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Software Development Outsourcing to the Philippines

Find highly skilled and experienced software developers in the Philippines

Need to build a team of software developers? Outsourcing your development team is a great way to scale your project. This means you can get your software finished sooner or keep your budget on track. Here’s what you need to know about hiring a software developer in the Philippines…

When you’re looking to develop – and subsequently maintain – a new app or software for your business, you may find it easier to hire an offshore employee rather than to use a software development agency.

That’s because employing an offshore software developer directly means they’re dedicated to your business and you maintain control over the project. What’s more, you’ll get a highly skilled software developer for significantly less than an agency would charge.

A software developer is expected to work across the full software development life cycle. The unique qualifications to look for in a software developer are:

  • a sense of ownership over the code they write, the applications they develop, and the systems they use to ensure quality
  • interoperability and performance
  • and most importantly, the capability to work with cross-functional teams

In the 2014 IBPAP report, there were close to 75,000 workers in the information technology segment of the BPO industry; this segment comprises of web developers, software developers, game developers, mobile application developers, and other roles involved in software and website development.

Local demand for software developers continues to grow as global companies are outsourcing their software development needs to technology companies here in the Philippines. Software development is a booming local industry, which means there are plenty of skilled graduates and experienced workers in the market.

With plenty of software developers in the Philippines, we’ll be able to find candidates who can hit the ground running, no matter which software language your business uses.

Software developer qualifications and experience

With local training schools producing about 70,000 IT graduates per year, there are plenty of skilled candidates in the market. Many training school graduates have completed software development certificates in the various core languages such as Java, PHP, Python and more.

Levels of software developers in the Philippines local market:

Junior: Less than 1 year of software development experience.
Intermediate: 1-3 years of software development experience.
Senior: 3+ years of software development experience.

Software development tools

The technologies listed below are the common core languages that software developers support for back-end and front-end development:

MS Visual Basic

Save up to 70% on labor and occupancy costs

Because living costs are so low in the Philippines, labor and occupancy costs are too. We can employ and accommodate fully qualified, very experienced software developers in the Philippines to grow your team for up to 70% less than you’d pay in your local employment market. It’s why software development outsourcing to the Philippines just makes good business sense.

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Tips for employing Filipino software developers

  • It takes 7-10 weeks to hire a local software developer in the Philippines.
  • Local software developers are commonly focused on one type of language/technology/tool, so if you need someone with diverse knowledge and experience in more than one language/technology/tool, it may take some time to hire the right candidate.
  • Software developers are quick learners – if you have time to train them to use your preferred tool, they can adapt in time.
  • To evaluate a candidate’s knowledge of a tool or technology, try to have one of your own experts interview them. This can help you determine the type of support needed by the candidate to deliver the output expected.
  • Software developers with Scrum or Agile certification are less common in the local market.
  • Local software developers are average English speakers. They don’t have the same proficiency as the usual customer service or call center agents who are directly interacting with customers. For best practice software development outsourcing, we recommend hiring a team leader or manager who does have good communication skills.

Top 5 universities for software developers

Based on the report from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), there were 73,646 IT graduates last 2017.

Most of the web developers we’ve hired have come from the following schools:

Mapúa University
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines
De La Salle University

However, software developers in the Philippines are not necessarily graduates of IT, and may have acquired knowledge through a certification course. There are those who took up a non-IT degree in college, but have completed software development classes.

Sample software developer profiles

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  • PHP And MySQL, JavaScript, Java, HTML, CSS, C#.NET, Arduino Programming
  • Software Quality Assurance


  • Junior Java Programmer
  • Software Test Engineer
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  • Struts, Spring MVC, Oracle And MySQL, MyBatis, Java EE, Java Core, HTML, Google Guice, CSS, ExtJs


  • Junior Java Developer
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  • Web Scripting: AngularJS, JQuery, JS
  • Web Designs: JSP, Grails, JSTL, HTML5, CSS
  • PL: Java, Groovy & Grails
  • ORM: Hibernate, MyBatis, Cayenne, Framework: Spring, Struts2, Servlet
  • DB: IBM DB2, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, VFP


  • Java Developer
  • Junior Programmer III

Want a software developer – or team of developers – in the Philippines?

Since our inception in 2006, MicroSourcing has become one of the biggest managed operations providers in the Philippines. With over 4,000 employees, 6 delivery centers and close to 200 clients, we can help you build a dedicated team in the Philippines, regardless of the roles and level of specialization you require. We have more than 900 software developers in our candidate database, and we’ve employed more than 45 software developers in the Philippines for our clients since 2013.

Ready to get started with software development outsourcing? Call today or send us an email to discuss your company’s software development needs. You’ll have your offshore software developer(s) up and running in as little as 7 weeks.

Our Outsourcing Business Consultants will discuss with you what roles can be outsourced, saving up to 70% on employment and housing costs. Once you identify your staffing requirements and complete our Job Description template, you'll receive an analysis of the relative employment costs at different levels of experience in your industry.

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