Andrew
Burak
CEO at Relevant

How to Hire React.js Developers: from Approach to Job Description, Interview Questions, And Salary Expectations

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Hiring the right React.js developers for your project can be a long and unnerving process. Why? Because JavaScript is growing bigger by the minute (take a quick glance at StackOverflow Trends), and React.js happens to be one of its most popular frameworks. 

Companies like Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, Netflix, PwC, Amazon, Twitter, Udemy, and nearly 9,000 others worldwide use JavaScript for web, desktop, and mobile apps. And everyone is drawing from the same talent pool, which isn’t exactly bottomless. So, yes — your problem is quite real. 

We believe you are here for one or all of these reasons:

  • You need to expand your development team with React.js expertise, and you are pressed for time.
  • Your company’s location makes it hard to find Middle+ or Senior React.js developers on the local market. 
  • Even if you know where to find software developers with React.js expertise, you find their services somewhat costly. The demand is high, and so are the salaries and retention rates. 

This would seem like a good time to lose hope. But guess what? 

At this point, you still have two options. You can either work with reputable freelancers on various portals or outsource React.js development to a trustworthy software company.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy. This article will cover both approaches, give you a list of skills to look for, outline interview questions for a React.js candidate, and provide approximate salary expectations from various regions across the globe.

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.

Skills required for a React.js developer 

This is important.

Let’s discuss the hard and soft skills required for a React.js developer. After all, you’re looking for an all-round player, right?

Hard skills include:

  • Excellent command of JavaScript. This is vital for understanding the architecture and flow of various app features and service components.
  • In-depth understanding of React.js concepts. Understanding the component lifecycle, JSX, Virtual DOM, and other concepts is vital to hit the ground running with your projects.
  • Mastery of frameworks, libraries, and tools. Knowledge of tools like Create React App, Material Kit React, Redux, React Router is a must. Not to mention ESLint, Webpack and Jest – the names every JavaScript developer should know.
  • Ability to write clear and concise code. This skill is essential to simplify app design and development. Thus, good React.js developers should follow the Google JavaScript Style Guide and other relevant best practices.
  • ES6, HTML/CSS. Self-explanatory, basic requirements for a frontend developer.
  • Experience with REST API/GraphQL, which is vital for integrating your apps with third-party platforms.
  • Experience with unit testing, Git, Github, and other DevOps and CI/CD tools. Modern development is agile in spirit and methods, so your future React.js developers should be able to use the DevOps instruments needed to streamline software delivery and management in production.

But that’s not enough.

You want a seasoned warrior, but also someone who can work in a team and enjoy it.

Soft skills include:

  • Ability to transform project requirements into technical specifications. By gathering all the required information quickly and accurately, you can ensure your future app meets the customer’s expectations instead of becoming a waste of time and money.
  • Sprint planning. Teamwork is essential in React development, as it encompasses all the aspects of software delivery. Thus, the ability to plan and execute tasks within a sprint scope is vital for meeting project deadlines and quotas.
  • Communication skills and open-mindedness. To work productively and advance at a steady pace, your devs should be able to communicate their ideas and accept the opinions of others. This style of teamwork is needed every day, not only in the planning stage.
  • Desire to learn. New tools and approaches emerge constantly, so your talents should continue learning to remain relevant.
  • Problem-solving skills. These skills are critical for both resolving technical debt and keeping team spirits high.
  • Giving and accepting constructive feedback. When team members look for ways to improve instead of someone to blame, everyone wins.

Now, to entice your perfect candidate, you need to compose a perfectly clear React.js developer job description. Don’t take any chances. If you want to get the best — follow our guidelines.

How to create an engaging job description for a React.js developer

Writing an attention-grabbing React.js job description is like writing marketing copy. If you want to attract qualified people, make it about them, not you. Your job posting should clearly answer (or at least hint at) the following questions:

  • Do you have shared values with this job seeker? 
  • Are there any career prospects if they choose to work for you?
  • What are they going to do?
  • What is it like to be a part of your team?
  • Any benefits/ potential challenges?

When creating a job description for a React.js developer, we recommend you follow the structure below. 

Job title, location, and employment type (full-time/part-time)

The job title is the first thing a potential candidate looks at, so make sure it’s informative enough for them to keep reading. And don’t forget to specify the location, especially if this position is exclusively office-based. 

Useful tip: it can be extremely difficult to find a software developer in the local market, so don’t despair if there is simply no one to hire in your area. Some people would agree to relocate if you offer an incredible relocation package. But the best solution would be to hire professionals remotely. This will expand your talent pool and help you save costs in the long run.

And now — on to the tricky part. 

Salary 

We know it’s convenient to leave this blank and try to negotiate a lower pay when the candidate is about to get on board. However, with no figures at all, you might lose more than you could save. Candidates applying to software development positions are in high demand, so they expect a certain level of compensation. If there’s no salary range, they might as well skip your job offer. 

Useful tip: You don’t have to say it explicitly, every organization has its reasons. Instead, try something like “Salary starting from $x per hour” or “Salary ranges between $x and $y per year”. 

General information about the company (industry, mission, vision, culture)

Job seekers want to know more about the company they might soon be working for. It’s also in your team’s best interests to attract applicants whose values resonate with yours. In this section, try to avoid flashy language or buzzwords, because they usually don’t mean a thing to the reader. Explain your values in simple terms and add a few words about what you’re doing and where you’re headed. That’s going to have a much better effect. 

Useful tip: Why are you special? Figure out what makes your company stand out from the rest. Job seekers will appreciate it.

Did we miss something? Oh, that’s right.

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Responsibilities of this position

Applicants usually spend a lot of time reading this part, so you need to put some effort into writing it. Be specific and try to avoid generic language or descriptions of roles and responsibilities copy-pasted from the internet. The more project-specific your requirements are, the higher the chances that you’ll find a person with a matching skill set. 

Useful tip: Universal developers don’t exist, so it would be a good idea to specify what technologies your engineers are currently using. 

Skills and qualifications

Many organizations divide this section into two separate parts where they list must-have and nice to have qualifications. This way, they are sure to receive more resumes and therefore more candidates to choose from. 

Useful tip: When writing a job description for a particular position (React.js developer in this case), talk to senior developers in your team. You’ll get a better idea of the skills that are really “must-have”, while others can be taught in the process. 

Are you tired yet? This next one is really fun! For the candidates, at least.

Perks 

Benefits and perks are super important for job seekers, especially if we’re talking about in-house positions. Applicants love things like health insurance, vacation packages, freebies, gym membership, etc. Whether you offer them or not can easily become a major deciding factor for someone who lives in your area. That said, remote employees don’t care so much about most of these things unless you offer flexible hours or distance learning opportunities. And remember: working from home option is practically a must these days.

Useful tip: While listing benefits and perks, think of your target applicants and mention only the most relevant things. 

Links to resources 

Typically, companies expect candidates to play detective and research them. By doing that, they forget that job seekers are equally making a choice. They may be considering three different organizations at the moment. Why not make it easier for everybody? If you run an interesting company blog or have a YouTube channel with useful information for potential hires, add a few links to your posting. It’s going to help them choose you. 

You’re doing great. Now that you’ve found your candidate, interview is the next step to take. Don’t worry, we’ll help you with it.

Job description example for a React.js developer

Below is an approximate job description for a React.js developer. Feel free to adapt it to the needs and specifics of your particular organization. It is by far not exhaustive and instead serves as a backbone for you to build upon.

Who are we?
We are a software development company looking for a skilled Middle React.js developer to join our team and work on insert a brief project description here.

What is the project about?
Explain the future app’s core idea.

Professional requirements:
List the hard and soft skills required for this job, similar to the ones we mentioned earlier.

Main tasks and responsibilities:
– working with customers to transform product concepts into technical specifications
– delivering new apps and features according to schedule
– planning and implementing appropriate app design and architecture
– performing the full cycle of software delivery, from design to post-release support if needed

Language proficiency
An English B1-B2 level is usually expected.

Work conditions
List all details about the work conditions you want to share. For example, this might include working hours, the possibility of remote work, the number of paid sick days, annual vacation days, etc. 

Interview tips for React.js developers

Want to hear something funny? Here is the challenge with technical interviews: when hiring experts from a new field, companies may know what questions to ask, but they usually can’t tell if the answers are correct. If you have a React.js expert in-house already, they will know what to look for and what to ask. Otherwise, we recommend using this excellent 20-page-long listicle of React.js interview questions and answers for hard skills. 

As for soft skills, there are multiple suggestions from various job portals and career consultancy agencies, such as this excellent example of soft skill interview questions from Indeed. You can expand on these ten questions to cover the situations your team faces frequently, making the questions unique to your organization.

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React.js developers’ salaries in various countries

If you need to hire React.js developers on your local markets, get out your checkbook, as it could cost a fortune. Superb experts are either snatched up by big brands like Facebook and Uber or can land a job there easily. However, to form your project budgets accurately, it’s important to know how much React.js specialists earn in countries across the globe.

We gained insight from open sources like Glassdoor, Monster, Indeed, PayScale, and LinkedIn, as well as from our in-house network. While these estimates may fluctuate slightly, they provide a general, global picture of React developers’ salaries. We list median values, so while the US-based Middle React developers receive around $120,000 annually, Juniors can expect only around $70,000, while Senior level React developers and architects can earn up to $200,000 annually.

CountryYearly salary (average)Hourly rate (average)
the United States$120,000$57
Canada$110,000$56
the United Kingdom$72,000$36
the Netherlands$50,000$31
France$44,000$30
Ukraine$29,000$14
* Note that the salaries mentioned above don’t equal the cost of hiring software developers through Relevant. Read more about offshore software development costs in our article.

Why do these rates differ so much? The reason is quite simple and purely economical. The cost of living in Ukraine is much lower when compared to the EU or the U.S., and the taxation system for IT specialists is quite simplified. This enables top-level React.js developers to do well while charging modest hourly rates.

the average REACT.JS developer hourly rates
Insight from open sources like Glassdoor, Monster, Indeed, PayScale, and LinkedIn, as well as from our in-house network

Hiring React.js developers: two common strategies

It’s not like the Ukrainian IT talent market is full of jobless React.js developers for hire. They work for software offshoring companies, which provide them with a stable source of income and a continuous influx of projects to choose from. So hiring a React.js developer in Ukraine means selecting a reliable IT outstaffing company — or working with a freelancer. Let’s take a closer look at these two approaches.

1. Hiring Freelancers

There are multiple freelance portals like TopTal, Upwork, Freelancer, YouTeam, etc. Each provides access to a selection of skilled specialists and displays their details. You can comb through the list of candidates and choose the talent that best matches your needs based on: 

  • hourly rates
  • seniority level
  • number of clocked hours
  • project success rate
  • customer reviews, etc.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Let’s see what you stand to gain with this approach.

Pros

  • Access to a large pool of freelance talent
  • Transparent ratings based on previous customer reviews
  • Simple filtering by various parameters
  • Consolidation of communication, work tracking, and billing into a single place

The potential downsides, however, can be significant as well.

Cons

  • You must provide system access to outsiders and rely on their honesty
  • Tasks can be delegated to other contractors, which may reflect poorly on product quality
  • Time tracking is quite complex and cannot be audited
  • You have to pay platform fees

No wonder many startups choose to tap into the global talent pool and outsource React.js development to reputable software houses. 

2. Hiring React.js developers through software houses

Working for a software house is a win-win choice for aspiring React.js developers. By choosing this path, talents receive a continuous flow of tasks and opportunities to learn, increasing their expertise and allowing them to grow in seniority. Meanwhile, customers get instant access to a pool of experienced specialists who can deliver high-quality code within the expected time and budget.

So how do you find a reliable software house? You can look for accolades, badges from platforms like G2 Crowd and Clutch, reviews from satisfied customers, and more. Be sure to read the case studies they provide to see if their project descriptions relate to your next idea. But most importantly, have several technical calls with the company. By discussing your project and hearing how they can help, you will understand if they are confident in their work and can prove their expertise.

Pros

  • Instant access to a pool of relevant talents
  • Ready teams able to deliver value from day one
  • Established processes of time tracking and reporting
  • Legal protection of your rights through NDA and SLA

Cons

  • Knowledge holders leave your team after the project ends
  • You must ensure developer documentation is available and of high quality to ease future project onboarding
  • Occasionally, you must wait till the team finishes a previous project to kick-off yours.

We must say that while some projects are perfectly happy with the freelance option, most companies opt for a software development agency. It’s the increased accountability, thorough expertise, and credibility that influence their decision.

Now, remember how we talked about the vastly different hourly rates across different countries? Time to get back to that topic.

Why hire offshore React.js developers and how to do it right

Think of all the advantages of offshoring:

  • It’s cost-efficient
  • Gives you access to the best talent and tools required
  • Ensures quick market delivery

Keep reading for some free tips on getting the best offshore React.js developers on board.

Pick a country

As a first step, do your homework and learn all about the countries you can outsource React.js developers from.

Compare the overall quality of the talent pool and service providers in various countries before deciding on one. Take into account factors like time difference, cost, low/high context culture, and quality of work. Look for the best combination of those parameters, instead of focusing on one.

For instance, don’t exclude a region with lower rates only because of the time difference. Some companies have teams that offer services according to the client’s time zone.

Рrovide clear and engaging job descriptions

We’ve covered this already, so this is just a friendly reminder — be open, concise, and thorough when listing your expectations and requirements. Help candidates make a decision in your favor.

Get to know the service providers

If you are going ahead with hiring a freelance developer, interview them well, and ask all relevant questions about their skills and the tools they use. 

The good ones have a proven track record they are willing to show, making it easier for you to choose the best person for the job. 

Here are some things you can do if you plan to work with a software development agency:

  • Once you’ve spoken to a few software development agencies and made a list of your top choices, find out about costs and services they offer. 
  • Set up meetings with the representatives of the agencies to gauge them better. Look up their social media accounts and ratings on other available websites.
  • Find out about a given agency’s workflow and decide whether it aligns with fulfilling your objectives. Ask about how flexible they are when it comes to scaling the team up or down during the project.
  • Ask about timelines and discuss the urgency of your needs. 
  • Try getting in touch with one of their previous clients to get first-hand information on working with a particular team or agency.

Offshore hiring can be the best way for companies looking to outsource react.js development. While the process may be a bit time-consuming at first, the benefits of this approach definitely outweigh any inconveniences.

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better – it turns out there’s another level to working with offshore React.js developers.

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Request a React.js development dedicated team

Having to hire a dedicated react.js developer in a remote location means that you and your project have your hired talent’s full attention for as long as you have agreed. No sudden reassignments or shortage of hours – your team works in total unison with your in-house employees, processes and tools. 

Luckily, Relevant Software is exceptionally good at creating dedicated teams that fulfill the needs of even the most demanding projects.

How we help companies onboard React.js developers

Relevant Software is a well-known software house that specializes in providing full-cycle software engineering services for startups and enterprises. We field experienced dedicated teams that deliver high-quality code to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers. When it comes to project onboarding, this is an approximation of the process we use:

Gathering requirements

We perform a project analysis by communicating with your stakeholders to craft a project description, team size assessment, list of deliverables, and a project roadmap. This helps us create a list of requirements to assemble the right team for your project.

Selecting Talent

We shortlist the best candidates for every position. Our HR and technical specialists complete screenings, hard/soft skill checks, and select the best-fit candidates for a final interview with you. This way, we perform all the routine recruitment steps while you keep the final say.

Assembling the team

Usually, we can provide you with developers in a week. However, if there are no necessary specialists available, we offer recruitment services and a five-steps talent selection process. The services are already included in the cost. 

Integrating the team

We have established effective processes for integrating our dedicated teams with your in-house talents, workflows, and toolsets. You can meet your new team members in person by taking them for a couple of weeks to your location or by visiting our offices to sort out any questions about workflow details you might have.

The results

You select the software project management model that suits you best (your PM works remotely with our team, our PM reports to you directly, etc.) and receive full control over your new team.

What about the case studies and previous customer reviews we mentioned earlier? Let’s share a little about those.

  • Airthings: We gathered a dedicated team of developers, including Node.js for backend, to build a dashboard to track indoor air quality through Airthings devices. Moreover, we created an interactive map to show the location of these devices.
  • GommeHD: Relevant delivered a web portal and online game store for one of the biggest Minecraft servers.
  • FirstHomeCoach: FirstHomeCoach is a UK-based fintech company whose product navigates buyers through the complicated steps of purchasing a property while connecting them with trusted advisors to help them secure a mortgage, get insurance, and handle all the legal paperwork.

Read also how to hire a React Native app developer.

Summary

Hiring the best React.js developers for you takes time and effort. The search might take you around the globe — or you could end up finding the perfect candidate in your backyard. Working with freelancers requires relying on the reputation of corresponding platforms and handling project management overheads yourself. Outsourcing React.js development to a trustworthy technology partner, on the other hand, saves time and lets you concentrate on business growth. 

But why not take it a step further and hire a dedicated team in Ukraine? This will help reduce costs and provide you with access to skilled and reliable specialists.

Relevant Software has React.js expertise ready at your service. Contact us today and have React.js developers working on your project in a week.

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