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Experiences hiring JS/CSS + other programmers in TW?

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Experiences hiring JS/CSS + other programmers in TW?

Postby HenHaoChi » 11 Jul 2016, 09:15

After 6 months of hard part time study I'm now a qualified poseurgrammer. I'm happy hiring junior Indians + Indonesians + Chinese to teach me, but then I thought it might be better to hire someone local, even though it's still remote pair work. I only do that a few hours a week.

I spend most of my study time on Codepen, but I host sites in Elixir/Phoenix.

Are CS graduates really a dime a dozen Taiwan? (No offence meant, i just read that somewhere, and I was surprised. I thought it was fairly easy for skilled programmers to find work, even freshly graduated juniors.)

What are your good and bad experiences hiring local Taiwanese? Anything I should be wary of? I know we gripe on Forumosa sometimes, but most Taiwanese I have worked with are conscientious and hard working, as long as they have a decent colleague.

Thanks if you have any ideas.
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Re: Experiences hiring JS/CSS + other programmers in TW?

Postby flurbius » 12 Jul 2016, 21:30

Hi, Im an ex-programmer from Australia, I decided I needed a change - but now Im thinking I would like to get some freelance or part time programming. I have done a little bit of JS/CSS but have more experience with C#, Java, php and SQL.

From what I have heard (and it is total rumour) the jobs are here but they dont pay very well.
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Re: Experiences hiring JS/CSS + other programmers in TW?

Postby HenHaoChi » 16 Jul 2016, 11:16

Thx for answering Flurbius. Yes, jobs here don't pay too well. The best model is to live in TW and work remote with European or US customers. You could charge customers less then western rates, and still make a decent living.

I have done a little bit of JS/CSS but have more experience with C#, Java, php and SQL.


Don't have any direct use for those languages right now, but that might come up over the next year. I started the thread to get an idea of prices for remote programers who live in Taipei if I wanted to hire locally part time.

If anyone wanted to start working remote right now, Upwork is OK as a start. There are some clowns on there, but you can still find good people if you keep your wits about you. You would be competing with lots of low-priced developing world programmers, but you can differentiate yourself just by being punctual, professional and honest. If Upwork was too flaky for an experienced programmer, there are more and more remote jobs on Stack Overflow every day. Or Toptal if you're good enough...
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