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14 May 2021

Staff augmentation vs. direct hire in 2021: Which is best for you?

When it’s time to expand your software development team, you might find yourself at a crossroads. Whether you’ve just landed several big projects and need to scale your team quickly, or you’re implementing a slower growth strategy over time, you have options when it comes to hiring.

The traditional option for growing your team is, of course, to hire directly. For companies who have an established software development team, direct hires can be an easy option, as they have the infrastructure in place to evaluate candidates. However, for companies without a development team, or for those who are too busy to source and evaluate candidates, the process of hiring software developers directly can be daunting. 

This is where staff augmentation comes in. Staff augmentation typically involves bringing a job description to a staffing company, who will then match you with developers who have the right technical skills and personality fit to be successful at your company. These developers work directly with you and your team, but are ultimately paid by the staffing company. In this arrangement, the staffing company also handles all of the legal, HR, and other contract-related questions, allowing you to keep your process very lean.

Software developer staff augmentation offers some very attractive advantages:


According to reports, 2020 and 2021 have seen a shortage of tech talent in the US as companies have scrambled to adjust to remote-first work. If you find yourself in a similar position, schedule a call with us to see if staff augmentation can help you sustainably grow your software development team.

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