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Staff augmentation vs project outsourcing – what’s right for your company’s IT needs?

To help you decide, we’ve uncovered the major differences between staff augmentation and project outsourcing. Read on to discover more about staff augmentation vs project outsourcing.

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There’s more than one way to expand your IT and software development capabilities. Two approaches stand out from the pack: staff augmentation and project outsourcing.

The solution you choose needs to align with your project requirements and business goals. But making a decision is rarely that simple.

What is staff augmentation?

Staff augmentation is a business strategy where organizations hire external professionals – usually on a temporary basis – to supplement existing teams and meet specific project or workload requirements. 

This approach allows companies to quickly and easily scale their workforce, gaining access to additional skills and resources without the long-term commitments associated with hiring full-time employees.

In the context of IT, staff augmentation often involves bringing in external IT professionals or development teams to work alongside an existing in-house team. These external experts can contribute specialized skills, knowledge, and experience for the duration of a project, addressing specific needs without becoming a permanent addition to the company’s payroll.

What is project outsourcing?

Project outsourcing is a business practice where an organization contracts out certain functions or services – in this case IT or software development – to external service providers. 

Instead of handling these activities in-house, the organization relies on third-party vendors or specialists to manage, develop, and maintain its systems and services. IT project outsourcing can cover a wide range of activities, from software development and infrastructure management to technical support, and cybersecurity services.

Staff augmentation vs project outsourcing

Here’s a table comparing different aspects of staff augmentation with project outsourcing:

Staff Augmentation
Project Outsourcing
You retain direct control and management of the augmented staff, integrating them into existing teams.
The outsourcing provider takes on the responsibility of managing and executing the entire outsourced function or project.
Augmented staff typically work on-site alongside your team or remotely but under your supervision.
Outsourced work is often done off-site, and the location is determined by the outsourcing provider. It can be onshore, nearshore, or offshore.
You retain direct responsibility for the results and outcomes of the augmented staff’s work.
The outsourcing provider is responsible for delivering the agreed-upon results and meeting performance metrics as specified in the contract.
Augmented staff are hired to supplement your existing team with specific skills for a particular project or period.
Outsourcing involves handing over entire processes or functions, often requiring a broader range of skills and expertise.
High levels of flexibility allow you to quickly adjust team size and composition based on project requirements or changing needs.
Scalability, within a more structured approach to adjusting resources, might lead to renegotiating contracts with the outsourcing provider.
Augmented staff are integrated into your organizational structure and closely collaborate with existing teams.
Outsourced functions may operate independently, and integration with your internal teams might be limited.
Risk management
You retain more direct control over the project, making it easier to manage and mitigate risks.
You retain more direct control over the project, making it easier to manage and mitigate risks.

Staff augmentation pros and cons

Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of staff augmentation.


  • Flexibility in adjusting the size and skill set of the team based on project requirements, ensuring optimal resource allocation.
  • Access to experts with specific skills and knowledge that may not be available internally, enhancing the capabilities of your team.
  • Cost-effective solutions for avoiding long-term financial commitments – like salaries and employee benefits – associated with hiring.
  • Rapid deployment of additional resources in response to accelerating project timelines and fluctuating workloads.
  • Knowledge transfer between external staff working alongside the internal team helps promote collaboration and upskilling the organization.


  • Integrating external staff with the internal team can pose challenges in terms of communication, work culture, and team dynamics.
  • Becoming overly reliant on external talent may lead to challenges if key individuals leave or if there’s a shortage of skilled professionals available.
  • Project ownership can create challenges around maintaining a cohesive vision and ensuring aligned goals across the augmented and internal teams.
  • Differences in communication styles, time zones, or language may create barriers between internal and augmented teams, affecting collaboration.
  • Security concerns may arise from sharing sensitive information with external staff, requiring robust confidentiality and data protection measures to be in place.

Project outsourcing pros and cons

Here’s a summary of the pros and cons of project outsourcing.


  • Cost savings from outsourcing to locations with lower operational costs.

  • Access to a diverse and global talent pool, tapping into specialist skills.

  • Focus on strategic business activities by outsourcing non-core functions.

  • Scale quickly without the need for lengthy recruitment processes.

  • Mitigate risks around technology, the market, and talent by outsourcing them.


  • Handing over control of specific IT functions or processes can loosen your grip on critical aspects of your business.
  • Differences in language, time zones, and communication styles can lead to challenges that potentially impact project outcomes.
  • Ensuring software quality from an outsourcing provider may require robust service level agreements (SLAs) and ongoing monitoring to meet the desired standards.
  • Organizational dependency on an outsourcing partner can lead to vulnerabilities if the relationship sours or if the provider faces challenges.
  • Confidentiality and security risks around the sharing of sensitive data and information with external providers may pose security and confidentiality risks.

IT staff augmentation and project outsourcing from Proshore

Whichever approach is right for your business – staff augmentation or project outsourcing – it’s always important to select a reliable service provider. That’s especially true if they’re located offshore in a different country or continent. 

Here at Proshore, we’ve been sourcing IT and software talent since 2009. Located in the Netherlands and Nepal, our pool of 4,000+ vetted developers are hand-picked to deliver IT  solutions that meet your business needs and help you achieve specific goals.

Better still, our IT staff augmentation and project outsourcing services are reliable and cost-effective and are molded to become dedicated extensions of your team. See how much you could save with our handy cost calculator.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing between staff augmentation and outsourcing depends on factors such as project requirements and organizational goals. A hybrid approach may also be beneficial for different project requirements:

  • Opt for staff augmentation if you need specific skills for a project, want close integration with your in-house team, or are dealing with short-term projects or fluctuating workloads. This approach allows you to retain control, manage projects internally, and facilitate knowledge transfer. Learn more on our complete guide to staff or team augmentation.
  • Consider project outsourcing when you prefer focusing on core business functions without getting involved in day-to-day management. It’s ideal if you need cost efficiency in long-term projects, and access to specialized providers.
  • Staff augmentation involves hiring external professionals to supplement an organization’s existing team for specific projects or tasks, providing flexibility in team size and skills. Staff augmentation allows for more flexibility in adjusting team size and composition based on project needs.
  • A dedicated team is a group of IT professionals exclusively assigned to work on one project, typically employed by an outsourcing provider. A dedicated team has a deeper integration and commitment to their client’s objectives.

In contrast with staff augmentation, contractors are usually independent or freelance professionals who are engaged to independently complete specific tasks or projects.

Contractors work autonomously, and their engagement is often project-based or for a defined period, without becoming an integral part of the client’s ongoing team. Working with contractors is typically more transactional, with the hiring organization having less day-to-day control over their work.

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