QA & Testing

QA & User Testing Recruitment

Ensuring digital products meet the high standards we all expect

A specialist recruitment agency in quality assurance and software testing roles lives by its own high standards and brings the attention to detail you need and expect.

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Our experience with companies and specialists ensures the right mix of skills, personality and environment to create high-value results.

For Employers

As applications continue to evolve at pace, the Testing and QA specialist’s role becomes all the more important. You’ll want someone who understands the development cycle, is familiar with the latest tools and can drive your QA and testing process.

For Candidates

Your input will directly impact a business’s long-term future, so it’s important to find a workplace where you’ll quickly fit in with the team and that matches your personality, skills and ambitions while also offering opportunities to further your career.

Automation Tester/Developer
£45000 – £55000
Accepting candidates
  • QA & Testing
  • Permanent
  • £45000 – £55000
  • Ipswich (Hybrid working)
Test Analyst
£30,000 – £40,000
Position filled
  • QA & Testing
  • Permanent
  • £30,000 – £40,000
  • Ipswich (Hybrid working)
QA & Testing
Josh Undrill
Knowledge Hub
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Josh Undrill QA & Testing

Josh started with us at April 2023, previously working in estate agency and making the move into recruitment. Josh joins us to support with our Testing and Applications recruitment.

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Why Bristow Holland? It all starts with a conversation

It all starts with
a conversation

Before we can identify how to create the perfect scenario for both candidate and employer, we have to understand your needs. For businesses, this means defining what you want to achieve with your new hire. For specialists, we’ll go over your experience, expectations and priorities for the future.

Why Bristow Holland? Sharpening the details

the details

Finding a high-value match for both parties means everyone needs to bring their A-game. Throughout the search, selection and interview process, we ensure both businesses and specialists convey their value with clarity and honesty, so each understands and trusts what the other brings to the table.

Why Bristow Holland? Always there for you

Always there
for you

At every stage, our team will keep you informed, answer any concerns and support you through any challenges that may arise. Our role is to anticipate obstacles, eliminate them before you know about them or calmly advise how we will handle them with as little stress as possible. And we will always be on hand for ongoing advice.

It’s not unusual for tech specialists to get pinged multiple times a week by agencies. It’s a testament to Bristow Holland that they don’t get lost in all that noise and maintain respect.
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Without Bristow Holland, we wouldn’t have a team. They’ve hired all of our guys and built that whole team that is now driving this product forward.
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Bristow Holland are in the business of recruiting people of a high calibre. Over the last 12 months, we’ve hired 4 exceptional people who are all outstanding in their field.
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Tom BurrowsTom Burrows
10:46 17 Aug 23
I’ve had an excellent experience with Bristow Holland, especially with James Bleese, who helped me secure a new job role quickly, and efficiently. He was constantly keeping me updated, and letting me know what was happening with my application. I couldn’t suggest Bristow Holland more, especially if you choose to go with James!
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15:40 11 Aug 23
Harry was excellent throughout the whole process of finding me a new work placement. Always kept in contact and kept me updated on job applications. Very friendly and very helpful!Highly recommend using Bristow Holland.But especially using Harry Dibbs as a recruiter!

Frequently asked questions

Still not found the answer you are after? Speak to one of our specialists today!
How do I get into QA and Testing?

Quality Assurance and testing is for people who like taking things apart, seeing how things work and who generally enjoy making sure every detail and element is optimised and working as it should be. 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. 

Not many people are fond of coding, and if you enjoy making sure software works in every way it should, then you can probably make yourself useful in a QA or 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 or QA specialist?

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. With QA, people often shift sideways from a developer role. 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 QA or 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 QA or Testing job?

For a while, the industry has been moving towards automated testing – creating and using programs to run tests 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 is also 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 and QA?

Automation will be key as systems and applications become more complex, and testers will need to rely on testing programs they have created to handle 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.

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10/10 would highly recommend Bristow Holland. They were able to support me every step of the way from application to job offer.
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