In today’s world, many companies are upgrading their internal software or have the intention to build some type of software application. Many executives ask the question: should we hire someone internally or hire a professional company to create us our solution? At first, hiring someone internally might seem to cost less than the project price quoted by a software development company. However, in the long run, the responsibilities, risks and time involved in hiring that employee can end up costing as much as three to four times what it would to have hired a software development companies in Pakistan.
Let’s start by discussing the responsibilities involved in hiring a software developer. First, you have to consider the wage you want to pay the developer. Software developers on average range in salary from $40,000.00 to $140,000.00 a year depending on the market you are in and the experience the developer has. While in some industries hiring the less expensive choice makes sense, this route should be avoided here due to the fact that this individual will be solely responsible for the development within the company.
Based on experience, a good developer with the skill set necessary in this scenario will cost no less than $80,000.00 a year, or $40.00 per hour. If you are hiring the developer for a three month contract, at $40.00 per hour, your total cost will be somewhere around $20,000.00. Most developers are looking for a six month contract minimally, so realistically you would have to commit $40,000.00 to the position. If you are hiring the developer as a full time employee, then you have to consider benefits such as insurance and retirement, which could increase this amount significantly.
Salary aside, the hiring process itself provides its own challenges. First, the manager has to have the experience to judge whether the developer is qualified for the job and worth the money they are asking for. This means the manager has to take the time to test potential candidates successfully and thoroughly in all aspects of architecture and programming, since the candidate will be solely responsible for the development project at hand.
In this industry, personality is a small part of the process as many developers cannot be judged on their personality; oftentimes, developers are introverted and this makes it hard for them to express their capabilities verbally. Instead, you want to focus on their skill set – but if the manager or company interviewing said developer does not have the IT experience to do so, the likelihood that the hire will fail to meet the company’s expectations is great. Once the hiring process is complete, the company will have to setup a management process for the developer.
My experience has taught me that all developers require structure, discipline and more importantly a manager who has the knowledge and experience to guide the project the developer is working on. With that in mind, a manager has to take the time to create a life cycle for the project which should include a detailed functional specification of the project and a general knowledge of the programming environment being used to create the software.
The consequences of not taking the time of creating a functional specification and having the knowledge to lead the developer through the development life cycle will most likely be that the software development companies in Lahore is not created to the requirements and specifications of the company, nor being completed on schedule. I can’t express enough the importance of a manager having the functional and technical knowledge to manage the developer. This doesn’t mean the manager has to be a programmer;
in fact, the manager doesn’t need to know programming at all. They do, however, need an understanding of the software development life cycle, requirement documentation and timelines with regards to the programming environment and the software application itself. With that knowledge, the manager should be able to supervise all aspects of the project including testing. The amount of time a company has to commit to hiring a developer can be enormous and the risks of not devoting the right resources and management to a project and the hired developer are great.