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Some organisations are introducing testing for the first time and others are reducing their need for these roles, which is sustaining an overall consistent demand for testers.

Updated: 22 Feb 2014

While many organisations are introducing testing or quality control for the first time, others are changing their approach to the software development lifecycle by up skilling developers to become more testing conscious.

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More organisations are embracing the need for dedicated testers which is creating an increase in demand. A major reason for this is an increase in the application of pair programming, test automation and test driven development methodologies being built into more robust and faster development phases. The quality of the end product is vastly improved and therefore reduces the workload for testing and quality assurance at the end of the life cycle.

The use of automated testing is rapidly increasing. Many organisations are either implementing automated test tools, or planning to implement them for the first time. This is driven by the reduction in the duration, cost of testing and increasing software application security. Implementing automated test tools can be costly initially, requiring specialists for the implementation and development of test frameworks to maximise impact.

The shift to test automation has created an increase in demand for specialised testers, who are now required to have a broader knowledge of the IT spectrum from development through to infrastructure to cope with the intricacies of implementing test automation solutions. As a result there is now a shortage of skilled developers in test, technical testers, non-functional and automation testers.

Demand is also high for security cleared functional and non-functional testers to work in central government and on defence projects. The security clearance process is costly, so there are plenty of opportunities for test professionals who have previously worked in a secure environment and still hold security clearance.

Overall, permanent salaries and contract rates have held steady for the past 12 months and they are expected to remain so during the year ahead – although some of the other trends promise more radical changes for testing professionals and their employers.

 Click here to request your copy of our IT Salary and Benefits Guide for 2013.

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