Software testers in demand?

Auckland-based recruiters are at odds about the demand for software quality assurance testers, but at least one says demand is unprecedented.

Auckland-based recruiters are at odds about the demand for software quality assurance testers, but at least one says demand is unprecedented.

Auckland-based employment consultant Barry O’Brien says the high demand is pushing up testers’ salaries. O'Brien, of recruiter Enterprise, says he knows of "at least 15 vacancies in the market". He won't say what salaries his clients are offering, but says testers' salaries range from $35,000 for a junior to $80,000-plus for a team leader.

Those seeking testers include large software houses in Auckland, to measure and maintain software quality through the development cycle, along with large in-house IT departments. “I guess people see a greater need for very strong quality products and procedures."

In addition to higher pay for some, O’Brien says the “significant increase” in demand for such staff is giving them a wider choice of potential employers to choose from.

Candle recruitment’s Auckland chief, Christine Fitchew, agrees that testers are being sought, but says demand has been on an upward trend for several years. Firms are shifting their focus from installing infrastructure to developing systems to run on them, she says. The testing market has also become more specialised, with an increasing array of titles for testing work. Yet, despite the growth in this area, Fitchew says salaries here are not increasing.

However, both Robert Walters and Spherion in Auckland say they have not noticed any marked increase for such staff.

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