Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 373 410 296
Rank change year-on-year +37 -114 +12
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,266 1,306 1,959
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.84% 0.75% 1.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.47% 3.16% 4.26%
Number of salaries quoted 1,032 1,091 1,661
UK median annual salary £42,500 £38,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.39% -3.75% +6.67%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £58,750 £57,500 £58,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £39,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% -3.85% +11.43%

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 36,475 41,284 45,987
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.13% 23.83% 25.86%
Number of salaries quoted 26,674 31,997 36,531
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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 17 January 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 17 January 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 +41 1,154 £42,500 +6.25% 238
UK excluding London +18 946 £40,000 +6.67% 224
South East +45 316 £44,500 +15.58% 65
London +38 301 £45,000 - 37
North of England +2 197 £37,500 +7.14% 66
Midlands +21 141 £37,500 +1.35% 37
North West +43 121 £35,000 - 29
East of England +61 106 £45,000 +16.13% 7
South West -24 102 £42,500 +10.39% 27
West Midlands +8 78 £32,500 -7.14% 27
Yorkshire -19 73 £37,500 +7.14% 26
Scotland +29 71 £38,250 +2.00% 10
East Midlands +32 63 £38,000 - 10
Wales +4 19 £29,129 -14.33% 11
Northern Ireland -13 5 £40,000 -
North East +3 3 £31,473 -16.07% 11

For the 6 months to 17 January 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.

1 868 (68.56%) Test Automation
2 778 (61.45%) Agile Software Development
3 615 (48.58%) ISEB
4 511 (40.36%) Selenium
5 458 (36.18%) QA
6 435 (34.36%) Software Testing
7 369 (29.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 359 (28.36%) SQL
9 352 (27.80%) Test Scripting
10 298 (23.54%) Finance
11 287 (22.67%) Java
12 279 (22.04%) C#
13 258 (20.38%) JIRA
14 256 (20.22%) Test Strategy
15 244 (19.27%) Degree
16 232 (18.33%) Scrum
17 223 (17.61%) Test Management
18 220 (17.38%) Regression Testing
19 218 (17.22%) User Acceptance Testing
20 217 (17.14%) Waterfall
21 208 (16.43%) Manual Testing
22 193 (15.24%) Non-Functional Testing
22 193 (15.24%) SDLC
23 187 (14.77%) BDD
24 184 (14.53%) Microsoft
25 170 (13.43%) Functional Testing
26 169 (13.35%) Cucumber
27 166 (13.11%) Analytical Skills
28 163 (12.88%) Scenario Testing
29 143 (11.30%) 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 70 (5.53%) Confluence
2 20 (1.58%) SharePoint
3 10 (0.79%) SAS
4 9 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 9 (0.71%) WebSphere
5 8 (0.63%) MQSeries
6 7 (0.55%) Liferay
7 5 (0.39%) CMS
7 5 (0.39%) EPiServer
8 4 (0.32%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.32%) Elasticsearch
8 4 (0.32%) Oracle Self-Service HR
9 2 (0.16%) Apache
9 2 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.16%) WordPress
10 1 (0.079%) CICS
10 1 (0.079%) ColdFusion
10 1 (0.079%) JBoss
10 1 (0.079%) Tomcat
10 1 (0.079%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 53 (4.19%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (2.21%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (0.95%) Mingle
4 7 (0.55%) Photoshop
5 4 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.32%) MS Visio
6 3 (0.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.32%) SAP FI-CA
2 4 (0.32%) SAP PSCD
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.079%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.079%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.079%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.079%) SAP FI-AR
4 1 (0.079%) SAP IS-U
4 1 (0.079%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 48 (3.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (2.76%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (1.26%) SaaS
4 13 (1.03%) GitHub
5 12 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
6 9 (0.71%) BlazeMeter
7 8 (0.63%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 7 (0.55%) BrowserStack
9 6 (0.47%) Google Play
9 6 (0.47%) iTunes
9 6 (0.47%) TestFlight
10 2 (0.16%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.16%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.079%) Dynamics 365
11 1 (0.079%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 18 (1.42%) LTE
2 16 (1.26%) FTP
2 16 (1.26%) GSM
3 15 (1.18%) 3G
4 13 (1.03%) Wireless
5 11 (0.87%) Broadband
6 9 (0.71%) 4G
6 9 (0.71%) GPRS
6 9 (0.71%) PSTN
7 8 (0.63%) HTTP
7 8 (0.63%) TCP/IP
8 7 (0.55%) CDMA
8 7 (0.55%) DNS
8 7 (0.55%) UMTS
9 6 (0.47%) 2G
9 6 (0.47%) Bluetooth
9 6 (0.47%) DHCP
9 6 (0.47%) HTTPS
9 6 (0.47%) Internet
9 6 (0.47%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (8.77%) SQL Server
2 15 (1.18%) Big Data
3 13 (1.03%) MongoDB
4 12 (0.95%) MySQL
5 10 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (0.71%) Oracle Database
6 9 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
6 9 (0.71%) Relational Database
7 8 (0.63%) DB2
7 8 (0.63%) Oracle Database 10g
7 8 (0.63%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
8 7 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
8 7 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
8 7 (0.55%) SQL Server 2014
9 5 (0.39%) NoSQL
10 4 (0.32%) Data Mining
10 4 (0.32%) GIS
10 4 (0.32%) Hadoop
11 3 (0.24%) Apache Accumulo
Development Applications
1 511 (40.36%) Selenium
2 258 (20.38%) JIRA
3 169 (13.35%) Cucumber
4 135 (10.66%) WebDriver
5 104 (8.21%) Team Foundation Server
6 94 (7.42%) SpecFlow
7 92 (7.27%) SoapUI
8 89 (7.03%) JMeter
9 85 (6.71%) Visual Studio
10 81 (6.40%) Jenkins
11 71 (5.61%) HP UFT
12 62 (4.90%) Git (software)
13 61 (4.82%) LoadRunner
14 50 (3.95%) Appium
15 39 (3.08%) JUnit
16 33 (2.61%) Visual Studio Team System
17 31 (2.45%) Zephyr
18 25 (1.97%) TestNG
19 24 (1.90%) Protractor
20 21 (1.66%) TeamCity
General
1 298 (23.54%) Finance
2 83 (6.56%) Banking
3 82 (6.48%) Retail
4 39 (3.08%) Telecoms
5 17 (1.34%) Retail Banking
6 15 (1.18%) Games
6 15 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
7 14 (1.11%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.03%) Electronics
8 13 (1.03%) Investment Banking
8 13 (1.03%) Marketing
9 12 (0.95%) Publishing
10 11 (0.87%) Legal
11 9 (0.71%) Advertising
11 9 (0.71%) Law
12 5 (0.39%) Billing
12 5 (0.39%) Military
13 4 (0.32%) Automotive
13 4 (0.32%) Local Government
14 3 (0.24%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 504 (39.81%) Analyst
2 472 (37.28%) Test Analyst
3 316 (24.96%) Tester
4 170 (13.43%) Test Engineer
5 151 (11.93%) Automation Tester
6 129 (10.19%) Test Manager
7 114 (9.00%) Automation Test Analyst
8 89 (7.03%) Software Tester
9 88 (6.95%) Test Leader
10 84 (6.64%) QA Engineer
11 59 (4.66%) Developer
12 56 (4.42%) Junior
13 55 (4.34%) QA Analyst
13 55 (4.34%) Senior Analyst
14 54 (4.27%) Senior Test Analyst
15 52 (4.11%) Software Test Engineer
16 51 (4.03%) Developer in Test
16 51 (4.03%) Graduate
17 50 (3.95%) Test Automation Engineer
18 42 (3.32%) Test Automation Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (10.51%) .NET
2 109 (8.61%) XML
3 106 (8.37%) Web Services
4 93 (7.35%) Gherkin
5 62 (4.90%) SOAP
6 41 (3.24%) REST
7 40 (3.16%) JSON
8 33 (2.61%) HTML
9 30 (2.37%) AngularJS
10 20 (1.58%) ASP.NET
11 19 (1.50%) CSS
12 16 (1.26%) RESTful
13 14 (1.11%) CGI
14 13 (1.03%) .NET Framework
14 13 (1.03%) JDBC
15 11 (0.87%) Spring
16 9 (0.71%) J2EE
17 8 (0.63%) Java EE
17 8 (0.63%) jQuery
18 7 (0.55%) Behat
Miscellaneous
1 166 (13.11%) Analytical Skills
2 55 (4.34%) Mobile App
3 41 (3.24%) Fintech
3 41 (3.24%) Self-Motivation
4 34 (2.69%) User Experience
5 25 (1.97%) Management Information System
6 17 (1.34%) Client/Server
6 17 (1.34%) Smart Meter
7 13 (1.03%) Algorithms
8 11 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
9 10 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
10 9 (0.71%) Blackberry
10 9 (0.71%) Online Games
11 7 (0.55%) Animation
11 7 (0.55%) APACS
11 7 (0.55%) Photography
12 5 (0.39%) Fixed Income
13 4 (0.32%) Bitcoin
14 3 (0.24%) Greenfield Project
15 2 (0.16%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 110 (8.69%) Windows
2 82 (6.48%) Linux
3 33 (2.61%) Unix
4 15 (1.18%) Android
5 13 (1.03%) Apple iOS
6 9 (0.71%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.55%) CentOS
7 7 (0.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.55%) Solaris
8 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.079%) AIX
9 1 (0.079%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.079%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 868 (68.56%) Test Automation
2 778 (61.45%) Agile Software Development
3 435 (34.36%) Software Testing
4 352 (27.80%) Test Scripting
5 256 (20.22%) Test Strategy
6 232 (18.33%) Scrum
7 223 (17.61%) Test Management
8 220 (17.38%) Regression Testing
9 218 (17.22%) User Acceptance Testing
10 217 (17.14%) Waterfall
11 208 (16.43%) Manual Testing
12 193 (15.24%) Non-Functional Testing
12 193 (15.24%) SDLC
13 187 (14.77%) BDD
14 170 (13.43%) Functional Testing
15 163 (12.88%) Scenario Testing
16 143 (11.30%) Defect Management
17 141 (11.14%) Problem-Solving
18 137 (10.82%) Continuous Integration
19 121 (9.56%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 359 (28.36%) SQL
2 287 (22.67%) Java
3 279 (22.04%) C#
4 124 (9.79%) Python
5 93 (7.35%) JavaScript
6 52 (4.11%) C++
7 36 (2.84%) VB
8 33 (2.61%) Bash Shell
9 30 (2.37%) PHP
10 29 (2.29%) C
11 27 (2.13%) Ruby
12 21 (1.66%) PowerShell
13 17 (1.34%) Groovy
14 13 (1.03%) MATLAB
14 13 (1.03%) R
15 12 (0.95%) PL/SQL
16 9 (0.71%) Perl
16 9 (0.71%) T-SQL
16 9 (0.71%) TypeScript
17 8 (0.63%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 615 (48.58%) ISEB
2 369 (29.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 244 (19.27%) Degree
4 68 (5.37%) Security Cleared
5 61 (4.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 46 (3.63%) DV Cleared
7 44 (3.48%) Computer Science Degree
8 42 (3.32%) SC Cleared
9 18 (1.42%) Microsoft Certification
10 16 (1.26%) MCSA
11 14 (1.11%) PhD
12 11 (0.87%) MCSE
13 6 (0.47%) CEH
13 6 (0.47%) PMP
14 5 (0.39%) MCSD
14 5 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (0.39%) Sun Certification
15 3 (0.24%) HNC
15 3 (0.24%) HND
15 3 (0.24%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 458 (36.18%) QA
2 13 (1.03%) ISO 9000
3 4 (0.32%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (0.32%) JSP 440
3 4 (0.32%) PMO
4 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.079%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.079%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (1.03%) Virtual Machines
2 9 (0.71%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.47%) Docker
4 6 (0.47%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.079%) ACF2
5 1 (0.079%) RACF
Systems Management
1 86 (6.79%) HP ALM
2 73 (5.77%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (0.71%) AirWatch
4 7 (0.55%) Ansible
4 7 (0.55%) Netcool
5 6 (0.47%) HockeyApp
6 4 (0.32%) Puppet
7 1 (0.079%) Nmap
7 1 (0.079%) Oozie
7 1 (0.079%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.079%) SCCM
7 1 (0.079%) SCOM
Vendors
1 184 (14.53%) Microsoft
2 112 (8.85%) HP
3 53 (4.19%) Oracle
4 36 (2.84%) Atlassian
5 32 (2.53%) Remedy
5 32 (2.53%) SAP
6 24 (1.90%) Cognizant
7 18 (1.42%) IBM
8 15 (1.18%) Google
9 12 (0.95%) Telerik
10 9 (0.71%) Apple
10 9 (0.71%) MobileIron
10 9 (0.71%) Red Hat
11 8 (0.63%) Cadence
11 8 (0.63%) VMware
12 7 (0.55%) SolarWinds
13 6 (0.47%) AppDynamics
13 6 (0.47%) Dynatrace
13 6 (0.47%) New Relic
14 4 (0.32%) Workday