Period
to 23 August 2017

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 23 August 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 334 305 331
Rank change year-on-year -29 +26 +63
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1716 2034 2124
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 1.03% 0.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.00% 3.86% 3.56%
Number of salaries quoted 1407 1707 1858
UK median annual salary £40,000 £38,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £58,750 £61,250 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £36,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year -2.67% - +7.14%

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 42880 52716 59663
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.36% 26.79% 27.55%
Number of salaries quoted 32925 42572 47383
UK median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £25,500
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £73,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,377 £40,000
% change year-on-year +0.29% +5.94% -

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 23 August 2017.

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 23 August 2017. 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 -10 1591 £40,000 +5.26% 110
UK excluding London -5 1279 £36,500 -2.67% 79
London -3 409 £47,500 -1.55% 36
South East -4 393 £37,500 -2.28% 19
North of England -37 346 £35,000 - 32
Midlands +25 197 £37,500 +5.63% 7
Yorkshire -30 187 £40,000 +14.29% 8
South West +24 183 £37,500 -11.76% 13
North West -34 154 £32,500 -1.52% 22
West Midlands +17 133 £35,000 -6.67% 5
Scotland +12 72 £31,000 -17.33% 5
East Midlands +12 66 £43,750 +25.00% 2
East of England -39 64 £37,500 +7.14% 3
Wales -10 19 £28,500 -9.52%
Northern Ireland - 19 £50,000 -
North East +12 5 £41,500 +22.96% 2

For the 6 months to 23 August 2017, IT jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 1161 (67.66%) Test Automation
2 1005 (58.57%) ISEB
3 1003 (58.45%) Agile Software Development
4 675 (39.34%) Selenium
5 622 (36.25%) QA
6 590 (34.38%) Test Scripting
7 554 (32.28%) Software Testing
8 483 (28.15%) SQL
9 476 (27.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 439 (25.58%) Java
11 436 (25.41%) Finance
12 422 (24.59%) Test Strategy
13 375 (21.85%) Degree
14 330 (19.23%) Manual Testing
15 327 (19.06%) User Acceptance Testing
16 323 (18.82%) C#
17 310 (18.07%) Cucumber
18 297 (17.31%) Scrum
19 290 (16.90%) JIRA
20 277 (16.14%) BDD
21 276 (16.08%) Functional Testing
22 266 (15.50%) SDLC
23 259 (15.09%) Microsoft
24 258 (15.03%) Non-Functional Testing
25 252 (14.69%) Regression Testing
26 250 (14.57%) Test Management
27 236 (13.75%) HP
28 227 (13.23%) WebDriver
29 214 (12.47%) Windows
30 207 (12.06%) Analytical Skills

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 30 (1.75%) Confluence
2 20 (1.17%) SharePoint
3 16 (0.93%) CMS
4 15 (0.87%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 7 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
5 7 (0.41%) Umbraco
6 6 (0.35%) IIS
7 5 (0.29%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
8 2 (0.12%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.12%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.12%) Tuxedo
9 1 (0.058%) CICS
9 1 (0.058%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.058%) IBM Domino
9 1 (0.058%) JCAPS
9 1 (0.058%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.058%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.058%) WebSphere
Applications
1 100 (5.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 65 (3.79%) Microsoft Office
3 25 (1.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.41%) Microsoft Project
5 6 (0.35%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.17%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 16 (0.93%) SAP ERP
2 9 (0.52%) SAP S/4HANA
3 7 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.41%) Magento
4 5 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.17%) Workday HCM
6 2 (0.12%) Sonata
7 1 (0.058%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.058%) FastStats
7 1 (0.058%) Infor M3
7 1 (0.058%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.058%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.058%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.058%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.058%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 31 (1.81%) SaaS
2 30 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (0.99%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (0.64%) PaaS
5 10 (0.58%) IaaS
6 7 (0.41%) BrowserStack
7 6 (0.35%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
9 3 (0.17%) GitHub
9 3 (0.17%) Sauce Labs
10 1 (0.058%) Heroku
10 1 (0.058%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.058%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 17 (0.99%) TCP/IP
1 17 (0.99%) VoIP
2 10 (0.58%) SSL
3 8 (0.47%) HTTP
3 8 (0.47%) Internet
3 8 (0.47%) SSH
4 6 (0.35%) Intranet
5 4 (0.23%) Firewall
6 3 (0.17%) SNMP
7 2 (0.12%) HTTPS
7 2 (0.12%) NGN
7 2 (0.12%) TETRA
8 1 (0.058%) ATM
8 1 (0.058%) Bluetooth
8 1 (0.058%) DNS
8 1 (0.058%) GPRS
8 1 (0.058%) Skype
8 1 (0.058%) WCDMA
8 1 (0.058%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.058%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 91 (5.30%) SQL Server
2 41 (2.39%) Relational Database
3 33 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (1.05%) Big Data
5 14 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
5 14 (0.82%) MySQL
5 14 (0.82%) Oracle Database
6 11 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 10 (0.58%) NoSQL
8 9 (0.52%) SQLPlus
9 7 (0.41%) MongoDB
9 7 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
10 6 (0.35%) Blockchain
10 6 (0.35%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.35%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.29%) Data Lake
11 5 (0.29%) Power BI
12 3 (0.17%) DB2
12 3 (0.17%) SAP BW
12 3 (0.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 675 (39.34%) Selenium
2 310 (18.07%) Cucumber
3 290 (16.90%) JIRA
4 227 (13.23%) WebDriver
5 196 (11.42%) HP UFT
6 170 (9.91%) Team Foundation Server
7 165 (9.62%) LoadRunner
8 162 (9.44%) Jenkins
9 157 (9.15%) JMeter
10 131 (7.63%) SoapUI
11 98 (5.71%) SpecFlow
12 91 (5.30%) Git (software)
13 80 (4.66%) Visual Studio
14 48 (2.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 45 (2.62%) JUnit
16 40 (2.33%) TestNG
17 34 (1.98%) Gatling
18 32 (1.86%) eggPlant
18 32 (1.86%) Protractor
19 28 (1.63%) TestRail
General
1 436 (25.41%) Finance
2 116 (6.76%) Banking
3 108 (6.29%) Retail
4 101 (5.89%) Telecoms
5 44 (2.56%) Marketing
6 34 (1.98%) Manufacturing
7 30 (1.75%) Automotive
8 28 (1.63%) Games
9 27 (1.57%) Aerospace
10 26 (1.52%) Law
11 25 (1.46%) Electronics
12 23 (1.34%) Financial Institution
13 17 (0.99%) Legal
14 14 (0.82%) Digital Economy
15 10 (0.58%) Back Office
16 9 (0.52%) General Ledger
16 9 (0.52%) Publishing
17 8 (0.47%) Front Office
18 5 (0.29%) Billing
19 4 (0.23%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 785 (45.75%) Analyst
2 730 (42.54%) Test Analyst
3 303 (17.66%) Tester
4 261 (15.21%) Test Engineer
5 137 (7.98%) Test Leader
6 126 (7.34%) Test Manager
7 124 (7.23%) Test Automation Engineer
8 123 (7.17%) Automation Test Analyst
9 112 (6.53%) Software Tester
10 108 (6.29%) Software Analyst
11 105 (6.12%) Software Test Analyst
12 102 (5.94%) Automation Tester
12 102 (5.94%) Senior Analyst
13 97 (5.65%) Senior Test Analyst
14 96 (5.59%) QA Engineer
15 90 (5.24%) QA Analyst
16 59 (3.44%) Manual Test Analyst
17 54 (3.15%) QA Tester
18 53 (3.09%) QA Leader
18 53 (3.09%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 143 (8.33%) .NET
2 132 (7.69%) SOAP
3 119 (6.93%) XML
4 111 (6.47%) Web Services
5 83 (4.84%) Gherkin
6 72 (4.20%) HTML
7 63 (3.67%) REST
8 26 (1.52%) JSON
9 25 (1.46%) CSS
10 24 (1.40%) RESTful
11 15 (0.87%) Behat
12 13 (0.76%) AngularJS
13 11 (0.64%) Middleware
13 11 (0.64%) React
13 11 (0.64%) WSDL
13 11 (0.64%) XSD
14 10 (0.58%) XBRL
15 9 (0.52%) .NET Framework
15 9 (0.52%) ASP.NET
16 8 (0.47%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 207 (12.06%) Analytical Skills
2 123 (7.17%) Computer Science
3 55 (3.21%) Mobile App
4 33 (1.92%) Client/Server
5 32 (1.86%) Smart Meter
6 30 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
7 29 (1.69%) Fintech
8 28 (1.63%) User Experience
9 21 (1.22%) Derivative
10 20 (1.17%) Management Information System
11 18 (1.05%) Credit Derivative
12 14 (0.82%) Cyber Defence
13 12 (0.70%) Driving Licence
13 12 (0.70%) iPad
14 11 (0.64%) Hedge funds
14 11 (0.64%) Linux Command Line
14 11 (0.64%) Smart Energy
15 10 (0.58%) Virtual Team
16 9 (0.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 8 (0.47%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 214 (12.47%) Windows
2 147 (8.57%) Linux
3 72 (4.20%) Unix
4 29 (1.69%) Android
4 29 (1.69%) Apple iOS
5 20 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 18 (1.05%) Solaris
7 7 (0.41%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.35%) Mac OS
8 6 (0.35%) Windows Phone
9 5 (0.29%) Windows Server
10 4 (0.23%) Windows XP
11 3 (0.17%) Kali Linux
11 3 (0.17%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.17%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.12%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.058%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1161 (67.66%) Test Automation
2 1003 (58.45%) Agile Software Development
3 590 (34.38%) Test Scripting
4 554 (32.28%) Software Testing
5 422 (24.59%) Test Strategy
6 330 (19.23%) Manual Testing
7 327 (19.06%) User Acceptance Testing
8 297 (17.31%) Scrum
9 277 (16.14%) BDD
10 276 (16.08%) Functional Testing
11 266 (15.50%) SDLC
12 258 (15.03%) Non-Functional Testing
13 252 (14.69%) Regression Testing
14 250 (14.57%) Test Management
15 201 (11.71%) Waterfall
16 197 (11.48%) TDD
17 192 (11.19%) Performance Testing
18 190 (11.07%) Defect Management
19 185 (10.78%) Scenario Testing
20 170 (9.91%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 483 (28.15%) SQL
2 439 (25.58%) Java
3 323 (18.82%) C#
4 121 (7.05%) Ruby
5 117 (6.82%) Python
6 96 (5.59%) JavaScript
7 93 (5.42%) C++
8 90 (5.24%) C
9 41 (2.39%) T-SQL
10 38 (2.21%) Perl
11 37 (2.16%) VB
12 29 (1.69%) PL/SQL
13 22 (1.28%) Shell Script
14 21 (1.22%) VB.NET
15 18 (1.05%) PHP
15 18 (1.05%) VBScript
16 15 (0.87%) Scala
17 12 (0.70%) Bash Shell
18 10 (0.58%) XPath
19 9 (0.52%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 1005 (58.57%) ISEB
2 476 (27.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 375 (21.85%) Degree
4 149 (8.68%) Security Cleared
5 89 (5.19%) Computer Science Degree
6 72 (4.20%) DV Cleared
7 51 (2.97%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 50 (2.91%) SC Cleared
9 22 (1.28%) ISEB Practitioner
10 18 (1.05%) Microsoft Certification
10 18 (1.05%) SAP Certification
11 12 (0.70%) MCP
12 11 (0.64%) HND
13 10 (0.58%) OCP
13 10 (0.58%) Oracle Certification
14 9 (0.52%) CCNA
14 9 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
15 8 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
15 8 (0.47%) Master's Degree
15 8 (0.47%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 622 (36.25%) QA
2 6 (0.35%) ISO 9000
2 6 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.29%) HL7
3 5 (0.29%) PMO
4 4 (0.23%) COBIT
4 4 (0.23%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.23%) SLA
5 3 (0.17%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.12%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.058%) DICOM
7 1 (0.058%) FATCA
7 1 (0.058%) MiFID
System Software
1 15 (0.87%) Docker
2 6 (0.35%) Virtual Machines
2 6 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (0.23%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.17%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.058%) ACF2
5 1 (0.058%) Firmware
5 1 (0.058%) RACF
Systems Management
1 172 (10.02%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (0.23%) HP SiteScope
3 4 (0.23%) Marathon
3 4 (0.23%) Mesos
4 3 (0.17%) Puppet
5 2 (0.12%) logstash
5 2 (0.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.12%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.058%) CA Wily
6 1 (0.058%) SCCM
Vendors
1 259 (15.09%) Microsoft
2 236 (13.75%) HP
3 102 (5.94%) Oracle
4 96 (5.59%) SAP
5 40 (2.33%) Cognizant
6 20 (1.17%) Red Hat
7 16 (0.93%) IBM
7 16 (0.93%) Remedy
8 14 (0.82%) Atlassian
9 12 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
10 10 (0.58%) Sitecore
11 9 (0.52%) Capita
12 8 (0.47%) Citrix
13 7 (0.41%) CA Agile Central
13 7 (0.41%) hybris
13 7 (0.41%) TOWER Software
13 7 (0.41%) VMware
14 5 (0.29%) CA
14 5 (0.29%) Workday
15 4 (0.23%) Sage