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    Lack of skilled Software Testing Professionals in the IT industry

     

    Software Testing Companies in India are hiring, but it is becoming more difficult for them as there are not enough qualified employees. To add to this, employees are also departing from their positions and are holding several job offers due to the strong demand in the industry. As a result, companies are enticing employees to join them by paying high bonuses.

    For new joiners, the companies are even paying candidates that are taking the assessment, whether they are selected or not. The negotiation with candidates is also becoming difficult because candidates are accepting numerous offers at once and choosing the best one in terms of salary. As a result, companies are trying to provide the best possible wage or remuneration.

    According to a report published by The Times of India, there are a lot of vacancies in the Indian IT industry but there aren’t enough qualified people for the same. TCS, Infosys, HCL, and Wipro together expect to hire 1 lakh people this fiscal year. Cognizant alone plans to hire 1 lakh experienced professionals and onboard 30,000 freshers this year, as also make 45,000 offers to campus recruits who would join the company next year.

    Hiring in the Software Testing Industry

    Recruiters are facing a lot of problems as they have to work for extended work hours and if they find a potential candidate, by the time an offer is made, the candidate has received another better job offer, and then they are back to square one.

    Top companies like Oracle and Infosys are hiring Functional Testers, Ethical Hackers, Test Analysts, IT Testers, and other companies like IBM, Mobikwik, and Truecaller also have vacancies for Test Specialist: Data, Test Specialist: Automation, Quality Analyst – Manual/Automation Testing, Test Engineers, and many more Software Testing positions.

    What do the Software Testing experts say?

    We asked a few Software Testing Professionals in the industry for their opinion on the current state and their say is that companies are offering lower appraisals to employees which causes the attrition rate to be high within the organization. Also, as stated above candidates have multiple offers, which results in last-minute backout from joining the organization. Hence, companies are giving more preference to candidates having a notice period between 15-30 days as it’s helpful to manage the process without any delay of joining date or any sourcing process.

    “The difference between the developer and tester is slowly starting to blur which is pushing testers to learn new development skills but they are unable to meet the demands of the job. Organizations have unrealistic expectations about test automation and are preferring more automation (development) skills and several times ignore core testing skills/craftsmanship,” said Prashant Hegde, QA Lead at MoEngage Inc. “In the last 4-5 years, the quality of candidates who apply for testing jobs has drastically reduced. The majority of people are chasing test automation without understanding the core testing fundamentals. However, the expectations from the organizations are only rising,” he added.

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