Period
to 19 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 19 October 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
19 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 404 386 311
Rank change year-on-year -18 -75 +25
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,227 1,436 2,016
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 0.82% 1.05%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.14% 3.36% 3.98%
Number of salaries quoted 959 1,159 1,716
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £39,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.27% -1.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,750
90th Percentile £58,750 £59,800 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £35,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +12.68% -5.33% -

ISTQB 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 39,076 42,693 50,669
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.72% 24.42% 26.48%
Number of salaries quoted 28,971 32,773 40,692
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing ISTQB as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing ISTQB.

Salary trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing ISTQB over the 6 months to 19 October 2018.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
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 within the UK over the 6 months to 19 October 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 -25 1,109 £42,500 +6.25% 189
UK excluding London -15 895 £40,000 +12.68% 165
South East -5 319 £45,000 +26.76% 30
London -10 309 £47,500 +5.56% 38
North of England -24 203 £35,000 - 54
North West +5 121 £32,500 - 33
Midlands -37 113 £35,000 -6.67% 32
South West -49 95 £35,000 -9.09% 20
Yorkshire -25 81 £36,250 +2.11% 16
East of England +56 76 £43,750 +25.00% 15
Scotland +7 75 £37,500 +18.11% 8
West Midlands -12 64 £33,250 -5.00% 25
East Midlands -21 49 £38,000 -10.59% 7
Wales +10 19 £29,129 +4.03% 5
Northern Ireland -9 2 - - 1
North East -16 1 £25,500 -27.14% 5

For the 6 months to 19 October 2018, IT jobs citing ISTQB 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.

1 840 (68.46%) Test Automation
2 735 (59.90%) Agile Software Development
3 637 (51.92%) ISEB
4 488 (39.77%) Selenium
5 479 (39.04%) QA
6 470 (38.30%) Software Testing
7 341 (27.79%) Finance
8 339 (27.63%) Test Scripting
9 331 (26.98%) SQL
10 311 (25.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 290 (23.63%) JIRA
12 262 (21.35%) Degree
13 261 (21.27%) C#
14 246 (20.05%) Java
15 244 (19.89%) Scrum
15 244 (19.89%) Test Strategy
16 232 (18.91%) User Acceptance Testing
17 218 (17.77%) SDLC
18 212 (17.28%) BDD
19 205 (16.71%) Test Management
20 203 (16.54%) Manual Testing
21 185 (15.08%) Regression Testing
22 176 (14.34%) Cucumber
23 171 (13.94%) Microsoft
24 167 (13.61%) Analytical Skills
25 159 (12.96%) Functional Testing
26 153 (12.47%) Scenario Testing
27 147 (11.98%) Continuous Integration
28 143 (11.65%) Defect Management
29 141 (11.49%) Waterfall

ISTQB
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
1 106 (8.64%) Confluence
2 12 (0.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 11 (0.90%) SharePoint
4 9 (0.73%) WebSphere
5 7 (0.57%) CMS
5 7 (0.57%) SAS
6 6 (0.49%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.41%) EPiServer
7 5 (0.41%) Liferay
8 3 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.24%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.24%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.16%) Apache
9 2 (0.16%) CICS
9 2 (0.16%) WordPress
10 1 (0.081%) GeoServer
10 1 (0.081%) MQSeries
10 1 (0.081%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.081%) Tomcat
Applications
1 36 (2.93%) Microsoft Office
2 33 (2.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (0.73%) Mingle
4 5 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 4 (0.33%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.081%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.081%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.33%) TIBCO iProcess
3 3 (0.24%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.16%) SAP CRM
4 2 (0.16%) SAP FI-CA
4 2 (0.16%) SAP IS-U
4 2 (0.16%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (0.16%) Sonata
5 1 (0.081%) Distributed Ledger
5 1 (0.081%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.081%) R3 Corda
5 1 (0.081%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.081%) SAP FI-AR
5 1 (0.081%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 42 (3.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (2.85%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (1.55%) GitHub
4 16 (1.30%) BlazeMeter
5 13 (1.06%) BrowserStack
6 12 (0.98%) SaaS
7 11 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
8 9 (0.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 4 (0.33%) Sage Pay
10 2 (0.16%) Runscope
11 1 (0.081%) Slack
11 1 (0.081%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.55%) LTE
2 18 (1.47%) 3G
2 18 (1.47%) GSM
3 12 (0.98%) 4G
3 12 (0.98%) GPRS
3 12 (0.98%) PSTN
4 9 (0.73%) Broadband
4 9 (0.73%) FTP
4 9 (0.73%) Wireless
5 7 (0.57%) DNS
5 7 (0.57%) LAN
5 7 (0.57%) WAN
5 7 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
6 6 (0.49%) 2G
6 6 (0.49%) 802.15
6 6 (0.49%) DHCP
6 6 (0.49%) ICMP
6 6 (0.49%) Internet
6 6 (0.49%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.49%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (9.05%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.47%) Relational Database
3 16 (1.30%) MongoDB
4 13 (1.06%) MySQL
5 12 (0.98%) Big Data
5 12 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (0.73%) NoSQL
6 9 (0.73%) Oracle Reports
7 8 (0.65%) Oracle Database
8 7 (0.57%) Oracle Database 10g
8 7 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.49%) DB2
9 6 (0.49%) Hadoop
9 6 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
9 6 (0.49%) SQL Server 2005
9 6 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 5 (0.41%) Data Mining
10 5 (0.41%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 488 (39.77%) Selenium
2 290 (23.63%) JIRA
3 176 (14.34%) Cucumber
4 121 (9.86%) Team Foundation Server
5 111 (9.05%) WebDriver
6 102 (8.31%) JMeter
7 97 (7.91%) SpecFlow
8 93 (7.58%) Jenkins
9 92 (7.50%) Visual Studio
10 74 (6.03%) SoapUI
11 70 (5.70%) LoadRunner
12 69 (5.62%) HP UFT
13 59 (4.81%) Git (software)
14 39 (3.18%) Appium
15 38 (3.10%) JUnit
16 36 (2.93%) Visual Studio Team System
17 31 (2.53%) Zephyr
18 22 (1.79%) TeamCity
18 22 (1.79%) TestNG
19 20 (1.63%) TestRail
General
1 341 (27.79%) Finance
2 102 (8.31%) Banking
3 58 (4.73%) Retail
4 31 (2.53%) Telecoms
5 17 (1.39%) Law
6 16 (1.30%) Games
7 15 (1.22%) Investment Banking
7 15 (1.22%) Retail Banking
8 13 (1.06%) Manufacturing
9 11 (0.90%) Marketing
10 10 (0.81%) Electronics
10 10 (0.81%) Publishing
11 7 (0.57%) Automotive
11 7 (0.57%) Legal
12 6 (0.49%) Advertising
12 6 (0.49%) Back Office
13 5 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.33%) Local Government
15 3 (0.24%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.24%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 487 (39.69%) Analyst
2 428 (34.88%) Test Analyst
3 311 (25.35%) Tester
4 143 (11.65%) Automation Tester
5 131 (10.68%) Test Engineer
6 113 (9.21%) Test Manager
7 109 (8.88%) Test Leader
8 104 (8.48%) Software Tester
9 79 (6.44%) QA Engineer
10 71 (5.79%) Automation Test Analyst
11 64 (5.22%) Developer
11 64 (5.22%) QA Analyst
12 57 (4.65%) Developer in Test
12 57 (4.65%) Senior Analyst
13 52 (4.24%) Senior Test Analyst
14 45 (3.67%) Test Automation Developer
15 44 (3.59%) Junior
16 43 (3.50%) Test Automation Engineer
17 41 (3.34%) Software Analyst
18 39 (3.18%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 141 (11.49%) .NET
2 102 (8.31%) Web Services
3 92 (7.50%) Gherkin
4 80 (6.52%) XML
5 54 (4.40%) SOAP
6 44 (3.59%) REST
7 40 (3.26%) HTML
8 32 (2.61%) JSON
9 31 (2.53%) AngularJS
10 27 (2.20%) .NET Framework
11 23 (1.87%) CSS
12 18 (1.47%) RESTful
13 14 (1.14%) ASP.NET
14 13 (1.06%) jQuery
15 11 (0.90%) CGI
16 10 (0.81%) Java EE
16 10 (0.81%) RabbitMQ
17 9 (0.73%) Hibernate
17 9 (0.73%) Spring
17 9 (0.73%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 167 (13.61%) Analytical Skills
2 103 (8.39%) Computer Science
3 64 (5.22%) Mobile App
4 53 (4.32%) Self-Motivation
5 34 (2.77%) User Experience
6 22 (1.79%) Fintech
7 21 (1.71%) Greenfield Project
7 21 (1.71%) Management Information System
8 13 (1.06%) Linux Command Line
9 12 (0.98%) Blackberry
10 9 (0.73%) Client/Server
11 8 (0.65%) Enterprise Software
12 7 (0.57%) Smart Meter
13 6 (0.49%) Life Science
14 5 (0.41%) APACS
14 5 (0.41%) PMI
15 4 (0.33%) Bitcoin
15 4 (0.33%) Hedge funds
15 4 (0.33%) NHS
15 4 (0.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 99 (8.07%) Windows
2 66 (5.38%) Linux
3 31 (2.53%) Unix
4 21 (1.71%) Android
4 21 (1.71%) Apple iOS
5 10 (0.81%) Windows Server
6 6 (0.49%) CentOS
6 6 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 6 (0.49%) Solaris
7 3 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.16%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.081%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 840 (68.46%) Test Automation
2 735 (59.90%) Agile Software Development
3 470 (38.30%) Software Testing
4 339 (27.63%) Test Scripting
5 244 (19.89%) Scrum
5 244 (19.89%) Test Strategy
6 232 (18.91%) User Acceptance Testing
7 218 (17.77%) SDLC
8 212 (17.28%) BDD
9 205 (16.71%) Test Management
10 203 (16.54%) Manual Testing
11 185 (15.08%) Regression Testing
12 159 (12.96%) Functional Testing
13 153 (12.47%) Scenario Testing
14 147 (11.98%) Continuous Integration
15 143 (11.65%) Defect Management
16 141 (11.49%) Waterfall
17 138 (11.25%) Problem-Solving
18 129 (10.51%) Continuous Improvement
19 121 (9.86%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 331 (26.98%) SQL
2 261 (21.27%) C#
3 246 (20.05%) Java
4 99 (8.07%) Python
5 72 (5.87%) JavaScript
6 35 (2.85%) C++
7 31 (2.53%) T-SQL
8 29 (2.36%) Bash Shell
9 26 (2.12%) VB
10 25 (2.04%) PHP
11 20 (1.63%) Groovy
11 20 (1.63%) Ruby
12 17 (1.39%) PowerShell
13 16 (1.30%) C
14 13 (1.06%) Perl
15 9 (0.73%) VBScript
16 8 (0.65%) VB.NET
17 6 (0.49%) Bourne shell
17 6 (0.49%) Delphi
17 6 (0.49%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 637 (51.92%) ISEB
2 311 (25.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 262 (21.35%) Degree
4 63 (5.13%) Security Cleared
5 61 (4.97%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 47 (3.83%) Computer Science Degree
7 34 (2.77%) DV Cleared
8 32 (2.61%) SC Cleared
9 9 (0.73%) PMI Certification
10 8 (0.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 8 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
10 8 (0.65%) Six Sigma Black Belt
11 7 (0.57%) MCSA
11 7 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 6 (0.49%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.41%) CEH
13 5 (0.41%) MCSE
13 5 (0.41%) PMP
14 4 (0.33%) ISEB Practitioner
14 4 (0.33%) Six Sigma Green Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 479 (39.04%) QA
2 10 (0.81%) GDPR
3 9 (0.73%) ISO 9000
4 5 (0.41%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.41%) PMO
4 5 (0.41%) SLA
5 4 (0.33%) GAMP
5 4 (0.33%) GMP
5 4 (0.33%) JSP 440
6 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.081%) ISO 15765
7 1 (0.081%) P3O
7 1 (0.081%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (0.57%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.49%) Docker
3 5 (0.41%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (0.24%) ACF2
4 3 (0.24%) Firmware
4 3 (0.24%) RACF
4 3 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.081%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 62 (5.05%) HP Quality Center
2 56 (4.56%) HP ALM
3 12 (0.98%) AirWatch
4 4 (0.33%) Oozie
5 2 (0.16%) Ansible
5 2 (0.16%) Netcool
5 2 (0.16%) Puppet
6 1 (0.081%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.081%) CA Wily
6 1 (0.081%) Kibana
6 1 (0.081%) Nmap
6 1 (0.081%) SCCM
6 1 (0.081%) SCOM
6 1 (0.081%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 171 (13.94%) Microsoft
2 96 (7.82%) HP
3 59 (4.81%) Atlassian
4 35 (2.85%) Oracle
5 28 (2.28%) Google
6 27 (2.20%) SAP
7 21 (1.71%) Cognizant
8 16 (1.30%) Apple
9 14 (1.14%) Remedy
10 12 (0.98%) MobileIron
11 11 (0.90%) AppDynamics
11 11 (0.90%) Dynatrace
11 11 (0.90%) IBM
12 10 (0.81%) New Relic
13 9 (0.73%) Telerik
14 8 (0.65%) Capita
14 8 (0.65%) ServiceNow
15 7 (0.57%) BT
15 7 (0.57%) Cadence
16 6 (0.49%) Red Hat