The Rise of Remote Developers: A New Frontier in Tech Hiring

November 27, 2023
Jolyn Ng

Remote developers are increasingly becoming a strategic asset in companies' talent acquisition strategies worldwide where technological innovation is paramount. This trend, driven by necessity and efficiency, is redefining the landscape of tech hiring.

The Long-Term Strategic Pivot to Remote Hiring

Beyond a temporary response to global disruptions, remote hiring is evolving into a long-term business strategy. Companies like Atlassian and Automattic are trailblazers in this regard, demonstrating the efficacy and benefits of embracing a globally dispersed workforce even pre-pandemic.

There are now 16% of companies operating fully remote, while “Automattic, Buffer, GitLab, Invision, and Zapier all have from 100 to nearly 1,000 remote employees”.

Understanding the Real Cost of Local Hiring

When assessing the "real cost" of a local hire, it's not just about salaries. 

Local hiring, often perceived as a simpler option, comes with hidden costs and challenges. For instance, a study by Global Workplace Analytics suggests that organizations can save an average of $11,000 per half-time telecommuter per year, which factors in the reduced costs of office space and increased productivity. The scarcity of local talent amplifies these costs, with companies spending significant resources on recruitment and often compromising on skill sets that remote developers bring compared to local low-cost counterparts.

41% of employers say that talent shortage is an issue they face when hiring developers, especially for a very specific tech stack or niche technology. 

Hiring right is one thing, ensuring the success of the local hire is another. Factoring in the need for the right team members and mentors, processes, performance management, and more, it’s no wonder that companies can take six months or more to break even on the cost of a new hire!

Efficiency in Remote Team Management

Managing remote teams efficiently is pivotal in this evolving work landscape. 

Despite 98% of employees desiring some form of remote work, as per Buffer's report, challenges in communication and collaboration persist. Addressing these requires robust digital infrastructure and agile methodologies, ensuring seamless integration and maximum productivity from remote teams.

The post-pandemic world has shown that while companies can effectively manage a distributed workforce, direct hiring of remote employees and even freelancers can still result in unintended overheads to properly manage them for the desired impact.

Regional Disparities and Opportunities in Remote Hiring

The global landscape of tech talent is markedly uneven. In regions like Southeast Asia, high developer turnover, particularly in countries like Indonesia with the lack of experienced professionals, challenges tech department continuity and stability. This is exacerbated by the region’s rapid growth of the tech sector, contributing to the brain drain as companies compete for in-demand tech skills that could otherwise threaten their productivity.

Indonesia is producing only 278 engineers per 1 million workers, leading to a talent war between tech giants and start-ups.

Remote hiring presents a viable solution to this issue. For starters, remote hiring opens up the possibility of accessing a global tech talent pool of as many as 27 million software developers. In Asia alone, that’s over 6.5 million tech talent that businesses can tap into easily within reach!

Global marketplaces and non-tech startups alike have successfully employed remote developers for various goals, from breaking into new markets to developing MVPs. These examples highlight the versatility of remote development teams in diverse settings. 

Studies also indicate that remote developers often exhibit longer retention periods and higher client loyalty compared to their local counterparts. This trend is attributed to the global exposure and diverse project experiences remote developers gain, which enhances job satisfaction and professional growth.

Addressing the Local Hiring Retention Dilemma

In contrast, local hiring often encounters the 'revolving door' syndrome, especially in fast-growing tech hubs like Bangalore and Silicon Valley. Here, trained developers frequently transition to higher-paying opportunities, disrupting project continuity and inflating hiring costs. 

1 out of 2 software engineers stay with the same employer for just two years.

A study by LinkedIn indicates that the tech industry has one of the highest turnover rates, with companies struggling to retain talent post-training. This not only disrupts project timelines but also affects the morale and cohesion of in-house teams, leading to a cascading effect on overall productivity.

Tech companies face an average employee churn of 13.2%, which can be as high as 21.7% for embedded software engineers.

The trouble with retaining tech talent is high demand and rising compensation not just within the industry, but also from industries in change which require those tech professionals to fill new skills. For companies looking to move fast and optimize costs, engaging in the wage war is not viable long-term.

Predictive Insights and Future Trends

Looking ahead, the remote work trend is poised to grow. Companies supporting remote work experience 25% lower employee turnover, according to Owl Labs. 

With industries like healthcare and finance digitizing rapidly, the demand for specialized skills in AI, blockchain, and cybersecurity will likely surge, making remote developers integral to future innovation.

The integration of remote developers in these sectors not only addresses skill gaps but also facilitates cross-industry innovation, as developers bring in diverse perspectives and problem-solving approaches.


Remote developers are not just a necessary response to current needs; they represent a strategic shift in the global tech landscape, fostering innovation and agility. As digital transformation complexities increase, platforms like JetDevs play an essential role in connecting businesses with top remote tech talent, shaping a more efficient and interconnected tech ecosystem.

For a deeper understanding of how remote hiring can transform your business and for tailored strategies in harnessing global tech talent, contact JetDevs.

Hire cross-border talent with unmatched convenience right from your JetDevs' Team Console.