Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 682 740 662
Rank change year-on-year +58 -78 -73
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 489 487 602
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.28% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.34% 1.17% 1.35%
Number of salaries quoted 360 405 527
UK median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% - +2.74%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,100 £25,000
90th Percentile £57,500 £52,500 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £35,750 £35,000
% change year-on-year +4.90% +2.14% -

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 36,581 41,573 44,696
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.29% 23.86% 25.59%
Number of salaries quoted 26,675 32,223 35,347
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £79,150 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - -

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 18 February 2019.

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 18 February 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 +81 446 £39,250 +4.67% 82
UK excluding London +62 372 £37,500 +4.90% 81
London +55 110 £45,000 +7.14% 14
South East +52 107 £36,000 +2.86% 18
Midlands +62 93 £38,750 +10.71% 18
North of England -2 72 £35,000 -1.41% 18
West Midlands +46 53 £32,500 -1.52% 10
East of England +57 42 £40,000 - 7
East Midlands +29 40 £42,500 +11.84% 8
Yorkshire +43 35 £37,500 +11.11% 5
North West +19 32 £35,000 - 10
Scotland +38 27 £47,500 +22.58% 6
South West -13 20 £32,500 -14.47% 7
Wales +3 11 £29,250 -13.97% 6
North East -2 5 £27,500 -31.25% 3

For the 6 months to 18 February 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.

1 403 (82.41%) ISTQB
2 326 (66.67%) Test Automation
3 309 (63.19%) Agile Software Development
4 287 (58.69%) Software Testing
5 254 (51.94%) ISEB
6 201 (41.10%) QA
7 190 (38.85%) Test Scripting
8 163 (33.33%) SQL
9 147 (30.06%) Selenium
10 121 (24.74%) Regression Testing
11 118 (24.13%) JIRA
11 118 (24.13%) Waterfall
12 117 (23.93%) Finance
13 105 (21.47%) Test Strategy
14 103 (21.06%) Microsoft
15 84 (17.18%) Defect Management
16 80 (16.36%) SDLC
17 78 (15.95%) Java
18 76 (15.54%) Manual Testing
19 72 (14.72%) C#
20 66 (13.50%) SQL Server
21 64 (13.09%) Test Management
22 61 (12.47%) Degree
23 60 (12.27%) Scrum
24 58 (11.86%) Analytical Skills
25 56 (11.45%) Scenario Testing
25 56 (11.45%) Python
26 55 (11.25%) Exploratory Testing
26 55 (11.25%) WebDriver
26 55 (11.25%) Functional 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 20 (4.09%) Confluence
2 8 (1.64%) MQSeries
3 6 (1.23%) SAS
3 6 (1.23%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.23%) Tomcat
3 6 (1.23%) WebLogic
4 4 (0.82%) CMS
4 4 (0.82%) EPiServer
5 2 (0.41%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.41%) WordPress
Applications
1 25 (5.11%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (1.84%) Photoshop
3 8 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
4 4 (0.82%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (1.02%) SAP FI-CA
1 5 (1.02%) SAP PSCD
2 2 (0.41%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 20 (4.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (3.07%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.82%) SaaS
4 2 (0.41%) Google Analytics
4 2 (0.41%) Trello
5 1 (0.20%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.20%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.25%) Wireless
2 10 (2.04%) FTP
3 9 (1.84%) LTE
4 6 (1.23%) CDMA
4 6 (1.23%) GSM
4 6 (1.23%) TCP/IP
4 6 (1.23%) UMTS
5 5 (1.02%) DNS
5 5 (1.02%) HTTP
6 4 (0.82%) 2G
6 4 (0.82%) 3G
6 4 (0.82%) 802.15
6 4 (0.82%) Bluetooth
6 4 (0.82%) DHCP
6 4 (0.82%) ICMP
6 4 (0.82%) Internet
6 4 (0.82%) LAN
6 4 (0.82%) WAN
6 4 (0.82%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (0.82%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (13.50%) SQL Server
2 25 (5.11%) DB2
3 11 (2.25%) Big Data
4 5 (1.02%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (1.02%) MongoDB
5 4 (0.82%) QualityStage
5 4 (0.82%) Relational Database
6 3 (0.61%) Data Mining
6 3 (0.61%) MySQL
7 2 (0.41%) Apache Accumulo
7 2 (0.41%) Hadoop
7 2 (0.41%) Oracle Database
7 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.20%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.20%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 147 (30.06%) Selenium
2 118 (24.13%) JIRA
3 55 (11.25%) WebDriver
4 47 (9.61%) Cucumber
5 42 (8.59%) Jenkins
6 33 (6.75%) SoapUI
7 25 (5.11%) Visual Studio
8 20 (4.09%) LoadRunner
9 19 (3.89%) NeoLoad
9 19 (3.89%) Team Foundation Server
10 18 (3.68%) SpecFlow
11 15 (3.07%) Appium
11 15 (3.07%) Git (software)
11 15 (3.07%) HP UFT
11 15 (3.07%) JMeter
12 13 (2.66%) Zephyr
13 12 (2.45%) Rational DOORS
14 9 (1.84%) TeamCity
15 7 (1.43%) Bugzilla
15 7 (1.43%) Rational Quality Manager
General
1 117 (23.93%) Finance
2 29 (5.93%) Telecoms
3 24 (4.91%) Manufacturing
4 19 (3.89%) Banking
5 18 (3.68%) Aerospace
6 16 (3.27%) Retail
7 9 (1.84%) Legal
8 8 (1.64%) Electronics
9 7 (1.43%) Retail Banking
10 6 (1.23%) Financial Institution
10 6 (1.23%) Marketing
11 5 (1.02%) Military
12 4 (0.82%) Advertising
12 4 (0.82%) Billing
13 3 (0.61%) Games
13 3 (0.61%) Investment Banking
14 2 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
15 1 (0.20%) Automotive
15 1 (0.20%) Law
Job Titles
1 241 (49.28%) Analyst
2 235 (48.06%) Test Analyst
3 125 (25.56%) Tester
4 75 (15.34%) Test Engineer
5 54 (11.04%) Automation Tester
6 41 (8.38%) Test Manager
7 33 (6.75%) Automation Test Analyst
8 32 (6.54%) Software Analyst
8 32 (6.54%) Software Test Analyst
8 32 (6.54%) Software Tester
8 32 (6.54%) Test Automation Engineer
9 26 (5.32%) Junior
9 26 (5.32%) Test Leader
10 25 (5.11%) QA Engineer
11 24 (4.91%) Graduate
11 24 (4.91%) Graduate Tester
11 24 (4.91%) Junior Analyst
11 24 (4.91%) Junior Test Analyst
11 24 (4.91%) Software Test Engineer
11 24 (4.91%) SQL Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (9.41%) .NET
2 40 (8.18%) Web Services
3 35 (7.16%) XML
4 23 (4.70%) ASP.NET
5 22 (4.50%) SOAP
6 20 (4.09%) REST
7 9 (1.84%) Gherkin
7 9 (1.84%) ODBC
8 6 (1.23%) JSON
9 5 (1.02%) HTML
9 5 (1.02%) RabbitMQ
10 4 (0.82%) 802.1X
10 4 (0.82%) CSS
10 4 (0.82%) Middleware
11 3 (0.61%) .NET Framework
11 3 (0.61%) AngularJS
11 3 (0.61%) Velocity
12 2 (0.41%) RESTful
13 1 (0.20%) CGI
13 1 (0.20%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 58 (11.86%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (10.02%) Mobile App
3 29 (5.93%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (3.48%) Fintech
5 15 (3.07%) AS400
6 9 (1.84%) Animation
6 9 (1.84%) Photography
7 7 (1.43%) User Experience
8 6 (1.23%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
10 4 (0.82%) Management Information System
11 3 (0.61%) Client/Server
11 3 (0.61%) NHS
12 2 (0.41%) Driving Licence
12 2 (0.41%) Handset
12 2 (0.41%) PMI
12 2 (0.41%) Virtual Team
13 1 (0.20%) Algorithms
13 1 (0.20%) Analytical Mindset
13 1 (0.20%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 43 (8.79%) Windows
2 25 (5.11%) Linux
3 18 (3.68%) Unix
4 7 (1.43%) Android
5 6 (1.23%) CentOS
5 6 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (1.02%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.41%) Solaris
7 2 (0.41%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.41%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 326 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 309 (63.19%) Agile Software Development
3 287 (58.69%) Software Testing
4 190 (38.85%) Test Scripting
5 121 (24.74%) Regression Testing
6 118 (24.13%) Waterfall
7 105 (21.47%) Test Strategy
8 84 (17.18%) Defect Management
9 80 (16.36%) SDLC
10 76 (15.54%) Manual Testing
11 64 (13.09%) Test Management
12 60 (12.27%) Scrum
13 56 (11.45%) Scenario Testing
14 55 (11.25%) Exploratory Testing
14 55 (11.25%) Functional Testing
15 51 (10.43%) Non-Functional Testing
16 49 (10.02%) Mentoring
16 49 (10.02%) Problem-Solving
17 48 (9.82%) TDD
18 43 (8.79%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 163 (33.33%) SQL
2 78 (15.95%) Java
3 72 (14.72%) C#
4 56 (11.45%) Python
5 23 (4.70%) Bash Shell
6 21 (4.29%) JavaScript
7 15 (3.07%) PowerShell
8 14 (2.86%) PL/SQL
9 13 (2.66%) PHP
10 12 (2.45%) Groovy
11 11 (2.25%) Ruby
12 7 (1.43%) VBA
13 6 (1.23%) Perl
13 6 (1.23%) Shell Script
14 5 (1.02%) C
15 4 (0.82%) T-SQL
16 3 (0.61%) TypeScript
16 3 (0.61%) VB
16 3 (0.61%) VBScript
17 2 (0.41%) C++
Qualifications
1 403 (82.41%) ISTQB
2 254 (51.94%) ISEB
3 61 (12.47%) Degree
4 16 (3.27%) Security Cleared
5 13 (2.66%) SC Cleared
6 9 (1.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 8 (1.64%) DV Cleared
8 6 (1.23%) Computer Science Degree
8 6 (1.23%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.82%) APMP
9 4 (0.82%) HNC
10 3 (0.61%) HND
10 3 (0.61%) IIBA
11 2 (0.41%) MBA
11 2 (0.41%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.41%) PMP
12 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.20%) OCP
12 1 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
12 1 (0.20%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 201 (41.10%) QA
2 3 (0.61%) GDPR
2 3 (0.61%) MiFID
3 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.20%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (2.25%) Virtual Machines
2 7 (1.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (1.23%) Docker
4 1 (0.20%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 38 (7.77%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (3.68%) HP ALM
3 7 (1.43%) Netcool
4 6 (1.23%) Ansible
5 3 (0.61%) Puppet
6 1 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.20%) SCCM
6 1 (0.20%) SCOM
Vendors
1 103 (21.06%) Microsoft
2 28 (5.73%) HP
3 27 (5.52%) IBM
4 26 (5.32%) Oracle
5 16 (3.27%) SAP
6 14 (2.86%) Cognizant
7 11 (2.25%) Remedy
8 9 (1.84%) Atlassian
9 7 (1.43%) Cadence
9 7 (1.43%) SolarWinds
9 7 (1.43%) VMware
10 6 (1.23%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.61%) CA Agile Central
11 3 (0.61%) OpenText
11 3 (0.61%) Xamarin
12 2 (0.41%) BT
12 2 (0.41%) Google
12 2 (0.41%) New Relic
12 2 (0.41%) WorldPay
13 1 (0.20%) CheckPoint