How American Companies Can Hire Top Software Developers

Aug 16, 2016

Attracting highly skilled, US-based software developers to join a company is one of the most challenging tasks facing tech company founders today.

In a survey of 760 employers conducted in 29 US states and three Canadian provinces, 83% of respondents reported a lack of software development talent, due mostly to the shortage of qualified local professionals.

Although the number of tech graduates has been growing over the last few years, even tech giants like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are struggling to find people to fill their job openings, despite the fact that they all offer great salaries and legendary perks.

And let’s not forget the cost of having a full-time employee. An experienced developer can make up to $100K a year – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If we factor in benefits (insurance, bonuses, 401K contribution) and the cost of infrastructure your in-house employees use on a daily basis (hardware, software licenses and subscriptions, furniture, office supplies, rent, etc.), the figure we had at the start of this paragraph could as much as double.

However, just because hiring talented developers in the US is hard and expensive, doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Here are three ways you can connect with the right kind of tech talent:

1. Hire Freelance Software Developers

Works best when:
  • your projects are short-term and not too complex
  • technology isn’t your company’s main focus
Pros Cons
Access to the global talent pool Data leakage
Lots of resources Unreliability
No need to spend on benefits and infrastructure Unmet deadlines
Potentially lower costs

Time differences and communication barriers

If your software development needs are short-term and relatively simple, and if they’re not central to your business, hiring a freelancer can be a pretty good option.

Working with freelancers opens you up to the global talent pool, which will likely provide way more options than what’s available locally. There are plenty of freelance platforms out there, with thousands of software engineers from all over the globe ready to take on virtually any project.

What’s more, freelancers often come at a lower cost than in-house employees because there’s no need to cover benefits and spend on infrastructure – you just pay for the work that gets done. You’ll save even more if your freelancer lives and works in a country with lower average salaries for developers, like Ukraine, Russia, or the Czech Republic.

While cutting costs is a major ‘pro’ of working with freelancers, there are also a lot of potential problems. You’ll be sharing a lot of corporate information with them, and yet you’ll never really be 100% sure about how they’re using it.

Reliability can also be an issue because 9 times out of 10, your freelancer is juggling other projects as well. That means you shouldn’t be surprised if deadlines keep getting pushed back again and again. Communication issues, time differences, and language barriers are also potential stumbling blocks that come with the territory if you work with freelance software developers.

2. Partner with an IT Outsourcing Vendor

Works best when:
  • your project requires a team of developers
  • you don’t have the technical expertise required to manage a development team in-house
Pros Cons
You can hire multiple developers at once, rather than having to assemble a team one-by-one Loss of managerial control and insight into the vendor’s processes
Possible cost savings (depending on the outsourcing location) Low quality of work due to developers working on multiple projects
  Cost overages, as changes to the end product are priced individually

What if the software you need is complex, and requires a whole team to develop it? Partnering with an outsourcing vendor is another viable solution.

Outsourcing may or may not mean saving money – that depends on where you choose to outsource – but it’ll definitely allow you to save plenty of time and internal resources which you can allocate to more important work.

You should know, though, that working with an outsourcing vendor essentially means giving up all of your managerial control to a third party software development company. This won’t be an issue if your in-house employees don’t have enough of a technical background to manage the development process themselves, or if technology isn’t your company’s main focus.

However, if software is crucial to your business, this lack of insight into vendor processes could result in a lot of wasted time and money.

When you partner with an outsourcing vendor, you don’t get to decide who works on your project, how that project is managed, and how risks in the development process are mitigated. The developers who work for outsourcing companies usually juggle a few projects at the same time, which often results in lower quality software solutions for their clients.

On top of that, budget planning with vendors can get tricky, as every change you want to introduce to the final result will come with its own price tag.

An outsourcing vendor can still become one of your strongest assets, but only if you find a reliable partner and learn to mitigate the risks of working with them.

Read more: Why Our Model Works Better Than IT Outsourcing

3. Set Up Your Own Offshore Development Center

Works best when:
  • you need experienced engineers or engineers skilled in rare technologies, but you can’t find them locally
  • you want to manage the development process directly but aren’t ready to open your own offshore office
  • you’re looking for a flexible and secure way to grow your development team
Pros Cons
Full involvement in the hiring process Requires an in-house tech specialist capable of running a development team
Full control over the development process Not a good fit for short-term projects
Full-time developers working exclusively for you 4-6 weeks to build a team (as opposed to a few days required to hire a freelancer)
No need to spend on infrastructure  

In many ways, starting your own development center in a country with a large, technically skilled workforce and lower engineering salaries is the best way to find the talent you need without spending a fortune.

A tech center abroad gives you all the benefits of outsourcing, like access to a larger pool of developers and lower costs, while effectively eliminating most of its drawbacks.

When you open your own dedicated development center overseas, you get to hire all the software developers yourself, which means you know exactly who you’re hiring and what skills they have. You know your developers are fully dedicated to your company because they don’t have to jump from one project to another, and you can communicate and manage them directly without third parties getting in the way. Your offshore developers are no different than your in-house employees – they simply don’t share the same office space.

There are two ways to set up a remote software development team. The first one is opening your own office unassisted, which means you’ll have to follow all the steps you’d have taken hiring locally, but in a largely unfamiliar cultural, linguistic, and legal context. You’ll also need to rent office space, hire support staff, handle legal issues, and understand the local tax system.

That’s obviously a lot of work which you may not be ready to tackle yourself, which brings us to the second way – partnering with a company like ours. With this option, you’ll be able to avoid all the aforementioned hassles and still get your own development team.

Here’s How It Works:

If you decide to set up your team with us, you’ll first have to specify the type of developers you’re looking for. Our recruiters will then search our extensive database of Ukrainian developers and prescreen the candidates that fit your needs. We’ll send you the resumes of the best engineers, and then you’ll have the chance to interview and approve each of them before they join your development team. This stage usually takes between 4 and 6 weeks.

And that’s pretty much it. No set-up fees, no need to learn the ins and outs of Ukrainian tax laws – just interview, approve, and get started.

When you hire Ukrainian software developers with us, you get full-time employees dedicated to your project and your project alone. Your engineers will work in one of our spacious offices located in Ukraine’s largest tech hubs, where we provide work stations and software. You get to run your team directly, while we provide support staff and take care of team retention, payroll, and taxes. We also help you build strong professional relationships with your team from day one, provide Agile consulting, and advise you on project management best practices – all for a flat monthly fee added to your developers’ monthly salaries.

Want to hire software engineers with us? Specify your requirements or ask us a question using the form below. And while we have you, why not check out the resumes of our best software developers for hire?

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