What is a software QA tester?
Organizations often use software QA testers to conduct objective, independent reviews of new or improved versions of applications. The purpose of using a software QA tester is to identify potential bugs and other shortcomings of the product prior to distribution and sale.
How do you hire a software QA tester?
You can source software QA tester talent on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in a software QA tester.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview software QA testers. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of software QA tester you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire a software QA tester?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced software QA tester may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their software QA tester services more competitively.
Rates typically charged by software QA testers on Upwork are:
- Beginner: $13 per hour
- Intermediate: $24 per hour
- Advanced: $50 per hour
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.
How do you write a software QA tester job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample software QA tester job post titles:
- QA testers needed to put new mobile app through its paces
- New software company needs QA pros to identify bugs in new products
- Need QA pro to take over unit testing, integration testing, and system testing
An effective software QA tester job post should include:
- Scope of work: From hands on testing to developing testing manuals, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, software, or testing level, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Software QA tester job responsibilities
Here are some examples of software QA tester job responsibilities:
- Follow unit testing protocols to verify the functionality of a specific section of code
- Provide beta testing guidelines to team of QA staff
- Manage regression testing process for major code changes incorporated into version 4.0
Software QA tester job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a software QA tester. Here are some examples:
- Must have QA experience in large software firm
- Computer science degree required
- Experience setting parameters for large scale development testing