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Week in Review: How remote work can help you scale your team (faster)

08 November 2023, by Josh Nel

In this week’s roundup from OfferZen, we deep dive into our data to see how remote can level up your ability to scale your team, look at what you need to know about hiring Java developers, and what React developers earn in South Africa.

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Exclusive Dev Nation sneak peek: Commitment to flexibility can give you an edge when scaling your team

If you want to scale your team in 2024, you’ll have access to a great pool of top-quality devs. In fact, nearly a third of South African developers are looking to change roles in the next 3-12 months. We set out to find out: Do remote options really help you stand out among job-searching developers, and why?

Developers’ job search timelines

A look at incoming data from our latest Dev Nation survey shows that remote work options are developers’ most important factor when evaluating an offer:

Factors developers look at when evaluating a role

Looking at why developers turn down an offer, provides further evidence of the importance of remote options:

Developers’ reasons for turning down a role

The data makes it clear: If you’re not offering remote options, you’re going to have a hard time finding new team members. In fact, it might even make potential hires decline your offer. So why are developers prioritising remote work?

The data suggests that it saves time commuting, gives them more control over how they work, and leads to better productivity and work-life balance:

The main benefits of remote for developers

As a result, developers will continue to prioritise remote work when looking for a new role. Offering remote options makes it easier to stand out among job-search developers and widens the pool of developers you can interview. This can be particularly helpful if you’re hiring for niche skills like Go, Kotlin or Ruby, with significantly smaller numbers of developers to choose from.

How Revio made 6 developer hires in half the time with OfferZen

Building a company is hard and moving fast can mean the difference between success and failure. This is especially true during the early stages of your company when you’re looking to get skilled developers on board to build your product.

This is the classic CTO’s dilemma: Trying to hire the right team members while still investing precious time in building your product.

Revio, a fintech startup that reduces the complexity, cost, and risk of payment operations in Africa, faced a similar when they needed to start scaling their team.

Here’s how Revio was able to leverage features on the OfferZen platform to gain access to quality developers, quickly making 5 hires in the process with a 100% acceptance rate, and an average of 19 days to hire.

Read the full case study

Everything you need to know about hiring Java developers

When scaling your team, finding the right Java developer can be challenging, especially if you’re looking for more experienced developers. A poor hiring decision can lead to setbacks, low-quality code, and wasted time.

To help you find the right Java developer fast, we’ve put together an article with insights and data from South African Java developers on:

  • What they’re earning
  • Industries with the most Java developers
  • What they’re looking for from their next role

Tweet of the week

Here’s what it costs to hire a React developer in South Africa

Average React Developer Salaries by Experience



Average Salary by Years Experience, showing 25th and 75th percentiles

Want to know what React developers earn in South Africa? We gathered data from 1168 developers to better understand what developers can expect to earn over the course of their careers.

Hire React developers

Levelling up as an Engineering Leader

Our next Scaling Tech Teams meetup, “Levelling up as an Engineering Leader”, is dedicated to the idea that the most effective leaders are those who never stop growing and evolving.

Join us for an hour of insightful discussions, shared experiences, and practical tips for becoming the kind of engineering leader your team deserves.

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