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

International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB)
UK
6 months to
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 389 387 301
Rank change year-on-year -2 -86 +18
Permanent jobs citing ISTQB 1,259 1,474 2,012
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.77% 0.82% 1.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.24% 3.36% 4.02%
Number of salaries quoted 980 1,197 1,712
UK median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,750
90th Percentile £58,750 £60,000 £61,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £40,000 £37,500 £38,000
% change year-on-year +6.67% -1.32% +1.33%

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 38,820 43,826 50,019
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.73% 24.25% 26.35%
Number of salaries quoted 28,743 33,667 40,125
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%

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 November 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 November 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 -16 1,137 £42,500 +6.25% 199
UK excluding London -32 916 £40,000 +6.67% 172
London +22 320 £47,500 +5.56% 38
South East +2 304 £45,000 +12.50% 47
North of England -7 221 £35,000 - 53
North West +18 134 £32,500 - 24
Midlands -30 125 £38,000 -0.65% 28
South West -52 94 £35,000 -9.09% 21
Yorkshire -20 86 £37,500 +4.17% 24
East of England +58 83 £45,000 +20.00% 12
Scotland -2 79 £37,500 +18.11% 7
West Midlands -24 68 £32,500 -13.33% 22
East Midlands 0 57 £41,250 -2.94% 6
Wales +1 18 £29,129 -11.73% 4
Northern Ireland -10 3 £40,000 -
North East -14 1 £25,500 -32.00% 5

For the 6 months to 14 November 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.

1 845 (67.12%) Test Automation
2 777 (61.72%) Agile Software Development
3 648 (51.47%) ISEB
4 507 (40.27%) Selenium
5 479 (38.05%) Software Testing
6 470 (37.33%) QA
7 350 (27.80%) Finance
8 347 (27.56%) Test Scripting
9 338 (26.85%) SQL
10 332 (26.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 291 (23.11%) JIRA
12 272 (21.60%) Degree
13 263 (20.89%) C#
13 263 (20.89%) Java
14 258 (20.49%) Scrum
15 254 (20.17%) Test Strategy
16 231 (18.35%) User Acceptance Testing
17 224 (17.79%) SDLC
18 221 (17.55%) Test Management
19 216 (17.16%) BDD
20 204 (16.20%) Manual Testing
21 191 (15.17%) Regression Testing
22 180 (14.30%) Cucumber
23 173 (13.74%) Analytical Skills
24 171 (13.58%) Functional Testing
24 171 (13.58%) Microsoft
25 168 (13.34%) Waterfall
26 166 (13.19%) Scenario Testing
27 150 (11.91%) Continuous Integration
28 148 (11.76%) Defect Management

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 94 (7.47%) Confluence
2 12 (0.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 12 (0.95%) SharePoint
3 10 (0.79%) WebSphere
4 8 (0.64%) SAS
5 7 (0.56%) CMS
5 7 (0.56%) Liferay
6 6 (0.48%) Apache Spark
7 5 (0.40%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.40%) EPiServer
8 3 (0.24%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.16%) Apache
9 2 (0.16%) CICS
9 2 (0.16%) WebLogic
9 2 (0.16%) WebSphere Application Server
9 2 (0.16%) WordPress
10 1 (0.079%) IIS
10 1 (0.079%) JBoss
10 1 (0.079%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.079%) Tomcat
Applications
1 34 (2.70%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (2.22%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (0.87%) Mingle
4 5 (0.40%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.24%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.16%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.079%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.24%) Elite 3E
2 3 (0.24%) SAP FI-CA
2 3 (0.24%) SAP PSCD
2 3 (0.24%) TIBCO iProcess
3 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.16%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.16%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.16%) SAP IS-U
3 2 (0.16%) Sonata
4 1 (0.079%) Distributed Ledger
4 1 (0.079%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.079%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.079%) R3 Corda
4 1 (0.079%) SAP FI
4 1 (0.079%) SAP FI-AR
4 1 (0.079%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 36 (2.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 35 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
3 20 (1.59%) GitHub
4 14 (1.11%) BlazeMeter
4 14 (1.11%) SaaS
5 13 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
6 11 (0.87%) BrowserStack
7 10 (0.79%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (0.24%) Sage Pay
9 2 (0.16%) Runscope
10 1 (0.079%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.079%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.079%) Slack
10 1 (0.079%) Tricentis Tosca
10 1 (0.079%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 21 (1.67%) LTE
2 19 (1.51%) GSM
3 18 (1.43%) 3G
4 14 (1.11%) Wireless
5 12 (0.95%) 4G
5 12 (0.95%) GPRS
5 12 (0.95%) PSTN
6 11 (0.87%) FTP
7 9 (0.71%) Broadband
8 7 (0.56%) CDMA
8 7 (0.56%) DNS
8 7 (0.56%) Internet
8 7 (0.56%) UMTS
8 7 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (0.48%) 2G
9 6 (0.48%) 802.15
9 6 (0.48%) ICMP
9 6 (0.48%) TCP/IP
9 6 (0.48%) WAN
9 6 (0.48%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 103 (8.18%) SQL Server
2 17 (1.35%) MongoDB
2 17 (1.35%) Relational Database
3 13 (1.03%) Big Data
4 12 (0.95%) MySQL
5 11 (0.87%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (0.79%) Oracle Database
6 10 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
7 9 (0.71%) NoSQL
7 9 (0.71%) Oracle Database 10g
7 9 (0.71%) SQL Server 2008
8 8 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
8 8 (0.64%) SQL Server 2005
8 8 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.56%) SQL Server 2014
10 6 (0.48%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.40%) Data Mining
11 5 (0.40%) DB2
11 5 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 507 (40.27%) Selenium
2 291 (23.11%) JIRA
3 180 (14.30%) Cucumber
4 124 (9.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 121 (9.61%) WebDriver
6 101 (8.02%) JMeter
7 95 (7.55%) Jenkins
8 92 (7.31%) SpecFlow
9 89 (7.07%) Visual Studio
10 75 (5.96%) SoapUI
11 70 (5.56%) LoadRunner
12 67 (5.32%) HP UFT
13 60 (4.77%) Git (software)
14 42 (3.34%) Appium
14 42 (3.34%) JUnit
15 36 (2.86%) Visual Studio Team System
16 33 (2.62%) Zephyr
17 29 (2.30%) Visual Studio Coded UI
18 25 (1.99%) TestNG
19 23 (1.83%) TeamCity
General
1 350 (27.80%) Finance
2 105 (8.34%) Banking
3 70 (5.56%) Retail
4 38 (3.02%) Telecoms
5 19 (1.51%) Retail Banking
6 18 (1.43%) Law
7 17 (1.35%) Investment Banking
8 14 (1.11%) Games
8 14 (1.11%) Manufacturing
9 13 (1.03%) Marketing
10 12 (0.95%) Publishing
11 11 (0.87%) Electronics
12 7 (0.56%) Advertising
12 7 (0.56%) Legal
13 6 (0.48%) Automotive
14 5 (0.40%) Back Office
15 4 (0.32%) Aerospace
15 4 (0.32%) Local Government
15 4 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
16 3 (0.24%) Music Industry
Job Titles
1 503 (39.95%) Analyst
2 449 (35.66%) Test Analyst
3 321 (25.50%) Tester
4 152 (12.07%) Automation Tester
5 129 (10.25%) Test Engineer
6 124 (9.85%) Test Manager
7 114 (9.05%) Test Leader
8 106 (8.42%) Software Tester
9 83 (6.59%) Automation Test Analyst
10 77 (6.12%) QA Engineer
11 65 (5.16%) Developer
12 59 (4.69%) QA Analyst
13 56 (4.45%) Developer in Test
14 54 (4.29%) Senior Analyst
15 50 (3.97%) Senior Test Analyst
16 49 (3.89%) Junior
17 43 (3.42%) Test Automation Developer
18 42 (3.34%) Graduate
19 39 (3.10%) Consultant
19 39 (3.10%) Software Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (11.52%) .NET
2 108 (8.58%) Web Services
3 97 (7.70%) Gherkin
4 89 (7.07%) XML
5 54 (4.29%) SOAP
6 45 (3.57%) HTML
7 41 (3.26%) REST
8 34 (2.70%) JSON
9 33 (2.62%) AngularJS
10 24 (1.91%) CSS
11 22 (1.75%) .NET Framework
12 17 (1.35%) ASP.NET
13 13 (1.03%) jQuery
13 13 (1.03%) RESTful
14 12 (0.95%) CGI
15 11 (0.87%) J2EE
16 10 (0.79%) Java EE
17 9 (0.71%) Hibernate
17 9 (0.71%) Spring
17 9 (0.71%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 173 (13.74%) Analytical Skills
2 112 (8.90%) Computer Science
3 63 (5.00%) Mobile App
4 48 (3.81%) Self-Motivation
5 34 (2.70%) User Experience
6 29 (2.30%) Fintech
7 22 (1.75%) Management Information System
8 21 (1.67%) Greenfield Project
9 15 (1.19%) Linux Command Line
10 12 (0.95%) Blackberry
11 10 (0.79%) Client/Server
11 10 (0.79%) Smart Meter
12 9 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
13 7 (0.56%) APACS
14 4 (0.32%) Algorithms
14 4 (0.32%) Bitcoin
14 4 (0.32%) Online Games
14 4 (0.32%) PMI
15 3 (0.24%) AS400
15 3 (0.24%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 104 (8.26%) Windows
2 73 (5.80%) Linux
3 34 (2.70%) Unix
4 23 (1.83%) Android
5 22 (1.75%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.64%) Solaris
7 7 (0.56%) CentOS
7 7 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.56%) Windows Server
8 3 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
9 2 (0.16%) Windows 10
9 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.079%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 845 (67.12%) Test Automation
2 777 (61.72%) Agile Software Development
3 479 (38.05%) Software Testing
4 347 (27.56%) Test Scripting
5 258 (20.49%) Scrum
6 254 (20.17%) Test Strategy
7 231 (18.35%) User Acceptance Testing
8 224 (17.79%) SDLC
9 221 (17.55%) Test Management
10 216 (17.16%) BDD
11 204 (16.20%) Manual Testing
12 191 (15.17%) Regression Testing
13 171 (13.58%) Functional Testing
14 168 (13.34%) Waterfall
15 166 (13.19%) Scenario Testing
16 150 (11.91%) Continuous Integration
17 148 (11.76%) Defect Management
18 138 (10.96%) Problem-Solving
19 135 (10.72%) Non-Functional Testing
20 120 (9.53%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 338 (26.85%) SQL
2 263 (20.89%) C#
2 263 (20.89%) Java
3 101 (8.02%) Python
4 74 (5.88%) JavaScript
5 36 (2.86%) C++
6 30 (2.38%) Bash Shell
7 29 (2.30%) VB
8 27 (2.14%) PHP
9 20 (1.59%) Groovy
10 18 (1.43%) C
10 18 (1.43%) T-SQL
11 17 (1.35%) PowerShell
12 16 (1.27%) Ruby
13 10 (0.79%) VB.NET
14 8 (0.64%) Perl
15 7 (0.56%) Shell Script
15 7 (0.56%) VBA
15 7 (0.56%) VBScript
16 5 (0.40%) Scala
Qualifications
1 648 (51.47%) ISEB
2 332 (26.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 272 (21.60%) Degree
4 69 (5.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 63 (5.00%) Security Cleared
6 55 (4.37%) Computer Science Degree
7 38 (3.02%) DV Cleared
8 34 (2.70%) SC Cleared
9 11 (0.87%) Microsoft Certification
10 10 (0.79%) MCSA
11 7 (0.56%) PMI Certification
12 6 (0.48%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 5 (0.40%) CEH
13 5 (0.40%) MCSD
13 5 (0.40%) MCSE
13 5 (0.40%) PMP
13 5 (0.40%) Sun Certification
14 4 (0.32%) ITIL Certification
14 4 (0.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.32%) Six Sigma Black Belt
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 470 (37.33%) QA
2 11 (0.87%) ISO 9000
3 10 (0.79%) GDPR
4 5 (0.40%) SLA
5 4 (0.32%) JSP 440
5 4 (0.32%) PMO
6 3 (0.24%) Disclosure Scotland
6 3 (0.24%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.079%) P3O
8 1 (0.079%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 7 (0.56%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.48%) Docker
3 5 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.24%) Firmware
5 2 (0.16%) ACF2
5 2 (0.16%) RACF
Systems Management
1 73 (5.80%) HP ALM
2 64 (5.08%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (0.95%) AirWatch
4 7 (0.56%) Netcool
5 5 (0.40%) Ansible
6 4 (0.32%) Oozie
7 2 (0.16%) Puppet
8 1 (0.079%) Business Desktop Deployment
8 1 (0.079%) CA Wily
8 1 (0.079%) Kibana
8 1 (0.079%) Nmap
8 1 (0.079%) SCCM
8 1 (0.079%) SCOM
8 1 (0.079%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 171 (13.58%) Microsoft
2 105 (8.34%) HP
3 58 (4.61%) Atlassian
4 42 (3.34%) Oracle
5 33 (2.62%) SAP
6 27 (2.14%) Google
7 25 (1.99%) Cognizant
8 23 (1.83%) Remedy
9 16 (1.27%) Apple
10 12 (0.95%) MobileIron
11 11 (0.87%) IBM
11 11 (0.87%) Telerik
12 10 (0.79%) AppDynamics
12 10 (0.79%) Dynatrace
12 10 (0.79%) New Relic
13 7 (0.56%) BT
13 7 (0.56%) Cadence
13 7 (0.56%) Red Hat
13 7 (0.56%) SolarWinds
14 6 (0.48%) Capita