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developers every month

25 days to hire on
average

99% developer
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Hire your next backend developer on OfferZen in 4 steps

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Start your free, 30-day trial by creating your company profile and defining the roles you're hiring for.

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AI technology matches you with developers that fit your role. Get upfront info on their visa status, skills, experience, salary, and more.

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Interview the stand-outs

Directly reach out on-platform to your best matches and hear back within 48 hours.

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Hire a backend developer in 25 days on average

Make a competitive offer with the help of your dedicated Account Manager, who has data on industry benchmarks.

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Our plans are designed for all budgets and team needs. Choose to pay-per-hire or make unlimited hires for a fixed monthly or annual cost and save up to 50% as you scale your team.

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  • On demand customer support
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  • Calendar integration
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  • Quarterly executive business reviews
  • Multiple hiring teams
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What makes OfferZen different for backend developer hiring?

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Candidate quality

Developers on our platform have been curated by our team for skill and intent to change jobs.

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Transparent developer profiles

Candidate profiles include their career aspirations, skill sets, work histories, citizenship status and expected salary.

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Match with candidates based on your open roles, or search for candidates using advanced search criteria.

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Access position-relevant salary benchmarks, objective feedback from candidates, and more with your Account Manager.

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How to hire backend developers

Looking for a qualified backend developer to join your tech team? Here’s some expert guidance on how and where to tap into this talent pool.

What skills to look for when hiring a backend developer

Backend developers can specialise in a variety of tech stacks. Their skillset could include experience in:

  • Backend programming languages such as C#, Python, Ruby, PHP, Go and Java.
  • Popular backend frameworks such as ASP.NET, Spring Boot, Spring Framework, Node.js, Flask, and Django.
  • It’s useful for a backend developer to have knowledge of the front end as well, to understand the user experience. This most commonly includes JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Knowledge of front end JavaScript frameworks such as React, Node.js and Angular can be valuable. JavaScript is also frequently used for backend work.
  • Databases and database management systems, for example MySQL and MongoDB.
  • Version control systems, such as Git.
  • Developing RESTful APIs.
  • Cloud computing and cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure.

How much does it cost to hire a backend developer?

Backend developer salaries can vary widely depending on company size, industry, individual experience and skills, as well as type of work. These factors all influence the salary a company will offer to a prospective hire.

That said, check out our detailed breakdown for backend developer salaries in South Africa.

View our developer salary hub for more salary information, including programming languages, industry and frameworks.

Writing a backend developer job description

To put together a job description for a backend developer, check out our guide on creating a role scorecard here, and use our downloadable scorecard template. When it comes to adding required skills to your job description, check out our list of key skills for backend developers above. By putting together a good role scorecard, it will be easier to come up with the practical definition of the right person for the role you are trying to fill. You are then ready to set up your public-facing job advert.

Hiring backend developers from South Africa

It's easier than ever to tap into a global pool of tech talent, and South Africa offers a thriving marketplace of developers. For employers, hiring backend developers in South Africa provides several advantages:

  • A large talent pool with an estimated 121 000 developers in the country.
  • World-class quality with developers that code in widely-used languages and frameworks, and a growing line-up of successful tech startups.
  • A diverse talent pool that helps to avoid groupthink and drive more profitable businesses.
  • Lower employment costs comparing favourably to more expensive markets like the UK and the Netherlands.‍

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