Developers are a highly sought after these days as mobile and web applications are now a big deal for consumers and businesses. As such, the average salary for developers has increased significantly. If you're an organisation looking to recruit a developer, it's tempting to hiring one that doesn't demand much money so you can cut down on costs on the get-go. However, that can lead to big problems later down the track. Here's why.
AJ Agrawal, CEO and co-founder of alumni-engagement platform Alumnify, has plenty of experience hiring developers to help his company build websites, servers and apps. In Entrepreneur, he talked about why it's a bad idea to hire developers that come cheaply:
"Specifically, developers who are underpaid often under-achieve. And those who do not know what they are really worth are likely to be under-educated or lack necessary experience. Either way, I you choose one of these options, you'll be hiring someone you shouldn't because you'll be settling in order to save money… "Developers who come cheap are known for lacking motivation and not having much desire to advance. This shows that their career goals are nearly non-existent, that they are there just for the paycheck in most cases."
That's a harsh assessment, but competent developers should be compensated accordingly for their expertise and good work.
Agrawal's advice for hiring developers for your company is this:
"When sifting through the candidates you have for developers, make sure to break them down into categories to compare candidates against those in their own group. Ensure that your most experienced and most educated developers are making a competitive wage in comparison to other top developers in the country. Appreciation and competitive pay will help you keep developers with your company for a longer period of time. And that's exactly what you want, not just cost-savings."
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