Period
to 24 July 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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 769 688 670
Rank change year-on-year -81 -18 +194
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 221 112 497
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.16% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 0.72% 1.42%
Number of salaries quoted 135 97 269
10th Percentile £30,500 £27,500 £26,975
25th Percentile £34,375 £31,250 £31,750
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £40,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% -5.88% +6.25%
75th Percentile £55,000 £48,750 £53,750
90th Percentile £65,750 £56,000 £60,100
UK excluding London median annual salary £38,250 £40,000 £41,000
% change year-on-year -4.38% -2.44% +9.33%

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 24,228 15,555 34,998
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.41% 21.97% 24.20%
Number of salaries quoted 14,045 11,665 25,760
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,499
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,750 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

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 24 July 2021.

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 July 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 -102 162 £45,000 +11.39% 40
UK excluding London -61 152 £38,250 -4.38% 35
South East -49 57 £42,500 -15.00% 7
London -86 47 £55,000 +22.22% 11
Scotland -31 29 £36,150 -12.89% 4
Work from Home -235 26 £37,500 -25.00% 5
Midlands -64 22 £42,875 +1.48% 5
West Midlands -49 21 £42,875 -9.74% 3
North of England -63 13 £36,250 +11.54% 13
South West -56 11 £52,500 +50.00% 3
Wales -21 9 £33,000 -5.71% 1
North West -34 8 £31,250 -3.85% 6
East of England -36 8 £60,000 +71.43% 1
Yorkshire -59 5 £37,500 +15.38% 6
Northern Ireland -39 3 - - 1
East Midlands -50 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 210 (95.02%) ISTQB
2 174 (78.73%) Test Automation
3 155 (70.14%) Software Testing
4 154 (69.68%) QA
5 132 (59.73%) Agile Software Development
6 120 (54.30%) ISEB
7 114 (51.58%) Selenium
8 95 (42.99%) Regression Testing
9 84 (38.01%) Microsoft
9 84 (38.01%) C#
10 81 (36.65%) TDD
11 80 (36.20%) BDD
12 77 (34.84%) SDLC
13 75 (33.94%) SQL Server
14 73 (33.03%) Test Scripting
15 67 (30.32%) JIRA
15 67 (30.32%) Problem-Solving
16 66 (29.86%) Continuous Improvement
17 62 (28.05%) Mobile App
18 60 (27.15%) Organisational Skills
18 60 (27.15%) Management Information System
19 58 (26.24%) NUnit
20 57 (25.79%) Social Skills
21 55 (24.89%) SpecFlow
21 55 (24.89%) Marketing
22 54 (24.43%) SQL
22 54 (24.43%) MSTest
23 53 (23.98%) Influencing Skills
23 53 (23.98%) EPoS
24 51 (23.08%) Load 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 16 (7.24%) Confluence
2 9 (4.07%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.36%) Tomcat
4 2 (0.90%) Apache
4 2 (0.90%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.90%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.90%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 12 (5.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (3.17%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 15 (6.79%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.36%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (1.36%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.90%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.45%) Elite 3E
4 1 (0.45%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.45%) Sage X3
4 1 (0.45%) SAP FI-CA
4 1 (0.45%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 30 (13.57%) Azure
2 15 (6.79%) AWS
3 7 (3.17%) GitHub
4 6 (2.71%) Power Platform
4 6 (2.71%) Snowflake
5 5 (2.26%) SaaS
5 5 (2.26%) Serverless
6 3 (1.36%) BlazeMeter
6 3 (1.36%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.90%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.90%) AWS Lambda
7 2 (0.90%) PaaS
7 2 (0.90%) Slack
7 2 (0.90%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.45%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.45%) Azure Service Bus
8 1 (0.45%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.45%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.62%) TCP/IP
2 7 (3.17%) Firewall
3 6 (2.71%) HTTP
4 5 (2.26%) Network Security
4 5 (2.26%) SSL
5 2 (0.90%) FTP
5 2 (0.90%) Intranet
6 1 (0.45%) ATM
6 1 (0.45%) DNS
6 1 (0.45%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.45%) Internet
6 1 (0.45%) VoIP
6 1 (0.45%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (33.94%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.07%) PostgreSQL
3 8 (3.62%) Oracle Database
3 8 (3.62%) Relational Database
3 8 (3.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (3.17%) RDBMS
5 6 (2.71%) Oracle BI EE
5 6 (2.71%) Oracle ODI
5 6 (2.71%) Power BI
5 6 (2.71%) Tableau
6 4 (1.81%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (1.36%) Big Data
7 3 (1.36%) MongoDB
7 3 (1.36%) Redis
8 2 (0.90%) Amazon DynamoDB
8 2 (0.90%) MS Access
9 1 (0.45%) DB2
9 1 (0.45%) MySQL
9 1 (0.45%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 114 (51.58%) Selenium
2 67 (30.32%) JIRA
3 58 (26.24%) NUnit
4 55 (24.89%) SpecFlow
5 54 (24.43%) MSTest
6 29 (13.12%) Jenkins
7 28 (12.67%) WebDriver
8 21 (9.50%) Postman
8 21 (9.50%) SoapUI
9 20 (9.05%) Team Foundation Server
10 18 (8.14%) Cucumber
11 17 (7.69%) TestRail
12 15 (6.79%) HP UFT
13 13 (5.88%) JMeter
14 11 (4.98%) Maven
14 11 (4.98%) Ranorex
14 11 (4.98%) Visual Studio
15 10 (4.52%) REST Assured
15 10 (4.52%) TestNG
16 9 (4.07%) Cypress.io
General
1 60 (27.15%) Organisational Skills
2 57 (25.79%) Social Skills
3 55 (24.89%) Marketing
4 53 (23.98%) Influencing Skills
5 40 (18.10%) Finance
6 27 (12.22%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (2.71%) Public Sector
8 5 (2.26%) Documentation Skills
8 5 (2.26%) Presentation Skills
9 4 (1.81%) Banking
9 4 (1.81%) Electronics
9 4 (1.81%) Telecoms
10 3 (1.36%) Inclusion and Diversity
10 3 (1.36%) Law
11 2 (0.90%) Legal
11 2 (0.90%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.90%) Retail
12 1 (0.45%) Advertising
12 1 (0.45%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 82 (37.10%) Test Engineer
2 60 (27.15%) Analyst
3 53 (23.98%) Software Test Engineer
4 45 (20.36%) Test Analyst
5 37 (16.74%) QA Engineer
6 27 (12.22%) Senior Test Engineer
7 25 (11.31%) Tester
8 24 (10.86%) Development Engineer
9 23 (10.41%) Senior Software Test Engineer
9 23 (10.41%) Software Development Engineer
9 23 (10.41%) Software Engineer
9 23 (10.41%) Test Development Engineer
10 21 (9.50%) Test Automation Engineer
11 14 (6.33%) QA Analyst
11 14 (6.33%) Quality Engineer
11 14 (6.33%) Test Leader
12 12 (5.43%) QA Leader
12 12 (5.43%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
13 11 (4.98%) Senior Development Engineer
13 11 (4.98%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (7.24%) .NET
1 16 (7.24%) REST
1 16 (7.24%) SOAP
1 16 (7.24%) Web Services
1 16 (7.24%) XML
2 13 (5.88%) JSON
3 10 (4.52%) Gherkin
4 6 (2.71%) Kafka
5 5 (2.26%) jQuery
5 5 (2.26%) RESTful
5 5 (2.26%) Swagger
6 3 (1.36%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.36%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (1.36%) Middleware
6 3 (1.36%) Node.js
7 2 (0.90%) .NET Core
7 2 (0.90%) Nightwatchjs
7 2 (0.90%) pytest
7 2 (0.90%) SAML
7 2 (0.90%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 62 (28.05%) Mobile App
2 60 (27.15%) Management Information System
3 53 (23.98%) EPoS
4 9 (4.07%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (3.17%) Analytical Mindset
5 7 (3.17%) Client/Server
5 7 (3.17%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (3.17%) User Experience
6 5 (2.26%) Chip and PIN
6 5 (2.26%) Digital Media
6 5 (2.26%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (1.36%) Data Structures
8 2 (0.90%) Cybercrime
8 2 (0.90%) Data Centre
8 2 (0.90%) Linux Command Line
8 2 (0.90%) N-Tier
9 1 (0.45%) AS400
9 1 (0.45%) Legacy Systems
9 1 (0.45%) Life Science
9 1 (0.45%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 17 (7.69%) Linux
2 16 (7.24%) Windows
3 10 (4.52%) Unix
4 5 (2.26%) Solaris
5 2 (0.90%) Android
5 2 (0.90%) Apple iOS
5 2 (0.90%) HPUX
5 2 (0.90%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 174 (78.73%) Test Automation
2 155 (70.14%) Software Testing
3 132 (59.73%) Agile Software Development
4 95 (42.99%) Regression Testing
5 81 (36.65%) TDD
6 80 (36.20%) BDD
7 77 (34.84%) SDLC
8 73 (33.03%) Test Scripting
9 67 (30.32%) Problem-Solving
10 66 (29.86%) Continuous Improvement
11 51 (23.08%) Load Testing
12 45 (20.36%) DevOps
13 34 (15.38%) SDET
14 33 (14.93%) Scenario Testing
14 33 (14.93%) Test Strategy
15 28 (12.67%) API Testing
16 27 (12.22%) Scrum
17 25 (11.31%) Stakeholder Management
17 25 (11.31%) Test Management
18 23 (10.41%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 84 (38.01%) C#
2 54 (24.43%) SQL
3 44 (19.91%) Java
4 29 (13.12%) JavaScript
5 17 (7.69%) Python
6 3 (1.36%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.36%) VB
6 3 (1.36%) VBScript
7 2 (0.90%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.90%) C++
7 2 (0.90%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 2 (0.90%) Groovy
7 2 (0.90%) Perl
7 2 (0.90%) PowerShell
7 2 (0.90%) Ruby
7 2 (0.90%) Scala
7 2 (0.90%) TypeScript
7 2 (0.90%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.45%) C
8 1 (0.45%) XPath
Qualifications
1 210 (95.02%) ISTQB
2 120 (54.30%) ISEB
3 32 (14.48%) Degree
4 20 (9.05%) Security Cleared
5 18 (8.14%) SC Cleared
6 11 (4.98%) Computer Science Degree
7 6 (2.71%) HNC
7 6 (2.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 5 (2.26%) CEH
8 5 (2.26%) CISA
8 5 (2.26%) GIAC
8 5 (2.26%) OSCE
8 5 (2.26%) OSCP
9 3 (1.36%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.45%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.45%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 154 (69.68%) QA
2 6 (2.71%) Accessibility
2 6 (2.71%) Data Quality
2 6 (2.71%) GDPR
3 5 (2.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (2.26%) NIST
4 2 (0.90%) SLA
5 1 (0.45%) GxP
System Software
1 8 (3.62%) Docker
2 1 (0.45%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.45%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 23 (10.41%) HP ALM
2 12 (5.43%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (3.62%) Kubernetes
4 5 (2.26%) HP Fortify
4 5 (2.26%) WebInspect
5 2 (0.90%) Grafana
5 2 (0.90%) Puppet
6 1 (0.45%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 84 (38.01%) Microsoft
2 39 (17.65%) HP
3 32 (14.48%) Oracle
4 10 (4.52%) Micro Focus
5 7 (3.17%) Atlassian
6 6 (2.71%) Databricks
6 6 (2.71%) Informatica
7 5 (2.26%) ArcSight
7 5 (2.26%) Black Duck
7 5 (2.26%) Qualys
7 5 (2.26%) Salesforce.com
7 5 (2.26%) SAP
7 5 (2.26%) Sonatype
7 5 (2.26%) Splunk
7 5 (2.26%) Tripwire
8 3 (1.36%) JD Edwards
9 2 (0.90%) CA
9 2 (0.90%) CA Agile Central
9 2 (0.90%) TIBCO
10 1 (0.45%) Facebook