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Distributed Teams vs Outsourcing: Hiring Remote Engineers


Businesses and start-ups around the world have been using the same old redundant methods to hire people. However, technology has enabled us to produce new methods of employment in different industries that also help with team-management skills.


Outsourcing and distributed teams are two new ways of hiring, and they are receiving immense praise around the world. We shall explore how both of these methods work and show more potential for improving the hiring process.

Outsourcing and Hiring:

OS has a number of definitions, but it has only one definition where software development is concerned; it means the employment of another company to complete a task or part of a project. They allocate workload to another company which stays confidential between the two companies. 


Now how is outsourcing executed? First, a suitable company to work with is decided, and then partnering up is discussed. Later, an agreement is struck. The first business displays the task at hand and the second company completes it. The first company maintains the ownership of the venture. 

Distributed Teams and Hiring:


Distributed Teams contain experts that serve as a part of the team at a company. However, they work in a different location than where most of the workforce is based. In conclusion, DT works effectively despite the geographical differences. 


The hiring process with DTs is diverse. Ancient methods of hiring are the way to go when hiring an employee. You select and shortlist, conduct interviews, and then welcome the employee to work at your office. However, that is not the case when hiring remote workers. On the other hand, the internet is where you find a remote worker. You will find remote workers on web portals and remote work websites. 

Benefits and Disadvantages of the two models:

Outsourcing Model:



Usually, younger candidates apply for jobs from developing countries, which ends in cheaper rates as compared to people working in already developed countries. Helping team management. 


Better delivery time

An outsourcing team already contains the necessary staff that is required for the project at hand. Different projects can be completed at the same time without wasting time.


Efficient use of time

By lending tasks to an OS establishment, businesses free up time and spend it on other matters.



Since all the deals remain confidential between the two companies, the first company can present the work as their own without anyone finding out.


Communication issue:

Remote workers are hired from all around the world. This will result in language and cultural barriers. Also, time differences can be a problem. This can hinder team-management skills.

Lack of improvement in team-management skills:

Letting the OS specialists handle your work will delay or even eliminate the possibility of your team’s professional growth. This also decreases your competencies as a manager.

Distributing Model

Pros of DTs


Hiring from anywhere:

Choosing a DT enables the option of being able to hire from anywhere in the world, unlike the OS businesses that are based in one location, eliminating the geographical barrier.


Improved meetings:

DTs call for communication tools and applications for meetings, which is very feasible for employees since everyone carries around gadgets.


Reduced expenses:

Remote work is cost-effective. You won’t need to provide the employees with food, workspace, workspace supplies, etc.


Boost expertise:

DTs gives you a chance to expand your knowledge and get engaged with experts from various ethnicities as everyone belongs to different countries.


Cons of DTs


Difficult to keep track of staffers:

It is hard to keep a check on your workers because they are thousands of miles away. Therefore, it may be impossible to figure out their motivation levels, and they may be very low, which may end up in low productivity. Thus, decreasing overall team-management skills.



Different time zones, cultures, and languages will end up creating a coordination problem.