Recruiting Solutions: Gigster vs. Staff Augmentation

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Billion-dollar ideas don’t come cheap. It is believed that 77% of startups are funded by personal savings and if you don’t have the cash then it’s almost impossible to bring your idea to life. This is where freelance marketplaces like Gigster and StaffAugmentation step in. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at how Gigster and StaffAugmentation really work.


In 2015, Gigster joined Y-Combinator in Silicon Valley. The idea behind Gigster is to create software that is user-friendly and scalable. A place where SaaS begins and large companies can find full-time developers.

The basic idea behind Gigster was to help you develop an app idea without hiring a full-time development team. Gigster allows companies to outsource their software development projects to highly skilled top software developers. Now companies don’t need millions in VC funding or a billion-dollar market evaluation with top developers that can compete with the likes of Google or Amazon. Their dedicated development and management team works on a per-project basis and gives their customers the outcome they expect.

Pros of Gigster

You are guaranteed the best talent since only the top 7% of applicants are hired to work remotely for the company. So unlike other sites like Upwork, you can rest easy knowing that your project is being handled by a highly qualified developer

No one from your team is needed to manage the developers because Gigster provides project management.

Once the project is finished, you have full ownership and licensing rights.

Cons of Gigster

Since most of the developers that work at Gigster are “working on the side” besides having another job, they may not have the drive and passion your project deserves.

Their services focus less on design and more on development, so your app may not be as polished. So although your app will be functional, it may not have all the bells and whistles that go beyond your design perspective.

For the reasons mentioned above, you will probably need to hire a design team to make your app feel more high-end. Gigster can hire such a team for you but at an extra cost.

  • The original cost quote may not be accurate.
  • There are no trial bases. You receive a cost quote and you have to decide from there.

Staff Augmentation

Staff Augmentation, a Swiss recruiting company, was founded in 2008 and operates globally. Its purpose is to help companies find IT tech experts with the specific skills they need. They interview their developers, who usually have a degree in computer science, with pre-screening tests where they have to prove their skill level.

Staff Augmentation usually helps their clients with four kinds of developers.

Mobile developers competent in the following fields: Android, iOs, Xamarin, Ionic, Java, React Native and Unity.
Certified JavaScript developers who specialize in React Native, Typescript, Angular JS, Aurelia, Backbone JS, Vue JS, Ionic, Ember JS, Ionic, Node JS, React, and Meteor.
Backend Developers who are experts in ASP.Net, Ruby on Rails, Java, Python, PHP, C#, and Erlang.
CMS and eCommerce developers who can provide the following services: WordPress, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, Open Car, Concrete 5, Drupal, Typo3, Expression Engine, Magento, Joomla, and Shopify.

Staff Augmentation also has a support system that helps in the relationship between companies and new hires. Finally, they offer other services such as managed services, corporate relocation services, strategic staffing, consulting, and permanent placement.