The Next Big Thing In The Indian IT Industry
Crowdsourced software testing is opening global doors for Indian IT workers.
While certain areas of the Indian Information Technology (IT) industry stall, others, such as crowdsourced software testing, are set to enjoy a boom over the next 5-10 years, and you could be part of it.
Crowdsourced software testing is a disruptive new stream of the global IT industry, and it's making a particularly big impact in India. Software testers located all over the world are being enlisted to test websites, applications, and other software, and report back on defects while also making usability recommendations. They're doing this from the comfort of their own homes, in their own time, on their own terms.
But what is crowdsourced software testing?
Crowdsourced testing is increasingly influencing software development practices across the globe. There are three main types of testing categories, including functional testing, usability testing, and security testing. Testers can be enlisted to test for just one of these categories, or a combination of the three. They might be required to report on how fast websites or apps load, or how well they fulfil their original intended purpose. Often, they'll be reporting on how many defects or bugs they find in the software.
Ultimately, crowd testers have the opportunity to work on improving the latest digital initiatives and projects before they go live, whether they are mobile apps, games, websites, or other software programs. Crowd testers build their experience and CV through undertaking interesting work, all while working flexibly and earning extra income from home (or anywhere else they choose providing they have good wifi and a connected device). Over time, testers improve their skills and prove their worth, and become eligible to work on bigger and better projects.
Crowd testing is open to anyone, regardless of technical ability, but for people aspiring to work in the global IT industry, it's incredibly lucrative work. This is due to the ability to work on large-scale projects for globally recognised brands, while making a good income at the same time.
Who is crowdsprint and who do we work with?
Crowdsprint is a professional software testing company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. We believe in ensuring software products are delivered to market at the highest possible standards, and we help our clients in achieving this goal. This mission of ours is only possible through our global pool of software testers who continue to define the future of product testing.
Some of our clients include Australia's largest airlines, insurance companies, financial service and superannuation organisations, and major companies in the eCommerce space. Recently, we undertook crowd testing responsibilities for a string of new digital platforms, mobile applications, and web applications, which were being built by some of the biggest newspapers and media companies in Australia, which make up 40% of the Australian market share.
Why is crowdsourced testing becoming big news in India?
Due to India's cost competitiveness in providing IT services to the global economy, its influence in the global IT industry continues to grow. According to India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), India's IT industry accounts for approximately 67% of the US $124-130 billion market and employs around 10 million people.
The gig economy and crowd services are already changing employment markets in a variety of industries around the world, and India is no different. We are seeing a significant paradigm shift here, and it is predicted most people won't need to depend on a single employer or job in India within just five-to-ten years.
Why crowdsourced testing gives Indian IT workers the advantage
Due to the sheer size of the Indian IT industry and the number of people employed in IT, it can be a competitive area to aspire to work in.
Experience – crowd testing helps you to build your IT resume
Crowdsprint often works with prestigious global and Australian clients. These clients are regularly working on launching large-scale digital projects, whether they are new online shopping portals or apps to be distributed across the globe.
Working as a crowd tester with crowdsprint opens the door to working on projects such as these, earning money, experience, and the right to list the work on your CV.
In today's economy, there's nothing more valuable than real, practical work experience, and being able to list globally recognised brands among companies you've worked for provides a huge advantage.
Income – crowd testing can provide a very good income for Indian software testers
Large numbers of testers earn between Rs.1,000 to Rs.20,000 per month, in additional income through crowd testing. But some good testers can, and in some cases already do, earn the equivalent of between Rs.25,000 and Rs.50,000 in a good month when they are highly active. We expect to see this trend increase as demand for high quality crowd testing continues to increase.
Freedom – crowd testing allows people to work from anywhere at any time
Crowd testing gives testers the opportunity to move away from the bureaucratic and authoritative Indian employment market. While IT is not as bad as other industries, overall it is still an employer market. Crowd testing, however, is disrupting that market.
As the demand for crowd testing grows, testers will not only have the freedom to work from wherever they like, at any time they like, but they'll also be able to choose the projects they work on. They'll be able to choose the clients they want to work for. They'll be able to decide which skills and experience they want to develop and pursue. Crowd testing is truly game changing for software testers based out of India and similar developing countries.
Overall, crowd testing helps testers develop new skills and experience with reputable clients. It's a lot of fun, offers flexible working hours, and you can work from wherever you are as long as you have a connected device.
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