I’m really curious how the Coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting the IT industry and software testing specifically. Things like reduced working hours/days, cancelled work streams, recruitment being put on hold, etc. Keep it anonymous, i.e. no company names though it may be good to indicate a little about the company if that’s OK from your perspective.
For me, our company is from Norn Irn, smallish (30 folks total, 10 in IT) and we supply software as a service to an industry associated with the charity sector. I heard that incomes in the charity sector had taken a sharp dip due to the Coronavisus hitting the economy, which makes sense as in the UK high street traffic, which is where a lot of the charity income comes from, has been hard hit recently and now we’re in complete lockdown for at least several weeks! As of now, there has been no word of our order book reducing so we’re working flat out as normal, just we’re all doing it from home.
Working from home for me feels a tad weird when it’s for longer than the occasional day here or there. So far we’ve done it since 16 March. So far, so good. We have Teams and it has been robust save for the occasional dropout as apparently Microsoft had some issues recently - perhaps due to so many more people using Teams.
In terms of hiring, there has bene nothing official announced, but we’ve essentially had in the past an open invite to recruiters for any decent software developers, i.e. they are in short supply in Norn Irn, so I believe that remains an open invite. It’s hard to see how we would on-board anyone remotely, but I guess there’s that possibility… Also, an interview process that was totally remote may be a bit strange, too.
So I guess to summarize, so far we’re doing OK, no bad news yet! How are others experiencing and/or impacted by this?