Hire DevOps Engineers With STARNAVI In Eastern Europe

Are you asking yourself, “Are DevOps engineers hard to find?” For us, hiring developers isn’t a challenge. It’s our job. STARNAVI’s pool of pre-vetted DevOps engineers allows us to offer you potential fits quickly. Thorough vetting guarantees a match between your expectations and the engineers’ skill sets. Our legal entity in the U.E. ensures legal compliance and cost efficiency.

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01. Tell us about your requirements

We'll be happy to know about your project and see the list of skills you expect from your developer. Give us a hint – and we'll find a gem for you!

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02. Pick the best devs from the hand-picked ones

We offer you a list of candidates who meet your requirements. You decide who is worth interviewing. We pre-vet candidates you have your eye on.

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03. Meet the best candidates online, in-person

Make a complete impression on the candidates by meeting them face to face. Assess their hard and soft skills. Make the final decision.

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04. Hire, onboard and enjoy

We'll assist your company while hiring – all the paperwork, including contracts and NDAss our task. Enjoy the new stage of your product development to the fullest!

Why Hire DevOps Engineers With STARNAVI

If your software project needs optimization, consider the option to hire a remote DevOps engineer. A DevOps architect will connect your development and operations teams to provide your product with continuous delivery, security, and scalability.

With a DevOps engineer in your team, you can build web applications, mobile applications, websites, e-commerce platforms, and cloud-based services cost-efficiently, rapidly, and with high security.

STARNAVI will provide your project with DevOps architects who fit the technical requirements and your team’s culture code. By hiring in Eastern Europe, you benefit from budget optimization and access to a large pool of talented tech professionals. Legal compliance and BPO support are guaranteed.

STARNAVI's Strengths

Take advantage of the partnership with a team of professionals who know how to hire developers cost-efficiently, within strict deadlines, and with full compliance.

Relevant candidates

Relevant candidates

Our goal is a match between your requirements and the developer's hard and soft skills.

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Administrative support

We'll manage to sign the contract's and NDAs. Our legal entity in the EU is at your service.

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Long-term warranties

We'll offer you a replacement if our developer doesn’t meet your expectations. You win anyway.

Meeting tight deadlines with StarNavi

Meeting tight deadlines

Our pool of pre-vetted developers is big. We're focused. Get ready to onboard your new dev in no time.

Boosting your competitiveness with StarNavi

Boosting your competitiveness

Augment your distributed team by skilled developers and create software products able to win the marker race.

High Cost-Effectiveness with StarNavi

High cost-effectiveness

We do our best to optimize your staffing budget by hiring developers offshore and helping you build a cost-efficient remote team.

Flexible Payment Models with StarNavi

Flexible payment models

Revamp your budget by picking the most convenient model. Pay hourly, bi-weekly or monthly.

High retention level with StarNavi

High retention level

Our goal is to build strong relationships between an employer and a developer. Sustainable results make us happy.

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Remote mode

We'll hire developers remotely for remote work. You'll save tons of time and effort while hiring and coordinating a distributed team.

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Legal status

STARNAVI's legal entity in the EU and our expertise ensure the legal background for your team augmentation. We guarantee compliance.

Flexible scaling with StarNavi

Flexible scaling

Vary the number of developers and their contract duration according to your project's needs. Scale up your team comfortably.

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Unambiguous leadership

We're eager to stay on top of the market and build proactive teams. We set the standards and trends, not we follow them.

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Skills to Look for in a DevOps Engineer

DevOps engineer’s expertise is multidimensional and includes the knowledge of methodologies, approaches, and tools. The complexity of the DevOps engineer’s expertise is caused by the primary task of these professionals, which is building effective communication between the development and operations parts of a team. Consequently, this task requires a deep understanding of the development process, IT operations, and project management. DevOps architects use a large number of tools; thus, when you’re in search of DevOps engineers for hire, you can expect proficiency in these tools from candidates.

Expertise in Dev

A DevOps engineer plays a major role in development process optimization. Hence, a professional should be seasoned in the basic concepts of programming. The part of the DevOps skills matrix connected with the development domain includes:

  • proficiency in at least one of the programming languages (Python, Ruby, Java, or Go);
  • familiarity with continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) tools;
  • knowledge of scripting languages used for process automation (Bash, PowerShell).

As for experience in using tools, the knowledge of monitoring, logging, version control, and configuration management tools is required for a professional who manages software product development and deployment in a DevOps environment.

Expertise in Ops

Since a DevOps engineer contributes to the operations team’s performance, this professional should be skilled at managing operations processes and using tools for their optimization. This list of skills includes:

  • the knowledge of operating systems and the ways of their management, configuration, and troubleshooting;
  • understanding of approaches and tools for building the networking infrastructure (IP addressing, routing);
  • expertise in security issues (protocols, access control, encryption);
  • mastery of database management;
  • experience in cloud technologies (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).

When you hire an experienced DevOps engineer, make sure that candidate can work with monitoring and logging tools, such as Nagios, Prometheus, or ELK Stack, because monitoring is vital for keeping the system running correctly and detecting potential problems before they become a threat.

Expertise in Project Management

While project management skills aren’t essential for a DevOps engineer, they are beneficial since one of the primary DevOps architect’s tasks is coordinating development and operations teams' activities. Expertise in project management practices and tools helps engineers to prioritize tasks, monitor a timeline, achieve deliverables, and meet deadlines. The knowledge of Agile, Scrum, and Kanban approaches is essential, supported by the experience of using Jira, Trello, or Asana as tools.

How To Hire A DevOps Engineer?

There are two options available. The first is using your in-house team's resources to tackle the task. The second option is to delegate hiring to a staffing partner. Both alternatives have pros and cons, and the final decision is based on the following factors: the role's peculiarities, the task's complexity, and the destination.

If you're hiring a programmer for a short-time collaboration, you can find candidates on freelance platforms, vet them, and hire the most competent ones to deal with the particular set of tasks. In the case of hiring DevOps engineers, this approach requires thorough consideration. Here are the reasons underlying this notion.

First, DevOps engineer’s tasks imply the in-depth analysis of the project and close contact with a team. Besides, optimization is time-consuming. Hence, we assume that the collaboration will be either mid-term or long-term in many cases. We also take into account that a DevOps architect's tasks are complex, and dealing with them requires an immersion into the business. Consequently, a team needs not only a professional with a fixed skill set but also a reliable person and a potential teammate able to fine-tune communication from the outset.

Searching for such a candidate and hiring a skilled professional requires much expertise in recruiting, vetting, and following the legislation while taking a DevOps engineer on board. It may be more reasonable to delegate these tasks to a skilled partner. Hiring process outsourcing has a number of benefits:

  • access to a pool of pre-vetted candidates who potentially fit the position
  • effectively orchestrated skills assessment, signing contracts, and onboarding;
  • flexible payment options matching your project’s needs with no hidden expenses.

A partnership with a staffing company is especially helpful when you hire developers overseas. You need knowledge of foreign employment legislation to ensure legal compliance with your contracts, accounting, and taxation. The management of the hiring process can be challenging because of different time zones and cultural peculiarities.

To avoid asking yourself, “Where can I find DevOps candidates?” consider a partnership with a company experienced in hiring DevOps engineers offshore. STARNAVI is here to help you to define your needs, outline a budget, and augment your team with professionals whose expertise and mindset align with your goals. With our legal entity in the E.U., you can hire with compliance and save your time and effort on payroll and taxes.

Why Are DevOps Engineers In Such High Demand?

DevOps engineers are in high demand because they provide fast-track software development and effective project orchestration throughout the product’s lifecycle. DevOps is a holistic approach involving the processes of development, as well as product deployment and maintenance.

Technically, programming and testing are the developers’ responsibility, while application functioning in a product environment, including maintenance and upgrading, is an operation team’s task. Practically, when these two teams work separately, the project’s cost increases because the number of errors and poor features rises on every following step. It forces developers and system administrators to solve security issues, fix bugs, and improve features instead of focusing on the primary course of product development.

A DevOps engineer builds an infrastructure of processes and tools that unites the team's different brunches and helps them work in sync. From the start, all team members, including developers, data engineers, and system administrators, have sufficient knowledge of the goals and priorities of the particular product development. The Agile approach as a backbone of DevOps practices ensures flexibility: each iteration adds to the understanding of the weak points and provides room for improvement.

When you hire dedicated DevOps engineers, you provide your project with the following benefits:

  • Shorter time to market. When development follows the DevOps philosophy, there are no delays in the process. Also, there is no need to return to the previous stages and rebuild functionality or correct the flaws. Thus, a team can deploy an application faster.
  • Continuous delivery. It implies that a team provides changes and updates quickly and with minimal effort. It’s possible due to the automation of the processes.
  • Increased scalability. Improved collaboration, automation, and more effective monitoring and testing make it possible to add new modules faster and minimize the number of flaws and glitches.

By hiring a DevOps engineer, a team benefits from highly productive work, cost reduction, and higher software product quality. The business can deliver value to the customers more effectively by creating custom solutions that exceed clients’ expectations. As a result, it’s easier to thrive in the competitive market. It’s predictable and logically based that the importance of the DevOps approach will increase in the near future: the demand for software products and the level of competition will be climbing. Statistics confirm this notion. The DevOps market share at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) is expected to reach $10.4 billion in 2023 and $25.5 billion in 2028 globally.

Questions To Ask When Hiring DevOps Engineers

Questions are part of the vetting procedure – a set of activities for a candidate's strengths and weaknesses assessment. Due to the complexity of DevOps specialists' tasks and the multidisciplinary nature of the profession, the list of potentially useful questions is extensive. What questions are worth mentioning in the interview with a particular candidate is defined by the project’s and position’s peculiarities.

For example, if your project tech stack is based on specific cloud technology, you can focus on examining the skills associated with this technology. If you hire a senior DevOps engineer for a complex project, you may want to ensure that a candidate is experienced in managing large-scale projects.

Here are examples of the questions that can be successfully used in an interview after they are tailored accordingly to the project and the role specifics:

  • How are Agile and DevOps interrelated?
  • What is configuration management, and what are its goals?
  • How are continuous delivery and continuous deployment different?
  • What is a branching strategy, and what are these strategies used for?
  • How does the development benefit from containerization?
  • What does “Infrastructure as Code” mean?

You can ask open-ended questions to get a solid background for your decision about a candidate since such questions let you get more nuanced answers and a clearer picture of the engineer’s strong points. Here are some examples:

  • Can you describe your experience in solving issues in a production environment?
  • Can you tell me about a case when you changed an architecture significantly? Was it beneficial for a project? Why?
  • How do you ensure successful project deployment?

In addition to standard question adjustments to a particular candidate and task, an employer should enrich vetting with other assessment methods, such as code reviews, to get a comprehensive impression of the candidate’s capabilities.

One more criterion for the choice of questions is the candidate’s seniority level since one should take into account the differences in knowledge, experience, and responsibilities aligned with different positions. For example, a general understanding of logging and monitoring tools is sufficient for a junior professional. In contrast, you can expect experience in using these tools from a senior specialist; an interview is a good reason to ask a candidate about the relevant cases.

STARNAVI’s piece of advice is to include soft skills evaluation in the vetting procedure since the DevOps field of responsibilities requires excellent mastery of communication and collaboration.

What Does DevOps Engineer Do?

DevOps engineer bridges the real and potential gaps between development and operations teams in software development projects. It builds the processes of collaboration to achieve a high velocity of development and a high quality of the product: a website, a web application, a mobile application, a cloud-based service, or an e-commerce platform.

The DevOps backbone is Agile – a project management technology that divides the development process into short sessions named iterations. Such an approach makes work more manageable and provides continuous improvements since a team gets feedback from users and stakeholders right after the work session. Consequently, a team can hone a product and make it more custom at a new stage of development.

DevOps, as a set of methods and tools, enhances collaboration by sharing the responsibility. It can be easily understood by the example of providing the software product with security protection. According to Agile and DevOps approaches, security issues are at focus throughout the development process, during each iteration, since security should be provided for each block, module, or set of features. Following the principle of shared responsibility, security issues are on the radar of both teams, the development and the operations ones.

Such an approach allows the implementation of the necessary features from the first steps of the product development and their continuous upgrade, with the engagement of developers, database administrators, system administrators, and network engineers. This methodology, known as DevSecOps, makes it possible to build and scale up an application quickly without compromising security. Potential vulnerabilities are seen and prevented early in the process; the risk of security breaches is minimal throughout a project’s lifecycle, from design to maintenance. The development process keeps pace because a team isn’t sidetracked by unexpected security issues.

To succeed in the creation of a structure that ensures productive collaboration and continuous delivery, DevOps engineers use a variety of tools for the following bunches of tasks:

  • configuration management;
  • version control;
  • containerization and orchestration;
  • monitoring and logging;
  • applications deployment in the cloud.

When you hire DevOps engineers, you augment your team with a professional who can build a structure for the fast development of custom software products that can be scaled and maintained with minimal cost and effort.

How Are STARNAVI DevOps Engineers Different?

STARNAVI’s DevOps engineers’ primary strength is that their skills match your project’s requirements. While searching for developers and vetting them, we pay attention to all the details, starting from the list of required qualifications and ending with engineers’ personal traits. Our goal is to provide your team with professionals who will contribute to your business from day one and stay motivated regardless of the number of challenges.

To provide our clients with quick and sustainable results, we adhere to the following strategy:

  • Staying in touch with the most talented DevOps engineers for hire and pre-vetting them to offer a team quickly the right candidates. STARNAVI has a vast pool of pre-vetted DevOps architects in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, in particular, ready to enter your project and contribute to your business growth.
  • Vetting thoroughly. We use a complex of methods for candidates’ skillsets evaluation. For DevOps engineers’ assessment, we use HR interviews, tech interviews, and written code tests. The set of testing challenges for each position is tailored to its requirements.
  • Supporting the hiring process with BPO services. We’ll provide signing the contracts and NDAs in compliance with employment legislation. While hiring offshore, you can be sure that all your actions and documents follow the foreign country’s laws, including accounting and taxation. Our legal entity in the E.U. ensures smooth and cost-effective employment. We’ll gladly assist you with benefits package design to make it competitive.
  • Supporting the hiring with mentorship. We stay in contact with our developers all the way through to help them solve any issues they face in the new stage of their careers. The final goal is to ensure developers' dedication, motivation, and high retention rates.

The additional advantage of STARNAVI’s DevOps engineers is their ability to maintain high productivity while working remotely. Our company's philosophy of remote work has been cultivated from the very start, and we maintain regular contact with professionals who support the vibe of enthusiasm while working remotely. Hence, we’ll easily find DevOps engineers able to deliver punctuality and responsibility to your project.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A DevOps Engineer?

According to the Stack Overflow survey, a DevOps specialist holds a position in the top 10 of the highest-paid professions in software development. DevOps engineers’ median salary is $160,000 in the U.S. and $80,000 worldwide.

The DevOps professionals’ salaries vary throughout regions. Here are figures to compare (annual salary):

  • Canada – $93,000
  • United Kingdom – $89,000
  • Australia – $86,000
  • Germany – $87,000
  • China – $72,000
  • Brazil – $52,000
  • Ukraine – $55,000
  • Romania – $45,000
  • India – $26,000.

Traditionally, pay rates in the U.S. and Western Europe are higher than in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Here are some more salary statistics (DevOps engineers’ hourly pay rates):

  • The U.S. – $68;
  • Western Europe – $60;
  • Eastern Europe – $43;
  • Asia – $23.

Since to hire a remote DevOps engineer in Eastern Europe one needs a more moderate budget, the region is considered a popular destination for employing DevOps architects. Ukraine is one of the most popular countries with its vast pool of developers (more than 270,000 professionals) and 28% revenue growth in the IT industry in 2022.

While hiring offshore, a reliable partner’s support can be helpful. STARNAVI as a staffing partner, has a pool of pre-vetted DevOps engineers to fill your talent gap as quickly as possible. A robust vetting procedure ensures that candidates’ expertise matches your tech requirements, as well as professionals’ personal traits align with your team culture code. With STARNAVI’s legal entity in the E.U., you have legal compliance with contracts, accounting, and taxation. We’re happy to assist you in composing the benefit packages to keep your employee retention level high from your project’s start to finish.

What Is DevOps Particularly Good For? When Is Using DevOps The “Right Choice” For A Project?

DevOps is a versatile approach to the development process that ensures the high velocity of software product creation, the reduction of bugs, and the product’s customization with an opportunity for constant quick upgrades. DevOps tools can benefit any project, regardless of its size or complexity.

DevOps approach is based on the Agile philosophy and is often considered Agile’s extension. Agile, in turn, is a methodology of development focusing on constant feedback. In Agile, software development is iterative. The development process is divided into iterations; the goal of each one is to create a small portion of the functionality and get feedback from the end users and stakeholders to improve a product. Such step-by-step moving helps to proceed quickly while reducing the number of bugs and enhancing the product’s quality.

DevOps methodology enhances performance by honing collaboration between the development and operations teams. To simplify, the responsibility division between these two departments looks like this:

  • a development team is responsible for writing the code end testing it;
  • an operations team’s field of expertise is product deployment, maintenance, and upgrade in a production environment.

Poor collaboration between these two brunches entails a longer time to market, a cost increase, and a UI far from impeccable. DevOps provides both teams with methodology and tools for effective communication. As a result, brunches work as one team covering all the tasks through the project’s life cycle.

Automation plays a major role in DevOps practices. Being backed up by a specific approach to management, it creates conditions for continuous delivery – a process of constant product improvement. Engineers build continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines – a series of processes and tools that allows for building, testing, and deploying rapidly in an automated and streamlined way, with minimal manual activities.

As a methodology of management and a philosophy of integration, DevOps is useful for projects from which high availability, scalability, and a short time to market are expected. It’s also recommended for projects involving several teams since effective collaboration is vital for such development campaigns, and DevOps ensures approaches and tools for it.

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