Period
to 23 February 2018

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 23 February 2018 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 722 643 583
Rank change year-on-year -79 -60 -72
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 506 597 941
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.34% 0.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 1.34% 1.61%
Number of salaries quoted 421 523 756
UK median annual salary £37,500 £36,500 £36,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.74% - -2.67%
10th Percentile £26,250 £24,550 £26,250
90th Percentile £52,500 £52,500 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,750 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +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 41,766 44,572 58,457
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.70% 25.39% 27.66%
Number of salaries quoted 32,424 35,256 46,627
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £78,750 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +1.19% -1.18% +6.25%

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 23 February 2018.

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 23 February 2018. 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 -72 464 £37,500 +2.74% 65
UK excluding London -47 388 £35,750 +2.14% 63
North of England -36 113 £35,250 -8.44% 18
London -5 109 £41,500 +3.75% 11
South East -62 91 £35,000 - 12
Midlands +41 72 £35,000 +9.38% 12
North West -11 53 £35,000 +9.38% 9
South West -11 50 £38,000 +16.92% 8
West Midlands +6 40 £33,000 -2.94% 9
East Midlands +27 32 £38,000 +31.03% 3
East of England -9 32 £40,000 -8.57% 4
Yorkshire -44 32 £32,500 -23.53% 7
North East -2 28 £41,000 +22.57% 2
Wales +24 18 £34,000 +30.77%
Scotland -40 6 £38,750 +3.33% 8
Northern Ireland - 6 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 February 2018, 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.

1 365 (72.13%) ISTQB
2 348 (68.77%) Test Automation
3 279 (55.14%) Agile Software Development
4 278 (54.94%) ISEB
5 266 (52.57%) Software Testing
6 228 (45.06%) QA
7 209 (41.30%) Test Scripting
8 204 (40.32%) SQL
9 193 (38.14%) Selenium
10 166 (32.81%) JIRA
11 142 (28.06%) Finance
12 126 (24.90%) Test Management
13 115 (22.73%) Regression Testing
14 113 (22.33%) Degree
15 112 (22.13%) User Acceptance Testing
16 109 (21.54%) Test Strategy
17 107 (21.15%) Analytical Skills
17 107 (21.15%) SDLC
18 103 (20.36%) Team Foundation Server
19 99 (19.57%) Microsoft
20 83 (16.40%) Scenario Testing
21 81 (16.01%) Cucumber
22 79 (15.61%) Java
23 78 (15.42%) Manual Testing
24 77 (15.22%) Waterfall
25 73 (14.43%) Oracle
25 73 (14.43%) Scrum
26 60 (11.86%) SQL Server
27 59 (11.66%) Ruby
28 56 (11.07%) Integration 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 25 (4.94%) Confluence
2 14 (2.77%) Apache Spark
3 13 (2.57%) MQSeries
4 7 (1.38%) CMS
5 2 (0.40%) IBM Domino
5 2 (0.40%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.20%) Tomcat
Applications
1 32 (6.32%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (3.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.20%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 20 (3.95%) Dynamics AX
2 9 (1.78%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.79%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.40%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.20%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 11 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (1.78%) Amazon AWS
2 9 (1.78%) Slack
2 9 (1.78%) SuccessFactors
3 8 (1.58%) SaaS
4 2 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.20%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (0.20%) BrowserStack
5 1 (0.20%) GitHub
5 1 (0.20%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 13 (2.57%) HTTP
1 13 (2.57%) Internet
2 7 (1.38%) Intranet
2 7 (1.38%) TETRA
3 4 (0.79%) Wireshark
4 3 (0.59%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.20%) Network Security
5 1 (0.20%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 60 (11.86%) SQL Server
2 14 (2.77%) Apache Accumulo
2 14 (2.77%) Hadoop
3 11 (2.17%) MySQL
4 10 (1.98%) Relational Database
5 8 (1.58%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (1.19%) Oracle Database
7 4 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (0.59%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.40%) Crystal Reports
9 2 (0.40%) Geospatial Data
9 2 (0.40%) QlikView
9 2 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.20%) Cognos Framework Manager
10 1 (0.20%) Cognos Report Studio
10 1 (0.20%) MS Access
10 1 (0.20%) Power BI
10 1 (0.20%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 193 (38.14%) Selenium
2 166 (32.81%) JIRA
3 103 (20.36%) Team Foundation Server
4 81 (16.01%) Cucumber
5 49 (9.68%) SoapUI
6 44 (8.70%) JMeter
7 37 (7.31%) Zephyr
8 35 (6.92%) HP UFT
9 34 (6.72%) Git (software)
9 34 (6.72%) Jenkins
9 34 (6.72%) WebDriver
10 31 (6.13%) Visual Studio
11 23 (4.55%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 20 (3.95%) LoadRunner
13 15 (2.96%) Jasmine
13 15 (2.96%) Maven
13 15 (2.96%) TestRail
13 15 (2.96%) WATIR
14 14 (2.77%) Ranorex
15 12 (2.37%) Robot Framework
General
1 142 (28.06%) Finance
2 42 (8.30%) Retail
3 37 (7.31%) Banking
4 20 (3.95%) Legal
5 10 (1.98%) Games
6 6 (1.19%) Financial Institution
6 6 (1.19%) Marketing
7 5 (0.99%) Automotive
7 5 (0.99%) Law
7 5 (0.99%) Retail Banking
7 5 (0.99%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.79%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.40%) Back Office
9 2 (0.40%) Electronics
9 2 (0.40%) Front Office
10 1 (0.20%) Advertising
10 1 (0.20%) French Language
10 1 (0.20%) German Language
10 1 (0.20%) Investment Banking
10 1 (0.20%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 271 (53.56%) Analyst
2 240 (47.43%) Test Analyst
3 110 (21.74%) Tester
4 84 (16.60%) QA Analyst
5 57 (11.26%) QA Test Analyst
6 56 (11.07%) Software Tester
7 43 (8.50%) Senior Analyst
8 42 (8.30%) Senior Test Analyst
8 42 (8.30%) Test Engineer
9 39 (7.71%) Test Leader
10 34 (6.72%) Automation Test Analyst
11 32 (6.32%) Test Manager
12 31 (6.13%) QA Tester
13 24 (4.74%) Manual Test Analyst
14 18 (3.56%) QA Engineer
14 18 (3.56%) Software Analyst
15 17 (3.36%) Automation Tester
15 17 (3.36%) Software Test Analyst
16 16 (3.16%) QA Leader
17 15 (2.96%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (10.67%) Web Services
2 49 (9.68%) SOAP
3 46 (9.09%) .NET
4 32 (6.32%) REST
4 32 (6.32%) XML
5 24 (4.74%) Gherkin
6 22 (4.35%) HTML
7 16 (3.16%) CSS
8 12 (2.37%) JSON
9 9 (1.78%) Nightwatchjs
9 9 (1.78%) Oracle Fusion
9 9 (1.78%) RESTful
10 7 (1.38%) WebRTC
11 6 (1.19%) DCOM
11 6 (1.19%) HTML5
12 5 (0.99%) ASP.NET
12 5 (0.99%) ODBC
13 3 (0.59%) Spring
13 3 (0.59%) XHTML
13 3 (0.59%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 107 (21.15%) Analytical Skills
2 37 (7.31%) Computer Science
3 20 (3.95%) Fintech
3 20 (3.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 18 (3.56%) Management Information System
5 16 (3.16%) User Experience
6 10 (1.98%) Mobile App
7 9 (1.78%) Mainframe
8 5 (0.99%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (0.59%) Driving Licence
10 2 (0.40%) AS400
10 2 (0.40%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.40%) CMDB
10 2 (0.40%) Fixed Income
10 2 (0.40%) Linux Command Line
10 2 (0.40%) PDA
10 2 (0.40%) Social Media
10 2 (0.40%) SWIFT
11 1 (0.20%) EPoS
11 1 (0.20%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 40 (7.91%) Windows
2 33 (6.52%) Unix
3 24 (4.74%) Linux
4 12 (2.37%) Android
4 12 (2.37%) Apple iOS
5 6 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.20%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.20%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 348 (68.77%) Test Automation
2 279 (55.14%) Agile Software Development
3 266 (52.57%) Software Testing
4 209 (41.30%) Test Scripting
5 126 (24.90%) Test Management
6 115 (22.73%) Regression Testing
7 112 (22.13%) User Acceptance Testing
8 109 (21.54%) Test Strategy
9 107 (21.15%) SDLC
10 83 (16.40%) Scenario Testing
11 78 (15.42%) Manual Testing
12 77 (15.22%) Waterfall
13 73 (14.43%) Scrum
14 56 (11.07%) Integration Testing
15 52 (10.28%) System Testing
16 46 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
16 46 (9.09%) Test Planning
17 44 (8.70%) TDD
17 44 (8.70%) Time Management
18 43 (8.50%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 204 (40.32%) SQL
2 79 (15.61%) Java
3 59 (11.66%) Ruby
4 54 (10.67%) C#
5 41 (8.10%) JavaScript
6 35 (6.92%) Python
7 20 (3.95%) C
8 17 (3.36%) Perl
9 16 (3.16%) Bash Shell
10 14 (2.77%) PL/SQL
11 13 (2.57%) C++
12 10 (1.98%) VB.NET
13 9 (1.78%) COBOL
13 9 (1.78%) Groovy
13 9 (1.78%) Pascal
14 8 (1.58%) VB
15 5 (0.99%) Shell Script
16 4 (0.79%) PowerShell
17 2 (0.40%) T-SQL
18 1 (0.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 365 (72.13%) ISTQB
2 278 (54.94%) ISEB
3 113 (22.33%) Degree
4 47 (9.29%) Security Cleared
5 39 (7.71%) ISEB Practitioner
6 30 (5.93%) SC Cleared
7 17 (3.36%) Computer Science Degree
8 14 (2.77%) DV Cleared
9 7 (1.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (1.19%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 2 (0.40%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.20%) CISA
12 1 (0.20%) CISM
12 1 (0.20%) CISSP
12 1 (0.20%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.20%) Numerate Degree
12 1 (0.20%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.20%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (45.06%) QA
2 13 (2.57%) GDPR
3 10 (1.98%) MiFID
4 4 (0.79%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.40%) ISO 15765
5 2 (0.40%) SEPA
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 10 (1.98%) Docker
2 1 (0.20%) Firmware
2 1 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (0.20%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 54 (10.67%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (4.55%) Puppet
3 18 (3.56%) HP ALM
4 9 (1.78%) Kubernetes
4 9 (1.78%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.79%) SCCM
Vendors
1 99 (19.57%) Microsoft
2 73 (14.43%) Oracle
3 43 (8.50%) HP
4 23 (4.55%) CA Agile Central
5 13 (2.57%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (2.37%) IBM
7 11 (2.17%) Google
7 11 (2.17%) SAP
8 9 (1.78%) CA
8 9 (1.78%) Micro Focus
9 7 (1.38%) Capita
10 6 (1.19%) Citrix
11 5 (0.99%) Misys
12 4 (0.79%) iManage
12 4 (0.79%) WorldPay
13 3 (0.59%) Sophos
13 3 (0.59%) White Clarke
14 2 (0.40%) BMC
14 2 (0.40%) Cadence
14 2 (0.40%) Lotus