frequently asked questions

Overview

No. The best engineers are not freelancers ;)

All specialists in our talent pool are full-time employed. This means they are dedicated to your project only, their skills are verified, their time and workplace is well organised and managed, their salary and social package are taken care of.

Inspite being full-time employed our developers are located in nearshore locations in continental Europe, which means they are more cost-effective than their onshore freelancer counterparts in the US, the UK, Western Europe & Australia

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Whereas all specialists in the YouTeam talent pool are upper middle & senior full-time employed. This means they are dedicated to your project only and their time and workplace is well organised and managed. The best engineers aren't freelancers! ;)

Pre-vetting. All companies in our talent pool must pass through our multi-stage due diligence process, which consists of reviewing their track record & 3rd Party References, interviewing their staff at all levels, a thorough legal review, assessment of their processes & culture and allocation of technical test tasks.

YouTeam also provides clients a ""concierge"" level of service through a dedicated advisor.

YouTeam provides a platform where:.

  • Clients can handpick and interview developers before engaging with software houses that employ them
  • Clients can commence work significantly quicker than Traditional Outsourcing, which typically takes 6-8 weeks
  • The Software Companies undergo independent Pre-Vetting
  • The skills of individual developers are independently verified
  • Clients can benefit from having Independent Quality Assurance on their projects
  • Clients are appointed a client-side project-specific manager
  • Clients have access to a far broader pool of talent, which is able to offer more comprehensive & more complete solutions
  • Clients benefit from having a risk-free work process, with YouTeam acting as a payment and code escrow agent, ensuring that payment is made only on acceptance of work

Access to our talent-pool is invitation-only and we carefully select which development houses to invite.

All companies in our talent pool must pass through our multi-stage due diligence process, which consists of reviewing their track record & 3rd Party References, interviewing their staff at all levels, a thorough legal review, assessment of their processes & culture and allocation of technical test tasks.

Project Management

Much of the risk is mitigated before your project even commences, by:

  • Thorough Pre-Vetting of the Companies we partner with
  • Verifying the skillsets of individual developers
  • Setting up your project correctly from the outset and observing & maintaining project governence until final release
  • Appointing an Account Manager, who facilitates (at minimum) communication, legal and financial aspect of the project
  • Providing escrow services, taking an advance payment every two weeks and releasing it to the development house only after the work is accepted. Hence you always can get you money back in the (unlikely) case of non-delivery. Furthermore, if you are unhappy with the chosen vendor - we will replace them with a suitable alternative within 10 business days at no extra cost.

"You are more than welcome to manage your new team and receive YouTeam support on demand. Alternatively, we can assign a dedicated London based PM, leaving you time to focus on the business side of things.

We offer three levels of management on our projects:

  • Account Manager, default level for Professional & Tech founders - who facilitates communication, legal and financial functions of the project
  • Project Manager, default level for non-Tech founders - an IT professional who will manage development sprints in addition to the communication, legal and financial aspects of the project
  • Product Manager who takes on all the responsibilities of the Project Manager + guides the product to market by maintaining & executing upon the product roadmap. "

Every project is assigned, at minimum, an Account Manager to assist you with any communication, legal and financial queries you might have.

YouTeam Account Managers are well versed in Agile Development Principles and Problem Detection & Resolution and will step in if the team isn't meeting regularly enough or communication lines are being compromised.

Yes, we will connect you with every member of your team. If you are a professional/tech founder, you will most like want to manage your engineers directly, with minimum interference.

The preference is to have all required engineers based in one studio when possible. Otherwise, we aim to form teams with everyone based in one city. So that you can always meet all team members in one visit. It is not obligatory, but we do encourage our clients to have regular face-to-face workshops with the team to boost the team spirit.

Pricing & Payment

The standard contractual relationships can be described as follows:

  • Clients sign a direct contract with the chosen Vendor
  • Clients are bound by the User Agreement entered into on the YouTeam platform
  • Youteam acts as an Agent for the Software Development Vendors in our talent pool

YouTeam acts as a billing/payment agent.

YouTeam’s commission is charged to the vendors, not clients. For software companies this is a completely new channel for finding clients. This is why they gladly pay YouTeam a commission.

There is an alternative option, whereby Youteam can act as the Head Contractor & the delivery of all services is guaranteed by the UK-domiciled contract. If this premium option of interest, please contact our Head Office on +44 20 3868 7878 for details.

Tech Talent

The Software development firms we partner with are located throughout Europe, from Ukraine in the East (GMT +2) through to Portugal in the West (GMT)

All of the engineers in your dedicated team will work from modern offices, which provides them comfortable and productive environments

YouTeam offers a premium-level of skill verification by:

  • Organising tech interviews with the chosen engineers and third-party references
  • Setting engineers test assignments
  • Utilising trusted international technical-vetting services, such as HackerRank and CodeFights
  • Allowing clients to interview their candidates on site, for identity verification purposes

Our Software partners don't want this platform to be abused by headhunters.. You will get fully detailed CVs and company profiles after receiving authorisation from a YouTeam Advisor.

Testing & Screening

The onus is on each agency to keep details about the availability & experience of their engineers current, they can do this easily from within our platform.

To independently verify the skill-level of the specialists assigned to your particular project we do tech interviews and test tasks with those already in the pool.

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