Hire Developers: Full-time, Contract and Freelance

Companies leverage High5 to hire developers because our unbiased vetting process puts both hiring manager and candidate needs at the center, while decreasing time-to-fill by 15% on average.

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Companies Use High5 to Find In-Demand Skills, On-Demand

Full Stack, Cloud and Big Data represent 80% of all tech hires, globally

Full Stack Developer

Trusted Full Stack Developers with expertise in the most in-demand technical skill sets.

Java
Javascript
J2EE
Rest
Maven
Microservices
Python
Angular
Spring
Node
Hiberna

Cloud Engineer

Expert Cloud Engineers who know how to use cloud services effectively.

AWS
Docker
DevOps
SQL
MS SQL Server
CI/CD
Azure
GIT
Linux
UNIX
Oracle
Agile

Big Data Developer

Seasoned Big Data Developers covering a wide range of tools and skills.

Hadoop
HDFS
Cloudera
Hortonworks
MapR
Hive
Apache Pig
SPARK
GCP
PivotalHd
Kafka
Yarn

Look Beyond Traditional Work Models and Achieve Your Goals Faster

Numerous benefits exist when your company looks beyond traditional work models and engages with independent contractors and freelance workers in more flexible ways such as contract, contract to hire, SOW, and project based work—hiring freelance developers for software application needs when you have projects that dovetail with their unique skill sets.

Because your company would only pay freelance and contract software developers when they’re doing work for you, using them is an affordable strategy. You can choose independent professionals who already have the experience, expertise/knowledge, and track record you require, which eliminates the expensive training costs you’d incur with staff. Plus, you can select freelancers/independent professionals with the niche specializations you need from anywhere around the globe, broadening possibilities—and, at High5, you can hire talent that’s been carefully vetted by experienced professionals.

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Full Stack Developer

A full stack developer can handle both front-end (client side) and back-end (server side) applications, along with programming for browsers, databases, and more. As the name implies, they can handle a full range of software development needs for a company.

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Cloud Engineer

When companies want to deploy services in the cloud or otherwise optimize their cloud presence, they often need the services of this type of IT professional. When seeking to hire freelance developers and contract professionals for cloud computing, it’s important to determine exactly what you need because professionals in this field often specialize in one or more of the various aspects of cloud computing.

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Big Data Developer

Companies can receive huge volumes of data, both structured and unstructured, and this large amount of information can be too complex to process using traditional means. This is when a big data developer comes in, developing technical systems that allow this information to be effectively managed and analyzed. They can use Apache Hadoop to leverage open source systems to address an organization’s big data needs throughout the big data lifecycle. This can include choosing the appropriate platform for a company, creating the technical structure, and then designing and developing the application to meet specific requirements before testing and then deploying the system.

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FAQs About Hiring Software Developers

We created High5 because we knew there had to be a better way to connect employers and recruiters looking for technologically savvy talent with independent professionals having those in-demand skills. The result is a platform that features quality professionals, with each freelancer/contractor in our network having been vetted by one of High5’s 18,000 subject matter experts. We recognize that when you need software developers, you need them now. So we source, screen, and vet candidates 24/7/365—which gives your company the ability to get vetted talent on demand.

We recognize that not all companies have the same needs, so we provide a comprehensive range of options, allowing you to connect with contract and contract-to-hire candidates, either on site or remote. (We also have candidates who are available for full-time or part-time work.)

High5 makes the process 15 to 25% more cost effective as you obtain better talent more quickly from around the globe. As we like to say, we know we’re the highest value solution in the market—and we won’t sleep until you know it, too!

In addition to all that, we focus on the customer experience, with our candidate response being 17 minutes. In short, we cut out 70% of the screening time and have an interview-to-hire ratio of 2:1. Plus, we’ve decreased the time to fill average by 15%. The result: a hiring solution that’s both lower in cost and higher in quality. Here are even more reasons why it makes sense to hire a developer at High5.

We deliver results in fewer than three days, while other platforms average one week. When looking at time to fill rates, High5 is about twice as fast (under one week versus less than two weeks) with significantly lower costs and fees. We guarantee quality, which isn’t something that all platforms do, and we can give this guarantee because of our expert vetting process. Here are several other ways in which we’re different from other hiring platforms: High5 offers process transparency, global talent pooling, global payroll/EOR services, diversity hiring, D&I reporting, FTE hiring, and contract hiring.

On average, traditional staffing companies take one to two weeks to deliver results, while we have a speed to deliver time of fewer than three days. When looking at time to fill rates, the difference is even more dramatic: Traditional staffing can take four weeks or more, while our timeline is under one week. Costs and fees can be twice as much at traditional staffing companies when compared to High5 and, in the end, traditional companies don’t have our quality guarantee.

Other ways in which High5 is the better choice include how we offer global coverage and significantly more vetting, along with process transparency, global talent pooling, global payroll/EOR services, engagement opportunities, diversity hiring, D&I reporting, and SOW, IC, FL hiring, and gigwork.

In many ways, but here’s the heart of it all. Using High5 vetted talent means you can cut out 70% of the screening time because resumes you receive are from talent who are the right fit for you.
We’ll just need a bit of information from you, as an employer, and then a High5 team member will be in touch with you within 48 hours. We look forward to meeting you and fulfilling your needs for full-time, contract and freelance software developers and more!

Comprehensive Guide to Hiring Developers

When you’re ready to hire professional software developers, one of two broad scenarios will likely exist:

  1. Your company is looking for developers to address a specific project.
  2. Your company is looking to hire freelance developers/independent professionals to handle work for you on an ongoing basis.

This matters because, when seeking a freelancer/contractor, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what you need—and, if hiring for one specific project, those needs will likely be more targeted than if you’d like to hire developers for multiple projects on a continual basis as needed. Besides making sure you have clarity on your requirements, you’ll want to concisely articulate them so potential candidates can understand your needs and self-select if they’d like to pursue that opportunity with your company.

Clarifying project requirements will go a long way in helping your company to connect with the right independent professionals. If a job description is too vague, then developers who don’t fit the requirements may respond and it can take time for you to sort through all of the applications. If the description is too tightly crafted, though, you may miss out on some great long-term matches.

Besides describing project requirements, you’ll also want to brainstorm and communicate requirements of the developers themselves:

  • What experiences and skill sets are required?
  • What tools are important for them to understand and be able to professionally navigate?
  • What language skills and cultural understanding is needed?

Other important elements of the hiring process include your budget and timeline. Freelance/contract software developers, just like applicants for on-staff positions, typically have a pay range in mind and may not go below a certain rate. It can help when companies have a good sense of fair market rates for particular skill sets and are willing to do a bit of pay rate negotiation to get the software developers they need.

Availability is also key. Software developers who work on an independent basis may be juggling multiple projects for multiple companies, so it’s important to choose ones whose schedules have room for your project and its timeline. If you are looking for developers who would do work for your company on an ongoing basis, it makes sense to understand their current availability and what they anticipate, in general, for the future.

A Note About Overseas Developers

When hiring freelancers and independent professionals, you can’t specify certain work hours for them, only timelines and deadlines. So, in general, choosing professionals who live and work in a significantly different time zone should not have an impact on meeting overall project deadlines—and considering them will definitely broaden the possibilities and help you to efficiently find professionals who have exactly the skill sets you need on your budget.

Also consider the niche specializations of a particular developer. You may find, for example, someone with significant and impressive front end experience, but they may not deliver the results you need if much of your required work is on the back end.

Once you have a list of developers, you can review their portfolios. Independent professionals who are seeking work will usually have a public portfolio for companies to review and, in some cases, developers could also have a private portfolio they only show to companies who are looking to hire them. Review work samples carefully and write down questions.

You could then talk to several freelancers/contractors who interest you, getting answers to your questions and, if desired, asking to see additional portfolio items that a developer may not be making public.

Choosing Which Developer to Hire

When choosing which contract or freelance developer to hire, much of your attention will be on the person’s technical (hard) skills. When talking to leading candidates, though, also assess their personalities and soft skills. Some will have easy-going, flexible personalities and will appreciate a bit of time to talk, while others will be ultra-focused on the task with no time to waste on chit-chat. Neither is “wrong” but one may be a better fit for you.

Once you’ve decided on the developers you’d like to use, you can present them with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and discuss project specifics with them, including the documentation you’ll require from them.

When you hire freelance and contract developers, be clear about how you’ll communicate information to them, as well as how and when they’ll get paid. Sometimes, an hourly rate makes sense. Other times, a project fee will best satisfy the software developer and your company. In still other cases, a monthly retainer will be the most acceptable payment structure. No matter what you decide, it’s important to pay independent professionals on the agreed upon schedule, just as a company would with staff members.

Make sure that information is clearly defined in the contract signed. Some companies have an ongoing contract with independent professionals, perhaps having a clause that states how either party can end the contract with 30 days of notice. Others offer an annual contract that can be renegotiated each year, as the parties desire.

Before Signing a Contract with a Developer

Before signing a contract with a software developer, some companies offer test assignments to leading candidates to see which ones are the best fit. As long as these are paid assignments and the developer is aware of the project being a test, this can be a good strategy. As part of the test, you’ll want to review technical skills and other aspects of the person’s work. These can include their ability to follow instructions exactly; meet the deadlines and specifications of the project; communicate well, both verbally and in written form; and otherwise perform the assignment to the company’s levels of quality.

Even if you don’t use the test assignment process, it often makes sense to work with a particular developer on smaller, more well-defined projects before handing over a large one—or one with an especially tight deadline—to them.

If your company has a wide range of technical needs that freelance or contract software developers can help your company to meet, it can make sense to hire several of them, each with unique specialties and skills sets. Then, strategically assign work to the independent professional who can best fulfill on a particular project.

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