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Why Hire Software Developers in the Philippines?

When it comes to hiring tech talent we believe you should be able to tap not only your local options but also the best the world has to offer. With advanced communication technology today and productivity techniques, great working relationships through collaborative remote work is not unheard of. Cloud Employee connects you with skilled software developers in the Philippines.

 

This guide offers everything you need to know about hiring a software developer in the Philippines

 

Why Hire Software Developers In The Philippines? 

The Philippines, specifically Manila, is one of the world's top outsourcing destinations.

Tholons, an international advisory firm for global outsourcing, has consistently cited Manila, Philippines as among the top outsourcing destinations in league with leaders in outsourcing like India, China, Brazil, and Mexico. Worldwide recognition of the Philippines as an outsourcing hub goes back close to a decade ago, when the UK's National Outsourcing Association proclaimed the country as the world's best BPO destination three times.

So, why hire software developers in the Philippines? Apart from the fact that The Philippines is home to many talented professionals, it’s also a cost-effective option. Want to know more? We have detailed below a few reasons to hire software developers in The Philippines. 

130,000 IT and tech graduates every year

The Philippines graduates over 130,000+ graduates in engineering, tech, and IT programs every year from internationally recognised universities. To add to their degrees, many tech graduates successfully completed an internship, giving them the applicable skill-set right out of college. 

Extensive training

There is a trend in The Philippines to start as junior software developers to improve their skills in various fields of information technology. Filipino tech graduates are usually well-grounded in both technical and nontechnical skills. It is not uncommon to find young developers that are advanced software gurus. 

 

This is because the labour market is highly competitive making the chances of getting a job higher with a higher level of competence. Be rest-assured that their extensive training comes with an equally wide range of experience in software development projects. 

Proficiency in English

In Asia, The Philippines is one of the very few countries where speaking English is a lot common. The fact that the society was a colony of the British for nearly half a century makes many Filipino natural English speakers. While English isn't their first language, officially, it is widely spoken as a second language. 


If you want to go by the numbers, the Philippines is among the top 5 largest English speaking countries where over 90% of the population speaks and understands English. The country also scored high on the EF English Proficiency Index (6th Edition) ranking 13th out of 72 countries, just behind Malaysia and even ahead of Switzerland. Altogether, communication in English won't be a problem when you hire a team of freelancers.

 

Affordable rates

Compared to the American labour market, software developers from the Philippines are very much affordable. An entry-level Filipino developer earns PHP 441,000, April $8,400 per year. There's no doubt hiring from the Philippines will be a cost-effective move. It doesn't matter if you are taking up a freelancer or employing the services of a whole company with its team of software developers. 

Political & economic stability

An unstable economy with a high probability of religious, political and ethnic uprising may likely affect business operations. The Philippines, however, has a strong and stable economy. Engaging an offshore team for your tech development projects will attract virtually no risk. 

Emerging technologies

Infotech technology is one of the Philippines' fastest-growing sectors. You'll find that many software and other advanced technology products are emerging from its shores. Therefore, it's no surprise that their software developers are versatile in many aspects of IT, such as Python, HTML, SQL, PHP, C++, etc. 

 

Freelance Software Developer Philippines: Things to Consider Before Hiring Freelance Developers in the Philippines

Outsourcing your software development to a vendor in the Philippines comes down to two main options. You may hire the services of a single or a couple of people from our pool of freelancers who'll work from home. On the other hand, our recruitment professionals here at Cloud Employee can put together a team for you.

 Choosing either will depend on the conditions below.

Is your project short term?

If you have a small project, i.e. nothing too sensitive, with a time frame of a few days or a week, it will make more sense to employ the service of an independent freelancer. You can quickly get an advanced or intermediate level software expert that will be willing to take up a side project.

Is your project long term?

On the other hand, if you need someone or a team that will dedicate longer time and resources for many months on a large project, we can also help. More so, if your project is a new technology which may likely be massively profitable when you break into the market, again, we can assist on that front. 

 

Software Developer Philippines: How to Hire Freelance Developers in the Philippines?

Now that you have decided to hire, here are some things you need to tighten from your end.

Outline your project requirements

The most important thing is to outline what your needs are concerning the project, i.e. the skills you require and the problem you want to solve. It’s best to detail the core skill that will keep the job going until completion. 

Beyond the initial project description that attracted your candidate, go into the full details of your project properly.  Break down the entire project into modules in relation to the milestones they will be achieving. 

If you know a thing or two about the technical side of the job, you can go into detail about what tool you want them to use on the job. The more specific you are in the description of your project, the less the mistakes will be made.

Setup a preferred communication style

This tip might sound like a cliché, but communication is vital in any business relationship. It becomes one of the most crucial factors when you have to deal with a vendor thousands of miles away. While you may want a developer whose communication style will complement yours, bear in mind that you are not necessarily looking for a friend. 

 However, you may state your specific pattern or frequency of communication. E.g., feed-back at the end of each day, and whether there are challenges or not. Furthermore, agree upon a communication platform (like Skype or Zoom) and an alternate one in case there's a challenge reaching with the primary platform. 

 Communication will also help with time difference issues. By keeping the time zone of your freelancer in mind, you will communicate at periods when they are not asleep. If you have a task with a short-deadline, completion won't be a problem due to effective communication.

Consider your budget and project timeline

Your overall project budget will determine how much you are investing in getting the work done, including paying your offshore freelancer. Have a reasonable budget and ensure your freelance developer mentions any extra cost such as electricity or data.

When it comes to setting timelines, be a bit flexible. 

Factor in a few extra weeks that will count for nature running its course, such as sickness. Also, a freelance developer may require a vacation. Altogether, these may lengthen the project's timeline.

Hire niche talent

The expectation is that you should have access to a selection of quality freelance software developers. In this regard, you can either send us your job and we’ll select suitable developers from our pool of freelancers. Or we’ll send over a list of candidates, so you can select the most suitable. If you are a pro developer yourself, both options are ideal. However, if you need a push in the right direction, the former will do you some good.

Get help from a project manager

Another advantage of going through a trusted freelancing/outsourcing platform like Cloud Employee is that we can provide an experienced project manager. You may not need the service if you have the technical know-how of what it takes to see your project from start to finish. This way, you can organize things with the software developer yourself as the project goes ahead. 

That being said, a project manager is certainly recommended. They will act as a supervisor and will be responsible for managing your project from start to finish within the timeline. 

This arrangement is typical in the Philippines because some offshore clients may have trust issues with freelancers. Therefore, a middleman admin can make the relationship smoother.

Think about technical screening

If you know what you are doing, perhaps, you are a software developer yourself, you can handle the interview of the developer you want to hire. First, review the freelancer's work portfolio/past work. You can engage them in the design, framework, and style of coding of their previous job. 

An impressive developer will likely have a public or perhaps a private portfolio to show. Some may have contributions to a past project that is open-source; from there, you can check out the developer's specific contribution, which will give you a good idea of their competence level. 

On the other hand, if you got the developer from a trusted outsourcing platform, they can also help you with the technical part of screening your candidate if you don't have a background in IT.

Think about the payment process

Agree on either an hourly, weekly, or monthly rate. You can also pay based on attaining a milestone within the project's timeline.

Initiate a trial period.

Introduce a small part of your project that has a completion time of no more than three days. This way, you can assess the candidate on the criteria you have put together in the hiring process, e.g. competence communication, etc. It's important to know that the trial period is not an opportunity to exploit your freelance software developer. So, ensure you pay for the period even if you decide to drop the candidate. 

Remember the contract and non-disclosure agreement 

Whether you are engaging a freelancer directly or via an outsourcing platform, you need to protect your product's information by engaging them with a non-disclosure agreement. This document is also a confidentiality agreement. While rates are a lot lower in the Philippines, don't be exploitative by offering unreasonable wages. Trust us, there are stories of software developers gone rogue.

Get to know the freelance developer

While you may not be looking for a friend to chat with, you also want to confirm if the developer is someone you can trust and relate effectively. Some people may be good at their job but have zero attitude and interpersonal skills. If you are a sensitive person, you may find it challenging to work with such a person.

 

Freelance Web Developer Philippines: What Challenges Do They Face?

Freelancing industry in the Philippines contributed nearly 200 million dollars from 2010-2014, making it a highly important pet of the economy. However, freelancers have challenges that affect both the hiring-client and them as well.

Trust issues

Generally, freelancers rarely pay tax in the Philippines, and that includes freelancers of the IT world; hence, they are technically illegitimate by law. Because anyone with a good knowledge of coding and software development can become a freelancer on the internet, offshore clients from developed countries can have trust issues in engaging their service. 

Insurance & other work benefits

One of the apparent challenges of freelancers is that they don't have access to insurance that comes with owning a full-time contract. For this reason, they are often used and forgotten until another project comes up.

Infrastructure challenges

Like many Asian countries, the Philippines doesn't have stable basic amenities like developed countries. Scenarios of blackouts and poor internet service are quite common. Freelancers may have some problem delivering a project on time. Conditions are a bit better in the major cities than remote locations.  

Job security challenges

While freelancing jobs are flexible with the liberty of sometimes working from home or desired location, the continuous hunt for the "next" project can be tiring and frustrating. As joy comes with each a new project, so comes the worry of when the next programming job will be available.

 

Software Developer Philippines Salary: How Much Is The Salary Of A Programmer In The Philippines?

In the Philippines, like in most countries, software developers are usually in three hierarchies—Junior, senior and, managing software developer.

Junior software developers

Junior software developers are technically at the bottom of the food chain. While they may have experience in tackling complex tasks, their work complements the advanced programmer's job. The salary of a junior programmer is around $7200 per annum.

Senior developers

These professionals engage in advanced coding, which can be huge depending on the kind of project. Salary range is between $12,000-$13,000 per annum (according to Payscale).

Software development manager

A software development manager manages both team and programming operations. He or she has the responsibility of coordinating teams toward meeting deadlines and achieving other goals. The pay for this position ranges between $30,000-$35,000

 

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