Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 478 414 362
Rank change year-on-year -64 -52 +28
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 420 769 1,290
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.51% 0.68% 0.87%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.43% 3.15% 3.52%
Number of salaries quoted 290 601 1,013
10th Percentile £27,725 £29,000 £26,250
25th Percentile £36,250 £33,500 £31,250
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
Median % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +11.84%
75th Percentile £57,500 £55,000 £52,500
90th Percentile £67,500 £63,750 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £42,500 £40,250 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +6.67%

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 17,258 24,425 36,696
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.78% 21.46% 24.65%
Number of salaries quoted 11,686 18,392 26,841
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +3.45%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -83 339 £45,000 - 45
UK excluding London -69 306 £42,500 +5.59% 41
South East -28 100 £45,000 - 5
London +59 84 £62,500 +13.64% 11
Midlands -1 54 £35,000 -12.50% 10
Work from Home -86 49 £41,250 -17.50% 5
North of England -14 45 £37,500 +8.06% 9
West Midlands +7 43 £32,500 -18.75% 7
South West -8 41 £48,750 +8.33% 9
Scotland +32 37 £40,000 +14.29% 3
North West 0 26 £37,500 +5.63% 3
Wales -4 14 £33,000 -12.00% 3
Yorkshire -18 14 £39,750 +22.31% 5
East of England +32 12 £60,000 +20.00% 1
East Midlands 0 10 £41,000 -3.53% 3
North East +16 5 £35,000 +6.06% 1
Northern Ireland +4 3 £44,500 +20.68% 1

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 332 (79.05%) Test Automation
2 286 (68.10%) Agile Software Development
3 236 (56.19%) Software Testing
4 214 (50.95%) ISEB
5 200 (47.62%) QA
6 196 (46.67%) Selenium
7 175 (41.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 147 (35.00%) C#
9 121 (28.81%) BDD
10 119 (28.33%) SDLC
11 117 (27.86%) Java
12 112 (26.67%) DevOps
13 107 (25.48%) Regression Testing
14 106 (25.24%) TDD
15 103 (24.52%) Degree
16 102 (24.29%) Microsoft
17 97 (23.10%) Problem-Solving
18 94 (22.38%) SQL
19 93 (22.14%) JIRA
20 91 (21.67%) Test Scripting
21 88 (20.95%) SDET
22 81 (19.29%) Finance
23 78 (18.57%) Mobile App
24 72 (17.14%) SQL Server
25 67 (15.95%) Scrum
26 66 (15.71%) JavaScript
26 66 (15.71%) Azure
27 65 (15.48%) Continuous Improvement
27 65 (15.48%) NUnit
28 58 (13.81%) Test Strategy

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 14 (3.33%) Confluence
2 4 (0.95%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.71%) nginx
4 2 (0.48%) NServiceBus
4 2 (0.48%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.24%) CMS
5 1 (0.24%) Umbraco
Applications
1 19 (4.52%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.71%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.24%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (2.38%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (2.14%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (1.19%) NetSuite
4 4 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (0.48%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.48%) Oracle Receivables
6 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.24%) Magento
6 1 (0.24%) Oracle Retail
6 1 (0.24%) Sage X3
6 1 (0.24%) SAP FI-CA
6 1 (0.24%) SAP HCM
6 1 (0.24%) SAP PSCD
Cloud Services
1 66 (15.71%) Azure
2 26 (6.19%) AWS
3 13 (3.10%) SaaS
4 11 (2.62%) BrowserStack
4 11 (2.62%) Dynamics 365
5 7 (1.67%) Sauce Labs
6 3 (0.71%) GitHub
6 3 (0.71%) Slack
7 2 (0.48%) PaaS
7 2 (0.48%) Power Platform
8 1 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.24%) GCP
8 1 (0.24%) Serverless
8 1 (0.24%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.43%) Intranet
2 3 (0.71%) Wireshark
3 2 (0.48%) Internet
3 2 (0.48%) SSH
4 1 (0.24%) HTTP
4 1 (0.24%) LAN
4 1 (0.24%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (17.14%) SQL Server
2 13 (3.10%) MongoDB
2 13 (3.10%) PostgreSQL
3 11 (2.62%) Redis
4 7 (1.67%) Oracle BI EE
5 6 (1.43%) MySQL
5 6 (1.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 4 (0.95%) Oracle ODI
6 4 (0.95%) SAP BW
7 3 (0.71%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (0.71%) Tableau
8 2 (0.48%) DB2
8 2 (0.48%) NoSQL
8 2 (0.48%) Power BI
8 2 (0.48%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.24%) Big Data
9 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 196 (46.67%) Selenium
2 93 (22.14%) JIRA
3 65 (15.48%) NUnit
4 57 (13.57%) Jenkins
4 57 (13.57%) SpecFlow
5 55 (13.10%) Cucumber
6 53 (12.62%) MSTest
7 41 (9.76%) WebDriver
8 39 (9.29%) Postman
9 33 (7.86%) Git (software)
10 29 (6.90%) SoapUI
11 25 (5.95%) Appium
12 23 (5.48%) Zephyr
13 19 (4.52%) JMeter
13 19 (4.52%) Team Foundation Server
14 16 (3.81%) REST Assured
15 14 (3.33%) LoadRunner
16 13 (3.10%) Visual Studio
17 12 (2.86%) TestNG
17 12 (2.86%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 81 (19.29%) Finance
2 52 (12.38%) Marketing
3 31 (7.38%) Public Sector
4 13 (3.10%) Retail
5 9 (2.14%) Advertising
5 9 (2.14%) Banking
5 9 (2.14%) Games
6 5 (1.19%) Military
6 5 (1.19%) Telecoms
7 4 (0.95%) Aerospace
7 4 (0.95%) Electronics
8 3 (0.71%) Back Office
8 3 (0.71%) Front Office
8 3 (0.71%) Law
9 2 (0.48%) General Ledger
9 2 (0.48%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.48%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.24%) Digital Economy
10 1 (0.24%) International Banking
10 1 (0.24%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 124 (29.52%) Test Engineer
2 105 (25.00%) Analyst
3 85 (20.24%) Test Analyst
4 63 (15.00%) Tester
5 50 (11.90%) Test Automation Engineer
6 48 (11.43%) Software Test Engineer
7 39 (9.29%) Software Engineer
8 38 (9.05%) Development Engineer
9 37 (8.81%) Software Development Engineer
9 37 (8.81%) Test Development Engineer
10 35 (8.33%) QA Engineer
11 29 (6.90%) Automation Tester
11 29 (6.90%) Senior Test Engineer
12 28 (6.67%) Test Leader
13 27 (6.43%) Automation Test Analyst
14 24 (5.71%) Test Manager
15 21 (5.00%) QA Analyst
16 18 (4.29%) Graduate
17 15 (3.57%) Developer
17 15 (3.57%) Senior Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (12.62%) .NET
2 41 (9.76%) REST
3 34 (8.10%) SOAP
3 34 (8.10%) Web Services
4 23 (5.48%) Gherkin
5 18 (4.29%) XML
6 17 (4.05%) JSON
7 16 (3.81%) HTML
8 11 (2.62%) .NET Core
8 11 (2.62%) jQuery
9 9 (2.14%) Kafka
9 9 (2.14%) WebdriverIO
10 7 (1.67%) CSS
11 5 (1.19%) Django
11 5 (1.19%) Flask
11 5 (1.19%) RESTful
12 4 (0.95%) Middleware
13 3 (0.71%) .NET Framework
13 3 (0.71%) LEMP Stack
13 3 (0.71%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 78 (18.57%) Mobile App
2 55 (13.10%) Management Information System
3 54 (12.86%) Analytical Skills
4 49 (11.67%) EPoS
5 12 (2.86%) Client/Server
5 12 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (2.38%) Video\Live Streaming
7 8 (1.90%) Chip and PIN
7 8 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
8 5 (1.19%) Analytical Mindset
8 5 (1.19%) Mainframe
9 4 (0.95%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.95%) Equities
9 4 (0.95%) Greenfield Project
10 3 (0.71%) AS400
10 3 (0.71%) Life Science
10 3 (0.71%) PMI
11 2 (0.48%) Fixed Income
11 2 (0.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 2 (0.48%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 18 (4.29%) Linux
2 15 (3.57%) Android
3 13 (3.10%) Windows
4 12 (2.86%) Apple iOS
5 9 (2.14%) Unix
6 1 (0.24%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 332 (79.05%) Test Automation
2 286 (68.10%) Agile Software Development
3 236 (56.19%) Software Testing
4 121 (28.81%) BDD
5 119 (28.33%) SDLC
6 112 (26.67%) DevOps
7 107 (25.48%) Regression Testing
8 106 (25.24%) TDD
9 97 (23.10%) Problem-Solving
10 91 (21.67%) Test Scripting
11 88 (20.95%) SDET
12 67 (15.95%) Scrum
13 65 (15.48%) Continuous Improvement
14 58 (13.81%) Test Strategy
15 57 (13.57%) Load Testing
16 54 (12.86%) Computer Science
17 52 (12.38%) User Acceptance Testing
18 47 (11.19%) Test Management
19 46 (10.95%) API Testing
19 46 (10.95%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 147 (35.00%) C#
2 117 (27.86%) Java
3 94 (22.38%) SQL
4 66 (15.71%) JavaScript
5 52 (12.38%) Python
6 15 (3.57%) Bash Shell
6 15 (3.57%) C++
7 8 (1.90%) T-SQL
7 8 (1.90%) VB.NET
8 6 (1.43%) Perl
8 6 (1.43%) PHP
9 4 (0.95%) ABAP
9 4 (0.95%) Groovy
9 4 (0.95%) PowerShell
9 4 (0.95%) TypeScript
10 3 (0.71%) Java 8
10 3 (0.71%) Ruby
10 3 (0.71%) VBScript
11 2 (0.48%) C
12 1 (0.24%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 214 (50.95%) ISEB
2 175 (41.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 103 (24.52%) Degree
4 29 (6.90%) Security Cleared
5 24 (5.71%) SC Cleared
6 20 (4.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 18 (4.29%) Computer Science Degree
8 14 (3.33%) ISEB Practitioner
9 5 (1.19%) HNC
10 3 (0.71%) HND
10 3 (0.71%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.48%) CSPO
11 2 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.24%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.24%) DBS Check
12 1 (0.24%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 200 (47.62%) QA
2 5 (1.19%) ISO 9001
2 5 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.95%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.48%) GDPR
4 2 (0.48%) GxP
4 2 (0.48%) P3O
5 1 (0.24%) Def Stans
System Software
1 37 (8.81%) Docker
2 3 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.24%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 21 (5.00%) Kubernetes
2 16 (3.81%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (3.81%) Puppet
3 8 (1.90%) HP ALM
4 5 (1.19%) Perfmon
5 3 (0.71%) Nmap
Vendors
1 102 (24.29%) Microsoft
2 36 (8.57%) Oracle
3 19 (4.52%) HP
4 16 (3.81%) Google
4 16 (3.81%) SAP
5 9 (2.14%) Salesforce.com
6 7 (1.67%) Informatica
7 6 (1.43%) Pega
8 5 (1.19%) JD Edwards
9 4 (0.95%) Cadence
9 4 (0.95%) Dynatrace
9 4 (0.95%) Xamarin
10 3 (0.71%) Sage
10 3 (0.71%) VMware
11 2 (0.48%) Databricks
12 1 (0.24%) Atlassian
12 1 (0.24%) CA Agile Central
12 1 (0.24%) hybris
12 1 (0.24%) Splunk
12 1 (0.24%) YouTube