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“Working with you guys has been fantastic. The level of expertise of your development team is as good as the people that we get in the UK. You’ve got a fantastic talent base of programmers. It’s more challenging to find people of that quality in the UK.”
We start by hearing out your requirements. This includes a project description, job descriptions, team size, and desired workflow to assemble the right specialists.
Our HR team assesses candidates to learn their background, tech skills, English proficiency, and soft skills. Once we have chosen the most qualified candidates, you will host the final interviews with remote engineers.
After you make a final choice, you hire remote developers, and we integrate them into your project. You can choose your preferred management approach and tools. We recommend meeting with the team in-person by inviting them to your office or by visiting us.
You’ll get a team of specialists working directly for you, just as an in-house team. The only difference is the team works remotely, and we handle all the administration.
Our remote developers focus on technologies that allow building reliable, nimble, and secure products, designed for scalability.
We have a thorough recruitment process to check engineers' background, tech skills, English level, and soft skills. This helps us hire the best remote developers.
We are using best practices, tools, and techniques daily. We spent tons of time on strategic sessions and risk management to be a partner, not just a vendor.
Our clients highlight our ability to build great personal relationships with them, except for the excellent code quality.
We are interested in long-term relationships. Our employees stay with our clients and us for years.
92% of our engineering team are strong middle and senior specialists.
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The rates of remote developers for hire vary from country to country, ranging from $100-200 per hour in the USA and Western Europe to $8-10 per hour in India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Ukraine seems to be a golden mean, charging $30-90 hourly while offering a high level of competency.
Before selecting the country, you will be outsourcing to, consider the following:
Before you start hiring a remote development team, you should clearly understand which factors matter most to you and to what extent.
Once you decide, you can consider these five countries for software development. They represent the most popular choices based on the factors we’ve discussed.
Ukraine’s government realizes the importance of the tech industry and is placing great focus on tech education. A significant factor that works in their favor is Ukrainian software companies tend to follow global trends and have shown expertise in big data and AI, mobile development, blockchain and cryptocurrency projects.
While there isn’t an objective ranking for software talent, HackerRank’s report ‘Which Country Would Win the Programming Olympics' is a popular benchmark. It’s based on developers who took part in the popular website’s programming challenges. Ukrainian developers had an average score of 88.7%, securing an incredible 11th place globally.
Ukraine is considered a top destination to outsource web development. Java, Ruby, and PHP programming are also their expertise.
The country placed 44th in the EF English Proficiency Index, which isn’t great. However, the IT industry’s common working language is English and is improving every year. Communication is pretty seamless as developers often speak a decent level of English.
Poland is another European country that has quickly gained a strong reputation for software development skills. The HackerRank index had Poland in the third position behind China and Russia. Poland works with PHP the most among all programming languages, but Java and .NET are also widespread. The country also excels in quality assurance and usability standards.
Poland scored 63.76 in the EF English Proficiency Index, which translates to ‘very high proficiency.’
The outsourcing boom is not restricted to Europe and Asia. In South America, Argentina is a great choice. Buenos Aires is among the top 20 ‘Super Cities’ in the 2020 Services Globalization Index by Tholons, and Argentina is in the top 20 ‘Digital Nations.’ The country’s ‘Software Law’ has incentivized software companies with tax benefits, adding to the boom.
Argentina now offers free education, as well, and is investing in expansive schooling. One of the government’s current focuses is implementing computer education in schools. Argentina is also right behind Canada and the US with 95% internet penetration.
Outsourcing firms in Argentina are experienced in mobile development, cloud computing, and DevOps. There’s also a time-zone benefit with an overlap in both the US and Europe. Argentina’s EF English Proficiency Index score is 58.38, which shows ‘high proficiency.’
India is the one country on the list that’s most associated with outsourcing, including IT and software development. The country also has an education system that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM subjects), with 2.6 million graduates each year. Despite tons of talent going overseas, India remains a strong location to hire remote software engineers.
India is among the best countries for mobile app development, both native and hybrid. Companies are also involved in Microsoft-related software and open source projects. Indian developers are actively catching up in machine learning, AI, GIS, and blockchain technologies.
Taiwan is also not new to outsourcing. The country has a long history of taking on tech projects. The Taiwanese government has invested in turning the country into “Asia’s Silicon Valley.” Their focus is on improving STEM education and IT infrastructure. Taiwanese developers have a number of expertise, including functional programming and data structures. The HackerRank database also ranked Taiwan in seventh place.
Taiwan scored 54.18 on the EF English Proficiency Index, showing ‘moderate proficiency’ in the language. The government plans to remedy this, with English likely to become one of their national languages by 2030.
Outsourcing software development is now an established part of software development globally. It’s proven to be a cost-effective and flexible solution for software projects as developers appreciate the opportunity to work remotely. But where do you start looking? We have the answer.
B2B marketing is as good as it’s ever been. Companies are creating incredible amounts of content—blogs, podcasts, surveys, research papers, etc.—to educate potential customers. So when you’re ready to hire a remote developer, you’re more likely to have too much to go through than having too little. The content could be on their websites, industry-specific publications, or platforms like Medium.
These sources can give you most of the company information, but some things still need your attention like:
While digging through the content, you’ll also find references from clients, info about the team, and much more. All of this should tell you about the company’s market position and its development expertise. At this point, the best way to continue would be to contact the company directly.
There are B2B research platforms that analyze and list software companies. Leveraging the expertise and engineering talent of a software development agency or a dedicated team is a great option. The platform does the research; you simply use their listing to hire the developers that you want. Also, you can usually hire a company through the platform.
Clutch contains a directory of more than 7,000 companies working in a variety of IT-related fields. The platform publishes only verified client reviews and feedback. They contact the clients and do their own research, giving you the full picture rather than a skewed opinion. Their evaluation is based on several crucial factors, including the quality of work delivered, the provider’s overall services, and their market presence in the segments.
A number of software service providers publish their profiles on Wadline. For you, it’s a straightforward search. You choose what you need done, what tech stack you’re looking for, your budget, and even the location you prefer. Wadline will then produce a list of companies that match your search, including reviews. The best thing about Wadline is they give you contact details for key persons. You can avoid the usual channels and go directly to who matters.
GoodFirms connects you to thousands of companies all over the world from whom you can hire software developers. It’s a list of companies with details like the approximate hourly rate, company size, and office locations. You can filter the listing based on what kind of software development you need and see company reviews, which GoodFirms says are verified.
Besides, the GoodFirms platform offers research on various topics related to the outsourcing of software development. For example, you can find insights on application development time, influencing factors, or challenges within each outsourcing domain.
VenturePact is another platform that reviews and rates companies when hiring software developers. In addition, you also get access to time-tracking tools for remote development, as well as automated code reviews. The platform emphasizes transparency and offers escrow services to protect clients and developers. All teams in their network are supposedly verified for quality, communication, and experience.
If you’d rather hire a remote developer and not a team, it’s better to use a job board or platform. The gig economy has taken off in the last decade, providing plenty of reputable websites where you can hire remote developers and engineers searching for new jobs or projects.
Upwork is well-known with millions of users. It’s used by talented freelance developers and makes hiring much easier for startups. To hire a remote developer, you can either search their database or post a job ad with your requirements and let them come to you. Upwork is among the most efficient in terms of being an intermediary between the client and the remote developer. All payments are processed via Upwork, which protects both parties.
Freelancer has tons of developers for hire, but the database is smaller than that of Upwork, and the expertise may not be as good. It’s still a very popular website where potential employers can post their requirements and select from developers offering services. Freelancer also processes payments to ensure the contract is fulfilled.
Toptal is a platform that specializes in software developers (unlike Upwork and Freelancer, which also feature other segments – marketing, design, writing/editing, etc.). They claim their custom business intelligence screens all freelancer applications available in the system and selects the top 3% to interview for your job posting.
Toptal offers customers a risk-free trial version and only sends a bill if the project tasks are completed successfully. To have the platform involved is a win-win option for both the employer and the developer.
RemoteOK is a straightforward job board for remote workers, including software developers. They believe everyone should have the choice of being a “digital nomad,” living wherever they want while earning money remotely. If you’re looking to hire, you need to post a job with all the requirements and wait for developers to apply. RemoteOK charges $299 for a 90-day job posting with access to a million remote professionals.
Remote.com puts the focus on how easily you can hire a remote developer while covering all legal requirements, including IP ownership and protection. You have the choice of either browsing developer profiles or posting a job and waiting for applications. But there’s also a third option—you can trust an AI-powered algorithm to verify and choose the most suitable candidate for you. The AI analyzes several factors, including skill level, project duration, the payment model, and the position’s description.
The plans are also flexible. You can choose the free option with basic services or pay to have access to a larger talent pool, AI assistance, and direct contact with developers. There’s also a custom pricing option, say if you want to choose from top talent. However, the platform charges a fee – 10% of the project cost – for services provided.
Relevant can build a team for you in Ukraine, providing specialists in the tech stack you want. We are organized to be efficient and transparent.
We have successfully completed around 200 projects. We invite you to look through some of them to get a better idea of our accomplishments. The following projects represent a variety of applications and expertise.
If you decide to develop a custom solution, you must make the difficult choice of hiring a contractor. To minimize risks, we recommend you hire professional development teams with relevant experience. The wrong choice can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Be sure the team you choose will give you the most valuable solution, tailored to the needs of your business. Here's what you can do to select the most qualified team:
To get started, compile a list of teams that suit you. You can do this on thematic directories like GoodFirms. Select companies that have high ratings, but also read the customer reviews carefully. Look for consistency in how the team has built software products. Make sure to go through the bad reviews as well, paying attention to customer complaints.
Now that you’ve confirmed the teams on your list are more or less trustworthy, you need to know who on the list has the necessary experience and skills to implement your project.
To research this, visit the sites of these companies and read through their portfolio. Check if your potential contractor has experience working with clients from your industry. Also, pay attention to the results of their work. Reduce your list to the teams with the most relevant experience.
It’s time for you to contact potential contractors. Tell them about your project and ask detailed questions. Try to learn as much as possible about their work, the team’s experience, and your specific needs. Here are some questions you should be asking:
After this conversation, spend time reflecting on their responses. Did their answers meet your requirements? Did they seem honest? Were they polite? If you have reservations about the team, it’s better to keep looking. After all, your money and time are at stake, and you should feel confident with your choice.
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