Myself Sumit from India working as a manual tester for 3 yrs in Banking domain.Also been to 3 month short term to London from previous company.I wanna apply to HSMP for working in UK (basically for good money , quality of life there)
But I have some concerns . Please answer :
1. How easy is for me to find a testing job in UK ?
2. Is it advisable to leave a permanent job here in India and take the risk there ?
3. I heard that Indians are not given much promotion there ? (a bit skeptic about racism)..
I think that the racism comment is inaccurate. From my impression, a good tester is treated as a good tester regardless of background, particularly in the Finance sector. And a bad tester or someone with an exaggerated CV isn't going to find work anywhere.
There is an influx of IT talent from Asia at the moment and the standard of candidates that are presented has been very variable whilst the CVs are uniformly glowing. This leads to some concern when looking at new candidates from the employer's point of view as it is easier to assess the experience of candidates from known markets like the US and Australia etc.
There appears to be an expectation that anyone can come to the UK and get big £'s but it IS necessary to be VERY good at what you do. It isn't good enough to say that you know a few buzzwords and it is essential to be able to back up your CV with knowledge and the ability to answer questions without hesitation. Also, being strong enough to fight for your work and make your own judgement decisions is also important. Some strong references from your time working in London would help also in a big way. Frankly, these things have a big impact on whether someone will be given leadership responsibility also but either way, how long you have worked at a particular job will be irrelevant - it is an objective decision.
I would suggest that you post your CV onto Jobserve and CWJobs in particular and see what feedback you get. From there you will get a better idea of:
What the market thinks of you,
What you would be paid,
How hard it would be to find work, and
Where the office is likely to be.
Once you know these things, revisit the HSMP question and decide whether to go ahead.
"Not every solution was derived to address an obvious problem" - Me (quite recently indeed)
Sumit, we have around 40 Indian testers onsite (Leeds, UK) and I doubt any of them would have had any racial issues in the workplace.
One thing you need to consider is the varying cost of living depending on where you are working in the UK. If you are working in London you may have to travel a long way each morning & evening from home to the office (Central London is too expensive to live there).
Another site which I would recommend is www.contractoruk.com the "'Search For a Contract' link on the left-hand menu searches 5 of the main UK jobsites (including the 2 Martin has recommended).
If you want to contract in the UK for yourself it is a legal requirement to have HSMP status. Also based on my offshore friends who have HSMP experiences trying to get a contract in the UK, the recruitment companies do not want to deal with you unless you are already present in the UK.
I can suggest you first get the HSMP visa before start applying for jobs in UK.Recruiters never show intrest,if you dont have proper UK visa status ( HSMP or work permit) and if you are not in UK(never expect calls from UK recruiters to india.I am sure so many candidates are already here in the search of testing jobs).but HSMP is always better than workpermit(coming to UK thru a company and working thru that company.) "UKworkpermit" company sponsers work permit but you should be in UK to get start the process.
The tricky thing is, if you have an UK job offer in your hand you get HSMP very fast & easily but to get the job offer you should have valid UK working visa.
thanx siva..but is it not a big risk to leave ur current job and go to UK unemployed to search job in 1-2 months ?
I think it will also be very expensive..(even if u live in shared accomodation it will be min 800 pounds) ..
thats why I was saying isnt there a consultancy in India for UK jobs which gives you assurance like job finding like as H1B consultants ?