International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK

The table below provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for ISTQB qualifications. It includes a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months leading up to 21 June 2024, comparing them to the same period in the previous two years.

6 months to
21 Jun 2024
Same period 2023 Same period 2022
Rank 712 610 556
Rank change year-on-year -102 -54 +8
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 193 330 1,008
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.18% 0.36% 0.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.67% 1.05% 2.11%
Number of salaries quoted 131 217 453
10th Percentile £31,250 £33,750 £31,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £40,000 £36,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £42,500 £48,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year -11.46% +6.67% -
75th Percentile £53,750 £56,549 £57,500
90th Percentile £72,500 £72,250 £66,650
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year -11.11% +4.65% +1.18%

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK

ISTQB falls under the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. For comparison with the information above, the following table provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications.

Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 28,735 31,345 47,702
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 26.15% 33.90% 27.61%
Number of salaries quoted 17,299 14,299 19,297
10th Percentile £29,000 £32,000 £30,762
25th Percentile £38,734 £42,500 £40,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £53,555 £60,000 £55,000
Median % change year-on-year -10.74% +9.09% -
75th Percentile £70,750 £77,500 £73,750
90th Percentile £87,500 £95,000 £91,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £52,500 £49,000
% change year-on-year -4.76% +7.14% +0.20%

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 21 June 2024.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 15 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 21 June 2024. 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
Jobs
England -57 174 £42,500 -10.53% 26
UK excluding London -115 152 £40,000 -11.11% 25
Work from Home +12 82 £43,750 -7.89% 9
South East -20 49 £40,500 -3.57% 7
London +55 33 £52,500 +5.00% 4
North of England -29 31 £42,500 -5.56% 8
South West -41 27 £37,500 -23.08% 4
Midlands -49 25 £49,329 -1.34% 4
Yorkshire +36 17 £52,500 +23.53% 1
West Midlands -18 14 £56,650 +11.56% 2
North West -32 14 £37,500 -23.08% 5
East Midlands -33 11 £36,500 -8.75% 2
East of England -19 9 £40,000 -
Scotland -83 7 £35,000 -33.33% 2
Wales +13 4 £65,000 +28.72%

ISTQB
Co-occurring Skills and Capabilities by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same employment type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (2.07%) Confluence
2 3 (1.55%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 12 (6.22%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.55%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (4.15%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 39 (20.21%) SaaS
2 35 (18.13%) Azure
3 19 (9.84%) Azure DevOps
4 14 (7.25%) AWS
5 5 (2.59%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (2.07%) Cloud Composer
6 4 (2.07%) Cloud Functions
6 4 (2.07%) Datadog
6 4 (2.07%) dbt
6 4 (2.07%) GCP
6 4 (2.07%) GitHub
6 4 (2.07%) GitHub Actions
6 4 (2.07%) Google Kubernetes Engine
6 4 (2.07%) Snowflake
7 3 (1.55%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (1.04%) Power Platform
9 1 (0.52%) BrowserStack
9 1 (0.52%) Microsoft 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (1.55%) Bluetooth
1 3 (1.55%) Wi-Fi
1 3 (1.55%) ZigBee
2 1 (0.52%) Firewall
2 1 (0.52%) Multicast
2 1 (0.52%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.74%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.11%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.07%) InfluxDB
3 4 (2.07%) MongoDB
3 4 (2.07%) Relational Database
3 4 (2.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 4 (2.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (2.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (2.07%) Tableau
4 3 (1.55%) Big Data
5 1 (0.52%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 65 (33.68%) Selenium
2 49 (25.39%) JIRA
3 18 (9.33%) JMeter
4 16 (8.29%) TestRail
5 15 (7.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (6.22%) Postman
6 12 (6.22%) WebDriver
7 11 (5.70%) SpecFlow
8 7 (3.63%) Git
8 7 (3.63%) SoapUI
9 6 (3.11%) LoadRunner
9 6 (3.11%) Visual Studio
9 6 (3.11%) Zephyr
10 5 (2.59%) HP UFT
10 5 (2.59%) MSTest
10 5 (2.59%) NUnit
10 5 (2.59%) TeamCity
11 4 (2.07%) Cypress.io
12 3 (1.55%) Cucumber
13 2 (1.04%) TestComplete
General
1 63 (32.64%) Social Skills
2 36 (18.65%) Analytical Skills
3 24 (12.44%) Organisational Skills
4 18 (9.33%) Inclusion and Diversity
5 17 (8.81%) Finance
6 12 (6.22%) Public Sector
7 7 (3.63%) Retail
8 6 (3.11%) Banking
8 6 (3.11%) Games
9 5 (2.59%) Aerospace
10 4 (2.07%) Welsh Language
11 3 (1.55%) Electronics
11 3 (1.55%) Influencing Skills
11 3 (1.55%) Manufacturing
12 2 (1.04%) Automotive
12 2 (1.04%) Back Office
12 2 (1.04%) Legal
12 2 (1.04%) Police
13 1 (0.52%) Agriculture
13 1 (0.52%) Documentation Skills
Job Titles
1 60 (31.09%) Analyst
2 48 (24.87%) Test Analyst
3 47 (24.35%) Test Engineer
4 31 (16.06%) Lead
5 26 (13.47%) Senior
6 24 (12.44%) Test Leader
7 23 (11.92%) QA Analyst
8 22 (11.40%) Tester
9 18 (9.33%) QA Leader
10 16 (8.29%) Senior Analyst
10 16 (8.29%) Test Manager
11 14 (7.25%) Software Test Engineer
12 13 (6.74%) QA Automation Analyst
12 13 (6.74%) Software Tester
13 11 (5.70%) QA Engineer
13 11 (5.70%) QA Test Analyst
14 10 (5.18%) Senior QA Analyst
15 9 (4.66%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
15 9 (4.66%) Test Automation Engineer
16 7 (3.63%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.70%) XML
2 8 (4.15%) .NET
2 8 (4.15%) Playwright
2 8 (4.15%) REST
3 6 (3.11%) Gherkin
4 4 (2.07%) CSS
4 4 (2.07%) DOM
4 4 (2.07%) HTML
4 4 (2.07%) OAuth
4 4 (2.07%) OAuth2
4 4 (2.07%) SOAP
5 3 (1.55%) RESTful
6 2 (1.04%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.52%) .NET Core
7 1 (0.52%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.52%) Entity Framework
7 1 (0.52%) Laravel
7 1 (0.52%) Node.js
7 1 (0.52%) Puppeteer
7 1 (0.52%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (5.70%) Greenfield Project
1 11 (5.70%) Product Ownership
2 10 (5.18%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (2.59%) Low-Code
4 4 (2.07%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.55%) Embedded Systems
5 3 (1.55%) IoT
5 3 (1.55%) Onboarding
6 2 (1.04%) Derivative
6 2 (1.04%) Equities
6 2 (1.04%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.04%) Virtual Team
7 1 (0.52%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.52%) PMI
7 1 (0.52%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 20 (10.36%) Windows
2 17 (8.81%) Linux
3 6 (3.11%) Unix
4 2 (1.04%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.52%) CentOS
5 1 (0.52%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (62.69%) Test Automation
2 112 (58.03%) Software Testing
3 99 (51.30%) Agile
4 64 (33.16%) Regression Testing
5 62 (32.12%) Test Scripting
6 61 (31.61%) Test Strategy
7 53 (27.46%) Problem-Solving
8 51 (26.42%) Manual Testing
9 41 (21.24%) Test Management
10 40 (20.73%) DevOps
11 39 (20.21%) Defect Management
12 34 (17.62%) SDLC
13 32 (16.58%) User Acceptance Testing
14 29 (15.03%) Scrum
15 28 (14.51%) CI/CD
15 28 (14.51%) Computer Science
15 28 (14.51%) Test Planning
16 25 (12.95%) Continuous Improvement
17 23 (11.92%) Functional Testing
17 23 (11.92%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 40 (20.73%) SQL
2 31 (16.06%) Python
3 28 (14.51%) C#
4 18 (9.33%) JavaScript
5 12 (6.22%) Java
6 6 (3.11%) TypeScript
7 5 (2.59%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.55%) C++
8 3 (1.55%) Scala
9 2 (1.04%) PowerShell
10 1 (0.52%) PHP
Qualifications
1 53 (27.46%) ISEB
2 45 (23.32%) Degree
3 31 (16.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 31 (16.06%) Security Cleared
4 16 (8.29%) Computer Science Degree
5 15 (7.77%) DV Cleared
5 15 (7.77%) SC Cleared
6 7 (3.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 6 (3.11%) PMI Certification
8 5 (2.59%) AWS Certification
8 5 (2.59%) CAPM
8 5 (2.59%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (2.59%) PMP
9 4 (2.07%) GIAC
9 4 (2.07%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (1.04%) AWS Certified Solutions Architect
10 2 (1.04%) HND
11 1 (0.52%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 97 (50.26%) QA
2 9 (4.66%) Accessibility
3 2 (1.04%) SLA
4 1 (0.52%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (1.04%) Docker
1 2 (1.04%) Firmware
2 1 (0.52%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 5 (2.59%) HP ALM
2 4 (2.07%) Grafana
3 2 (1.04%) Ansible
3 2 (1.04%) Kubernetes
3 2 (1.04%) Terraform
Vendors
1 36 (18.65%) Microsoft
2 12 (6.22%) Oracle
3 11 (5.70%) Google
4 5 (2.59%) HP
5 4 (2.07%) Peregrine
6 3 (1.55%) Databricks
6 3 (1.55%) ScienceLogic
6 3 (1.55%) ServiceNow
7 2 (1.04%) SAP
8 1 (0.52%) MuleSoft
8 1 (0.52%) Splunk