Period
to 30 May 2020

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 30 May 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
30 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 439 355 425
Rank change year-on-year -84 +70 -124
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 573 1,277 1,250
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.64% 0.89% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.97% 3.60% 3.06%
Number of salaries quoted 476 956 1,051
Median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £28,000 £26,250 £25,750
90th Percentile £63,750 £60,000 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.75% +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 19,304 35,520 40,904
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.52% 24.72% 23.70%
Number of salaries quoted 14,118 25,356 30,902
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £49,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +2.04% +8.89%
10th Percentile £28,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £83,750 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £44,582
% change year-on-year +5.56% +0.94% +6.15%

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 30 May 2020.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 18 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 30 May 2020. 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 -87 499 £44,000 +3.53% 24
UK excluding London -28 462 £41,500 +3.75% 24
South East +47 186 £45,000 +5.88% 6
London -18 94 £50,000 - 1
North of England -30 79 £35,000 -12.50% 6
South West +11 58 £42,500 -5.56% 3
North West -45 49 £36,000 -10.00% 4
Midlands -11 46 £42,500 +13.33% 4
Wales 0 41 £37,500 +15.38%
East of England +62 32 £45,000 +5.88% 4
West Midlands +12 29 £41,250 +17.86% 1
Yorkshire +55 27 £32,500 -18.75% 2
East Midlands +16 17 £42,500 +8.28% 3
Work from Home +55 15 £46,250 +2.78% 1
Scotland +45 12 £37,500 -6.25%
Northern Ireland +21 9 £40,000 - 1
North East +14 3 £27,974 +1.72%
Isle of Man 0 2 £33,000 -34.00%

For the 6 months to 30 May 2020, 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.

1 417 (72.77%) Test Automation
2 367 (64.05%) Agile Software Development
3 275 (47.99%) ISEB
4 271 (47.29%) Selenium
5 210 (36.65%) QA
6 201 (35.08%) JIRA
7 197 (34.38%) Software Testing
8 194 (33.86%) C#
9 175 (30.54%) Java
10 152 (26.53%) Finance
11 140 (24.43%) Test Scripting
12 132 (23.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 130 (22.69%) Cucumber
14 123 (21.47%) SQL
15 116 (20.24%) Scrum
16 107 (18.67%) Degree
17 93 (16.23%) Waterfall
18 88 (15.36%) Manual Testing
18 88 (15.36%) SDLC
19 87 (15.18%) Test Strategy
20 86 (15.01%) Problem-Solving
21 85 (14.83%) Azure
21 85 (14.83%) Python
22 84 (14.66%) WebDriver
23 82 (14.31%) Confluence
23 82 (14.31%) Jenkins
24 79 (13.79%) DevOps
25 75 (13.09%) BDD
26 74 (12.91%) JavaScript
26 74 (12.91%) JMeter

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 82 (14.31%) Confluence
2 10 (1.75%) CICS
3 9 (1.57%) WebSphere
4 7 (1.22%) SharePoint
5 5 (0.87%) Elasticsearch
5 5 (0.87%) IIS
6 4 (0.70%) SAS
7 2 (0.35%) CMS
7 2 (0.35%) Moodle
8 1 (0.17%) Mule
8 1 (0.17%) Mule ESB
8 1 (0.17%) NServiceBus
8 1 (0.17%) WebLogic
Applications
1 20 (3.49%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (1.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (0.70%) AutoCAD
3 4 (0.70%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (0.70%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.17%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.17%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 85 (14.83%) Azure
2 40 (6.98%) AWS
3 19 (3.32%) BlazeMeter
4 12 (2.09%) Trello
5 11 (1.92%) BrowserStack
5 11 (1.92%) GitHub
5 11 (1.92%) SaaS
5 11 (1.92%) Sauce Labs
6 7 (1.22%) Office 365
7 6 (1.05%) Dynamics 365
7 6 (1.05%) GCP
7 6 (1.05%) Heroku
8 5 (0.87%) Slack
9 4 (0.70%) Power Platform
10 3 (0.52%) Azure Machine Learning
11 2 (0.35%) AWS IoT
11 2 (0.35%) OpenShift
12 1 (0.17%) Azure Stack
12 1 (0.17%) Logic Apps
12 1 (0.17%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 4 (0.70%) DNS
2 3 (0.52%) HTTP
2 3 (0.52%) PuTTY
3 2 (0.35%) IPv6
3 2 (0.35%) SSH
3 2 (0.35%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.17%) Firewall
4 1 (0.17%) LTE
4 1 (0.17%) NetScaler
4 1 (0.17%) RS-232
4 1 (0.17%) Skype
4 1 (0.17%) Softphone
4 1 (0.17%) VoIP
4 1 (0.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (6.63%) SQL Server
2 18 (3.14%) NoSQL
3 16 (2.79%) Data Warehouse
4 14 (2.44%) DB2
5 8 (1.40%) BusinessObjects
5 8 (1.40%) MongoDB
6 6 (1.05%) MySQL
7 4 (0.70%) Power BI
7 4 (0.70%) Qlik Sense
8 3 (0.52%) BusinessObjects XI
8 3 (0.52%) Cognos Query Studio
8 3 (0.52%) Hadoop
8 3 (0.52%) IBM InfoSphere
8 3 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.52%) Relational Database
8 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (0.52%) SQLPlus
9 2 (0.35%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 271 (47.29%) Selenium
2 201 (35.08%) JIRA
3 130 (22.69%) Cucumber
4 84 (14.66%) WebDriver
5 82 (14.31%) Jenkins
6 74 (12.91%) JMeter
7 73 (12.74%) SpecFlow
8 54 (9.42%) SoapUI
9 53 (9.25%) Postman
10 50 (8.73%) Team Foundation Server
11 35 (6.11%) Visual Studio
12 34 (5.93%) Git (software)
13 32 (5.58%) HP UFT
14 29 (5.06%) Zephyr
15 27 (4.71%) LoadRunner
16 22 (3.84%) Maven
17 21 (3.66%) JUnit
18 20 (3.49%) Appium
18 20 (3.49%) TestRail
19 19 (3.32%) Protractor
General
1 152 (26.53%) Finance
2 27 (4.71%) Banking
3 18 (3.14%) Public Sector
4 16 (2.79%) Telecoms
5 13 (2.27%) Retail
6 12 (2.09%) Legal
7 10 (1.75%) Aerospace
8 9 (1.57%) Back Office
9 7 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
10 5 (0.87%) Games
11 4 (0.70%) Advertising
11 4 (0.70%) General Ledger
11 4 (0.70%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.52%) Marketing
12 3 (0.52%) Military
13 2 (0.35%) Electronics
13 2 (0.35%) Investment Banking
13 2 (0.35%) Law
13 2 (0.35%) Police
14 1 (0.17%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 205 (35.78%) Analyst
2 181 (31.59%) Test Analyst
3 104 (18.15%) Tester
4 89 (15.53%) Test Engineer
5 56 (9.77%) Automation Test Analyst
5 56 (9.77%) Test Leader
6 53 (9.25%) Test Manager
7 51 (8.90%) Software Tester
8 44 (7.68%) QA Engineer
9 35 (6.11%) Test Automation Engineer
10 32 (5.58%) Automation Tester
10 32 (5.58%) QA Analyst
11 28 (4.89%) QA Tester
12 25 (4.36%) Software Analyst
13 24 (4.19%) Senior Analyst
13 24 (4.19%) Senior Test Analyst
14 23 (4.01%) Automation Test Lead
15 21 (3.66%) Senior Test Engineer
15 21 (3.66%) Software Test Analyst
16 19 (3.32%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (11.87%) .NET
2 43 (7.50%) Web Services
3 35 (6.11%) REST
4 25 (4.36%) Gherkin
5 24 (4.19%) SOAP
6 23 (4.01%) .NET Framework
7 17 (2.97%) XML
8 14 (2.44%) HTML
9 13 (2.27%) AngularJS
10 11 (1.92%) ASP.NET
11 10 (1.75%) JSON
12 9 (1.57%) Node.js
12 9 (1.57%) RESTful
12 9 (1.57%) WebSphere MQ
13 8 (1.40%) React
14 5 (0.87%) Nightwatchjs
15 4 (0.70%) SAP Fiori
15 4 (0.70%) Swagger
16 3 (0.52%) .NET Core
16 3 (0.52%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 68 (11.87%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (4.71%) User Experience
3 22 (3.84%) Greenfield Project
4 19 (3.32%) Mainframe
4 19 (3.32%) Mobile App
5 13 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (2.09%) Linux Command Line
7 9 (1.57%) IBM Mainframe
8 7 (1.22%) Algorithms
8 7 (1.22%) Management Information System
9 4 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (0.70%) Smart Meter
9 4 (0.70%) Virtual Team
10 3 (0.52%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.52%) VSAM
11 2 (0.35%) BBC
11 2 (0.35%) Derivative
11 2 (0.35%) EPoS
11 2 (0.35%) PMI
11 2 (0.35%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 39 (6.81%) Windows
2 32 (5.58%) Linux
3 19 (3.32%) Unix
4 15 (2.62%) Android
5 14 (2.44%) Apple iOS
6 6 (1.05%) CentOS
6 6 (1.05%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.70%) Windows 10
8 2 (0.35%) Windows Server
9 1 (0.17%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 417 (72.77%) Test Automation
2 367 (64.05%) Agile Software Development
3 197 (34.38%) Software Testing
4 140 (24.43%) Test Scripting
5 116 (20.24%) Scrum
6 93 (16.23%) Waterfall
7 88 (15.36%) Manual Testing
7 88 (15.36%) SDLC
8 87 (15.18%) Test Strategy
9 86 (15.01%) Problem-Solving
10 79 (13.79%) DevOps
11 75 (13.09%) BDD
12 71 (12.39%) Regression Testing
13 66 (11.52%) Continuous Integration
13 66 (11.52%) Non-Functional Testing
13 66 (11.52%) User Acceptance Testing
14 64 (11.17%) Test Management
15 63 (10.99%) Computer Science
16 59 (10.30%) Mentoring
16 59 (10.30%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 194 (33.86%) C#
2 175 (30.54%) Java
3 123 (21.47%) SQL
4 85 (14.83%) Python
5 74 (12.91%) JavaScript
6 43 (7.50%) Ruby
7 30 (5.24%) C
8 29 (5.06%) C++
9 23 (4.01%) Bash Shell
9 23 (4.01%) VB
10 15 (2.62%) COBOL
10 15 (2.62%) TypeScript
11 13 (2.27%) Perl
11 13 (2.27%) PowerShell
12 11 (1.92%) PHP
12 11 (1.92%) VBScript
13 9 (1.57%) Scala
14 8 (1.40%) Assembly Language
14 8 (1.40%) PL/1
15 7 (1.22%) REXX
Qualifications
1 275 (47.99%) ISEB
2 132 (23.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 107 (18.67%) Degree
4 39 (6.81%) Security Cleared
5 27 (4.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 20 (3.49%) Computer Science Degree
7 15 (2.62%) SC Cleared
8 12 (2.09%) PMI Certification
9 11 (1.92%) PMP
10 10 (1.75%) DV Cleared
10 10 (1.75%) ISEB Practitioner
11 9 (1.57%) HNC
12 7 (1.22%) PhD
13 4 (0.70%) MCP
14 1 (0.17%) AWS Certification
14 1 (0.17%) CCA
14 1 (0.17%) CTC Cleared
14 1 (0.17%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 210 (36.65%) QA
2 6 (1.05%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.70%) SLA
4 2 (0.35%) ISO 9001
4 2 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.17%) GDPR
5 1 (0.17%) ISO 22301
5 1 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (0.17%) JTAG
System Software
1 23 (4.01%) Docker
2 10 (1.75%) ACF2
2 10 (1.75%) RACF
3 3 (0.52%) Firmware
3 3 (0.52%) Time Sharing Option
4 2 (0.35%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.17%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 35 (6.11%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (3.66%) HP ALM
3 12 (2.09%) Opscode Chef
3 12 (2.09%) Puppet
4 10 (1.75%) Kubernetes
5 8 (1.40%) Ansible
5 8 (1.40%) CA Service Virtualization
6 2 (0.35%) Kibana
7 1 (0.17%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (0.17%) Netcool
7 1 (0.17%) SCOM
7 1 (0.17%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.17%) TeMIP
Vendors
1 63 (10.99%) Microsoft
2 51 (8.90%) HP
3 33 (5.76%) Oracle
4 28 (4.89%) SAP
5 23 (4.01%) IBM
6 13 (2.27%) CA
7 12 (2.09%) Atlassian
8 11 (1.92%) Google
9 8 (1.40%) Perfecto Mobile
10 6 (1.05%) Remedy
11 5 (0.87%) CA Agile Central
11 5 (0.87%) Micro Focus
11 5 (0.87%) Parasoft
12 4 (0.70%) Cadence
12 4 (0.70%) Informatica
12 4 (0.70%) Sage
13 3 (0.52%) Capita
13 3 (0.52%) Cognos
13 3 (0.52%) Unisys
13 3 (0.52%) Veritas