According to research by Work in Start-ups, start-ups in financial tech, food tech and health tech are driving post pandemic growth to the extent that in the UK the tech scene has seen a 68% increase in jobs at the top 100 start-ups and high-growth companies in the last year. Some 3,298 advertised vacancies were available in February this year, up from 1,964 in April 2020.

Programming and developer jobs are in high demand and make up 13% of tech job vacancies in the UK. That reflects what we’ve seen here at VDP. Projects that our clients want to deliver to scale or disrupt a market rely heavily on a team of skilled developers.

But I think what’s most interesting about the figures is that they shine some light on the dilemmas start-ups and scale-ups face. To get ideas off the ground they need people who know how to build software that’s unique or disruptive.

However, as any scale up will tell you, money is tight. Founders are always wrestling with the pros and cons of building a team or building a product. What’s more, investors scrutinise every penny, so employing an expert is a huge commitment to justify.

Many founders I have spoken to say it’s great to have the asset in the team but admit they might not get full value such is the nature of working ‘in-house’ – there’s always a distraction, another thing on the to do list that isn’t squarely aligned to the job role.

There’s also a consideration on quality. What’s in the budget can settle the choice between a. employing a highly skilled practitioner who can develop a great customer facing product but having no money left to market it or b. employing someone who can produce a product you can launch but with a need to improve upon it later.

And let’s face it, neither is ideal if you want to change the world and attract subsequent investment.

But there is an alternative and that’s to use specialist rapid development teams. They can provide access to a broad range of skill sets and bring the right people together to work intensively on a project.

They can scale effort up and down in line with demand and use the right development techniques and programming languages that will not only get the job done, but get it done brilliantly and affordably. What’s more it’s all done without compromising IP. You still own it, we know only too well that’s a really important criteria when making such a decision.

But it’s not just programming languages an outsourced model can offer. They can offer vast experience from running and delivering similar projects, overcoming the challenges legacy platforms present, as well as managing highly complex scenarios that fast growing, and/or international companies face. In short, they take the pain away that companies experience when overseeing development projects internally.

Of course, it’s not just scale ups who benefit from this model. Multi-nationals use it too, often to respond to start-ups or to get some agile software development done in legacy systems.

If for example they are a top four accountancy firm then they recognise that software development isn’t what they are known for. It’s just not at the core of their business so why go down any other route?

Instead firms like this can tap into teams that bring new insights, experience and creative thinking because the range of projects and platforms they’ve taken on is so broad. It all boils down to better solutions, greater efficiency and more revenue.

So if you want to compete on the world stage with world leading software that delivers an impeccable customer experience, talk to us. We will get you there in no time.

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