In the recent days, India Inc is facing a urgent need of testing professionals, which is once considered as less glamorous job compared to the software development roles. Presently there is a shortfall of around 15000 to 20000 testing professionals and is likely to increase. According to a Gartner research, Indian companies will perform around 70% of the software testing in the coming years.
The IT landscape is getting more challenging and the need for quality control has increased. Today’s software applications support millions of users at any point, making the process of testing a lot more critical than ever before.
The recent, and the not yet over, recession will shift more jobs to software service countries and India remains to be the preferred one for organizations abroad. These opportunities make these organizations to intensify the hiring of testing professionals and jobs exist at all levels in the organization.
To satisfy the immediate needs, organizations might end up in recruiting fresh/raw candidates and will develop the testing skills by means of training.
It will not be a surprise if many of the fresh recruits of this year will find their career as software testers instead of software developers as in the past, this also ensures that the software testing professionals are no more considered as second levels professionals in the software industry.
Major IT players are into a procurement spree where they look for acquiring smaller IT companies focused in testing.
The global application testing market is estimated at $13 billion. In 2008, the Asia Pacific market was at $102 million, with India alone contributing 21.3 per cent .
The India application testing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17 per cent by 2012. According to industry sources, application testing accounts for 15-20 per cent of the business of companies such as Infosys and Wipro.