Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 640 803 735
Rank change year-on-year +163 -68 -114
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 455 365 506
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.33% 0.22% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.45% 0.94% 1.19%
Number of salaries quoted 272 276 403
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +14.29% -2.78%
10th Percentile £28,000 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £59,875 £56,250 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +14.29% - -2.78%

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 31,394 38,785 42,577
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.08% 23.72% 24.42%
Number of salaries quoted 22,928 28,746 32,685
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £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 20 October 2019.

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 20 October 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 +183 425 £40,500 +1.25% 51
UK excluding London +164 361 £40,000 +14.29% 50
South East +59 112 £41,750 +22.79% 11
London +92 93 £55,000 +24.29% 5
North of England +60 75 £32,500 +0.78% 16
Midlands +66 69 £40,000 +16.79% 13
North West +67 52 £35,000 +13.82% 9
South West +41 49 £37,500 +7.14% 4
West Midlands +47 45 £40,000 +23.08% 10
East of England +79 27 £42,500 +6.25% 2
East Midlands +41 24 £40,000 -5.88% 3
Wales +14 18 £35,000 -36.36%
Yorkshire -4 13 £32,500 -1.52% 5
Scotland +2 10 £40,750 -25.91% 4
North East - 10 £25,000 - 2
Northern Ireland -12 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 411 (90.33%) ISTQB
2 303 (66.59%) Test Automation
3 265 (58.24%) Agile Software Development
4 238 (52.31%) QA
5 212 (46.59%) Software Testing
6 182 (40.00%) ISEB
7 181 (39.78%) Test Scripting
8 132 (29.01%) JIRA
9 120 (26.37%) SQL
10 114 (25.05%) Scrum
11 113 (24.84%) Problem-Solving
12 100 (21.98%) Selenium
13 96 (21.10%) Finance
14 83 (18.24%) TDD
15 82 (18.02%) Performance Testing
16 79 (17.36%) SDLC
17 76 (16.70%) Regression Testing
18 74 (16.26%) Java
19 72 (15.82%) Manual Testing
20 71 (15.60%) C#
20 71 (15.60%) BDD
21 69 (15.16%) Test Strategy
22 67 (14.73%) Functional Testing
23 60 (13.19%) Security Cleared
24 57 (12.53%) API Testing
24 57 (12.53%) Continuous Improvement
25 56 (12.31%) Non-Functional Testing
26 54 (11.87%) Analytical Skills
27 53 (11.65%) User Acceptance Testing
27 53 (11.65%) SQL 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 48 (10.55%) Confluence
2 4 (0.88%) WebSphere
2 4 (0.88%) WebSphere Application Server
3 3 (0.66%) Apache Spark
3 3 (0.66%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.44%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.22%) EngageOne
2 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 12 (2.64%) Payment Gateway
2 9 (1.98%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.22%) SAP S/4HANA
3 1 (0.22%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 20 (4.40%) AWS
2 16 (3.52%) Azure
3 12 (2.64%) SaaS
4 9 (1.98%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.44%) BlazeMeter
5 2 (0.44%) GCP
6 1 (0.22%) Amazon EMR
6 1 (0.22%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.22%) Amazon SageMaker
6 1 (0.22%) AWS IoT
6 1 (0.22%) AWS Lambda
6 1 (0.22%) Google Compute Engine
6 1 (0.22%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 19 (4.18%) Broadband
2 13 (2.86%) DAB
3 11 (2.42%) LTE
4 10 (2.20%) ATM
5 8 (1.76%) Wireless
6 7 (1.54%) HTTPS
6 7 (1.54%) SSH
7 3 (0.66%) Wireshark
7 3 (0.66%) ZigBee
8 2 (0.44%) SMS
8 2 (0.44%) tcpdump
9 1 (0.22%) 2G
9 1 (0.22%) 3G
9 1 (0.22%) 4G
9 1 (0.22%) PuTTY
9 1 (0.22%) Radio Access Network
9 1 (0.22%) TETRA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (11.65%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.98%) MongoDB
3 8 (1.76%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (1.10%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.66%) Apache Accumulo
5 3 (0.66%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
5 3 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.44%) Amazon Athena
6 2 (0.44%) Cosmos DB
6 2 (0.44%) DB2
6 2 (0.44%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.22%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.22%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.22%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.22%) Big Data
7 1 (0.22%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.22%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.22%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.22%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 132 (29.01%) JIRA
2 100 (21.98%) Selenium
3 41 (9.01%) TestNG
4 40 (8.79%) JMeter
5 39 (8.57%) SpecFlow
6 38 (8.35%) Cucumber
7 32 (7.03%) JUnit
8 31 (6.81%) SoapUI
9 30 (6.59%) WebDriver
9 30 (6.59%) Zephyr
10 27 (5.93%) LoadRunner
11 21 (4.62%) HP UFT
12 20 (4.40%) Jenkins
12 20 (4.40%) Team Foundation Server
13 19 (4.18%) Git (software)
14 18 (3.96%) Visual Studio
15 13 (2.86%) Rational DOORS
15 13 (2.86%) TestRail
16 11 (2.42%) Bitbucket
17 10 (2.20%) Bugzilla
General
1 96 (21.10%) Finance
2 36 (7.91%) Telecoms
3 32 (7.03%) Aerospace
4 26 (5.71%) Manufacturing
5 17 (3.74%) Banking
6 14 (3.08%) Public Sector
6 14 (3.08%) Retail
7 7 (1.54%) Legal
8 6 (1.32%) Investment Banking
9 4 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
10 3 (0.66%) Automotive
11 2 (0.44%) Billing
11 2 (0.44%) Electronics
12 1 (0.22%) Advertising
12 1 (0.22%) Back Office
12 1 (0.22%) Local Government
12 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 183 (40.22%) Analyst
2 155 (34.07%) Test Analyst
3 102 (22.42%) Tester
4 81 (17.80%) Test Engineer
5 54 (11.87%) QA Analyst
6 44 (9.67%) QA Engineer
7 41 (9.01%) QA Tester
8 31 (6.81%) Senior QA Engineer
9 30 (6.59%) Senior Analyst
9 30 (6.59%) Senior Test Analyst
10 29 (6.37%) QA Test Analyst
10 29 (6.37%) Test Manager
11 28 (6.15%) Software Tester
12 27 (5.93%) Automation Test Analyst
13 23 (5.05%) Data Migration Analyst
13 23 (5.05%) Data Migration Tester
13 23 (5.05%) Migration Analyst
13 23 (5.05%) Test Leader
14 20 (4.40%) Automation Tester
15 16 (3.52%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (8.35%) SOAP
2 33 (7.25%) REST
3 24 (5.27%) Gherkin
4 18 (3.96%) .NET
4 18 (3.96%) XML
5 14 (3.08%) Web Services
6 11 (2.42%) Swagger
7 9 (1.98%) ASP.NET
8 6 (1.32%) HTML
9 5 (1.10%) CSS
9 5 (1.10%) JSON
10 1 (0.22%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.22%) DHTML
10 1 (0.22%) Node.js
10 1 (0.22%) RESTful
10 1 (0.22%) WCF
10 1 (0.22%) WebRTC
Miscellaneous
1 54 (11.87%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (7.25%) Mobile App
3 30 (6.59%) Self-Motivation
4 29 (6.37%) User Experience
5 7 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (1.54%) Management Information System
6 5 (1.10%) PlayStation
6 5 (1.10%) Xbox
7 4 (0.88%) CCTV
7 4 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (0.66%) Smart Meter
9 2 (0.44%) Learning Management System
10 1 (0.22%) Analytical Mindset
10 1 (0.22%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 28 (6.15%) Windows
2 16 (3.52%) Linux
3 14 (3.08%) Unix
4 2 (0.44%) Windows 10
4 2 (0.44%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 303 (66.59%) Test Automation
2 265 (58.24%) Agile Software Development
3 212 (46.59%) Software Testing
4 181 (39.78%) Test Scripting
5 114 (25.05%) Scrum
6 113 (24.84%) Problem-Solving
7 83 (18.24%) TDD
8 82 (18.02%) Performance Testing
9 79 (17.36%) SDLC
10 76 (16.70%) Regression Testing
11 72 (15.82%) Manual Testing
12 71 (15.60%) BDD
13 69 (15.16%) Test Strategy
14 67 (14.73%) Functional Testing
15 57 (12.53%) API Testing
15 57 (12.53%) Continuous Improvement
16 56 (12.31%) Non-Functional Testing
17 53 (11.65%) User Acceptance Testing
18 50 (10.99%) Waterfall
19 49 (10.77%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 120 (26.37%) SQL
2 74 (16.26%) Java
3 71 (15.60%) C#
4 16 (3.52%) JavaScript
5 14 (3.08%) Python
6 13 (2.86%) Ruby
7 9 (1.98%) VBScript
8 8 (1.76%) C
9 7 (1.54%) Bash Shell
10 6 (1.32%) VB
11 5 (1.10%) C++
12 4 (0.88%) Lua
13 3 (0.66%) Perl
13 3 (0.66%) PL/SQL
14 2 (0.44%) Java 8
14 2 (0.44%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.44%) T-SQL
14 2 (0.44%) Uniface
15 1 (0.22%) VBA
Qualifications
1 411 (90.33%) ISTQB
2 182 (40.00%) ISEB
3 60 (13.19%) Security Cleared
4 50 (10.99%) Degree
5 29 (6.37%) SC Cleared
6 6 (1.32%) HNC
6 6 (1.32%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (0.66%) DV Cleared
7 3 (0.66%) HND
7 3 (0.66%) Master's Degree
7 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Certification
7 3 (0.66%) PhD
8 2 (0.44%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.22%) Computer Science Degree
9 1 (0.22%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.22%) MCP
9 1 (0.22%) OCP
9 1 (0.22%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (0.22%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 238 (52.31%) QA
2 4 (0.88%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 21 (4.62%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (3.52%) HP ALM
3 3 (0.66%) Puppet
3 3 (0.66%) ZABBIX
4 2 (0.44%) Netcool
4 2 (0.44%) TeMIP
5 1 (0.22%) Control-M
Vendors
1 53 (11.65%) Microsoft
2 30 (6.59%) Sage
3 26 (5.71%) Atlassian
4 23 (5.05%) HP
5 12 (2.64%) Apple
5 12 (2.64%) SAP
5 12 (2.64%) WorldPay
6 10 (2.20%) Cadence
6 10 (2.20%) OpenText
6 10 (2.20%) Oracle
7 9 (1.98%) Ariba
8 4 (0.88%) IBM
9 3 (0.66%) CA Agile Central
9 3 (0.66%) Pega
9 3 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (0.66%) webMethods
10 2 (0.44%) Google
10 2 (0.44%) Remedy
10 2 (0.44%) SendGrid
10 2 (0.44%) SolarWinds