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QA and software testing provides the means and measures for testing all aspects of a software solution - technically and functionally, in order to meet specific requirements of the overall quality of the intended solution.

Why consider a career as a QA Tester?
If you enjoy working collaboratively and have a keen eye for detail and problem solving, a career in QA testing is becoming increasingly popular and the demand is becoming higher for testing professionals. Companies that are seeking QA testers usually include those that work in web applications, software or computer and video games. 

What a job or career in QA Testing may entail…

As a Test Analyst, you'll review requirements, write and review test scripts and user documentation. You will also manage stakeholders and test cross browsers. You will define success criteria for the build and launch of new sites, as well as test web projects for functionality, accuracy and adherence to the agreed web standards and design. Measuring test coverage and prioritising test focus will be your responsibility, on top of undertaking manual testing and setup. The main focus of your role can be to create and maintain a suite of Behat tests and to develop a company’s testing efforts.

If you are looking at a more senior position within QA testing, your main responsibility will be to ensure the highest quality in business products. You may work across a multitude of devices, operating systems and browsers, including desktop, mobile and tablet. You will be responsible for manual testing of online website developments. You often use automated testing tools. Your responsibility will be to thoroughly and meticulously test new developments, with issues and improvements identified and passed back to the Developers prior to release to a live environment.

You’ll conduct manual testing of web developments across multiple devices, operating systems and browsers including mobile, tablet, IOS and Android; positive and negative testing as well as a limited amount of automated testing, possibly alongside external automated testing providers. You may also provide full test estimates covering the entire testing cycle from test planning, test case writing, test execution, regression testing and retests.

In a Web Tester role, you’ll be evaluating and improving current test processes. You may be reporting to a lead, testing a range of websites and web applications for functionality and accuracy, possibly with a highly skilled team of Designers, Developers and Project Managers. Within the role, you often need to be a self-managed team player, organising your own time and being able to cope with multiple projects concurrently.

You may be responsible for pre-launch website testing and are seen as the expert within the digital team. Essentially you'll be testing websites for functionality and accuracy through manual and increasingly automated QA activities. For this, you often need to have experience in areas including test analysis, system functional testing, regression testing and system integration testing.

Typical role titles include
Test Analyst
Test Engineer
Software in Test
Web Tester
Website Tester
Quality Analyst / QA Analyst / QA Engineer
Automation Engineer

Career progression example
Senior Website Tester
Test Lead/Manager
Senior Test Engineer

Salary and Day Rate Benchmarks
Here, we aim to provide an overall range of day rates and salaries.
There are always factors to consider when assigning a day rate and salary to a role, such as the skill demand, location, complexity, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years’ of experience is not an ideal measure. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointers...

At an entry level, junior / graduate QA Tester professionals on average will be earning between £18k-25k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £25k-£40k and seniors would be looking to earn £40k+.

Day Rates
At an entry-level, for a junior/graduate a typical day rate would be around the £250 mark, at the mid-level around the £350 mark and seniors can expect a day rate of £400+ as a benchmark.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
The following technologies and skills often appear on job descriptions;

Automated testing skills on both web and device (Selenium / Browserstack) | HTML and CSS and that you have an understanding of some CMS | Experience of working with devs to plan, design and create automated tests for releases | ISEB/ISTQB | Software testing (n-tier/enterprise) | API testing | Database testing | Windows scripting (VB, Powershell etc) | TestRail, Redmine or Ranorex | Mobile or load testing experience | Selenium IDE and Selenium Webdriver | Cucumber | Calabash | Behat | JIRA | Gitlabs | PHP | MySQL | .Net. SQL and others for Microsoft stack roles.

What qualifications does it take?
Often clients will look for you to hold the ISTQB certification (foundation or intermediate). A technical degree can be useful but is often not essential to secure your first role in testing.


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  • 9th Apr

    QA Engineer

    — Consultancy with lots of variety

    Competitive (Please ask)
    Delivery-focused digital hub within a global tech business. Chance to pick up a huge range of new tech, cross-train into other areas. High-level creative solutions for iconic brands and household names. An internationally renowned digital tech giant is continuing to scale up their South West Tech Hub with plans to hire several QA Engineers throughout 2021. With scope to grow from 60 to 200 over the next 2 years, this opportunity will offer excellent scope for progression and a great chance to pick up a range of modern and emerging technology whilst supporting a diverse project base with some of the industry's leaders in tech. Please note that you’ll need to be eligible for SC clearance due to the nature of some of the projects. They're considering applicants from mid-senior level. What skills you’ll need Proven test automation experience with either Selenium or Cucumber, with demonstrable ability to design & implement test automation frameworks.  Significant understanding of integration, user acceptance, performance, functional & non-functional system testing.  Good knowledge of administering a test management tool (HP ALM, QC, MTM etc.)  Awareness of the SDLC and where various testing tools are appropriate to use within the lifecycle.  Comfortable working in a highly changeable and Agile environment.  An ISTQB or similar would be beneficial. Any client-facing or consultative experience would be highly advantageous, but not essential.  What you’ll be doing Joining a rapidly growing team, you’ll work closely with developers, designers & analysts to ensure the successful and high-level delivery of creative & digital technology solutions across the company’s client base in the South West. You’ll be expected to take responsibility/ownership for defining automation test plans and supporting large & complex client test delivery, ensuring that it meets quality, time & cost objectives at all times. You’ll lead and take part in regular sprints, constantly reviewing test processes and practices to keep the team adaptable to change. There may be a client-facing element in this role as well. No day is the same, offering plenty of variety, exposure to a broad range of progressive technologies and an innovative team to collaborate with.  What you’ll get in return for your talents An incredible opportunity to work for a Times Top 50 Employer who’ve won awards for their flexibility in the workplace. They are offering a competitive salary with outstanding long-term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect 25 days hols, discretionary annual bonus, healthy pension and a flexible benefits scheme tailored to your preferences!  This is a fantastic chance to be a key part of a growing technology team in stunning new offices designed to hold regular tech meetups, show & tells and drive innovation through their work.  What’s next? To hear more about this great opportunity, send your CV to Joe or give us a call to find out more.   
  • 8th Apr

    Lead QA

    — Innovative, progressive, seriously talented

    Innovative digital products, amazing client base. Exciting projects, progressive tech, great team. R&D, training/conference budget, hacks and more. A hugely successful digital specialist in Bristol with a reputation for innovation and quality are looking to add a Lead QA to their 25 strong technical team.  They’re looking for someone who’s enthusiastic, experienced in Manual and Automation testing with plenty of experience testing across .NET and JavaScript. Does this describe you so far? What skills you'll be needing Excellent understanding of testing principles and methodologies. Comfortable carrying out both manual and automated UI and API testing. Using automated testing tools (e.g., Selenium, Cypress). Excellent understanding of security best practice and approaches to testing, in line with industry standards. and guidelines (e.g., NCSC, OWASP). Good understanding of accessibility and SEO guidelines and best practice. Good understanding of contemporary software architecture approaches. Experience of testing within an Agile delivery team. Performance/Load testing tools (e.g., JMeter). Mobile Application Testing. Nice to have but not essential Cloud infrastructure and services (e.g., Azure, AWS). CI/CD and Build pipelines. Code branching & Pull requests. What you'll be doing Working alongside and leading some seriously talented testers, you’ll be able to improve every element of your game on projects that are genuinely exciting.  They’re constantly inventing and re-inventing so need someone who keeps a keen interest in the latest and emerging techniques.  Projects will include telematic app testing and complex web testing through to eCommerce and CMS build testing. Responsibilities include; Leading projects, mentoring other members of the QA team, contributing to improving their ways of working and processes, exploring and encouraging the use of cutting-edge technology, feeding in to estimates for projects, communicating complex scenarios and outcomes to both technical and non-technical audiences, solving interesting problems of all shapes and sizes. What you'll get in return for your talents If you’re looking for variety of work then look no further, with a mixing of testing simple well-crafted solutions to complex, technical automation. Salary up to £50K DOE + bens. Within the team they take part in regular R&D time (half a day per week) building new products and learning new techniques as a group; many of the team have attended international tech conferences and gained certifications.  Serious career progression, a training budget, pension, healthcare, long Christmas shutdown (2 weeks), Friday beers/takeaway, powerful kit and a programme of fun socials/trips. What's next Like the sound of this one? Send in your CV and any examples of work to Tareek now for more info.
  • 31st Mar

    Manual Tester

    — Learn automation

    £30K - £45K
    Join a very talented cross-functional, agile team. JavaScript environment with progressive product-base. Awesome working space, remote friendly with great benefits.  An intuitive software solutions provider has been extremely successful in recent years, earning over 2 million users for just one of their products with customers in 180+ countries. With a new owner and inspiring CEO on a global shift they are looking for a junior-mid level Tester to join them in Bristol.   What skills you’ll be needing Proven background in web application testing, preferably in an Agile setting.  Knowledge of desktop and/or website testing.  Understanding of the full SDLC with an understanding of CI/CD processes.  Experience with Atlassian Jira or similar.  Ability to work at pace in a product-first environment.  Knowledge of end-to-end, exploratory, manual regression and unit testing.  Any JavaScript testing experience would be useful.  Any knowledge of test automation would be beneficial.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  What you’ll be doing This growing start-up are looking to bring their testing function in-house again after using an outsourced supplier for a while. There are two core products that you’ll be supporting with coverage across desktop and web apps, their marketing sites and back-end services, so plenty of variety. Initially you’ll be focused on manual testing, owning full end-to end including regression tests, unit testing and exploratory testing, liaising closely with the Developers, SME’s and Product Owners to understand upcoming feature enhancements and additional functionality so you can best define the test criteria for that area. You’ll look after cross-browser testing of web apps and sites, reporting and documenting defects in a clear and concise manner, as well as involving yourself in team sessions around planning, refinements, retrospectives and more. You’ll focus more and more on automating certain processes as you progress. What you’ll get in return for your talents You will be joining a very successful entrepreneurial company with brilliant leaders and inspiring team members working on great products that customers love. As well as a salary in-line with your experience you will get (generous) 29 days holiday + bank holidays, flexible working hours and remote working options once restrictions lift. You’ll also be in an awesome space in a hub of innovation, free lunches on Wednesday, amazing technology and training and the chance to pick up automation as you go. What’s next? Keen? Give Joe a call to find out more!   
  • 13th Mar

    Automation Tester

    — FinTech scale-up, modern tech

    South Cardiff
    £35K - £40K
    Forward-thinking scale-up with the security and financial stability of a larger business. Opportunity for future progression. Events, conferences, training, great offices and more! An exciting FinTech scale-up are continuing their successful growth and are looking for an Automation Tester to join them in their South Cardiff office. You'll be based in nice, modern offices complete with a games room and free on-site gym (once restrictions lift…)! Throughout their journey they were named as one of Techworld’s Top 10 UK FinTech start-ups to watch and have only continued that success since. Significant revenue and investment has allowed them to begin realising their ambitious growth plans and they have only followed on from that journey since. What experience you'll need Proven experience in automation testing. Familiarity with automation tools across UI automation, API testing, Performance, Mocking etc. Ability to read and review code, ideally C#.Net and JavaScript.  Awareness of cloud technologies, preferably MS Azure.  Appreciation for DevOps best practice, CI/CD, automation, release, deployments etc.  Knowledge of various Test Management tools for tracking and reporting.  Experience in an Agile/Scrum environment.  Effective communicator, solid analysis and problem-solving skills. What you'll be doing Joining a talented cross-functional team made up of Developers, Designers and Product specialists, you’ll provide both manual and automated testing capability with a focus on automation due to the business’ frequent release schedule through continuous delivery. You’ll be given a lot of autonomy over the tools you use and your approach to working, working closely with the Developers to establish a comprehensive and robust test framework utilising modern best practice. You’ll participate in code reviews, act as an advocate for clean quality code as well as being adaptable enough to jump between projects when needed. What you'll get in return for your talents For starters, you will be in an environment that encourages personal development and wants to continue growing a progressive tech stack. You'll work in sweet offices (remote to start off with) complete with games room, free gym and a sociable group who do everything from the standard Friday beers to attending events and hosting hackathons. Given their major partnership / investment, this is the perfect time to join the expanding team and there's excellent future progression available for all staff. Benefits include 24 days hols, annual bonus up to 20%, mental well-being support, free parking, healthy pension and more.  What's next? Do you want to be a part of a truly exciting company? Then apply now or contact Joe for more information.  
  • 1st Mar

    QA Engineer

    — EdTech software specialists

    Creating test scripts, support from senior testers. Fast-growing, progressive successful software house, R&D focus. EdTech specialists using Symfony and React. I’m looking for a talented QA Engineer to join a hugely successful company based in central Bristol. They produce some very smart software for a variety of businesses, but predominantly in the EdTech sector. Would you like to join a group of talented testers and developers? If so, this could be really good for you. What skills you'll need QA experience across web or mobile applications. Experience writing test plans, test cases and supporting documentation. Clear understanding and experience of testing API’s using tools such as Postman. ISTQB Foundation level qualified. A clear understanding of Software Development Lifecycles. A basic understanding of Git and version control. Experience being involved in defining new processes within a QA team. Very strong written and verbal communication skills. Nice to have; testing complex web-based applications that use PHP or JavaScript frameworks. What you'll be doing Working closely with a team of 5 highly skilled testers, you'll be manual testing bug-fixes and enhancements to existing web-based applications through varying methods (scripted, sanity, smoke and exploratory testing). Carry out clear documentation of testing steps, cases and processes where required. Direct involvement in the creation of test strategies and workflows for new products/applications, working alongside Business Analysts and Developers. You’ll provide time estimates for testing on projects for both existing and new applications. You’ll also be responsible for ticket management including screening and triage of new bugs and enhancement requests, working closely with their Client Services team. Responsibilities also include; Supporting the introduction of new testing processes and technologies, providing guidance, feedback and support to other QA team members and the wider Technical Service team and reporting directly to the QA Lead. This is an amazing opportunity giving you the chance to pick up vital skills for your future career and be nurtured incredibly well by senior testers in a team that feels like a family. What you'll get in return for your talents In return for your skills and hard work, you’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of up to £25K DOE, a great package plus fantastic long-term prospects as they have really big plans for the future. All remote for now, but they have a fantastic working environment with a smart central office, an Agile/Scrum approach and a strong focus on learning and development including the opportunity to pursue courses, certification and tech conferences.  You'll get to be involved with regular online events plus Friday beers, table football, regular socials, so this really is a brilliant, friendly and hardworking team to be a part of - they are really proud of what they produce, always sharing skills and ideas and constantly striving to produce their best software solutions yet. What's next? If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, apply now to Tareek for more info (01179 269 530

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