Period
to 19 June 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 19 June 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
19 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 784 667 631
Rank change year-on-year -117 -36 +1
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB Foundation Certification 405 558 785
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.32% 0.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.99% 1.30% 1.43%
Number of salaries quoted 316 479 618
UK median annual salary £38,500 £37,500 £35,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.67% +7.14% -9.09%
10th Percentile £28,250 £24,700 £26,250
90th Percentile £53,750 £55,000 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year +7.14% - -

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 40,842 42,872 54,801
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.72% 24.91% 27.44%
Number of salaries quoted 30,820 33,504 44,093
UK median annual salary £49,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,900 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.65% - +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 19 June 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 19 June 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 -126 375 £38,000 +4.11% 57
UK excluding London -103 285 £37,500 +7.14% 50
London -2 106 £44,250 -6.84% 10
South East -32 89 £37,500 +19.05% 19
North of England -84 65 £32,500 - 11
Midlands -18 52 £38,000 +2.70% 8
South West -14 41 £40,000 +14.29% 6
North West -28 34 £30,000 -1.64% 4
East Midlands +10 29 £38,000 -5.00% 3
East of England +27 25 £40,000 -8.57% 3
West Midlands -22 23 £31,000 -15.07% 5
Yorkshire -47 19 £32,500 -7.14% 5
North East -13 12 £42,000 +29.23% 2
Scotland -32 7 £43,750 +9.38% 1
Wales +16 5 £34,000 +30.77% 2
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 June 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.

1 315 (77.78%) ISTQB
2 299 (73.83%) Test Automation
3 252 (62.22%) Software Testing
4 236 (58.27%) Agile Software Development
5 235 (58.02%) ISEB
6 192 (47.41%) Selenium
7 179 (44.20%) QA
8 172 (42.47%) SQL
9 156 (38.52%) Test Scripting
10 125 (30.86%) JIRA
11 106 (26.17%) SDLC
12 96 (23.70%) Degree
13 92 (22.72%) Test Management
14 90 (22.22%) Finance
15 87 (21.48%) Analytical Skills
16 85 (20.99%) Regression Testing
17 81 (20.00%) Java
18 80 (19.75%) User Acceptance Testing
18 80 (19.75%) Problem-Solving
19 75 (18.52%) Cucumber
19 75 (18.52%) Scenario Testing
20 70 (17.28%) Scrum
21 66 (16.30%) Test Strategy
22 64 (15.80%) Manual Testing
22 64 (15.80%) Microsoft
23 60 (14.81%) Web Services
24 57 (14.07%) Oracle
25 55 (13.58%) Ruby
26 54 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
27 52 (12.84%) C#

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 20 (4.94%) Confluence
2 16 (3.95%) MQSeries
3 15 (3.70%) Apache Spark
4 7 (1.73%) CMS
5 2 (0.49%) WordPress
6 1 (0.25%) Kentico
6 1 (0.25%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.25%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.25%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 30 (7.41%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (5.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.23%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (0.74%) TIBCO iProcess
3 1 (0.25%) Distributed Ledger
3 1 (0.25%) Primavera
3 1 (0.25%) R3 Corda
3 1 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (1.98%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (1.98%) GitHub
1 8 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.73%) BrowserStack
3 5 (1.23%) Slack
4 4 (0.99%) Office 365
4 4 (0.99%) SuccessFactors
5 3 (0.74%) Sage Pay
6 2 (0.49%) BlazeMeter
6 2 (0.49%) Runscope
Communications & Networking
1 15 (3.70%) Internet
2 13 (3.21%) HTTP
3 5 (1.23%) TETRA
4 4 (0.99%) LAN
4 4 (0.99%) WAN
5 3 (0.74%) Wireshark
6 2 (0.49%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.25%) Broadband
7 1 (0.25%) Firewall
7 1 (0.25%) FTP
7 1 (0.25%) Network Security
7 1 (0.25%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (7.41%) SQL Server
2 15 (3.70%) Apache Accumulo
2 15 (3.70%) Hadoop
3 10 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (1.98%) MongoDB
5 7 (1.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (1.23%) QlikView
7 4 (0.99%) MySQL
8 3 (0.74%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.49%) Crystal Reports
9 2 (0.49%) Geospatial Data
9 2 (0.49%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.25%) Apache Cassandra
10 1 (0.25%) Blockchain
10 1 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.25%) Power BI
10 1 (0.25%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 192 (47.41%) Selenium
2 125 (30.86%) JIRA
3 75 (18.52%) Cucumber
4 54 (13.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 47 (11.60%) Jenkins
6 44 (10.86%) JMeter
7 42 (10.37%) HP UFT
8 38 (9.38%) SoapUI
9 34 (8.40%) Git (software)
10 32 (7.90%) WebDriver
11 30 (7.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 26 (6.42%) Visual Studio
13 23 (5.68%) LoadRunner
14 22 (5.43%) SpecFlow
15 18 (4.44%) TestRail
16 17 (4.20%) Zephyr
17 16 (3.95%) Appium
18 15 (3.70%) WATIR
19 14 (3.46%) Ranorex
20 13 (3.21%) TestComplete
General
1 90 (22.22%) Finance
2 26 (6.42%) Retail
3 24 (5.93%) Banking
4 12 (2.96%) Games
5 11 (2.72%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.48%) Marketing
7 5 (1.23%) Automotive
7 5 (1.23%) Back Office
7 5 (1.23%) Legal
7 5 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
7 5 (1.23%) Retail Banking
8 3 (0.74%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.74%) Front Office
8 3 (0.74%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.49%) Advertising
9 2 (0.49%) Electronics
9 2 (0.49%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.25%) Billing
10 1 (0.25%) Law
10 1 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 205 (50.62%) Analyst
2 168 (41.48%) Test Analyst
3 77 (19.01%) QA Analyst
3 77 (19.01%) Tester
4 47 (11.60%) QA Test Analyst
5 44 (10.86%) Test Engineer
6 38 (9.38%) Software Tester
7 34 (8.40%) Test Manager
8 32 (7.90%) Automation Test Analyst
9 26 (6.42%) Test Automation Engineer
10 22 (5.43%) Software Analyst
10 22 (5.43%) Test Leader
11 21 (5.19%) QA Tester
12 20 (4.94%) Automation Tester
12 20 (4.94%) QA Engineer
12 20 (4.94%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (4.94%) Senior Test Analyst
13 19 (4.69%) Software Test Analyst
14 15 (3.70%) IT Analyst
15 13 (3.21%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (14.81%) Web Services
2 34 (8.40%) .NET
3 28 (6.91%) SOAP
4 18 (4.44%) XML
5 17 (4.20%) REST
6 13 (3.21%) Gherkin
7 8 (1.98%) .NET Framework
8 7 (1.73%) HTML
8 7 (1.73%) RESTful
9 6 (1.48%) CSS
9 6 (1.48%) DCOM
10 5 (1.23%) Spring
11 4 (0.99%) Nightwatchjs
11 4 (0.99%) ODBC
11 4 (0.99%) Oracle Fusion
12 3 (0.74%) HTML5
12 3 (0.74%) jQuery
12 3 (0.74%) WebRTC
13 2 (0.49%) JSON
13 2 (0.49%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 87 (21.48%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (8.40%) Computer Science
3 28 (6.91%) Self-Motivation
4 22 (5.43%) Fintech
4 22 (5.43%) Mobile App
5 13 (3.21%) User Experience
6 11 (2.72%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.23%) Client/Server
7 5 (1.23%) Life Science
7 5 (1.23%) Mainframe
8 3 (0.74%) Algorithms
8 3 (0.74%) Data Structures
8 3 (0.74%) Driving Licence
8 3 (0.74%) Reinsurance
9 2 (0.49%) CMDB
9 2 (0.49%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.49%) Fixed Income
9 2 (0.49%) NHS
9 2 (0.49%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.49%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 34 (8.40%) Windows
2 26 (6.42%) Unix
3 20 (4.94%) Linux
4 11 (2.72%) Android
4 11 (2.72%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.74%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.25%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.25%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 299 (73.83%) Test Automation
2 252 (62.22%) Software Testing
3 236 (58.27%) Agile Software Development
4 156 (38.52%) Test Scripting
5 106 (26.17%) SDLC
6 92 (22.72%) Test Management
7 85 (20.99%) Regression Testing
8 80 (19.75%) Problem-Solving
8 80 (19.75%) User Acceptance Testing
9 75 (18.52%) Scenario Testing
10 70 (17.28%) Scrum
11 66 (16.30%) Test Strategy
12 64 (15.80%) Manual Testing
13 51 (12.59%) Waterfall
14 50 (12.35%) Continuous Improvement
15 46 (11.36%) Continuous Integration
16 45 (11.11%) BDD
16 45 (11.11%) Functional Testing
16 45 (11.11%) Performance Testing
16 45 (11.11%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 172 (42.47%) SQL
2 81 (20.00%) Java
3 55 (13.58%) Ruby
4 52 (12.84%) C#
5 38 (9.38%) Python
6 24 (5.93%) JavaScript
7 21 (5.19%) Bash Shell
7 21 (5.19%) Perl
8 20 (4.94%) C
9 16 (3.95%) PL/SQL
10 11 (2.72%) Shell Script
11 9 (2.22%) C++
12 8 (1.98%) Groovy
12 8 (1.98%) VB
13 6 (1.48%) VBScript
14 5 (1.23%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.99%) COBOL
15 4 (0.99%) Pascal
16 3 (0.74%) T-SQL
17 1 (0.25%) Scala
Qualifications
1 315 (77.78%) ISTQB
2 235 (58.02%) ISEB
3 96 (23.70%) Degree
4 40 (9.88%) Security Cleared
5 38 (9.38%) ISEB Practitioner
6 22 (5.43%) SC Cleared
7 19 (4.69%) DV Cleared
8 12 (2.96%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 8 (1.98%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 8 (1.98%) Six Sigma Green Belt
10 6 (1.48%) Computer Science Degree
10 6 (1.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 5 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (0.99%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
12 4 (0.99%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
13 3 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 1 (0.25%) CISA
14 1 (0.25%) CISM
14 1 (0.25%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (44.20%) QA
2 12 (2.96%) GDPR
3 10 (2.47%) MiFID
4 9 (2.22%) ISO 9001
4 9 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (1.23%) GAMP
5 5 (1.23%) GMP
6 2 (0.49%) SEPA
7 1 (0.25%) ISO 15765
System Software
1 7 (1.73%) Docker
2 2 (0.49%) Firmware
3 1 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.25%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 36 (8.89%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (5.68%) HP ALM
2 23 (5.68%) Puppet
3 4 (0.99%) Kubernetes
3 4 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (0.49%) SCCM
5 1 (0.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 64 (15.80%) Microsoft
2 57 (14.07%) Oracle
3 45 (11.11%) HP
4 23 (5.68%) CA Agile Central
5 19 (4.69%) Capita
6 15 (3.70%) Atlassian
7 13 (3.21%) Salesforce.com
8 11 (2.72%) WorldPay
9 8 (1.98%) Micro Focus
10 7 (1.73%) Google
11 6 (1.48%) Citrix
11 6 (1.48%) SAP
12 5 (1.23%) Misys
13 4 (0.99%) CA
13 4 (0.99%) IBM
14 3 (0.74%) TIBCO
15 2 (0.49%) BMC
15 2 (0.49%) Cadence
15 2 (0.49%) Sun
15 2 (0.49%) White Clarke