06 Feb

Offshore Development Rates – Per Hour by Country

Offshore Development Rates – Per Hour by Country

Offshore Development Rates – Per Hour by Country

As an IT and software development outsourcing provider, we wanted to outline some of the most popular development rates per hour by country. In this blog, we outline some of the key positions and popular countries to find certain software developers. At the end of the blog, be sure to view this link to our full chart that maps out all the developer rates per hour.

Below you will find references to 10 of the most popular outsourcing countries for software development. Some countries like the USA and India are already outsourcing powerhouses. Other countries like The Philippines and Mexico are up and coming contenders. Many countries offer different incentives and peak operating hours. Some companies will use many outsourcing firms in many different countries for different development tasks. Likewise, some outsourcing firms may hold a bench of developers in multiple countries at the same time for different client needs. There are other developer and engineer positions, but this comparison focuses on the most popular: Quality Assurance, Full Stack Development, UX / UI and Mobile Development.

Offshoring Rates: Full Stack Developers

We’re considering Python, Ruby and Node.js developers as “Full Stack Developers” for the purpose of this blog. Full stack developers build platforms in different ways and have wide ranges in their pay scales. Countries like Czech Republic and Brazil are teeming with talented full stack developers at reasonable rates. In 2018, Node.js and Python are some of the most popular languages full stack developers are in demand for.

Rates for full stack development can vary dramatically. Like most outsourcing rates, only companies with large budgets can afford to outsource to U.S. companies for full stack development.

Offshore Development Rates: Quality Assurance (QA)

As one of the most popular outsourcing operations companies perform, Quality Assurance (QA) departments ensure certain standards are met so platforms can run smoothly. The most popular offshoring countries for QA are India and Malaysia. For most companies, automating QA processes would be much too complicated and expensive for companies to maintain in-house. QA engineers work on automated testing platforms like Selenium to test large amounts of user data. For companies like Spotify or FaceBook, automated QA testing is essential to maintaining smooth operation of their platforms.

Offshore UI / UX Developer Rates

User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) developers perform tasks to make sure that software and platforms are more enjoyable to use (UX) and more pleasing to look at (UI). UI and UX developers are plentiful in countries like UAE and Poland. UI / UX engineers typically have a lower rate than full stack developers and are more design-focused. On the lower end of UI / UX development, rates are as low as $20 per hour. On the higher end of the scale, rates are as high as $100 per hour for UI / UX developers.

iOS / Android Mobile Development Rates

Many developers focus specifically on mobile development (iOS and Android). There are many iOS developers out there and thus the rates are fairly low. Swift (iOS) and Java (Android) are the most popular mobile languages to code in. Swift developers are currently much more plentiful, but Java development specifically for Android is becoming more popular. The lack of Android developers typically means a higher developer rate ($5 more per hour) than an iOS developer.

Full Offshore Development Rate Chart, by Country:

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12 Jul

Custom Applicant Tracking System: XSeed

Custom Applicant Tracking System: XSeed


Are you a recent graduate or a seasoned professional actively seeking a job? Are you a busy business owner or project lead searching for new talent? Look no further than our custom platform, XSeed, designed to source open positions, and qualified candidates where other staffing agencies and tools can’t.

At tCognition, we are experts in the creation of custom Staffing and Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS), Outsourcing programs to meet the demands of our clients, regardless of industry or geographic location. Using industry-leading tools, like XSeed, we are able to source the right candidates to meet your specific needs.


Product Overview


XSeed is an online Applicant Tracking System serving employers and job seekers in all sectors of the community. The online platform offers a focused, user-friendly connection point for highly qualified candidates and employers needing to position job opportunities in the industry. XSeed provides a common platform for both job seekers and employers alike.

Whether you are an experienced professional who would like to take his or her career to the next level, or you are a recent graduate who wishes to explore new career opportunities, the XSeed job Portal is designed to help you find an opportunity that matches your passion. XSeed allows the direct interaction between job seeker and employer and provides an easy way for businesses to identify qualified applicants for the jobs.

XSEED Key Features

FilesCentralize Communications

Use XSeed to centralize everything so your team is always on the same page about the “whos,” “whats,” and “whens.”


Keep an eye on the stats and trends associated with users, groups, and divisions with our dashboards to help to keep everyone on track, and without getting bogged down with semantics.

CDAdvanced Job Search

Our Advanced Job Search functionality allows job seekers to search for job listings with detailed criteria. Job seekers can search by job type/term, company name, industry, function/category, keyword, and even by location easily.

Scissors-and-PaperResume Parser

The Resume Parser increases the productivity of any recruiter. You will more easily be able to populate your resume database pulling from various sources, and will then be able to add resumes to your database automatically. No more manual entry needed!

Prospective candidates can send their resumes to resumes@tcognition.com. Once a resume is received, XSeed will then validate the content, and parse it pulling out valuable candidate information.

Two-PeopleAdmin / Employer / Jobseeker

The XSeed dashboard provides a user-friendly, featured Admin/Employer/Job Seeker panel where you can easily manage users, resumes, profiles, etc.

RamJob Posting

Employers can post their job requirements, and easily apply filter options, enabling them to receive the resumes of candidates who match their posted criteria.

CameraVideo Resume Uploading

Our Video Resume Uploading feature is intended to put a spin on the standard resume of today. Job seekers will be enabled to upload a video resume along with a standard resume through this solution. A quality video resume can assist job seekers in more effective marketing themselves to potential employers.

Envelope-Paper-ClipEmail Parsing

The Email Parsing process begins when an email has been received at requirements@tCognition.com; anyone can send an open requirement to this email address. Once an email has been received, we will validate the address and extract (or parse) valuable pieces of the text from the email content.

Each extracted piece of text is called a “field value.” The predefined “field value” is used to identify a value (ex: Company Contact, Subject, Requirement Title, Name, State, City, etc.), and that text is then automatically collected within the XSeed platform.

CalendarEmail & Calendar Integration

Whether you prefer Outlook or Gmail, PCs or Macs, or anything in between, XSeed streamlines management of your digital life.

Alarm ClockStatus Tracking/Pipeline

From identification to submission, interviews to placements, XSeed applicant tracking software simplifies the process of recruitment every step of the way.


Use XSeed’s Custom Reports to drill down into user specifics, such as activity, goals, trends, etc.


Get In Touch With Us

At tCognition, we source quality candidates for companies around the globe. Learn more about our Applicant Tracking technology tool by visiting XSeed.com, email us as XSeed@tCognition.com, or to learn more about our other time-proven talent sourcing/placing methodologies call us at (617) 357-4636 or email us at info@tCognition.com.


31 Jan

2017 Tech Trends: Trump Hiring Freeze

2017 Tech Trends: Trump Hiring Freeze


Top Five Technology Hiring Trends of 2017

2017 has already seen a major freeze in technology hiring trends now that Donald Trump is President. The tech industry is currently the largest hiring entity of foreign workers into the United States. America lacks the necessary technical skills to fill the most demanding technology positions with onshore labor.

Trend #1: Trump Hiring Freeze and Fewer H-1B Visa Holders

Many of the highest paid first-year employees in the tech industry are from other countries outside the United States. They come to the U.S. most commonly using H-1B Visas. Now that Trump is President, there is a massive amount of uncertainty in hiring H-1B Visa holders. H-1B hirings have frozen since the election. Organizations are making less hires. Purchasing boards are wondering if they will be taxed for employing non-American workers.

Trend #2: Focus on Big Data and Data Security Hiring

In 2017, data security companies like SentinelOne are receiving investments from high-profile venture capitalists. Data security has become a larger topic of interest. The headlines in 2016 were full of embarrassing data breaches from high-profile companies. Because of this, recruiting teams are hiring data security experts at a much higher rate who can navigate securely through mountains of big data and produce meaningful insights.

Trend #3: Higher Ratio of Project Managers:Developers

There are a number of factors that have led to hiring a higher ratio of project managers when creating development teams. In 2017, HR departments are relying more than ever on smaller development teams with a larger focus on project management. Organizations are moving to new hiring models, and there is a larger trend in project managers becoming liaisons with offshore teams in order to keep costs down.

Trend #4: Developers Now Need to Live in the Cloud

Companies like Amazon and Microsoft are in a market race (with Amazon in the lead as of now) and are providing super-secure environments for development teams to stand up applications. More and more, data is being moved to fully-cloud environments, and as such, IT professionals are expected to know the ins and outs of cloud products like Azure and AWS when they are hired.

Trend #5: Diversity and Inclusion – Working with Minorities

According to McKinsey Analysis, companies with high ethnic diversity levels outperform by 35% over non-diverse companies. Ironically (even with the Trump administration looming overhead), the focus on hiring minority workers and working with minority-owned technology partners has never been stronger.

Many organizations are implementing strong supplier diversity and inclusion programs. These programs set a minimum inclusion level in each and every project to include certified minority suppliers (MBEs). Diversity and inclusion programs are an extremely effective way to keep costs down. Minority suppliers are often lower cost and have high levels of expertise.

22 May

Outsourcing vs Insourcing IT: Pros and Cons

Outsourcing vs Insourcing IT: Pros and Cons

Outsourcing IT is one of the most en vogue techniques companies use to stay on budget. Versus insourcing, outsourcing IT provides cost-effective labor that could be impossible to bench onshore.

Recently there has been a big push to evaluate the pros and cons of insourcing (bringing labor back home) due to a strong economy and a large pool of tech talent that is a byproduct of the millennial generation.


Outsourcing is a great model allows for a larger value proposition and higher return on investment. Although the return is higher, communication is usually much more difficult compared to insourcing.

Outsourcing Pros:

  • Cost-effective / lower wages and rates
  • Allows ability to stay open 24 / 7 more efficiently
  • Easily available talent pool with ability to scale to any size
  • Workday can be extended to increase productivity and can reduce time to market

Outsourcing Cons:

  • Potential for miscommunication via language barriers
  • Higher management costs
  • Different time zones can be troubling for direct management

Versus outsourcing, insourcing is a great model in that it gives you the ability to work closely with a geographically close team who work in your time zone and who can communicate smoothly and easily with you.

Insourcing Pros:

  • Ability to work closely with team members
  • Lower cost of management (%)
  • Easy and smooth communication
  • Ability to physically travel and do business (especially useful when discussing hardware and server maintenance in the IT industry)

Insourcing Cons:

  • Expensive compared to offshoring
  • Often difficult to find the right type of talent at a moment’s notice
  • Lower levels of certifications

Get the Guide: “How to Hire an IT Staffing Agency”

As providers of outsourced and insourced IT services, we here at tCognition see a future in both on and offshore development.

We’ve even gone so far as to create an amazing full guide to determine how to hire the correct IT staffing company.


09 May

How to Hire the Best IT Staffing Agency

How to Hire the Best IT Staffing Agency

When you’re going about how to hire the best IT staffing agency, consider these factors. We’ve created a top five list to look for when hiring people to staff your IT department. IT might be the most competitive industry in the history of staffing, so it is imperative to look for these signs from whatever staffing agency or firm you choose to work with.

How to Hire an IT Staffing Agency – The Basics

1. Find an IT Staffing Agency Meets Your Needs at the Speed of Industry – Your staffing agency must be able to dig into an active pool of candidates who are ready to start within matter of days or weeks, not months. They must be able to communicate to your hiring managers, predict your upcoming staffing needs and be able to scale along side of your projects.

2. Able to ‘Steal’ the Competition – If a candidate is any good, chances are he/she is working. Staffing firms need a certain element of ‘cool’, so that a candidate may feel more comfortable working with one company or another especially if they are looking for jobs “behind enemy lines”.

3. Real Staffing Agencies get Real References – Getting references from a candidate is an art your staffing agency must be able to master. It’s like walking on thin ice and sometimes makes thing awkward if the candidate does not have good work ethics or personality issues. Your staffing agency must have all these procedures and technology in place to save you time and money by doing a background, reference and a personality assessment.

4. They Should at Least be Headquartered in the U.S. – We all know the IT staffing world is dominated by South Asian candidates. Don’t blame us – we have a full staffing team based in India. Most IT staffing companies look to South Asian candidates because they are extremely easy to find and very well educated. However, the best IT staffing agencies should know how to staff in the U.S. as well, and if they aren’t in the U.S. they probably do a very bad job of it.

5. The Best IT Staffing Agencies Stay on the Cutting Edge – We’ve all heard the crazy titles: “Enterprise systems enablement coordination manager”, etc. Your staffing agency can’t just recruit people who have generic titles for generic jobs. There are 1000’s of titles in the IT industry and good staffing firms find recruits that don’t only have generic titles. Your staffing agency should dig beyond front-end or back-end developers or take it a step further by mastering robotics / big-data or cyber-security and healthcare domains.

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