Staff augmentation pricing model

Are you wondering how much staff augmentation costs? Do you want to save money?

You can use a staff augmentation partner to grow your in-house team and complete projects faster while prioritizing costs.

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Hiring the right software developers saves you money

A staff augmentation company can help you increase the number of in-house developers on your staff. IT staffing allows you to scale your software development business quickly. When you rent a developer from a staff augmentation firm, they hit the ground running on your project and waste no time getting things done.

When you use staff augmentation services you may find that you pay more at the start but in the long term, you are saving money because:

  • You do not have to play around with recruiting someone the traditional way and letting them go because they are not working out.
  • You are not adding additional work for your hiring manager to recruit someone using an in-house process.

Staff augmentation provides you with a developer or a dedicated team of software engineers to do the job. These individuals are pre-vetted by us and we can vouch that they will do a great job for you.

Moreover, staff augmentation offers you the option to exchange any developer that may not be working out for a new software engineer that may be better suited for your project.

Additionally, you can add developers to your team with little to no hassle at any time. This can be a developer with a different tech stack or just more additional hands to do the work. Check out our guarantee to see what makes Swyply different from other staff augmentation vendors.

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Why do staff augmentation services cost more? 

Check out several reasons why staff augmentation services cost more. These are just costs that the IT staffing vendor takes on to provide you with software developers for hire.

Developer training

Developer training & machine learning

When you hire a developer through a staff augmentation firm, you do not have to train him or her. Moreover, you do not have to set aside time for machine learning. You do not have to pay for learning courses, conferences etc.

Vacation leave, sick pay and health care

Vacation pay, sick leave & health care

Typically the staff augmentation company covers vacation pay, sick leave, and provide health care for our software developers.

retirement funds

Retirement funds

They will also cover the costs that go toward a software developer’s retirement funds. Basically, a portion of their pay-check goes toward their old-age pension.

Laptops & office furniture

Laptops & office furniture

In many cases, software engineers do not join your office space as they work remotely. However, we provide them with laptops and office furniture.

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Developer’s time on the bench

In many cases software engineers do not join your office space as they work remotely. However, we provide them with laptops and office furniture.

Growth & salary

Growth and salary every 6 months

Every six months the staff augmentation company will raise developer’s salaries and have discussions about progress and the way that each coder would like to grow their careers.

Employee perks

Employee perks

In many cases, software developers will receive from staff augmentation companies various employee perks such as gym membership, language lessons, private health care, etc. This aspect does not have to be covered by you when you use an augmented staff.

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Cost of recruiting a developer

Staff augmentation companies have to pay our headhunters, sourcers and human resources department to run a recruitment process and hire a new software developer. Afterward, this new team member can join your team on a temporary basis to help you meet your business goals.

What is the cost to partner with a staffing agency?

How do I pay for IT staff augmentation services?

Before you have developers join your team you and the vendor will decide on a daily rate or monthly rate, as opposed to an hourly rate. At the end of each month, they will add up the number of days that the developer worked for you and send you an invoice.

The developer is available to you exclusively and works on your project 8 hours a day. They do not work for anyone else. The developer does not log hours with the staff augmentation company but they may log hours using a time management program in your company.

The developer uses the software that has been set up by the customer to work and carry out day-to-day tasks. Moreover, the customer supplies any additional software that the software engineer may need to do his or her job.

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What are the costs of hiring IT talent using team augmentation?

The costs of hiring tech talent using team augmentation services will vary depending on seniority and expertise level. Let us explain and break down the costs per hire.

Costs of hiring a Junior developer

The cost of hiring a Junior developer using staff augmentation is around $30 to $40 per hour. A junior developer typically possesses around 1 to 3 years of experience in a specific tech stack.

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Costs of hiring a Regular developer

The cost of hiring a regular developer or a MID developer is around $40 to $60 per hour. This developer has around 3 to 5 years of experience in a given programming language.

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Costs of hiring a senior developer/tech leader

The cost of hiring a senior developer or a tech leader will range from $60 to $90 per hour. A software developer with this level of seniority will typically have more than 5 years of experience in coding. Moreover, they will be able to help you in terms of managing certain tasks, consulting on technical solutions, etc. They can do more than just code your project.

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Costs of hiring a development team

The cost of hiring a development team varies, but typically if you want to hire 2 or more team members you will get a discount than if you were to just hire one software engineer.

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How does the staff augmentation model work?

Gain developers to extend your team within one week. Check out how the staff augmentation model, looks like on your end as the client:

1 First

What software engineers you need for your team

Let the vendor know the developer skill set you need, your project description, and any other valuable details to help us extend your team. Also please specify whether you need one developer or more.

2 Second

Searching for the right coders for your business needs

Based on that skill set, the company will look, within their team of developers, for people who match these needs. They may also look for Developers in partnering Software Houses for you.

3 Third

Select developers based on Blind CVs

Based on the information received from you, the staff aug company will provide you with a short list of candidates. For each candidate, you will receive a blind CV, to review. Based on these blind CVs, pick the top choices that you would like to interview.

4 Fourth

Interview appropriate candidates

Based on your choices, the staff aug company will schedule interviews for you and the software engineer candidates to meet via video chat. After the video chat, you can also ask programmers to carry out code tests. If not, highlight which programmers you would like to work with on your project.

5 Fifth

Sign off on the contract & hire developers

At this stage, you have selected the developers that are right for you. Then you will finalize the contract that has the agreed-upon start date, the duration of the project, and the date of completion. Moreover, this contract will have details about the scope of work, the agreed-upon daily rate, and the number of working hours.

6 Sixth

Developers provide needed expertise on your project

During this phase, Developers work on your project. You determine the methods of communication, organization, and workload. Software developers are available to you exclusively for the duration of the contract.


Monthly check-in

Typically, the staff augmentation vendor will reach out to you from time to time in order to check in. During this time, they may also enquire whether you have other project requirements needs such as additional developers.


Do you want to extend the contract?

A few weeks before the end of the staff augmentation partnership, they will reach out to you, to see if you want to extend the contract or has the project come to a close.

Why you should try out team augmentation services?

Why is this hiring model worth it?

Here are three benefits of using the staff augmentation model to help increase the number of software developers you hire.

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Hire developers faster & start projects earlier

A staff augmentation agency allows you to hire developers faster than when using traditional recruitment. You can have a software engineer join your team in as little as one week, as opposed to 4 to 6 weeks. This allows you to start your software development projects faster and have them ready to go to market. You can scale your software development services much faster, with augmented team members.

Global talent pool

Access to global talent pool

The no-office model has become a trend and the overall standard in the IT industry. Many software developers work on a strictly remote basis, therefore can join your team easily without being limited to a local market. You can gain technical expertise from all around the globe such as from Eastern and Central Europe. You can negotiate working hours so that there is some overlap, in order for our Developers to work with your team at the same time. For example, a developer can be available for daily or weekly calls to meet virtually with your team.

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Continuity of work even with changing employees

The IT industry suffers from a plague of rotating software developers, which can cost companies lots of money. When you use IT staffing you do not have to worry about projects being at a standstill due to being short-staffed. Developers will work with your from start to finish, and in the rare instance that they do need to leave the project, a team augmentation company will replace them ASAP so that you are not inconvenienced.

Our guarantee

What makes us different from other staff augmentation firms?

Our IT staff augmentation services are different because it gives you the opportunity to pick a software engineer or a remote team of programmers with a two-week trial period.

During this trial period, if, for whatever reason, one of our IT specialists, is not the right fit, you have two options.

  1. We can exchange this Developer for another one.
  2. We can finish our cooperation, and we will NOT send you an invoice for this two-week period.

We try to ensure that the new talent will be the right fit for your existing in-house team. We provide ongoing support by doing monthly updates to confirm that our cooperation is heading in the right direction. Moreover, we enquire whether you need additional developers or a change in developers, this includes hiring a developer with a different tech stack.

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FAQ about using augmented teams

Here are some frequently asked questions about the staff augmentation model and hiring the right candidates to join your development team.

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There are numerous scenarios where taking advantage of a staff augmentation company will be beneficial to your business goals. Some of them include:

  • You have an in-house team but you need to scale it quickly
  • You need rare specialists to start your project
  • You need to bridge the skill gap without hiring a full-time employee

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Yes, you can absolutely use staff augmentation services for both short-term and longer projects. There are benefits to each form. Software developers can work with your team for a minimum of 3 months. However, many companies love long-term projects, because software coders get to know you and your project in-depth and therefore can be more productive.

This varies, however, we can have a developer ready to go and join your team within one week. In some scenarios, it may take up to 30 days, but these are extreme circumstances where our developers need to finish up previous projects.

Staff augmentation refers to the process of adding temporary, short-term employees to a workforce. Managed services is a term used to describe a type of outsourcing that involves an organization contracting with a third-party company to perform certain services on its behalf. Staff augmentation and managed services are often used interchangeably in the staffing industry, but they are actually two very different types of staffing.

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