Period
to 22 October 2020

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 22 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 418 364 418
Rank change year-on-year -54 +54 -18
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 290 1,143 1,234
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.84% 0.75%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.75% 3.62% 3.15%
Number of salaries quoted 230 888 977
Median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £25,000 £26,898 £26,250
90th Percentile £63,750 £63,975 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 10,530 31,555 39,117
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.50% 23.07% 23.74%
Number of salaries quoted 7,882 23,079 29,003
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +11.11% - +5.88%

ISTQB
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing ISTQB.

Salary trend for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing ISTQB over the 6 months to 22 October 2020.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 17 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 22 October 2020. 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 -53 254 £42,750 +0.59% 32
UK excluding London -42 218 £40,000 - 30
South East +40 76 £45,000 +5.88% 12
London +116 60 £60,000 +10.60% 4
South West +7 43 £25,000 -37.50% 5
North of England +10 36 £37,500 - 3
Midlands +47 25 £38,317 -4.21% 5
Work from Home +35 25 £42,500 -2.86% 1
North West +16 21 £38,750 -3.73% 3
West Midlands +43 18 £43,408 +8.52% 2
Northern Ireland +30 15 £35,000 -12.50% 1
East of England +105 14 £42,500 - 2
Yorkshire +62 13 £37,500 +7.14%
East Midlands +72 7 £37,500 -3.23% 2
Scotland +68 6 £35,568 -11.08%
Wales +9 3 £52,500 +50.00% 2
North East +9 2 £42,500 +70.00%

For the 6 months to 22 October 2020, 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.

1 230 (79.31%) Test Automation
2 191 (65.86%) Agile Software Development
3 163 (56.21%) Selenium
4 141 (48.62%) ISEB
5 110 (37.93%) Java
6 109 (37.59%) QA
7 108 (37.24%) C#
8 101 (34.83%) Cucumber
9 85 (29.31%) JIRA
10 73 (25.17%) DevOps
11 66 (22.76%) Scrum
12 63 (21.72%) Test Scripting
12 63 (21.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 62 (21.38%) Software Testing
14 60 (20.69%) SQL
14 60 (20.69%) Manual Testing
15 58 (20.00%) JavaScript
15 58 (20.00%) Python
16 55 (18.97%) Waterfall
17 52 (17.93%) WebDriver
17 52 (17.93%) SDLC
18 51 (17.59%) Azure
19 45 (15.52%) BDD
20 43 (14.83%) .NET
20 43 (14.83%) Regression Testing
21 41 (14.14%) Degree
22 39 (13.45%) SoapUI
23 38 (13.10%) Jenkins
24 37 (12.76%) Test Strategy
25 36 (12.41%) Git (software)

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 21 (7.24%) Confluence
2 5 (1.72%) CMS
3 3 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (1.03%) SharePoint
3 3 (1.03%) Umbraco
4 2 (0.69%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.34%) IIS
5 1 (0.34%) Mule
5 1 (0.34%) NServiceBus
Applications
1 4 (1.38%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.34%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.34%) Sketch
3 1 (0.34%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 4 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.38%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (1.03%) Magento
2 3 (1.03%) SAP CO
2 3 (1.03%) SAP FI
2 3 (1.03%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (0.69%) SAP FI-CA
3 2 (0.69%) SAP PSCD
4 1 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.34%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.34%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.34%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.34%) SAP MM
4 1 (0.34%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 51 (17.59%) Azure
2 34 (11.72%) AWS
3 22 (7.59%) Sauce Labs
4 8 (2.76%) SaaS
5 7 (2.41%) BrowserStack
5 7 (2.41%) Serverless
6 6 (2.07%) AWS Lambda
7 5 (1.72%) BlazeMeter
8 4 (1.38%) Dynamics 365
8 4 (1.38%) SuccessFactors
9 3 (1.03%) Office 365
9 3 (1.03%) OpenShift
9 3 (1.03%) Power Platform
10 2 (0.69%) Trello
11 1 (0.34%) GCP
11 1 (0.34%) GitHub
11 1 (0.34%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.34%) IaaS
11 1 (0.34%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 7 (2.41%) Skype
2 5 (1.72%) Intranet
3 3 (1.03%) 3G
3 3 (1.03%) 4G
3 3 (1.03%) LTE
3 3 (1.03%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.69%) HTTP
5 1 (0.34%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (3.10%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.07%) MongoDB
2 6 (2.07%) Relational Database
3 3 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.03%) Power BI
3 3 (1.03%) SAP BW
4 2 (0.69%) MySQL
5 1 (0.34%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.34%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.34%) Hadoop
5 1 (0.34%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.34%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.34%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 163 (56.21%) Selenium
2 101 (34.83%) Cucumber
3 85 (29.31%) JIRA
4 52 (17.93%) WebDriver
5 39 (13.45%) SoapUI
6 38 (13.10%) Jenkins
7 36 (12.41%) Git (software)
8 34 (11.72%) SpecFlow
9 33 (11.38%) JMeter
10 31 (10.69%) Appium
11 30 (10.34%) Team Foundation Server
12 24 (8.28%) eggPlant
13 19 (6.55%) Postman
14 14 (4.83%) NUnit
15 13 (4.48%) Mocha
16 11 (3.79%) Visual Studio Team System
17 9 (3.10%) Protractor
17 9 (3.10%) Selendroid
17 9 (3.10%) Spock
17 9 (3.10%) Zephyr
General
1 35 (12.07%) Finance
2 32 (11.03%) Retail
3 11 (3.79%) Public Sector
4 8 (2.76%) Telecoms
5 7 (2.41%) Back Office
6 3 (1.03%) Digital Economy
6 3 (1.03%) General Ledger
6 3 (1.03%) Legal
7 2 (0.69%) Advertising
7 2 (0.69%) Banking
7 2 (0.69%) Front Office
7 2 (0.69%) Games
7 2 (0.69%) Marketing
8 1 (0.34%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.34%) Housing Association
8 1 (0.34%) Law
8 1 (0.34%) Military
Job Titles
1 79 (27.24%) Analyst
2 75 (25.86%) Test Engineer
3 69 (23.79%) Tester
4 68 (23.45%) Test Analyst
5 46 (15.86%) Automation Tester
6 39 (13.45%) Test Automation Engineer
7 34 (11.72%) QA Engineer
8 25 (8.62%) Senior Test Engineer
9 23 (7.93%) Automation Test Analyst
10 21 (7.24%) Developer
10 21 (7.24%) Senior Tester
11 20 (6.90%) Developer in Test
12 19 (6.55%) Senior Automation Tester
13 17 (5.86%) Senior QA Engineer
14 16 (5.52%) Software Developer
14 16 (5.52%) Software Tester
15 15 (5.17%) Test Manager
16 13 (4.48%) QA Test Engineer
17 12 (4.14%) QA Analyst
17 12 (4.14%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (14.83%) .NET
2 36 (12.41%) SOAP
3 30 (10.34%) Web Services
4 22 (7.59%) Gherkin
5 17 (5.86%) REST
6 14 (4.83%) ASP.NET
6 14 (4.83%) React
7 9 (3.10%) WebdriverIO
7 9 (3.10%) XML
8 8 (2.76%) Kafka
9 7 (2.41%) Node.js
10 5 (1.72%) .NET Core
10 5 (1.72%) RabbitMQ
11 3 (1.03%) .NET Framework
11 3 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC
11 3 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC 3
11 3 (1.03%) jQuery
11 3 (1.03%) JSON
11 3 (1.03%) KnockoutJS
11 3 (1.03%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 23 (7.93%) Mainframe
2 22 (7.59%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (6.90%) Client/Server
4 16 (5.52%) Mobile App
5 9 (3.10%) Self-Motivation
6 6 (2.07%) User Experience
7 5 (1.72%) Smart Meter
8 3 (1.03%) AS400
8 3 (1.03%) EPoS
8 3 (1.03%) IBM Mainframe
9 2 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.69%) Equities
9 2 (0.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 2 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (0.69%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.34%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.34%) Data Centre
10 1 (0.34%) Embedded Systems
10 1 (0.34%) Life Science
10 1 (0.34%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 19 (6.55%) Windows
2 9 (3.10%) Linux
3 6 (2.07%) Android
3 6 (2.07%) Apple iOS
4 5 (1.72%) Unix
5 3 (1.03%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 230 (79.31%) Test Automation
2 191 (65.86%) Agile Software Development
3 73 (25.17%) DevOps
4 66 (22.76%) Scrum
5 63 (21.72%) Test Scripting
6 62 (21.38%) Software Testing
7 60 (20.69%) Manual Testing
8 55 (18.97%) Waterfall
9 52 (17.93%) SDLC
10 45 (15.52%) BDD
11 43 (14.83%) Regression Testing
12 37 (12.76%) Test Strategy
13 36 (12.41%) SDET
14 35 (12.07%) Continuous Integration
14 35 (12.07%) Non-Functional Testing
15 33 (11.38%) Performance Testing
15 33 (11.38%) Problem-Solving
16 32 (11.03%) API Testing
17 31 (10.69%) TDD
18 30 (10.34%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 110 (37.93%) Java
2 108 (37.24%) C#
3 60 (20.69%) SQL
4 58 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 58 (20.00%) Python
5 31 (10.69%) TypeScript
6 7 (2.41%) T-SQL
7 5 (1.72%) Java 8
7 5 (1.72%) Ruby
7 5 (1.72%) VB.NET
8 4 (1.38%) C
8 4 (1.38%) C++
8 4 (1.38%) VB
9 3 (1.03%) Go
9 3 (1.03%) PL/SQL
10 2 (0.69%) Perl
10 2 (0.69%) PHP
11 1 (0.34%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.34%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 141 (48.62%) ISEB
2 63 (21.72%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 41 (14.14%) Degree
4 26 (8.97%) ISEB Practitioner
5 22 (7.59%) Security Cleared
6 14 (4.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 11 (3.79%) SC Cleared
8 7 (2.41%) HNC
9 3 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (0.69%) DV Cleared
11 1 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
11 1 (0.34%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.34%) PMP
11 1 (0.34%) SAFe Agilist
11 1 (0.34%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (37.59%) QA
2 3 (1.03%) GDPR
3 2 (0.69%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.34%) GxP
System Software
1 30 (10.34%) Docker
2 1 (0.34%) Firmware
2 1 (0.34%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 25 (8.62%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (6.21%) Kubernetes
3 9 (3.10%) HP ALM
4 7 (2.41%) Puppet
5 2 (0.69%) Ansible
5 2 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.34%) Control-M
Vendors
1 31 (10.69%) Microsoft
2 22 (7.59%) HP
3 21 (7.24%) Oracle
4 8 (2.76%) SAP
5 4 (1.38%) Google
5 4 (1.38%) Sage
6 3 (1.03%) Atlassian
6 3 (1.03%) Guidewire
6 3 (1.03%) IBM
6 3 (1.03%) Xamarin
7 2 (0.69%) Pega
7 2 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.34%) Cadence
8 1 (0.34%) CheckPoint
8 1 (0.34%) Informatica
8 1 (0.34%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.34%) Perforce
8 1 (0.34%) Remedy
8 1 (0.34%) TIBCO
8 1 (0.34%) webMethods