Period
to 24 February 2020

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 24 February 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
24 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 425 380 384
Rank change year-on-year -45 +4 -91
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 858 1,240 1,366
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.70% 0.83% 0.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.22% 3.41% 3.26%
Number of salaries quoted 678 1,019 1,148
UK median annual salary £42,500 £42,500 £38,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +11.84% -5.00%
10th Percentile £29,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £63,750 £58,750 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £41,500 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year +3.75% +6.67% -1.32%

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 26,635 36,351 41,965
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.71% 24.37% 23.96%
Number of salaries quoted 19,710 26,486 32,584
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% -

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 24 February 2020.

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 24 February 2020. 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 -36 778 £43,000 +1.18% 137
UK excluding London +8 717 £41,500 +3.75% 136
South East +16 265 £45,000 +2.27% 32
North of England +5 135 £35,000 -6.67% 36
London -72 129 £55,000 +12.82% 14
Midlands -9 124 £40,000 +6.67% 25
West Midlands +12 89 £40,000 +23.08% 13
South West +27 87 £45,000 +5.88% 24
North West +8 73 £35,500 -5.33% 20
Yorkshire +16 56 £32,500 -13.33% 12
Wales +25 51 £38,750 +33.03% 10
East of England +1 39 £48,750 +11.43% 5
East Midlands -13 32 £41,250 -2.94% 12
Scotland +1 21 £37,500 -1.96% 3
North East +15 6 £33,000 +11.92% 4

For the 6 months to 24 February 2020, 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.

1 648 (75.52%) Test Automation
2 555 (64.69%) Agile Software Development
3 401 (46.74%) ISEB
4 371 (43.24%) QA
5 355 (41.38%) Selenium
6 300 (34.97%) Software Testing
7 269 (31.35%) Test Scripting
8 263 (30.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 262 (30.54%) JIRA
10 243 (28.32%) Scrum
11 236 (27.51%) C#
12 220 (25.64%) SQL
13 206 (24.01%) Finance
14 204 (23.78%) Java
15 165 (19.23%) Cucumber
16 159 (18.53%) SDLC
17 155 (18.07%) Regression Testing
18 152 (17.72%) User Acceptance Testing
19 149 (17.37%) Manual Testing
20 143 (16.67%) Test Management
21 142 (16.55%) Problem-Solving
22 131 (15.27%) Waterfall
23 129 (15.03%) DevOps
24 128 (14.92%) WebDriver
25 123 (14.34%) Analytical Skills
26 117 (13.64%) Postman
27 116 (13.52%) Microsoft
28 115 (13.40%) BDD
28 115 (13.40%) Test Strategy
29 114 (13.29%) Degree

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
1 109 (12.70%) Confluence
2 15 (1.75%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.52%) CICS
3 13 (1.52%) WebSphere
4 9 (1.05%) EPiServer
4 9 (1.05%) SAS
5 7 (0.82%) CMS
6 3 (0.35%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.23%) Apache
7 2 (0.23%) Moodle
7 2 (0.23%) WebSphere Application Server
8 1 (0.12%) Mule
8 1 (0.12%) Mule ESB
Applications
1 41 (4.78%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (2.33%) MS Visio
3 15 (1.75%) Microsoft Excel
4 14 (1.63%) Microsoft Project
5 3 (0.35%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.12%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (0.70%) SAP ERP
1 6 (0.70%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (0.23%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.12%) SAP EWM
3 1 (0.12%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 97 (11.31%) Azure
2 45 (5.24%) AWS
3 24 (2.80%) BrowserStack
4 19 (2.21%) BlazeMeter
5 14 (1.63%) GitHub
6 12 (1.40%) SaaS
7 11 (1.28%) GCP
8 8 (0.93%) Office 365
9 7 (0.82%) Heroku
10 6 (0.70%) Trello
11 5 (0.58%) Dynamics 365
11 5 (0.58%) Slack
12 4 (0.47%) Azure Stack
12 4 (0.47%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.35%) AWS IoT
13 3 (0.35%) Azure Machine Learning
13 3 (0.35%) Sauce Labs
13 3 (0.35%) SuccessFactors
14 1 (0.12%) Amazon EMR
14 1 (0.12%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.52%) Internet
1 13 (1.52%) Wireless
2 10 (1.17%) PuTTY
3 9 (1.05%) LTE
4 7 (0.82%) Wireshark
5 6 (0.70%) Softphone
6 5 (0.58%) ATM
7 4 (0.47%) BGP
7 4 (0.47%) EIGRP
7 4 (0.47%) HSRP
7 4 (0.47%) MPLS
7 4 (0.47%) Multicast
7 4 (0.47%) NetScaler
7 4 (0.47%) OSPF
7 4 (0.47%) Skype
7 4 (0.47%) SSH
7 4 (0.47%) TCP/IP
7 4 (0.47%) VLAN
8 3 (0.35%) HTTP
9 2 (0.23%) RIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (9.79%) SQL Server
2 26 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
3 17 (1.98%) DB2
4 16 (1.86%) MongoDB
5 12 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (1.17%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.17%) SQLPlus
7 9 (1.05%) BusinessObjects
8 7 (0.82%) BusinessObjects XI
8 7 (0.82%) Cognos Query Studio
8 7 (0.82%) IBM InfoSphere
8 7 (0.82%) NoSQL
8 7 (0.82%) Qlik Sense
8 7 (0.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 6 (0.70%) Amazon Redshift
9 6 (0.70%) RDBMS
10 5 (0.58%) MySQL
11 3 (0.35%) Big Data
11 3 (0.35%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.35%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 355 (41.38%) Selenium
2 262 (30.54%) JIRA
3 165 (19.23%) Cucumber
4 128 (14.92%) WebDriver
5 117 (13.64%) Postman
6 98 (11.42%) SpecFlow
7 94 (10.96%) JMeter
8 84 (9.79%) Jenkins
9 77 (8.97%) Team Foundation Server
10 59 (6.88%) SoapUI
11 55 (6.41%) Visual Studio
12 54 (6.29%) HP UFT
13 43 (5.01%) Git (software)
14 36 (4.20%) Zephyr
15 30 (3.50%) JUnit
16 29 (3.38%) Appium
17 28 (3.26%) LoadRunner
18 27 (3.15%) Bitbucket
19 24 (2.80%) Ranorex
20 23 (2.68%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 206 (24.01%) Finance
2 45 (5.24%) Telecoms
3 41 (4.78%) Banking
3 41 (4.78%) Public Sector
4 32 (3.73%) Aerospace
5 16 (1.86%) Legal
6 15 (1.75%) Marketing
7 14 (1.63%) Retail
8 11 (1.28%) Games
8 11 (1.28%) Pharmaceutical
9 8 (0.93%) Electronics
9 8 (0.93%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.70%) Back Office
11 3 (0.35%) Advertising
11 3 (0.35%) Investment Banking
12 2 (0.23%) Automotive
12 2 (0.23%) Military
13 1 (0.12%) Law
13 1 (0.12%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 286 (33.33%) Analyst
2 249 (29.02%) Test Analyst
3 187 (21.79%) Tester
4 142 (16.55%) Test Engineer
5 96 (11.19%) Test Manager
6 75 (8.74%) QA Engineer
7 73 (8.51%) Automation Test Analyst
8 69 (8.04%) Test Leader
9 64 (7.46%) Software Tester
10 61 (7.11%) QA Analyst
11 56 (6.53%) QA Tester
12 49 (5.71%) Test Automation Engineer
13 48 (5.59%) Automation Tester
14 35 (4.08%) Manual Test Analyst
14 35 (4.08%) Senior Analyst
15 34 (3.96%) QA Test Analyst
15 34 (3.96%) Senior Test Analyst
16 32 (3.73%) Automation Test Lead
17 30 (3.50%) Software Analyst
18 26 (3.03%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 103 (12.00%) .NET
2 79 (9.21%) Web Services
3 55 (6.41%) REST
4 47 (5.48%) SOAP
5 31 (3.61%) Gherkin
6 25 (2.91%) RESTful
7 24 (2.80%) HTML
8 23 (2.68%) ASP.NET
9 21 (2.45%) .NET Framework
9 21 (2.45%) XML
10 12 (1.40%) WebSphere MQ
11 11 (1.28%) WCF
12 10 (1.17%) DHTML
13 9 (1.05%) Spring
14 8 (0.93%) AngularJS
14 8 (0.93%) React
15 7 (0.82%) Nightwatchjs
16 6 (0.70%) Node.js
16 6 (0.70%) SAP Fiori
17 5 (0.58%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 123 (14.34%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (7.58%) User Experience
3 41 (4.78%) Mobile App
4 35 (4.08%) Management Information System
5 31 (3.61%) Self-Motivation
6 18 (2.10%) Greenfield Project
7 17 (1.98%) Linux Command Line
8 13 (1.52%) Mainframe
9 12 (1.40%) IBM Mainframe
10 11 (1.28%) Smart Meter
11 9 (1.05%) CCTV
12 7 (0.82%) Algorithms
12 7 (0.82%) Wiki
13 6 (0.70%) Handset
14 5 (0.58%) Driving Licence
15 4 (0.47%) Enterprise Software
15 4 (0.47%) Renewable Energy
16 2 (0.23%) Digital TV
16 2 (0.23%) Smart Energy
16 2 (0.23%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 47 (5.48%) Windows
2 46 (5.36%) Linux
3 19 (2.21%) Android
3 19 (2.21%) Apple iOS
3 19 (2.21%) Unix
4 9 (1.05%) CentOS
4 9 (1.05%) Windows 7
4 9 (1.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (0.47%) Mac OS
5 4 (0.47%) Windows 10
6 3 (0.35%) VMS
7 1 (0.12%) Mac OS X
7 1 (0.12%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 648 (75.52%) Test Automation
2 555 (64.69%) Agile Software Development
3 300 (34.97%) Software Testing
4 269 (31.35%) Test Scripting
5 243 (28.32%) Scrum
6 159 (18.53%) SDLC
7 155 (18.07%) Regression Testing
8 152 (17.72%) User Acceptance Testing
9 149 (17.37%) Manual Testing
10 143 (16.67%) Test Management
11 142 (16.55%) Problem-Solving
12 131 (15.27%) Waterfall
13 129 (15.03%) DevOps
14 115 (13.40%) BDD
14 115 (13.40%) Test Strategy
15 110 (12.82%) Continuous Integration
16 106 (12.35%) API Testing
16 106 (12.35%) Non-Functional Testing
17 101 (11.77%) Defect Management
18 98 (11.42%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 236 (27.51%) C#
2 220 (25.64%) SQL
3 204 (23.78%) Java
4 85 (9.91%) Python
5 77 (8.97%) JavaScript
6 53 (6.18%) Ruby
7 34 (3.96%) C
8 30 (3.50%) VBScript
9 27 (3.15%) VB
10 24 (2.80%) C++
11 19 (2.21%) Perl
12 15 (1.75%) Bash Shell
13 14 (1.63%) Scala
14 13 (1.52%) COBOL
14 13 (1.52%) T-SQL
15 12 (1.40%) PL/1
15 12 (1.40%) PL/SQL
15 12 (1.40%) R
16 11 (1.28%) Assembly Language
16 11 (1.28%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 401 (46.74%) ISEB
2 263 (30.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 114 (13.29%) Degree
4 76 (8.86%) Security Cleared
5 54 (6.29%) SC Cleared
6 40 (4.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 22 (2.56%) Computer Science Degree
8 16 (1.86%) DV Cleared
9 14 (1.63%) PMI Certification
10 13 (1.52%) PMP
11 11 (1.28%) HNC
12 9 (1.05%) CEH
12 9 (1.05%) MCSA
12 9 (1.05%) MCSE
12 9 (1.05%) Microsoft Certification
12 9 (1.05%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 8 (0.93%) ISEB Practitioner
14 7 (0.82%) MCP
14 7 (0.82%) PhD
15 6 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 371 (43.24%) QA
2 17 (1.98%) Data Quality
3 4 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 2 (0.23%) GAMP
5 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.12%) JTAG
5 1 (0.12%) PMO
5 1 (0.12%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (3.26%) Docker
2 13 (1.52%) ACF2
2 13 (1.52%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.52%) RACF
3 4 (0.47%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (0.47%) XenApp
4 1 (0.12%) Firmware
4 1 (0.12%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 59 (6.88%) HP Quality Center
2 46 (5.36%) HP ALM
3 13 (1.52%) SCOM
4 11 (1.28%) Kubernetes
5 10 (1.17%) SCCM
6 9 (1.05%) Netcool
6 9 (1.05%) TeMIP
7 8 (0.93%) Opscode Chef
7 8 (0.93%) Puppet
8 4 (0.47%) Ansible
8 4 (0.47%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (0.47%) SCOrch
9 3 (0.35%) CA Service Virtualization
10 1 (0.12%) Control-M
Vendors
1 116 (13.52%) Microsoft
2 76 (8.86%) HP
3 52 (6.06%) SAP
4 29 (3.38%) IBM
5 24 (2.80%) Oracle
6 16 (1.86%) Google
6 16 (1.86%) Remedy
7 12 (1.40%) Atlassian
8 11 (1.28%) SolarWinds
9 9 (1.05%) OpenText
10 8 (0.93%) Ab Initio
10 8 (0.93%) CA
10 8 (0.93%) Informatica
10 8 (0.93%) Netezza
11 7 (0.82%) Cognos
12 6 (0.70%) Cadence
12 6 (0.70%) Micro Focus
12 6 (0.70%) Sage
13 5 (0.58%) Perforce
13 5 (0.58%) VMware