Staff Augmentation
What, How, and Why?

How does it work? And why it should be used in IT? ...

The growing demand for Staff Augmentation companies is not accidental - this inrush approach helps both startups and enterprises to develop faster and with minimum spending. Such staffing service twice reduces hiring spending, offers the best engineer in terms of quality-price from the huge database, and ensures this specialist with all needed working environment for effective remote work. All this is focused on creating the most comfortable conditions for a business owner who receives a remote but dedicated member to complement his team, while many distracting details are skipped.

Staff Augmentation Benefits

Why hire developers in Ukraine?

  • Cheaper wages of web developers compared to European ones
  • The almost absent time gap for practical cooperation and remote work with Europeans
  • 52k+ CVs of web developers
  • The best quality-price ratio of outsourcing specialists
  • Actively developing IT market inside Ukraine, which increases the quality of employees
  • The established process of cooperation with both sides

Located in Ukraine

Being located in Ukraine and having 5+ years of experience in staff augmentation, Orange Sputnik creates the most suitable conditions to hire developers for startups and IT businesses from abroad due to:

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What is Staff Augmentation on Practice?

Staff augmentation is an innovative business model of creating a remote team that simplifies the hiring process and excludes all unnecessary hassle for the enterprise. In other words, the business owner spends minimum time and material for building an effective outstaffing group, which is ready to accomplish all the instructions as if employees are in the typical office.

Right after the first contact with staff augmentation provider and setting a demand, the process of expanding your dedicated team begins. We in Orange Sputnik start searching for the requested IT Engineer the next minute after the call finished or message received. As our database counts more than 52k CVs, you will receive first propositions in a few hours. At the same time, a personal manager clarifies all the needed details with both sides to facilitate the start of the web developing work.

Our developers database counts more than 52k CVs

We provide new employees...

A simplified labor organization is an essential argument in favor of staff augmentation service. As the IT sphere is the best adapted to remote performance, we provide new employees with all the needed technical and legal support in our offices, while the enterprise idea and control center is up to you. Actually, the working activity can start after engineer approval and signing a contract with only Orange Sputnik, while papers like NDA agreement or recruitment documents with a new employee is our task.

Why Staff Augmentation is Gaining Popularity and Should be Used in IT?

Impartial View: Disruptive Technologies and Pace of Business Development

The appearance of new staffing services seems to be a marketing trick to provide modern definitions, but it is a natural process, indeed. Even though many people understand the advantages of digital technologies, their influence on business is even bigger. Thus, reports on both International Financial Corporation and Americas Conference on Information Systems highlighted a huge influence of digital technologies as “disruptive” and the most promising way for development in the IT-sphere.

Staff Augmentation is one of the best ways to facilitate startups and digital enterprises. Its positive disruptive impact is the outcome of the effective use of computer networking that boosts over 85% of businesses.

Four numbers to know about a challenging hiring process

Everyone can try to overcome those numbers by oneself but should be ready to meet numerous pitfalls, which can even increase values. If using an experienced augmenting provider like Orange Sputnik, the total hiring costs will be reduced by twice. Also, the entrepreneur skips enormous obstacles and saves your nerves.

“When using an experienced augmenting provider like Orange Sputnik, the total hiring costs will be reduced by twice”

Advantages of Staff Augmentation

One who read the article to this place has already defined benefits of remote augmenting, but some clarifications should be made. Thus, it is vital to understand that this method is expedient both to business owners and remote workers, which is also essential.

Benefits for startups and enterprise:

  • Lower spending for in-house needs
  • Reduced hiring time and spendings
  • Minimum organizational issues
  • Wider market of cheaper web developers
  • Easy change of employees' number (including dismissal)

Pluses for remote workers:

  • No need to relocate (it is often a primary problem, assimilation, etc.)
  • Ability to work for innovative European business projects (crucial experience))
  • Optimal working conditions (no need to equip the house))
  • Possibility to consult with a wide range of friendly professionals in office)
  • Coffee, cookies, and fruits are always fresh :))

Staff Augmentation vs other Remote Services

One of the most difficult tasks is to define drawbacks of remote augmenting as this approach smartly combines the benefits of other cognate methods. The clearest understanding comes while comparing to other ways of business developing. For better visualization, we took the three most common models of organizing IT projects for startups and small enterprises.

* The table below is drawn for a hypothetical business from Europe and remote variants from Ukraine.

** Simple 5-score scale was taken for comparison, where 5 is the best variant, and 1 is the worst.

Staff augmentation vs outstaffing

What Reasons make Ukraine a Favorable Choice for Developing IT Businesses?

Ukraine presents one of the most promising and interesting labor markets for web development. Here are several basic claims that are common about Ukraine, it's IT sector and appropriate engineers:

  • About 200k web developers
  • The employees from this country combine European quality with low wages
  • Education system promotes growing of English-speaking engineers with the primary orienteer on IT sector
  • Tempo of digital technologies growth in Ukraine is among leading in the world
  • Proximity to Europe eliminates time gap for effective cooperation, while possible fly will take only a few hours if needed

The most important numbers for abroad business are salary rates, and Ukraine is the most valuable destination across Europe. Even though the statistics are of 2016, the positive difference compared to other states is evident (according to

wages web developers europe 2016

how much to hire developer in Ukraine?

Another portion of interesting statistics comes from PayScale, which shows recent information about wages rates in Ukraine:

Salary distribution web developers in Ukraine
Years of expirience developers in Ukraine
Salary distribution by technologies in Ukraine

Who Needs Team Augmentation?

Staff augmentation approach is one of the most appropriate ways to develop both startups and growing enterprises. Even though small businesses have many common characteristics and share general assets, the existing time of a firm influences the way of thinking. It forces us to look at the preferences for both business types from different points of view.


Advantages for Enterprise:

  • Faster hiring process (if the company don't have HR)
  • Wider engineers' choice options
  • No need to change office if it is too small for a bigger number of workers
  • Developed contact process: remote cameras, conferences, and a personal consultant
  • "Safe trial period" before invitation or making the position a regular one (organizational spending are absent if something went wrong)

Benefits for Startups:

  • No need to turn the focus from the breakthrough idea on the organizational (equipment) issues
  • No need to think about the recruitment process (including dismissal or change of a worker's technical direction)
  • No need to organize legal environment (including NDA contracts and other papers)
  • The remote market provides wider professional options
  • Faster receiving of a dedicated person or team
  • The best price-quality ratio of engineers
  • Possibility to relocate an extended employee any time if needed

Instead of Conclusion

For those who prefer summarising, Staff Augmentation is a thoughtful combination of diverse remote methods of building a digital business. Its preference over other approaches can be explained in three primary philosophical directions:

  • Minimizing time and resources for clients
  • Creating the best available conditions for remote workers
  • Result via direct and tight cooperation of both sides

Remembering that Ukraine presents tempting conditions in terms of quality-price ratio, one should try this method. We in Orange Sputnik do not extort money for a consultation but can open ample opportunities instead.

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