TESTING RECRUITMENT

Our experience with companies across Suffolk and Essex means we’ll know which will offer the best environments and career opportunities, while being a perfect match for your personality and skills.

Companies that take testing seriously know they are investing in the long-term future of their product and their business. With the high online visibility of customer reviews and user feedback, it’s never been more vital for software companies to get the testing and quality assurance of their products right.

Our clients know they can rely on us for friendly and professional experts who understand the software development cycle, are familiar with the latest tools, and can drive the test design process.

Paul Vingerhoets
Testing

Paul is the ‘Holland’ in Bristow Holland (thanks to his Dutch family name), founding the company with Andy in 2013. He’s been in IT recruitment since 2001, working with clients and candidates all around the East Anglian region.

Paul’s extensive track record in IT means he has expert knowledge across all the technologies and core sectors of Development, Infrastructure, Project Management, Business Analysis and Databases. He now concentrates on opportunities in Testing, a growth specialism where great teamwork matters, and he always delivers on what he promises.

Paul has lived in or around Colchester all his life, and worked in Suffolk for all his career, the majority of which in IT. He has a deep affinity for the region’s technology businesses and the people who work in them, and can draw on a wealth of great relationships to help your career. He knows everybody, and he’d like to get to know you, too.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Paul and Bristow Holland to friends and colleagues.” – Field Engineer, Ipswich

Are you ready to make a move, or add to your IT team? We’d love to meet up. Our approach is defined by how we get to know the people we work with, enabling us to match the most suitable candidates with the perfect employer. Get in touch now, and we’ll personally guide you through the process to see where you could go next.

Latest Testing Jobs
Automation Test Engineer
Division Testing
Job Type Permanent
Location Ipswich
Salary £40,000 - £45,000
Specialist Paul Vingerhoets
I am working with a client who are looking for an experienced Automation Tester to join their team at their brand-new office in Ipswich.
QA Engineer
Division Testing
Job Type Permanent
Location Bury St. Edmunds
Salary £28,000 - £34,000
Specialist Paul Vingerhoets
A QA Engineer is required by a leading business based in Bury St. Edmunds. You will be joining their test team, reporting into the QA Manager.
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Our top questions
How do I get into Testing?

Testing is for people who like taking things apart, seeing how things work and who generally enjoy breaking things! It’s a specialism usually taken up by experts with a bit of a track record in software development or IT support, and you usually get into testing through a sideways move within either a software company or a larger firm with their own IT department.

There are not many people who are fond of coding, and if you enjoying making sure software works in every way it should, then you can probably make yourself useful in a testing role. From there, with experience, you could be able to move upwards in your own company or across to another place of work.

What is the career path for a Tester?

It’s usually a linear path from a Junior Tester to Tester, and then to Test Manager, where you would be creating and supervising multiple tests and running a team. Actual roles and duties within these job titles will vary according to the technology you use where you work, and you may find you specialise in a particular field of testing.

How much should I expect to earn as a Tester?

A Junior Tester’s usual starting salary is around £20k, rising to around £50k for a Test Manager. This may change according to the type of company and duties, and it’s worth scanning job descriptions to learn more about the variances between jobs.

What certifications or qualifications do I need for a Testing job?

The main recognised certifications for testing are with the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board, previously known as ITEB). They are a not-for-profit organisation registered in Belgium, operating worldwide, providing standardised qualifications at the various levels of the testing hierarchy from Certified Tester to Expert in Test Management, in core, agile and specialist arenas.

What technology or skills should I target for my next Testing job?

Right now, the industry is moving towards automated testing – creating and using programs to run tests to run automatically. This can get quite complex with the number of inter-dependencies, and anyone seriously looking to further their career as a tester should be making sure they are up to speed on all the developments and working practices.

There will also be a growing market for regression testing, making sure that new systems or versions of systems can still work with older systems and software.

What is the future for Testing?

Automation will be key as systems and applications become more complex, and testers will need to rely on testing programs they have created to many more tests than they would be able to cope with individually. With a greater level of automation, you will need to run fewer tests, while still being able to stay on top of the reporting.

Testing is for people who like taking things apart, seeing how things work and who generally enjoy breaking things! It’s a specialism usually taken up by experts with a bit of a track record in software development or IT support, and you usually get into testing through a sideways move within either a software company or a larger firm with their own IT department.

There are not many people who are fond of coding, and if you enjoying making sure software works in every way it should, then you can probably make yourself useful in a testing role. From there, with experience, you could be able to move upwards in your own company or across to another place of work.

It’s usually a linear path from a Junior Tester to Tester, and then to Test Manager, where you would be creating and supervising multiple tests and running a team. Actual roles and duties within these job titles will vary according to the technology you use where you work, and you may find you specialise in a particular field of testing.

A Junior Tester’s usual starting salary is around £20k, rising to around £50k for a Test Manager. This may change according to the type of company and duties, and it’s worth scanning job descriptions to learn more about the variances between jobs.

The main recognised certifications for testing are with the ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board, previously known as ITEB). They are a not-for-profit organisation registered in Belgium, operating worldwide, providing standardised qualifications at the various levels of the testing hierarchy from Certified Tester to Expert in Test Management, in core, agile and specialist arenas.

Right now, the industry is moving towards automated testing – creating and using programs to run tests to run automatically. This can get quite complex with the number of inter-dependencies, and anyone seriously looking to further their career as a tester should be making sure they are up to speed on all the developments and working practices.

There will also be a growing market for regression testing, making sure that new systems or versions of systems can still work with older systems and software.

Automation will be key as systems and applications become more complex, and testers will need to rely on testing programs they have created to many more tests than they would be able to cope with individually. With a greater level of automation, you will need to run fewer tests, while still being able to stay on top of the reporting.