No – in web development parlance, PHP does not stand for “Pretty Hard Project.”
In the 21st century, PHP has become the most widely-used scripting language on the Internet. It imbues vanilla websites with important functionality, such as login security measures, forms for users to fill out, and even surveys and photo galleries. So unless your proposed site is going to be a basic blog or a static information source on the Web, you’ll need a PHP developer.
Next question: where should you look for this great PHP programmer? Within a predefined geographical radius from your office, or throughout the entire world?
When looking for a skilled and cost-effective PHP developer, remote work is the best option. Here’s why:
It’s More Than a Money Decision
Countless companies take a dip into the global talent pool when looking for PHP developers. And it isn’t just because of the reduced payroll costs. In fact, 70% of companies surveyed indicated that they were widening their inquiry outside of their immediate vicinity to take advantage of the worldwide talent, rather than to simply save money.
Also, remote work has proven to boost business growth drivers such as productivity, creativity, employee engagement, and retention. In a survey by Indeed 57% of employers that offer remote work agreed that it helped improve morale and reduce employee turnover, and 52% said it reduced absenteeism.
That said, hiring a remote PHP developer is a smart financial decision. For instance, you can often hire a developer in Europe for $15,000 a year, which is a major cost-saver when you consider that the average full-time annual salary in the U.S. for these experts hovers around $80,000. Imagine where those additional funds can be allocated in your department or company to help your business perform better.
A Motivated, Dedicated Remote PHP Developer
There are plenty of advantages to looking outside your immediate area when it’s time to hire a PHP developer:
- There’s better talent out there: Depending on where your company is located, there may not be an adequate pool of applicants who have the proper skills necessary to perform the duties required of them under a full-time employment arrangement. And the people who are suitable for a position in your company are likely being heavily recruited by your local competitors (which in turn tends to drive their salary requirements upward).
- A dedicated PHP developer: When you hire a remote PHP developer, you’re not simply tapping a freelancer for your project. You’re getting a full-time employee whose time is dedicated solely to the needs and demands of your company.
- The right skillset: Moreover, these individuals have the same amount of technical expertise in PHP (as well as database tools like MySQL and Ajax and other languages like Drupal and Zoomla) as the person who was educated at the college or university in your community, or sometimes it could be even more.
It’s important not to let the vast geographical distance dissuade you from choosing a remote PHP developer. With today’s time management software and instant communication avenues (like live chat or instant messaging), you can interact with this employee pretty much like you would with a worker on the other side of your building. And remember that research indicates that remote employees are just as passionate and motivated as their on-site counterparts; and they even tend to be more productive.
Watch this video, where I go through some of the pros and cons of remote recruitment vs. local recruitment:
Where to find a Remote PHP Web Developer
You discovered you need a remote PHP developer. How can you find them?
Short answer: Don’t post on a job board with the title “Remote PHP developer wanted.”
Long answer: The idea of undertaking this task by yourself may seem overwhelming. And if you’ve never done this before, it will be. If you google hire a php developer, you’ll get tons of blog posts with similar titles: “Top [insert high number] sites to find a PHP web developer.”
Sure, you’ll dive right into them just to find an enormous number of job boards where you can publish an offer and you’ll get thousands of applicants’ resumes. This is not the most efficient way of looking for remote web developers. But it’s a fact that job boards are not a good way of finding talented developers. Only 14% of software engineers used a job board to find their current jobs, according to a study by Stack Overflow.
To find qualified, full-time, dedicated remote PHP developers who work on your projects and understand your company’s processes, you need to change your approach.
If you’re open to hiring a remote PHP developer long-term, consider us, DistantJob. With over ten years of experience, today, we’re at the forefront of the global recruitment trend, with leading industry knowledge to find top global candidates with the technical expertise and communication skills necessary to be an ideal fit with your company. DistantJob HR recruiters are IT specialists themselves, who thoroughly screen and test every applicant for programming and analytical knowledge. You can rest assured that your remote PHP developer will be able to complete all that is asked of them.
For more information on how DistantJob can help your company, contact us today.