Similarly to hiring any other IT specialist, hiring Android developers is a long and complex process. With very few available experts on the local market, limited project budget, and the need to scale here and now, it seems like a “mission impossible” kind of endeavour. And if you’ve already started the development and need to add a person to the team in the middle of the project, things can get even more confusing.
If you really need to hire a skilled and experienced Android developer to join your team but don’t know where to start, this small guide is for you.
In this article, we’re going to take you all the way through the hiring process, from what qualifications you should look for to where you can find so much needed Android developers. Let’s begin!
You may be looking for someone to fine-tune little things or govern the entire development process. Based on your needs, you can hire Android developers with various skill levels ‒ junior, middle, or senior.
Be it an aspiring junior or seasoned senior, an Android developer needs to possess solid technical expertise, be a problem solver and a team player, and that’s a bare minimum.
Let’s start with the technical side of things.
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As for the interpersonal qualities, here’s what you should expect from the candidate for this job.
Crafting a decent job description and posting it in places where potential candidates would actually see it is the first step in hiring Android developers. Here’s a basic example of what it should look like.
Here at [your company name], we are looking for [junior/ middle/ senior] level Android developers to make a valuable addition to our team. You will join our engineers in designing and building the top-class mobile applications and work closely with other app development and technical teams.
Who You Are:
What You’ll Do:
Soon enough, you’ll start receiving applications. The next step would be sorting out the most qualified candidates and taking them through a few rounds of interviews ‒ the hard skills interview to test their technical expertise and soft skills interview to find out how good they are at problem resolution, communication and other important aspects of working in a team.
Android developer salaries depend on the person’s individual skill level (junior, middle, or senior), their professional experience, country of residence, the company, and so on.
To illustrate, let’s compare Android developer salaries in three different regions ‒ Ukraine, Western Europe (the Netherlands), and the United States.
Disclaimer: The numbers mentioned below are just an estimation and may vary based on the aforementioned factors.
|Region||Junior (annual earnings)||Middle (annual earnings)||Senior (annual earnings)|
|Ukraine||$ 6 000||$15 000||$ 30 000|
|Europe (e.g. the Netherlands)||$32 600||$54 400||$74 000|
|United States||$ 73 000||$ 109 000||$ 126 000|
You can go about hiring remote Android developers in two ways ‒ use freelance websites or partner up with outstaffing companies. It’s possible to book an individual contractor for a few hours or outsource Android development team for the entire project. Let’s take a closer look at both.
Hiring freelance contractors is the way to go for many companies. Some of the most popular platforms for that are Upwork, YouTeam, Freelancer.com, Toptal. In a nutshell, they are all the same. Here’s how they work. You go to the website, set up your “client” account, create a job post, wait for the candidates to send you their job applications, and discuss with your preferred developers how you are going to work together.
Cons of working with freelancers:
A universally beneficial option for projects of any size and budget is hiring Android developers via Ukrainian IT companies. Outstaffing from Eastern Europe is less expensive than adding more in-house employees, but it is just as reliable.
You can outsource one developer or the entire team through IT companies. The key is to find a partner you can trust. Ukraine is a well-known IT hub, so you can be sure that your project is going to be in good hands. All you need is to give out as many details of your project as possible and be willing to collaborate along the process.
Indeed, finding a reliable outsourcing company is not an easy task. Visit Clutch, it’s a platform designed to help you get to know your potential partners better and make an informed hiring decision.
Here at Relevant, we also provide team extension services. To make sure that the collaboration goes smoothly, we’ve developed a proven team set up process. Here’s how we go about our clients’ team extension.
The goal of this initial stage is to get familiar with your needs. The more time we spend learning about your requirements, the more effective our further work will be. The things we want to know include project details, job descriptions, the desired size of the team, and preferred workflow.
Depending on the scope of your project and the availability of developers in our team, we may be able to start working immediately. In other cases, we start looking for more talents. This process usually takes around one month. However, if your project is on fire and you need more people asap, we can make it happen by accessing a talent pool of our partners. This may take us around one week.
One of the benefits of working with us is that we take care of all the routine work for you. Our HR team goes through the backgrounds of many candidates to evaluate their hard and soft skills, English level, and so on to choose the best-suited candidates for a final interview with you.
Once you approve the candidates, we help them integrate into your project smoothly. The choice regarding the management approach and tools is yours. If it’s possible, we arrange an in-person meeting, and if not, we use video conferencing and other communication tools.
In the end, your team benefits from having more experts who are under your complete control. It’s like having more in-house employees who are working remotely. Also, we handle all the administration and you get to spend less than you would, had you hired them on your own.
Android is one of the most popular operating systems to date designed mostly for touch screen mobile devices. It supports a wide variety of smartphone/tablet applications, which are super comfortable for users in many ways.
One of the biggest advantages of Android is that it’s an open-source operating system, meaning that anyone with the right skillset can use it.
Overall, Android is made for business. You can develop world-class apps with this OS provided that you have the right talent.
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This is how we find the best Android developers for our clients. You can use our process as a guideline to complementing your team with missing parts or you can give us a call and entrust everything to our professionals. Relevant Software helps tech companies to hire Android developers and other tech talents, contact us to see CVs.