In today’s ever-changing world of technology, many businesses have an urgent need for IT staff augmentation. Some companies already have in-house IT specialists working for them, so they know about IT staffing. Other businesses, especially startups, need some guidance on how to hire a developer. In this article, we will share some best practices that can help companies expand their team with brilliant tech talents.
IT Staffing Challenges
Let’s start with some challenges that companies can face while searching for developers:
- Lack of motivation from candidates during recruitment. Nowadays there are plenty of tech jobs on the market. Candidates have a vast choice of positions and can reject offers if they don’t like the requirements. Therefore, employers need leadership approaches to motivate the candidates to apply for their jobs.
- Competition between companies. The market is now full of young, growing startups. As many candidates are yesterday’s tech graduates, they can prefer those startups over larger companies. Additionally, startups often promise better benefits and a higher salary than big corporations.
- High software development cost. At some locations, programmers can charge a lot for their services. As a result, companies outsource the work to countries where it costs less, as you can see in this post.
- Lack of skilled tech candidates at specific locations. For example, Silicon Valley is packed with software developers. However, it’s hard to find programmers with the same skills in some other states. Speaking about Europe, tech talent shortage is reported in Germany and Netherlands. For instance, 6% of job postings in Germany are tech jobs, but only 1.8% searches pertain to such jobs, according to Indeed.com.
Ways to Hire Dedicated Developers
Here are the most popular ways of hiring tech specialists and other employees:
- Local market. A company hires developers from the local market, i.e. those located in the same city or country, and employs them in-house, i.e. in the office, sometimes offering a relocation package.
- Freelance contractors. A business or startup acquires tech talents via freelance marketplaces such as Upwork and works with them on a temporary, contractual basis.
- Remote team collaboration. A company finds software engineers via specialized websites or through their own network of contacts and cooperates with them remotely on a full-time basis.
Ways to Extend a Local Team
Companies can extend their local teams in the following ways:
- Hiring external employees, i.e. employing a person who is completely new to the company, via either job posting or recommendations from colleagues.
- Hiring internal employees, i.e. relocating a person from within the company, for example, from one department to another.
- Relocating employees from abroad, i.e. offering a person living in another country to move to the country where the headquarters are located and join the local team. This way to extend a local team is especially common on the software development market.
Ways of Remote Team Collaboration and Hiring
Of course, specifics of some positions, e.g. administrative and operational jobs, require only local recruitment. But an idea of remote hiring and cooperation is now becoming more and more attractive to many companies, especially those acquiring tech talents. The main reason is lower software development cost, as the cost of living in offshore countries is lower than that in the US or Western Europe.
Basically, there are the following ways to hire software engineers remotely:
- Offshore team: A company has headquarters in one time zone, e.g. the US, and hires remote teams from another time zone, e.g. India or Eastern Europe.
- Nearshore team: A company has headquarters and remote teams within the same time zone.
- Distributed team: There’s no centralized office. Remote team members are hired from all over the world. A good example is a team that works on Zapier, a workflow builder app.
Each way of hiring a remote team has certain advantages for developers, such as:
- Higher salary. The cost of living in offshore and nearshore countries is lower than that in the US or Western Europe, so an average American or European salary would be good for them.
- Increased team efficiency. Remote team members do not spend time commuting to work, thus being more productive with their tasks.
- No location-related limitations. Offshore tech talents get freedom of movement and can work from any place with good Internet connection.
There are also some drawbacks:
- Remote team communication. Sometimes it’s hard to communicate with people whose faces you have never seen. Language barrier and time zone differences can also be an issue. Yet modern video conferencing and remote team communication tools such as Zoom, Timezone.io, Slack, etc. can solve this problem.
- Remote team productivity management. Companies need some time to learn how to manage a remote team. For example, a remote team manager should choose an optimal time to wake up and stay in sync with employees across different time zones.
- Some people may feel a lack of interpersonal communication while working remotely. Companies such as Zapier fix it by organizing team buildings and bringing the team members together.
To summarize, today’s tech market is facing various IT staffing challenges such as lack of skilled developers at specific locations. Some companies tackle those challenges by extending their local teams with tech talents from abroad. Other companies prefer creating the remote offshore, nearshore, and distributed teams.
Remote collaboration is a win-win for both developers and their employers: offshore developers get a higher salary while companies incur lower costs. Remote hiring certainly has some drawbacks, e.g. communication issues and time zone differences. However, companies can fix those issues with specialized project management tools and remote team management software.
Anastasia Stefanuk is a passionate writer and a marketing manager at Mobilunity. The company provides professional staffing services, so she is always aware of technology news and wants to share her experience to help tech startups and companies to be up-to-date.