The Ethics Evolution of Offshoring: A Glow Up Story

Offshoring has become increasingly popular since the late 1990s. Granted, initially there were lots of international firms that believed the offshore concept was just the practice of exploiting low-paid labor somewhere other than where they lived. But now, more than twenty years later, the smartest of software development companies know better. Their new, savvy viewpoint? That Offshoring is a chance to hire professional tech talent and ensure speedy scaling.

Over the years, technology has made our big world feel a lot smaller—which is a good thing in the Offshoring world. Numerous firms now build successful offshore development teams by hiring tech talent from Eastern Europe, Latin America, and other global locales.

Of course, there are potential challenges to overcome, but the benefits far outweigh any negatives. And when you partner with the right firm (spoiler alert: It’s TurnKey), those challenges, along with your stress, melt away like those bath bombs your kids stain the tub with every weekend. Let’s get to it.

Here’s why organizations use Offshoring, what advantages Offshoring provides, what are the ethics considerations to be aware of, and most importantly, how TurnKey can help:

Why do organizations use Offshoring?

Maybe you’ve already decided that Offshoring is the best solution for your product development. (Congrats, you’re right.) You might have even started trying to find those software engineers you haven’t been able to find close to home. (How’s that going for you?) There are pros and cons to Offshoring—here are a couple of the pros to consider:

  • Access to experienced talent

If you’ve looked close to home for software developers who have niche talent, availability, and budget-friendly rates, then you know as well as we do that they are few and far between. You’re not alone: This is precisely why Offshoring is gaining momentum.

  • Cost-efficiency

No matter how well-funded your company is, you’ve got a budget to keep. And money doesn’t grow on trees. (If it did, we’d all be happy horticulturists, am I right?) So if you hire all of your software developers in your hometown—be it Los Angeles or London—you’re going to pay a pretty penny. And seeing as local talent is so hard to find (see note above) if you insist on locals, you’re going to have a supply and demand issue in addition to a budget problem. Offshoring saves your budget, your product, and the day.

Can offshoring have negative effects on the country where the hiring is done?

Among the crucial ethical questions business leaders ask themselves when hiring software development talent abroad is, “Will I deprive local companies of their best hiring options?”

The fact is that with offshore, there is plenty enough to go around. In addition, while talent is broadly available, those specialty opportunities aren’t (especially the ones that are higher profile resume-builders). If a talent accepts a role with you, you aren’t taking them away from another local opportunity. The developers abroad have agency over what roles they accept.

Your company and your product are attractive to software developers around the globe not only because an opportunity to work with you means they have the chance to really flex their chops, but because they can get the salary they’re asking for. Rates are lower abroad which means you can meet your budget expectations, get developers that have specialty experience, and build relationships with talent who feel well-paid and taken care of. Win/win/win. That’s a positive, not a negative.

What are the global effects of Offshoring?

Choosing to base your company in the United States or another Western country and hiring software developers who are based in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, or another country go together like peanut butter and jelly.

When your business thrives, you’re doing good for you, your employees, your community, and your country. When you pay offshore talent to contribute to the development of your product, you’re doing good for them, which means they can do good for their family, their community, and their country.

Offshoring boosts economic productivity in both places. It’s a global slam dunk.



Keeping working conditions above par

Back in the day, a typical argument against Offshoring was that Western companies were using emerging markets to find people who need work, and ignoring the environmental, health, or safety standards in the process. That’s an antiquated stance and one that TurnKey actively dismantles every day.

We can’t speak for other firms, but our standards do not allow for things like child labor, unsafe workplaces, unfair wages, unregulated hours, etc. Local legislation implements specific systems and processes to uphold policies that are in place. Things like continuing education, training sessions, and leadership development are all monitored. The firm you use should adopt protocols to qualify and requalify suppliers and business partners.

At TurnKey, we not only ensure our offshore software developers work in safe conditions, are paid well, can continue education, and are treated just as your home staff is, we go above and beyond to enhance corporate spirit, boost employee retention, and create a positive influence.

Keeping wages fair

The mentality that “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to things like fast food and see-through workout tights. But it simply doesn’t apply here. When you engage in Offshoring, you aren’t paying someone less and receiving a product that is equally less-than.

The cost of living (and other broader economics) determines the salary range, not the level of work you’ll get. Software developers in these Offshoring countries have honed specialty skills in niche areas—skills you and your product need.

Agreed upon rates are just that, agreed upon. The developers and engineers don’t feel slighted, and you won’t either. In fact, you’ll be elated because you’re getting everything you bargained for from a work product standpoint. And your hired hands are getting amazing experience, immersing in a Western company culture, and feeling solid about the work they’re doing.

On the cost of living front, take this for example: Current consumer prices in the United Kingdom are about 220% higher compared to regions in Asia that are popular Offshoring locales. That means that you can hire engineers there at around $25-40 per hour. What may feel like a low rate to you, feels like a generous income to those who live and work there.

Comparison of Full Stack Developers

Source: Dev Community

At the end of the day, they win and you win. And let’s be honest, a $500 t-shirt is still just a t-shirt. A high price doesn’t always guarantee high quality. But when you choose the right offshore development partner (like TurnKey), you gain access to the high quality talent you want, at the price you can afford. BOOM.

Why TurnKey is your all-in-one solution

We feel your pain. We have experienced every uncomfortable situation, made every possible mistake, and endured every Offshoring mishap. Along the way, we became tired of looking for the perfect offshore development company—and decided to create what we couldn’t find.

What we do is called Yourshoring. We give YOUR business what you need, focus on infusing YOUR culture into the workforce, and highlight YOUR product above all. We deliver a scintillating buffet of qualified talent (not whoever is on the bench), along with the ability to scale, low costs, and high speed.

With TurnKey, you get a team that is fully dedicated to YOUR project. You engage in meaningful ways, maintaining and enhancing YOUR culture, since you embed all teams within the organization. We rely on YOUR vision and the development team uses YOUR roadmap. You hire employees from YOUR ideal locations, ranging from Eastern Europe to Latin American countries. All of that is the key to YOUR success. It’s exactly why we built TurnKey the way we did, and why we have so many satisfied customers. (The white glove service doesn’t hurt, either.)

Some final thoughts

The bottom line is, don’t look back. Offshoring has evolved. At TurnKey, we are happy to have our foot on the gas as part of this forward motion. We care about you and your product, and we care about finding and hiring quality talent, paying them well, and making sure they remain happy. That’s what makes your product shine and frankly, it’s just good karma.

Jump on the international bandwagon that is Offshoring and watch your productivity soar. Working with TurnKey will ensure, too, that you can look yourself in the mirror every day and sleep like a baby at night. We do it right, period.




How do you ethically outsource?

Sure! At TurnKey, we always follow all the necessary standards and policies established by local legislation. Our offshore software engineers work in safe conditions, get the appropriate payments, and have great opportunities to educate. That can be proved by outstanding team spirit, increased employee retention, and the positive impact we create.

Is offshoring ethical or unethical?

No doubt, the offshore model has different consequences that you may consider ethical and unethical. It often depends on the interpretation made by a particular organization. Although many IT specialists may worry about their unemployment, the research shows that offshoring is good for the US economy.

Is it ethical to outsource jobs?

Traditionally, companies use outsourcing because of competitive necessity. But at the same time, they intend to follow local regulations and practices and consider the staff needs the priority during the process. In this case, outsourcing is always an ethical action.

October 25, 2022

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