Registration for East European High Tech IT Professionals

Freelancers from Eastern Europe

January 17, 2009

Getting the work done on time and below budget is something that every business and entrepreneur is trying to do to make a profit. This global economy brings along a number of options that allow companies to strategically plan their human resources and benefit from hiring freelance professionals for short-term and long-term projects. The growing role of the internet and telecommute employment makes it easier to find cheap labor for a given industry.  Such areas as information technology, high-tech engineering, medicine are among the most popular fields for hiring affordable IT and high-tech freelancers.

The question is: Where and how does one find a highly-skilled and reliable freelancer who would be able to deliver a high-quality product on time and below budget?

Based on a recent survey, small and medium-sized businesses from the U.S., Canada and Europe more and more tend to look for IT freelancers from Eastern Europe. One of the advantages of these European freelancers is that they have a superb technical education, speak and understand technical English, and have relatively low labor costs.

Let’s take as an example Ukraine. Ukraine has over 300 technical schools.There are about 150,000 students graduating each year in Ukraine with advanced degrees in software engineering, web site development, architecture and design. Many of them have superior skill and knowledge to step into a company and start working immediately. However, there are not enough high-tech vacancies in Ukraine to employ all graduates. As a result, young professionals are constantly looking for freelance work or apply for high-tech jobs overseas in the United States and Europe. Many of them are willing to travel; however, a big part of the hired professionals work freelance or full-time remotely without even meeting their employers in person. The salaries start at $3 per hour.

Besides Ukraine, we have Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) that produce nearly 200,000 IT freelancers that have hands on experience with programming, electrical engineering, web development and design.

There are many resources available online that allow individuals and businesses from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia to post their projects and jobs online and receive quotes and inquiries from east European freelancers that can potentially be hired to perform the remote work. Many of these websites are free to use as an effort to promote global talent.

Another question that is important is: How does one pay for services performed by an offshore, east European freelancer? In the case of east European freelancers, such payment methods as PayPal, bank wire transfer, western union or money order are probably the best ways to go. Oftentimes, freelancers are willing to accept the payment after the service has been performed, so employers have really nothing to loose and can give it a shot to try to discover the new way of doing business while outsourcing their labor to Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

What is required on the part of an employer or service buyer is a little research using search engines and searching keywords like “high-tech hire” or “freelancers eastern Europe.”



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