
12 17 (5.03%) JMeter
13 16 (4.73%) TestRail
14 13 (3.85%) LoadRunner
15 12 (3.55%) NeoLoad
16 9 (2.66%) TeamCity
17 8 (2.37%) TestComplete
17 8 (2.37%) WATIR
General
1 86 (25.44%) Finance
2 29 (8.58%) Banking
3 19 (5.62%) Retail
4 14 (4.14%) Games
5 8 (2.37%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.07%) Automotive
7 6 (1.78%) Back Office
7 6 (1.78%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.48%) Legal
8 5 (1.48%) Pharmaceutical
9 4 (1.18%) Investment Banking
9 4 (1.18%) Law
10 3 (0.89%) Aerospace
10 3 (0.89%) Marketing
10 3 (0.89%) Retail Banking
11 2 (0.59%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.30%) Advertising
12 1 (0.30%) Electronics
12 1 (0.30%) Front Office
12 1 (0.30%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 171 (50.59%) Analyst
2 143 (42.31%) Test Analyst
3 60 (17.75%) Tester
4 44 (13.02%) QA Analyst
5 33 (9.76%) Test Engineer
6 31 (9.17%) Test Manager
7 30 (8.88%) Software Tester
8 24 (7.10%) Software Analyst
9 22 (6.51%) QA Test Analyst
9 22 (6.51%) Software Test Analyst
10 21 (6.21%) Test Automation Engineer
11 20 (5.92%) Automation Test Analyst
12 19 (5.62%) Automation Tester
12 19 (5.62%) Senior Analyst
12 19 (5.62%) Test Leader
13 18 (5.33%) Senior Test Analyst
14 11 (3.25%) Consultant
15 10 (2.96%) QA Engineer
15 10 (2.96%) QA Manager
15 10 (2.96%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (10.36%) Web Services
2 20 (5.92%) SOAP
3 16 (4.73%) .NET
4 10 (2.96%) XML
5 8 (2.37%) HTML
6 7 (2.07%) .NET Framework
7 6 (1.78%) CSS
7 6 (1.78%) Gherkin
8 4 (1.18%) jQuery
8 4 (1.18%) RESTful
9 3 (0.89%) HTML5
9 3 (0.89%) Spring
10 2 (0.59%) 802.1X
10 2 (0.59%) AngularJS
10 2 (0.59%) JSON
10 2 (0.59%) WebRTC
10 2 (0.59%) XHTML
11 1 (0.30%) CGI
11 1 (0.30%) ODBC
11 1 (0.30%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 60 (17.75%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (8.58%) Self-Motivation
3 28 (8.28%) Mobile App
4 27 (7.99%) Computer Science
5 11 (3.25%) Management Information System
6 10 (2.96%) Fintech
7 6 (1.78%) Client/Server
7 6 (1.78%) User Experience
8 5 (1.48%) Life Science
9 3 (0.89%) Algorithms
9 3 (0.89%) Data Structures
9 3 (0.89%) Reinsurance
10 2 (0.59%) Analytical Mindset
10 2 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
10 2 (0.59%) EPoS
10 2 (0.59%) NHS
10 2 (0.59%) Public Cloud
11 1 (0.30%) Fixed Income
11 1 (0.30%) LIMS
11 1 (0.30%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 21 (6.21%) Windows
2 16 (4.73%) Unix
3 13 (3.85%) Linux
4 7 (2.07%) Android
5 5 (1.48%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.18%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.30%) CentOS
8 1 (0.30%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 239 (70.71%) Test Automation
2 221 (65.38%) Software Testing
3 199 (58.88%) Agile Software Development
4 133 (39.35%) Test Scripting
5 91 (26.92%) SDLC
6 70 (20.71%) Scenario Testing
7 68 (20.12%) Test Management
7 68 (20.12%) User Acceptance Testing
8 63 (18.64%) Regression Testing
8 63 (18.64%) Scrum
9 59 (17.46%) Test Strategy
10 58 (17.16%) Problem-Solving
11 49 (14.50%) Functional Testing
12 48 (14.20%) Continuous Improvement
13 46 (13.61%) Manual Testing
14 43 (12.72%) User Stories
15 42 (12.43%) Waterfall
16 41 (12.13%) BDD
17 35 (10.36%) Configuration Management
17 35 (10.36%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 117 (34.62%) SQL
2 65 (19.23%) Java
3 47 (13.91%) C#
4 32 (9.47%) Python
5 28 (8.28%) Ruby
6 18 (5.33%) JavaScript
7 17 (5.03%) Bash Shell
8 14 (4.14%) Perl
9 12 (3.55%) C
10 10 (2.96%) Shell Script
11 8 (2.37%) PL/SQL
12 5 (1.48%) C++
12 5 (1.48%) Groovy
12 5 (1.48%) VBScript
13 4 (1.18%) T-SQL
14 3 (0.89%) PHP
15 2 (0.59%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.59%) VB
16 1 (0.30%) F#
16 1 (0.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 270 (79.88%) ISTQB
2 190 (56.21%) ISEB
3 81 (23.96%) Degree
4 19 (5.62%) Security Cleared
5 16 (4.73%) ISEB Practitioner
6 13 (3.85%) DV Cleared
7 12 (3.55%) Six Sigma Black Belt
8 8 (2.37%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 8 (2.37%) SC Cleared
8 8 (2.37%) Six Sigma Green Belt
9 5 (1.48%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (1.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 5 (1.48%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (1.18%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
10 4 (1.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (1.18%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
11 3 (0.89%) BPSS Clearance
12 2 (0.59%) IIBA
13 1 (0.30%) CBAP
13 1 (0.30%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 147 (43.49%) QA
2 9 (2.66%) ISO 9001
3 8 (2.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (1.48%) GAMP
4 5 (1.48%) GMP
5 2 (0.59%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.30%) ISO 15765
System Software
1 3 (0.89%) Docker
2 2 (0.59%) Firmware
3 1 (0.30%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.30%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.30%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 26 (7.69%) HP ALM
2 19 (5.62%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (3.55%) Puppet
4 1 (0.30%) SCCM
4 1 (0.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 42 (12.43%) Microsoft
2 37 (10.95%) HP
3 23 (6.80%) Oracle
4 19 (5.62%) Atlassian
5 14 (4.14%) Capita
6 12 (3.55%) CA Agile Central
7 9 (2.66%) WorldPay
8 8 (2.37%) Salesforce.com
9 6 (1.78%) Cognizant
10 4 (1.18%) Micro Focus
10 4 (1.18%) TIBCO
11 3 (0.89%) iManage
11 3 (0.89%) SAP
12 2 (0.59%) Cadence
12 2 (0.59%) Red Hat
12 2 (0.59%) Remedy
12 2 (0.59%) webMethods
13 1 (0.30%) IBM
13 1 (0.30%) JDA
13 1 (0.30%) Software AG