Can you build a full team of skilled iOS developers in one month and on a reasonable budget? Most people can’t. There are major shortages of skilled IT workers, with large companies actively competing for any more-or-less talented devs. In fact, most of those programmers never even hit the job market, being hired straight out of the college. So if you are a small business, getting your own skilled development team is practically impossible.
However, what if it wasn’t? What if you could build top-level iOS development team in four weeks or less? It’s possible by hiring developers in Ukraine. And with this article, you are going to learn exactly how and why you should do it.
Please note that the salaries and hourly rates mentioned in this article don’t equal the cost of hiring offshore software developers through outsourcing companies. Read more about how offshore software development costs are formed here.
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Apple wishes for iOS development to remain a uniform affair with standardized languages, APIs, frameworks, and architecture. That’s why the entire iOS development paradigm is based around Swift — a proprietary programming language made by Apple.
Swift development paradigms are very much a thing of itself. Which is why a good iOS developer needs to have experience with several things:
Everything else is already included in the Swift eco-system — including the testing tools for iPad and macOS. Also, experience with iOS development is mandatory for Senior and Middle-level positions.
We can provide you with custom-selected and the best iOS developers after the 5-steps talent selection process.
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iOS developers are in-demand across the globe, so the actual salary is always at least in the “middle-class” bracket or even above it. Luckily, most countries have their own ideas of what makes for the middle-class, depending on the cost of living.
Although you can hire iOS developers in Ukraine for much less money than in other countries, Ukrainian programmers are as qualified as any others. Based on the HackerRank challenges, Ukrainian developers are in Top-20, most of the time even breaking into Top-10.
|Ukraine||United States||Western Europe|
|The average annual salary for a middle iOS developer, USD||48 000||120 000||80 000|
We are looking for a Senior iOS developer to create a foundation for and later lead the development of our DAC companion application. We need an experienced iOS developer with team management skills since we plan to expand this department over time as we introduce new devices and features to the app.
There can be issues when an experienced iOS developer with good hard skills may lack social skills and will be a detriment to the project. So, it’s a good idea to test for both hard and soft skills and consider the results before offering new people.
These questions are pretty basic, so the answers should more or less be the same as given here. Still, it’s a good idea to have a proper developer with you during the interview, since there can be unconventional, but correct responses to these questions.
These questions will let you know your candidate better and understand whether or not you should hire them. Consider, however, that they will not be working alone and must be compatible with other members of your team. For example, it’s a bad idea to hire a highly independent developer into the team with a micromanaging team lead.
If you want to push your development into another part of the world, there are three practical ways to do so:
All three ways to hire iOS developers in Ukraine are equally legit. However, each one comes with its unique specifics.
Freelancers are often experienced, motivated, independent and used to learning new projects. They are great for small-scale apps. However, attempting to coordinate multiple freelancers and ensure that they collaborate productively is a nightmare:
If you are serious about hiring dedicated iOS app developers, you may wish to create your own development studio in Ukraine. From the first look, it provides only benefits in comparison to the freelancer route:
However, not everything is fine and dandy. There is one massive drawback that might outweigh all the benefits:
If you want to hire iOS developers in Ukraine, you can find recruiting agencies to help you start your own development office simply by googling “Ukrainian recruiting agencies”. Most of them share the candidate database and the ones on the first page of Google are reliable enough.
If you have never heard about staff augmentation — don’t worry, it’s a relatively new practice. Basically, instead of opening your own office and building your own dedicated development team, you partner with a company that will do it for you. Unlike outsourcing, you will retain complete control over the staff.
Read also how to hire remote software developers.
There are two major benefits to staff augmentation in addition to the ones listed in the previous point:
On the downside, the success of your project completely depends on the company you are signing with and the staff they provide. So make sure that the onboarding process in the company is involved and the team is customized for your project’s needs.
Here’s a good example of a proper onboarding with Relevant Software:
Relevant is a software development company that provides staff augmentation services. If that sounds like a mouthful — it is, but essentially we provide developers to make all kinds of awesome projects. And if you want to make your own iOS application or extend iOS expertise for an existing project, here’s how we are going to work with you:
iOS is the largest app ecosystem with a user base of around 1.5 billion. It’s a massive market and capturing even 1 percent of it is enough to set you for life. And there are all kinds of apps — book readers, office suites, business companions, stores, banking tools, games…
Here are some of the most interesting applications we built for iOS so far:
So, why are companies outsourcing to Ukraine? Ukrainian programmers are very capable and completely deserve their stellar reputation. If you need a skilled and reliable dedicated iOs development team and Swift developers with a good grasp of English and western working culture, consider augmenting your project with Ukrainian developers. You will not be disappointed.
We at Relevant provide companies with dedicated senior iOS developer teams since 2013. Contact us now to take a look at CVs.