Canada is home to the world’s largest tech hubs, and there is always a need for talented developers. This can make it difficult when you need to hire a dedicated development team in Canada because you are competing with so many other large brands (and their attractive compensation packages).
Don’t worry! We’ll show you how to find dedicated developers in Canada, even if you are on a tight budget.
Steps to Hire Dedicated Development Team in Canada
First things first. To find a dedicated software development team, you have to be prepared to think outside the box. Let’s take a look at some of the methods you need to deploy to find your Canada dedicated development team for hire.
1. Join forums and discussions
The best place to network is online. The most dedicated developers are often heavily involved in online projects or forums and love discussing their passion for programming or new technologies. If you can, join in. Talk about your project, ask for referrals and be part of the community. Bear in mind that you should be sincere and not just bombard everyone for referrals. Gradually get to know people before pitching your company to the group (although it never hurts to add “I’m hiring” in your bio).
2. Host a hackathon
Hackathons are events where developers get together to solve problems and win exciting prizes. All you need is to invite a dedicated team of developers (Canada-based, obviously) to a location with some computers (or they can bring their own), fast wi-fi, snacks, and prizes. Then pose an interesting business problem for them to solve. Most developers love the social interaction and the challenge of solving a problem, so it can be a fun way of finding potential recruits.
3. Hire freelancers
Most people don’t want to hire a permanent dedicated development team (Canada-based or elsewhere). Permanent staff cost more than just their salaries. There’s holiday pay, sick leave, bonuses, premises, computers, and more to consider. Many people prefer going to freelancer sites like Fiverr or Upwork to find part-time staff to do the work for them. On the downside, you have to manage different people who may work on a variety of projects in addition to yours, which can be tricky.
4. Look beyond the borders
OK, we know this article is all about finding Canada-based developers, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to one geography. There are thousands of developers who can work remotely during Canadian business hours. With so many developers insisting on working from home as a perk following the pandemic, you may want to consider using an offshoring company. They can find developers with the right skills at the right time zone so that your project can kick off right away without any delay.
5. Create content
You don’t need to be a skilled writer or influencer to write compelling content that will draw developers’ interest in your project. Let’s face it – you research your candidates, but they also research you! Try writing about your project on sites like Medium and LinkedIn. Create short tutorials about your projects on YouTube. Reach out to your local papers. Sure, applications to be on your team won’t necessarily roll in but when candidates do pick up on your job ads, they will pick up on the interesting content as well.
6. Use a specialist agency
Anyone can hire a recruitment company, but only specialists can find the candidates with the right skills right away. The advantage here is that you don’t need to lift a finger yourself. The agency will contact and source candidates, interview them, vet them and then place them with you. However, you need to prepare yourself – these services do not come cheap. It’s not unusual to fork out 10-20% of a candidate’s annual salary to the recruitment agency as a fee, regardless of how long the developer stays with your company.
There you have it – six innovative ways to hire dedicated development team in Canada! We hope you find a method that works for you and your company. Try using more than one method, just to be safe, and stick to the ones that really work.