‘Remote’ VS In-House Software Development

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Today, with the outbreak of Corona virus, remote work became a common practice for companies around the world.

Many businesses found themselves having to alter their technical policies, but how?

First, let’s check the numbers when talking about remote employment.

While 90% of Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers have accustomed to working remotely, it is 60% of Millennials that take the full advantage of remote work options as opposed to 33% Baby Boomers.

Let’s see some more factors you should pay attention to:

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Hourly rates

To understand better why outsourcing is profitable, you need to know differences between annual average salaries of software developers in Serbia compared to annual earnings of US and UK software developers.

As per a PayScale analysis, you can see average salaries of software developers per year in the graph below:

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As per Accelerance 2018 Guide to Global Software Outsourcing Rates, here are the average hourly rates for developers (junior, senior or lead) in USA, Latin America, Asia and the Eastern Europe.

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Always bear in mind that hourly rates shift per country, local economy standard, job positions and other relevant factors according to Accelerance The 2018 Guide to Global Software Outsourcing Rates.

Overhead costs

The burden rate provides a clearer picture of total labor costs than the payroll costs alone. The fully burdened cost of an employee includes payroll taxes, workers compensation, health insurance, paid time off and so on.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average cost of the employee benefits is 31% of an employee’s fully burdened cost.

When outsourcing, the burdened costs don’t exist — it gives you an opportunity to invest saved money to the other segments of your business.

Recruitment costs

Recruitment agencies’ fees aren’t so moderate depending on the target country. In UK and USA, the recruitment fees rise as the wage increases.

For example, you will be charged around 13–15% for roles up to £15,000. If you are seeking a job profile with a salary up to £20,000, then your fee would be around 17–18%, and anything above the £20,000 salary can be between 22–26%.

However, outsourcing allows you to get similar services at a lower cost. Even better, you can hire the services only for a specific task whilst in-house developers are continuous cost regardless requirements.

Outsourcing software development provides flexibility to manage your resources and scale them quickly while if necessary to grow your in-house team, you have to repeat an entire HR drill with a slight chance not to get the desired result.

Supervisory expense costs

Management time is not free — for each new person you hire, managers need to spend additional time on one-on-one meetings, coaching, managing reporting and so on. Many staff members are involved (managers, HR team etc.) and you may face a productivity decrease on both sides.

For many companies, new employee onboarding can be a distracting activity meaning you’d have to invest more to balance them all.

Office space and equipment

Office space is a cost you should be able to quantify especially if thinking of growing your team.

Some average prices of an office space rental worldwide per square meter per annum are:

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In the USA, price depends on the city and the location while in UK, the office space depends on the location, office size and type of lease (serviced, rented, freehold etc).

In Belgrade, for example, you can rent fully furnished office space from €80 going to €180 for a luxurious office building with all additional facilities (warehouse, garage, separate offices, etc.).

Don’t forget that your team will need computers, storage, testing tools etc. which your company must purchase so always consider this cost as an add-on to the office space rental fees.

Talent Pool

Since hiring in-house developers for all technologies is not practical, if you need a specialized service the best choice would be to outsource — you would have access to a diverse talent pool since software development companies that outsource have every type of talent on their hands.

Outsourcing provides you with unlimited access without paying anything extra.

More importantly, outsourcing development companies, if chosen properly, work across various industries so they have more industry knowledge since they have to keep the pace with the technology updates whereas in-house developers may be limited to a particular industry.


It’s believed that companies that outsource often deal with employees that speak little or no English. But today, finding a team with a project manager that’s fluent in English isn’t a problem anymore since those skills can be easily determined within an introductory call.

Considering ‘remote’ communication, people say it’s easier to talk to a person sitting nearby. But let’s face it — we’re more keen on digital channels and even if sitting close to each other, we’ll communicate via chat (Slack, Google+, Skype etc.).

A good quality communication can be set up through digital channels, regular sprint planning or retrospective meetings, tools that enable remote collaboration (Jira, Taiga or Trello) and making stand-ups online a common practice.

When communicating remotely, you should always tend to ‘over-communicate’. Maybe it sounds silly, but communicating via text lack many physical cues such as tone of voice or gestures etc., so to avoid any misunderstandings, video meetings are excellent choice to get around communication barriers.

Better Delivery Time

When you hire on-site developer, you have to pay the costs no matter his performance results while with outsourcing development company, you only pay upon delivery.

A competent outsourcing company will improve work accuracy within given deadlines on a project plus it will deliver desired results in less turnaround time. Great outsourcers would offer you valuable innovation consulting, identify advantages or risks, give suggestions for better execution, help you finalize software specifications and more.

Don’t forget, the best outsourcers always focus on establishing a long-term relationships with their partners.


It’s true that you need to be careful with your choice as some outsourcing companies may offer lower prices but accompanied with a good chance of not delivering the quality you desire.

To stay on the right track, consider a reputable outsourcer that has a demonstrated track record of high quality work. You should do a short research on the company by checking their background, how long they operate, previous client records, customer retention rate etc. You can also ask for code samples to verify if they deliver high-quality work as there can be huge difference in the quality of work.

Business focus

A good business strategy would be to find a reliable outsourcing development company that can be your long-term partner while you can concentrate on the big picture and keep up with the consumer expectations.

Outsourcing software development enables strategic focus that can greatly benefit your business — when not busy managing financials, you can use the time for more constructive purposes.

It’s also beneficial for your in-house IT team as it allows them to continue supporting other issues (network maintenance, cyber security, end-user support, etc.) that are critical for your everyday operations to run smoothly.

The Final Word

Globalisation’s slowly showing its full potential — the world is shrinking and you can gain with it!

Don’t allow yourself to dismiss the option of outsourcing software development as ‘too expensive’ because of incomplete comparison of outsourcing rates and internal labour costs.

Mutual trust, respect, and teamwork — these three things are the main ingredients for a great recipe of client-developer partnership, and thus a successful outsourced development.

M.A. in English with writings in Data Driven Investor and DataSeries; https://zesium.com/blog/