Period
to 22 November 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 22 November 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
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 703 623 598
Rank change year-on-year -80 -25 -7
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 514 721 931
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.38% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.19% 1.45% 1.57%
Number of salaries quoted 415 615 740
UK median annual salary £36,000 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.00% - +2.74%
10th Percentile £26,100 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £52,500 £52,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £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 43339 49843 59216
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.00% 26.20% 27.44%
Number of salaries quoted 33310 39984 47288
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - +1.12%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,969
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £41,000
% change year-on-year - +3.66% +2.50%

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 22 November 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 22 November 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 -114 472 £36,250 -3.33% 29
UK excluding London -80 383 £35,000 -6.67% 25
London -31 121 £41,500 +3.75% 7
North of England -37 111 £35,000 - 6
South East -90 99 £35,000 -12.50% 4
Midlands +30 68 £35,000 +7.69% 2
North West +3 61 £35,000 +16.67% 4
South West +3 54 £37,250 +14.62% 4
West Midlands -2 43 £35,000 +7.69% 1
Yorkshire -42 34 £33,500 -4.29% 2
East Midlands +45 25 £42,500 +11.11% 1
East of England +1 19 £31,250 -21.88% 6
North East +14 16 £33,500 -4.29%
Scotland -8 16 £37,500 +7.14% 2
Wales +19 9 £33,500 +3.08% 1
Northern Ireland - 7 - -

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 380 (73.93%) ISTQB
2 320 (62.26%) Test Automation
3 281 (54.67%) ISEB
4 270 (52.53%) Agile Software Development
5 245 (47.67%) Software Testing
6 235 (45.72%) Test Scripting
7 227 (44.16%) QA
8 164 (31.91%) Selenium
9 156 (30.35%) SQL
10 151 (29.38%) Finance
11 138 (26.85%) Test Strategy
12 133 (25.88%) Degree
13 128 (24.90%) JIRA
13 128 (24.90%) User Acceptance Testing
14 119 (23.15%) Test Management
15 106 (20.62%) Microsoft
16 96 (18.68%) Regression Testing
17 92 (17.90%) Java
18 90 (17.51%) Functional Testing
19 88 (17.12%) Scenario Testing
20 85 (16.54%) SDLC
21 79 (15.37%) Analytical Skills
22 76 (14.79%) Team Foundation Server
22 76 (14.79%) Scrum
23 75 (14.59%) Manual Testing
24 69 (13.42%) Defect Management
25 68 (13.23%) HP Quality Center
25 68 (13.23%) Acceptance Criteria
26 67 (13.04%) Cucumber
27 65 (12.65%) Waterfall

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 20 (3.89%) Confluence
2 8 (1.56%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 5 (0.97%) CMS
5 4 (0.78%) Apache Spark
6 3 (0.58%) IBM Domino
6 3 (0.58%) MQSeries
7 2 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 35 (6.81%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (6.23%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (1.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 19 (3.70%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.19%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.19%) FastStats
3 1 (0.19%) Primavera
3 1 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP LE
3 1 (0.19%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP PP
3 1 (0.19%) SAP QM
3 1 (0.19%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 9 (1.75%) SaaS
2 3 (0.58%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
2 3 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.58%) Sauce Labs
2 3 (0.58%) Slack
3 2 (0.39%) GitHub
3 2 (0.39%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.19%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.53%) Intranet
2 5 (0.97%) TETRA
3 4 (0.78%) Internet
4 3 (0.58%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.39%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.19%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (9.34%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.50%) Relational Database
3 12 (2.33%) MySQL
3 12 (2.33%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (1.17%) Oracle Database
5 5 (0.97%) BusinessObjects
6 4 (0.78%) Apache Accumulo
6 4 (0.78%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.19%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (0.19%) Cognos Framework Manager
8 1 (0.19%) Cognos Report Studio
8 1 (0.19%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.19%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.19%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.19%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.19%) Redis
8 1 (0.19%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 164 (31.91%) Selenium
2 128 (24.90%) JIRA
3 76 (14.79%) Team Foundation Server
4 67 (13.04%) Cucumber
5 50 (9.73%) WebDriver
6 39 (7.59%) SoapUI
7 36 (7.00%) Jenkins
8 34 (6.61%) Git (software)
9 31 (6.03%) HP UFT
10 25 (4.86%) Visual Studio
11 23 (4.47%) TestRail
12 22 (4.28%) JMeter
13 21 (4.09%) SpecFlow
14 20 (3.89%) Zephyr
15 19 (3.70%) Appium
16 14 (2.72%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 14 (2.72%) LoadRunner
17 12 (2.33%) Selenium IDE
18 11 (2.14%) NUnit
19 10 (1.95%) JUnit
General
1 151 (29.38%) Finance
2 65 (12.65%) Banking
3 38 (7.39%) Retail
4 18 (3.50%) Games
5 15 (2.92%) Legal
6 11 (2.14%) Telecoms
7 9 (1.75%) Financial Institution
7 9 (1.75%) Manufacturing
8 8 (1.56%) Electronics
9 6 (1.17%) Marketing
10 5 (0.97%) Automotive
11 4 (0.78%) Law
12 3 (0.58%) French Language
12 3 (0.58%) German Language
12 3 (0.58%) Japanese Language
12 3 (0.58%) Russian Language
13 1 (0.19%) Advertising
13 1 (0.19%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 271 (52.72%) Analyst
2 256 (49.81%) Test Analyst
3 117 (22.76%) Tester
4 61 (11.87%) Software Tester
5 52 (10.12%) Test Leader
6 43 (8.37%) QA Analyst
7 37 (7.20%) Automation Test Analyst
8 34 (6.61%) Test Engineer
9 33 (6.42%) Senior Analyst
9 33 (6.42%) Test Manager
10 32 (6.23%) QA Test Analyst
11 31 (6.03%) Senior Test Analyst
12 23 (4.47%) Automation Tester
12 23 (4.47%) Manual Test Analyst
13 22 (4.28%) QA Leader
14 20 (3.89%) Software Analyst
14 20 (3.89%) Software Test Analyst
15 17 (3.31%) Selenium Test Analyst
16 16 (3.11%) QA Tester
17 14 (2.72%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (9.73%) SOAP
2 36 (7.00%) XML
3 32 (6.23%) .NET
4 30 (5.84%) Web Services
5 22 (4.28%) HTML
6 16 (3.11%) Gherkin
7 13 (2.53%) CSS
8 12 (2.33%) REST
9 10 (1.95%) JSON
10 8 (1.56%) RESTful
11 6 (1.17%) XBRL
12 5 (0.97%) AngularJS
12 5 (0.97%) HTML5
12 5 (0.97%) WebRTC
13 4 (0.78%) ASP.NET
14 3 (0.58%) WPF
15 2 (0.39%) DCOM
15 2 (0.39%) Nightwatchjs
15 2 (0.39%) Node.js
15 2 (0.39%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 79 (15.37%) Analytical Skills
2 36 (7.00%) Computer Science
3 21 (4.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 16 (3.11%) Management Information System
5 9 (1.75%) Mobile App
6 8 (1.56%) Fintech
7 7 (1.36%) Data Protection Act
7 7 (1.36%) Mobile Banking
8 6 (1.17%) Smart Meter
9 5 (0.97%) Equities
9 5 (0.97%) Fixed Income
9 5 (0.97%) User Experience
10 4 (0.78%) Client/Server
11 2 (0.39%) AS400
11 2 (0.39%) Data Centre
11 2 (0.39%) Derivative
11 2 (0.39%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.39%) Mainframe
11 2 (0.39%) PDA
11 2 (0.39%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 43 (8.37%) Windows
2 26 (5.06%) Unix
3 20 (3.89%) Linux
4 10 (1.95%) Android
4 10 (1.95%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.17%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (0.58%) Windows Phone
7 1 (0.19%) Kali Linux
7 1 (0.19%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.19%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.19%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 320 (62.26%) Test Automation
2 270 (52.53%) Agile Software Development
3 245 (47.67%) Software Testing
4 235 (45.72%) Test Scripting
5 138 (26.85%) Test Strategy
6 128 (24.90%) User Acceptance Testing
7 119 (23.15%) Test Management
8 96 (18.68%) Regression Testing
9 90 (17.51%) Functional Testing
10 88 (17.12%) Scenario Testing
11 85 (16.54%) SDLC
12 76 (14.79%) Scrum
13 75 (14.59%) Manual Testing
14 69 (13.42%) Defect Management
15 68 (13.23%) Acceptance Criteria
16 65 (12.65%) Waterfall
17 60 (11.67%) Integration Testing
18 48 (9.34%) BDD
18 48 (9.34%) Stakeholder Management
18 48 (9.34%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 156 (30.35%) SQL
2 92 (17.90%) Java
3 55 (10.70%) C#
4 35 (6.81%) JavaScript
5 29 (5.64%) Python
6 25 (4.86%) Ruby
7 21 (4.09%) C
8 14 (2.72%) PL/SQL
9 12 (2.33%) Perl
9 12 (2.33%) VB
10 8 (1.56%) C++
10 8 (1.56%) VB.NET
11 6 (1.17%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.78%) PowerShell
12 4 (0.78%) Shell Script
13 3 (0.58%) Groovy
13 3 (0.58%) PHP
14 2 (0.39%) COBOL
14 2 (0.39%) Pascal
14 2 (0.39%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 380 (73.93%) ISTQB
2 281 (54.67%) ISEB
3 133 (25.88%) Degree
4 33 (6.42%) Security Cleared
5 22 (4.28%) Computer Science Degree
6 18 (3.50%) SC Cleared
7 13 (2.53%) DV Cleared
8 12 (2.33%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (1.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 2 (0.39%) IIBA
10 2 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 2 (0.39%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 1 (0.19%) HNC
11 1 (0.19%) ITIL Certification
11 1 (0.19%) MCP
11 1 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
11 1 (0.19%) Numerate Degree
11 1 (0.19%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.19%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 227 (44.16%) QA
2 7 (1.36%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.78%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.19%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 4 (0.78%) VirtualBox
2 3 (0.58%) Docker
3 2 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 68 (13.23%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.17%) Puppet
3 2 (0.39%) Kubernetes
3 2 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.19%) SCCM
Vendors
1 106 (20.62%) Microsoft
2 63 (12.26%) HP
3 43 (8.37%) Oracle
4 23 (4.47%) Cognizant
5 18 (3.50%) SAP
6 14 (2.72%) IBM
7 9 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
8 8 (1.56%) Perfecto Mobile
9 6 (1.17%) CA Agile Central
10 5 (0.97%) Capita
11 4 (0.78%) CA
11 4 (0.78%) iManage
11 4 (0.78%) Pega
12 3 (0.58%) Lotus
12 3 (0.58%) Sophos
13 2 (0.39%) Calypso
13 2 (0.39%) Citrix
13 2 (0.39%) Micro Focus
13 2 (0.39%) Murex
13 2 (0.39%) Sitecore