Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 358 440 363
Rank change year-on-year +82 -77 -49
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,216 1,166 1,579
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.87% 0.71% 0.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.70% 2.99% 3.67%
Number of salaries quoted 887 922 1,281
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,250 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +5.26%
10th Percentile £26,400 £26,025 £26,750
90th Percentile £61,250 £58,625 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,000 £39,634 £37,000
% change year-on-year +3.45% +7.12% -1.33%

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 32,821 39,001 43,055
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.44% 23.59% 24.51%
Number of salaries quoted 23,835 28,921 33,066
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £46,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +8.70% +2.22%
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +81 1,132 £42,500 +2.41% 137
UK excluding London +78 989 £41,000 +3.45% 142
South East +46 312 £42,500 -5.56% 39
North of England +59 270 £40,000 +14.29% 34
London -1 213 £53,000 +17.13% 8
North West +73 184 £40,500 +21.80% 14
South West +77 181 £42,000 +20.00% 15
Midlands +37 101 £40,000 +11.11% 31
Yorkshire -18 71 £36,000 +2.86% 17
West Midlands +42 66 £40,000 +20.30% 18
East of England +58 51 £42,500 - 10
Wales +38 45 £35,000 +20.16% 4
East Midlands +14 35 £40,000 +5.26% 13
Scotland -11 29 £41,500 +22.06% 8
North East +40 15 £25,000 -1.96% 3
Northern Ireland -6 2 £40,000 - 1

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 878 (72.20%) Test Automation
2 769 (63.24%) Agile Software Development
3 628 (51.64%) QA
4 509 (41.86%) ISEB
5 439 (36.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 432 (35.53%) Software Testing
7 377 (31.00%) Test Scripting
8 347 (28.54%) SQL
9 332 (27.30%) Selenium
10 299 (24.59%) JIRA
11 266 (21.88%) Test Strategy
12 257 (21.13%) C#
13 255 (20.97%) Scrum
14 250 (20.56%) Finance
15 247 (20.31%) Java
16 238 (19.57%) Degree
17 223 (18.34%) Problem-Solving
18 215 (17.68%) SDLC
19 197 (16.20%) Test Management
20 185 (15.21%) Manual Testing
21 184 (15.13%) BDD
22 174 (14.31%) Regression Testing
23 160 (13.16%) Cucumber
24 159 (13.08%) Microsoft
25 157 (12.91%) User Acceptance Testing
26 147 (12.09%) TDD
27 144 (11.84%) Telecoms
27 144 (11.84%) Defect Management
28 134 (11.02%) Analytical Skills
29 133 (10.94%) 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 (8.72%) Confluence
2 10 (0.82%) CMS
3 9 (0.74%) SharePoint
4 6 (0.49%) Apache Spark
4 6 (0.49%) SAS
5 5 (0.41%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
7 3 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
7 3 (0.25%) WebLogic
8 2 (0.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 2 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.16%) WordPress
9 1 (0.082%) Apache
9 1 (0.082%) EPiServer
9 1 (0.082%) Tomcat
Applications
1 19 (1.56%) Microsoft Excel
1 19 (1.56%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (0.33%) Microsoft Project
3 4 (0.33%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.082%) EngageOne
Business Applications
1 8 (0.66%) SAP ERP
2 6 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.41%) Misys Midas
4 2 (0.16%) Magento
5 1 (0.082%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 81 (6.66%) Azure
2 52 (4.28%) AWS
3 20 (1.64%) SaaS
4 11 (0.90%) BrowserStack
5 8 (0.66%) SuccessFactors
6 7 (0.58%) GitHub
7 6 (0.49%) BlazeMeter
7 6 (0.49%) GCP
7 6 (0.49%) Tricentis Tosca
8 5 (0.41%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
8 5 (0.41%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 5 (0.41%) Sauce Labs
9 4 (0.33%) Azure Data Factory
10 3 (0.25%) Azure Stack
10 3 (0.25%) Office 365
10 3 (0.25%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.16%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.16%) Serverless
11 2 (0.16%) Trello
12 1 (0.082%) Google Compute Engine
Communications & Networking
1 72 (5.92%) Broadband
2 15 (1.23%) DAB
3 14 (1.15%) SSH
4 11 (0.90%) LTE
5 10 (0.82%) ATM
6 8 (0.66%) Wireless
7 7 (0.58%) HTTPS
8 5 (0.41%) DNS
9 4 (0.33%) DSL
9 4 (0.33%) Firewall
9 4 (0.33%) HTTP
9 4 (0.33%) IPsec
9 4 (0.33%) ZigBee
10 3 (0.25%) DHCP
10 3 (0.25%) Internet
10 3 (0.25%) NetScaler
10 3 (0.25%) Network Security
10 3 (0.25%) Radio Access Network
10 3 (0.25%) Skype
10 3 (0.25%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 130 (10.69%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.45%) Relational Database
3 33 (2.71%) Data Warehouse
4 19 (1.56%) MongoDB
5 12 (0.99%) MySQL
6 10 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 10 (0.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 9 (0.74%) Big Data
8 8 (0.66%) NoSQL
9 7 (0.58%) DB2
9 7 (0.58%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 6 (0.49%) Apache Accumulo
10 6 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (0.49%) BusinessObjects XI
10 6 (0.49%) Cognos Query Studio
10 6 (0.49%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.49%) IBM InfoSphere
11 5 (0.41%) Azure SQL Database
11 5 (0.41%) Data Lake
11 5 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 332 (27.30%) Selenium
2 299 (24.59%) JIRA
3 160 (13.16%) Cucumber
4 130 (10.69%) WebDriver
5 97 (7.98%) SpecFlow
6 89 (7.32%) Git (software)
6 89 (7.32%) SoapUI
7 80 (6.58%) Jenkins
8 79 (6.50%) JMeter
9 70 (5.76%) Team Foundation Server
10 65 (5.35%) LoadRunner
11 46 (3.78%) HP UFT
12 42 (3.45%) Visual Studio
13 41 (3.37%) TestRail
14 40 (3.29%) Zephyr
15 39 (3.21%) TeamCity
16 38 (3.13%) TestNG
17 36 (2.96%) Appium
18 34 (2.80%) JUnit
19 29 (2.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 250 (20.56%) Finance
2 144 (11.84%) Telecoms
3 67 (5.51%) Public Sector
4 55 (4.52%) Manufacturing
5 41 (3.37%) Banking
6 40 (3.29%) Aerospace
7 35 (2.88%) Marketing
8 30 (2.47%) Retail
9 27 (2.22%) Electronics
10 16 (1.32%) Games
11 12 (0.99%) Front Office
12 9 (0.74%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.66%) Investment Banking
13 8 (0.66%) Legal
14 7 (0.58%) Back Office
15 5 (0.41%) Advertising
15 5 (0.41%) General Ledger
16 4 (0.33%) Automotive
17 3 (0.25%) Law
17 3 (0.25%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 391 (32.15%) Analyst
2 333 (27.38%) Test Analyst
3 273 (22.45%) Test Engineer
4 239 (19.65%) Tester
5 122 (10.03%) QA Analyst
6 120 (9.87%) QA Engineer
7 103 (8.47%) Test Manager
8 91 (7.48%) Test Leader
9 85 (6.99%) Software Tester
10 77 (6.33%) QA Tester
11 66 (5.43%) QA Test Analyst
11 66 (5.43%) Test Automation Engineer
12 64 (5.26%) Senior Test Engineer
13 57 (4.69%) Senior QA Engineer
14 51 (4.19%) Automation Test Analyst
15 49 (4.03%) Senior Analyst
15 49 (4.03%) Senior Test Analyst
16 48 (3.95%) Automation Tester
17 42 (3.45%) Software Test Engineer
18 41 (3.37%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (10.36%) .NET
2 89 (7.32%) REST
3 82 (6.74%) SOAP
4 77 (6.33%) Gherkin
4 77 (6.33%) Web Services
5 43 (3.54%) XML
6 38 (3.13%) HTML
7 23 (1.89%) ASP.NET
8 22 (1.81%) CSS
9 17 (1.40%) Spring
9 17 (1.40%) Swagger
10 14 (1.15%) React
11 10 (0.82%) .NET Framework
12 9 (0.74%) RESTful
13 7 (0.58%) JSON
14 6 (0.49%) Lambda Expressions
14 6 (0.49%) Spring Boot
14 6 (0.49%) WCF
15 5 (0.41%) EDIFACT
15 5 (0.41%) Visualforce
Miscellaneous
1 134 (11.02%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (5.92%) Mobile App
3 52 (4.28%) Self-Motivation
4 42 (3.45%) User Experience
5 26 (2.14%) Client/Server
6 18 (1.48%) Driving Licence
7 16 (1.32%) Smart Meter
8 13 (1.07%) Embedded Systems
8 13 (1.07%) Management Information System
9 11 (0.90%) Blog
9 11 (0.90%) Cloud Native
10 9 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (0.66%) Linux Command Line
12 7 (0.58%) Wiki
13 6 (0.49%) Derivative
13 6 (0.49%) Greenfield Project
13 6 (0.49%) OTC Derivatives
13 6 (0.49%) PlayStation
14 5 (0.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.41%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 96 (7.89%) Windows
2 51 (4.19%) Linux
3 29 (2.38%) Android
3 29 (2.38%) Apple iOS
4 20 (1.64%) Unix
5 6 (0.49%) VMS
5 6 (0.49%) Windows 10
6 4 (0.33%) CentOS
6 4 (0.33%) Mac OS
7 3 (0.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.25%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.082%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.082%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.082%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.082%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 878 (72.20%) Test Automation
2 769 (63.24%) Agile Software Development
3 432 (35.53%) Software Testing
4 377 (31.00%) Test Scripting
5 266 (21.88%) Test Strategy
6 255 (20.97%) Scrum
7 223 (18.34%) Problem-Solving
8 215 (17.68%) SDLC
9 197 (16.20%) Test Management
10 185 (15.21%) Manual Testing
11 184 (15.13%) BDD
12 174 (14.31%) Regression Testing
13 157 (12.91%) User Acceptance Testing
14 147 (12.09%) TDD
15 144 (11.84%) Defect Management
16 133 (10.94%) Continuous Integration
16 133 (10.94%) Waterfall
17 131 (10.77%) Non-Functional Testing
18 128 (10.53%) Performance Testing
19 127 (10.44%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 347 (28.54%) SQL
2 257 (21.13%) C#
3 247 (20.31%) Java
4 95 (7.81%) Python
5 70 (5.76%) JavaScript
6 64 (5.26%) C++
7 45 (3.70%) Ruby
8 38 (3.13%) C
9 20 (1.64%) VB
10 18 (1.48%) PowerShell
11 17 (1.40%) T-SQL
12 15 (1.23%) PL/SQL
13 14 (1.15%) Bash Shell
14 13 (1.07%) Java 8
14 13 (1.07%) PHP
15 12 (0.99%) Perl
16 10 (0.82%) Shell Script
17 7 (0.58%) VBScript
18 6 (0.49%) Scala
19 5 (0.41%) Apex Code
Qualifications
1 509 (41.86%) ISEB
2 439 (36.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 238 (19.57%) Degree
4 116 (9.54%) Security Cleared
5 75 (6.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 61 (5.02%) Computer Science Degree
7 51 (4.19%) SC Cleared
8 37 (3.04%) DV Cleared
9 16 (1.32%) Microsoft Certification
10 15 (1.23%) MCP
11 12 (0.99%) OCP
11 12 (0.99%) Oracle Certification
11 12 (0.99%) SAP Certification
12 9 (0.74%) HND
13 8 (0.66%) ISEB Practitioner
14 6 (0.49%) PhD
15 5 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
15 5 (0.41%) Master's Degree
16 4 (0.33%) HNC
17 3 (0.25%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 628 (51.64%) QA
2 13 (1.07%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.41%) ISO 20022
3 5 (0.41%) ISO 8583
3 5 (0.41%) SEPA
4 3 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.16%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.082%) GDPR
6 1 (0.082%) GxP
6 1 (0.082%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.082%) NIST
6 1 (0.082%) PMO
6 1 (0.082%) TickIT
System Software
1 17 (1.40%) Docker
2 6 (0.49%) Hyper-V
3 3 (0.25%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.25%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (0.25%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.25%) vSphere
3 3 (0.25%) XenApp
4 2 (0.16%) Firmware
4 2 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 95 (7.81%) HP Quality Center
2 71 (5.84%) HP ALM
3 7 (0.58%) Puppet
4 5 (0.41%) ZABBIX
5 4 (0.33%) Ansible
6 3 (0.25%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (0.25%) SCOM
6 3 (0.25%) SCOrch
6 3 (0.25%) Terraform
7 1 (0.082%) Control-M
7 1 (0.082%) Netcool
7 1 (0.082%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 159 (13.08%) Microsoft
2 98 (8.06%) HP
3 49 (4.03%) SAP
4 45 (3.70%) Oracle
5 37 (3.04%) Atlassian
6 30 (2.47%) Sage
7 23 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
8 16 (1.32%) Pega
9 13 (1.07%) Remedy
10 12 (0.99%) Cadence
10 12 (0.99%) IBM
10 12 (0.99%) OpenText
11 11 (0.90%) Apple
12 9 (0.74%) Informatica
13 8 (0.66%) Ariba
14 7 (0.58%) Ab Initio
14 7 (0.58%) Netezza
14 7 (0.58%) Splunk
15 6 (0.49%) CA Agile Central
15 6 (0.49%) Xamarin