Period
to 29 July 2021

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 29 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
29 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 572 411 368
Rank change year-on-year -161 -43 +84
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 483 452 1,276
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.43% 0.66% 0.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.00% 2.97% 3.67%
Number of salaries quoted 360 352 937
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,250 £26,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £32,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £44,500 £40,450 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +10.01% -4.82% +6.25%
75th Percentile £57,500 £50,000 £52,500
90th Percentile £68,750 £63,250 £60,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £40,000 £41,500
% change year-on-year - -3.61% +10.67%

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 24,207 15,214 34,792
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.44% 22.05% 24.16%
Number of salaries quoted 13,990 11,405 25,623
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,400
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.05% +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 29 July 2021.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 17 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 29 July 2021. 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 -159 396 £45,000 +5.88% 112
UK excluding London -138 316 £40,000 - 107
London -77 136 £52,500 +5.00% 13
South East -120 94 £43,250 +1.47% 17
Work from Home -196 64 £37,500 -6.25% 21
Midlands -56 57 £41,000 +4.70% 21
North of England -78 50 £36,250 +3.57% 36
West Midlands -42 44 £40,000 -3.03% 10
Scotland -44 38 £39,800 +6.13% 9
South West -99 32 £42,500 +3.03% 20
North West -58 29 £35,000 -1.41% 20
East of England -41 22 £62,500 +47.06% 2
Yorkshire -79 19 £37,500 +7.14% 15
Wales -27 15 £33,000 -5.71% 1
East Midlands -44 13 £41,000 +9.33% 11
Northern Ireland -44 11 £38,500 +10.00% 1
North East -21 2 £36,500 - 1

For the 6 months to 29 July 2021, 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.

1 361 (74.74%) Test Automation
2 316 (65.42%) Agile Software Development
3 290 (60.04%) QA
4 279 (57.76%) Software Testing
5 238 (49.28%) Selenium
6 203 (42.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 179 (37.06%) ISEB
8 153 (31.68%) JIRA
9 150 (31.06%) BDD
10 140 (28.99%) C#
11 138 (28.57%) Java
12 130 (26.92%) Social Skills
13 122 (25.26%) DevOps
14 120 (24.84%) SDLC
15 118 (24.43%) Regression Testing
15 118 (24.43%) Microsoft
16 104 (21.53%) TDD
17 102 (21.12%) SQL
17 102 (21.12%) Problem-Solving
18 101 (20.91%) Test Scripting
19 96 (19.88%) Test Strategy
20 94 (19.46%) Degree
21 85 (17.60%) SQL Server
22 84 (17.39%) Finance
22 84 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
23 83 (17.18%) Test Management
24 82 (16.98%) Scrum
25 78 (16.15%) SpecFlow
26 76 (15.73%) Postman
27 75 (15.53%) Azure

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 18 (3.73%) Confluence
2 13 (2.69%) SharePoint
3 4 (0.83%) nginx
4 3 (0.62%) Tomcat
5 2 (0.41%) Apache
5 2 (0.41%) Moodle
5 2 (0.41%) Oracle SOA Suite
5 2 (0.41%) WebLogic
5 2 (0.41%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 24 (4.97%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (3.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.86%) Microsoft Project
4 5 (1.04%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.62%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 23 (4.76%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (1.66%) Oracle Applications
3 6 (1.24%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.83%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (0.62%) NetSuite
6 2 (0.41%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.41%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.41%) SAP HCM
7 1 (0.21%) Dynamics CRM
7 1 (0.21%) Elite 3E
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
7 1 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
7 1 (0.21%) Sage X3
7 1 (0.21%) SAP FI-CA
7 1 (0.21%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 75 (15.53%) Azure
2 31 (6.42%) AWS
3 21 (4.35%) SaaS
4 11 (2.28%) Power Platform
5 10 (2.07%) BlazeMeter
6 8 (1.66%) Dynamics 365
6 8 (1.66%) GitHub
7 6 (1.24%) Snowflake
8 5 (1.04%) GCP
8 5 (1.04%) Microsoft 365
8 5 (1.04%) Serverless
9 4 (0.83%) Azure Data Factory
9 4 (0.83%) BrowserStack
9 4 (0.83%) Slack
10 2 (0.41%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.41%) AWS Lambda
10 2 (0.41%) PaaS
10 2 (0.41%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.21%) Azure Active Directory
11 1 (0.21%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 10 (2.07%) Internet
2 5 (1.04%) FTP
3 3 (0.62%) LAN
3 3 (0.62%) WAN
4 2 (0.41%) Firewall
4 2 (0.41%) Intranet
4 2 (0.41%) SSH
4 2 (0.41%) TCP/IP
4 2 (0.41%) Unified Communications
5 1 (0.21%) 3G
5 1 (0.21%) 4G
5 1 (0.21%) ATM
5 1 (0.21%) Broadband
5 1 (0.21%) HTTP
5 1 (0.21%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (17.60%) SQL Server
2 12 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
2 12 (2.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (2.28%) Oracle BI EE
4 10 (2.07%) Power BI
5 8 (1.66%) PostgreSQL
5 8 (1.66%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.24%) MySQL
6 6 (1.24%) Oracle ODI
6 6 (1.24%) Tableau
7 4 (0.83%) Data Lake
8 3 (0.62%) Big Data
8 3 (0.62%) Oracle Database
9 2 (0.41%) Amazon DynamoDB
9 2 (0.41%) DB2
9 2 (0.41%) MongoDB
9 2 (0.41%) MS Access
9 2 (0.41%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.41%) Redis
10 1 (0.21%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 238 (49.28%) Selenium
2 153 (31.68%) JIRA
3 78 (16.15%) SpecFlow
4 76 (15.73%) Postman
5 58 (12.01%) NUnit
5 58 (12.01%) WebDriver
6 57 (11.80%) Cucumber
7 51 (10.56%) MSTest
8 50 (10.35%) Jenkins
9 44 (9.11%) JMeter
10 37 (7.66%) Git (software)
11 35 (7.25%) REST Assured
12 31 (6.42%) SoapUI
13 30 (6.21%) Team Foundation Server
14 23 (4.76%) Cypress.io
15 20 (4.14%) HP UFT
15 20 (4.14%) TestRail
15 20 (4.14%) Visual Studio
16 18 (3.73%) LoadRunner
17 15 (3.11%) Maven
General
1 130 (26.92%) Social Skills
2 84 (17.39%) Finance
3 73 (15.11%) Analytical Skills
4 63 (13.04%) Organisational Skills
5 54 (11.18%) Marketing
6 52 (10.77%) Influencing Skills
7 25 (5.18%) Public Sector
8 14 (2.90%) Telecoms
9 8 (1.66%) Games
9 8 (1.66%) Retail
10 7 (1.45%) Electronics
11 6 (1.24%) Banking
11 6 (1.24%) Documentation Skills
11 6 (1.24%) Manufacturing
12 5 (1.04%) Military
13 4 (0.83%) Law
14 3 (0.62%) Inclusion and Diversity
14 3 (0.62%) Legal
14 3 (0.62%) Wearables
15 2 (0.41%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 121 (25.05%) Test Engineer
2 110 (22.77%) Analyst
3 88 (18.22%) Test Analyst
4 72 (14.91%) Tester
5 70 (14.49%) QA Engineer
6 57 (11.80%) Software Test Engineer
7 41 (8.49%) Senior Test Engineer
8 37 (7.66%) Test Automation Engineer
8 37 (7.66%) Test Manager
9 34 (7.04%) Test Leader
10 32 (6.63%) QA Analyst
11 26 (5.38%) Software Tester
12 21 (4.35%) Senior Software Test Engineer
13 20 (4.14%) Development Engineer
14 19 (3.93%) Developer
14 19 (3.93%) Software Development Engineer
14 19 (3.93%) Software Engineer
14 19 (3.93%) Test Development Engineer
15 18 (3.73%) QA Test Analyst
15 18 (3.73%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 51 (10.56%) .NET
2 36 (7.45%) REST
3 35 (7.25%) Web Services
4 29 (6.00%) JSON
5 28 (5.80%) Gherkin
6 26 (5.38%) SOAP
7 25 (5.18%) XML
8 14 (2.90%) HTML
9 12 (2.48%) RESTful
10 11 (2.28%) React
11 9 (1.86%) ASP.NET
11 9 (1.86%) jQuery
12 8 (1.66%) Kafka
13 7 (1.45%) CSS
13 7 (1.45%) Node.js
13 7 (1.45%) Swagger
14 6 (1.24%) OAuth
14 6 (1.24%) pytest
15 5 (1.04%) ASP.NET Web API
15 5 (1.04%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 70 (14.49%) Mobile App
2 61 (12.63%) Management Information System
3 49 (10.14%) EPoS
4 21 (4.35%) Self-Motivation
5 18 (3.73%) Client/Server
6 12 (2.48%) User Experience
7 11 (2.28%) Video\Live Streaming
8 9 (1.86%) Analytical Mindset
8 9 (1.86%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (1.86%) Greenfield Project
9 8 (1.66%) iPad
10 7 (1.45%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (1.24%) Data Centre
12 5 (1.04%) Chip and PIN
12 5 (1.04%) PKI
12 5 (1.04%) Public Cloud
13 4 (0.83%) Mainframe
13 4 (0.83%) Replication
14 3 (0.62%) Data Structures
14 3 (0.62%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 30 (6.21%) Windows
2 26 (5.38%) Linux
3 16 (3.31%) Android
4 10 (2.07%) Apple iOS
4 10 (2.07%) Unix
5 4 (0.83%) Windows 10
6 2 (0.41%) HPUX
6 2 (0.41%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 361 (74.74%) Test Automation
2 316 (65.42%) Agile Software Development
3 279 (57.76%) Software Testing
4 150 (31.06%) BDD
5 122 (25.26%) DevOps
6 120 (24.84%) SDLC
7 118 (24.43%) Regression Testing
8 104 (21.53%) TDD
9 102 (21.12%) Problem-Solving
10 101 (20.91%) Test Scripting
11 96 (19.88%) Test Strategy
12 84 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
13 83 (17.18%) Test Management
14 82 (16.98%) Scrum
15 70 (14.49%) Manual Testing
16 64 (13.25%) Computer Science
17 63 (13.04%) SDET
18 61 (12.63%) Scenario Testing
19 55 (11.39%) User Acceptance Testing
20 54 (11.18%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 140 (28.99%) C#
2 138 (28.57%) Java
3 102 (21.12%) SQL
4 57 (11.80%) JavaScript
5 48 (9.94%) Python
6 10 (2.07%) Bash Shell
7 9 (1.86%) C++
7 9 (1.86%) PHP
8 8 (1.66%) TypeScript
9 7 (1.45%) Groovy
10 5 (1.04%) C
10 5 (1.04%) Java 8
10 5 (1.04%) PowerShell
11 4 (0.83%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.62%) VB
12 3 (0.62%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.62%) VBScript
13 2 (0.41%) FoxPro (VFP)
13 2 (0.41%) Ruby
13 2 (0.41%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 203 (42.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 179 (37.06%) ISEB
3 94 (19.46%) Degree
4 49 (10.14%) Security Cleared
5 45 (9.32%) SC Cleared
6 32 (6.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 29 (6.00%) Computer Science Degree
8 10 (2.07%) HNC
9 6 (1.24%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.83%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (0.83%) DV Cleared
11 2 (0.41%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.41%) PMI Certification
12 1 (0.21%) CSPO
12 1 (0.21%) HND
12 1 (0.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 290 (60.04%) QA
2 16 (3.31%) Accessibility
3 6 (1.24%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.41%) SLA
5 1 (0.21%) Def Stans
5 1 (0.21%) GDPR
5 1 (0.21%) GxP
5 1 (0.21%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.21%) P3O
System Software
1 35 (7.25%) Docker
2 1 (0.21%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.21%) Firmware
2 1 (0.21%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 29 (6.00%) HP Quality Center
2 26 (5.38%) HP ALM
3 16 (3.31%) Kubernetes
4 5 (1.04%) Ansible
5 3 (0.62%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.41%) Grafana
6 2 (0.41%) Puppet
7 1 (0.21%) Terraform
Vendors
1 118 (24.43%) Microsoft
2 50 (10.35%) Oracle
3 46 (9.52%) HP
4 13 (2.69%) SAP
5 12 (2.48%) Salesforce.com
6 11 (2.28%) Google
6 11 (2.28%) Informatica
7 10 (2.07%) Databricks
8 7 (1.45%) Atlassian
8 7 (1.45%) Dynatrace
8 7 (1.45%) JD Edwards
9 5 (1.04%) AppDynamics
9 5 (1.04%) Red Hat
9 5 (1.04%) SolarWinds
10 4 (0.83%) Micro Focus
11 3 (0.62%) CheckPoint
11 3 (0.62%) Cisco
11 3 (0.62%) Juniper
11 3 (0.62%) Sage
11 3 (0.62%) Xamarin