Period
to 26 February 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 26 February 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
26 Feb 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 677 741 684
Rank change year-on-year +64 -57 +64
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 137 273 493
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.22% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 1.02% 1.34%
Number of salaries quoted 84 213 364
Median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £32,100 £28,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £55,875 £58,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% +4.17%

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 15,075 26,736 36,888
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.26% 21.71% 24.37%
Number of salaries quoted 10,672 20,162 27,301
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £46,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.45% +3.33% +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 26 February 2021.

Salary histogram for ISTQB Foundation Certification in the UK

ISTQB Foundation Certification
Top 15 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 26 February 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 +84 107 £42,500 +6.25% 8
UK excluding London +54 104 £42,500 +6.25% 5
South East +119 56 £42,500 +6.25%
London +147 19 £40,000 -21.95% 3
Scotland +31 15 £39,800 +32.67%
Midlands +13 14 £50,000 +25.00% 2
West Midlands +4 13 £50,000 +25.00% 2
Work from Home -94 9 £37,500 -44.44% 1
South West +43 6 £47,500 +30.14% 1
North of England +30 6 £37,750 +15.27% 2
East of England +80 5 £56,250 +32.35%
North West +37 3 £38,500 -23.00%
Yorkshire +20 3 £25,000 -23.08% 2
Wales +20 2 £33,000 -5.71%
East Midlands +32 1 - -

For the 6 months to 26 February 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.

1 137 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 128 (93.43%) Test Automation
3 112 (81.75%) Agile Software Development
4 89 (64.96%) Software Testing
5 85 (62.04%) Selenium
6 84 (61.31%) QA
7 81 (59.12%) ISEB
8 73 (53.28%) C#
9 58 (42.34%) BDD
10 57 (41.61%) Test Scripting
11 48 (35.04%) SDET
11 48 (35.04%) Problem-Solving
12 46 (33.58%) TDD
13 45 (32.85%) Regression Testing
13 45 (32.85%) DevOps
13 45 (32.85%) SDLC
14 40 (29.20%) Azure
14 40 (29.20%) Microsoft
15 38 (27.74%) SQL Server
16 37 (27.01%) Degree
16 37 (27.01%) SpecFlow
17 36 (26.28%) Mobile App
18 35 (25.55%) NUnit
19 32 (23.36%) SQL
19 32 (23.36%) MSTest
20 31 (22.63%) Continuous Integration
20 31 (22.63%) Scrum
21 30 (21.90%) Continuous Improvement
22 29 (21.17%) Management Information System
23 28 (20.44%) EPoS

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 7 (5.11%) Confluence
2 4 (2.92%) CMS
2 4 (2.92%) Umbraco
2 4 (2.92%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.46%) NServiceBus
3 2 (1.46%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.73%) Mule
Applications
1 2 (1.46%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.73%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (2.92%) Dynamics NAV
1 4 (2.92%) Magento
2 2 (1.46%) SAP FI-CA
2 2 (1.46%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 40 (29.20%) Azure
2 6 (4.38%) AWS
2 6 (4.38%) Dynamics 365
3 3 (2.19%) SaaS
4 2 (1.46%) BrowserStack
4 2 (1.46%) OpenShift
4 2 (1.46%) PaaS
4 2 (1.46%) Power Platform
4 2 (1.46%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (5.84%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (27.74%) SQL Server
2 17 (12.41%) MongoDB
3 12 (8.76%) PostgreSQL
4 11 (8.03%) Redis
5 3 (2.19%) Relational Database
6 2 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.46%) NoSQL
6 2 (1.46%) Power BI
6 2 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.46%) Tableau
7 1 (0.73%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.73%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.73%) MySQL
7 1 (0.73%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 85 (62.04%) Selenium
2 37 (27.01%) SpecFlow
3 35 (25.55%) NUnit
4 32 (23.36%) MSTest
5 26 (18.98%) Jenkins
6 20 (14.60%) Git (software)
7 19 (13.87%) JIRA
8 15 (10.95%) Cucumber
8 15 (10.95%) Postman
9 13 (9.49%) Visual Studio Team System
9 13 (9.49%) WebDriver
10 12 (8.76%) SoapUI
11 9 (6.57%) Appium
12 8 (5.84%) Zephyr
13 6 (4.38%) Cypress.io
14 5 (3.65%) Gitweb
14 5 (3.65%) JMeter
14 5 (3.65%) REST Assured
15 4 (2.92%) Protractor
15 4 (2.92%) TestRail
General
1 28 (20.44%) Marketing
2 15 (10.95%) Finance
3 8 (5.84%) Back Office
4 7 (5.11%) Retail
5 5 (3.65%) Public Sector
6 4 (2.92%) Digital Economy
7 2 (1.46%) Electronics
7 2 (1.46%) Front Office
8 1 (0.73%) Housing Association
8 1 (0.73%) Legal
Job Titles
1 67 (48.91%) Test Engineer
2 40 (29.20%) Analyst
3 36 (26.28%) Test Automation Engineer
4 30 (21.90%) Software Test Engineer
4 30 (21.90%) Test Analyst
5 27 (19.71%) Software Engineer
6 26 (18.98%) Development Engineer
7 25 (18.25%) Software Development Engineer
7 25 (18.25%) Test Development Engineer
8 11 (8.03%) QA Analyst
8 11 (8.03%) QA Engineer
8 11 (8.03%) Tester
9 8 (5.84%) Senior Test Engineer
10 7 (5.11%) Senior Development Engineer
10 7 (5.11%) Senior Software Test Engineer
11 6 (4.38%) Senior Software Development Engineer
11 6 (4.38%) Senior Software Engineer
12 5 (3.65%) Junior
12 5 (3.65%) QA Tester
12 5 (3.65%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (15.33%) .NET
1 21 (15.33%) REST
2 14 (10.22%) .NET Core
3 12 (8.76%) XML
4 11 (8.03%) SOAP
4 11 (8.03%) Web Services
5 6 (4.38%) JSON
6 5 (3.65%) Django
6 5 (3.65%) Flask
7 4 (2.92%) ASP.NET
7 4 (2.92%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (2.92%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 4 (2.92%) Gherkin
7 4 (2.92%) jQuery
7 4 (2.92%) KnockoutJS
7 4 (2.92%) RabbitMQ
8 3 (2.19%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (1.46%) Middleware
9 2 (1.46%) pytest
9 2 (1.46%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 36 (26.28%) Mobile App
2 29 (21.17%) Management Information System
3 28 (20.44%) EPoS
4 20 (14.60%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.65%) AS400
6 4 (2.92%) IBM Mainframe
6 4 (2.92%) Mainframe
7 3 (2.19%) Analytical Mindset
7 3 (2.19%) Chip and PIN
7 3 (2.19%) Client/Server
7 3 (2.19%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (2.19%) Equities
7 3 (2.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 2 (1.46%) Self-Motivation
9 1 (0.73%) Cloud Native
9 1 (0.73%) Derivative
9 1 (0.73%) Equity Derivative
9 1 (0.73%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.73%) Life Science
9 1 (0.73%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.22%) Windows
2 12 (8.76%) Linux
3 8 (5.84%) Unix
4 3 (2.19%) Android
4 3 (2.19%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.46%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (93.43%) Test Automation
2 112 (81.75%) Agile Software Development
3 89 (64.96%) Software Testing
4 58 (42.34%) BDD
5 57 (41.61%) Test Scripting
6 48 (35.04%) Problem-Solving
6 48 (35.04%) SDET
7 46 (33.58%) TDD
8 45 (32.85%) DevOps
8 45 (32.85%) Regression Testing
8 45 (32.85%) SDLC
9 31 (22.63%) Continuous Integration
9 31 (22.63%) Scrum
10 30 (21.90%) Continuous Improvement
11 25 (18.25%) Load Testing
12 21 (15.33%) Microservices
13 19 (13.87%) Scenario Testing
13 19 (13.87%) Test Management
14 17 (12.41%) Computer Science
15 15 (10.95%) Critical Thinking
Programming Languages
1 73 (53.28%) C#
2 32 (23.36%) SQL
3 26 (18.98%) Java
4 23 (16.79%) Python
5 14 (10.22%) JavaScript
6 7 (5.11%) Bash Shell
6 7 (5.11%) Perl
6 7 (5.11%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.19%) C++
7 3 (2.19%) Go
8 2 (1.46%) Ruby
8 2 (1.46%) VBScript
9 1 (0.73%) C
9 1 (0.73%) PHP
9 1 (0.73%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.73%) VB
9 1 (0.73%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 137 (100.00%) ISTQB
2 81 (59.12%) ISEB
3 37 (27.01%) Degree
4 17 (12.41%) Computer Science Degree
5 9 (6.57%) Security Cleared
6 6 (4.38%) SC Cleared
7 3 (2.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 2 (1.46%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.73%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (61.31%) QA
2 5 (3.65%) GDPR
3 4 (2.92%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.73%) GxP
System Software
1 20 (14.60%) Docker
2 1 (0.73%) HDFS
2 1 (0.73%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 20 (14.60%) Kubernetes
2 14 (10.22%) Puppet
3 13 (9.49%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (1.46%) Ansible
4 2 (1.46%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.73%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 40 (29.20%) Microsoft
2 7 (5.11%) Oracle
3 4 (2.92%) Cadence
3 4 (2.92%) HP
3 4 (2.92%) IBM
4 3 (2.19%) Atlassian
4 3 (2.19%) SAP
5 2 (1.46%) Citrix
6 1 (0.73%) Databricks
6 1 (0.73%) Facebook
6 1 (0.73%) hybris
6 1 (0.73%) Splunk
6 1 (0.73%) Twitter
6 1 (0.73%) webMethods
6 1 (0.73%) YouTube