IT staff augmentation vs. in-house

IT Staff Augmentation vs. In-House Recruitment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings in the information industry remains high, with 207,000 jobs reported in February 2022, up from 111,000 for the same month last year. As a result, the demand for developers in 2022 is expected to increase, and employers will have to find an effective way to hire.

Company owners should realize that it is the employees who ultimately make change happen. In the pursuit of top talent, there are different hiring models to consider. This article will compare two of them: in-house hiring and staff augmentation.

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When should businesses direct hire

In-house refers to an activity or operation conducted within a company instead of relying on outside providers. Tech companies use this option to build their core team and culture with full-time employees. In addition, in-house staff members tend to be more motivated—they go into the details of the product because they are committed to developing the product and growing the company. Therefore, in-house hiring is the best solution at the core development stage. Here are some of the pros and cons of in-house hiring:

Pros

  • Companies have greater control over the direction and management of work by their in-house employees than they would over an outside contractor.
  • Local employees can come into the office when needed, even if they work remotely. Colleagues working in one location find it easier to collaborate with team members and other departments.
  • Same time zone – A dedicated team operating on the same schedule will be able to address urgent issues quickly.
  • Every new project is a chance to upgrade the team’s skill set.

Cons

  • Limited talent pool – Developers with knowledge of both popular and niche technologies are in short supply, especially in small metropolitan areas.
  • In-house operations can be more expensive because of additional operational and administrative costs. For example, employers are usually expected to contribute to retirement plans and pay for health insurance, bonuses, office rental, and workstations.
  • The recruitment process can take much longer because of background checks and additional hiring requirements, such as verifying soft skills that fit the company culture. In-house hiring process also imposes additional costs for the human resources department that dedicates time to onboard and adapt a new employee to the team.
  • Staff burnout and turnover require more attention and oversight by the HR department.
  • Smaller companies might not have enough work to justify hiring full-time in-house staff.

When should businesses use the staff augmentation model

Staff augmentation is a quick extension of your in-house development team. This model uses full-time employed software engineers from outsourcing agencies. However, unlike assigning or handing over an entire project to an IT outsourcing company, employers manage programmers and communicate with them directly. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of IT staff augmentation services:

Pros

  • Extensive talent pool and rapid scalability – The staff augmentation model means hiring developers available worldwide to work remotely. You can have a developer with the required skill set within one week.
  • Compared to other project outsourcing models, contractors work directly with the in-house team, and the company has full control of the development process.
  • Staff augmentation includes legal services and customer support. In particular, YouTeam prepares the contracts, and our support team assists the client throughout the contract period. We charge our customers 10% for all services.
  • No additional expenses – Employers don’t need to make retirement contributions or pay for health insurance, bonuses, vacations, office rental, or workstations. Even if a contractor’s hourly rates are higher, employers find it’s still less expensive because of the lack of operational and administrative expenses.

Cons

  • Augmented staff will not work in the office and may be less connected to the company culture.
  • If you need an IT team working within the same time zone, the talent pool may be limited.

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Critical differences between in-house hiring and staff augmentation services

Contractors set their goals to gain experience, learn new technologies, complete a project, and share their accomplishments on their LinkedIn page. Often, they prefer to focus on a specific industry or niche markets, such as fintech or healthcare.

Companies should not expect remote developers working for agencies to bond with their brand as strongly as in-house staff.  In-house employees often work closely for long periods, allowing them to build relationships through outdoor meetings, corporate sports competitions, or attending a conference.

On the other hand, employers can still engage contractors in online events, introduce them to other departments, and invite them to company office parties.

Team augmentation, however, excels in the speed of hiring and the vast pool of senior developers. If clients have urgent tasks, YouTeam can provide a verified list of candidates within 48 hours. Customers also avoid the documentation and legal hassle of full-time, official employment.

Features that are common to both in-house and staff augmentation

Despite the differences, IT-staff augmentation and in-house hiring have many things in common. Contractors and in-house engineers expect to gain new knowledge, experience with niche technologies, and the initiative to find solutions independently. In addition, these highly-skilled professionals want recognition for their roles in a project. Therefore, they are enthusiastic about projects and expect long-term cooperation.

Both hiring options demand attention from managers during the onboarding process. You will need to align the workflow, establish communication between in-house and remote teams, and schedule regular feedback sessions to ensure developers understand the project.

Staff augmentation is also as safe as in-house hiring because every developer undergoes a background check.

Where to find and hire in-house developers

Employers can use online boards like Glassdoor, Indeed, or AngelList to post a job. Additionally, they can search  LinkedIn profiles by filtering industry and service categories.

Hiring managers may also find potential candidates by searching Facebook groups related to a particular programming language or even reaching out to the top users on Stack Overflow who have answered the most questions associated with a specific technology.

Employers can go to local meetups or look for developer conferences in their area to meet professionals.

Why YouTeam should be your next staff augmentation company

YouTeam’s pool of developers consists of engineers with diverse skills, and they can quickly assemble a team for a project. One of the mechanisms that YouTeam uses in its work with contractors is regular evaluation of software agencies. We rank software development teams that can find available tech talent rapidly. In particular, smaller agencies assign a free developer with a specific skill set more quickly because they are less bureaucratic.

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Here are some advantages of hiring developers via YouTeam:

  • YouTeam has pre-interviewed middle and senior developers in our pool to ensure that they are the best fit to meet customers’ requirements.
  • YouTeam automates contract signing and billing between customers and software development vendors. No commitments before this point.
  • A dedicated Customer Success Manager helps you facilitate your cooperation with engineers, assists with team expansion requests and answers any legal or financial questions.
  • Staff augmentation will allow you to address skill gaps quickly with additional expertise. It takes 48 hours from contacting YouTeam to receiving a verified list of candidates.

Epilogue

Both in-house hiring and staff augmentation attract professional developers who are enthusiastic about the projects and expect long-term cooperation. The key features of the staff augmentation are the speed of hiring and the vast pool of developers, while in-house is an effective option for building a company’s core team and culture.

If you have any questions or ideas or need help choosing between staff augmentation and in-house hiring, don’t hesitate to contact YouTeam.

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Artem Vasin
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