Period
to 28 January 2021

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 28 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
28 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 456 407 374
Rank change year-on-year -49 -33 +41
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 355 909 1,267
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.54% 0.72% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.69% 3.32% 3.47%
Number of salaries quoted 280 716 1,053
Median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,500
10th Percentile £26,200 £28,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £65,050 £65,000 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%

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 13,215 27,420 36,556
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.17% 21.83% 24.20%
Number of salaries quoted 9,612 20,703 27,066
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +10.00% - +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 28 January 2021.

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 28 January 2021. 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 -59 305 £42,500 - 29
UK excluding London -58 268 £42,500 +4.94% 25
South East +16 107 £43,750 -2.78% 6
London +131 65 £62,500 +13.64% 10
South West +3 46 £30,250 -28.82%
Midlands -5 37 £33,250 -16.88% 7
North of England -15 37 £37,500 +7.14% 6
Work from Home -53 36 £42,500 -37.04% 4
West Midlands +6 30 £32,500 -18.75% 3
North West +21 23 £38,000 +1.33% 3
Scotland +39 20 £33,568 -13.12% 5
East of England +76 11 £51,250 +7.89%
Wales +1 9 £37,000 +5.71% 1
Yorkshire +2 8 £37,500 +15.38% 3
East Midlands +31 6 £35,000 -12.50% 4
North East +17 6 £35,000 +6.06%
Northern Ireland - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 28 January 2021, 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.

1 295 (83.10%) Test Automation
2 248 (69.86%) Agile Software Development
3 196 (55.21%) ISEB
4 180 (50.70%) Selenium
5 146 (41.13%) C#
6 143 (40.28%) QA
7 116 (32.68%) Software Testing
7 116 (32.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 112 (31.55%) DevOps
8 112 (31.55%) Java
9 87 (24.51%) Degree
10 86 (24.23%) SQL
11 84 (23.66%) SDLC
12 83 (23.38%) Test Scripting
13 80 (22.54%) Cucumber
14 79 (22.25%) BDD
14 79 (22.25%) JIRA
15 77 (21.69%) SDET
16 75 (21.13%) Regression Testing
17 71 (20.00%) Azure
18 69 (19.44%) TDD
19 67 (18.87%) JavaScript
20 65 (18.31%) Scrum
20 65 (18.31%) Problem-Solving
21 64 (18.03%) Python
22 60 (16.90%) Microsoft
23 58 (16.34%) .NET
24 52 (14.65%) Jenkins
24 52 (14.65%) Mobile App
25 51 (14.37%) SpecFlow

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 18 (5.07%) Confluence
2 5 (1.41%) CMS
3 4 (1.13%) Umbraco
3 4 (1.13%) WebLogic
4 3 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
5 2 (0.56%) NServiceBus
5 2 (0.56%) SharePoint
6 1 (0.28%) Mule
Applications
1 8 (2.25%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.56%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.28%) Sketch
3 1 (0.28%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 8 (2.25%) Dynamics NAV
2 5 (1.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.13%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (1.13%) Magento
3 4 (1.13%) NetSuite
4 3 (0.85%) SAP CO
4 3 (0.85%) SAP FI
4 3 (0.85%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.56%) SAP FI-CA
5 2 (0.56%) SAP PSCD
6 1 (0.28%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.28%) SAP HR
6 1 (0.28%) SAP MM
6 1 (0.28%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 71 (20.00%) Azure
2 25 (7.04%) AWS
3 14 (3.94%) Sauce Labs
4 11 (3.10%) Dynamics 365
5 8 (2.25%) BrowserStack
6 7 (1.97%) SaaS
7 4 (1.13%) BlazeMeter
7 4 (1.13%) Serverless
7 4 (1.13%) SuccessFactors
8 3 (0.85%) AWS Lambda
9 2 (0.56%) OpenShift
9 2 (0.56%) Power Platform
10 1 (0.28%) Amazon EC2
10 1 (0.28%) GitHub
10 1 (0.28%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.28%) NuGet
10 1 (0.28%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (2.54%) Intranet
2 4 (1.13%) Wireshark
3 3 (0.85%) Skype
4 2 (0.56%) HTTP
5 1 (0.28%) 3G
5 1 (0.28%) 4G
5 1 (0.28%) Internet
5 1 (0.28%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (12.68%) SQL Server
2 15 (4.23%) MongoDB
3 9 (2.54%) PostgreSQL
3 9 (2.54%) Redis
4 7 (1.97%) SAP BW
5 6 (1.69%) Relational Database
6 4 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 3 (0.85%) MySQL
8 2 (0.56%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.56%) Power BI
9 1 (0.28%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.28%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.28%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.28%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.28%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 180 (50.70%) Selenium
2 80 (22.54%) Cucumber
3 79 (22.25%) JIRA
4 52 (14.65%) Jenkins
5 51 (14.37%) SpecFlow
6 46 (12.96%) Git (software)
6 46 (12.96%) WebDriver
7 40 (11.27%) Appium
8 33 (9.30%) NUnit
8 33 (9.30%) SoapUI
9 27 (7.61%) MSTest
10 21 (5.92%) JMeter
10 21 (5.92%) Postman
10 21 (5.92%) Team Foundation Server
11 19 (5.35%) Zephyr
12 18 (5.07%) eggPlant
13 16 (4.51%) LoadRunner
14 15 (4.23%) Visual Studio Team System
15 14 (3.94%) Protractor
16 13 (3.66%) Selendroid
General
1 50 (14.08%) Finance
2 22 (6.20%) Marketing
2 22 (6.20%) Retail
3 20 (5.63%) Public Sector
4 9 (2.54%) Advertising
5 8 (2.25%) Back Office
6 7 (1.97%) Banking
6 7 (1.97%) Games
7 4 (1.13%) Digital Economy
7 4 (1.13%) Front Office
7 4 (1.13%) Military
7 4 (1.13%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.85%) Aerospace
8 3 (0.85%) General Ledger
8 3 (0.85%) Law
9 1 (0.28%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.28%) Housing Association
9 1 (0.28%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.28%) Legal
9 1 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 112 (31.55%) Test Engineer
2 92 (25.92%) Analyst
3 78 (21.97%) Test Analyst
4 58 (16.34%) Tester
5 55 (15.49%) Test Automation Engineer
6 37 (10.42%) Automation Tester
7 34 (9.58%) Automation Test Analyst
8 30 (8.45%) QA Engineer
9 25 (7.04%) Software Test Engineer
10 24 (6.76%) Software Engineer
11 23 (6.48%) Developer
12 21 (5.92%) Developer in Test
13 20 (5.63%) Software Developer
14 19 (5.35%) Development Engineer
14 19 (5.35%) Senior Test Engineer
14 19 (5.35%) Software Development Engineer
14 19 (5.35%) Test Development Engineer
15 16 (4.51%) Test Leader
16 14 (3.94%) QA Analyst
17 13 (3.66%) Senior QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (16.34%) .NET
2 35 (9.86%) SOAP
3 34 (9.58%) REST
4 32 (9.01%) Web Services
5 28 (7.89%) Gherkin
6 16 (4.51%) XML
7 15 (4.23%) .NET Core
8 12 (3.38%) HTML
9 10 (2.82%) ASP.NET
9 10 (2.82%) WebdriverIO
10 9 (2.54%) JSON
11 8 (2.25%) Kafka
12 6 (1.69%) jQuery
13 5 (1.41%) React
14 4 (1.13%) ASP.NET MVC
14 4 (1.13%) ASP.NET MVC 3
14 4 (1.13%) Django
14 4 (1.13%) FIX Protocol
14 4 (1.13%) Flask
14 4 (1.13%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 52 (14.65%) Mobile App
2 42 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
3 21 (5.92%) EPoS
3 21 (5.92%) Management Information System
4 13 (3.66%) Mainframe
5 12 (3.38%) Client/Server
6 7 (1.97%) Self-Motivation
7 5 (1.41%) AS400
7 5 (1.41%) Equities
8 4 (1.13%) Data Structures
8 4 (1.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 4 (1.13%) IBM Mainframe
8 4 (1.13%) User Experience
9 3 (0.85%) Chip and PIN
9 3 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (0.85%) Life Science
9 3 (0.85%) Smart Meter
10 2 (0.56%) Analytical Mindset
10 2 (0.56%) LIMS
10 2 (0.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 19 (5.35%) Windows
2 16 (4.51%) Linux
3 12 (3.38%) Unix
4 9 (2.54%) Android
5 8 (2.25%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.56%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 295 (83.10%) Test Automation
2 248 (69.86%) Agile Software Development
3 116 (32.68%) Software Testing
4 112 (31.55%) DevOps
5 84 (23.66%) SDLC
6 83 (23.38%) Test Scripting
7 79 (22.25%) BDD
8 77 (21.69%) SDET
9 75 (21.13%) Regression Testing
10 69 (19.44%) TDD
11 65 (18.31%) Problem-Solving
11 65 (18.31%) Scrum
12 49 (13.80%) Continuous Integration
13 46 (12.96%) Microservices
14 45 (12.68%) Manual Testing
14 45 (12.68%) Performance Testing
15 41 (11.55%) API Testing
15 41 (11.55%) Waterfall
16 40 (11.27%) Test Management
17 39 (10.99%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 146 (41.13%) C#
2 112 (31.55%) Java
3 86 (24.23%) SQL
4 67 (18.87%) JavaScript
5 64 (18.03%) Python
6 15 (4.23%) TypeScript
7 14 (3.94%) C++
8 11 (3.10%) T-SQL
9 9 (2.54%) Bash Shell
9 9 (2.54%) VB.NET
10 6 (1.69%) Perl
11 5 (1.41%) Ruby
12 4 (1.13%) ABAP
12 4 (1.13%) C
12 4 (1.13%) VB
13 3 (0.85%) Go
13 3 (0.85%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.56%) Java 8
15 1 (0.28%) PL/SQL
15 1 (0.28%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 196 (55.21%) ISEB
2 116 (32.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 87 (24.51%) Degree
4 20 (5.63%) ISEB Practitioner
5 18 (5.07%) Security Cleared
6 16 (4.51%) Computer Science Degree
6 16 (4.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 13 (3.66%) SC Cleared
8 3 (0.85%) HND
9 1 (0.28%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.28%) CSPO
9 1 (0.28%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.28%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.28%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.28%) SAFe Agilist
9 1 (0.28%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 143 (40.28%) QA
2 4 (1.13%) Data Quality
2 4 (1.13%) GDPR
2 4 (1.13%) ISO 9001
2 4 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.56%) GxP
4 1 (0.28%) P3O
System Software
1 40 (11.27%) Docker
2 3 (0.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.28%) Firmware
3 1 (0.28%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 29 (8.17%) Kubernetes
2 19 (5.35%) Puppet
3 15 (4.23%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (1.97%) HP ALM
5 3 (0.85%) Nmap
6 2 (0.56%) Ansible
6 2 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.56%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.28%) Control-M
Vendors
1 60 (16.90%) Microsoft
2 16 (4.51%) Oracle
2 16 (4.51%) SAP
3 10 (2.82%) HP
4 9 (2.54%) Google
5 5 (1.41%) Pega
6 4 (1.13%) Cadence
6 4 (1.13%) IBM
6 4 (1.13%) JD Edwards
6 4 (1.13%) Xamarin
7 3 (0.85%) Atlassian
7 3 (0.85%) VMware
8 2 (0.56%) CheckPoint
8 2 (0.56%) Citrix
8 2 (0.56%) Dynatrace
9 1 (0.28%) hybris
9 1 (0.28%) Informatica
9 1 (0.28%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.28%) Splunk
9 1 (0.28%) TIBCO