I work remotely as a manager and my staff are all around the country. I think the advantage to being able to work from home is enormous. You may very well find a good person who will work full-time for a "non-competitive" salary in order to not have to move from where a spouse has a good job and the kids are settled, especially if the work is interesting.
Some of my staff are developers, and I find no disadvantage to the fact that we are all telecommuting. We are in touch constantly via skype and other channels, have video calls regularly, and feel very much a team. A shared project management system like Asana can help too.
Of course, it may not work with all developers -- you need to be sure you are hiring someone who is a good communicator, self-motivated, and knows what s/he is doing. Another caveat is that it can be harder if you have only one telecommuting employee and the rest of the team is together. When several people are meeting in a room and one is on a speakerphone or something, that doesn't work too well. But you can do things to ameliorate that.
Bottom line is if you have good people, it doesn't matter where they work.
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Hiring strategy for a library programmer with tight budget - thoughts?
I am in a situation in which a university has a set salary guideline for programmer position classifications and if I want to hire an entry-lever dev, the salary is too low to be competitive and if I want to hire a more experienced dev in a higher classification, the competitive salary amount exceeds what my library cannot afford. So as a compromise I am thinking about going the route of posting a half-time position in a higher classification so that the salary would be at least competitive. It will get full-time benefits on a pro-rated basis. But I am wondering if this strategy would be viable or not.
Also anyone has a experience in hiring a developer to telework completely from another state when you do not have previous experience working with her/him? This seems a bit risky strategy to me but I am wondering if it may attract more candidates particularly when the position is half time.
As a current/past/future library programmer or hiring manager in IT or both, if you have any thoughts, experience, or ideas, I would really appreciate it.