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Software Tester

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A software tester carries out manual and automated tests on software at the quality assurance stage of software development. They identify bugs and issues and ensure that software is fit for purpose before it is released to the end users. Other job titles include test analyst and quality assurance (QA) tester.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Pay rates vary widely, depending on:

The starting salary can be in the range of £18,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience, this can rise to between £30,000 and £40,000 a year. Senior or lead software testers can up to around £50,000 a year, sometimes more.

If you work freelance, your income will vary, depending on the contracts you get.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are jobs in almost all industries, including retail, IT, education, the media, central and local government, finance, the telecommunications industry and health care. Jobs are advertised in the press and on the internet.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
8962
0.7 %
RISE
2022
9025
  United Kingdom
2017
168126
0.6 %
RISE
2022
169187

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

If you are considering a career in IT why not take a look at the Tech Future Careers website developed by the Tech Partnership, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology? You will find the video case studies of workers and general information on the industry useful.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Tel: 01793 417424
Website: http://www.bcs.org
Twitter: @bcs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IT.BCS/

International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB)
Website: http://www.istqb.org/
Twitter: @ISTQBORG
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/istqborg/

Tech Partnership
E-mail: info@thetechpartnership.com
Website: https://www.thetechpartnership.com/
Website (2): https://www.thetechpartnership.com/tech-future-careers/
Twitter: @TechPartnership
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/techpartnership/

The Tech Partnership took over the work of e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for information technology, telecommunications and contact centres.

UK Testing Board
E-mail: info@uktb.org.uk
Website: http://www.uktb.org/
Twitter: @UK_TestingBoard

The UKTB is UK National Board for the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB).

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