I work as a recruiter for QA Contractors in the Financial Sector. I need to do a presentation to my team on my market and one of the questions I'm looking to answer is what is a difficult Niche area in QA to find people for? What type of skillset and what kind of experience? I was thinking test driven development any thought?
I should think that in your field you would be much more knowledgeable in this area than us. From my own management experience it would seem that finding a truly skilled Automation Engineer is rather difficult. One who does not depend solely on record/playback or pre-documented test cases for development of the scripts. One who can jump into a project and learn the application under test and then script in a well developed framework customized for the local environment and tailored to more than regression testing. All this and looking for a permanent position too. To me, test driven development was the very beginning of the QA evolutional path. First there were developers. Then the developers found that they had to test their wares. The tests that failed led to recoding etc. Then came QC and eventually QA and so forth. Again, all just my observations. Good luck on your presentation.
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