3 Great Ways US-Based Companies Can Hire Software Developers

Finding talented US-based software developers and enticing them to join your team is a major challenge many tech company founders have to tackle today.

83% out of 760 employers who took part an in-depth research of the American software development industry admitted a lack of software development staff, mostly due to the shortage of local professionals.

Despite the fact that the number of tech graduates has been increasing over the past couple of years, even the Apples and Googles of this world, with their fantastic salaries and legendary perks, find it hard to hire software developers.

Not only are good developers hard to find, they’re also expensive to keep. Engineering salaries can easily make up to $100,000 per annum. Add all the company-paid benefits and infrastructure costs — and the figure we just mentioned could easily double.

True, finding skilled developers in the US is challenging and expensive, but it’s not impossible.

Here Are Three Alternative Ways to Hire High-Quality Software Developers:

Hire Freelancers

Working with freelancers can be a great option if the software you need is relatively simple, and if technology isn’t your company’s main focus.

If you decide to hire freelance software developers, you’re no longer limiting your choices to local candidates only. Instead, you get access to thousands of engineers from all over the world happy to take on your project right now.

On top of that, since there’s no need to cover benefits and spend on infrastructure, freelancers usually come at a much lower cost than in-house staff. This is especially true if the freelancer you hire lives in a country with lower engineering salaries, like Poland, Ukraine, or Moldova.

Reducing costs is a major advantage of working with freelance developers, but you should be aware of potential risks as well. One of them is data leakage — you’ll be giving freelancers access to corporate information, and yet you’ll never be sure about what they’re going to do with it.

Reliability could also be a problem because more often than not, the freelancer you’ll hire will be juggling a few other projects at the same time. So don’t be surprised if deadlines keep changing again and again.

Language barriers, insufficient communication, and time differences are also on the list of potential issues that can make working with freelance software developers a negative experience.

Work with an Outsourcing Company

  • your project requires a team of developers
  • you don’t have the technical expertise required to manage a development team in-house

Outsourcing is another viable option, especially if your project is quite complex and would take a whole team to develop.

Depending on where you choose to outsource, you may or may not save money. What you will save is a lot of time and in-house resources which you can direct to more urgent work.

You should also know, though, that partnering with an outsourcing company in effect means giving over control over your project to a third party software development company. This won’t be much if an issue if you or your staff aren’t tech savvy enough to run a development team themselves, or if technology isn’t core to your business.

If it is, this lack of insight into the development process can result in a low quality end product. Working with an outsourcing company, you don’t have any say in who works on your software, who manages the project, and how risks in are mitigated. The developers who work for outsourcing vendors usually have a number of concurrent projects, which inevitably decreases the quality of the software solutions they produce.

What’s more, when you outsource, planning your expenses can get very tricky, as every change you’ll want to add to the final product will have its own price tag.

An outsourcing partner can still become a very valuable asset, but only if you find a reliable company and know how to mitigate the risks of working with them.

Start Your Own Remote Development Team

Starting your own development team in a country with a lot of technically skilled engineers and lower average engineering salaries may well be the best way to hire the right kind of software developers without having to spend a fortune.

A development center abroad eliminates most of the drawbacks of outsourcing, while still giving you all of its benefits, like access to larger talent pool and lower costs.

When you open your own offshore development center, you get to choose every member of your team, which means you know they have all the skills you need. You or your tech lead manage the team directly, and your developers don’t have any projects other than yours. They’re essentially just like your in-house employees who work in a different office.

There are two ways to start an offshore software development team. The first one is opening your own office without any intermediaries, which means you’ll need to repeat all the actions you’d have taken hiring at home, but in an unfamiliar cultural and legal context. You’ll also need to rent an office, hire administrative staff, handle legal issues, and get to grips with the local tax system.

All of that is a lot of work you may not want to tackle unassisted, which brings us to the other option — partnering with an outstaffing partner. In this case, you’ll only need to interview the candidates the outstaffing partner will preselect based on your requirements, and approve the members of your development team. That’s about it.

The partner will place your developers in its own office that already comes with support staff, provide them with the necessary hardware and software, and take care of payroll, taxes, and benefits — all for a flat monthly fee added to the salaries of your engineers.

Some outstaffing companies (us included) also help you establish trusty working relationships with your team and offer consulting services to help make your team even more productive.

About Daxx

Daxx is a Dutch IT company helping businesses set up software development teams in Ukraine. We connect you with top developers, place them in our offices, help maintain team loyalty, and take care of all the administrative issues. You focus on managing your team while we take care of the rest. Since 1999, over 65 clients from 17 countries have built software development teams with us.

Have you tried hiring software engineers through any of these methods? Which one do you think would work best for your business? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.