How To Hire PHP Coders: An Updated 2022 Manual

How To Hire PHP Coders: An Updated 2022 Manual

PHP is used virtually everywhere online. In fact, 77.5% of all websites in the world are built using PHP. It’s probably the most popular programming language in the world, so if you want to hire PHP developer teams to build your web app or website, you’re in luck, right? Wrong! The fact that so many PHP developers are required for various projects throughout the year actually makes it extremely difficult to hire PHP coders for your projects. As a company, you’re competing with millions of businesses around the world who are looking for PHP experts to produce scalable, robust, and maintainable code. And because PHP is so ubiquitous, it’s hard to distinguish the developers who have little more than cursory PHP knowledge from the true masters.

If you need to find PHP developers in a hurry, you have to think outside the box.

How to Hire PHP Developer Teams For Your Business

If you are in a pinch and need to hire PHP programmer teams for your business in a hurry, there are several options you can try. Let’s look at the most popular options:

1. Freelancer sites

There are hundreds of thousands of talented developers for hire on sites like Fiverr, Medium, Upwork, and Freelancer sites are great because they are usually quite cheap, popular, and easy to use. You can find a developer in mere minutes, drawing from a global talent pool. Of course, there is a downside. Firstly, you have no idea whether or not the person you’re hiring is who they say they are. Are they really qualified? Are they working for multiple companies at the same time and juggling way too much to deliver a quality project? Another concern is that the freelancer might let you down - and you’ll have no recourse. If your freelancer decides to “ghost” you and stop showing up for work, you may lose access to your code…not just your staff member. Sure, this could get them banned on the site, but they might not care.

2. Talent Management Systems

Talent Management Systems (or TMS) are a staple in the HR world. These tools use artificial intelligence to scan resumes uploaded to multiple job sites and social media platforms like LinkedIn to find top talent based on specific keywords found inside their resumes and profiles. You can also use these tools to track candidates, set alerts, and get in touch with the person you’d like to hire. The downside? These tools are expensive and require work. You’ll still have to vet and then interview the candidates on your own. Great if you have a team of HR and recruitment professionals at your disposal. But if you are a start-up with limited hands on deck and limited funds, it’s probably not the best investment for your business.

3. Recruitment Agencies

If you don't have the expertise to find talent in-house, you can speak to recruitment agencies to source candidates. Recruiters dedicate their entire day to finding the best man or woman for the job and probably have a decent database of recruits to draw on. However, their expertise comes with a hefty price tag. You may have to cough up 10-20% of the candidate’s annual salary in commission… which is wasted if that candidate leaves.

4. Offshoring

Offshoring remains one of the most popular hiring strategies for PHP developers. Countries like Ukraine, Bulgaria, India, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and China have some of the best PHP developers in the world, available at a much lower price than countries like the US or UK. Finding the best talent in these countries isn’t easy, so most businesses hire an offshoring agency or management firm with ready talent on the books to help navigate language barriers and payments. Once you’ve found the agency and discussed your requirements and budget with them, they’ll do the rest. When the contract is completed, you can renew it or simply end the contract, and the developers move on to other projects.


If you want to hire PHP developer teams for your business, you have to get creative and look for them wherever you can. You might need to look a further from home than you’d initially expected, but you never know who you will discover!

Walter Guevara is a software engineer, startup founder and currently teaches programming for a coding bootcamp. He is currently building things that don't yet exist.

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