Survey results: Testers income in Pakistan?
The survey on how Software Testers get paid in Pakistan compared to other members of the Development team is now complete and here are the findings.
First, the response was really good as I got as much as 74 replies representing at least 25 companies across Pakistan. There were also participants from other countries but they are not included in the results.
Okay, so the good news is that there are companies where Testers are getting paid the same as the Programmers. And the bad news is that they are less represented than the companies that pay out Programmers more.
For the 1% respondent that is on top of the world, my question is: Do you have an open position over there? 🙂
For the 29% respondents that get the same as fellow Programmers, that is a very lucky situation to have and you need to enjoy this fact. As my friend Ather commented in the Survey post that salaries should be reflective of the criticality of the tasks performed, it is good to know that your companies value testing services and are willing to invest in Quality. Believe me, it will pay them soon and let’s support their mission.
For the 70% respondents that are paid less than the Programmers, you are not alone and there are many like you. But is this good enough justification? Obviously no and you should be questioning whether this low pay compared to Programmers is reflective of overall company’s vision of valuing Quality less and ‘just get the products out of the door’ philosophy. If that is the case, you should be challenging that culture and raise your voices in a decent and professional way. If it fails, see if you can slip to relatively less available job market where you’ll get the same pay (and respect) as Programmers get.
I personally thank all of you who provided such a valuable input and this collaboration is just the start of long journey where we’ll be analyzing Pakistan’s testing industry in new ways.
What comments do you have on the result? Do you have some solution to move this equation more in the favor of the Testers?