Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
15 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 416 353 437
Rank change year-on-year -63 +84 -100
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 402 1,254 1,204
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.65% 0.88% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.94% 3.70% 2.99%
Number of salaries quoted 330 923 978
Median annual salary £40,450 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -4.82% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,550 £25,750
90th Percentile £63,750 £61,250 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £41,500 £38,000
% change year-on-year -3.61% +9.21% +4.11%

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 13,687 33,895 40,269
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.04% 23.89% 23.74%
Number of salaries quoted 9,906 24,551 29,939
Median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% - +11.11%
10th Percentile £30,000 £26,650 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +5.56% - +5.88%

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 15 August 2020.

Salary histogram for ISTQB in the UK

ISTQB
Top 18 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 15 August 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 -66 345 £42,500 -5.56% 28
UK excluding London -23 305 £40,000 -3.61% 28
South East +52 114 £43,125 -4.17% 7
London +63 80 £59,500 +13.33% 1
North of England -3 56 £35,500 -11.25% 4
South West -7 46 £35,000 -21.35% 8
North West -16 31 £35,500 -14.46% 2
Midlands +32 24 £37,961 -5.10% 3
Yorkshire +85 23 £35,000 -10.26% 1
East of England +87 20 £42,500 - 5
Northern Ireland +41 19 £35,000 -15.15% 1
Work from Home +79 16 £40,000 - 3
West Midlands +43 15 £40,000 - 1
Wales -3 13 £35,000 -
Scotland +75 11 £37,500 -9.64%
East Midlands +44 9 £37,500 -8.54% 2
North East +12 2 £42,500 +70.00% 1
Isle of Man - 2 £33,000 -

For the 6 months to 15 August 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.

1 300 (74.63%) Test Automation
2 269 (66.92%) Agile Software Development
3 202 (50.25%) Selenium
4 185 (46.02%) ISEB
5 139 (34.58%) QA
6 132 (32.84%) JIRA
7 125 (31.09%) C#
7 125 (31.09%) Java
8 107 (26.62%) Cucumber
9 101 (25.12%) Test Scripting
10 98 (24.38%) Software Testing
11 85 (21.14%) Scrum
11 85 (21.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 82 (20.40%) Finance
13 79 (19.65%) Manual Testing
14 76 (18.91%) SQL
15 73 (18.16%) Degree
15 73 (18.16%) Waterfall
16 71 (17.66%) Test Strategy
17 70 (17.41%) Python
18 62 (15.42%) JavaScript
19 59 (14.68%) SDLC
19 59 (14.68%) WebDriver
20 56 (13.93%) Regression Testing
21 54 (13.43%) SpecFlow
21 54 (13.43%) Jenkins
22 52 (12.94%) BDD
22 52 (12.94%) .NET
23 51 (12.69%) JMeter
23 51 (12.69%) DevOps

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 48 (11.94%) Confluence
2 6 (1.49%) SharePoint
3 5 (1.24%) IIS
4 3 (0.75%) CMS
4 3 (0.75%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.50%) CICS
5 2 (0.50%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.25%) Mule
6 1 (0.25%) Mule ESB
6 1 (0.25%) NServiceBus
6 1 (0.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 13 (3.23%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.00%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (0.75%) AutoCAD
5 2 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.25%) Sketch
6 1 (0.25%) Zeplin
Business Applications
1 4 (1.00%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.25%) NetSuite
2 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.25%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.25%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 50 (12.44%) Azure
2 36 (8.96%) AWS
3 20 (4.98%) Sauce Labs
4 12 (2.99%) BlazeMeter
5 8 (1.99%) SaaS
6 7 (1.74%) Trello
7 6 (1.49%) Office 365
8 5 (1.24%) AWS Lambda
8 5 (1.24%) BrowserStack
8 5 (1.24%) Power Platform
8 5 (1.24%) Serverless
9 4 (1.00%) GitHub
10 2 (0.50%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.50%) GCP
10 2 (0.50%) Heroku
11 1 (0.25%) Azure Machine Learning
11 1 (0.25%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.25%) Logic Apps
11 1 (0.25%) Slack
11 1 (0.25%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.49%) Skype
2 4 (1.00%) DNS
3 3 (0.75%) 3G
3 3 (0.75%) 4G
3 3 (0.75%) HTTP
3 3 (0.75%) LTE
3 3 (0.75%) Wireshark
4 2 (0.50%) IPv6
4 2 (0.50%) SSH
5 1 (0.25%) Firewall
5 1 (0.25%) PuTTY
5 1 (0.25%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (5.22%) SQL Server
2 14 (3.48%) NoSQL
3 10 (2.49%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (1.99%) MongoDB
5 7 (1.74%) DB2
5 7 (1.74%) MySQL
6 5 (1.24%) Power BI
7 4 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
8 3 (0.75%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.50%) Apache Cassandra
9 2 (0.50%) Apache Hive
9 2 (0.50%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
10 1 (0.25%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.25%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 202 (50.25%) Selenium
2 132 (32.84%) JIRA
3 107 (26.62%) Cucumber
4 59 (14.68%) WebDriver
5 54 (13.43%) Jenkins
5 54 (13.43%) SpecFlow
6 51 (12.69%) JMeter
7 39 (9.70%) SoapUI
8 36 (8.96%) Team Foundation Server
9 26 (6.47%) Git (software)
10 25 (6.22%) Appium
11 22 (5.47%) Postman
12 21 (5.22%) eggPlant
13 19 (4.73%) Visual Studio
14 15 (3.73%) HP UFT
15 13 (3.23%) TestRail
15 13 (3.23%) Zephyr
16 12 (2.99%) LoadRunner
16 12 (2.99%) NUnit
17 11 (2.74%) Maven
General
1 82 (20.40%) Finance
2 24 (5.97%) Retail
3 19 (4.73%) Banking
4 10 (2.49%) Legal
4 10 (2.49%) Telecoms
5 7 (1.74%) Public Sector
6 5 (1.24%) Back Office
7 4 (1.00%) General Ledger
8 3 (0.75%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.50%) Aerospace
9 2 (0.50%) Games
9 2 (0.50%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.50%) Military
9 2 (0.50%) Police
10 1 (0.25%) Advertising
10 1 (0.25%) Front Office
10 1 (0.25%) Law
10 1 (0.25%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 136 (33.83%) Analyst
2 120 (29.85%) Test Analyst
3 93 (23.13%) Tester
4 75 (18.66%) Test Engineer
5 38 (9.45%) Automation Tester
6 37 (9.20%) Software Tester
7 35 (8.71%) Test Leader
8 34 (8.46%) Automation Test Analyst
8 34 (8.46%) QA Engineer
9 32 (7.96%) Test Automation Engineer
10 30 (7.46%) Senior Test Engineer
10 30 (7.46%) Test Manager
11 21 (5.22%) QA Analyst
12 19 (4.73%) QA Tester
13 16 (3.98%) Software Analyst
14 15 (3.73%) Senior Tester
15 14 (3.48%) Software Test Analyst
16 13 (3.23%) Senior Analyst
16 13 (3.23%) Senior Automation Tester
16 13 (3.23%) Senior QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (12.94%) .NET
2 35 (8.71%) Web Services
3 26 (6.47%) SOAP
4 19 (4.73%) React
5 18 (4.48%) ASP.NET
6 16 (3.98%) .NET Framework
6 16 (3.98%) Gherkin
7 15 (3.73%) REST
8 14 (3.48%) XML
9 11 (2.74%) HTML
10 10 (2.49%) Node.js
11 9 (2.24%) AngularJS
12 8 (1.99%) JSON
13 7 (1.74%) Kafka
14 5 (1.24%) WebdriverIO
15 4 (1.00%) SAP Fiori
16 3 (0.75%) COM
16 3 (0.75%) OAuth
16 3 (0.75%) Velocity
17 2 (0.50%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 42 (10.45%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (5.22%) Mainframe
3 13 (3.23%) Client/Server
4 12 (2.99%) Mobile App
5 11 (2.74%) Greenfield Project
5 11 (2.74%) Self-Motivation
6 9 (2.24%) User Experience
7 6 (1.49%) Smart Meter
8 5 (1.24%) Management Information System
9 4 (1.00%) Linux Command Line
10 3 (0.75%) EPoS
10 3 (0.75%) Virtual Team
10 3 (0.75%) VSAM
11 2 (0.50%) Data Centre
11 2 (0.50%) Derivative
11 2 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.50%) Equities
11 2 (0.50%) IBM Mainframe
11 2 (0.50%) Replication
11 2 (0.50%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 32 (7.96%) Windows
2 20 (4.98%) Linux
3 15 (3.73%) Unix
4 10 (2.49%) Android
5 9 (2.24%) Apple iOS
6 6 (1.49%) CentOS
6 6 (1.49%) Ubuntu
7 5 (1.24%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.25%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 300 (74.63%) Test Automation
2 269 (66.92%) Agile Software Development
3 101 (25.12%) Test Scripting
4 98 (24.38%) Software Testing
5 85 (21.14%) Scrum
6 79 (19.65%) Manual Testing
7 73 (18.16%) Waterfall
8 71 (17.66%) Test Strategy
9 59 (14.68%) SDLC
10 56 (13.93%) Regression Testing
11 52 (12.94%) BDD
12 51 (12.69%) DevOps
13 48 (11.94%) Problem-Solving
14 46 (11.44%) Performance Testing
14 46 (11.44%) User Stories
15 43 (10.70%) Non-Functional Testing
15 43 (10.70%) User Acceptance Testing
16 42 (10.45%) Computer Science
17 36 (8.96%) Continuous Integration
17 36 (8.96%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 125 (31.09%) C#
1 125 (31.09%) Java
2 76 (18.91%) SQL
3 70 (17.41%) Python
4 62 (15.42%) JavaScript
5 29 (7.21%) TypeScript
6 16 (3.98%) Ruby
7 15 (3.73%) Bash Shell
7 15 (3.73%) C++
8 11 (2.74%) PowerShell
9 10 (2.49%) C
9 10 (2.49%) PHP
9 10 (2.49%) VB
10 7 (1.74%) COBOL
11 5 (1.24%) JCL
12 3 (0.75%) Java 8
12 3 (0.75%) Perl
12 3 (0.75%) PL/SQL
12 3 (0.75%) Scala
12 3 (0.75%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 185 (46.02%) ISEB
2 85 (21.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 73 (18.16%) Degree
4 26 (6.47%) Security Cleared
5 17 (4.23%) ISEB Practitioner
6 15 (3.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 11 (2.74%) Computer Science Degree
8 8 (1.99%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.99%) HNC
9 7 (1.74%) SC Cleared
10 3 (0.75%) PMI Certification
10 3 (0.75%) PMP
11 2 (0.50%) MCP
12 1 (0.25%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.25%) SAFe Agilist
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 139 (34.58%) QA
2 4 (1.00%) SLA
3 2 (0.50%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.50%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.25%) GDPR
4 1 (0.25%) GxP
4 1 (0.25%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 21 (5.22%) Docker
2 3 (0.75%) Time Sharing Option
3 2 (0.50%) ACF2
3 2 (0.50%) Firmware
3 2 (0.50%) RACF
4 1 (0.25%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.25%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 34 (8.46%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (4.23%) HP ALM
3 8 (1.99%) Kubernetes
4 7 (1.74%) CA Service Virtualization
5 6 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
5 6 (1.49%) Puppet
6 5 (1.24%) Ansible
7 2 (0.50%) Kibana
8 1 (0.25%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.25%) Control-M
Vendors
1 47 (11.69%) Microsoft
2 37 (9.20%) HP
3 35 (8.71%) Oracle
4 15 (3.73%) SAP
5 10 (2.49%) Atlassian
6 8 (1.99%) CA
7 7 (1.74%) Perfecto Mobile
8 6 (1.49%) IBM
9 5 (1.24%) Remedy
10 4 (1.00%) Google
10 4 (1.00%) Guidewire
10 4 (1.00%) Sage
11 3 (0.75%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (0.50%) AppDynamics
12 2 (0.50%) Arqiva
12 2 (0.50%) Capita
12 2 (0.50%) MuleSoft
12 2 (0.50%) Xamarin
13 1 (0.25%) hybris
13 1 (0.25%) Pega