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Imagine. You are developing quality software and delivering it on time. Clients are talking the best about you, and more are lining up to work with you. You have the best development team you want- to achieve more milestones in the future. However, with the IT industry becoming too fierce to the point where even a minute delay in the software production or launch could completely ruin the ambition of a business. And one of the challenging tasks is finding skilled and experienced developers.
Not able to find the right developers and with the shortage of talents, the businesses have leaned towards hiring offshore developers. And this trend is increasing rapidly. Endless opportunities to grow, quality development services, delivery on time, etc., make it the perfect condition to work with the offshore development team. So, it is high time that you also start working with such a team. While talking about it, there still remains a question- How to hire offshore software developers? To help you with it, we have listed everything you need to know about hiring offshore software developers below.
Why hire offshore software developers?
One of the reasons is cost minimization. Hiring locally or training an in-house team is cheaper. Logically thinking, it seems correct. But the cost to train them, benefits packages, paid leave, onboarding, etc., takes a lot of time, money, and resources. Instead, you can hire offshore developers who are already adept at developing software and proficient in handling a project.
The second reason is quality development services. The offshore developers from the USA, Ukraine, Denmark, etc., provide the best services with better results on time.
The third reason is the best value to their clients. By providing quality development services to their customers that align with their business goals, they offer the best value.
The fourth reason is opportunities to grab good qualities. The countries, like the USA, Ukraine, etc., have the best developers in the world. Working with such a team gives you an endless opportunity to know how they work, what development process they practice, and what makes them the best. You can implement those good qualities to make your own team good enough to be able to handle any project.
Where to look for offshore software developers?
So where can you find offshore developers? You can find them on different online portals, like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, etc. You can find all types of developers there. But to find the right developers that fit your needs, review their profile, ratings, look for clients’ testimonials, etc. From there, you can gauge their expertise.
You can find them on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. You will get a huge pool of talents from there.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a company, you can Google them to search for their website. Then review their site, connect with their clients if possible. Moreover, you might find information about them on Glassdoor, where former and current employees give reviews about their firms.
If you are active on social media, then join different groups and communities to gather information about the developers. But, be aware of people who are looking to scam you. So, do some research when you are in an anonymous group.
Top places to find offshore developers
By 2024, the number of developers is expected to reach 28.7 million globally. You will have endless options to choose from. But there are also destinations known for the best developers in the world, providing quality development services. So, if you are looking to outsource your development project, then the top countries for offshore development are:
These are the current hotspot for software developers. So, now let’s see the average cost per hour of the developers in these regions.
- Ukraine: $25-$45
- Romania: $25-$45
- Polan: $40-$55
- Bulgaria: $35-$50
- Hungary: $40-$55
The number of software developers is skyrocketing. With the advancement in the IT industry, the demand is increasing rapidly, not showing any sign of stopping soon. However, not every developer charges the same price. It depends on their experience, skills, and the region they are located in. So, the rates of software developers based on their level are given below:
- Junior-level: $55-$80
- Mid-level: $65-$90
- Senior-level: $75-$125
- Junior-level: $20-$30
- Mid-level: $25-$40
- Senior-level: $30-$60
- Junior-level: $20-$30
- Mid-level: $25-$35
- Senior-level: $30-$50
These rates may also fluctuate depending upon your needs, app’s features and complexities, etc.
How to hire offshore software developers?
You now have an idea of where to look and which regions to watch out for developers. Still, the question remains- how to hire offshore software developers? You have numerous options, like social media, websites, etc., to find the developers. But before finding the right one, the following are the necessary steps. These aren’t hard and fast rules, but ideas to help you on your journey to hire an offshore development team.
Identify your requirements
First, identify your needs and requirements. For what purpose do you need offshore software developers? What kind of software are you planning to build? What are the developers’ responsibilities? What skills and experience level are you looking for? Find answers to these questions.
Moreover, the budget plays a crucial role.
Imagine. You find the right offshore developers for your project. But, what if you don’t have enough budget to hire them?
Your goals, needs, and requirements must be as clear as crystal. Otherwise, not only yours, but you will be wasting the time of offshore developers as well. Without the availability of such information, the developers won’t accept your project in the first place. So, this is the obvious step you need to take.
Look for the developers
Now, look for the right developers for your project. You already know the places where you can find them. In the previous section, we discussed it.
Be active on social media, especially, LinkedIn because it is the place where professionals from around the world gather. Join some groups and communities on social networking sites and gather intel on developers. Plus, surf different online job portals, like Upwork, Fiverr, etc.
Review their skills, expertise, and achievements
If you have an idea of whom to hire for your projects, then review their skills, experience, and achievements. Check if their expertise matches your needs and requirements.
Look for reviews, testimonials
Look for reviews and testimonials from their clients. People who have worked with them might have left some comments. You can check their websites. Most businesses and developers have started to add testimonials on their sites to build trust with new prospects. So, go through them. It acts as social proof and helps you know how they work, approach their clients, care for them, etc. Overall, it helps you know about their working process.
Shortlist developers or development company
Let’s say you have information on developers and development companies. They match your requirements. Then, what? Now, shortlist them. Sometimes, you will have more deserving candidates than you imagine. You can’t hire every one of them. Or, can you? In such a situation, it is best to group some of them into your most potential category.
Once you have shortlisted developers and development companies, then simply connect with them. Email them or text them or call them. It is best to mail them, which is a professional way of connecting with anyone.
Other than email, you can connect with them on social media networks and directly message them there.
You can host a video conference with the software developers. This way, you can convey your needs and requirements better. You can also share your screen if you want them to see graphs, charts, infographics, etc.
Ask the right questions
During the meeting, ask the right questions, like about their development process, how they handle risks, how they execute your project needs, etc. Moreover, communication is crucial to complete a project successfully. So, get to know about their communication process as well.
Asking the right questions gives you tons of information and clarifies your confusion. Instead of overthinking, it is better to request upfront.
Evaluate the developers’ skills and expertise. It is the best way to test their skill set and get first-hand experience about their ability. So, how can you do it? The first approach is asking questions. This helps you to gauge their thinking capabilities and how they tackle a problem. You will get to know their problem-solving skills.
The second approach is to test their programming skills by asking them to solve problems. So, have them submit the answers right away or give them some time to resolve them. However, upon the submission, ask them about the working process, like why did they do what they did or how did they approach the questions, etc.
Sign the contract
Lastly, communicate about the working conditions and sign the contract. Go for the NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to protect sensitive information about the project. This legal form keeps your data, like source code, top secret. Upon violation, you can proceed with the court case.
At Truemark, we always opt for NDA and Contract forms to keep the information confidential. Protecting our client’s data is one of our highest priorities.
Hiring the right offshore software developers can be challenging if you don’t have any starting lead. It consumes lots of time. Someone who is knowledgeable knows about the correct way to do it, like the steps mentioned above.
Working with offshore development helps you reach your goals and visions faster and open the door with endless opportunities. You will connect with new people and gain new ways to address a situation.
If you are looking for an outsourcing partner, then Truemark Technology will help you. Truemark is an outsourcing software company that has been in the IT industry for more than 5 years. Past these years, we have worked on numerous offshore companies, providing them the best development services without compromising on quality. We help you fulfill your every need, be it website development, app development, web design, UI/UX design, software project management, maintenance, etc. So, contact us at any time. Let’s have a chat and work together.