Period
to 12 May 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 12 May 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
12 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 685 769 668
Rank change year-on-year +84 -101 +130
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 201 159 498
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.16% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.09% 0.75% 1.38%
Number of salaries quoted 109 116 306
10th Percentile £30,400 £28,000 £26,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £31,500 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £40,000 £41,000
Median % change year-on-year +6.25% -2.44% +7.89%
75th Percentile £53,750 £47,500 £48,000
90th Percentile £60,000 £56,875 £58,650
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%

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 18,456 21,166 36,107
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.82% 21.47% 24.83%
Number of salaries quoted 12,196 15,930 26,155
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,750 £26,250
25th Percentile £41,250 £37,460 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% +4.17%
75th Percentile £72,500 £68,750 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.27%

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 12 May 2021.

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 12 May 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
UK excluding London +78 147 £42,500 +6.25% 19
England +80 140 £42,500 +6.25% 23
South East +78 60 £42,500 +6.25%
Scotland +21 34 £39,800 -4.10% 1
London +50 30 £52,500 +16.67% 5
Midlands +1 20 £43,250 -0.57% 13
West Midlands -10 19 £43,250 -2.81% 12
Work from Home -157 17 £45,000 -26.53% 2
South West -8 13 £50,000 +42.86% 1
North of England -15 10 £34,375 +5.77% 3
Wales +3 6 £33,000 -5.71%
North West +16 5 £31,250 -37.50% 1
Yorkshire -15 5 £37,500 +15.38% 2
East of England +25 4 £60,000 +50.00% 1
East Midlands +3 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 12 May 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.

1 197 (98.01%) ISTQB
2 171 (85.07%) Test Automation
3 147 (73.13%) Software Testing
4 143 (71.14%) Agile Software Development
5 132 (65.67%) QA
6 128 (63.68%) ISEB
7 115 (57.21%) Selenium
8 93 (46.27%) C#
9 91 (45.27%) Regression Testing
10 88 (43.78%) BDD
11 80 (39.80%) SDLC
12 78 (38.81%) TDD
13 75 (37.31%) SQL Server
14 74 (36.82%) Problem-Solving
15 72 (35.82%) Microsoft
16 71 (35.32%) Mobile App
17 69 (34.33%) NUnit
17 69 (34.33%) Test Scripting
18 67 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
19 65 (32.34%) Management Information System
19 65 (32.34%) Organisational Skills
20 64 (31.84%) Influencing Skills
20 64 (31.84%) MSTest
21 62 (30.85%) Marketing
21 62 (30.85%) EPoS
22 57 (28.36%) Load Testing
22 57 (28.36%) SpecFlow
23 55 (27.36%) SDET
24 44 (21.89%) DevOps
25 40 (19.90%) SQL

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 10 (4.98%) Confluence
2 7 (3.48%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.99%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.00%) Apache
4 2 (1.00%) NServiceBus
4 2 (1.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (1.00%) Tomcat
4 2 (1.00%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 6 (2.99%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 12 (5.97%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.00%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.50%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.50%) Sage X3
3 1 (0.50%) SAP FI-CA
3 1 (0.50%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 31 (15.42%) Azure
2 8 (3.98%) AWS
3 5 (2.49%) Power Platform
3 5 (2.49%) SaaS
4 3 (1.49%) BrowserStack
4 3 (1.49%) Dynamics 365
4 3 (1.49%) PaaS
5 2 (1.00%) Azure Service Bus
5 2 (1.00%) GitHub
5 2 (1.00%) Serverless
5 2 (1.00%) Slack
5 2 (1.00%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.50%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.50%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.49%) Intranet
2 2 (1.00%) FTP
3 1 (0.50%) DNS
3 1 (0.50%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.50%) Internet
3 1 (0.50%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.50%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (37.31%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.46%) PostgreSQL
3 12 (5.97%) MongoDB
4 10 (4.98%) Redis
5 6 (2.99%) Oracle BI EE
5 6 (2.99%) Oracle ODI
5 6 (2.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (2.49%) Power BI
6 5 (2.49%) Tableau
7 3 (1.49%) Big Data
7 3 (1.49%) Oracle Database
8 2 (1.00%) Data Warehouse
8 2 (1.00%) MS Access
8 2 (1.00%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.50%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 1 (0.50%) DB2
9 1 (0.50%) MySQL
9 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 115 (57.21%) Selenium
2 69 (34.33%) NUnit
3 64 (31.84%) MSTest
4 57 (28.36%) SpecFlow
5 33 (16.42%) Jenkins
6 32 (15.92%) JIRA
7 23 (11.44%) WebDriver
8 20 (9.95%) Cucumber
9 18 (8.96%) Postman
10 16 (7.96%) SoapUI
11 13 (6.47%) Git (software)
12 11 (5.47%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (5.47%) Visual Studio Team System
12 11 (5.47%) Zephyr
13 10 (4.98%) HP UFT
13 10 (4.98%) JMeter
14 9 (4.48%) REST Assured
15 7 (3.48%) TestRail
15 7 (3.48%) Visual Studio
16 6 (2.99%) Maven
General
1 65 (32.34%) Organisational Skills
2 64 (31.84%) Influencing Skills
3 62 (30.85%) Marketing
4 32 (15.92%) Finance
5 31 (15.42%) Social Skills
6 19 (9.45%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (2.99%) Documentation Skills
8 4 (1.99%) Banking
8 4 (1.99%) Public Sector
9 3 (1.49%) Law
10 2 (1.00%) Electronics
10 2 (1.00%) Retail
10 2 (1.00%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.50%) Front Office
11 1 (0.50%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.50%) Legal
Job Titles
1 90 (44.78%) Test Engineer
2 62 (30.85%) Analyst
3 59 (29.35%) Software Test Engineer
4 44 (21.89%) Test Analyst
5 38 (18.91%) Development Engineer
5 38 (18.91%) Software Engineer
6 37 (18.41%) Software Development Engineer
6 37 (18.41%) Test Development Engineer
7 27 (13.43%) Test Automation Engineer
8 23 (11.44%) Senior Test Engineer
9 21 (10.45%) Senior Software Test Engineer
10 20 (9.95%) QA Engineer
11 17 (8.46%) Tester
12 16 (7.96%) QA Analyst
13 13 (6.47%) Senior Development Engineer
14 12 (5.97%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
14 12 (5.97%) Senior Software Development Engineer
14 12 (5.97%) Senior Software Engineer
15 11 (5.47%) Test Leader
16 10 (4.98%) Quality Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (9.95%) REST
2 16 (7.96%) XML
3 15 (7.46%) .NET
4 12 (5.97%) Gherkin
4 12 (5.97%) SOAP
5 10 (4.98%) Web Services
6 9 (4.48%) JSON
7 8 (3.98%) .NET Core
8 5 (2.49%) jQuery
8 5 (2.49%) Kafka
9 4 (1.99%) Django
9 4 (1.99%) Flask
9 4 (1.99%) Swagger
10 2 (1.00%) .NET Framework
10 2 (1.00%) Middleware
10 2 (1.00%) Nightwatchjs
10 2 (1.00%) pytest
10 2 (1.00%) SAML
11 1 (0.50%) CSS
11 1 (0.50%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 71 (35.32%) Mobile App
2 65 (32.34%) Management Information System
3 62 (30.85%) EPoS
4 8 (3.98%) Chip and PIN
4 8 (3.98%) Client/Server
4 8 (3.98%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (2.49%) Analytical Mindset
6 4 (1.99%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (1.00%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
7 2 (1.00%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.50%) AS400
8 1 (0.50%) Cybercrime
8 1 (0.50%) Equities
8 1 (0.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.50%) Greenfield Project
8 1 (0.50%) Life Science
8 1 (0.50%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 10 (4.98%) Linux
2 8 (3.98%) Unix
3 7 (3.48%) Windows
4 3 (1.49%) Android
4 3 (1.49%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.00%) HPUX
5 2 (1.00%) SUSE
6 1 (0.50%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 171 (85.07%) Test Automation
2 147 (73.13%) Software Testing
3 143 (71.14%) Agile Software Development
4 91 (45.27%) Regression Testing
5 88 (43.78%) BDD
6 80 (39.80%) SDLC
7 78 (38.81%) TDD
8 74 (36.82%) Problem-Solving
9 69 (34.33%) Test Scripting
10 67 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
11 57 (28.36%) Load Testing
12 55 (27.36%) SDET
13 44 (21.89%) DevOps
14 27 (13.43%) Scrum
15 21 (10.45%) Scenario Testing
16 20 (9.95%) Test Management
17 19 (9.45%) API Testing
17 19 (9.45%) Continuous Integration
17 19 (9.45%) Project Management
18 18 (8.96%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 93 (46.27%) C#
2 40 (19.90%) SQL
3 34 (16.92%) Java
4 21 (10.45%) JavaScript
4 21 (10.45%) Python
5 6 (2.99%) Bash Shell
5 6 (2.99%) Perl
6 4 (1.99%) Ruby
7 3 (1.49%) C++
7 3 (1.49%) VB
7 3 (1.49%) VBScript
8 2 (1.00%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 2 (1.00%) Groovy
8 2 (1.00%) PowerShell
8 2 (1.00%) Scala
8 2 (1.00%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.00%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.50%) PHP
9 1 (0.50%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.50%) XPath
Qualifications
1 197 (98.01%) ISTQB
2 128 (63.68%) ISEB
3 31 (15.42%) Degree
4 18 (8.96%) Security Cleared
5 16 (7.96%) SC Cleared
6 11 (5.47%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (1.00%) HNC
8 1 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.50%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (0.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 132 (65.67%) QA
2 7 (3.48%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.50%) GDPR
3 1 (0.50%) GxP
System Software
1 15 (7.46%) Docker
2 1 (0.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 15 (7.46%) Kubernetes
2 14 (6.97%) HP ALM
3 9 (4.48%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (3.98%) Puppet
5 1 (0.50%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 72 (35.82%) Microsoft
2 26 (12.94%) Oracle
3 24 (11.94%) HP
4 6 (2.99%) Informatica
5 5 (2.49%) Databricks
5 5 (2.49%) Micro Focus
6 4 (1.99%) Cadence
7 3 (1.49%) SAP
8 2 (1.00%) CA
8 2 (1.00%) CA Agile Central
8 2 (1.00%) TIBCO
9 1 (0.50%) Atlassian
9 1 (0.50%) Citrix
9 1 (0.50%) Facebook
9 1 (0.50%) Sage
9 1 (0.50%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.50%) YouTube