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5 Data-Backed Advantages of Hiring Remote Developers

Advantages of hiring remote developers

DistantJob is a remote technical recruitment agency. Our recruitment team is filled with IT specialists that can separate the good from the great in a heartbeat. We’re not as optimistic as those other recruitment agencies who think you’re going to have the very best IT talent right on your doorstep. We’re pragmatists who believe that that’s probably unlikely and that the best way of finding the best talent is by hiring remote developers; you need to look all over the world to find the best of the best.

There’s a reason that we chose to make this our specialism. It’s because we think that virtual employees working from home in a distributed team are in the perfect position to give you the results that you want. You’ve got the best people, working in the best environment. And if you’re using the Agile development methodology, you’re giving them the trust and tools they need to get the job done. 

Not convinced that hiring remote programmers is the best option? Facts don’t lie and, in this article, we will explore the main data-backed advantages of hiring remote developers.

5 Advantages of Hiring Remote Developers

1. Developers Want to Work Remotely 

The entire world has gone remote, so if you think that most developers want to drive 2 hours to work at a small cubicle, you’re wrong. According to DigitalOcean, 86% of IT developers work remotely, and almost 1/3 are working from home full-time.

According to a study, 43% of programmers said that when they are seeking a new job, or considering a job offer, the ability to work remotely is a must-have.

When developers have the opportunity to work remotely, they can work at their own pace, and in most cases, during the hours, they are more productive. If you have a developer in your team who is a productivity machine at 4 am but can’t work during the day, why force them to have a 9-5 schedule when they can be productive at their own pace?

2.  Remote Developers are More Productive

Some people are productive at 9 am, others at 3 am. Some employees can focus on an office with 9 loud people around them; others need to be alone with no one around them to be productive.

We all have different working paces, and one of the most significant advantages of hiring remote developers is that you are giving them the space to work in the environment (and the hours) they can give their best. If a developer is an extrovert and needs to be surrounded by other people, they can go to a coworking space and get things done. On the other hand, if a developer hates people, they can get inside their cave and be equally productive.

According to a CoSo cloud study that included 353 workers, 77% said they were more productive when they worked offsite. 

3. Virtual Teams are Agile

Here at DistantJob, we advocate using the Agile Development Methodology with your remote teams. We think that remote working naturally provides workers with space to be autonomous. It goes a long way to stopping micro-management, and you can hold your daily stand-up virtually to stay in touch.

If you’re working with remote developers, it’s possible to have continuous development across time zones. If you have a developer who finishes work in London, England, at 5 pm, they can seamlessly hand it over to their colleague in Portland, Oregon, where it’s 9 am.

What does being an Agile team even mean in terms of productivity? A DeltaMatrix study performed on 8000 samples found out that agile teams are 25% more productive and 50% faster to market than non-agile teams. 

If you’d like to learn more about why we think these two things go together like peanut butter and jelly, then you can download our free eBook.

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4. Lower Costs

At the end of the day, most of the decisions you make in your company are based on money. We all want to save money and earn more money, and hiring remote developers is all about that.

When you hire remotely, one of the biggest benefits is the talent you get. If you can’t find the right person for the job in a local setting, why keep insisting? Remote recruiting opens thousands of doors with talented candidates that are ready to work for your team. And not any type of candidate, but those you dreamed of having. And the best part? You save money! You no longer need to pay for rent or other office utilities. 

Sun Microsystems saved $68 million a year only in real estate costs, while Dow Chemical and Nortel saved over 30% on non-real estate costs. 

5. Your Company Will Be Prepared for The Future

We’ve all heard more than once that remote work is the future. For us, remote work is the present (and it has been for many years, DistantJob has more than a decade on this revolutionary move); however, the truth is that despite all the benefits, there are companies who love working on-site more.

The pandemic taught many businesses the importance of being prepared, and one of the most significant advantages of hiring remote developers is precisely that. Don’t be like those companies who are stuck in the past.

Plus, digital nomadism is significantly increasing; A study by MBO illustrated that only in the United States there are 4.8 million digital nomads. Developers and pretty much any type of employee no longer cares just about their job. They want to work at a place that fits their lifestyle and their life priorities. 

Ready to Embrace Remote Hiring? DistantJob is Here to Help

There are different strategies to hire talented remote developers. You can start by creating a clear job description, post it on various platforms, and hope for the best. Or, you can headhunt developers via LinkedIn (or another social media platform) and convince them to join your company.

However, despite the vast quantity of developers globally, the key to finding one is to have experience in IT remote recruitment. Know what questions to ask and what to offer. And at DistantJob, we’ve been recruiting IT talent for more than a decade. If you have vacancies and you’d like to put our theory to test, then get in touch today. We are great at what we do, and we’d love to do it for you.

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Gabriela Molina

Gabriela Molina

Gabriela Molina is the writer and editor of the DistantJob blog. As a former freelancer, she has covered a wide range of topics throughout her career. She is currently specializing in the areas of technology, leadership, and remote work.