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How to find and hire the best React developers

So, do you plan outsourcing your React development? You most likely have tried to find React engineers through freelancing platforms, online boards and forums, matching services, or maybe even contacted some vendors. Whether you have started the process and failed or if you are just in the beginning of your search, this article will help you focus on what’s really important in this process.
In this post, we will discuss:

  • Why use React?
  • Roadmap to outsourcing React development
  • How to find and hire the best React developers

Why use React?

React is the top JavaScript framework, used in the front-end development. The majority of modern services are using React. The list includes Uber, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram, and many others.

Why do so many companies and engineers choose React?

Among the top reasons that make this framework so appealing for both engineers and businesses are:

  • It boosts productivity and expedites maintenance;
  • React allows you to reuse components;
  • It enhances performance due to virtual DOM;
  • React is SEO-friendly, which is critical for web-based projects;
  • This library operates on the one-way data flow;
  • React-based applications are extremely easy to test;
  • It has a thriving community, which means engineers can find support from their fellow colleagues easily.
  • Now that we have established the benefits of this technology, let’s help you find and hire the best React developers.

React developer: an average salary worldwide

Let’s imagine the following situation: you want to hire a developer in your own country. In the table below you can find average salary rates for React engineers in North America, the UK, and Germany (as a representation for Western Europe).

 

Country

Annual salary

Typical hourly rate

United States

$100,000–$125,000

$50–$60

Canada

$90,000–$110,000

$30–$40

Germany

$62,000–$92,000

$33–$47

United Kingdom

$65,000–$75,000

$35–$45

That’s a lot, we know. Another option you have is outsourcing. For instance in Eastern Europe the monthly salary of a React developer varies between $1,200 and $3,500. In India or Malaysia the salary of a React engineer can be even lower.

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What are the real advantages of React development outsourcing?

  • Cost reduction. As you can see from the comparison above, outsourcing React development allows you to optimize the spending and make smart choices in terms of budget restrictions. Moreover, if you are choosing a reliable company in an established outsourcing destination, you don’t have to compromise the quality of your product. 
  • Flexibility. When you are choosing outsourcing over in-house experts, it allows you to stay flexible and scale the size of your team as you go. If your business needs a change or you need to release the product faster, you can simply scale up the team. 
  • Wide pool of experts. When you are no longer limited by the size of your local market, you can take advantage of the global tech talent and find the perfect fit for your project. 
  • Focus on business. Outsourcing allows you to get away from day-to-day managerial stuff and concentrate on the needs of your company.

Okay, but how do you outsource React development? And how to  make this process successful? We created step-by-step instructions to help you with it. 

Outsource react development: Roadmap

Outsourcing may seem like a complicated process that requires a lot of effort on your side. However, with a proper planning and understanding of what needs to be done, you can make it work and succeed. 

Step 1: Analyse your business needs

Here’s the list of questions for you to answer before you will start looking for engineers:

  • What tasks do you need to tackle? 
  • How many engineers do you plan to hire? 
  • What level of seniority do you expect them to have?
  • What’s your budget for this project?
Step 2: Plan your work 

Another critical step in the process is to estimate your scope of work. It’s time to get into details of your project:

  1. What is the tech stack of your project?
  2. How much time do you have for that?
  3. What methodology are you going to follow (Scrum? Kanban? Waterfall?). 

During this step you need to make estimations and create a backlog of tasks for your React engineers. 

Step 3: Choose the right software outsourcing destination

Under the perfect conditions, you should not let your budget decide on the outsourcing location. However, we understand that many companies are trying to be smart about their budget, so we recommend you think about other important aspects like skills, technical education, experience with outsourcing, knowledge of English, etc.

Step 4: Find a reliable tech partner 

While choosing the vendor, analyze their portfolio. Do they work with clients like yourself? Do they have expertise in your domain? Can you find reviews about their work online? Search dedicated directories like Clutch for project information, reviews, and portfolios of the companies. 

Once you have found a company that you choose to be your technical partner, it is time to find you perfect engineers. Here’s what you need to know about their experience.

What should any good React expert know?

There are typically two areas to look at while interviewing a potential candidate for your project. First, they need to be tech-savvy. It would be nice if they have experience in your domain or at least with similar types of projects. Second, their need to have certain soft skills as well .

WHAT HARD SKILLS SHOULD AN EXCELLENT REACT ENGINEER HAVE?

  1. Solid understanding of React concepts: Virtual DOM, one-way data binding, etc.;
  2. Experience with JS ES6 and TypeScript (optional);
  3. Knowledge of HTML & CSS (SASS, LESS, styled-components), Bootstrap, material UI; 
  4. Experience with state management libraries (Flux or Redux); 
  5. Knowledge of libraries like Formik, React Final Form, etc.;
  6. Working experience with testing frameworks (like Enzyme, Jest, or React Testing Library).
  7. Deep knowledge of Webpack/Browserify tools;
  8. Experience with source/version control systems (e.g. Git, SVN).

What soft skills to look for in an experienced React engineer?

Similar to any other IT experts, any good React developer should:

  • Be flexible;
  • Able to prioritize tasks at hand;
  • Ready (or even eager) to communicate;
  • Prepared to work as a part of the team;
  • Proactive.

If you plan  to hire a React engineer or a team of experienced engineers, send us a message right away! 

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