A low risk hiring strategy a lot of startups are taking after COVID-19, and the first step for remote hiring in Latin America
A couple of months ago we all saw the news: Twitter decided that all their employees will be doing home office, their CEO even said that they might remain working from home “forever”. Then, followed by some other tech giants that started applying similar work policies, this became a trend well received given the Covid-19 situation. With everybody going home office during this period we asked ourselves a simple question: why are we still hiring our tech team in the same city, state or even country? all the good reasons for hiring local and having everyone within the same office have now disappeared, the situation has forced all of us to move into a complete digital working style.
Every tech company knows about the lack of software engineers in the US, in order to solve this a couple of years ago tech giants like Google and Microsoft, started campaigns all over the world to bring IT professionals to work at their offices in Palo Alto or Seattle. Now it doesn't make much sense for most tech companies (specially startups) to follow this model since your co-workers will be working from home even if they are in the same city. This is one of the main reasons why companies are starting to see in Latin America, a region that has been growing significantly during the past years, as a proven source of qualified engineers able to satisfied the high demand in the US market.
Hiring in Latin America could represent a huge opportunity for tech companies to find great talent but at the same time the unknown landscape could become a significant challenge. That is why during the last couple of months Simbiosis has helped our users to implement a cost-effective strategy for hiring talented engineers through nearshore outsourcing companies, reducing risks significantly while aiming for a short (3 or 6 months) or mid-term (12 or 18 months) projects, if it results in a positive engagement between the engineer and the company after this period, our partner nearshore company unlock the possibility for the engineer to be hired directly by the client company, following an in-house model. Some benefits of this:
At Simbiosis, we have implemented and invited all our partners to join us with this "First nearshore, then in-house" strategy, reducing hiring risks and building cost-effective operations for our clients. If needed, your startup is able to make in-house hiring offers to each engineer successfully working with your team after a period of time.