Remote vs On-site Software Engineer

The increased acceptance of remote versus co-located teams and the availability of effective tools that enable it are among the most significant trends affecting technology industry employment today. Companies are adapting to new changes a freelance and outsourcing companies are providing talent solutions worldwide.

As with most things in business, productivity and cost are the dominant factors when choosing between remote and co-located workplaces. But there's no one answer—what works for some firms doesn't work for others.

Big problem is communication and management between companies, but now technology tools allow an easy online communication, not matter the country that provide the outsourcing services.

Remote work is still an emerging field of study, and data on the effectiveness of distributed teams is largely anecdotal. But there's a substantial amount of research on open offices and spaces, which is the usual alternative to working remotely. Studies on open offices have ranged from the health and productivity impact of noise, to how noise may impair arithmetic ability, to basic employee satisfaction.


On-site development have advantage and disadvantages depending the companies stage, usually when companies are growing are trying to reduce operative cost that can difficult scalability issues specially startups or mid-size companies. 

Software Development on-site can increase payroll and taxes 55% more than outsourcing this services to other regions as Latin America, Asia, Europe. However the highest rates and quality is the principal inconvenience to contract external services.

An advantage to software development in house depends about regions and cultural in each country, however language or culture can affect interaction between clients and providers as:

  • No language/cultural boundaries. It is a team of the professionals probably from the same country/city as you are, with the same cultural and language background working within the same organization. What advantages does hiring in-house team give to you? Fewer boundaries and limitations, face-to-face communications and, as a result, a better understanding of what should be done.
  • Deep involvement. It allows you to maximize the customization of in-house engineering process for every minor tech need of your company. You can make appropriate changes in the development process easily to adjust the project to your business.
  • In-project expertise. Internal specialists master their skills in building the project you started and soon become narrowly focused professionals of the highest level. This reduces bugs and, in addition, it means that the support will be straightforward and efficient, and your company has enough skills to maintain the product independently.


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