Staff Augmentation vs. Arc: Which Should You Use?

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The heart of every Human Resource department is resourcing humans. Every organization relies on their Human Resource department to recruit the best talents and make sure they are satisfied with their work environment so they can deliver their best, stay motivated, and most importantly stay with the organization. It’s safe to say that behind every successful organization is a pool of talented employees. Without a Human Resource department, there are no recruits. So the bottom line is if you want a successful enterprise you need to find talented employees.

Hiring the wrong person can lead to a lot of extra issues and stress that can retard the development of a business. Moreover, a bad seed will have a negative impact on the productivity of other employees leading to a decrease in sales and costing the company a lot of money.
On the other hand, if you recruit the right person who fits in with your business environment, your business can flourish. Thus, it is crucial for managers and business owners to keep this in mind when going through the hiring process when interviewing potential candidates.

In this article, we are going to examine two of the top recruiting platforms, Staff Augmentation and Arc, and point out their pros and cons.

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 focus on sourcing talent in four major categories:

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

Pros:

– Staff Augmentation also has a support system that helps in the relationship between companies and new hires
-They offer other services such as managed services, corporate relocation services, strategic staffing, consulting, and permanent placement.
-They offer a cost-efficient solution for small projects that otherwise may be time-consuming.

Cons
-Integrating new staff may slow down the project.
-You may still need to train your supplementary staff to follow your company’s processes and culture.
-They may not be as passionate about the project, not being tied to the history of its development.

Arc

Arc which grew out of an online academic platform for software development called Condementor has just launched. Its purpose is to simplify the process of connecting a company with a developer who is working remotely outside of a major tech area.

Unlike AngelList or WeWork Remotely, they want the developer to develop a long term relationship with the company. Arc uses, as they stated, “Silicon Valley-caliber technical and behavioral assessments.” Senior developers who have formerly worked for huge companies such as Google or Facebook conduct behavioral and technical interviews. During the interviews, the candidates are also asked to prepare some on-the-spot programming to test some of their skills. You have the option of setting up a full-time contract with your developer. You also can pay by the hour (which has an average rate of $60-$150) or retain the developer for a certain number of hours per week. Preferred payment methods are credit card, AHC, and wire transfers.

Pros
-You will be getting the cream of the crop. Only 1.1% of candidates pass the screening process.
-All developers are fluent in English.
-The hiring process is very quick, usually taking 1 to 3 days.
-No deposit payment is necessary.
-Managers will address your concerns throughout the project and offer one on one live help and code review.
-You can track the process of your project through Arc’s dashboard which integrates with Toggl.
-Free trials. If you hire a full-time developer then you are guaranteed a three-month risk-free period. If you hire on an hourly basis or retainer payment, you have a two-week free trial. If you are not satisfied they will find you another developer.

Cons
-The services are quite expensive
-Small talent pool due to the strict screening process.
-There is an extra charge if you hire a full-time contractor.