A guide to hiring Offshore DevOps Engineers 

The challenge for cost-conscious companies is how and where to hire the most skilled and best-value DevOps engineers for their needs. These days, the first place to look for DevOps solutions is offshore.

Why hire offshore DevOps engineers?

Companies hire DevOps to accelerate development and speed up the time-to-market. Hiring offshore provides additional business benefits, including:

  • Cost savings: Hiring offshore DevOps engineers from countries with lower labor costs is cost-effective when compared with hiring local in-house engineers. 
  • Skilled talent: Using offshore DevOps allows organizations to tap into a global talent pool. Companies get the same level of expertise at a much lower price point. 
  • Scalability: Offshore DevOps teams can be easily scaled up or down based on project requirements to meet changing demands without the complexities of hiring.
  • Quick onboarding: Offshore DevOps engineers are often experienced professionals who can quickly onboard and integrate into existing projects.
  • Short-term projects: DevOps engineers located offshore are useful for short-term projects or one-time tasks where it might not make sense to hire full-time employees.

Which DevOps services can be done offshore?

Offshore DevOps development teams typically offer a wide range of services to support software development and the deployment lifecycle. Here’s a list of the common services that you can easily outsource to offshore DevOps engineers:

  • CI/CD Pipeline setup: Offshore teams design, implement, and maintain CI/CD pipelines, which automate the process of building, testing, and deploying code changes. This ensures rapid and reliable software releases.
  • Migration to cloud: Offshore teams can assist in migrating on-premises applications and infrastructure to cloud platforms, ensuring a smooth and optimized transition.
  • Environment provisioning and configuration: Offshore DevOps automate the setup and configuration of development, testing, staging, and production environments to ensure consistency and reduce manual errors. 

Using tools like Terraform, CloudFormation, and Ansible, offshore DevOps engineers create and manage consistent and repeatable Infrastructure as Code (IaC) development. 

  • Performance optimization: Engineers can also analyze system performance, identify bottlenecks, and optimize resource utilization for improved efficiency.
  • Containerization and orchestration: For consistent deployments and scalability, offshore DevOps engineers assist in containerizing applications using technologies like Docker and orchestrating them with platforms such as Kubernetes.
  • Cloud services management: Offshore DevOps professionals manage cloud environments on platforms – such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud – setting up and optimizing cloud resources, managing security configurations, and minimizing cost.
  • Automated testing and Quality Assurance (QA): They also implement and automate testing processes, including unit testing, integration testing, and end-to-end testing, to ensure the quality of software releases.
  • Monitoring and alerting: DevOps engineers located offshore can set up monitoring tools to track software and infrastructure performance, configuring alerts to proactively identify and address issues.

Offshore teams can also establish centralized log management systems, aggregating and analyzing logs to identify trends, troubleshoot issues, and improve system performance.

  • Security and compliance: Offshore DevOps implement security best practices, performing vulnerability assessments to ensure compliance with industry regulations and standards.
  • Incident response and troubleshooting: Alongside security and compliance, they assist in identifying and resolving incidents in production environments, ensuring minimal downtime and impact on users.
  • Backup and disaster recovery: DevOps professionals design and manage backup and disaster recovery strategies to safeguard data and ensure business continuity.
  • Version control and source code management: DevOps engineers help you implement version control systems and establish best practices for code collaboration and management.
  • DevOps training and consultation: Offshore DevOps experts can provide training sessions and consultation to your in-house teams, helping them adopt DevOps practices, tools, and methodologies.

How do you hire offshore DevOps engineers?

The process for hiring offshore DevOps engineers is similar to hiring other types of software engineers. Here are five basic steps to help you get it right: 

1️⃣ Define requirements and a job description

Clearly outline the skills, experience, and responsibilities needed for your DevOps role. Put together a detailed job description that communicates your expectations.

2️⃣ Screening and assessment

Review resumes and portfolios to shortlist candidates with relevant experience, then conduct remote interviews to assess their technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and cultural fit.

3️⃣ Ensure technical proficiency and trial projects

Conduct technical assessments or coding tests to evaluate your candidates’ hands-on coding skills. Consider a small trial project to assess their practical capabilities.

4️⃣ Finalize terms and onboarding

Negotiate terms – including hourly rates and project scope – with the chosen candidate(s). Facilitate a smooth onboarding process, providing access to tools and introducing them to your workflows.

5️⃣ Maintain ongoing collaboration and feedback

From the outset, establish communication channels and project management tools for effective collaboration. Provide regular feedback to ensure continuous improvement and a successful working relationship.

Why hire DevOps engineers from Proshore?

At Proshore, we offer DevOps services to suit almost every budget and project – no matter how complex. In fact, you can trust our experienced and highly-trained DevOps engineers to handle everything from CI/CD pipeline setup to training and consultation. 

Our DevOps services include the following and more depending on your product’s requirements:

  • Cloud migration 
  • Cloud services management
  • Containerization and orchestration
  • Performance optimization
  • Version control and source code management
  • Automated testing and Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Incident response and troubleshooting
  • Backup and disaster recovery
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What is ‘DevOps as a Service’?

DevOps as a Service (DaaS) is a service model that gives companies a comprehensive set of DevOps tools, practices, and expertise around their software development and deployment processes. 

A third-party provider offers a suite of DevOps tools and services on a subscription basis, allowing organizations to focus on their core business activities whilst benefiting from the service provider’s expertise in DevOps.

How much does an offshore DevOps engineer cost?

Offshore DevOps engineers roughly cost between $12 and $80 per hour, depending on experience and location (see the table below for approximate costs).

How do I compare costs for DevOps engineers? 

The following table is a rough guide to the cost per hour of hiring DevOps engineers from different locations, with varying levels of experience. 

Offshore LocationSenior (5+ years)Mid-Level (2-5 years)Junior (0-2 years)
Latin America$55 – $80$40 – $60$25 – $40
Ukraine$45 – $70$30 – $50$20 – $35
Philippines$45 – $65$28 – $50$18 – $35
India$40 – $60$25 – $45$15 – $30
Nepal$35 – $55$20 – $40$12 – $25
*The actual cost can differ based on a number of factors. 
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