Vietnam Software Developers in 2021: Statistics You Need To Know
17 Sep 2021
These are the latest statistics that you shouldn’t miss regarding Vietnam software engineers:
What and how many degrees on average Vietnam software engineers hold?
Their international IT certifications: PMP, MCSE, CISM, CISA, etc.
Which cities in Vietnam attract most of its software engineers to settle?
Their English skills
All will be demonstrated in just 30 seconds. Time to watch now! In case you’d like to take a deeper look at the numbers, please scroll down to read on.
Gender ratios of Vietnam software developers
According to a national software developer survey in 2021, the vast majority of software developers in Vietnam are of the male gender, accounting for 92.5 percent of all respondents. Female developers amounted to only 7.85 percent of all respondents, demonstrating the male-dominating reality of the software development market in Vietnam.
Their degrees pathways
Roughly 95 percent of Vietnam software developers have a bachelor’s degree or higher in their computer science, software engineering, or another engineering field. Formal education has played a vital role in the career paths of IT professionals in Vietnam, however, recently, there has been an upward trend of obtaining educations through boot camps or MOOCs among the software engineer community as these programs tend to plunge into the practical aspects of software development, which is equally as important as fundamental ones.
International IT certifications
Popular software developers certifications among respondents are:
CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor
CISM – Certified Information Security Manager
PMP – Project Management Professional
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineering
Half of respondents earned more than 5 IT certifications, followed by ones having 3-4 certifications (nearly 40 percent).
Vietnam software engineers’ locations
Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are the top tech talent hubs in Vietnam, with 55.1 percent and 34.2 percent of software engineers taking part in the survey answered they work in these two cities, respectively.
English abilities of software engineers in Vietnam
Roughly third-quarter of participations are in intermediate levels or higher, which are as 3 times as the rate of software developers whose English are elementary proficiency. There’s still some software engineers who don’t know English, however, this accounts for just 4 percent of the whole respondents.
[Video] Stats on Vietnam software engineers – Updated in 2021
1 Sep 2021
This week’s article will keep you updated on the latest insights into Vietnam software engineers’ demographics & behaviors. But we bring something new for you this time – a 1-min video to recap everything. Also, some given analysis from the recruitment side may help you get more tech talent on board. So, stay tuned!
A survey conducted by TopDev in 2021 gives information regarding the generations Vietnam software engineers belong to. Half of the software developers are 20 – 29 years old (54.76%), followed by software engineers aged 30-39.
Level & Skill
Vietnam software developers genuinely love and appreciate what they do – 52.5% of respondents said their primary motivation for learning a new technology is simply because they enjoy it.
When asked about what attracts them to consider a job offer, 57,9 % said “Technical challenges/ interesting problems to solve” followed by “Company’s technical stack” – 48.7% and “Promotion opportunities” – 36.9%.
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3 recruiting strategies from Singapore tech unicorns to hire tech talent amid Covid-19 pandemic
12 Aug 2021
Regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, these Singapore tech unicorns have successfully onboard a number of software engineers for their tech teams. What are their recruiting secrets? Today’s article will break down the 3 hiring strategies to hire tech talent that also work on small-and-medium-sized companies. Now, let’s dig in.
The bigger the talent pool you reach, the better talent you’ll find.
Sea Group, Lazada, Grab, and other tech unicorns are some of Singapore’s brands that don’t rely only on traditional methods to hire software engineers. Instead, they proactively expand their talent hub into the region such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia, etc.
Utilize the company’s website to give candidates insights into what they can expect when working for you.
Let candidates know in the JD what unique benefits only you can offer. Attractive rate is a strong point, but clear growth opportunities, a great office to work in, and a deep sense of belonging are also equally great ones.
In-house Tech recruitment teams
Big brands like Sea group or Grab usually have definite needs and budgets to have their own tech recruitment teams. They even get their marketing teams to work closely with their recruiters on every hiring campaign.
However, paying an in-house recruiter SGD4,000 per month for smaller companies may be too much. Find a hiring partner is a better alternative for them if:
The role needs being filled quickly and you don’t have time to source, screen and interview multiple candidates.
It’s a difficult-to-fill tech role and needs a recruiter with a deep understanding of it.
This article reveals the most popular countries for hiring software engineers of the top 10 best-funded Singapore tech startups. Where are their software engineers located? Let’s figure it out!
Where do the top 10 best-funded Singapore tech startups hire software engineers?
Apart from local candidates, software engineers in Vietnam have played vital parts in Singapore tech startups’ tech teams, followed by ones in Indonesia and Thailand.
Particularly, while Singapore fintech startups have recruited software engineers overseas only in Vietnam besides hiring locally, other Singapore tech giants in commercial (Lazada, Sea group, Zalora) and transportation fields (Ninja van, Grab) are favorable to hiring software engineers in various countries.
Where to hire software engineers for your tech startup?
Having a diverse tech team working from various countries has proved to bring productivity and financial benefits for Singapore tech startups.
Singapore Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) subsidises up 90 percent in 2020
14 May 2021
COVID-19 continues to be a threat to the world’s economy, and Singapore is not an exception. Recently, Enterprise Singapore has announced that their Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) now subsidies up to 90% in response to COVID-19. In this article, we will answer a few common questions related to this grant.
What is Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)?
About Enterprise Singapore (ES)
Enterprise Singapore is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore. ES was established on 1 April 2018 as a government grant for SME in Singapore to enhance capabilities, innovation, transformation, and internationalisation.
Enterprise Singapore’s Vision
“A vibrant economy with globally competitive Singapore enterprises.”
Enterprise Singapore’s Mission
“Grow stronger Singapore enterprises by building capabilities and accessing global opportunities, thereby creating good jobs for Singaporeans.”
You can find more information about ES on their homepage.
Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)
In short, EDG is a government grant aimed to help Singapore’s local SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) to grow, innovate, and transform their businesses by providing financial subsidies.
Initially, EDG would only fund up to 70% of your project, but they announced that in 2020, their grant would cover up to 90% of the cost (case by case).
The EDG is surprisingly not that hard to get. Below are a few numbers from ES’s 2019 report to confirm that: There is no denying that EDG is a valuable funding source for your business to grow.
Do your projects qualify for Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)?
First, you have to check if your company is eligible or not. As a government grant, EDG aims to support local Singapore enterprises, so they do require you to:
Have a registered company and operating in Singapore
Have at least 30% local shareholding
Be in a financially viable position to start and complete the project
And then, your project has to fall under one of the following scopes:
Core Capabilitiesa) Strategic Brand and Marketing Development b) Business Strategy Development c) Human Capital Development d) Service Excellence e) Financial Management
Innovation and Productivitya) Process Redesign b) Product Development c) Automation
Market Accessa) Overseas Marketing Presence (OMP) b) Market Access c) Pilot Project and Test Bedding d) Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
Based on our experience and other successful applicants, there are a few things you should be noted before applying for EDG:
The EDG only supports projects that are new and not generating any revenue at the point of the grant application. A project is considered to have begun if suppliers and service providers have already signed a contract, or if any work on the project scope has begun or if payment has been received for the project.
“Be in a financially viable position to start and complete the project” means that you should have a quite reasonable turnover, and ES does require you to provide your three (3) years audited account.
From 1 April 2020, your company will have to commit to improving workers’ outcome, such as creating more jobs or increasing wages.
Company size is not limited. However, usually qualified SMEs have a size of around five (5) employees or above.
How can you apply for EDG?
ES did quite a good job helping applicants going through their process, and I won’t make it more complicated for you with another self-writing guide. You can find ES’s latest guide on how to apply for their granthere.
If you found your company and project can afford the mentioned requirements. The application process should not be too hard.
In case you need help, 100 percent of our client submissions for EDG are approved. So, if you are looking to leveraging technology to innovate your business and would appreciate some government’s financial support, drop us an inquiry, and we will reach out in no time to discuss how we can start your project and win EDG.
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Have you ever heard about SCRUM? If not, below is a technical definition for it:
Scrum is simple. It is the opposite of a big collection of interwoven mandatory components. Scrum is not a methodology. Scrum implements the scientific method of empiricism. Scrum replaces a programmed algorithmic approach with a heuristic one, with respect for people and self-organization to deal with unpredictability and solving complex problems.
You might feel this definition a bit confusing. I was confused too when I first read about SCRUM. Here is a description that I came up with that should be easier for you to understand.
SCRUM is a tech product development methodology that breaks your work down to smaller goals to complete within time-boxed iterations called sprints (usually 2 weeks long).
Well, if you decide to look deeper, you will find it much more complicated than such a simple definition. And I can tell you that the actual process of switching to SCRUM is a pain too. In the first two months, when we started to follow SCRUM, errors kept rising. Things like:
Deadline missed due to top-down decision making without sufficient inputs from the ground lead
Awkward communication between team member when SCRUM required every team member to be active and connect with each other
Team conflict due to slips or lapses in the execution process
Within the first few weeks of switching to SCRUM, it was easier to shake our head and say that SCRUM was not for our software engineering team. But later, we realised that was the beauty of the SCRUM process; all the small problems that appeared had always been there, and breaking down our work into small goals while constantly tracking those goals was the only way we can identify them.
What are SCRUM’s benefits?
When we could identify our errors in the tech product development process, we could solve them one by one. After six months of using SCRUM, the results were astounding:
An amazingly flexible software engineering team that quickly responds to any changes that clients require
Deadline-meeting rate reaching 90%, an all-time high
Lower skill gap among team members thanks to constant communication and training as part of SCRUM
Scalability since we can easily duplicate SCRUM across multiple project teams to deliver consistently high quality
Better ROI for our early-stage tech startup clients as they can now respond to users’ demands way faster
Why SCRUM is for early-stage tech startups
Basically, for an early-stage startup, SCRUM
Helps you delight your users with great flexibility because SCRUM leaves room for constant improvement along the development process
Reduces the cost of defects by releasing smaller pieces of functionality more frequently can avoid hidden errors in your development that are hard to identify right from the start, typically seen in the waterfall process
Improves odds of success in a dynamic and complex market since each of your new features is delivered working, integrated, tested, and presenting great real business value that follows market demand
More growth and learning environment for every team member thanks to SCRUM’s knowledge-sharing nature
Hence, if you are an early-stage tech startup that:
Do not need a fancy big tech team yet
Need to optimise your investment in development, with fast business impact
Want to improve your flexibility as your strength
SCRUM should be the perfect choice for your product development process.
How you can you switch to tech product development process to SCRUM
Now, if you decide that SCRUM is what you are looking for, you may want to know how you can help your team switch to SCRUM.
Do your homework, read about SCRUM first.
I would say the first thing is to do your homework and read about SCRUM. What I am about to share with you is our own experience to move our team to SCRUM – it is not standard and only serves as a reference. The more you understand about SCRUM, the better you can think of your process to switch your team to SCRUM. I would recommend the following sources for you to start reading:
Scrum.org – The home of SCRUM: as the name mentioned, the site is packed with from beginner to advance knowledge about SCRUM
Moving to an agile environment: A long blog story of a team that switched to the SCRUM process. Note that the writer did go a bit too specific into each small step; when you build your process for your software engineering team to switch, you can skip some of the steps that do not match you.
Reddit sub-page /Scrum and /Agile is also a great place to read and update the latest trends in the community, especially when you can post your question and ask for help.
A step by step guide (based on our experience)
When you are ready, below is a step by step guide based on our experience, that can help you switch your team to the SCRUM process.
Identify what or who is missing to make SCRUM work: to build your SCRUM team, you need to map out all the pieces that are required to make SCRUM work first, what barrier in communication needs to be removed, and what skills need to be added to the team. It’s best to prepare a certified SCRUM master first to help you get a better look at the plan. The SCRUM master can be newly onboarded or trained from one of your staff.
Prepare for impacts: while the traditional waterfall process leaves the testing till the very end, SCRUM focuses on a continuous flow of testing on each sprint and requires prompt follow-up actions. To avoid overload, it’s time for your software engineering team to have more members in supportive roles that are necessary for SCRUM (more tester, QA, etc.) or new tools (automation, etc.) to improve everyone’s ability to catch up.
Break down what you are doing and see how old pieces match with your new picture: your current resource, old process or personnel that no longer fit should be upgraded/trained to fit SCRUM. The point is to make use of your existing resources instead of throwing everything away.
Get the sprints and stand-ups ready: these are the actions that become the backbone of your SCRUM team, and it takes time for both team members and managers to do them correctly.
Backlog issues and tasks: record information like tasks, gaps, objectives that need to be addressed, so you can start ranking them on most to least important. Later, you can improve when setting up future goals.
Continuously collect feedback from your software engineering teamand be open for improvement: a flexible team with room for improvement also means you have to improve your process continually. Try to find new things to apply, benchmark and see what fits your team-best.
In a nutshell
Finding your groove in the SCRUM process won’t happen overnight. But taking some time to go through this article might help the transition more seamless.
Also, if you are an early-stage tech startup in Singapore, we would love to help you set up a SCRUM team. We have our team of certified SCRUM masters, along with our agile process, ready to jump in and help you build your products. So you can focus on the business side that you do best. Drop us an inquiry, and we will reach out to you in no time.
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How to manage your tech team working from home or outsourcing developers efficiently
14 May 2021
Managing outsourcing developers or having your local team being forced to work from home due to COVID-19 can be tough. Managers can struggle to improve productivity, enhance communication, and sustain the performance of their remote tech teams. Since everyone has to cope with this unprecedented crisis positively, what can we do, as techies?
Fortunately, the working process of Inspius has been designed for virtual teams to achieve efficient collaboration and maintain effective communication. Below are three simple tips to make the most out of the whole “work from home” situation:
Utilizing tech tools for productivity and communication
In normal conditions, your team may have already used some set of tools to support your daily tasks. Working from home requires you to utilize these tools more than ever as they are the main facilitators of productivity and communication.
Below is Our recommended list of tools proven to be useful for tech companies:
Take a look at this list, and you can get some options for your team to improve internal communication and boost productivity to the max.
Clear KPIs to sustain the team’s performance
While it is hard to track your developers’ working motivation when there is no face-to-face interaction, using measurable KPIs to track performance is the best way to manage the team’s performance. By setting up a transparent KPI system, you are not only helping yourself to lead the team better but also encouraging your team members to see what they need to focus on.
Below are a few simple steps to build a good KPI system:
Build a task list based on your master plan: In a software development team, a master plan is one of the most important sources of information. Make use of it, break each task down into practical KPIs for each team member.
Develop clear and achievable KPIs: Clear, feasible, and measurable KPIs are critical to avoid misunderstandings, enhance working motivation, and improve the team’s performance. Do not hesitate to use our free-to-download KPI sheet to create the best KPI list for your team!
Make sure everyone follows: While task list and KPIs are critical to the team, managers need to ensure that everyone is on the same page and no issue left unaddressed. One way to do this is to create a chat group in which team members can report their daily completed tasks and raise their concerns, managers or other team members can support them. Check the below example.
Welcome feedback and cultivate self-discipline: Some managers try to build a management system to micro-manage their team. They end up either putting extra stress on team members or make the team waste too much time on completing unnecessary reports. To avoid these issues, you should always welcome the team to give feedback, keep things simple, focus on what is vital to your organization. Remember, a KPI system cannot help someone who does not have self-discipline.
You can refer to the full list of SCRUM advantages in our previous post:
Delight your users with great flexibility: SCRUM leaves room for constant improvements along the development process.
Reduce the cost of defects: By frequently releasing small pieces of functionality, you can avoid hidden errors, which are hard to identify from the beginning of the development process.
Improve odds of success in a dynamic and complex market: Since a new feature is frequently delivered, integrated, and tested, it can receive early feedback from the market and enhance its business values.
Cultivate learning and growing spaces for your team members due to SCRUM’s knowledge-sharing nature.
So if you are not using SCRUM framework, and struggling with the “work-from-home” situation, maybe this is the time to change your team’s process. You can read more about SCRUM here.
Embrace hardship, unleash opportunity
There is a saying in Vietnamese which goes like “Trong nguy co co” (turning crisis into opportunity). Thus, the Covid-19 pandemic can threaten your business but can also unlock new opportunities for improvement. If you are a manager in a tech company, helping your development team to adapt to new situations quickly allows your business to move faster than your competitors.
If you find it hard to expand or build your software development team as Covid-19 disrupts your recruitment processes, let us help you set up a SCRUM team. With our certified SCRUM masters and effective practices of agile methodology, we are always ready to jump in and help you to develop any projects successfully.
Offshore developers in Vietnam for Singapore company? Why and Why not?
14 May 2021
INSPIUS is a tech hiring company. We have been helping onboard hundreds of tech talents in Vietnam for Singapore companies since 2013. While partnering with Singapore tech firms, we noticed they often shared a similar concern: “Are offshore developers in Vietnam suitable for my business?”. By the end of this article, you should be able to answer this question.
In recent years, Vietnam has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing economies in the South East Asia region. In 2019 alone, the country received over 38.2 US$ billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), which increased by 7.2% compared to 2018. Vietnam is also Singapore’s strategic economic partner for years:
Singapore was Vietnam’s third-largest investor in 2019, with a total investment of US$4.5 billion.
Singapore’s Direct Investments Abroad (DIA) into Vietnam has more than tripled in the last decade.
The seven Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIPs) have attracted over US$12.9 billion in investment from more than 800 companies as of 2018.
What are hidden factors turning Vietnam into Southeast Asia’s next growth story? According to techinasia.com, one of them is Vietnam’s tech talent.
~30,000 IT companies
~80,000 IT universities graduates every year
Those resources provide a giant workforce for IT-related industries, and also make Vietnam a potential country to hire offshore developers.
They also predicted Vietnam would become a talent hub for tech businesses within a few years, and tech startups would be booming in Vietnam. Now that prediction was proven. Vietnam software companies and tech startups regularly appear in business journals like techinasia.com, e27.co, or businessinsider.sg. These movements have shaped a unique working culture in the Vietnam software engineer community.
Based on our years of experience in helping connect Singapore companies with Vietnam tech talents, we have identified some great qualities of Vietnam software engineers:
Smart and equipped with a strong math base due to Vietnam’s education policy.
Tech-savvy and highly exposed to the latest technology, thanks to Vietnam technology advancement.
Highly responsible and entrepreneurial-minded.
A hard-working, creative, and meticulous working style that they inherited Vietnam culture.
All these have made a strong base for businesses hiring offshore developers in Vietnam.
Hire offshore developers in Vietnam, what’s the catch?
An in-depth understanding of what you are looking for and what challenges you will have to solve in advance will help you process faster and be able to find the gold in the sand.
In case you are finding a local Singapore partner that can help you employ the right tech talents for your software engineering team, Inspius has more than eight years of experience in the field and is always ready to assist you to grow your business. Drop us an inquiry to discuss how we can help!
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