Period
to 20 June 2018

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 June 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
20 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 415 309 321
Rank change year-on-year -106 +12 +16
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,269 1,876 2,085
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.74% 1.09% 1.04%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.11% 4.37% 3.78%
Number of salaries quoted 1,043 1,597 1,766
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £25,750 £26,250 £26,500
90th Percentile £57,500 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £37,500 £35,000
% change year-on-year - +7.14% -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 40,865 42,906 55,211
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.71% 24.89% 27.46%
Number of salaries quoted 30,798 33,578 44,446
UK median annual salary £49,552 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.12% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,000 £77,500 £75,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%

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 20 June 2018.

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 20 June 2018. 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 -116 1,167 £40,000 - 165
UK excluding London -91 945 £37,500 - 153
South East -58 309 £42,500 +13.33% 45
London -85 299 £45,000 -5.76% 26
North of England -80 227 £35,000 -6.67% 44
Midlands -44 129 £36,000 -1.37% 21
South West -69 125 £37,500 - 17
North West -51 116 £37,500 +12.78% 26
Yorkshire -79 98 £35,500 -16.47% 16
West Midlands -17 84 £32,500 -7.14% 12
East of England -22 82 £37,500 -11.76% 12
Scotland -19 62 £30,000 -6.25% 8
East Midlands -5 45 £38,000 +5.56% 9
North East -10 16 £37,500 +12.78% 2
Wales -15 13 £31,565 +12.73% 6
Northern Ireland -7 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 June 2018, 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.

1 839 (66.12%) Test Automation
2 744 (58.63%) Agile Software Development
3 623 (49.09%) ISEB
4 547 (43.10%) QA
5 487 (38.38%) Selenium
6 462 (36.41%) Software Testing
7 399 (31.44%) SQL
8 355 (27.97%) Test Scripting
9 344 (27.11%) JIRA
10 315 (24.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 297 (23.40%) SDLC
12 270 (21.28%) Finance
13 252 (19.86%) Java
14 242 (19.07%) Degree
15 241 (18.99%) Test Strategy
16 238 (18.75%) C#
17 227 (17.89%) User Acceptance Testing
18 226 (17.81%) Manual Testing
19 218 (17.18%) Regression Testing
20 211 (16.63%) Test Management
21 204 (16.08%) Scrum
22 181 (14.26%) Cucumber
22 181 (14.26%) Analytical Skills
23 173 (13.63%) BDD
24 166 (13.08%) HP
25 163 (12.84%) Microsoft
26 162 (12.77%) Problem-Solving
27 146 (11.51%) Scenario Testing
28 138 (10.87%) Functional Testing
28 138 (10.87%) Performance 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
1 111 (8.75%) Confluence
2 22 (1.73%) Apache Spark
3 17 (1.34%) MQSeries
4 15 (1.18%) CMS
5 14 (1.10%) WebLogic
6 13 (1.02%) SharePoint
7 6 (0.47%) CICS
7 6 (0.47%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.47%) WordPress
8 5 (0.39%) IIS
8 5 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 4 (0.32%) Apache Pig
9 4 (0.32%) Drupal
10 3 (0.24%) SAS
11 2 (0.16%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
12 1 (0.079%) Apache
12 1 (0.079%) JBoss
12 1 (0.079%) Sitecore CMS
12 1 (0.079%) Tomcat
Applications
1 44 (3.47%) Microsoft Office
2 42 (3.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (0.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.47%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.39%) Chatbot
5 5 (0.39%) Mingle
6 1 (0.079%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.079%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (0.79%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 5 (0.39%) SAP CRM
3 5 (0.39%) SAP IS-U
4 4 (0.32%) Magento
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle 11i
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle Assets
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle General Ledger
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle iProcurement
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle Payables
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle Receivables
4 4 (0.32%) Shopify
5 3 (0.24%) Elite 3E
5 3 (0.24%) TIBCO iProcess
6 1 (0.079%) Distributed Ledger
6 1 (0.079%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.079%) Oracle Applications
6 1 (0.079%) R3 Corda
6 1 (0.079%) Siebel CRM
Cloud Services
1 45 (3.55%) Amazon AWS
2 40 (3.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.95%) SaaS
4 10 (0.79%) GitHub
5 9 (0.71%) BlazeMeter
5 9 (0.71%) BrowserStack
6 8 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
7 5 (0.39%) Basecamp
7 5 (0.39%) Slack
8 4 (0.32%) SuccessFactors
9 3 (0.24%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 3 (0.24%) Sage Pay
10 2 (0.16%) Runscope
11 1 (0.079%) IaaS
11 1 (0.079%) PaaS
11 1 (0.079%) Tricentis Tosca
11 1 (0.079%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.50%) HTTP
2 9 (0.71%) SMS
3 7 (0.55%) Internet
4 5 (0.39%) DNS
5 3 (0.24%) Firewall
5 3 (0.24%) FTP
6 2 (0.16%) Broadband
6 2 (0.16%) HTTPS
6 2 (0.16%) SSH
6 2 (0.16%) TCP/IP
7 1 (0.079%) GPRS
7 1 (0.079%) GSM
7 1 (0.079%) IPv4
7 1 (0.079%) IPv6
7 1 (0.079%) LAN
7 1 (0.079%) LTE
7 1 (0.079%) PSTN
7 1 (0.079%) SSL
7 1 (0.079%) WAN
7 1 (0.079%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (10.09%) SQL Server
2 31 (2.44%) Relational Database
3 28 (2.21%) Data Warehouse
4 26 (2.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 24 (1.89%) MySQL
6 23 (1.81%) Hadoop
7 18 (1.42%) DB2
8 15 (1.18%) Apache Accumulo
9 13 (1.02%) MongoDB
9 13 (1.02%) RDBMS
9 13 (1.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 11 (0.87%) Oracle Database
11 10 (0.79%) Amazon Redshift
12 9 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
12 9 (0.71%) QlikView
13 7 (0.55%) Apache Hive
13 7 (0.55%) HBase
14 6 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
15 5 (0.39%) Big Data
16 4 (0.32%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 487 (38.38%) Selenium
2 344 (27.11%) JIRA
3 181 (14.26%) Cucumber
4 102 (8.04%) Team Foundation Server
5 97 (7.64%) WebDriver
6 92 (7.25%) Jenkins
6 92 (7.25%) SoapUI
7 88 (6.93%) JMeter
8 86 (6.78%) Git (software)
9 70 (5.52%) HP UFT
10 68 (5.36%) Visual Studio
11 58 (4.57%) LoadRunner
12 57 (4.49%) SpecFlow
13 41 (3.23%) Zephyr
14 34 (2.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 29 (2.29%) TestComplete
16 27 (2.13%) TestRail
17 25 (1.97%) Ranorex
18 23 (1.81%) TeamCity
19 21 (1.65%) Robot Framework
General
1 270 (21.28%) Finance
2 61 (4.81%) Banking
3 53 (4.18%) Retail
4 27 (2.13%) Advertising
5 24 (1.89%) Games
6 22 (1.73%) Telecoms
7 18 (1.42%) Back Office
7 18 (1.42%) Marketing
8 13 (1.02%) Automotive
8 13 (1.02%) Law
9 10 (0.79%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.71%) Investment Banking
10 9 (0.71%) Legal
10 9 (0.71%) Pharmaceutical
11 8 (0.63%) Publishing
12 7 (0.55%) Electronics
12 7 (0.55%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.47%) Retail Banking
14 5 (0.39%) Billing
15 3 (0.24%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 511 (40.27%) Analyst
2 444 (34.99%) Test Analyst
3 293 (23.09%) Tester
4 153 (12.06%) Test Engineer
5 135 (10.64%) Software Tester
6 108 (8.51%) Test Manager
7 106 (8.35%) QA Analyst
7 106 (8.35%) QA Engineer
8 101 (7.96%) Automation Tester
9 87 (6.86%) Test Automation Engineer
10 84 (6.62%) Test Leader
11 82 (6.46%) Automation Test Analyst
12 72 (5.67%) QA Tester
13 70 (5.52%) Software Analyst
14 63 (4.96%) Senior Analyst
14 63 (4.96%) Software Test Analyst
15 56 (4.41%) QA Test Analyst
16 54 (4.26%) Consultant
16 54 (4.26%) Senior Test Analyst
17 51 (4.02%) QA Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 131 (10.32%) .NET
2 113 (8.90%) Web Services
3 80 (6.30%) XML
4 69 (5.44%) SOAP
5 57 (4.49%) HTML
6 36 (2.84%) Gherkin
7 34 (2.68%) REST
8 30 (2.36%) .NET Framework
9 27 (2.13%) JSON
10 26 (2.05%) RESTful
11 18 (1.42%) CSS
11 18 (1.42%) XSD
12 11 (0.87%) RabbitMQ
12 11 (0.87%) WCF
12 11 (0.87%) WSDL
13 10 (0.79%) AngularJS
13 10 (0.79%) XML Messaging
14 8 (0.63%) Oracle Fusion
15 7 (0.55%) jQuery
15 7 (0.55%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 181 (14.26%) Analytical Skills
2 88 (6.93%) Computer Science
3 83 (6.54%) Mobile App
4 55 (4.33%) Self-Motivation
5 41 (3.23%) User Experience
6 32 (2.52%) Fintech
7 22 (1.73%) Smart Meter
8 20 (1.58%) Management Information System
9 15 (1.18%) Greenfield Project
10 13 (1.02%) Mainframe
10 13 (1.02%) Virtual Team
11 12 (0.95%) PMI
12 11 (0.87%) Client/Server
13 10 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
14 8 (0.63%) Linux Command Line
15 7 (0.55%) Public Cloud
16 6 (0.47%) NHS
17 5 (0.39%) Life Science
17 5 (0.39%) Replication
17 5 (0.39%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 115 (9.06%) Windows
2 74 (5.83%) Linux
3 48 (3.78%) Unix
4 14 (1.10%) Android
4 14 (1.10%) Apple iOS
5 13 (1.02%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (0.24%) Solaris
7 3 (0.24%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.16%) Embedded Linux
8 2 (0.16%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.079%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.079%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 839 (66.12%) Test Automation
2 744 (58.63%) Agile Software Development
3 462 (36.41%) Software Testing
4 355 (27.97%) Test Scripting
5 297 (23.40%) SDLC
6 241 (18.99%) Test Strategy
7 227 (17.89%) User Acceptance Testing
8 226 (17.81%) Manual Testing
9 218 (17.18%) Regression Testing
10 211 (16.63%) Test Management
11 204 (16.08%) Scrum
12 173 (13.63%) BDD
13 162 (12.77%) Problem-Solving
14 146 (11.51%) Scenario Testing
15 138 (10.87%) Functional Testing
15 138 (10.87%) Performance Testing
16 133 (10.48%) Continuous Integration
16 133 (10.48%) Defect Management
17 112 (8.83%) TDD
18 102 (8.04%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 399 (31.44%) SQL
2 252 (19.86%) Java
3 238 (18.75%) C#
4 93 (7.33%) Python
5 75 (5.91%) JavaScript
6 53 (4.18%) C++
7 49 (3.86%) Ruby
8 48 (3.78%) T-SQL
9 44 (3.47%) Perl
10 38 (2.99%) Bash Shell
11 30 (2.36%) C
12 28 (2.21%) PL/SQL
13 23 (1.81%) PHP
14 13 (1.02%) PowerShell
15 12 (0.95%) VB
16 11 (0.87%) Bourne shell
16 11 (0.87%) Delphi
16 11 (0.87%) Groovy
17 10 (0.79%) COBOL
17 10 (0.79%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 623 (49.09%) ISEB
2 315 (24.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 242 (19.07%) Degree
4 84 (6.62%) Security Cleared
5 41 (3.23%) SC Cleared
6 40 (3.15%) Computer Science Degree
7 32 (2.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 24 (1.89%) DV Cleared
9 19 (1.50%) PMI Certification
10 18 (1.42%) ISEB Practitioner
11 12 (0.95%) CSQA
11 12 (0.95%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 8 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 8 (0.63%) Microsoft Certification
12 8 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 8 (0.63%) Six Sigma Green Belt
13 7 (0.55%) PMP
14 5 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.39%) MCSA
14 5 (0.39%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 547 (43.10%) QA
2 11 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (0.79%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.47%) GDPR
4 6 (0.47%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.47%) PMO
5 5 (0.39%) GAMP
5 5 (0.39%) GMP
5 5 (0.39%) ISO 9000
5 5 (0.39%) SLA
6 2 (0.16%) SEPA
7 1 (0.079%) ISO 15765
System Software
1 7 (0.55%) Docker
2 6 (0.47%) Firmware
3 4 (0.32%) ACF2
3 4 (0.32%) Apache Flume
3 4 (0.32%) HDFS
3 4 (0.32%) RACF
4 3 (0.24%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.079%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.079%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 112 (8.83%) HP Quality Center
2 59 (4.65%) HP ALM
3 23 (1.81%) Puppet
4 7 (0.55%) Oozie
5 4 (0.32%) Kubernetes
5 4 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.16%) HP Fortify
6 2 (0.16%) SCCM
7 1 (0.079%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.079%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 1 (0.079%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.079%) Kibana
7 1 (0.079%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.079%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 166 (13.08%) HP
2 163 (12.84%) Microsoft
3 79 (6.23%) Oracle
4 48 (3.78%) Capita
5 33 (2.60%) Google
6 29 (2.29%) SAP
7 24 (1.89%) CA Agile Central
8 20 (1.58%) Salesforce.com
9 19 (1.50%) Atlassian
9 19 (1.50%) IBM
10 17 (1.34%) Micro Focus
11 15 (1.18%) Remedy
12 10 (0.79%) Citrix
12 10 (0.79%) MicroStrategy
13 8 (0.63%) CheckPoint
13 8 (0.63%) Telerik
13 8 (0.63%) webMethods
14 7 (0.55%) Tableau
15 6 (0.47%) AppDynamics
15 6 (0.47%) ServiceNow