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6 Reasons Why Remote is Your Best Bet When Hiring a SQL Developer

Do you need an SQL developer? Do you need that SQL developer fast? And do you need him or her to be a pro at what he or she does? Well, you’re out of luck! Sorry, but SQL was the most in-demand programming language in 2016.

On the last quarter of last year, there were over twenty thousand job listings for SQL developers. This was in the UK alone! In the US, demand beat other programming languages like Java and JavaScript by a wide margin. Most of the coastal states in the US have dried up on SQL developers.

So what do you do now? You find a SQL developer from outside the US, of course.

Hey, don’t run away just yet. It’s good; we know what we’re talking about. We’ve been at this for years. We know you’re worried about communication. You’re worried about the quality of the work. That you’ll be writing a fat paycheck to someone that’s spending all their work time playing World of Warcraft. In their underwear.

Let me stop you right there for a second. Do you need an SQL developer or not? You’re not going to find one in the US, that’s for sure. Not at a reasonable rate, anyway. And can you pay an average Google or Microsoft salary? No? Then do you want to get their leftovers? The runts of the litter? No, you don’t.

Then please consider the following reasons on why your SQL developer should be remote. As for playing video games during work time? Don’t worry, that’s where we come in. Distant Job vets its candidates via our expert headhunting team. You’re getting seasoned pros, not college dropouts.

No promises about not working in their underwear, though. It gets hot in some Mediterranean countries!

Remote SQL Developers Are More Productive

This is a fact. And it’s got everything to do with how remote work minimizes interruptions. Developers get the mental head-space they need to focus. This is the number one rule for delivering good code. Programming is a creative pursuit. The office is a terrible space to nurture creativity.

Remote SQL Developers Provide Better Documentation

A crucial aspect of remote work is communication. Stuff like asynchronous chat or good video conference tools are important. But god-tier developers understand that when you are working remote, documentation is king. It’s a necessity. So a remote SQL developer will provide you with full project documentation. Slacking on it is not an option.

You Don’t Have To Worry About Red Tape

Let’s say you have found a one-of-a-kind developer. Her salary is burning through your finances but she’s revolutionized your code-base. You cannot see your product working without her.

And then, some new President locks down the border while she’s visiting her folks in Pakistan. BAM! I wouldn’t want to be you right now.

But what if she had been working from Pakistan all along? No worrying about visas, tax benefits, or new presidents! Insulate yourself from risk. Hire remote developers.

You Get The Skills That Matter

There’s a lot broken in the way the industry interviews for developer skills. You often end up with people better at cramming for interviews than at programming. You don’t want that. The best programmers in the world use cheat sheets all the time. You want to focus on efficiency and creativity. On problem-solving. And on cultural fit. Remote interviews put aside meaningless tests. They let you focus on a person’s real, professional qualities.

No Real Estate Cost

The easiest way to increase work space efficiency is to use less space per employee. With remote developers, you don’t need offices. This also lowers the environmental footprint. Save on electricity bills, save on office space.

More Engagement and Retention

In the end, a new employee is a big investment. No matter how good the person is, you’ll invest in integration. You’ll have to take time to get them to know the product, the team. Time is money, and getting people up to speed takes time.

Nothing worse than going through this and having an employee leave after 6 months. Remote developers to stick around. The quality-of-life from being able to work from their home is more valuable than bonus pay. Yahoo! won’t poach your top developer if that means he must move from the Italian countryside to California.

Want a Top SQL Developer? Remote is the Way to Go

This is the future of work. It gives companies access to top talent at a fraction of the cost. It makes employees happier and less expensive. And much more likely to stick around or even work more.

Ready to take the next step in building an international team?

We can help. Well help you find, hire, and integrate the best programmers in the world. Get in touch

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Luis Magalhaes

Luis Magalhaes

Luis Magalhães is Director of Marketing and editor-in-chief at DistantJob. He writes about how to build and manage remote teams, and the benefits of hiring remote workers. He‘s been managing editorial teams remotely for the past 15 years, and training teammates to do so for nearly as long.