Period
to 20 January 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 January 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 395 289 306
Rank change year-on-year -106 +17 +17
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,314 1,939 2,234
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.76% 1.10% 1.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.23% 4.26% 3.86%
Number of salaries quoted 1,099 1,648 1,954
UK median annual salary £38,500 £40,000 £37,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -3.75% +6.67% -1.32%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £57,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £39,000 £35,000
% change year-on-year -3.85% +11.43% -4.76%

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 40,722 45,488 57,821
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.52% 25.69% 27.71%
Number of salaries quoted 31,591 36,151 46,307
UK median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £77,500 £76,250 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year - +1.19% +5.00%

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 January 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 January 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 -110 1,211 £40,000 - 192
UK excluding London -77 991 £37,500 -3.85% 170
London -57 307 £45,000 -5.26% 33
South East -70 293 £37,500 -6.25% 48
North of England -61 240 £35,000 -9.68% 52
Midlands -23 161 £37,000 -1.33% 28
South West -40 139 £38,500 +7.69% 16
Yorkshire -64 120 £35,000 -17.65% 23
West Midlands +18 118 £35,000 -6.67% 16
North West -38 104 £35,000 -6.67% 24
East of England -79 74 £40,000 - 15
Scotland -22 48 £37,500 +3.45% 8
East Midlands -42 43 £38,000 -3.18% 12
Wales +11 27 £34,000 -2.86% 2
North East -9 16 £37,500 +4.17% 5
Northern Ireland -12 9 - -

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, IT jobs citing ISTQB also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all job ads with a requirement for ISTQB.

1 876 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 769 (58.52%) Agile Software Development
3 652 (49.62%) ISEB
4 528 (40.18%) QA
5 480 (36.53%) Selenium
6 439 (33.41%) Software Testing
7 401 (30.52%) SQL
8 359 (27.32%) Test Scripting
9 345 (26.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 339 (25.80%) Finance
11 331 (25.19%) JIRA
12 311 (23.67%) Degree
13 282 (21.46%) Test Strategy
14 273 (20.78%) Java
15 256 (19.48%) Test Management
16 255 (19.41%) Manual Testing
17 253 (19.25%) Scrum
18 242 (18.42%) SDLC
19 224 (17.05%) User Acceptance Testing
20 218 (16.59%) C#
21 214 (16.29%) Analytical Skills
22 211 (16.06%) Cucumber
23 208 (15.83%) Regression Testing
24 197 (14.99%) WebDriver
25 193 (14.69%) BDD
26 179 (13.62%) Microsoft
27 175 (13.32%) Functional Testing
28 169 (12.86%) TDD
29 142 (10.81%) Scenario Testing
30 133 (10.12%) .NET

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 75 (5.71%) Confluence
2 30 (2.28%) SharePoint
3 20 (1.52%) Apache Spark
4 14 (1.07%) CMS
5 12 (0.91%) Drupal
6 9 (0.68%) MQSeries
6 9 (0.68%) WebLogic
7 8 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.46%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.38%) WordPress
10 4 (0.30%) Documentum
11 3 (0.23%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.23%) IBM Domino
11 3 (0.23%) IIS
11 3 (0.23%) Oracle Service Bus
11 3 (0.23%) WebSphere
12 2 (0.15%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.076%) EPiServer
13 1 (0.076%) Sitecore CMS
13 1 (0.076%) Umbraco
Applications
1 71 (5.40%) Microsoft Office
2 64 (4.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (1.07%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (0.46%) Chatbot
5 3 (0.23%) Mingle
6 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 12 (0.91%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (0.91%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.76%) SAP S/4HANA
3 7 (0.53%) Magento
4 6 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.38%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.38%) Shopify
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle Assets
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle iProcurement
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
6 3 (0.23%) Oracle Receivables
7 2 (0.15%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 1 (0.076%) Adobe Campaign
8 1 (0.076%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.076%) FastStats
8 1 (0.076%) Oracle Applications
8 1 (0.076%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 37 (2.82%) Amazon AWS
2 33 (2.51%) SaaS
3 30 (2.28%) Microsoft Azure
4 13 (0.99%) SuccessFactors
5 10 (0.76%) Slack
6 9 (0.68%) PaaS
7 8 (0.61%) IaaS
8 7 (0.53%) GitHub
9 6 (0.46%) Basecamp
10 4 (0.30%) BrowserStack
11 3 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.23%) Dynamics 365
12 2 (0.15%) BlazeMeter
12 2 (0.15%) Google Play
12 2 (0.15%) Sauce Labs
12 2 (0.15%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.22%) Internet
2 12 (0.91%) HTTP
3 9 (0.68%) Intranet
3 9 (0.68%) SSL
4 5 (0.38%) Broadband
5 4 (0.30%) DVB
5 4 (0.30%) SSH
5 4 (0.30%) TCP/IP
5 4 (0.30%) Wireshark
6 3 (0.23%) DNS
7 2 (0.15%) 3G
7 2 (0.15%) 4G
7 2 (0.15%) DHCP
7 2 (0.15%) ICMP
7 2 (0.15%) LTE
7 2 (0.15%) VoIP
8 1 (0.076%) SMS
8 1 (0.076%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (7.61%) SQL Server
2 33 (2.51%) MySQL
3 32 (2.44%) Relational Database
4 26 (1.98%) Data Warehouse
5 15 (1.14%) Big Data
5 15 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 14 (1.07%) Hadoop
7 10 (0.76%) DB2
7 10 (0.76%) Oracle Database
8 9 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (0.61%) Apache Accumulo
9 8 (0.61%) Oracle Reports
9 8 (0.61%) RDBMS
10 5 (0.38%) Amazon Redshift
10 5 (0.38%) GIS
10 5 (0.38%) Power BI
10 5 (0.38%) SQLPlus
11 4 (0.30%) NoSQL
12 3 (0.23%) Azure SQL Database
12 3 (0.23%) HBase
Development Applications
1 480 (36.53%) Selenium
2 331 (25.19%) JIRA
3 211 (16.06%) Cucumber
4 197 (14.99%) WebDriver
5 127 (9.67%) SoapUI
6 119 (9.06%) Team Foundation Server
7 113 (8.60%) Jenkins
8 101 (7.69%) Git (software)
9 96 (7.31%) HP UFT
10 91 (6.93%) JMeter
11 64 (4.87%) Zephyr
12 56 (4.26%) LoadRunner
13 52 (3.96%) SpecFlow
14 43 (3.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 34 (2.59%) Ranorex
16 33 (2.51%) Protractor
17 32 (2.44%) TestRail
18 31 (2.36%) Robot Framework
19 30 (2.28%) Visual Studio
20 29 (2.21%) JUnit
General
1 339 (25.80%) Finance
2 69 (5.25%) Retail
3 53 (4.03%) Telecoms
4 48 (3.65%) Banking
5 34 (2.59%) Games
6 29 (2.21%) Marketing
7 27 (2.05%) Legal
8 26 (1.98%) Manufacturing
9 24 (1.83%) Digital Economy
10 21 (1.60%) Automotive
10 21 (1.60%) Law
11 19 (1.45%) Advertising
11 19 (1.45%) Electronics
12 14 (1.07%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.61%) Publishing
14 7 (0.53%) Investment Banking
15 6 (0.46%) Back Office
16 4 (0.30%) Billing
17 2 (0.15%) General Ledger
17 2 (0.15%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 519 (39.50%) Analyst
2 472 (35.92%) Test Analyst
3 327 (24.89%) Tester
4 155 (11.80%) Test Engineer
5 137 (10.43%) Software Tester
6 116 (8.83%) Test Leader
7 103 (7.84%) Automation Tester
7 103 (7.84%) Test Manager
8 83 (6.32%) QA Analyst
8 83 (6.32%) QA Engineer
9 77 (5.86%) Test Automation Engineer
10 71 (5.40%) Senior Analyst
11 67 (5.10%) Software Analyst
12 66 (5.02%) Senior Test Analyst
13 64 (4.87%) Software Test Analyst
14 62 (4.72%) Automation Test Analyst
15 60 (4.57%) QA Tester
16 46 (3.50%) QA Test Analyst
17 44 (3.35%) Developer
18 41 (3.12%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 133 (10.12%) .NET
2 114 (8.68%) XML
3 84 (6.39%) SOAP
4 77 (5.86%) HTML
4 77 (5.86%) Web Services
5 73 (5.56%) Gherkin
6 50 (3.81%) REST
7 42 (3.20%) JSON
8 31 (2.36%) CSS
9 22 (1.67%) RESTful
10 18 (1.37%) AngularJS
10 18 (1.37%) Behat
11 17 (1.29%) Node.js
12 15 (1.14%) XML Messaging
13 13 (0.99%) XSD
14 12 (0.91%) ASP.NET
15 11 (0.84%) Oracle Fusion
16 10 (0.76%) .NET Framework
17 9 (0.68%) Nightwatchjs
17 9 (0.68%) React
Miscellaneous
1 214 (16.29%) Analytical Skills
2 114 (8.68%) Computer Science
3 94 (7.15%) Mobile App
4 45 (3.42%) User Experience
5 31 (2.36%) Management Information System
6 29 (2.21%) Fintech
7 27 (2.05%) Smart Meter
8 26 (1.98%) Client/Server
9 16 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (0.91%) Linux Command Line
10 12 (0.91%) Mainframe
10 12 (0.91%) Smart Energy
11 9 (0.68%) Virtual Team
12 8 (0.61%) PKI
12 8 (0.61%) Replication
13 7 (0.53%) Data Protection Act
14 6 (0.46%) Hedge funds
14 6 (0.46%) Hybrid Cloud
14 6 (0.46%) Private Cloud
15 5 (0.38%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 103 (7.84%) Linux
2 95 (7.23%) Windows
3 44 (3.35%) Unix
4 30 (2.28%) Android
4 30 (2.28%) Apple iOS
5 10 (0.76%) Windows 7
5 10 (0.76%) Windows Server
6 8 (0.61%) Windows 10
6 8 (0.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (0.61%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.15%) Embedded Linux
7 2 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.15%) Solaris
8 1 (0.076%) Kali Linux
8 1 (0.076%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.076%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.076%) Windows Embedded Compact
8 1 (0.076%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 876 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 769 (58.52%) Agile Software Development
3 439 (33.41%) Software Testing
4 359 (27.32%) Test Scripting
5 282 (21.46%) Test Strategy
6 256 (19.48%) Test Management
7 255 (19.41%) Manual Testing
8 253 (19.25%) Scrum
9 242 (18.42%) SDLC
10 224 (17.05%) User Acceptance Testing
11 208 (15.83%) Regression Testing
12 193 (14.69%) BDD
13 175 (13.32%) Functional Testing
14 169 (12.86%) TDD
15 142 (10.81%) Scenario Testing
16 133 (10.12%) Waterfall
17 130 (9.89%) Defect Management
18 125 (9.51%) Mentoring
19 121 (9.21%) Performance Testing
20 119 (9.06%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 401 (30.52%) SQL
2 273 (20.78%) Java
3 218 (16.59%) C#
4 101 (7.69%) JavaScript
5 98 (7.46%) Python
6 75 (5.71%) Ruby
7 44 (3.35%) C++
8 32 (2.44%) VB.NET
9 31 (2.36%) PHP
10 29 (2.21%) C
10 29 (2.21%) Scala
11 27 (2.05%) PL/SQL
11 27 (2.05%) T-SQL
12 25 (1.90%) Shell Script
13 23 (1.75%) Bash Shell
14 22 (1.67%) Groovy
14 22 (1.67%) Perl
15 12 (0.91%) VBScript
16 8 (0.61%) COBOL
16 8 (0.61%) Pascal
Qualifications
1 652 (49.62%) ISEB
2 345 (26.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 311 (23.67%) Degree
4 89 (6.77%) Computer Science Degree
5 80 (6.09%) Security Cleared
6 56 (4.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 41 (3.12%) SC Cleared
8 21 (1.60%) Microsoft Certification
9 13 (0.99%) CEH
9 13 (0.99%) MCSA
9 13 (0.99%) MCSE
10 12 (0.91%) PMI Certification
11 10 (0.76%) DV Cleared
12 7 (0.53%) PMP
12 7 (0.53%) SAP Certification
13 6 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (0.38%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (0.38%) Master's Degree
14 5 (0.38%) OCP
14 5 (0.38%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 528 (40.18%) QA
2 10 (0.76%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.38%) SLA
4 4 (0.30%) ISO 9000
4 4 (0.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.30%) P3O
5 2 (0.15%) GDPR
6 1 (0.076%) COBIT
6 1 (0.076%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.076%) IFRS
System Software
1 32 (2.44%) Docker
2 3 (0.23%) Apache Flume
2 3 (0.23%) Firmware
2 3 (0.23%) HDFS
2 3 (0.23%) VirtualBox
3 2 (0.15%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 91 (6.93%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (1.29%) Puppet
3 16 (1.22%) Opscode Chef
4 14 (1.07%) Kubernetes
5 9 (0.68%) Marathon
5 9 (0.68%) Mesos
6 3 (0.23%) Oozie
7 1 (0.076%) HP Fortify
7 1 (0.076%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 179 (13.62%) Microsoft
2 129 (9.82%) HP
3 84 (6.39%) Oracle
4 46 (3.50%) SAP
5 26 (1.98%) Google
6 24 (1.83%) IBM
7 20 (1.52%) CA Agile Central
7 20 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
8 18 (1.37%) Capita
9 14 (1.07%) Micro Focus
10 11 (0.84%) Twitter
11 10 (0.76%) White Clarke
12 9 (0.68%) CA
13 8 (0.61%) Remedy
14 6 (0.46%) Adobe
14 6 (0.46%) Atlassian
14 6 (0.46%) Cognizant
14 6 (0.46%) Informatica
14 6 (0.46%) webMethods
15 5 (0.38%) Ab Initio