Period
to 12 December 2019

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 12 December 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
12 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 385 390 393
Rank change year-on-year +5 +3 -81
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,044 1,255 1,424
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.78% 0.79% 0.79%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.52% 3.31% 3.30%
Number of salaries quoted 813 1,004 1,171
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £38,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +10.39% -3.75%
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £63,750 £59,625 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year - +6.67% -1.32%

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 29,657 37,952 43,101
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.28% 23.79% 24.03%
Number of salaries quoted 21,990 27,881 33,123
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 £81,250 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 12 December 2019.

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 12 December 2019. 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 +14 966 £42,500 - 97
UK excluding London +28 843 £40,000 - 97
South East +27 290 £45,000 - 21
London -21 184 £55,000 +19.57% 11
North of England +19 164 £35,000 - 30
South West +62 154 £42,500 +13.33% 14
Midlands +42 127 £40,000 +5.26% 18
North West -7 93 £40,000 +14.29% 15
West Midlands +48 89 £40,000 +23.08% 8
Yorkshire +13 59 £32,500 -10.34% 14
East of England +10 45 £42,500 -5.56% 3
Wales +30 41 £35,000 +20.16% 6
East Midlands -5 35 £40,000 -5.88% 10
Scotland -40 23 £40,000 +7.38% 5
North East +27 12 £30,961 -27.15% 1
Northern Ireland +2 1 - -

For the 6 months to 12 December 2019, 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.

1 786 (75.29%) Test Automation
2 660 (63.22%) Agile Software Development
3 495 (47.41%) QA
4 474 (45.40%) ISEB
5 392 (37.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 379 (36.30%) Software Testing
7 366 (35.06%) Test Scripting
8 353 (33.81%) Selenium
9 286 (27.39%) Scrum
10 285 (27.30%) JIRA
11 282 (27.01%) SQL
12 220 (21.07%) Finance
13 218 (20.88%) C#
14 195 (18.68%) Regression Testing
15 192 (18.39%) Java
16 186 (17.82%) Problem-Solving
17 179 (17.15%) Test Management
18 176 (16.86%) Manual Testing
19 170 (16.28%) User Acceptance Testing
19 170 (16.28%) Test Strategy
20 169 (16.19%) SDLC
21 156 (14.94%) Cucumber
22 155 (14.85%) BDD
23 152 (14.56%) Analytical Skills
24 141 (13.51%) WebDriver
24 141 (13.51%) Degree
25 133 (12.74%) DevOps
26 130 (12.45%) Postman
27 125 (11.97%) Microsoft
28 120 (11.49%) Defect Management

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
1 116 (11.11%) Confluence
2 17 (1.63%) SharePoint
3 10 (0.96%) CMS
3 10 (0.96%) EPiServer
4 9 (0.86%) WebSphere
5 8 (0.77%) SAS
6 6 (0.57%) CICS
7 4 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
8 3 (0.29%) Apache
8 3 (0.29%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.19%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.096%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.096%) WebLogic
Applications
1 40 (3.83%) Microsoft Office
2 21 (2.01%) MS Visio
3 16 (1.53%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (1.53%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 11 (1.05%) SAP ERP
2 6 (0.57%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.19%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.096%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.096%) SAP EWM
4 1 (0.096%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 77 (7.38%) Azure
2 36 (3.45%) AWS
3 25 (2.39%) BrowserStack
4 15 (1.44%) SaaS
5 12 (1.15%) BlazeMeter
6 10 (0.96%) GCP
7 9 (0.86%) GitHub
8 8 (0.77%) SuccessFactors
9 6 (0.57%) Azure Stack
9 6 (0.57%) Office 365
9 6 (0.57%) OneDrive
10 5 (0.48%) Sauce Labs
11 2 (0.19%) AWS IoT
11 2 (0.19%) Heroku
11 2 (0.19%) Serverless
11 2 (0.19%) Slack
11 2 (0.19%) Tricentis Tosca
12 1 (0.096%) Amazon EMR
12 1 (0.096%) Amazon SageMaker
12 1 (0.096%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.44%) DAB
1 15 (1.44%) Wireless
2 14 (1.34%) Internet
3 11 (1.05%) LTE
4 9 (0.86%) PuTTY
5 8 (0.77%) ATM
5 8 (0.77%) SSH
6 7 (0.67%) Wireshark
7 6 (0.57%) NetScaler
7 6 (0.57%) Skype
8 5 (0.48%) IPsec
8 5 (0.48%) Softphone
9 4 (0.38%) DNS
9 4 (0.38%) Firewall
9 4 (0.38%) HSRP
9 4 (0.38%) MPLS
9 4 (0.38%) Multicast
9 4 (0.38%) OSPF
9 4 (0.38%) TCP/IP
9 4 (0.38%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (9.67%) SQL Server
2 30 (2.87%) Data Warehouse
3 28 (2.68%) MongoDB
4 23 (2.20%) Relational Database
5 11 (1.05%) DB2
5 11 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 9 (0.86%) SQLPlus
7 8 (0.77%) Big Data
7 8 (0.77%) MySQL
7 8 (0.77%) NoSQL
8 7 (0.67%) BusinessObjects
9 6 (0.57%) Amazon Redshift
9 6 (0.57%) BusinessObjects XI
9 6 (0.57%) Cognos Query Studio
9 6 (0.57%) IBM InfoSphere
9 6 (0.57%) RDBMS
9 6 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
10 5 (0.48%) Qlik Sense
11 4 (0.38%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 353 (33.81%) Selenium
2 285 (27.30%) JIRA
3 156 (14.94%) Cucumber
4 141 (13.51%) WebDriver
5 130 (12.45%) Postman
6 108 (10.34%) SpecFlow
7 76 (7.28%) JMeter
8 75 (7.18%) Team Foundation Server
9 68 (6.51%) Jenkins
10 57 (5.46%) Visual Studio
11 55 (5.27%) HP UFT
12 51 (4.89%) Git (software)
13 45 (4.31%) SoapUI
14 44 (4.21%) TestNG
15 43 (4.12%) JUnit
16 42 (4.02%) Appium
17 41 (3.93%) TestRail
18 37 (3.54%) Zephyr
19 29 (2.78%) LoadRunner
20 27 (2.59%) Ranorex
General
1 220 (21.07%) Finance
2 90 (8.62%) Telecoms
3 54 (5.17%) Public Sector
4 47 (4.50%) Aerospace
5 46 (4.41%) Banking
6 33 (3.16%) Manufacturing
7 24 (2.30%) Marketing
8 20 (1.92%) Retail
9 18 (1.72%) Electronics
10 16 (1.53%) Games
10 16 (1.53%) Legal
11 7 (0.67%) Front Office
12 6 (0.57%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.38%) Back Office
14 3 (0.29%) Automotive
15 2 (0.19%) Billing
15 2 (0.19%) Military
16 1 (0.096%) Local Government
16 1 (0.096%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 343 (32.85%) Analyst
2 288 (27.59%) Test Analyst
3 246 (23.56%) Tester
4 189 (18.10%) Test Engineer
5 101 (9.67%) Test Manager
6 97 (9.29%) QA Engineer
7 95 (9.10%) QA Analyst
8 82 (7.85%) Software Tester
9 79 (7.57%) Test Leader
10 74 (7.09%) QA Tester
11 65 (6.23%) Automation Test Analyst
12 57 (5.46%) Test Automation Engineer
13 52 (4.98%) Automation Tester
14 49 (4.69%) QA Test Analyst
15 46 (4.41%) Senior QA Engineer
16 43 (4.12%) Manual Test Analyst
17 38 (3.64%) Senior Test Engineer
18 37 (3.54%) Senior Analyst
19 36 (3.45%) Senior Test Analyst
20 32 (3.07%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 108 (10.34%) .NET
2 85 (8.14%) Web Services
3 75 (7.18%) SOAP
4 73 (6.99%) REST
5 47 (4.50%) Gherkin
6 43 (4.12%) HTML
7 33 (3.16%) XML
8 26 (2.49%) ASP.NET
9 25 (2.39%) RESTful
10 18 (1.72%) .NET Framework
10 18 (1.72%) CSS
10 18 (1.72%) Spring
11 16 (1.53%) WCF
12 15 (1.44%) Swagger
13 10 (0.96%) React
14 9 (0.86%) DHTML
15 7 (0.67%) Node.js
16 6 (0.57%) Lambda Expressions
16 6 (0.57%) SAP Fiori
16 6 (0.57%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 152 (14.56%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (6.32%) Mobile App
3 58 (5.56%) User Experience
4 38 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
5 34 (3.26%) Management Information System
6 18 (1.72%) Smart Meter
7 17 (1.63%) Driving Licence
8 12 (1.15%) Linux Command Line
9 10 (0.96%) Wiki
10 9 (0.86%) CCTV
10 9 (0.86%) Client/Server
10 9 (0.86%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (0.57%) IBM Mainframe
11 6 (0.57%) Mainframe
12 5 (0.48%) Embedded Systems
12 5 (0.48%) Handset
12 5 (0.48%) Life Science
13 4 (0.38%) Enterprise Software
14 3 (0.29%) Derivative
14 3 (0.29%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 56 (5.36%) Windows
2 51 (4.89%) Linux
3 26 (2.49%) Android
3 26 (2.49%) Apple iOS
4 21 (2.01%) Unix
5 12 (1.15%) CentOS
6 9 (0.86%) Windows 7
6 9 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (0.57%) Mac OS
7 6 (0.57%) VMS
8 4 (0.38%) Windows 10
9 3 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.096%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 786 (75.29%) Test Automation
2 660 (63.22%) Agile Software Development
3 379 (36.30%) Software Testing
4 366 (35.06%) Test Scripting
5 286 (27.39%) Scrum
6 195 (18.68%) Regression Testing
7 186 (17.82%) Problem-Solving
8 179 (17.15%) Test Management
9 176 (16.86%) Manual Testing
10 170 (16.28%) Test Strategy
10 170 (16.28%) User Acceptance Testing
11 169 (16.19%) SDLC
12 155 (14.85%) BDD
13 133 (12.74%) DevOps
14 120 (11.49%) Defect Management
15 117 (11.21%) Continuous Integration
16 115 (11.02%) Scenario Testing
16 115 (11.02%) Waterfall
17 110 (10.54%) API Testing
17 110 (10.54%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 282 (27.01%) SQL
2 218 (20.88%) C#
3 192 (18.39%) Java
4 79 (7.57%) Python
5 78 (7.47%) JavaScript
6 34 (3.26%) Ruby
7 28 (2.68%) C
8 24 (2.30%) VBScript
9 18 (1.72%) C++
10 16 (1.53%) T-SQL
10 16 (1.53%) VB
11 15 (1.44%) PHP
11 15 (1.44%) PowerShell
12 14 (1.34%) Scala
13 13 (1.25%) Perl
13 13 (1.25%) PL/SQL
14 12 (1.15%) Java 8
15 10 (0.96%) Bash Shell
16 7 (0.67%) R
17 6 (0.57%) PL/1
Qualifications
1 474 (45.40%) ISEB
2 392 (37.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 141 (13.51%) Degree
4 109 (10.44%) Security Cleared
5 73 (6.99%) SC Cleared
6 50 (4.79%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 32 (3.07%) Computer Science Degree
8 21 (2.01%) DV Cleared
9 14 (1.34%) Microsoft Certification
10 11 (1.05%) CEH
10 11 (1.05%) MCSA
10 11 (1.05%) MCSE
11 9 (0.86%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 8 (0.77%) ISEB Practitioner
13 7 (0.67%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (0.67%) MCP
14 6 (0.57%) HNC
14 6 (0.57%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (0.57%) PMP
14 6 (0.57%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 495 (47.41%) QA
2 15 (1.44%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.19%) GAMP
4 2 (0.19%) PMO
5 1 (0.096%) GDPR
5 1 (0.096%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.096%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.096%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (1.92%) Docker
2 15 (1.44%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.67%) Hyper-V
4 6 (0.57%) ACF2
4 6 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (0.57%) RACF
4 6 (0.57%) XenApp
5 3 (0.29%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.29%) vSphere
6 2 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.096%) Firmware
7 1 (0.096%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 81 (7.76%) HP ALM
2 73 (6.99%) HP Quality Center
3 15 (1.44%) SCOM
4 10 (0.96%) SCCM
5 9 (0.86%) Netcool
5 9 (0.86%) TeMIP
6 6 (0.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 6 (0.57%) SCOrch
7 5 (0.48%) Kubernetes
8 2 (0.19%) Ansible
8 2 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.19%) Puppet
9 1 (0.096%) Control-M
9 1 (0.096%) Terraform
Vendors
1 125 (11.97%) Microsoft
2 101 (9.67%) HP
3 53 (5.08%) SAP
4 30 (2.87%) Sage
5 29 (2.78%) Atlassian
6 23 (2.20%) Oracle
7 22 (2.11%) Remedy
8 17 (1.63%) IBM
9 12 (1.15%) Apple
9 12 (1.15%) SolarWinds
10 11 (1.05%) Google
11 10 (0.96%) Cadence
11 10 (0.96%) Splunk
12 9 (0.86%) OpenText
13 8 (0.77%) Ariba
14 7 (0.67%) Ab Initio
14 7 (0.67%) Informatica
14 7 (0.67%) Netezza
15 6 (0.57%) Cognos
15 6 (0.57%) Xamarin