Period
to 25 May 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 25 May 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
25 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 346 411 297
Rank change year-on-year +65 -114 +25
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,277 1,281 1,897
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.88% 0.74% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.56% 3.11% 4.49%
Number of salaries quoted 960 1,076 1,628
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £26,250 £25,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £60,000 £57,500 £56,975
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +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 35,826 41,124 42,224
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.69% 23.65% 24.98%
Number of salaries quoted 25,621 31,113 33,110
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.04% +8.89% -2.17%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £44,500 £41,800
% change year-on-year +1.12% +6.46% -1.65%

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 25 May 2019.

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 25 May 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 +60 1,176 £42,500 +6.25% 47
UK excluding London +41 1,005 £40,000 +6.67% 40
South East +20 284 £42,500 +3.66% 11
North of England +79 275 £40,000 +14.29% 10
London +22 258 £50,000 +11.11% 10
North West +91 190 £40,000 +6.67% 9
Midlands +51 164 £37,500 - 8
South West +30 137 £45,000 +19.22% 6
West Midlands +28 100 £35,500 +9.23% 3
Yorkshire +9 77 £40,000 +14.29% 1
East Midlands +62 64 £37,500 -1.32% 5
East of England +49 56 £42,500 +13.33% 2
Wales +39 42 £32,500 -4.41% 1
Scotland -7 34 £40,000 +33.33% 2
North East +13 8 £27,500 -27.63%
Northern Ireland -21 7 £40,000 -
Isle of Man - 6 £50,000 -

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 916 (71.73%) Test Automation
2 789 (61.79%) Agile Software Development
3 610 (47.77%) ISEB
4 547 (42.83%) QA
5 420 (32.89%) Software Testing
6 415 (32.50%) Selenium
7 410 (32.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 390 (30.54%) Test Scripting
9 343 (26.86%) SQL
10 305 (23.88%) Test Strategy
11 301 (23.57%) Java
12 283 (22.16%) C#
13 263 (20.60%) Degree
14 261 (20.44%) Finance
15 251 (19.66%) JIRA
16 234 (18.32%) Waterfall
17 226 (17.70%) SDLC
18 223 (17.46%) Regression Testing
19 222 (17.38%) Non-Functional Testing
20 220 (17.23%) Problem-Solving
20 220 (17.23%) Test Management
21 216 (16.91%) Manual Testing
22 195 (15.27%) Scrum
23 193 (15.11%) User Acceptance Testing
24 183 (14.33%) Cucumber
25 176 (13.78%) Microsoft
26 169 (13.23%) Defect Management
27 168 (13.16%) BDD
28 167 (13.08%) Functional Testing
29 161 (12.61%) Analytical Skills

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 57 (4.46%) Confluence
2 18 (1.41%) SharePoint
3 8 (0.63%) Apache Spark
3 8 (0.63%) MQSeries
4 7 (0.55%) WebLogic
5 6 (0.47%) IIS
5 6 (0.47%) Tomcat
6 4 (0.31%) Oracle Self-Service HR
7 2 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
7 2 (0.16%) CMS
7 2 (0.16%) SAS
7 2 (0.16%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.16%) WordPress
8 1 (0.078%) ColdFusion
8 1 (0.078%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 47 (3.68%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (2.27%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (0.63%) Photoshop
4 6 (0.47%) Mingle
5 5 (0.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 13 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.78%) Misys Midas
3 6 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.16%) SAP FI-CA
4 2 (0.16%) SAP PSCD
5 1 (0.078%) Magento
5 1 (0.078%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.078%) SAP FSCM
5 1 (0.078%) SAP MM
5 1 (0.078%) SAP S/4HANA
5 1 (0.078%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 77 (6.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 48 (3.76%) Amazon AWS
3 27 (2.11%) SaaS
4 8 (0.63%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
4 8 (0.63%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 7 (0.55%) BrowserStack
5 7 (0.55%) Cloud Computing
5 7 (0.55%) Google Play
6 6 (0.47%) Azure Data Factory
6 6 (0.47%) iTunes
6 6 (0.47%) TestFlight
7 4 (0.31%) Tricentis Tosca
8 3 (0.23%) DigitalOcean
9 2 (0.16%) NuGet
9 2 (0.16%) Trello
10 1 (0.078%) Firebase
10 1 (0.078%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.078%) Google Cloud Platform
10 1 (0.078%) Office 365
10 1 (0.078%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 82 (6.42%) Broadband
2 13 (1.02%) SSH
3 12 (0.94%) HTTP
3 12 (0.94%) LTE
4 9 (0.70%) HTTPS
5 7 (0.55%) FTP
6 6 (0.47%) Internet
7 5 (0.39%) DNS
7 5 (0.39%) Wireless
8 4 (0.31%) ATM
8 4 (0.31%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.23%) DHCP
9 3 (0.23%) Firewall
9 3 (0.23%) Softphone
9 3 (0.23%) ZigBee
10 2 (0.16%) SMTP
10 2 (0.16%) Wireshark
10 2 (0.16%) Z-Wave
11 1 (0.078%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (10.42%) SQL Server
2 47 (3.68%) Relational Database
3 25 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (1.80%) MySQL
5 20 (1.57%) DB2
6 13 (1.02%) Big Data
7 11 (0.86%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 9 (0.70%) Hadoop
9 8 (0.63%) Apache Accumulo
10 7 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.47%) Azure SQL Database
11 6 (0.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 6 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 5 (0.39%) BusinessObjects
12 5 (0.39%) Data Lake
12 5 (0.39%) Oracle BI EE
12 5 (0.39%) Snowflake Schema
13 4 (0.31%) Geospatial Data
13 4 (0.31%) GIS
13 4 (0.31%) QualityStage
Development Applications
1 415 (32.50%) Selenium
2 251 (19.66%) JIRA
3 183 (14.33%) Cucumber
4 138 (10.81%) SoapUI
5 112 (8.77%) WebDriver
6 110 (8.61%) Jenkins
7 95 (7.44%) Git (software)
8 86 (6.73%) SpecFlow
9 82 (6.42%) LoadRunner
10 79 (6.19%) Team Foundation Server
11 78 (6.11%) JMeter
12 59 (4.62%) HP UFT
13 50 (3.92%) Visual Studio
14 40 (3.13%) TeamCity
15 37 (2.90%) Zephyr
16 34 (2.66%) Rational DOORS
17 28 (2.19%) Appium
17 28 (2.19%) Protractor
18 24 (1.88%) TestRail
18 24 (1.88%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 261 (20.44%) Finance
2 132 (10.34%) Telecoms
3 49 (3.84%) Manufacturing
3 49 (3.84%) Retail
4 43 (3.37%) Aerospace
5 32 (2.51%) Banking
6 25 (1.96%) Marketing
7 19 (1.49%) Financial Institution
8 18 (1.41%) Advertising
9 16 (1.25%) Electronics
10 14 (1.10%) Legal
11 11 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
12 10 (0.78%) General Ledger
13 9 (0.70%) Back Office
13 9 (0.70%) Publishing
14 8 (0.63%) Games
15 6 (0.47%) Billing
16 5 (0.39%) Front Office
16 5 (0.39%) Law
17 2 (0.16%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 445 (34.85%) Analyst
2 392 (30.70%) Test Analyst
3 298 (23.34%) Test Engineer
4 232 (18.17%) Tester
5 130 (10.18%) Test Manager
6 99 (7.75%) Test Automation Engineer
7 94 (7.36%) QA Engineer
8 88 (6.89%) Automation Test Analyst
9 87 (6.81%) QA Analyst
10 84 (6.58%) Test Leader
11 71 (5.56%) Software Tester
12 65 (5.09%) Automation Tester
13 59 (4.62%) Senior Test Engineer
14 56 (4.39%) QA Tester
15 48 (3.76%) Software Test Engineer
16 47 (3.68%) Senior Analyst
17 46 (3.60%) Senior Test Analyst
18 43 (3.37%) Junior
18 43 (3.37%) QA Test Analyst
19 36 (2.82%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 119 (9.32%) .NET
2 90 (7.05%) SOAP
3 88 (6.89%) XML
4 85 (6.66%) Web Services
5 73 (5.72%) Gherkin
6 69 (5.40%) REST
7 24 (1.88%) HTML
8 21 (1.64%) JSON
9 18 (1.41%) ASP.NET
10 16 (1.25%) CSS
11 15 (1.17%) Spring
12 13 (1.02%) React
13 11 (0.86%) JDBC
14 10 (0.78%) AngularJS
14 10 (0.78%) EDIFACT
14 10 (0.78%) RESTful
15 8 (0.63%) Visualforce
16 7 (0.55%) CGI
16 7 (0.55%) Spring Boot
16 7 (0.55%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 161 (12.61%) Analytical Skills
2 58 (4.54%) Mobile App
3 50 (3.92%) Self-Motivation
4 45 (3.52%) Fintech
5 38 (2.98%) User Experience
6 24 (1.88%) Management Information System
6 24 (1.88%) Smart Meter
7 23 (1.80%) Client/Server
8 14 (1.10%) Cloud Native
9 12 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (0.86%) Algorithms
11 10 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 10 (0.78%) SWIFT
12 8 (0.63%) Animation
12 8 (0.63%) Embedded Systems
12 8 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
12 8 (0.63%) Photography
13 7 (0.55%) Blog
14 6 (0.47%) Cyber Defence
15 5 (0.39%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 120 (9.40%) Windows
2 70 (5.48%) Linux
3 24 (1.88%) Android
4 23 (1.80%) Apple iOS
5 17 (1.33%) Unix
6 7 (0.55%) Windows Server
7 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.16%) Solaris
7 2 (0.16%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.078%) CentOS
8 1 (0.078%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.078%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.078%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.078%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 916 (71.73%) Test Automation
2 789 (61.79%) Agile Software Development
3 420 (32.89%) Software Testing
4 390 (30.54%) Test Scripting
5 305 (23.88%) Test Strategy
6 234 (18.32%) Waterfall
7 226 (17.70%) SDLC
8 223 (17.46%) Regression Testing
9 222 (17.38%) Non-Functional Testing
10 220 (17.23%) Problem-Solving
10 220 (17.23%) Test Management
11 216 (16.91%) Manual Testing
12 195 (15.27%) Scrum
13 193 (15.11%) User Acceptance Testing
14 169 (13.23%) Defect Management
15 168 (13.16%) BDD
16 167 (13.08%) Functional Testing
17 146 (11.43%) DevOps
17 146 (11.43%) TDD
18 132 (10.34%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 343 (26.86%) SQL
2 301 (23.57%) Java
3 283 (22.16%) C#
4 142 (11.12%) Python
5 88 (6.89%) C++
5 88 (6.89%) JavaScript
6 57 (4.46%) Ruby
7 48 (3.76%) C
8 34 (2.66%) VB
9 31 (2.43%) T-SQL
10 28 (2.19%) Bash Shell
11 25 (1.96%) PL/SQL
12 23 (1.80%) PHP
13 16 (1.25%) PowerShell
14 14 (1.10%) Perl
14 14 (1.10%) TypeScript
15 11 (0.86%) Shell Script
16 10 (0.78%) MATLAB
16 10 (0.78%) R
17 8 (0.63%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 610 (47.77%) ISEB
2 410 (32.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 263 (20.60%) Degree
4 105 (8.22%) Security Cleared
5 65 (5.09%) DV Cleared
6 60 (4.70%) Computer Science Degree
7 50 (3.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 44 (3.45%) SC Cleared
9 27 (2.11%) Microsoft Certification
10 17 (1.33%) MCP
10 17 (1.33%) OCP
10 17 (1.33%) Oracle Certification
10 17 (1.33%) SAP Certification
11 16 (1.25%) PhD
12 11 (0.86%) HND
13 10 (0.78%) MCSA
13 10 (0.78%) MCSE
14 9 (0.70%) ISEB Practitioner
14 9 (0.70%) PMP
15 8 (0.63%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 547 (42.83%) QA
2 10 (0.78%) ISO 20022
2 10 (0.78%) ISO 8583
2 10 (0.78%) SEPA
3 6 (0.47%) ISO 9000
4 5 (0.39%) PMO
5 3 (0.23%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.078%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.078%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.078%) GxP
7 1 (0.078%) SLA
7 1 (0.078%) TickIT
System Software
1 16 (1.25%) Docker
2 13 (1.02%) Virtual Machines
3 6 (0.47%) VirtualBox
3 6 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.23%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.23%) Firmware
5 1 (0.078%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 127 (9.95%) HP Quality Center
2 101 (7.91%) HP ALM
3 9 (0.70%) Puppet
4 6 (0.47%) Ansible
4 6 (0.47%) HockeyApp
5 4 (0.31%) Netcool
5 4 (0.31%) ZABBIX
6 3 (0.23%) RSA Archer
7 2 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.078%) Terraform
Vendors
1 176 (13.78%) Microsoft
2 148 (11.59%) HP
3 55 (4.31%) Oracle
4 47 (3.68%) SAP
5 34 (2.66%) Remedy
6 28 (2.19%) Salesforce.com
7 19 (1.49%) OpenText
8 18 (1.41%) IBM
9 17 (1.33%) Pega
10 15 (1.17%) Atlassian
11 10 (0.78%) FIS
12 9 (0.70%) CA Agile Central
12 9 (0.70%) Google
13 8 (0.63%) Cognizant
14 6 (0.47%) Cadence
14 6 (0.47%) Telerik
14 6 (0.47%) VMware
15 5 (0.39%) Cognos
15 5 (0.39%) Informatica
16 4 (0.31%) CheckPoint