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  • Where Technology Meets Imagination

    Devlinko offers tailored web design, development, SEO, and digital marketing solutions, empowering businesses for online success.

    $25 - $49/hr
    2 - 9
    Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    5% Software Development
  • Altio BPO and Technology

    Altio is a medium size Contact Center and Brazilian BPO Company built upon the large experience of 2 former COO/CIO of large multinational Enterprises. It was created 15 years ago, to provide exceptional customer success to large ... read more about Altio BPO and Technology

    < $25/hr
    250 - 999
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    5% Software Development
  • Aatral - Experience. To Do It Right.

    At Aatral, we’re harnessing the transformative power of Extended Reality (XR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to redefine the landscape of enterprise solutions. As pioneers in the field, our mission is to empower businesses by providing ... read more about AATRAL

    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    Chennai, India
    5% Software Development
  • Multi Award Winning Digital Marketing Agency

    Colorado's BEST Multi-Award-Winning Web Design and Digital Marketing Agency. Denver Media Group is a creative management firm specializing in all things digital. From the beginning phase of designing your dream website or mobile application through the development, our ... read more about Denver Media Group

    $200 - $300/hr
    2 - 9
    Denver, Colorado
    5% Software Development
  • Making Digital Presence Better

    Web Wallah was founded in 2019 by two ambitious 17-year-old tech enthusiasts, Mayank and Krishna who completed their studies at the top institution of India Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. Web Wallah started as a dream between ... read more about Web Wallah

    < $25/hr
    2 - 9
    Delhi, India
    5% Software Development
  • SEO, website and app development, Import Export

    Established in 2017, our company has swiftly risen to prominence as one of the leading digital marketing firms in the UK. Specializing in a comprehensive suite of internet marketing solutions, we offer services encompassing SEO, ... read more about Thunderfam Group

    2 - 9
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    5% Software Development
  • You Dream It We Build it

    Wrexa Technologies pioneers transformative innovations in AI, blockchain, metaverse development, game development, and mobile apps. Their AI solutions revolutionize healthcare and finance, while blockchain expertise drives secure, transparent systems. In the metaverse, Wrexa builds immersive ... read more about Wrexa Technologies LLC

    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    Chennai, India
    5% Software Development
  • Bringing Your Ideas to Life, Anywhere, Anytime

    Indo Specific Software Pvt Ltd is an ISO/IEC 27001 certified and Best Web Design & Development Company with its core focus on offering web development, mobile apps and internet marketing services to clients across the globe. ... read more about Indo Specific Software Pvt Ltd

    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    Noida, India
    5% Software Development
  • We turn your ideas into reality

    Ontik Technology has been empowering excellence through innovation since 2016, pushing boundaries, and solving complex challenges in unique ways. We're not just a tech consultancy; we're mentors, nurturing the leaders of tomorrow who will drive ... read more about Ontik Technology

    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    5% Software Development
  • Harmonizing Business Potential with Data & Cloud

    Varcaz delivers tangible results through its comprehensive SaaS development services and tailor-made AI/IoT solutions. Leverage our industry-proven expertise and achieve a consistent and predictable outcomes, enhancing your business efficiency and decision-making.

    $25 - $49/hr
    2 - 9
    Rawalpindi, Pakistan
    5% Software Development
  • IT Consulting & Digital Marketing Services

    Welcome to Swaves Global, is a trusted software development and digital marketing company. Our team of skilled developers is committed to delivering top-notch software products that streamline your operations, enhance efficiency, and drive growth.  From search ... read more about Swaves Global Technologies

    10 - 49
    Jaipur, India
    5% Software Development
  • Best Tech Best Future

    We combine cutting-edge technology with immaculate design to create intuitive, user-friendly mobile app solutions that will surpass all expectations.

    $25 - $49/hr
    2 - 9
    Surrey, Canada
    5% Software Development
  • Best Digital Marketing Agency

    SEO Services In Texas: Your compass to digital dominance. Ignite visibility, captivate audiences, dominate searches, and convert leads. Discover more now!

    2 - 9
    Dallas, Texas
    5% Software Development
  • Website Design

    VirtueNetz, established in 2012 as a Best IT company  in Pakistan, provides leading solutions in Web development. Over the years, we have earned both national and an international reputation in designing, building, and developing intelligent ... read more about VirtueNetz

    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    Lahore, Pakistan
    5% Software Development
  • We are specialists in web systems

    We are specialists in web systems, mobile, database, project management and much more. We are ready to meet your needs and allow you to spend your time on what really matters: your business.  

    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    5% Software Development
  • Think Qatar Think Digital

    QatarDigital is a Web design and Development company specializing in cutting edge websites with limitless styles, e-solutions, digital marketing, business application and mobile solutions, based in Doha, Qatar. QatarDigital will support you in website design, ... read more about Qatar Digitals

    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    Doha, Qatar
    5% Software Development
  • Intelligence with Humility

    At Nespon Solutions, we are Industry experts guiding Clients to innovation. We specialize in delivering Salesforce, Data, AI and Digital Transformation solutions that drive measurable results and business value.    Our unique delivery model makes ... read more about Nespon Solutions

    250 - 999
    Grapevine, Texas
    5% Software Development
  • Where Innovation Takes Flight

    RegBits Pvt. LTD is a passionate team of innovative developers, designers, strategists, and tech enthusiasts committed to leveraging digital technology to propel businesses and ideas to new heights. Headquartered in Lahore, Pakistan, with a global ... read more about RegBits Private Limited

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    Lahore, Pakistan
    5% Software Development
  • Web Development & IT Outstaffing Services

    Maven has been delivering effective eCommerce solutions since 2010 for clients in the US and Europe, including customers from the Fortune 500 (KLM Airlines) and the Inc. 5000 (Fun and Function) to startups and small businesses.  ... read more about Maven

    $50 - $99/hr
    50 - 249
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    4% Software Development
  • Think eZe go on

    Ezeonsoft Technologies is one of the leading UI/UX android app Development Company in India, and we provide top services like:-Windows, Android,iphone Mobile App Development Services,UI/UX Development services and so on.Find for info:- CONTACT US: IstSector ... read more about Ezeonsoft Technology

    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    Lucknow, India
    4% Software Development

    Techno Impact is a privately held company founded in 2015 provides software, engineering, medical, sports, banking, and finance services and solutions to mid-sized enterprises globally. Our core services are software and mobile app development. We develop ... read more about Techno Impact

    $25 - $49/hr
    2 - 9
    Sydney, Australia
    4% Software Development
  • Crafting Business Solutions

    Silent Infotech specializes in Odoo ERP Development services along with customized solutions for web & mobile app development using cutting-edge technology for any business scale. It is a creative digital studio that empowers businesses, organizations, and ... read more about Silent Infotech Pvt. Ltd.

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    Gandhinagar, India
    4% Software Development
  • illionSo Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    illionSo is an IT Company in Nepal established in 2019 and has earned the reputation as the trusted service provider for small and medium sized entrepreneurs across Nepal. Leveraging our ecommerce, web design and development ... read more about illionSo Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    4% Software Development
  • We serve you better

    With well over 100,000 firms offering web development, digital marketing, IT consulting, and business development services, we know how challenging it can be to find the right agency for your web development needs. We simply serve better ... read more about Spike Web Services

    $100 - $149/hr
    2 - 9
    Abuja, Nigeria
    4% Software Development
  • HR - human resource, BPO, talent hunter

    CSoft Europe is an innovative IT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company, solutions and product provider for your business. As an Outsourcing company, we provide our HR services worldwide (USA, Europe, Australia, Asia, etc.). By ... read more about CSoft Europe

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    San Francisco, California
    4% Software Development
  • Top eCommerce designer and developer

    Alian Software is a global IT brand & Top-Rated IT services agency recognized for its quality of services in innovative software solutions. We offer a broad range of comprehensive & tailor-made IT solutions in a ... read more about Alian Software

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    Anand, India
    4% Software Development
  • Imagination Become Reality

    Since 2003, Emeriosoft is in Business in Dubai providing Ultimate Web Solutions to its customers. Expert Web Developers Around the World are here to help you build your Brand From Fantastic Logo Design to NextGen ... read more about Emeriosoft

    $100 - $149/hr
    250 - 999
    Deira, UAE
    4% Software Development
  • Delivering Technology Solutions

    Since 1999, Drish Infotech has been delivering cutting-edge technology solutions to clients worldwide. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with an additional office in Saratoga, CA and a proficient backend development team in Chandigarh, India, Drish has ... read more about Drish Infotech Ltd.

    < $25/hr
    50 - 249
    Mohali, India
    4% Software Development
  • Software Development and Team Augmentation Company

    VReal Soft is an application development company from Ukraine. We create an easy way to expand your business ideas. Nowadays, when a digital wave of information is taking over the whole world, it is very ... read more about VREAL SOFT

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    Cherkasy, Ukraine
    4% Software Development
  • Excellence in Digital Solutions and IT Services

    At TechWalking, we are not just an IT startup; we are a catalyst for change in the digital realm. Our story is one of innovation, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Our Vision Our vision ... read more about TechWalking

    10 - 49
    Gurugram, India
    4% Software Development
  • You have idea, we have solution

    Our skill set and our area of expertise allow us to service clients from around the world bringing our clients into the world of technology with class.  Joykal Infotech has the right combination of Technical ... read more about Joykal Infotech

    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    Ahmedabad, Gujarat
    3% Software Development
  • We create juicy apps for mobile and web.

    Juicymo is a software development agency from Prague, Czech Republic. We are a team of developers and designers who are hungry for the latest trends and technologies and with many years of experience,  and make ... read more about Juicymo s.r.o.

    2 - 9
    3% Software Development
  • Technology Consulting and Service Company.

    Brigita is a technology service and consulting company, enabling clients to create and execute strategies for their digital transformation. From engineering to application development, knowledge management and business process management, we help our clients find ... read more about Brigita Solutions Pvt Ltd

    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    Coimbatore, India
    3% Software Development

    Being a Website Development Company, we have always desired to serve the digital platform with the flawless website development and powerful application development services. Our core team of developers and designers expertise in Magento Website ... read more about Codeland Infosoft

    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    Ahmedabad, India
    3% Software Development

    We are a digital agency company in Pakistan. We ease your way into the digital world. Providing you with the full potential of digitalization. Our aim is to work with all kinds of businesses to ... read more about Easeful

    $25 - $49/hr
    2 - 9
    Karachi, Pakistan
    3% Software Development
  • Software & Mobile solutions with AR/VR/AI 

    We are a team for developing mobile apps, games, software, and engineering solutions with AR/VR/AI technologies for enterprises and startups.

    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    Sumy, Ukraine
    3% Software Development
  • Experts in business digital transformation

    True Engineering is an independent innovation laboratory providing the full range of IT services to create new competitive advantages for the customer. We are a long-term partner, collaborate with market leaders and have been creating ... read more about True engineering

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    NYC, New York
    3% Software Development
  • Web Design and Development Agency

    Digital Graphiks is a leading company that offers premium Digital Marketing Services in the UAE. Our website design and development services with creative web solutions. Our crew of fulfilled specialist designers formulates outstanding web designs ... read more about DigitalGraphiksUAE

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    3% Software Development
  • Enlighten your business

    Enlightened Digital Marketing provide complete IT Solutions which will give you optimum and real time results. Our experienced team have got expertise in their fields and are always dedicated in making your imagination come alive. ... read more about Enlightened Digital Marketing

    < $25/hr
    2 - 9
    Aberdeen, Washington
    3% Software Development
  • We specialize on Startup/MVP, Blockchain

    For over 9 years, Owlab has been a business-oriented software engineering company committed to helping businesses kickstart, develop, and succeed. With profound technological expertise in a range of business domains such as financial services, healthcare, ... read more about Owlab Group

    $25 - $49/hr
    10 - 49
    Poltava, Ukraine
    3% Software Development
  • IT staff augmentation company from Latam

    Techunting was founded in 2015 by Javier Rubio (CEO) and Marcelo Teselman (COO) after more than 20 years working in the IT/Outsourcing World. Javier and Marcelo have very important experience leading IT companies focused on ... read more about Techunting America LLC

    $25 - $49/hr
    50 - 249
    Key Biscayne, Florida
    3% Software Development
  • Moment's Of Technology

    Wide Web Solution provides highly skilled resources to add value to your businesses. We have Junior, Mid and Senior level Web developers in team who can provide remote Development support based on Hourly, Part-time and ... read more about Wide Web Solution

    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    Rajkot, India
    3% Software Development
  • You Visualize We Build

    Phaino IT Solutions is a software company built in a way that can provide more attainable solutions for all kinds of businesses to run seamlessly. We offer multiple customized solutions as per the needs of ... read more about Phaino IT Solutions

    < $25/hr
    2 - 9
    Mumbai, India
    3% Software Development
  • Crafting the future of engagement.

    We aim to be great to work with. We want you to understand what's happening and what's expected of everyone involved at every point. In the end, you need to own what we produce, and ... read more about ThatsNinja

    $100 - $149/hr
    2 - 9
    Billings, Montana
    3% Software Development
  • We Partner In Your Growth

    Intellicce is a technology-driven firm that provides innovative solutions for businesses to grow and thrive. They specialize in delivering customized software development, digital marketing, and IT consulting services to clients across various industries. Their team ... read more about Intellicce

    2 - 9
    Chandigarh, India
    3% Software Development
  • Always High Tech

    5G Infotech was founded by Vaibhav Rathee, an innovative entrepreneur with a vision for the future. The company was officially launched on October 1, 2021, with its headquarters situated in Rohtak, Haryana. From its humble ... read more about 5G Infotech

    < $25/hr
    10 - 49
    Rohtak, India
    3% Software Development
  • Growth Your Business With Us

    Founded in 2023, Scoutgies Code Bosses is a dynamic technology company specializing in web development, web design, and mobile application development, created to meet the rising demand for high-quality, custom digital solutions for businesses and ... read more about Scoutgies Code Bosses

    10 - 49
    Texas City, Texas
    3% Software Development

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Buyers' Guide to Hire Software Developers: Location, Cost, Skills

Having second thoughts about whether or not to hire software developers in 2024?

Well, with low code and no code platform mushrooming and AI development tools such as ChatGpt, Github Pilot, and more assisting software developers in a major way, the demand for software developers has grown dim, it may seem.

But then, nothing could be further from the truth. On the contrary, some reports suggest that the US is experiencing a software developer shortage, which means it has no choice but to open its doors to developers from other countries.

In fact, businesses in the U.S. are hiring software developers from cost-effective destinations. If you are wondering which cost-effective nations you should approach for your current or upcoming software development projects, this guide is specifically for you.

But before we give you an idea about the best places to hire software developers, let’s first understand the factors that drive software development costs in 2024 and how location plays a crucial role in cutting software development costs.

Factors that Drive Software Development Costs in 2024

Several factors influence software development costs, such as the features and functionality required, the tech stack, experience, and the size of the software development team. Let's examine each one in detail.

Features & Functionality Requirements

Not all software development projects have the same features and functionality requirements. Generally, a software development project can be divided into three types regarding features and functionality requirements: simple, medium complex, and highly complex. Companies on a low budget start with a Minimal Viable Product (MVP), which contains only basic features to validate concepts and perform testing. The exact cost of your software development project depends on the density of the features and the complexity of the functionality it includes.

Platform Requirements

Are you planning to build a web app or a mobile application? If it is a mobile app, do you need a native app for Android and iOS platforms or a cross-platform mobile app? The answers to these questions can help you determine the cost of your software development project.


A tech stack is a combination of technologies used to build software. Below are examples of backend and frontend technologies included in software development projects.

  • Backend Development - Database, Framework, Programming Language, Server, Operating System
  • Frontend Development - Javascript, CSS, HTML, User's Device/Browser

The tech stack combines backend and frontend technology you select to build your software development project. The right technology selected by software developers can save time in the development process, ultimately reducing software development costs.

Size and Experience of the Software Development Team

A larger-sized software development team can cost more, but you can complete the project more quickly. A smaller software development team can cost less, but your project would take longer.

You can hire an experienced team of software developers to achieve flawless outcomes, but that will cost you more than hiring freshers. Hiring inexperienced software developers can increase the chances of reworking a project, which will again lead to increased costs.

Hiring overqualified developers or more developers can unnecessarily increase the cost of software development, and on the other hand, hiring fewer developers or inexperienced developers can impact the quality of your software. You end up paying more for its testing and reworks.

So, ultimately, you need to hire a team of software developers with skills, experience, and expertise that match your project requirements.

UI/UX Design Complexities

The complexities of UI/UX design can add to the final cost of your software development project. If you use pre-designed templates for your software, the total development cost would be lower. On the other hand, hiring a team of UI/UX developers to customize your software development product's design can increase your project's overall cost.

Pricing Model - (Hourly, Monthly, One-Time)

Software development companies follow different pricing models, such as hourly, monthly, and one-time. Let's learn more about these pricing models:

  • Hourly: Software developers in the US are paid around $30-$70/hour. These rates can vary depending on the experience level of software developers and the country where they reside. For example, a junior-level software developer from the US can be more expensive to hire than a senior-level software developer from India.
  • Monthly: Similar to hourly charges, many software developers prefer getting paid every month. The average monthly wage of a software builder in the US is around $7,500-$12,625, depending on their experience and specialized skills. The monthly salary of a software developer may vary depending on the countries in which they reside.
  • One-Time: Companies that follow this pricing model offer a fixed rate for the project, from design and development to maintenance. The fixed-rate depends on the tech stack used, the number of team members working on the project, and the software developers' experience, expertise, and location.

Thus, the cost of your project depends on the pricing model you are following and the experience level and geographical location of the software developers you are hiring.


Investing in skilled quality assurance resources and tools may add to your overall software development cost, but saving on these costs can become stressful in the long run. Detecting and solving issues in the early stages of software development is better than fixing bugs in a finished software project. The latter option consumes more time and money. Rework in software functionality and fixing post-launch bugs requires investing more in robust QA tools and hiring experienced QA testers and thus can prove to be expensive.

Maintenance & Updates

Maintaining your software is important to ensure that it aligns with current and future market trends. After launching a software development project, it is required to spend on its maintenance and support services. Maintenance and update costs are integral to any software's consistent performance and success and, thus, should be an integral part of your software development cost budget plan.

Hiring Model - (In-House, Freelancers, Professional Company)

Businesses follow different hiring models. Let me give you a brief information about each one of them.

  • Hiring In-House Software Developers: In this hiring model, companies hire software developers within their organization and pay them weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
  • Hiring Freelance software developers: Companies hire freelancers for their software development projects and pay them hourly or a fixed price per project, as the freelancer and the project owner decide.
  • Hiring Professional Company: In this hiring model, companies delegate their entire project to a professional software development company. The software development company quotes the project's cost, which is agreed upon by the project owner.

The exact cost of a software development project depends on whether you are hiring in-house software developers or freelancers or outsourcing the entire project to a professional software development company. The cost also depends on the geographical location of the freelancers or software development company you are outsourcing your project to.

The hiring model is a major factor in the software development cost. Needless to say, hiring in-house software developers is a highly expensive proposition compared to outsourcing your software requirements to cost-effective destinations.

Why, you may ask? Here’s a detailed take on in-house hiring vs outsourcing software development needs.

Why You Shouldn’t Think of Hiring In-house Software Developers At All in 2024

Hiring in-house software developers is a costly proposition. You don’t have to manage recruitment, training, and salary costs alone; expenses such as office space and infrastructure must also be addressed.

Pros and Cons of Hiring In-House Software Developers


  • Investment in skills profits businesses in the long run
  • Shared working hours result in better collaboration
  • Highly invested workforce
  • Better control over the development process


  • Continually growing overhead expense
  • Lack of requisite skills
  • Overtime can cause burnout

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Software Development


  • Cost-effective
  • Hire developers as per your requirements
  • Availability of expert developers
  • Stickler to deadlines
  • Reduced In-house workload


  • Miscommunication
  • Less control over the development process
  • Less commitment from employees
  • Impacts company culture negatively

Rough Cost Estimate to Hire Inhouse Software Developers in the US:

Recruiting & Training: $5,000 - $20,000 per developer

Salaries & Benefits: A Junior Developer charges $65,280 - $1,59,360 annually (based on the Texas junior developer cost). Benefits are 30-50% on top of salary.

Office Space & Infrastructure: A ballpark figure for a small team could be $5,000- $10,000 per month. The exact figure varies depending on location and team size.

Management Team Salary: Management salaries can range from $80,000 - $150,000 annually, depending on experience and team size.

Rough Cost Estimate When You Rope in Software Development Outsourcing Companies in India

Junior Developer: $15 - $35 per hour
Mid-Level Developer: $30 - $55 per hour
Senior Developer: $50+ per hour

Project Management cost: $10 - $20 per hour

Communication Overhead: Tools like Slack or Zoom might cost $5 - $10 per month per user.

Suppose your project runs for 6 months with 2 developers on site. Then, let’s see how the in-house team stacks up against the outsourcing team.

In-House (Team of 2 developers):

  • Recruiting & Training: ($5,000 X2 developers) = $10,000
  • Salaries & Benefits: $65,280 annual x 2 developer x 0.5 (6 months) = $65,280
  • Benefits (30% on salary): $19,584
  • Office Space & Infrastructure: $30,000 (assuming $5,000 per month)
  • Management Overhead (assuming one manager): $40,000 (half of the annual salary)

Total Estimated Cost to hire in-house software developers: $134,894

Outsourced (Team of 2 developers - mid-level):

  • Outsourcing Fees: $20 per hour x 2 developers x 8 hours/day x 20 days/month x 6 months = $38,400
  • Project Management: $6.47 per hour  per hour x 2 developers 8 hours/day x 20 days/month x 6 months = $12,422.4
  • Communication Overhead: $10 per month per user x 4 users (2 developers + 2 client side) x 6 months = $240 (total)

Total Estimated Cost when you rope in software development outsourcing companies in India: $51,052

Bottomline: India is 70% cheaper than the US when it comes to software development

The difference in cost between hiring in-house software developers and outsourcing to a team in India is almost like day and night, which is nearly impossible to bridge, no matter how hard you try. Outsourcing should be your go-to option for software development in 2024.

Besides India, here are the other best places to hire software developers.

Best Places to Hire Software Developers in 2024

Software Development is done worldwide, but not every country offers value for the money spent. Some countries have high living costs, which automatically translate into high software development costs and developer salaries. On the other hand, there are countries where the cost of living is low, so the developer costs and salaries are reasonable.

So, yes, businesses out there have a massive task at hand. That is zero down countries' software developers who offer high-end development services and are within a reasonable price range. I know it's easier said than done.

But then, guess what? GoodFirms has done all the heavy lifting for you by tracking down the best places to hire software developers globally.

Without further ado, here are the top destinations to hire software developers from GoodFirms.

Hire Software Developers in South Asia @$15-$55+ per hour

South Asia is a cost-effective destination, so hiring software developers from South Asia means you can develop your software at a meager cost. Software hubs in South Asia include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

CountriesJunior-level DeveloperMid-level DeveloperSenior Developer
India$15 - $35$30 - $55$50+
Pakistan$20 - $30$35 - $45$45+
Srilanka$25 - $35$30 - $45$40+
Nepal$18 - $25$25 - $35$35+

Why Hire Software Developers in India: 5 Facts

  • India produces 1.5 million software engineers every year. No other country produces software engineers in such high numbers.
  • English-speaking programmers galore
  • The country is 70% cheaper than the U.S. when it comes to software development
  • Offers an environment that favors resilience and grit.
  • Stable political and economic environment

Hire Software Developers in Southeast Asia @ $18 to $70 per hour

Southeast Asia is a growing software development industry. Vietnam and the Philippines boast of a young, tech-savvy workforce that offers services at competitive rates. However, the rates depend on the developer's experience level, and communication would be challenging.

CountriesJunior Level DeveloperMid-Level DeveloperSenior Developer
Vietnam$25 - $35$35 - $50$50+
Philippines$28 - $42$42 - $52$52+
Singapore$55 - $65$65 - $80$80+
Thailand$31.8 - $53$42 - $60$60+

Why Hire Software Developers in Vietnam: 4 Facts

A colossal pool of skilled engineers with expertise in various programming languages and technologies.

About 430,000 software developers and almost 1,030,000 individuals working in the ICT industry
Over 50,000 technology graduates from 149+ colleges will join the labor market every year in Vietnam.

Qualified, experienced developers at a fraction of the cost.

Hire Software Developers in Eastern Europe @ $18-$60 per hour

Eastern Europe is an emerging destination in the software development outsourcing market. Countries such as Ukraine, Poland, and Hungary boast a large pool of skilled developers who develop and deploy quality products without sacrificing cost.

CountriesJunior DeveloperMid-level developerSenior Developer
Ukraine$19 - $25$26 - $38$39 - $60
Poland$25 - $35$40 - $50$50+
Hungary$18 - $22$25 - $30$35 - $45
Bulgaria$22 - $30$32 - $40$40+
Croatia$30 - $40$42 - $52$53+
Romania$20 - $28$30 - $38$38+
Czech Republic$32 - $40$42 - $50$50+

Why Hire Software Developers in Ukraine: 5 Facts

  • The second-largest talent pool in the Central and Eastern European Region
  • The salaries of Ukrainian IT specialists are lower than those of many Western countries
  • Enjoys similar cultural similarities with several Western nations ensuring effective collaboration.
  • English proficiency at the Upper Intermediate level or higher
  • The slight time zone difference makes it comfortable for many European companies to work with Ukrainian developers and teams. Even if you are in the USA or Canada, you will have overlapping working hours.

Hire Software Developers in Western Europe @ 43- $80+ per hour.

Western Europe has a thriving tech environment, and countries like Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK offer strong tech talent.

However, living costs are high here, translating into high development costs and developer salaries. If budget is under your radar, hiring software developers from Western Europe should be a top priority, considering the quality of developers here.

CountriesJunior DevelopersMid-level DevelopersSenior Developers
France$43 - $50$50 - $60$60+
Netherlands$55 - $65$65 - $75$75+
United Kingdom$50 - $60$60 - $70$70+
Germany$52 - $62$62 - $72$72+
Sweden$58 - $68$68 - $80$80+

Why Hire Software Developers in France: 4 Facts

  • As of 2024, France is home to 40,115 Software Development companies.
  • About 74,409 software developers work for these companies.
  • AI is gaining traction with numerous start-ups and established enterprises investing in AI technology.
  • IT pros are good with cybersecurity and are considered indispensable assets in the corporate world.

Hire Software Developers in Africa @$23-$46+ per hour.

Africa’s IT outsourcing market focuses on software engineering rather than design or other services.

North Africa, comprising Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia, is a software development hotspot that draws clients worldwide. The programmers here are skilled in Ruby, SQL, Python, and similar languages.

CountriesJunior DeveloperMid-level DeveloperSenior Developer
South Africa$23- $34$40 - $57$63
Kenya$14 - $23$28 - $46$46+
Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia$14 - $23$28 - $46$46+

Why Hire Software Developers in South Africa: 4 Facts

  • 1,21,000 skilled software engineers and still counting
  • High-quality talent at competitive rates
  • High Proficiency In English
  • Remote-ready workforce
  • A strong culture of Innovation and growth

Hire Software Developers in Latin America @ $45.00- $65.00 per hour

Latin America is yet another emerging market for software development. Brazil and Argentina have a reservoir of talented developers and, more than anything, have a time zone that overlaps with the U.S.

CountriesAverage Hourly Rates
Costa Rica$30

Why Hire Software Developers in Brazil: 4 Facts

  • Brazil boasts of 6.18 million fluent English speakers
  • The country has the 6th largest IT market globally
  • The company produces 46k IT graduates every year
  • The largest population of Java developers in the world

Hire Software Developers in North America @ $34 - $150 per hour

Thanks to Silicon Valley, North America has been on the global radar regarding Software development. In fact, not just SA, the US has several tech hubs dotting its landscape and those in neighboring Canada.

Outsourcing to the United States or Canada is immensely important for companies looking for top-of-the-line development services and minimal communication challenges. That said, given the high cost of living, developers in North America charge hefty development fees. So, think twice before outsourcing your software requirements to North America.

Countries/ CitiesHourly Rate
Silicon Valley$80 to $150
New York$53.89 to $74.71
Texas$34 to $83
Washington$65.67 to $94.66+
Canada$31.25 to $$81.73

Why Hire Software Developers in Silicon Valley: 4 Facts

  • About 478k Software Engineers crowd the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Fresh talent is available in large numbers — especially Data Science engineers
  • 11% of Silicon Valley’s engineering candidates don’t have a college degree.
  • Backend engineers form the largest category of the Software Engineering pie at 36%

How to Choose the Best Place to Hire Software Developers: 9 Key Points

When choosing the best country for hiring software developers, you must consider several factors.

  • Developer Salary: Countries with lower developer costs might be attractive, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of quality.
  • Developer Talent: Your top priority should be countries with a large talent pool of skilled software engineers with expertise in the latest technologies, such as Blockchain, AI, MI, and similar technologies. You should also consider the quality of the education system, English proficiency, and cultural compatibility.
  • Time Zone Difference: The time zone difference between India and the USA is huge; for instance, India is 9 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Washington, DC. So, if you are a USA-based business interested in hiring Indian software developers, communication and collaboration could be an issue unless you have scheduled a specific time for the same purpose.
  • Cultural Alignment: Differences in work ethics, communication styles, and, for that matter, business practices could create a rift between working partners. So make sure that you and the hired hands have at least a few things, if not more, in common before you sign a contract with them. This way, if an issue arises, there’s still a chance that your contract will not go off the rails.
  • Intellectual Property Protection: The country where you plan to hire software developers should be known for its strong laws and regulations. Why, if you ask? Because it’s crucial to protect your proprietary software and sensitive information.
  • Political and Economic Stability: An unstable government and economy can pose problems for your outsourcing arrangement. So, make sure you hire software developers from a country with a stable political and economic environment.
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment: When choosing an outsourcing destination, you should be aware of tax laws, data protection regulations, and, more importantly, contract enforcement mechanisms.
  • Past Performance and References: Check with other companies about their experience in outsourcing their software development needs to the country in question.
  • Government Support and Incentives: Some countries proactively encourage and engage with foreign businesses, offering incentives and support for their outsourcing requirements. So check whether this country you plan to outsource has similar government initiatives and incentives.

Considering all these factors, you can zero down the best country for hiring software developers.

Software Interview Questions to Keep Ready While Hiring Software Developers

Hiring software developers will be easy if you have interview questions ready.

  • Tell us about any of the latest projects you have worked on. Was it successful, and what was your contribution?
  • Tell us what responsive design is for you. Differentiate between fixed and fluid layouts.
  • What’s object-oriented programming?
  • What’s the idea behind a sandbox? Can you give me an example?
  • What programming languages are your favorite?
  • What tools do you use to design, develop, and debug applications?
  • What if you had to collaborate on a coding project? How do you think you’d approach it?
  • What if your code is wrong, and a junior developer gets wind of it and informs you? How will you handle it?
  • How will you handle a junior programmer who doesn’t mind cutting corners and seems to be a burden on the team?
  • Can you give an example of a website that has an impressive UX?
  • How did you manage when you found a bug in your code already in production? How did you fix the issue?
  • Can you explain big-O notation most simply?
  • What’s your take on unit testing? Is it essential?

Why Hire Software Developers from GoodFirms

Hiring software developers from GoodFirms means you will have access to a global pool of top software developers. Our research team has done all the groundwork for you by listing top software developers worldwide, country-wise and city-wise.

The developers listed here have been thoroughly vetted for efficiency and quality and, more importantly, their ability to meet deadlines and the collaboration tools they use. More than anything, client reviews have been added to give you a first-hand glance at the quality of their services, while hourly rate filters help you narrow down companies based on your budget.

To sum it all up: How GoodFirms makes it easy to help you hire the right Software Developer:

  • A-list development companies
  • Wide Talent Pool
  • Location filters
  • Detailed Client reviews
  • In-depth Portfolios

GoodFirms is an ideal source for hiring qualified Software developers. However, you are expected to conduct additional research to ensure that the selected company is right for your project.

Hiring Software Developers from Cost-effective Destinations Reduces Development Costs Almost by Half

It’s well-known that software development can burn holes in your pockets. One of the best ways to manage the costs is to hire developers from Asian regions or Eastern European countries. Software developers in Asian countries have extremely low rates, and so do the developers in Eastern European countries like Ukraine, and that too, without sacrificing quality. So don’t think twice. Get on the outsourcing bandwagon right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle), and what are its phases?

SDLC, or Software Development Life Cycle, is a systematic process for building top-quality software quickly and cost-effectively. SDLC has seven phases, which are:

  • Outlining the requirements
  • Analyzing
  • Architectural Designing
  • Software development
  • Software Testing/auditing
  • Deployment
  • Maintenance

What is a custom software development company?

As the name suggests, a custom software development company provides customized software services solutions to businesses specifically and uniquely tailored to their needs. They deliver top-quality software solutions uniquely designed and developed considering the client's requirements. They can also redesign existing software to personalize and improve its functioning, productivity, and performance.

What are the different types of software development methodologies?

Mainly, there are four types of software development methodologies: Agile, DevOps, Waterfall, and Rapid application development.

  • Agile: Agile software development is more flexible. It is carried out in iteration. So, it is easy to make changes in a specific module without affecting or interfering with the entire development process. Various forms of agile development include Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), feature-driven development (FDD), and Crystal.
  • DevOps Development: The DevOps software development process integrates both the software development team + IT operations for faster and continuous code development. The idea behind DevOps is to improve efficiency throughout the development cycle while minimizing risks and reducing costs.
  • Waterfall: Waterfall is a traditional software development methodology, and it is carried out in a sequential manner. It is essential that each phase in a waterfall model must be fully completed before beginning the next step. Its linear nature makes the development process slow and costly.
  • Rapid application development (RAD): Rapid application development focuses on quick software development with less emphasis on planning. The modules are created based on rapid prototyping and iterative development methods.

Other popular software development methodologies are the prototype method, lean method, and dynamic system development model.

What services do software development companies provide?

Software development agencies provide a wide range of services right from consulting, planning, front-end design, back-end development, deployment, testing, etc. Popular services include custom software development, mobile app development, web development, IT security services, infrastructure development, etc. Most of the best software development companies offer a complete set of customized development solutions. They can also help with software testing, app maintenance, API development and integration, data backup and recovery, software deployment, software migration, system integration, cloud computing, DevOps automation, prototyping, maintenance and support services.

Which programming language do software developers use?

Software developers use different programming languages depending upon the project's complexity, functionalities, back end and front-end needs. For front-end software development, developers mostly use HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Software development service providers mainly rely on PHP, C++, Python, Java and Node.js for back-end development purposes. Apart from these, other languages that are popularly used based on the project requirements are Ruby, Scala, Kotlin, Django, Dart, Golang, etc.

Best software developers use a wide variety of programming languages, depending on the type of software they are developing and the specific tasks they need to accomplish. Some of the most popular programming languages among software developers include:

  1. Java: Being the oldest, Java is an exemplary server-side application development language. It first offered the revolutionary concept of WORA, "write once, run anywhere." The software developers access the numerous tools and technology the Java library provides to build robust, complex, and scalable server-side software. Its popularity is also due to its high cross-platform compatibility.
  2. PHP: PHP is an object-oriented programming language. There is an extensive range of open-source PHP frameworks. These frameworks enable the addition of sophisticated features and functionalities into the app without writing prolonged codes. Multiple PHP development tools enhance efficiency during coding. It also speeds up customized app development while simplifying maintenance.
  3. Python: Python has advanced to become one of the major web programming languages in this era. Many academic institutes have incorporated Python as a premier software development language for creating Artificial Intelligence and machine learning-based applications. Python can function as an object-oriented scripting language for a large project.
  4. C#: C# follows the concept of C. Hence, developers with an understanding of C Programming can effortlessly grasp the concepts of C# as well. It is easily integrated with Windows, making it a prime language for web application and cross-application development. Unlike its namesake, C/C++, C# does not permit pointer types, making it safer.
  5. JavaScript: For over five years, most software developers, to some extent, have used JavaScript to code the application. JavaScript is a powerful scripting language that allows developers to decide on suitable features to incorporate within the software. It helps create interactive software applications by developing apt UI for the client and server sides. The most significant advantage of using this language is that it is compatible with all browsers.

What frameworks do software development companies generally use for development?

A few popular frameworks full-stack software development agencies use include Laravel, Meteor, React JS, Node JS and Express.js, Django, Spring Boot, Graph QL, Ruby on Rails, Flask, jQuery, and Symphony. Each framework is unique and different in its features and is selected based on factors like programming language support, ready-to-use components, speed, security, scalability, and performance.

How do AI and cloud computing help to improve software development projects?

Technologies like AI and cloud computing have helped software development projects improve to a large extent. AI has proved to be a game changer for software development companies, speeding up the development and testing process with strategic and more informed decisions. With precise estimates and access to real-time feedback, AI can help developers build world-class software solutions. The adoption of cloud computing greatly reduces the cost of expensive hardware. Also, cloud computing assists developers in building scalable and flexible products.

How to find a leading software development company?

It is vital to thoroughly analyze the best software development companies to find the ideal partner. However, weighing their capabilities without knowing which selection criteria to study can be challenging. While shortlisting a software development company, consider the following benchmarks:

  • Expertise: Most companies have a clear idea of the type of platform and technology stack they plan on incorporating into their software before the start of the project. Therefore, they must hire software developers with a specific skill set and specialize in using those software development tools and technologies. For example, to create software in Java programming, consider selecting the best software development company with expert Java developers with extensive knowledge of the top Java Frameworks such as Apache Nutch, Drools, AppFuse, etc.
  • Experience: Decision-makers must opt for the best custom software development company that possesses hands-on experience in projects related to their industry. For instance, if a firm plans to develop an eCommerce application, choose top software developers with previous experience designing such software. This way, businesses can ensure the software quality satisfies their requirements. Moreover, while outsourcing, clients must focus on service providers with previous experience working with remote teams. This offers insight into their ability to handle off-shore projects.
  • Reviews: Apart from their experience, clients must examine past clients’ feedback to the software development agency. This thoroughly explains the software development firm’s processes and service quality. Apart from requesting references from existing and previous clients, business owners can also explore third-party review and rating platforms, such as GoodFirms, to receive genuine customer feedback.
  • Agility: The project requirement is bound to evolve during software development. Ensuring the software developer for hire is flexible enough to adapt to the change is vital. This can be determined by studying their approach toward adopting new technology and their ability to scale the project and offer flexible pricing models. The software developer must be ready to embrace innovations as required to satisfy the demands and expectations of their clients.
  • Easy Exit Process: After the completion of the project, the top software development companies ensure a smooth and hassle-free transfer of the software and related information. However, it is wise to partner with a firm that offers seamless transition by timely transferring documentation and best practices to avoid miscommunication. Moreover, select the top software development agency willing to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement to safeguard confidential data.

Once you identify a few suitable software development firms, you can contact them to discuss their comprehensive project requirements, strategies, deadlines, budget, and availability in your time zone to choose the perfect custom software development agency for your project.

How much does it cost to hire software developers?

GoodFirms research depicting the valuable stats and trends on software development exhibited an estimated cost for software development projects based on their functionality.

  • Experienced software developers charge less than $20,000 to design basic-functionality software.
  • Software having general utility costs somewhere between $20,000 to $40,000.
  • Software with above-average complexity features can be delivered at a price range of $40,000 - $60,000.
  • Custom software development companies working on complex and feature-rich applications can quote a price of over $60,000.

How much time does a software development company take to develop software?

The time taken to build software mainly depends on its complexity.

  • Basic Software: They can be built in less than 2 months, but their functionality is considerably simple.
  • Medium Complexity Software: This software has more complicated features and can be deployed within 2 - 6 months.
  • High Complexity Software: Creating software of this level can take more than 6 months due to incorporating intricate architecture, security solutions, multiple integrations, and many more.

Do software companies offer local project managers for overseas project development?

Yes, most software companies often offer project managers for overseas project development. Having a local project manager can be beneficial in bridging communication gaps, coordinating relevant information to set project goals, facilitating project planning, and ensuring that the project aligns with clients' expectations to achieve success.

Do software developers integrate off-the-shelf software?

Yes, software developers do integrate off-the-shelf software. During the software development process, it is not feasible to custom-create all the software features, especially when the project is cost and time bound. A simple plugin or off-the-shelf software offloads all the burden of maintenance, fixing bugs, and upgrades. It helps developers to focus on the core functionalities of the software and increase the speed of software development.

What are the common development challenges faced by software developers?

Software development is an overwhelming process and requires meticulous planning to complete the project successfully. But besides all the planning and precautions, there are a few common challenges that developers can encounter during the software development process, which include managing change requirements, scope creep, third-party API integrations, lack of team collaboration, fragmented testing plan, overlooking security loopholes, and delay in the project due to lack of resources and budget.

Should I hire an in-house team or outsource software developers for my project?

The following factors can help you decide whether you should hire an in-house software development team or outsource software developers from the best software development companies.

  • If you hire an in-house team, they will exclusively work on your project. This provides you with better control over your development team and project.
  • A major challenge with hiring an in-house team is that you will need to invest significant time and resources in recruiting, training, and managing the software development team.
  • If you outsource your company’s software development needs to the top custom software development companies, you can get the benefits of highly skilled and experienced software developers with global exposure. The software development outsourcing company will take full responsibility for your project at an affordable, committed cost. Moreover, they will follow the timelines and deadlines.
  • There are some challenges too in outsourcing your software development project, including choosing the right software development partner from the numerous providers available, communication issues if the company is from a different location and time zone, and budget issues as service providers can typically have hidden costs.

What are the key considerations to keep in mind when reviewing software companies?

The key considerations to keep in mind when reviewing software companies are as follows:

  • Company’s background and experience to determine the number of years in development
  • Software companies’ portfolios to identify the type of software developed by them
  • The expertise of the developers
  • Soft skills include communication, project management, creative thinking, risk mitigation, etc.
  • Reviews and ratings on different B2B listing platforms
  • Time zone and location to prevent any conflicts in effective collaboration
  • Overall development process, including technologies used in design, testing, deployment and launch
  • Post-deployment support and maintenance

Through these key considerations, you can select the best software company for your business needs while saving significant time, money and effort.

What is the difference between commercial and custom software development?

Commercial software is generally developed for bulk distribution that is easily available in the stores or online. Custom software is made specifically for a business to be used by its specific set of customers. While commercial software solutions are standardized and made to comply with the mass market, custom software solutions require a dedicated team to design and develop software tailored to a particular organizational need.

Who are the best-rated Software Development Companies on GoodFirms?

The top-rated Software Development Companies on GoodFirms, based on verified client reviews and ratings, include:

  • OpenXcell (77 reviews)
  • SDLC Corp (51 reviews)
  • Cubix (32 reviews)
  • Unified Infotech (21 reviews)
  • AllianceTek (19 reviews)

These companies are known for providing exceptional services and consistently receiving client praise.