Software Testing Industry Salaries Stagnant in nexo QA Survey

indexIn a recent software testing salary survey sampling one country’s workforce, one could say that testing was a thankless job last year — nearly half of the survey’s respondents — 47% — saw no salary bump going into 2015. A sliver even saw a small cut in pay.

This is one notable finding from the recent ‘Survey on Salaries of Software Testing Professionals 2015,’ promoted by nexo QA, SoftQANetwork and uTest, and conducted by nexo QA, the organizer of the expo:QA testing conference in Madrid.

While the survey is heavy on data from Spain, other countries were sampled including Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and the USA, despite there not being enough data for a comprehensive report.

In any event, the slice of salary data from 185 testing professionals in Spain tells a nice story on how one country pays its testers. Some other notable findings from the report:

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Applause Announces Test Automation Solution

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Today Applause, the parent company of uTest, announced a major new addition to its suite of app quality tools and services – Applause Test Automation.

With this new offering, Applause customers can now fulfill their entire app testing portfolio with the app quality company – from manual to automated testing for web, mobile and wearable apps.

With the new Applause turnkey solution, companies can now get the software tools, the device access and the expert services to build and maintain a best-in-class automation solution. Applause customers simply detail their desired test scenarios, and Applause takes it from there.

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Eliminating the Middleman: Millennials Gravitating Toward Alternative Lending

Uber. Airbnb. Etsy. What do all of these companies have in common? In addition to offering ways for people to make a little bit of imagesextra income on a part-time basis (sound like another company you know of?), they allow for more efficient transactions by removing the middleman.

For example, instead of having your call routed through a livery service, needing to contact a rental agency, or having to visit a retailer offering handmade crafts, you are able to deal directly with the entity that is providing you with the service in all of the above instances. This phenomenon is also commonly known as disintermediation.

It seems that “disintermediated” companies are beginning to infiltrate the world of finance. Personally, it seems that this sector is perfect for this kind of innovation, as banks typically make a decent profit off of transaction fees, amongst other things.

Additionally, consumers are becoming more and more disillusioned with the banking industry, especially the younger generation. In one poll, 7 out of 10 young people said they would rather go to the dentist than listen to what banks have to say. Not only this, but some sources estimate that the alternative lending industry is potentially worth a trillion dollars.

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STAREAST Trip Winner Anna Momatava Reflects on Testing Conference

The STAREAST conference in Orlando was an absolute whirlwind of events — dozens of sessions and tutorials, meetings with speakers and fellow testers from all over the world (I met people from the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ukraine), the STAREAST Expo with the most innovative organizations featured, industry technical presentations, the Leadership Summit and much more.

You would think one could get lost easily amidst all of this action, but event organizer TechWell made sure everything was well-organized and on schedule. They also made me feel like a celebrity – as soon as I walked into the registration hall, I heard “This is our winner!” Throughout the entire conference, they made sure I had everything I needed, answered my questions and supported me.

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uTest Announces Special One-Week Discount to expo:QA

uTesters may already know that they can get an exclusive 15% discount to the expo:QA testing conference, but for one week only, bannerwe’ve secured a discount increasing the deal for our community to 25% off for the conference!

The 2015 edition of the conference will be held June 8-11, 2015, in Madrid, Spain. expo:QA has successfully consolidated itself as the biggest and most prestigious event in southern Europe dedicated to this field.

Please email testers@utest.com before May 21 for this exclusive 25% discount code (available to uTesters only for one-time use) to use at registration checkout. Before requesting, please note the following conditions:

  • The discount applies only for conference two-day tickets and tutorials tickets
  • Registration AND payment must be received at the time of registration in order to be eligible for discount
  • Any registration without payment will be cancelled automatically. We recommend to pay by CC to avoid cancellation, due to delays in Bank Transfer.

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Camera Maker Leica Needs a Software Tester (Or Two!)

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The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) camera. (Photo courtesy of Leica.)

Camera manufacturer Leica recently announced that the photo files from their new camera shipping this month are completely incompatible with Apple’s Photos App in Mac OS X Yosemite “causing the library to crash and potentially lose all existing image files in the Apple Photos library.”

The product advisory for the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) continues, “With the new Apple ‘Photos’ App, when loading Monochrom DNG files from the new Monochrom, the library will crash continuously on loading. This may cause the Apple Photos library to be destroyed. This means that pictures previously taken with any other camera will be lost.” Continue Reading →

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Win an Apple Watch in uTest’s May Contest

Apple is never the first to market, but that doesn’t mean its products are flops. Quite the contrary to be exact – the electronics 140909142343-apple-watch-620xagiant ends up becoming disruptors in everything they’ve sent to market, from the iPod to the iPhone and iPad.

The Apple Watch is poised to do the same for wearables as the iPhone did for phones, and we’ll be giving one of these prized watches away to one lucky uTester this month!

In our May uTest contest, we challenge uTesters to describe in a short paragraph how the Apple Watch will (or will not) change software testing as we know it today.

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You’ve Got Mail: Verizon to Acquire AOL

aol-running-man-logoThe days may be numbered for the iconic AOL running man logo as Verizon announced today that it is acquiring the tech company formerly known for dial-up Internet service in a deal worth $4.4 billion.

The merger is set to bolster the telecom giant’s mobile and video initiatives with the addition of AOL’s powerful advertising delivery platform. The acquisition also includes AOL’s impressive roster of content and media companies, including The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and AOL.com.

According to USA Today, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says the focus of the acquisition is mobile and video. “That is where the future is going,” he says, stressing that “the whole world is shifting to video.”

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Four Tech Startups to Watch From TechCrunch Disrupt

Every year in San Francisco and New York City (and more recently in the EU and China), tech publication TechCrunclogoh hosts an event called Disrupt. Disrupt is a conference where startups compete against each other for the chance to win venture capital money from investors, and press and accolades from the media.

This past week, Disrupt NY 2015 was held from May 4-6, so we thought we would give you a quick overview of some of the more exciting startups who competed in the Startup Battlefield competition:

Parashoot  – Perfect for the compulsive cataloger, or those who agonize over finding the perfect shot to post on Instagram, Parashoot is a small device that clips on to a person or a set location, and can be set up to automatically record video and shoot pictures.

The range of capabilities that the 1.5 oz device has is impressive, as it can be programmed to capture auto video, time lapse photo and video, slow motion, photo burst or standard recording mode. Not only that, it comes with some relatively stylish cases to boot. Parashoot looks to compete with other wearable camera products such as NarrativeClip.

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Top 10 Paid Software Testing Projects at uTest: Week of May 11

Another utestLogoGooglePlus250x250week by, and another week full of exciting and diverse paid testing projects at uTest — which range from fitness app testing to testing a grocery scanner.

For the week of May 11, 2015, here’s 10 of the most in-demand projects we’re currently sourcing testers for from our community of 175,000+ software testing professionals.

Don’t forget to check out even more active and ongoing opportunities at our uTest Projects Board.

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Meet the uTesters: David Shakhunov

103950 Gold-rated uTester David Shakhunov hails from Sacramento, Calif., in the United States. Many of you may know David as he is currently serving as a uTest Forums moderator.  David also works for his state as an Electrical Engineer, while uTesting on the side.

In addition to David’s interview, also check out all of the past entries in our Meet the uTesters series!

uTest: Android or iOS?

David: I like to use iOS because I’ve always used iPhone, MacBook, iPad and other Apple products. Apple puts out a “finished” product, unlike others, and has great customer service.

uTest: What drew you into testing initially? What’s kept you at it?

David: One of my friends that I play soccer with works in QA. He kept talking about testing, and that I should explore it and give it a try. He sent me bunch of YouTube videos on testing and introduced me to uTest. I decided to give it a try. What’s kept me at it? When I do testing, I feel that I am resting, and not working at all. In addition, I have pride in what I do, and that kept me going.

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STAREAST Coverage: ‘Tools Don’t Test’ and Other Themes

The second day of uTest’s STAREAST expo coverage began with the morning keynote from author and test automation expert Dorothy Graham. She is a familiar name on the uTest Blog, having previously spoken to us for our Authors in Testing Q&A series. Graham’s topic was “Blunders in Test Automation” and featured nine key blunders that are all too common.

Author and test automation expert Dorothy Graham on stage for her STAREAST keynote presentation about test automation blunders.

Author and test automation expert Dorothy Graham on stage for her STAREAST keynote presentation about test automation blunders.

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