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18 dec

3 Things Your HR Department Should Know Before Hiring Your Next Developer

In the current competitive climate, hiring a developer can be a difficult job. The trouble is, the companies
that make the big bucks snatch up local talent quicker than you can say Silicon Valley and cling to them for dear life! Where does that leave all of the other firms, large and small, who are looking to hire a
developer? With very few options is the honest answer.


That's problematic for your HR department. This might seem a very bleak statement, but you need to know what you're up against to be better equipped to deal with such problems during the process of
recruiting a developer. Hiring a developer can be an intimidating prospect nowadays. It can take a long time to get it right, and it winds up being an expensive process for your company. That's if you take the
traditional route of course... We have an alternative that your HR department should know about before hiring your next developer.


It's difficult and expensive to recruit in the US


Developers don't come cheap. The average salary for a software developer is between approximately $75k and $112k depending on where you are in the country. What's more, in areas where there are lots of tech companies, developers are in high demand, yet there aren't enough of them to go round. So developers receive calls from recruiters, sometimes daily, offering them better salaries and benefits – those darned poachers! This means that if you want to hold onto your developer, you have no choice but to provide them with a high salary. The competition for talent is serious. You're not just competing with businesses in Silicon Valley and New York anymore. Other tech hotbeds have arisen all over the country in recent years. Colorado is a good example.


Startups, in particular, have a tough time when it comes to hiring developers. They can't offer the same kind of benefits and pay packages as established brands. How is a startup supposed to compete in the war
for talent amidst other startups, growing firms, and large corporations? How is a startup supposed to grow in such a climate? It might seem as though they have one choice – hiring a sub-par developer. Quality
developers are going to opt for more lucrative opportunities; obviously, they'd be stupid not to. But hiring a less skilled developer isn't the only option. Hiring a remote developer might be a better option. That way
you can snag the quality developer you desire at a more affordable rate.


Remote developers are a viable option


Remote work is a growing trend. Office workers around the world are begging to escape the 9 to 5 and enjoy the freedom of location and lifestyle that remote work affords. You've probably heard about the
rise in 'digital nomads' – the guys and girls who travel the world while working remotely. But it's not just the employee that benefits. Numerous studies and reports have shown how remote hiring  can benefit businesses:


Businesses save money on real estate


As we've already discussed, hiring a developer can be costly. One way in which you could save money by hiring remotely is on operating costs and real estate. American Express, for instance, divide their workers into four categories Hub (employees have a fixed desk), Club (location is flexible), Home (employees work from a home office) and Roam (employees work on the road). This method has saved the company $10-15 million annually in real estate costs. Thus, by reducing your real estate and operating costs, you could save money, which could then be spent on hiring a better developer.


Remote workers are more productive


The idea that remote workers will be less productive than your in-house staff is a myth. In a recent study, two out of three employers reported that their remote staff is actually more productive. There are many
reasons why this is the case. Remote workers have fewer distractions in the form of noisy colleagues or impromptu meetings that stop them working mid-flow. There's also the fact that remote workers won't miss a full day of work if they have appointments or errands. They're even more likely to work outside of regular work hours and therefore more hours than your average employee. The list goes on...


Communication with remote workers is easy


One of the main reasons you may have avoided hiring a remote developer in the past is that you expect it will be difficult to communicate with them. But, with modern technology, it's not that difficult.
87% of remote workers still feel connected to their employers through the use of video conferencing, according to a Harvard Business Review study. So, with video conferencing, email, instant messaging and
so on, you can connect easily with a developer no matter where they are in the world, making remote work a viable option for your company.


A remote recruitment service can help you find the right developer


If you haven't worked with remote developers before then you may not know where to begin your search.
Thankfully, there are services that can do the hard work for you. With a freelance bidding site, you don't know if the standard of work you're receiving will be up to scratch. Remote recruiters operate differently,
as they don't just work with any old coder they find online – they work with top talent from around the world. They subject candidates to a vetting process, making sure they will be valuable team members,
who submit a high standard of work.


Often it's so difficult and expensive to find quality developers locally. Remote recruiters, however, can dip into a global talent pool to help you find a developer who possesses the right skill set along with the right qualities and values for your company. What's more, they can do this quickly – forget the long, drawn-out hiring process you're used to – and at a lower cost. So, if all of this sounds great and you're interested in hiring a remote developer, get in touch with DistantJob to talk through your options.