Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
20 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 601 442 370
Rank change year-on-year -159 -72 +56
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 503 285 1,139
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.40% 0.58% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.85% 2.71% 3.62%
Number of salaries quoted 400 206 869
10th Percentile £27,500 £25,000 £26,750
25th Percentile £33,750 £34,813 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £44,047 £42,500 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +3.64% - -
75th Percentile £55,000 £57,500 £52,500
90th Percentile £65,000 £63,750 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £40,000

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 27,199 10,525 31,439
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.60% 21.53% 23.09%
Number of salaries quoted 15,140 8,108 23,398
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £66,500
90th Percentile £87,500 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £48,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year -1.03% +7.78% -

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -152 436 £45,000 +5.88% 106
UK excluding London -136 327 £40,000 - 98
London -170 144 £51,375 -14.38% 16
Work from Home -173 125 £42,500 - 16
South East -138 103 £37,500 -16.67% 24
North of England -98 75 £37,450 -0.13% 25
South West -76 52 £45,000 +80.00% 20
Midlands -102 46 £41,000 +7.00% 18
North West -86 38 £32,500 -18.75% 11
West Midlands -89 34 £41,000 -15.46% 13
Yorkshire -90 32 £37,500 +0.67% 11
Northern Ireland -39 19 £32,500 -7.14% 1
Scotland -78 16 £38,911 +9.40% 6
East Midlands -66 12 £41,750 +17.61% 5
East of England -103 10 £80,000 +88.24% 3
Wales -45 9 £37,500 -16.67% 2
North East -27 5 £40,250 -5.29% 3

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 392 (77.93%) Test Automation
2 365 (72.56%) Agile Software Development
3 334 (66.40%) QA
4 302 (60.04%) Software Testing
5 232 (46.12%) Selenium
6 186 (36.98%) ISEB
7 180 (35.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 166 (33.00%) JIRA
9 152 (30.22%) Social Skills
10 150 (29.82%) DevOps
11 129 (25.65%) Java
12 125 (24.85%) C#
12 125 (24.85%) Scrum
13 121 (24.06%) Test Scripting
14 120 (23.86%) Manual Testing
15 119 (23.66%) BDD
16 116 (23.06%) SQL
17 115 (22.86%) Azure
18 112 (22.27%) Test Strategy
19 110 (21.87%) Test Management
20 108 (21.47%) Regression Testing
21 99 (19.68%) SDLC
22 92 (18.29%) Degree
23 87 (17.30%) Problem-Solving
24 83 (16.50%) Finance
25 80 (15.90%) Microsoft
26 79 (15.71%) SQL Server
27 75 (14.91%) Analytical Skills
28 73 (14.51%) Postman
29 71 (14.12%) User Acceptance Testing

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 29 (5.77%) Confluence
2 14 (2.78%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.80%) Tomcat
3 4 (0.80%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.40%) Apache
4 2 (0.40%) Moodle
4 2 (0.40%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
4 2 (0.40%) WebLogic Integration
5 1 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 25 (4.97%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (2.58%) Microsoft Project
3 11 (2.19%) Microsoft Excel
4 8 (1.59%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.60%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 20 (3.98%) Oracle EBS
2 15 (2.98%) Oracle Applications
3 12 (2.39%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.40%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
4 2 (0.40%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
5 1 (0.20%) Elite 3E
5 1 (0.20%) SAP FI-CA
5 1 (0.20%) SAP HCM
5 1 (0.20%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 115 (22.86%) Azure
2 25 (4.97%) AWS
2 25 (4.97%) SaaS
3 17 (3.38%) Power Platform
4 12 (2.39%) BlazeMeter
5 11 (2.19%) Azure Data Factory
6 10 (1.99%) GitHub
6 10 (1.99%) Microsoft 365
7 8 (1.59%) BrowserStack
7 8 (1.59%) GCP
7 8 (1.59%) Serverless
8 5 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (0.80%) AWS CodePipeline
10 3 (0.60%) Sauce Labs
10 3 (0.60%) Snowflake
11 2 (0.40%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.40%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.40%) NuGet
12 1 (0.20%) OneDrive
12 1 (0.20%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (2.39%) Internet
2 6 (1.19%) Firewall
3 5 (0.99%) FTP
4 4 (0.80%) HTTP
4 4 (0.80%) LAN
4 4 (0.80%) TCP/IP
4 4 (0.80%) WAN
5 3 (0.60%) Unified Communications
6 2 (0.40%) PuTTY
6 2 (0.40%) SNMP
6 2 (0.40%) Softphone
6 2 (0.40%) WinSCP
7 1 (0.20%) 3G
7 1 (0.20%) 4G
7 1 (0.20%) ATM
7 1 (0.20%) Broadband
7 1 (0.20%) Skype
7 1 (0.20%) SMTP
7 1 (0.20%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (15.71%) SQL Server
2 20 (3.98%) Data Warehouse
3 16 (3.18%) Power BI
3 16 (3.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (2.58%) Relational Database
5 9 (1.79%) NoSQL
6 7 (1.39%) Data Lake
7 5 (0.99%) PostgreSQL
8 3 (0.60%) Amazon RDS
8 3 (0.60%) Tableau
9 2 (0.40%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 2 (0.40%) Big Data
9 2 (0.40%) MS Access
9 2 (0.40%) Oracle BI EE
9 2 (0.40%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.40%) Oracle Reports
9 2 (0.40%) RDBMS
10 1 (0.20%) MongoDB
10 1 (0.20%) OLAP
10 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 232 (46.12%) Selenium
2 166 (33.00%) JIRA
3 73 (14.51%) Postman
4 70 (13.92%) SpecFlow
5 56 (11.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 56 (11.13%) WebDriver
6 49 (9.74%) Git (software)
7 45 (8.95%) Cucumber
7 45 (8.95%) Jenkins
8 44 (8.75%) JMeter
9 34 (6.76%) TestRail
10 26 (5.17%) REST Assured
10 26 (5.17%) SoapUI
11 24 (4.77%) HP UFT
12 23 (4.57%) NUnit
13 22 (4.37%) Visual Studio
14 21 (4.17%) Cypress.io
14 21 (4.17%) LoadRunner
15 20 (3.98%) Appium
16 19 (3.78%) MSTest
General
1 152 (30.22%) Social Skills
2 83 (16.50%) Finance
3 75 (14.91%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (7.95%) Organisational Skills
5 22 (4.37%) Marketing
6 21 (4.17%) Influencing Skills
7 16 (3.18%) Telecoms
8 15 (2.98%) Games
8 15 (2.98%) Law
9 13 (2.58%) Public Sector
10 11 (2.19%) Manufacturing
11 9 (1.79%) Banking
11 9 (1.79%) Legal
12 7 (1.39%) Retail
13 5 (0.99%) Military
14 4 (0.80%) Documentation Skills
15 3 (0.60%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.60%) Electronics
15 3 (0.60%) Inclusion and Diversity
15 3 (0.60%) Wearables
Job Titles
1 137 (27.24%) Analyst
2 112 (22.27%) Test Analyst
3 99 (19.68%) Tester
4 95 (18.89%) QA Engineer
5 83 (16.50%) Test Engineer
6 53 (10.54%) Software Tester
7 37 (7.36%) QA Analyst
8 30 (5.96%) Test Leader
9 28 (5.57%) Test Manager
10 27 (5.37%) Developer
10 27 (5.37%) Software Test Engineer
11 26 (5.17%) Senior Test Engineer
12 25 (4.97%) Test Automation Engineer
13 23 (4.57%) QA Automation Engineer
14 21 (4.17%) Software Developer
15 20 (3.98%) Automation Engineer
15 20 (3.98%) Developer in Test
15 20 (3.98%) Senior QA Engineer
16 18 (3.58%) Automation Tester
16 18 (3.58%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 69 (13.72%) .NET
2 39 (7.75%) XML
3 30 (5.96%) JSON
4 28 (5.57%) Web Services
5 27 (5.37%) REST
6 26 (5.17%) RESTful
7 23 (4.57%) SOAP
8 21 (4.17%) Gherkin
8 21 (4.17%) HTML
9 13 (2.58%) React
10 12 (2.39%) .NET Framework
10 12 (2.39%) ASP.NET
10 12 (2.39%) Velocity
11 11 (2.19%) WebdriverIO
12 9 (1.79%) Node.js
13 8 (1.59%) CSS
14 7 (1.39%) Swagger
15 6 (1.19%) OAuth
16 5 (0.99%) ASP.NET Web API
16 5 (0.99%) Kafka
Miscellaneous
1 46 (9.15%) Mobile App
2 34 (6.76%) Management Information System
3 27 (5.37%) Self-Motivation
4 25 (4.97%) User Experience
5 17 (3.38%) EPoS
6 12 (2.39%) Client/Server
7 8 (1.59%) Data Centre
8 7 (1.39%) iPad
9 6 (1.19%) Analytical Mindset
9 6 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (1.19%) Greenfield Project
9 6 (1.19%) Replication
10 5 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
10 5 (0.99%) PKI
10 5 (0.99%) Public Cloud
11 4 (0.80%) Internet of Things
11 4 (0.80%) Renewable Energy
12 3 (0.60%) Data Structures
12 3 (0.60%) Smartphone
13 2 (0.40%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 40 (7.95%) Windows
2 24 (4.77%) Linux
3 14 (2.78%) Unix
4 12 (2.39%) Android
5 11 (2.19%) Apple iOS
6 4 (0.80%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.60%) VMS
8 2 (0.40%) HPUX
8 2 (0.40%) SUSE
9 1 (0.20%) CentOS
9 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 392 (77.93%) Test Automation
2 365 (72.56%) Agile Software Development
3 302 (60.04%) Software Testing
4 150 (29.82%) DevOps
5 125 (24.85%) Scrum
6 121 (24.06%) Test Scripting
7 120 (23.86%) Manual Testing
8 119 (23.66%) BDD
9 112 (22.27%) Test Strategy
10 110 (21.87%) Test Management
11 108 (21.47%) Regression Testing
12 99 (19.68%) SDLC
13 87 (17.30%) Problem-Solving
14 71 (14.12%) User Acceptance Testing
15 69 (13.72%) Scenario Testing
15 69 (13.72%) TDD
16 67 (13.32%) Continuous Improvement
17 61 (12.13%) API Testing
18 60 (11.93%) Functional Testing
18 60 (11.93%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 129 (25.65%) Java
2 125 (24.85%) C#
3 116 (23.06%) SQL
4 63 (12.52%) JavaScript
5 60 (11.93%) Python
6 13 (2.58%) TypeScript
7 6 (1.19%) C++
8 5 (0.99%) PHP
9 4 (0.80%) Bash Shell
9 4 (0.80%) C
10 3 (0.60%) Groovy
10 3 (0.60%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.60%) VB
11 2 (0.40%) FoxPro (VFP)
11 2 (0.40%) Ruby
11 2 (0.40%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.20%) Go
12 1 (0.20%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.20%) VBA
12 1 (0.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 186 (36.98%) ISEB
2 180 (35.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 92 (18.29%) Degree
4 33 (6.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 26 (5.17%) Computer Science Degree
6 25 (4.97%) Security Cleared
7 24 (4.77%) SC Cleared
8 14 (2.78%) HNC
9 5 (0.99%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.80%) Sun Certification
11 3 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.60%) DV Cleared
12 2 (0.40%) HND
13 1 (0.20%) CEH
13 1 (0.20%) CITP
13 1 (0.20%) MCSA
13 1 (0.20%) MCSE
13 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.20%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.20%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 334 (66.40%) QA
2 19 (3.78%) Accessibility
3 3 (0.60%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.60%) SLA
4 1 (0.20%) GDPR
4 1 (0.20%) PMO
4 1 (0.20%) PSD2
4 1 (0.20%) SEPA
4 1 (0.20%) TARGET2
System Software
1 16 (3.18%) Docker
2 3 (0.60%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.20%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 34 (6.76%) HP Quality Center
2 32 (6.36%) HP ALM
3 11 (2.19%) Kubernetes
4 5 (0.99%) Ansible
5 4 (0.80%) Grafana
6 2 (0.40%) vCenter Server
7 1 (0.20%) Puppet
Vendors
1 80 (15.90%) Microsoft
2 45 (8.95%) HP
3 35 (6.96%) Oracle
4 14 (2.78%) JD Edwards
5 10 (1.99%) Databricks
6 8 (1.59%) Atlassian
7 7 (1.39%) Salesforce.com
7 7 (1.39%) SAP
8 6 (1.19%) Google
9 5 (0.99%) AppDynamics
9 5 (0.99%) CheckPoint
9 5 (0.99%) Dynatrace
9 5 (0.99%) Red Hat
9 5 (0.99%) SolarWinds
10 4 (0.80%) Cisco
10 4 (0.80%) Cognizant
10 4 (0.80%) Juniper
10 4 (0.80%) Micro Focus
10 4 (0.80%) VMware
10 4 (0.80%) Xamarin