What to Do When You Can’t Find the Right Developer to Fill Your In-house Team

By gswardman April 27, 2020

Considering there are millions of software engineers in the world, why is it so hard to find the right developer? There are approximately 26.5 million developers in the world, which sounds like a lot, but is it really? Shouldn’t these developers be enough to go round? The irony of this situation is that with all the millions of developers, we still have a serious shortage of software engineers and to find the right developer is a nightmare.

As most software companies grapple with software engineer shortages, they can always find a solution to the problem by out-sourcing. However, as a company, you must be very careful when outsourcing for developers. Horror stories abound on companies and individuals who have embarked on the outsourcing journey. In the software-developing sector, companies are looking for the best developers and offering them great terms of service.

There are many reasons why companies cannot get the right developers such as:

· Inexperience

For recruiters in software development companies, they realize many software engineers graduate every year. However, they are green to the market. They possess an eagerness to work and have many novel ideas, but they are unfortunately inexperienced. As much as everyone needs to start a career from somewhere, most companies balk at the idea of employing a newbie developer, and often mean they get a lower wage compared with the average salary if employed.

· Quacks

In every sector, there are quacks. Most quacks in software development arrive in the form of experts in freelancing sites. Such sites such as Upwork and Freelancer have thousands of developers who claim to be the best. Hundreds of clients who took a chance and hired freelancers from these sites have horror stories to tell of freelancers who almost messed their projects up. There is no way to verify the freelancers’ qualifications, before hiring them. This means you have to take their word for it when you hire them. Some may derail your project, costing you a lot of money in the process.

· Lack of technical skills

You may find a senior developer with more than 10 years of experience in software development, but they lack technical skills in some technologies. These may be the latest technology trends or the tech your company uses, making them a bad match. You may take a risk and jump in, hiring them with the hope that they can learn new skills, taking a risk being the keywords.

· Lack of Soft Skills

It is possible to find a developer who has the appropriate education, the right technical skills, and enough experience, but lacks the needed soft skills. Developers with no soft skills are difficult to work with and you need to consider how they will communicate and adapt with your current team. Do they have a work ethic, interpersonal skills and work ethics?

· Huge Salary Demands

Most developers in the market have better-negotiating leverage when it comes to salary demands. They know you need them and if you do not give them what they need, other companies are willing to offer more. They are confident they can ask for high salaries and get them. You end up paying a lot for their services and you get a developer who might at least work for you for one year if they do not get a better offer from elsewhere and quit. In short, having an in-house developer is a gamble, and the annual turnover is very high in most software companies.

The Ultimate Solution to the Software Developer Problem.

When you cannot find developers for an in-house team for any of the above reasons, you can always outsource. Finding developers and managing them is a huge challenge for most organizations, and outsourcing saves money, time and grief. Developers who have started their startups and offer outsourcing services usually provide structured services to companies.

Contracting a company of developers to develop your software is a safer bet than contracting a freelance developer who might take you through a lot of grief and cause you huge losses. Here are just a few examples of why you should outsource:

· Allows You Instant Access to a Pool of Experienced Developers

Outsourcing allows you to interact with an external, yet experienced team of developers. You can propel your project faster because you do not have to waste time going through a time and money consuming recruitment process. Once you identify a company you wish to outsource to, you can easily set the work scope, agree on terms and conditions, and project deadline. After this, the project can start.

· Outsourcing allows for scalability

Software development outsourcing is scalability, which is multilayered in terms of quality and quantity. This means that once the first development stage is done, you can decide whether or not you want to continue to the next stage with the outsource company. If you choose not to continue with the team, you move on, and if not, you can keep the team and scale it up by adding a designer as well as a QA specialist. This is easier than having an in-house team, which will cost you more.

· Cost

The cost of outsourcing is considerably less than recruiting an in-house development team. The final price of hiring an in-house team includes expenses such as hardware, software, taxes, rent, salaries and many more. Additional expenses also include employee training, sick offs and benefits. Outsourcing from a company removes the burden of all these expenses.

· Faster project delivery

Outsourcing software development allows you to reduce time spent on recruiting in-house developers. You have the power to adjust your project development speed by adding more specialists. This means you do not have to pay for any expenses without any tasks.

Evaluation Criteria for Outsourcing

Before outsourcing, due diligence on the vendor is paramount, and here are some of the things you need to look out for.

· Establish a Company’s Industry experience

The outsourcing company that you choose needs to have experience and deep knowledge of your industry for it to qualify as your vendor. For more information on how much experience the vendor has, ask them how many completed projects they have under their belt, and how intensive and extensive the projects were. The project managers, management team and team members should have the proper qualifications and experience for implementing business projects.

· Access Their Technical Experience

Your outsourcing software development vendor should be able to layout their methodology for managing its projects, track the results, and resolve problems so that you can understand how your project will be operated.

Your outsourcing partner should be well versed in critical matters such as quality control and project management. They should have a business continuity plan that can deliver uninterrupted support.

· Client References

A better knowledge of your outsourcing vendor allows you to have a better understanding of what is on offer. You can request for feedback from the vendor’s past and present customers regarding the quality and scope of received services, and any issues they may have experienced with the vendor.

Alternatively, you can go to the company’s website to check for case studies and familiarize yourself with the vendor’s ins and outs. If possible, ask for work samples from their market prototypes or completed projects so that you can get an idea of the output you should expect once you contract them as vendors.

· Calculate the Costs

Fixed project costs can offer you huge savings and if possible, ask your potential software vendor if this option is possible. Ensure there are no hidden costs in the implementation of the project, staff training, and other costs that might be an additional and unnecessary expense to your project.

· Evaluate The Vendor’s Workforce

The success of your vendor largely depends on the workforce. You can review your outsource vendor’s policies and processes in hiring staff to help you in highlighting the discipline, knowledge, soft and technical skills for your business.

It is best if your vendor understands your business culture, which includes your beliefs, mission statement, values, etc. and adopts them during your project.

· Check the Vendor’s technology and Infrastructure

A technologically prepared outsource company is in a far better position to give support to your company’s demands. Their IT infrastructure should comprise of the latest software and hardware components, a reliable and proper phone and internet network, and good integration with your system. If the vendor is not well equipped, they need to invest in the acquisition and application of other technologies that are specific to your industry and business.


Software developers are in their millions, and many more graduate every passing day, but there is still a shortage of talent in the development industry. The problem is not in their numbers but their experience.

Companies who have challenges finding developers for in-house teams tend to look to freelance sites like Upwork and Freelancer, who have thousands of developers who claim to have the best of training and extensive experience.

Clients who have tried to recruit from these sites narrate horror tales of delayed projects, inexperienced developers and huge losses. Since in-house teams cost a lot of money and time to put together, outsourcing to structured software development vendors becomes a better solution. Before outsourcing, due diligence is paramount to ensure you get value for your money.