Where are the best remote developers?

February 3, 2021

Hiring

You know that good software developers speed up your product several times better than the average ones. So where should you hunt your rare gems? Where is the talent pool? 

You have several parameters to take into account in order to decide where hire: average salary (even if this tends to be less and less true, due to the popularity of remote jobs), timezone difference, cultural distance, overall population, level of IT education.

Finally, building or transforming to a fully remote company is not easy, hiring and managing remote employees require more attention to your company culture, interview questions and interview process, code reviews, business requirements, communications, tools...

The following list is composed of the main countries where we hunt most of our best potential candidates. 

Recruit developers from Ukraine

Ukraine is the most famous country with India for hiring remote software developers. When hiring a remote team in Ukraine? If you're building a product, you're not limited by budget and you have a solid brand. Ukrainian developers are behind many of the US and Israeli start-up scenes. Outstaffing and outsourcing companies in Ukraine count thousands of developers. 

Population size : 44M

IT educational level: High

Average developer salary range: 3000-6000$

Famous local startups: Gitlab, Grammarly, Reface, Magento

English level: High

Timezone: UTC+2

Tax level: 10%

Cultural distance to EU: Very low

Hire software engineers from Poland

Poland is very close and similar to Ukraine, but with a twist. It is part of the European Union. And that means a lot when it comes to EU legal requirements or GDPR, but it comes at a price, with higher salaries than in Ukraine. So you should hire your remote development team in Poland if you work for a Bank, government, or any large corporation. 

Population size: 37M

IT educational level: High

Average developer salary range: 4000-8000$

Famous local startups: Docplanner, Brainly

English level: High

Timezone: UTC+1

Tax level: 19%

Cultural distance to EU: Very low

Find the perfect developer in Belarus or Russia

Russia and its brother country Belarus are extremely interesting if you look for very highly educated and talented developers in complex spheres like aeronautics, machine learning, blockchain, or cybersecurity. But the unstable political situation of both countries makes it a risky choice. Hire individuals rather than teams, look for super-experts.

Population size: 10M / 140M

IT educational level: High

Average developer salary range: 2000-5000$

Famous local startups: Yandex, Telegram, Ethereum

English level: High

Timezone: UTC+1/UTC+12

Tax level: 5-6% (Belarus may raise to 18% in 2022)

Cultural distance to EU: Low

Building a remote development team in Romania

Romania is part of the EU means that you'll have problems with EU regulations or GDPR. It's also easier to find developers speaking Italian or french. Go there if you look to build around CMSs, support legacy software, or provide professional services, where Romanian companies excel.

Population size: 10M / 140M

IT educational level: High

Average developer salary range: 2000-5000$

Famous local startups: UIPath, Erlond

English level: High

Timezone: UTC+1/UTC+12

Tax level: roughly 30%

Cultural distance to EU: Very Low

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