Period
to 17 January 2020

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 17 January 2020 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
17 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 668 708 733
Rank change year-on-year +40 +25 -86
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 361 436 483
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.29% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.30% 1.19% 1.17%
Number of salaries quoted 242 334 398
UK median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £36,250
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.67% +3.45% -3.33%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £57,500 £54,625 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -4.11%

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 27,705 36,507 41,336
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.97% 24.15% 23.86%
Number of salaries quoted 20,485 26,695 32,048
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £78,750
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 17 January 2020.

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 17 January 2020. 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 +38 331 £40,000 +6.67% 46
UK excluding London +45 290 £40,000 +6.67% 48
South East +44 98 £41,000 +26.15% 8
London +50 68 £53,500 +18.89% 7
Midlands +35 65 £40,000 +23.08% 10
North of England +46 55 £32,500 -7.14% 12
West Midlands +33 55 £40,000 +23.08% 6
North West +46 34 £35,000 - 9
South West +36 33 £37,000 +12.12% 9
Wales -4 18 £35,000 +27.27% 9
East of England +37 12 £42,500 +6.25%
Yorkshire +27 12 £32,500 -1.52% 3
East Midlands +8 10 £32,500 -23.53% 4
North East +14 9 £33,000 +11.92%
Scotland +13 9 £30,000 -45.45%

For the 6 months to 17 January 2020, 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.

1 345 (95.57%) ISTQB
2 250 (69.25%) Test Automation
3 185 (51.25%) Agile Software Development
4 182 (50.42%) QA
5 178 (49.31%) Software Testing
6 132 (36.57%) Test Scripting
7 120 (33.24%) ISEB
8 93 (25.76%) Problem-Solving
9 89 (24.65%) Finance
10 86 (23.82%) Selenium
11 82 (22.71%) JIRA
12 77 (21.33%) Scrum
13 76 (21.05%) SQL
14 67 (18.56%) C#
15 64 (17.73%) Postman
16 63 (17.45%) Regression Testing
17 58 (16.07%) Analytical Skills
18 54 (14.96%) Performance Testing
19 53 (14.68%) User Acceptance Testing
19 53 (14.68%) Java
19 53 (14.68%) Microsoft
20 50 (13.85%) Test Management
20 50 (13.85%) Manual Testing
21 47 (13.02%) API Testing
21 47 (13.02%) Test Strategy
22 45 (12.47%) SDLC
22 45 (12.47%) Scenario Testing
22 45 (12.47%) Continuous Integration
22 45 (12.47%) SQL Server
23 44 (12.19%) SOAP

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 32 (8.86%) Confluence
2 1 (0.28%) CMS
2 1 (0.28%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.28%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 2 (0.55%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.11%) Payment Gateway
1 4 (1.11%) SAP ERP
1 4 (1.11%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.28%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.28%) SAP EWM
2 1 (0.28%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 21 (5.82%) Azure
2 15 (4.16%) AWS
3 6 (1.66%) SaaS
4 5 (1.39%) Slack
5 4 (1.11%) BrowserStack
5 4 (1.11%) SuccessFactors
6 3 (0.83%) Heroku
7 2 (0.55%) GCP
8 1 (0.28%) Amazon EMR
8 1 (0.28%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.28%) Amazon SageMaker
8 1 (0.28%) AWS IoT
8 1 (0.28%) AWS Lambda
8 1 (0.28%) BlazeMeter
8 1 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.28%) Google Compute Engine
8 1 (0.28%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (3.60%) Wireless
2 11 (3.05%) LTE
3 10 (2.77%) DAB
3 10 (2.77%) PuTTY
4 7 (1.94%) ATM
5 3 (0.83%) ZigBee
6 2 (0.55%) HTTP
7 1 (0.28%) 2G
7 1 (0.28%) 3G
7 1 (0.28%) 4G
7 1 (0.28%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (12.47%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.88%) MongoDB
3 10 (2.77%) SQLPlus
4 8 (2.22%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (0.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.55%) Amazon Athena
7 1 (0.28%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.28%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.28%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.28%) Big Data
7 1 (0.28%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.28%) Cosmos DB
7 1 (0.28%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.28%) DataStage
7 1 (0.28%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.28%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.28%) SAP BW
7 1 (0.28%) SAP Data Services
7 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 86 (23.82%) Selenium
2 82 (22.71%) JIRA
3 64 (17.73%) Postman
4 41 (11.36%) TestNG
5 35 (9.70%) Cucumber
6 34 (9.42%) HP UFT
6 34 (9.42%) WebDriver
7 33 (9.14%) Visual Studio
8 32 (8.86%) JMeter
9 31 (8.59%) JUnit
10 29 (8.03%) SpecFlow
11 27 (7.48%) SoapUI
12 25 (6.93%) Team Foundation Server
13 23 (6.37%) Jenkins
14 18 (4.99%) Zephyr
15 15 (4.16%) LoadRunner
16 12 (3.32%) Rational DOORS
17 11 (3.05%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 11 (3.05%) Bitbucket
17 11 (3.05%) Visual Studio Coded UI
General
1 89 (24.65%) Finance
2 40 (11.08%) Aerospace
3 26 (7.20%) Telecoms
4 17 (4.71%) Banking
5 14 (3.88%) Manufacturing
6 12 (3.32%) Legal
7 7 (1.94%) Retail
8 4 (1.11%) Investment Banking
8 4 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (1.11%) Public Sector
9 3 (0.83%) Games
10 2 (0.55%) Advertising
10 2 (0.55%) Automotive
11 1 (0.28%) Back Office
11 1 (0.28%) Billing
11 1 (0.28%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 123 (34.07%) Analyst
2 99 (27.42%) Test Analyst
3 71 (19.67%) Tester
4 64 (17.73%) Test Engineer
5 45 (12.47%) QA Engineer
6 43 (11.91%) Test Manager
7 33 (9.14%) QA Tester
8 31 (8.59%) QA Analyst
8 31 (8.59%) Senior QA Engineer
9 24 (6.65%) Automation Test Analyst
10 21 (5.82%) Software Tester
11 16 (4.43%) Test Automation Engineer
12 14 (3.88%) Manual Test Analyst
13 13 (3.60%) QA Test Analyst
13 13 (3.60%) Quality Analyst
13 13 (3.60%) Senior Analyst
13 13 (3.60%) Senior Test Analyst
14 11 (3.05%) Data Migration Analyst
14 11 (3.05%) Data Migration Tester
14 11 (3.05%) Migration Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (12.19%) SOAP
2 39 (10.80%) REST
3 23 (6.37%) .NET
4 21 (5.82%) Gherkin
5 19 (5.26%) Web Services
6 17 (4.71%) XML
7 14 (3.88%) ASP.NET
8 11 (3.05%) HTML
9 10 (2.77%) DHTML
9 10 (2.77%) Swagger
9 10 (2.77%) WCF
10 5 (1.39%) Nightwatchjs
10 5 (1.39%) RESTful
11 4 (1.11%) SAP Fiori
12 3 (0.83%) JSON
13 1 (0.28%) CSS
13 1 (0.28%) Middleware
13 1 (0.28%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 58 (16.07%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (10.80%) User Experience
3 25 (6.93%) Mobile App
4 18 (4.99%) Self-Motivation
5 13 (3.60%) Management Information System
6 9 (2.49%) CCTV
7 4 (1.11%) Smart Meter
8 1 (0.28%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.28%) Learning Management System
8 1 (0.28%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.28%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 12 (3.32%) Linux
1 12 (3.32%) Windows
2 4 (1.11%) Unix
3 1 (0.28%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 250 (69.25%) Test Automation
2 185 (51.25%) Agile Software Development
3 178 (49.31%) Software Testing
4 132 (36.57%) Test Scripting
5 93 (25.76%) Problem-Solving
6 77 (21.33%) Scrum
7 63 (17.45%) Regression Testing
8 54 (14.96%) Performance Testing
9 53 (14.68%) User Acceptance Testing
10 50 (13.85%) Manual Testing
10 50 (13.85%) Test Management
11 47 (13.02%) API Testing
11 47 (13.02%) Test Strategy
12 45 (12.47%) Continuous Integration
12 45 (12.47%) Scenario Testing
12 45 (12.47%) SDLC
13 41 (11.36%) Functional Testing
14 40 (11.08%) BDD
14 40 (11.08%) TDD
15 39 (10.80%) Thought Leadership
Programming Languages
1 76 (21.05%) SQL
2 67 (18.56%) C#
3 53 (14.68%) Java
4 25 (6.93%) VBScript
5 21 (5.82%) JavaScript
6 17 (4.71%) Python
7 16 (4.43%) Ruby
8 12 (3.32%) T-SQL
9 11 (3.05%) PL/SQL
10 5 (1.39%) Groovy
10 5 (1.39%) Scala
10 5 (1.39%) VB.NET
11 2 (0.55%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.55%) C
11 2 (0.55%) C++
11 2 (0.55%) Java 8
11 2 (0.55%) Uniface
12 1 (0.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 345 (95.57%) ISTQB
2 120 (33.24%) ISEB
3 38 (10.53%) Security Cleared
4 28 (7.76%) SC Cleared
5 19 (5.26%) Degree
6 14 (3.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (1.66%) HNC
8 4 (1.11%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (0.55%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.28%) HND
10 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Certification
10 1 (0.28%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 182 (50.42%) QA
2 5 (1.39%) Data Quality
System Software
1 5 (1.39%) Docker
Systems Management
1 33 (9.14%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (6.09%) HP ALM
3 9 (2.49%) Netcool
3 9 (2.49%) TeMIP
4 5 (1.39%) Kubernetes
4 5 (1.39%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (1.39%) Puppet
5 1 (0.28%) Control-M
Vendors
1 53 (14.68%) Microsoft
2 32 (8.86%) HP
3 30 (8.31%) Sage
4 14 (3.88%) Atlassian
5 10 (2.77%) SAP
6 9 (2.49%) OpenText
6 9 (2.49%) Remedy
6 9 (2.49%) SolarWinds
7 8 (2.22%) Apple
7 8 (2.22%) Cadence
7 8 (2.22%) Oracle
8 7 (1.94%) Google
9 6 (1.66%) IBM
9 6 (1.66%) Micro Focus
10 5 (1.39%) CA
10 5 (1.39%) CA Agile Central
10 5 (1.39%) Parasoft
10 5 (1.39%) Workday
11 4 (1.11%) Ariba
11 4 (1.11%) WorldPay