Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 423 329 324
Rank change year-on-year -94 -5 +9
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,205 1,784 2,031
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.71% 1.01% 1.02%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.00% 4.11% 3.79%
Number of salaries quoted 963 1,479 1,700
UK median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,600
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% -6.00%
10th Percentile £25,750 £26,750 £27,000
90th Percentile £57,500 £58,750 £61,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £38,000 £36,500 £37,500
% change year-on-year +4.11% -2.67% -

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 40,166 43,367 53,629
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.68% 24.48% 26.99%
Number of salaries quoted 29,840 33,323 43,325
UK median annual salary £50,000 £45,000 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +11.11% - -
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 14 August 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 14 August 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 -97 1,087 £40,000 - 198
UK excluding London -79 884 £38,000 +4.11% 179
London -69 296 £46,750 -1.58% 41
South East -70 277 £42,500 +16.44% 50
North of England -59 225 £35,000 - 44
North West -20 129 £35,000 +2.94% 26
South West -49 122 £35,000 -6.67% 24
Midlands -62 97 £36,000 -3.36% 27
Yorkshire -48 89 £35,000 -12.50% 18
Scotland -4 78 £30,000 -1.64% 14
East of England +33 70 £40,000 +6.67% 12
West Midlands -38 58 £32,000 -8.57% 15
East Midlands -25 39 £38,000 -10.59% 12
Wales +5 14 £29,129 +5.92% 6
North East -18 8 £41,750 +9.15%
Northern Ireland -17 2 - - 2

For the 6 months to 14 August 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.

1 815 (67.63%) Test Automation
2 717 (59.50%) Agile Software Development
3 617 (51.20%) ISEB
4 500 (41.49%) QA
5 462 (38.34%) Selenium
6 453 (37.59%) Software Testing
7 353 (29.29%) SQL
8 344 (28.55%) Test Scripting
9 292 (24.23%) JIRA
10 284 (23.57%) Finance
11 273 (22.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 247 (20.50%) SDLC
12 247 (20.50%) Degree
13 246 (20.41%) C#
14 235 (19.50%) Java
15 227 (18.84%) Scrum
15 227 (18.84%) User Acceptance Testing
16 211 (17.51%) Test Strategy
17 210 (17.43%) Manual Testing
18 188 (15.60%) BDD
19 185 (15.35%) Test Management
20 178 (14.77%) Regression Testing
21 161 (13.36%) Cucumber
22 159 (13.20%) Problem-Solving
23 156 (12.95%) Analytical Skills
24 151 (12.53%) Microsoft
25 150 (12.45%) Functional Testing
26 142 (11.78%) Scenario Testing
27 138 (11.45%) HP
28 134 (11.12%) 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
1 104 (8.63%) Confluence
2 11 (0.91%) Apache Spark
3 10 (0.83%) MQSeries
4 8 (0.66%) SAS
4 8 (0.66%) SharePoint
5 7 (0.58%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.50%) CICS
6 6 (0.50%) CMS
7 5 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (0.41%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.33%) IIS
9 3 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.25%) WebSphere Application Server
10 2 (0.17%) Apache
10 2 (0.17%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.17%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.17%) WordPress
11 1 (0.083%) EPiServer
11 1 (0.083%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.083%) Tomcat
Applications
1 37 (3.07%) Microsoft Excel
2 31 (2.57%) Microsoft Office
3 7 (0.58%) Mingle
4 6 (0.50%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.083%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.083%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.41%) Elite 3E
2 5 (0.41%) SAP CRM
2 5 (0.41%) SAP IS-U
3 4 (0.33%) TIBCO iProcess
4 2 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
4 2 (0.17%) Sonata
5 1 (0.083%) Distributed Ledger
5 1 (0.083%) R3 Corda
5 1 (0.083%) SAP FI
5 1 (0.083%) SAP FI-AR
5 1 (0.083%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 49 (4.07%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (2.66%) Amazon AWS
3 15 (1.24%) GitHub
4 12 (1.00%) BlazeMeter
4 12 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
5 10 (0.83%) SaaS
6 9 (0.75%) BrowserStack
7 7 (0.58%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 4 (0.33%) Sage Pay
9 2 (0.17%) Runscope
10 1 (0.083%) Slack
10 1 (0.083%) Tricentis Tosca
10 1 (0.083%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 9 (0.75%) SMS
2 7 (0.58%) Broadband
2 7 (0.58%) HTTP
3 6 (0.50%) GSM
3 6 (0.50%) LTE
4 5 (0.41%) 3G
4 5 (0.41%) 4G
4 5 (0.41%) GPRS
4 5 (0.41%) Internet
4 5 (0.41%) PSTN
5 4 (0.33%) Firewall
6 3 (0.25%) FTP
7 2 (0.17%) DNS
7 2 (0.17%) HTTPS
7 2 (0.17%) IPv4
7 2 (0.17%) IPv6
7 2 (0.17%) SSH
7 2 (0.17%) TCP/IP
8 1 (0.083%) LAN
8 1 (0.083%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (7.97%) SQL Server
2 22 (1.83%) Relational Database
3 19 (1.58%) MongoDB
4 15 (1.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (1.16%) MySQL
6 12 (1.00%) DB2
7 11 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
7 11 (0.91%) Hadoop
8 9 (0.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (0.66%) Apache Accumulo
10 7 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
11 6 (0.50%) Big Data
11 6 (0.50%) NoSQL
12 5 (0.41%) Oracle Database
12 5 (0.41%) PostgreSQL
13 4 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
13 4 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.33%) QlikView
13 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2005
13 4 (0.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 462 (38.34%) Selenium
2 292 (24.23%) JIRA
3 161 (13.36%) Cucumber
4 113 (9.38%) Team Foundation Server
5 100 (8.30%) WebDriver
6 93 (7.72%) JMeter
7 92 (7.63%) Jenkins
8 88 (7.30%) SoapUI
9 80 (6.64%) Visual Studio
10 76 (6.31%) SpecFlow
11 72 (5.98%) Git (software)
12 70 (5.81%) LoadRunner
13 56 (4.65%) HP UFT
14 29 (2.41%) TestRail
15 28 (2.32%) Appium
16 27 (2.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 27 (2.24%) TeamCity
16 27 (2.24%) Visual Studio Team System
17 26 (2.16%) JUnit
17 26 (2.16%) Zephyr
General
1 284 (23.57%) Finance
2 74 (6.14%) Banking
3 51 (4.23%) Retail
4 23 (1.91%) Games
5 19 (1.58%) Telecoms
6 18 (1.49%) Law
7 15 (1.24%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.16%) Back Office
9 11 (0.91%) Marketing
10 10 (0.83%) Publishing
11 9 (0.75%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.66%) Advertising
12 8 (0.66%) Automotive
13 5 (0.41%) Electronics
13 5 (0.41%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.41%) Legal
13 5 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.33%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.25%) Aerospace
16 1 (0.083%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 512 (42.49%) Analyst
2 435 (36.10%) Test Analyst
3 284 (23.57%) Tester
4 131 (10.87%) Test Engineer
5 126 (10.46%) Software Tester
6 111 (9.21%) Automation Tester
7 97 (8.05%) Test Leader
8 96 (7.97%) QA Analyst
9 91 (7.55%) Test Manager
10 90 (7.47%) QA Engineer
11 71 (5.89%) Software Analyst
12 68 (5.64%) Senior Analyst
12 68 (5.64%) Test Automation Engineer
13 67 (5.56%) Automation Test Analyst
14 59 (4.90%) Software Test Analyst
15 57 (4.73%) Senior Test Analyst
16 56 (4.65%) QA Tester
17 45 (3.73%) QA Automation Engineer
18 42 (3.49%) QA Test Analyst
19 39 (3.24%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 115 (9.54%) .NET
2 109 (9.05%) Web Services
3 62 (5.15%) SOAP
4 50 (4.15%) XML
5 40 (3.32%) Gherkin
5 40 (3.32%) REST
6 33 (2.74%) HTML
7 28 (2.32%) .NET Framework
8 21 (1.74%) JSON
8 21 (1.74%) RESTful
9 19 (1.58%) CSS
10 18 (1.49%) AngularJS
11 11 (0.91%) RabbitMQ
11 11 (0.91%) WCF
12 9 (0.75%) Spring
13 8 (0.66%) Apache Flex
13 8 (0.66%) jQuery
14 7 (0.58%) Taurus
14 7 (0.58%) XSD
15 6 (0.50%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 156 (12.95%) Analytical Skills
2 83 (6.89%) Computer Science
3 73 (6.06%) Mobile App
4 47 (3.90%) Self-Motivation
5 41 (3.40%) User Experience
6 24 (1.99%) Fintech
7 21 (1.74%) Greenfield Project
8 17 (1.41%) Management Information System
9 13 (1.08%) Smart Meter
10 12 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
11 9 (0.75%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.66%) Mainframe
12 8 (0.66%) Virtual Team
13 7 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.58%) Hedge funds
13 7 (0.58%) PMI
14 6 (0.50%) NHS
15 5 (0.41%) Blackberry
15 5 (0.41%) Life Science
15 5 (0.41%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 89 (7.39%) Windows
2 50 (4.15%) Linux
3 25 (2.07%) Unix
4 17 (1.41%) Android
4 17 (1.41%) Apple iOS
5 10 (0.83%) Windows Server
6 5 (0.41%) Solaris
7 2 (0.17%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.17%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.083%) AIX
8 1 (0.083%) CentOS
8 1 (0.083%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.083%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 815 (67.63%) Test Automation
2 717 (59.50%) Agile Software Development
3 453 (37.59%) Software Testing
4 344 (28.55%) Test Scripting
5 247 (20.50%) SDLC
6 227 (18.84%) Scrum
6 227 (18.84%) User Acceptance Testing
7 211 (17.51%) Test Strategy
8 210 (17.43%) Manual Testing
9 188 (15.60%) BDD
10 185 (15.35%) Test Management
11 178 (14.77%) Regression Testing
12 159 (13.20%) Problem-Solving
13 150 (12.45%) Functional Testing
14 142 (11.78%) Scenario Testing
15 134 (11.12%) Performance Testing
16 126 (10.46%) Continuous Integration
17 125 (10.37%) Defect Management
18 113 (9.38%) Continuous Improvement
19 107 (8.88%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 353 (29.29%) SQL
2 246 (20.41%) C#
3 235 (19.50%) Java
4 92 (7.63%) Python
5 62 (5.15%) JavaScript
6 36 (2.99%) Perl
6 36 (2.99%) Ruby
7 35 (2.90%) Bash Shell
7 35 (2.90%) C++
8 34 (2.82%) T-SQL
9 27 (2.24%) C
10 21 (1.74%) PHP
11 16 (1.33%) VB
12 14 (1.16%) PowerShell
13 13 (1.08%) Bourne shell
13 13 (1.08%) Delphi
13 13 (1.08%) PL/SQL
14 12 (1.00%) Groovy
15 9 (0.75%) VBScript
16 6 (0.50%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 617 (51.20%) ISEB
2 273 (22.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 247 (20.50%) Degree
4 65 (5.39%) Security Cleared
5 38 (3.15%) Computer Science Degree
6 35 (2.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 27 (2.24%) DV Cleared
7 27 (2.24%) SC Cleared
8 13 (1.08%) PMI Certification
9 12 (1.00%) Six Sigma Black Belt
10 11 (0.91%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 8 (0.66%) Six Sigma Green Belt
12 7 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (0.50%) CSQA
13 6 (0.50%) PMP
14 5 (0.41%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (0.33%) ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
15 4 (0.33%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
16 3 (0.25%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 500 (41.49%) QA
2 10 (0.83%) GDPR
2 10 (0.83%) ISO 9001
3 8 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (0.66%) SLA
4 7 (0.58%) ISO 9000
5 6 (0.50%) PMO
6 5 (0.41%) GAMP
6 5 (0.41%) GMP
7 3 (0.25%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.17%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.083%) ISO 15765
9 1 (0.083%) P3O
9 1 (0.083%) SEPA
System Software
1 5 (0.41%) ACF2
1 5 (0.41%) RACF
2 4 (0.33%) Docker
3 3 (0.25%) Firmware
4 2 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (0.083%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.083%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 107 (8.88%) HP Quality Center
2 56 (4.65%) HP ALM
3 12 (1.00%) Puppet
4 5 (0.41%) AirWatch
5 3 (0.25%) Oozie
6 1 (0.083%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.083%) CA Wily
6 1 (0.083%) Kibana
6 1 (0.083%) SCCM
6 1 (0.083%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.083%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 151 (12.53%) Microsoft
2 138 (11.45%) HP
3 44 (3.65%) Capita
3 44 (3.65%) Oracle
4 35 (2.90%) Google
5 34 (2.82%) Atlassian
6 28 (2.32%) SAP
7 16 (1.33%) IBM
8 12 (1.00%) CA Agile Central
8 12 (1.00%) Cognizant
8 12 (1.00%) Salesforce.com
9 10 (0.83%) AppDynamics
9 10 (0.83%) Dynatrace
9 10 (0.83%) Telerik
10 9 (0.75%) Apple
11 8 (0.66%) New Relic
12 7 (0.58%) Remedy
13 6 (0.50%) ServiceNow
14 5 (0.41%) BT
14 5 (0.41%) MobileIron