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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 May 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
17 May 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 531 514 442
Rank change year-on-year -17 -72 -75
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 953 442 617
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.59% 0.49% 0.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.42% 2.36% 2.98%
Number of salaries quoted 422 310 489
10th Percentile £31,325 £30,500 £28,400
25th Percentile £37,531 £36,250 £33,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year - +5.88% -
75th Percentile £57,500 £58,438 £52,500
90th Percentile £66,250 £68,875 £63,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £43,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%

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 39,383 18,714 20,674
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.56% 20.87% 21.46%
Number of salaries quoted 16,878 12,238 15,560
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £28,750
25th Percentile £41,000 £41,250 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £73,675 £72,500 £68,750
90th Percentile £91,250 £86,250 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

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 17 May 2022.

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 May 2022. 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 -12 773 £45,000 - 85
UK excluding London -8 540 £43,000 +1.18% 68
Work from Home -42 360 £45,041 +5.98% 46
London -109 247 £60,000 +4.35% 23
South West +97 163 £43,000 -14.00% 17
South East -57 150 £45,000 - 11
North of England -35 97 £44,000 +20.55% 23
Midlands -60 67 £35,000 -12.50% 8
North West -42 57 £43,000 +16.22% 13
East of England -49 46 £45,000 -28.00% 3
West Midlands -49 45 £38,050 +8.71% 3
Yorkshire -24 39 £45,000 +20.00% 10
East Midlands -25 22 £34,755 -15.23% 5
Scotland -88 22 £49,000 +22.50% 4
Northern Ireland -16 2 £60,000 +34.83% 1
North East -19 1 £42,000 +20.00%

For the 6 months to 17 May 2022, 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.

1 739 (77.54%) Test Automation
2 665 (69.78%) Agile
3 555 (58.24%) Software Testing
4 502 (52.68%) QA
5 423 (44.39%) ISEB
6 391 (41.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 330 (34.63%) Finance
8 323 (33.89%) JIRA
9 306 (32.11%) Social Skills
10 302 (31.69%) Selenium
11 259 (27.18%) DevOps
12 256 (26.86%) Test Management
13 251 (26.34%) Java
14 238 (24.97%) C#
15 231 (24.24%) Test Scripting
16 221 (23.19%) Python
17 218 (22.88%) SDLC
18 206 (21.62%) Test Strategy
19 199 (20.88%) Non-Functional Testing
20 190 (19.94%) Waterfall
21 185 (19.41%) Manual Testing
22 184 (19.31%) SQL
23 169 (17.73%) JavaScript
23 169 (17.73%) BDD
24 164 (17.21%) User Experience
25 163 (17.10%) Functional Testing
25 163 (17.10%) Telecoms
26 158 (16.58%) Scrum
27 155 (16.26%) Azure
28 151 (15.84%) Continuous Integration

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
1 101 (10.60%) Confluence
2 9 (0.94%) Ethereum
2 9 (0.94%) OpenZeppelin
3 8 (0.84%) Moodle
4 7 (0.73%) CMS
4 7 (0.73%) ThingWorx
5 6 (0.63%) SharePoint
5 6 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
6 5 (0.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 5 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
6 5 (0.52%) WebSphere
7 2 (0.21%) IIS
7 2 (0.21%) Kentico
7 2 (0.21%) WordPress
8 1 (0.10%) SAS
Applications
1 27 (2.83%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.99%) MS Visio
3 14 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
4 5 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.10%) Blender
Business Applications
1 4 (0.42%) NetSuite
1 4 (0.42%) SAP Hybris
1 4 (0.42%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (0.31%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.10%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 155 (16.26%) Azure
2 36 (3.78%) SaaS
3 30 (3.15%) AWS
4 27 (2.83%) Sauce Labs
5 26 (2.73%) Dynamics 365
6 24 (2.52%) BrowserStack
7 19 (1.99%) Tricentis Tosca
8 18 (1.89%) BlazeMeter
9 14 (1.47%) GitHub
9 14 (1.47%) Microsoft 365
10 4 (0.42%) Serverless
11 3 (0.31%) Yammer
12 2 (0.21%) AWS CodePipeline
12 2 (0.21%) AWS Data Pipeline
12 2 (0.21%) AWS Lambda
12 2 (0.21%) GCP
13 1 (0.10%) AWS CodeDeploy
13 1 (0.10%) Azure Monitor
13 1 (0.10%) IaaS
13 1 (0.10%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (4.72%) HTTP
2 35 (3.67%) Wireshark
3 34 (3.57%) DHCP
3 34 (3.57%) IMAP
3 34 (3.57%) SSL
3 34 (3.57%) TCP/IP
3 34 (3.57%) tcpdump
4 4 (0.42%) LAN
4 4 (0.42%) SAN
4 4 (0.42%) WAN
5 3 (0.31%) Ethernet
5 3 (0.31%) FlexRay
5 3 (0.31%) PuTTY
5 3 (0.31%) Softphone
6 2 (0.21%) Internet
6 2 (0.21%) WinSCP
7 1 (0.10%) Firewall
7 1 (0.10%) Telnet
7 1 (0.10%) TETRA
7 1 (0.10%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (10.18%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.09%) Big Data
3 33 (3.46%) Relational Database
4 16 (1.68%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (0.84%) MongoDB
6 6 (0.63%) MySQL
6 6 (0.63%) NoSQL
6 6 (0.63%) RDBMS
7 5 (0.52%) Adabas
7 5 (0.52%) DB2
8 4 (0.42%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (0.42%) Oracle Reports
8 4 (0.42%) Riak
9 3 (0.31%) Oracle Database
10 2 (0.21%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 2 (0.21%) Amazon RDS
10 2 (0.21%) InfluxDB
10 2 (0.21%) Oracle Database 10g
10 2 (0.21%) Oracle Database 11g
11 1 (0.10%) MySQL Workbench
Development Applications
1 323 (33.89%) JIRA
2 302 (31.69%) Selenium
3 145 (15.22%) Cucumber
4 132 (13.85%) Git (software)
5 119 (12.49%) Jenkins
6 89 (9.34%) Team Foundation Server
7 87 (9.13%) Postman
8 82 (8.60%) Cypress.io
9 71 (7.45%) WebDriver
10 70 (7.35%) JMeter
11 66 (6.93%) SpecFlow
12 62 (6.51%) SoapUI
13 56 (5.88%) Zephyr
14 55 (5.77%) TestRail
15 46 (4.83%) Visual Studio
16 38 (3.99%) LoadRunner
17 36 (3.78%) Atlassian Bamboo
18 32 (3.36%) Appium
18 32 (3.36%) eggPlant
19 25 (2.62%) HP UFT
General
1 330 (34.63%) Finance
2 306 (32.11%) Social Skills
3 163 (17.10%) Telecoms
4 125 (13.12%) Aerospace
5 117 (12.28%) Analytical Skills
6 90 (9.44%) Public Sector
7 85 (8.92%) Retail
8 55 (5.77%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 48 (5.04%) Banking
9 48 (5.04%) Organisational Skills
10 39 (4.09%) Manufacturing
11 32 (3.36%) Presentation Skills
12 26 (2.73%) Law
13 22 (2.31%) Marketing
14 21 (2.20%) Legal
15 20 (2.10%) Retail Banking
16 19 (1.99%) Electronics
17 15 (1.57%) Games
18 12 (1.26%) Influencing Skills
19 11 (1.15%) Aviation
Job Titles
1 255 (26.76%) Analyst
2 210 (22.04%) Test Engineer
3 196 (20.57%) Test Analyst
4 133 (13.96%) Test Manager
5 132 (13.85%) QA Engineer
6 105 (11.02%) Consultant
6 105 (11.02%) Test Automation Engineer
7 104 (10.91%) Test Consultant
8 92 (9.65%) Test Leader
8 92 (9.65%) Tester
9 75 (7.87%) Automation Test Analyst
10 70 (7.35%) Software Test Engineer
11 43 (4.51%) Automation Test Lead
12 40 (4.20%) Automation Engineer
12 40 (4.20%) Senior Analyst
12 40 (4.20%) Software Tester
13 38 (3.99%) QA Automation Engineer
14 36 (3.78%) QA Analyst
15 31 (3.25%) Automation Tester
15 31 (3.25%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (8.92%) .NET
2 75 (7.87%) REST
3 59 (6.19%) SOAP
4 43 (4.51%) React
5 39 (4.09%) XML
6 35 (3.67%) HTML
7 31 (3.25%) Apache Flex
8 30 (3.15%) WebdriverIO
9 28 (2.94%) .NET Framework
10 22 (2.31%) CSS
11 21 (2.20%) JSON
12 20 (2.10%) Middleware
13 17 (1.78%) Node.js
13 17 (1.78%) Web Services
14 16 (1.68%) GraphQL
15 14 (1.47%) Kafka
16 13 (1.36%) Gherkin
16 13 (1.36%) Jest
17 11 (1.15%) RESTful
18 10 (1.05%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 164 (17.21%) User Experience
2 56 (5.88%) Mobile App
3 53 (5.56%) Self-Motivation
4 38 (3.99%) Cyberattack
4 38 (3.99%) Management Information System
5 36 (3.78%) Cyber Defence
6 34 (3.57%) Cyberthreat
7 29 (3.04%) Mainframe
8 28 (2.94%) Blockchain
9 27 (2.83%) Cardano
10 24 (2.52%) Client/Server
10 24 (2.52%) Legacy Code
11 20 (2.10%) Cybercrime
12 18 (1.89%) PMI
13 15 (1.57%) Smart Meter
14 11 (1.15%) Analytical Mindset
14 11 (1.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
15 10 (1.05%) Enterprise Software
16 9 (0.94%) BBC
16 9 (0.94%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 116 (12.17%) Linux
2 78 (8.18%) Windows
3 46 (4.83%) Android
4 37 (3.88%) Apple iOS
5 12 (1.26%) Unix
6 11 (1.15%) Windows Server
7 10 (1.05%) Windows 7
7 10 (1.05%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (0.84%) AIX
9 5 (0.52%) MVS
9 5 (0.52%) zOS
10 4 (0.42%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.21%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.10%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.10%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 739 (77.54%) Test Automation
2 665 (69.78%) Agile
3 555 (58.24%) Software Testing
4 259 (27.18%) DevOps
5 256 (26.86%) Test Management
6 231 (24.24%) Test Scripting
7 218 (22.88%) SDLC
8 206 (21.62%) Test Strategy
9 199 (20.88%) Non-Functional Testing
10 190 (19.94%) Waterfall
11 185 (19.41%) Manual Testing
12 169 (17.73%) BDD
13 163 (17.10%) Functional Testing
14 158 (16.58%) Scrum
15 151 (15.84%) Continuous Integration
16 146 (15.32%) CI/CD
17 145 (15.22%) Stakeholder Management
18 141 (14.80%) Scenario Testing
18 141 (14.80%) Thought Leadership
19 136 (14.27%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 251 (26.34%) Java
2 238 (24.97%) C#
3 221 (23.19%) Python
4 184 (19.31%) SQL
5 169 (17.73%) JavaScript
6 42 (4.41%) Shell Script
7 41 (4.30%) TypeScript
8 36 (3.78%) C
9 18 (1.89%) Bash
9 18 (1.89%) C++
10 17 (1.78%) Scala
11 16 (1.68%) Go
12 13 (1.36%) PHP
13 9 (0.94%) Haskell
13 9 (0.94%) Rust
14 8 (0.84%) Kotlin
14 8 (0.84%) VB
15 7 (0.73%) T-SQL
16 4 (0.42%) COBOL
16 4 (0.42%) VB6
Qualifications
1 423 (44.39%) ISEB
2 391 (41.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 124 (13.01%) Degree
4 113 (11.86%) Security Cleared
5 85 (8.92%) SC Cleared
6 80 (8.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 47 (4.93%) Computer Science Degree
8 29 (3.04%) DBS Check
8 29 (3.04%) ISEB Practitioner
9 18 (1.89%) IIBA
9 18 (1.89%) PMI Certification
9 18 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 18 (1.89%) Six Sigma Black Belt
10 15 (1.57%) ITIL Certification
11 11 (1.15%) CCNA
11 11 (1.15%) CCNP
11 11 (1.15%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (1.15%) HND
12 9 (0.94%) BPSS Clearance
13 6 (0.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 502 (52.68%) QA
2 31 (3.25%) Accessibility
3 20 (2.10%) GDPR
4 11 (1.15%) ISO 9001
5 8 (0.84%) HL7
6 6 (0.63%) ISO 26262
7 4 (0.42%) ISO 9000
8 3 (0.31%) FATCA
9 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.10%) IFRS
9 1 (0.10%) SLA
9 1 (0.10%) Solvency II
System Software
1 70 (7.35%) Docker
2 37 (3.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (3.04%) Virtual Machines
4 27 (2.83%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.63%) Firmware
6 2 (0.21%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 56 (5.88%) HP ALM
2 41 (4.30%) Kubernetes
3 24 (2.52%) HP Quality Center
4 22 (2.31%) Puppet
5 11 (1.15%) Endace
5 11 (1.15%) Grafana
6 3 (0.31%) Foglight
7 1 (0.10%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 125 (13.12%) Microsoft
2 75 (7.87%) HP
3 60 (6.30%) Oracle
4 50 (5.25%) Atlassian
5 43 (4.51%) SAP
6 37 (3.88%) VMware
7 24 (2.52%) NEC
7 24 (2.52%) Northgate
7 24 (2.52%) Salesforce.com
8 15 (1.57%) IBM
8 15 (1.57%) ServiceNow
9 12 (1.26%) Pega
10 11 (1.15%) Riverbed
11 9 (0.94%) Apple
12 7 (0.73%) Datto
12 7 (0.73%) PTC
13 6 (0.63%) Arqiva
13 6 (0.63%) Sitecore
14 5 (0.52%) Splunk
15 4 (0.42%) hybris