Period
to 24 August 2017

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 24 August 2017 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
24 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 659 614 654
Rank change year-on-year -45 +40 -19
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 566 775 800
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.39% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.32% 1.47% 1.34%
Number of salaries quoted 461 629 630
UK median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% -7.89% +8.57%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,225
90th Percentile £55,000 £52,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £35,000 £35,000

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 42831 52615 59648
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.37% 26.79% 27.54%
Number of salaries quoted 32869 42504 47395
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,091 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.97% +5.23% -

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 24 August 2017.

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 24 August 2017. 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 -69 531 £37,500 +7.14% 48
UK excluding London -58 424 £35,000 - 34
North of England -31 136 £32,500 - 13
London -28 130 £47,500 +18.75% 16
South East +3 120 £35,750 -10.63% 5
Midlands +31 81 £40,000 +23.08% 2
Yorkshire -24 70 £33,000 +1.54% 4
North West -6 60 £32,750 +9.17% 9
West Midlands +26 57 £39,000 +20.00% 1
South West +25 55 £35,000 +7.69% 8
East Midlands +14 23 £42,500 +21.43% 1
Scotland +2 17 £37,000 +5.71% 1
East of England -34 9 £30,500 -12.86% 4
North East +17 6 £30,750 -12.14%
Wales +1 5 £27,500 -17.91% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 24 August 2017, IT jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for ISTQB Foundation Certification.

1 474 (83.75%) ISTQB
2 338 (59.72%) Test Automation
3 320 (56.54%) ISEB
4 314 (55.48%) Agile Software Development
5 268 (47.35%) Test Scripting
6 266 (47.00%) Software Testing
7 193 (34.10%) QA
8 164 (28.98%) Selenium
9 162 (28.62%) SQL
10 159 (28.09%) Finance
11 131 (23.14%) Test Strategy
12 124 (21.91%) Test Management
13 120 (21.20%) Java
14 119 (21.02%) Microsoft
15 116 (20.49%) Degree
16 105 (18.55%) User Acceptance Testing
17 103 (18.20%) SDLC
18 101 (17.84%) Functional Testing
19 100 (17.67%) JIRA
20 89 (15.72%) BDD
21 87 (15.37%) Scrum
22 86 (15.19%) Regression Testing
23 85 (15.02%) Manual Testing
24 81 (14.31%) Waterfall
25 80 (14.13%) Cucumber
26 79 (13.96%) Defect Management
27 72 (12.72%) C#
28 70 (12.37%) HP
28 70 (12.37%) Scenario Testing
29 67 (11.84%) Team Foundation Server

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 12 (2.12%) Confluence
2 11 (1.94%) SharePoint
3 10 (1.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 5 (0.88%) CMS
5 3 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.18%) Apache Spark
6 1 (0.18%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 54 (9.54%) Microsoft Excel
2 37 (6.54%) Microsoft Office
3 12 (2.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (1.24%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.53%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.35%) Sonata
4 1 (0.18%) FastStats
4 1 (0.18%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.18%) Magento
4 1 (0.18%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.18%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.18%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.18%) SAP LE
4 1 (0.18%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.18%) SAP PP
4 1 (0.18%) SAP QM
4 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
1 5 (0.88%) SaaS
2 2 (0.35%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (0.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.35%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (0.18%) GitHub
3 1 (0.18%) Salesforce Service Cloud
3 1 (0.18%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.06%) Internet
1 6 (1.06%) Intranet
2 4 (0.71%) Firewall
3 2 (0.35%) HTTPS
3 2 (0.35%) SSH
3 2 (0.35%) TCP/IP
3 2 (0.35%) TETRA
4 1 (0.18%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (6.01%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.53%) Relational Database
3 7 (1.24%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (0.88%) BusinessObjects
5 4 (0.71%) MS Access
5 4 (0.71%) MySQL
5 4 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.35%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.35%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.18%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.18%) Apache Accumulo
7 1 (0.18%) Big Data
7 1 (0.18%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.18%) Redis
7 1 (0.18%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 164 (28.98%) Selenium
2 100 (17.67%) JIRA
3 80 (14.13%) Cucumber
4 67 (11.84%) Team Foundation Server
5 60 (10.60%) HP UFT
6 47 (8.30%) WebDriver
7 34 (6.01%) Jenkins
8 33 (5.83%) Git (software)
9 32 (5.65%) SpecFlow
10 25 (4.42%) LoadRunner
11 23 (4.06%) Visual Studio
12 22 (3.89%) SoapUI
13 21 (3.71%) JMeter
14 20 (3.53%) TestRail
15 17 (3.00%) Appium
16 15 (2.65%) Gatling
17 12 (2.12%) Rational Functional Tester
17 12 (2.12%) SilkTest
17 12 (2.12%) Subversion
17 12 (2.12%) TeamCity
General
1 159 (28.09%) Finance
2 62 (10.95%) Banking
3 44 (7.77%) Retail
4 24 (4.24%) Telecoms
5 14 (2.47%) Manufacturing
6 12 (2.12%) Electronics
6 12 (2.12%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.94%) Games
8 9 (1.59%) General Ledger
9 8 (1.41%) Marketing
10 7 (1.24%) Front Office
10 7 (1.24%) Law
11 5 (0.88%) Automotive
12 4 (0.71%) Legal
12 4 (0.71%) Military
13 3 (0.53%) Russian Language
14 2 (0.35%) Advertising
14 2 (0.35%) French Language
14 2 (0.35%) German Language
14 2 (0.35%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 273 (48.23%) Analyst
2 262 (46.29%) Test Analyst
3 113 (19.96%) Tester
4 66 (11.66%) Automation Test Analyst
5 58 (10.25%) Test Engineer
6 47 (8.30%) Test Leader
7 42 (7.42%) Test Manager
8 38 (6.71%) Software Tester
9 37 (6.54%) Automation Tester
10 27 (4.77%) Selenium Test Analyst
10 27 (4.77%) Test Automation Engineer
11 23 (4.06%) Consultant
11 23 (4.06%) Manual Test Analyst
11 23 (4.06%) Software Analyst
11 23 (4.06%) Software Test Analyst
12 22 (3.89%) QA Analyst
13 19 (3.36%) Senior Tester
14 17 (3.00%) Junior
15 16 (2.83%) Junior Analyst
15 16 (2.83%) Junior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (7.07%) .NET
2 39 (6.89%) XML
3 27 (4.77%) SOAP
3 27 (4.77%) Web Services
4 22 (3.89%) HTML
5 10 (1.77%) Gherkin
5 10 (1.77%) XBRL
6 9 (1.59%) HTML5
6 9 (1.59%) RESTful
7 6 (1.06%) .NET Framework
7 6 (1.06%) JDBC
7 6 (1.06%) REST
8 4 (0.71%) DCOM
9 3 (0.53%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.53%) WPF
10 2 (0.35%) ASP.NET
10 2 (0.35%) CSS
11 1 (0.18%) EDI
11 1 (0.18%) JSON
11 1 (0.18%) SAP ALE
Miscellaneous
1 62 (10.95%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (4.06%) Computer Science
3 18 (3.18%) Mobile App
4 10 (1.77%) Management Information System
5 7 (1.24%) Client/Server
5 7 (1.24%) Mobile Banking
6 5 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (0.88%) Fintech
6 5 (0.88%) PlayStation
6 5 (0.88%) Smart Meter
7 4 (0.71%) Equities
7 4 (0.71%) Fixed Income
8 3 (0.53%) Data Protection Act
8 3 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 3 (0.53%) User Experience
9 2 (0.35%) Derivative
9 2 (0.35%) iPad
9 2 (0.35%) iPhone
9 2 (0.35%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.35%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 54 (9.54%) Windows
2 33 (5.83%) Unix
3 26 (4.59%) Linux
4 19 (3.36%) Android
4 19 (3.36%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.06%) Windows Phone
6 2 (0.35%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.18%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 338 (59.72%) Test Automation
2 314 (55.48%) Agile Software Development
3 268 (47.35%) Test Scripting
4 266 (47.00%) Software Testing
5 131 (23.14%) Test Strategy
6 124 (21.91%) Test Management
7 105 (18.55%) User Acceptance Testing
8 103 (18.20%) SDLC
9 101 (17.84%) Functional Testing
10 89 (15.72%) BDD
11 87 (15.37%) Scrum
12 86 (15.19%) Regression Testing
13 85 (15.02%) Manual Testing
14 81 (14.31%) Waterfall
15 79 (13.96%) Defect Management
16 70 (12.37%) Scenario Testing
17 63 (11.13%) Continuous Integration
18 62 (10.95%) Non-Functional Testing
19 54 (9.54%) Performance Testing
20 53 (9.36%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 162 (28.62%) SQL
2 120 (21.20%) Java
3 72 (12.72%) C#
4 36 (6.36%) Python
5 33 (5.83%) C
6 31 (5.48%) JavaScript
7 29 (5.12%) VB
8 16 (2.83%) Perl
8 16 (2.83%) Ruby
9 14 (2.47%) PL/SQL
10 12 (2.12%) C++
11 10 (1.77%) VB.NET
12 6 (1.06%) PHP
12 6 (1.06%) Scala
12 6 (1.06%) VBScript
13 5 (0.88%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.71%) Apple Swift
14 4 (0.71%) Objective-C
15 3 (0.53%) Shell Script
16 2 (0.35%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 474 (83.75%) ISTQB
2 320 (56.54%) ISEB
3 116 (20.49%) Degree
4 43 (7.60%) Security Cleared
5 28 (4.95%) SC Cleared
6 17 (3.00%) Computer Science Degree
6 17 (3.00%) DV Cleared
7 15 (2.65%) ISEB Practitioner
8 10 (1.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 6 (1.06%) Microsoft Certification
10 4 (0.71%) CCNA
10 4 (0.71%) CCNP
10 4 (0.71%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.71%) MCITP
10 4 (0.71%) MCSE
10 4 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 4 (0.71%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 2 (0.35%) GNVQ
11 2 (0.35%) HND
11 2 (0.35%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 193 (34.10%) QA
2 6 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.88%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.71%) COBIT
5 3 (0.53%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.18%) FATCA
System Software
1 5 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (0.71%) Hyper-V
3 3 (0.53%) VirtualBox
4 1 (0.18%) Docker
4 1 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 55 (9.72%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.53%) Puppet
3 2 (0.35%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.18%) CA Wily
4 1 (0.18%) SCCM
Vendors
1 119 (21.02%) Microsoft
2 70 (12.37%) HP
3 42 (7.42%) Oracle
4 29 (5.12%) SAP
5 23 (4.06%) Cognizant
6 9 (1.59%) IBM
7 8 (1.41%) Capita
8 7 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
8 7 (1.24%) TOWER Software
9 5 (0.88%) VMware
10 4 (0.71%) Citrix
10 4 (0.71%) Pega
11 3 (0.53%) CA
11 3 (0.53%) Sitecore
12 2 (0.35%) Atlassian
12 2 (0.35%) Calypso
12 2 (0.35%) hybris
12 2 (0.35%) Murex
12 2 (0.35%) Telerik
13 1 (0.18%) Demandware