This article mainly focusing on hiring and managing software developers in Vietnam; therefore, its usefulness may be limited if you are relocating the software developers to Singapore. So, without further ado, here are the top 7 points to look out for when deciding to hire Vietnamese software developers.
Communication style in Vietnam
Vietnamese’s Working Culture
Vietnamese people highly value relationships, community, and bonding events. Therefore, it is important that you make your software developers, although they are not physically with you, feel a sense of belonging to your team. While video communication may be conducted on a daily basis, it is advisable to see them face-to-face at least once a week. Organizing bonding events and having a strong culture is key to keep them loyal to you in the long run.
The demand for software developers in Vietnam is stiff. With many foreign companies setting up their development centers in Vietnam and the rise of Vietnam start-ups, Vietnamese software developers have plenty of opportunities for them. Therefore, unless your pocket can compete with those of Grab and SEA, giving them high salaries is neither viable nor effective.
This issue is common when building an overseas team. When your team is not physically with you, it is hard to know whether they are working hard. Fortunately, if you can set up properly set up the product development process with tools such as Jira, Trello or GitHub, you can ensure productivity without monitoring them constantly.
To properly hire Vietnamese software developers, you need to set up a legal entity in Vietnam and follow Vietnam’s employment law. There are plenty of companies that can help you with these issues – just remember to do your due diligence on those companies.
It gets tricky when you need to deal with intellectual rights. Signing non-disclosure and intellectual property agreement are crucial however not enough. Enforcing those agreements in Vietnam is costly in both time and money. Therefore, you first need to ensure the character of your hires. Proper source code management is recommended as well. You can read more about Vietnam’s intellectual rights here.
If your Vietnam team is small, admin work may be negligible. However, as the team gets bigger, hiring an admin staff to ensure all the nitty-gritty details are looked after will save you a lot of time and headaches.
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