Period
to 24 April 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 24 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 373 284 316
Rank change year-on-year -89 +32 +15
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,401 1,969 2,138
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 1.16% 1.05%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.37% 4.60% 3.78%
Number of salaries quoted 1,187 1,666 1,832
UK median annual salary £38,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.75% +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £56,750 £56,250 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -4.11%

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 41,574 42,802 56,624
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.46% 25.19% 27.85%
Number of salaries quoted 31,797 33,717 45,441
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £44,000 £42,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +4.76% -1.18% +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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -103 1,294 £39,500 -1.25% 157
UK excluding London -83 1,070 £37,500 - 135
South East -68 321 £40,000 +6.67% 29
London -73 312 £42,500 -10.53% 32
North of England -92 247 £37,500 -1.32% 36
Midlands -42 162 £37,500 +2.74% 24
South West -56 145 £37,745 +0.65% 19
North West -48 129 £37,500 +7.14% 17
West Midlands -6 114 £35,000 -3.45% 13
East of England -46 112 £38,000 -10.59% 17
Yorkshire -103 100 £35,000 -17.65% 14
Scotland -28 61 £30,000 -14.29% 7
East Midlands -51 48 £38,000 -5.00% 11
Wales -9 23 £34,000 +23.64% 2
North East -16 21 £37,500 +15.38% 5
Northern Ireland -3 2 - - 1

For the 6 months to 24 April 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.

1 902 (64.38%) Test Automation
2 822 (58.67%) Agile Software Development
3 690 (49.25%) ISEB
4 587 (41.90%) QA
5 509 (36.33%) Selenium
6 478 (34.12%) Software Testing
7 435 (31.05%) SQL
8 386 (27.55%) Test Scripting
9 374 (26.70%) JIRA
10 344 (24.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 333 (23.77%) Finance
12 313 (22.34%) SDLC
13 277 (19.77%) Test Management
14 262 (18.70%) Test Strategy
15 261 (18.63%) Degree
16 258 (18.42%) User Acceptance Testing
17 257 (18.34%) C#
18 253 (18.06%) Java
19 243 (17.34%) Regression Testing
20 241 (17.20%) Manual Testing
21 234 (16.70%) Scrum
22 218 (15.56%) Analytical Skills
23 189 (13.49%) Cucumber
24 183 (13.06%) Problem-Solving
25 174 (12.42%) Microsoft
26 169 (12.06%) HP
27 159 (11.35%) BDD
28 158 (11.28%) Defect Management
29 154 (10.99%) Scenario Testing
30 152 (10.85%) .NET

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
1 107 (7.64%) Confluence
2 22 (1.57%) Apache Spark
3 21 (1.50%) SharePoint
4 18 (1.28%) MQSeries
5 17 (1.21%) CMS
6 14 (1.00%) WebLogic
7 12 (0.86%) Drupal
8 8 (0.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 7 (0.50%) WebSphere
9 7 (0.50%) WordPress
10 6 (0.43%) CICS
11 5 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.29%) Apache Pig
12 4 (0.29%) IIS
12 4 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
13 3 (0.21%) SAS
14 2 (0.14%) Umbraco
15 1 (0.071%) Documentum
15 1 (0.071%) Sitecore CMS
15 1 (0.071%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 55 (3.93%) Microsoft Office
2 51 (3.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (0.71%) Chatbot
5 6 (0.43%) Mingle
6 3 (0.21%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.071%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 15 (1.07%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.50%) Magento
3 7 (0.50%) Shopify
4 5 (0.36%) SAP CRM
4 5 (0.36%) SAP IS-U
5 4 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle 11i
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle Assets
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle General Ledger
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle iProcurement
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle Payables
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.14%) Elite 3E
6 2 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.071%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 1 (0.071%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.071%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 42 (3.00%) Amazon AWS
2 34 (2.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 24 (1.71%) SaaS
4 9 (0.64%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (0.57%) Basecamp
5 8 (0.57%) Slack
5 8 (0.57%) SuccessFactors
6 6 (0.43%) BlazeMeter
6 6 (0.43%) GitHub
7 4 (0.29%) BrowserStack
7 4 (0.29%) IaaS
7 4 (0.29%) PaaS
8 1 (0.071%) Google Play
8 1 (0.071%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 24 (1.71%) HTTP
2 16 (1.14%) Internet
3 9 (0.64%) SMS
4 7 (0.50%) DNS
5 6 (0.43%) SSL
6 5 (0.36%) TCP/IP
7 4 (0.29%) Broadband
7 4 (0.29%) Wireshark
8 3 (0.21%) 3G
8 3 (0.21%) 4G
8 3 (0.21%) DVB
8 3 (0.21%) Intranet
8 3 (0.21%) LTE
9 2 (0.14%) DHCP
9 2 (0.14%) ICMP
10 1 (0.071%) FTP
10 1 (0.071%) GPRS
10 1 (0.071%) GSM
10 1 (0.071%) PSTN
10 1 (0.071%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 135 (9.64%) SQL Server
2 38 (2.71%) Data Warehouse
3 37 (2.64%) MySQL
4 31 (2.21%) Relational Database
5 23 (1.64%) Hadoop
6 22 (1.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 19 (1.36%) DB2
8 16 (1.14%) Apache Accumulo
8 16 (1.14%) RDBMS
9 15 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 14 (1.00%) Oracle Database
11 13 (0.93%) Amazon Redshift
12 12 (0.86%) MongoDB
13 10 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
14 9 (0.64%) QlikView
15 7 (0.50%) Big Data
16 6 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
17 5 (0.36%) Power BI
18 4 (0.29%) Apache Hive
18 4 (0.29%) HBase
Development Applications
1 509 (36.33%) Selenium
2 374 (26.70%) JIRA
3 189 (13.49%) Cucumber
4 134 (9.56%) WebDriver
5 114 (8.14%) SoapUI
5 114 (8.14%) Team Foundation Server
6 106 (7.57%) Git (software)
7 92 (6.57%) JMeter
8 84 (6.00%) Jenkins
9 76 (5.42%) HP UFT
10 64 (4.57%) Zephyr
11 56 (4.00%) Visual Studio
12 54 (3.85%) SpecFlow
13 51 (3.64%) LoadRunner
14 37 (2.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 35 (2.50%) Ranorex
16 34 (2.43%) Robot Framework
17 32 (2.28%) TestComplete
18 26 (1.86%) TestRail
19 24 (1.71%) Protractor
General
1 333 (23.77%) Finance
2 69 (4.93%) Retail
3 65 (4.64%) Banking
4 35 (2.50%) Advertising
5 31 (2.21%) Telecoms
6 30 (2.14%) Games
7 23 (1.64%) Marketing
8 18 (1.28%) Back Office
8 18 (1.28%) Manufacturing
9 16 (1.14%) Automotive
9 16 (1.14%) Financial Institution
10 14 (1.00%) Law
10 14 (1.00%) Legal
11 10 (0.71%) Electronics
11 10 (0.71%) Investment Banking
12 8 (0.57%) Publishing
13 7 (0.50%) Retail Banking
14 6 (0.43%) Digital Economy
14 6 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.36%) Billing
Job Titles
1 555 (39.61%) Analyst
2 484 (34.55%) Test Analyst
3 341 (24.34%) Tester
4 163 (11.63%) Test Engineer
5 154 (10.99%) Software Tester
6 119 (8.49%) QA Analyst
7 116 (8.28%) Test Leader
8 115 (8.21%) Test Manager
9 114 (8.14%) Automation Tester
10 106 (7.57%) QA Engineer
11 89 (6.35%) Test Automation Engineer
12 87 (6.21%) Automation Test Analyst
13 84 (6.00%) QA Tester
14 82 (5.85%) Senior Analyst
15 77 (5.50%) Software Analyst
16 74 (5.28%) Senior Test Analyst
17 71 (5.07%) Software Test Analyst
18 60 (4.28%) QA Test Analyst
19 51 (3.64%) QA Automation Engineer
20 48 (3.43%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (10.85%) .NET
2 113 (8.07%) Web Services
3 102 (7.28%) XML
4 77 (5.50%) HTML
5 75 (5.35%) SOAP
6 50 (3.57%) Gherkin
7 42 (3.00%) JSON
8 41 (2.93%) REST
9 25 (1.78%) CSS
10 22 (1.57%) RESTful
11 18 (1.28%) .NET Framework
11 18 (1.28%) XSD
12 15 (1.07%) XML Messaging
13 12 (0.86%) AngularJS
13 12 (0.86%) Oracle Fusion
14 10 (0.71%) Behat
15 9 (0.64%) WSDL
16 8 (0.57%) LAMP
16 8 (0.57%) Middleware
16 8 (0.57%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 218 (15.56%) Analytical Skills
2 87 (6.21%) Computer Science
2 87 (6.21%) Mobile App
3 65 (4.64%) Self-Motivation
4 51 (3.64%) User Experience
5 36 (2.57%) Fintech
6 30 (2.14%) Smart Meter
7 23 (1.64%) Management Information System
8 18 (1.28%) Mainframe
9 15 (1.07%) Virtual Team
10 14 (1.00%) PMI
11 11 (0.79%) Client/Server
12 10 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
12 10 (0.71%) Linux Command Line
13 8 (0.57%) PKI
14 7 (0.50%) Replication
15 6 (0.43%) Public Cloud
15 6 (0.43%) Smart Energy
15 6 (0.43%) VSAM
15 6 (0.43%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 102 (7.28%) Windows
2 100 (7.14%) Linux
3 60 (4.28%) Unix
4 27 (1.93%) Android
4 27 (1.93%) Apple iOS
5 16 (1.14%) Windows Server
6 9 (0.64%) Windows 7
6 9 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (0.57%) Windows 10
7 8 (0.57%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.21%) Solaris
9 2 (0.14%) Embedded Linux
10 1 (0.071%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.071%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.071%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.071%) Windows Embedded Compact
Processes & Methodologies
1 902 (64.38%) Test Automation
2 822 (58.67%) Agile Software Development
3 478 (34.12%) Software Testing
4 386 (27.55%) Test Scripting
5 313 (22.34%) SDLC
6 277 (19.77%) Test Management
7 262 (18.70%) Test Strategy
8 258 (18.42%) User Acceptance Testing
9 243 (17.34%) Regression Testing
10 241 (17.20%) Manual Testing
11 234 (16.70%) Scrum
12 183 (13.06%) Problem-Solving
13 159 (11.35%) BDD
14 158 (11.28%) Defect Management
15 154 (10.99%) Scenario Testing
16 143 (10.21%) Functional Testing
17 141 (10.06%) Performance Testing
18 130 (9.28%) Continuous Integration
18 130 (9.28%) Waterfall
19 124 (8.85%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 435 (31.05%) SQL
2 257 (18.34%) C#
3 253 (18.06%) Java
4 108 (7.71%) Python
5 96 (6.85%) JavaScript
6 65 (4.64%) C++
7 63 (4.50%) Ruby
8 45 (3.21%) Perl
9 43 (3.07%) Bash Shell
10 33 (2.36%) PHP
11 32 (2.28%) PL/SQL
12 30 (2.14%) C
12 30 (2.14%) T-SQL
13 18 (1.28%) VB.NET
14 14 (1.00%) COBOL
15 13 (0.93%) Groovy
15 13 (0.93%) PowerShell
16 12 (0.86%) VBScript
17 10 (0.71%) VB
18 8 (0.57%) Delphi
Qualifications
1 690 (49.25%) ISEB
2 344 (24.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 261 (18.63%) Degree
4 96 (6.85%) Security Cleared
5 56 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
6 54 (3.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 50 (3.57%) SC Cleared
8 25 (1.78%) PMI Certification
9 20 (1.43%) DV Cleared
10 14 (1.00%) ISEB Practitioner
10 14 (1.00%) Microsoft Certification
11 11 (0.79%) CEH
11 11 (0.79%) MCSA
11 11 (0.79%) MCSE
11 11 (0.79%) PMP
12 10 (0.71%) CSQA
12 10 (0.71%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 4 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 4 (0.29%) Six Sigma Black Belt
13 4 (0.29%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 587 (41.90%) QA
2 10 (0.71%) PCI DSS
3 8 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.43%) ISO 9000
4 6 (0.43%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.43%) SLA
5 4 (0.29%) P3O
6 3 (0.21%) PMO
7 2 (0.14%) GAMP
7 2 (0.14%) GDPR
7 2 (0.14%) GMP
7 2 (0.14%) SEPA
8 1 (0.071%) COBIT
8 1 (0.071%) ISO 15765
System Software
1 14 (1.00%) Docker
2 4 (0.29%) Apache Flume
2 4 (0.29%) Firmware
2 4 (0.29%) HDFS
3 3 (0.21%) ACF2
3 3 (0.21%) RACF
4 2 (0.14%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.071%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.071%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 111 (7.92%) HP Quality Center
2 63 (4.50%) HP ALM
3 28 (2.00%) Puppet
4 10 (0.71%) Kubernetes
5 9 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.29%) Oozie
7 3 (0.21%) HP Fortify
8 2 (0.14%) Marathon
8 2 (0.14%) Mesos
8 2 (0.14%) SCCM
9 1 (0.071%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.071%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 174 (12.42%) Microsoft
2 169 (12.06%) HP
3 96 (6.85%) Oracle
4 40 (2.86%) Capita
5 37 (2.64%) SAP
6 35 (2.50%) Google
7 27 (1.93%) CA Agile Central
8 24 (1.71%) IBM
9 23 (1.64%) Salesforce.com
10 18 (1.28%) Micro Focus
11 14 (1.00%) Remedy
11 14 (1.00%) Twitter
12 13 (0.93%) MicroStrategy
13 10 (0.71%) White Clarke
14 9 (0.64%) Citrix
14 9 (0.64%) Telerik
14 9 (0.64%) webMethods
15 8 (0.57%) CA
16 7 (0.50%) Adobe
16 7 (0.50%) CheckPoint