Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 373 302 327
Rank change year-on-year -71 +25 +50
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1426 2007 2188
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.82% 1.05% 1.00%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.38% 3.99% 3.65%
Number of salaries quoted 1153 1709 1933
UK median annual salary £40,000 £39,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +1.27% -1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,750 £26,250
90th Percentile £60,000 £62,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,500 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year -5.33% - +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 42146 50330 59989
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.21% 26.34% 27.38%
Number of salaries quoted 32367 40426 47857
UK median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.33% - +2.27%
10th Percentile £26,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £73,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year - +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 21 October 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 21 October 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 -82 1314 £40,000 - 74
UK excluding London -49 1047 £35,500 -5.33% 54
London -31 357 £45,000 -10.00% 24
South East -59 319 £35,250 -11.88% 7
North of England -59 268 £35,000 -5.41% 25
Midlands +1 174 £37,500 +7.14% 6
South West -15 154 £39,000 +4.00% 9
Yorkshire -65 135 £35,500 -5.33% 8
North West -22 124 £32,500 -1.52% 15
West Midlands +5 110 £35,000 -6.67% 3
Scotland +11 69 £32,500 -7.14% 4
East Midlands +8 66 £42,500 +21.43% 3
East of England -63 43 £35,000 - 3
Northern Ireland - 19 - -
Wales +4 13 £28,000 -12.50%
North East +18 9 £35,000 -6.67% 2

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 942 (66.06%) Test Automation
2 821 (57.57%) Agile Software Development
3 756 (53.02%) ISEB
4 562 (39.41%) Selenium
5 528 (37.03%) QA
6 466 (32.68%) Test Scripting
7 463 (32.47%) Software Testing
8 404 (28.33%) SQL
9 390 (27.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 369 (25.88%) Java
11 366 (25.67%) Degree
12 347 (24.33%) Test Strategy
13 346 (24.26%) Finance
14 286 (20.06%) Manual Testing
15 273 (19.14%) User Acceptance Testing
16 262 (18.37%) Functional Testing
17 257 (18.02%) JIRA
18 250 (17.53%) BDD
19 249 (17.46%) Cucumber
20 247 (17.32%) C#
21 243 (17.04%) Scrum
22 237 (16.62%) Test Management
23 225 (15.78%) Regression Testing
23 225 (15.78%) HP
24 220 (15.43%) SDLC
25 215 (15.08%) WebDriver
26 209 (14.66%) Microsoft
27 196 (13.74%) Analytical Skills
28 190 (13.32%) Non-Functional Testing
29 178 (12.48%) 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 34 (2.38%) Confluence
2 26 (1.82%) SharePoint
3 15 (1.05%) CMS
4 11 (0.77%) Apache Spark
4 11 (0.77%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 9 (0.63%) IIS
6 6 (0.42%) Sitecore CMS
6 6 (0.42%) Umbraco
7 4 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.21%) Documentum
8 3 (0.21%) MQSeries
8 3 (0.21%) Oracle Service Bus
9 2 (0.14%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.14%) IBM Domino
9 2 (0.14%) Tuxedo
10 1 (0.070%) EPiServer
10 1 (0.070%) JCAPS
10 1 (0.070%) SAS
10 1 (0.070%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.070%) WebSphere
Applications
1 91 (6.38%) Microsoft Excel
2 88 (6.17%) Microsoft Office
3 28 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.14%) Mingle
6 1 (0.070%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 16 (1.12%) SAP ERP
2 14 (0.98%) SAP S/4HANA
3 9 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (0.56%) Magento
5 3 (0.21%) Workday HCM
6 2 (0.14%) Sonata
7 1 (0.070%) Adobe Campaign
7 1 (0.070%) FastStats
7 1 (0.070%) NetSuite
7 1 (0.070%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.070%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 32 (2.24%) SaaS
2 30 (2.10%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (1.40%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (0.77%) PaaS
5 10 (0.70%) IaaS
5 10 (0.70%) SuccessFactors
6 4 (0.28%) BrowserStack
7 3 (0.21%) GitHub
7 3 (0.21%) Sauce Labs
7 3 (0.21%) Slack
8 2 (0.14%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.070%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.070%) Google Play
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.05%) TCP/IP
2 10 (0.70%) SSL
2 10 (0.70%) VoIP
3 9 (0.63%) Intranet
4 7 (0.49%) Internet
5 5 (0.35%) HTTP
6 4 (0.28%) SSH
7 3 (0.21%) SNMP
8 2 (0.14%) Broadband
8 2 (0.14%) NGN
9 1 (0.070%) Firewall
9 1 (0.070%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (4.56%) SQL Server
2 41 (2.88%) Relational Database
3 20 (1.40%) Data Warehouse
4 16 (1.12%) Big Data
5 14 (0.98%) MySQL
6 11 (0.77%) BusinessObjects
7 9 (0.63%) Oracle Database
7 9 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
7 9 (0.63%) SQLPlus
8 8 (0.56%) DB2
8 8 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 6 (0.42%) NoSQL
10 5 (0.35%) GIS
10 5 (0.35%) Power BI
11 3 (0.21%) Azure SQL Database
12 2 (0.14%) Apache Accumulo
12 2 (0.14%) Hadoop
12 2 (0.14%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.14%) PostgreSQL
13 1 (0.070%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 562 (39.41%) Selenium
2 257 (18.02%) JIRA
3 249 (17.46%) Cucumber
4 215 (15.08%) WebDriver
5 167 (11.71%) HP UFT
6 152 (10.66%) Jenkins
7 123 (8.63%) LoadRunner
8 121 (8.49%) JMeter
9 117 (8.20%) Team Foundation Server
10 107 (7.50%) SoapUI
11 80 (5.61%) Git (software)
12 72 (5.05%) SpecFlow
13 49 (3.44%) JUnit
13 49 (3.44%) Visual Studio
14 42 (2.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 37 (2.59%) TestNG
16 35 (2.45%) TestRail
17 33 (2.31%) Protractor
18 28 (1.96%) Appium
18 28 (1.96%) Ranorex
General
1 346 (24.26%) Finance
2 89 (6.24%) Retail
2 89 (6.24%) Telecoms
3 86 (6.03%) Banking
4 36 (2.52%) Marketing
5 31 (2.17%) Games
6 26 (1.82%) Digital Economy
6 26 (1.82%) Manufacturing
7 24 (1.68%) Law
8 23 (1.61%) Legal
9 22 (1.54%) Automotive
10 21 (1.47%) Electronics
11 19 (1.33%) Financial Institution
12 16 (1.12%) Aerospace
13 10 (0.70%) Publishing
14 8 (0.56%) Front Office
14 8 (0.56%) General Ledger
15 5 (0.35%) Billing
15 5 (0.35%) Investment Banking
16 4 (0.28%) German Language
Job Titles
1 630 (44.18%) Analyst
2 589 (41.30%) Test Analyst
3 282 (19.78%) Tester
4 176 (12.34%) Test Engineer
5 116 (8.13%) Test Leader
6 111 (7.78%) Software Tester
7 98 (6.87%) Test Manager
8 90 (6.31%) Software Analyst
9 88 (6.17%) Automation Tester
10 87 (6.10%) Software Test Analyst
11 80 (5.61%) Test Automation Engineer
12 79 (5.54%) QA Engineer
13 72 (5.05%) QA Analyst
14 68 (4.77%) Senior Analyst
15 64 (4.49%) Automation Test Analyst
16 63 (4.42%) Senior Test Analyst
17 54 (3.79%) Manual Test Analyst
18 53 (3.72%) QA Leader
19 49 (3.44%) Senior Tester
20 47 (3.30%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (7.71%) .NET
2 103 (7.22%) SOAP
3 91 (6.38%) XML
4 87 (6.10%) Web Services
5 75 (5.26%) Gherkin
6 61 (4.28%) HTML
7 53 (3.72%) REST
8 27 (1.89%) JSON
8 27 (1.89%) RESTful
9 24 (1.68%) CSS
10 17 (1.19%) Behat
11 16 (1.12%) Node.js
12 15 (1.05%) AngularJS
13 11 (0.77%) Middleware
13 11 (0.77%) React
14 9 (0.63%) WPF
14 9 (0.63%) WSDL
14 9 (0.63%) XSD
15 8 (0.56%) Ajax
15 8 (0.56%) XBRL
Miscellaneous
1 196 (13.74%) Analytical Skills
2 129 (9.05%) Computer Science
3 74 (5.19%) Mobile App
4 37 (2.59%) Client/Server
5 36 (2.52%) Smart Meter
5 36 (2.52%) User Experience
6 26 (1.82%) Management Information System
7 25 (1.75%) Fintech
8 21 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
9 16 (1.12%) Smart Energy
10 14 (0.98%) Derivative
10 14 (0.98%) Driving Licence
11 12 (0.84%) Credit Derivative
12 10 (0.70%) Replication
13 9 (0.63%) Cyber Defence
13 9 (0.63%) iPad
13 9 (0.63%) Virtual Team
14 8 (0.56%) Hedge funds
15 7 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.49%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 159 (11.15%) Windows
2 121 (8.49%) Linux
3 50 (3.51%) Unix
4 23 (1.61%) Android
4 23 (1.61%) Apple iOS
5 13 (0.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 10 (0.70%) Solaris
7 4 (0.28%) Mac OS
7 4 (0.28%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.28%) Windows XP
8 3 (0.21%) Kali Linux
8 3 (0.21%) Windows Phone
9 2 (0.14%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.070%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.070%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.070%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.070%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 942 (66.06%) Test Automation
2 821 (57.57%) Agile Software Development
3 466 (32.68%) Test Scripting
4 463 (32.47%) Software Testing
5 347 (24.33%) Test Strategy
6 286 (20.06%) Manual Testing
7 273 (19.14%) User Acceptance Testing
8 262 (18.37%) Functional Testing
9 250 (17.53%) BDD
10 243 (17.04%) Scrum
11 237 (16.62%) Test Management
12 225 (15.78%) Regression Testing
13 220 (15.43%) SDLC
14 190 (13.32%) Non-Functional Testing
15 178 (12.48%) Defect Management
16 176 (12.34%) TDD
17 157 (11.01%) Scenario Testing
18 149 (10.45%) Waterfall
19 140 (9.82%) Performance Testing
20 134 (9.40%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 404 (28.33%) SQL
2 369 (25.88%) Java
3 247 (17.32%) C#
4 95 (6.66%) Python
5 90 (6.31%) Ruby
6 87 (6.10%) JavaScript
7 56 (3.93%) C
8 54 (3.79%) C++
9 34 (2.38%) T-SQL
10 31 (2.17%) PL/SQL
10 31 (2.17%) Shell Script
11 30 (2.10%) VB.NET
12 27 (1.89%) VB
13 26 (1.82%) Perl
13 26 (1.82%) Scala
14 16 (1.12%) PHP
15 14 (0.98%) Bash Shell
15 14 (0.98%) VBScript
16 13 (0.91%) Groovy
17 8 (0.56%) XPath
Qualifications
1 756 (53.02%) ISEB
2 390 (27.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 366 (25.67%) Degree
4 96 (6.73%) Computer Science Degree
5 94 (6.59%) Security Cleared
6 47 (3.30%) DV Cleared
7 43 (3.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 27 (1.89%) SC Cleared
9 14 (0.98%) SAP Certification
10 13 (0.91%) ISEB Practitioner
10 13 (0.91%) Microsoft Certification
11 9 (0.63%) ITIL Certification
12 8 (0.56%) MCP
12 8 (0.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 7 (0.49%) HND
14 6 (0.42%) OCP
14 6 (0.42%) Oracle Certification
15 5 (0.35%) Cisco Certification
15 5 (0.35%) PMI Certification
15 5 (0.35%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 528 (37.03%) QA
2 6 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (0.42%) SLA
3 4 (0.28%) ISO 9000
3 4 (0.28%) ISO 9001
3 4 (0.28%) PMO
4 3 (0.21%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.14%) COBIT
5 2 (0.14%) HL7
6 1 (0.070%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.070%) DICOM
6 1 (0.070%) MiFID
System Software
1 21 (1.47%) Docker
2 4 (0.28%) VirtualBox
3 2 (0.14%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.070%) ACF2
4 1 (0.070%) Firmware
4 1 (0.070%) RACF
Systems Management
1 170 (11.92%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.63%) Marathon
2 9 (0.63%) Mesos
3 8 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.35%) Kubernetes
5 4 (0.28%) HP SiteScope
5 4 (0.28%) Puppet
6 2 (0.14%) logstash
6 2 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.14%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 225 (15.78%) HP
2 209 (14.66%) Microsoft
3 89 (6.24%) Oracle
4 80 (5.61%) SAP
5 38 (2.66%) Cognizant
6 24 (1.68%) IBM
7 16 (1.12%) Remedy
8 13 (0.91%) Red Hat
8 13 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
9 12 (0.84%) Capita
10 11 (0.77%) Atlassian
11 10 (0.70%) Sitecore
12 8 (0.56%) Citrix
13 7 (0.49%) hybris
13 7 (0.49%) Pega
14 6 (0.42%) CA
14 6 (0.42%) CA Agile Central
15 5 (0.35%) Ariba
15 5 (0.35%) Concur
15 5 (0.35%) Sage