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Ruby on Rails was introduced in 2004; since then, it has become a popular programming language among developers. As it enables them to save time, cut costs, and enhance productivity.

Ruby on Rails developers has successfully created various apps such as Github, Airbnb, and Shopify. However, companies find it challenging to hire ROR developers for their applications. Because though there are many obvious ways to identify and evaluate the right programmer, you might overlook some in the process.

This blog article aims to provide a comprehensive guide for hiring Ruby on Rails developers for your next project.

Identifying the goal

Before hiring a Ruby on Rails developer, identify the goal for your project.

  • Web app development
  • App maintenance and support
  • Version upgrade
  • Data migration

Based on it, you can hire a freelancer, in-house developer, or Ruby on Rails development company. Let’s explore each option:

In-house developers

Hiring full-time in-house developers give you needed flexibility and allows them to focus on your project. In addition, managing an in-house team is much easier, and tasks can be completed in a seamless manner. An essential part is you can communicate without any delays, thus, enabling developers to understand your idea in a much better way.

Freelancer as a Ruby on Rails developer

Without a doubt, it is the most cost-effective option. You just have to pay for the hours a developer works for you. In addition, hiring a freelance remote Ruby on Rails developer keeps you free from the hassle of maintaining and managing a remote team.

ROR development company

Outsourcing to a Ruby on Rails development company is your best bet. They have professionals with adequate experience and act as your IT partner. You can either scale your development team or outsource the complete project depending upon what fits your budget and requirement. It also helps in saving money required to maintain and manage an in-house team. These outsourcing companies have flexible working models and can be hired on an hourly, monthly, or fixed-price basis.

Skills to consider when looking forward to hiring Ruby on Rails developers.

After identifying your goal, let’s explore the skills and expertise ROR developers must possess. A good Ruby on Rails programmer has an adequate combination of technical and soft skills.

Technical Skills:

It is essential for ROR developers to have complete knowledge of object-oriented programming. In addition, they must know standard libraries and should have hands-on experience operating project management tools. Also, they must be experienced in using a waterfall and agile methodology.


Experienced Ruby on Rails developers will know the in and out of building applications using ROR. You can utilize an experienced programmer for any purpose, either version upgrade, migration, and complete app development.

Before considering hiring Ruby on Rails programmers, check whether they have prior experience in your industry or not. A developer with 4-5 years of experience can work swiftly on multiple projects.

Soft Skills:

Soft skills are equally important for ROR developers as technical expertise. Adequate soft skills enable them to work on your projects without interruption. Essential soft skills to look for are time management, teamwork, communication, confidence, ownership, and the ability to understand project requirements.

In the process to hire a Ruby on Rails programmer who is suitable for your project, check their ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Cost of hiring Ruby on Rails developers

The cost of hiring Ruby on Rails developers depends upon your project needs. An in-house developer can handle any type of task, from maintenance to development. However, an in-house team member will take on an average yearly salary of $75,000.

Hiring a freelance ROR developer is the most cost-effective way. Here development costs can range from $100 – $5000 depending upon your project requirements.

Outsourcing your project to a ROR development company is also a cost-effective option. Here you get access to experienced developers with the right skillset. Such outsourcing companies usually charge around $25,000 per month.

Once you narrow down the candidates for your ROR development project, considering the following things before making the final selection:

Check Reference: Ask the potential candidates to provide references from their previous clients. It will give you insight into their special abilities or interests that may prove beneficial for your project.

Do test project initially: Ruby on Rails is relatively a new programming language. Thus, hiring a developer solely based on experience sometimes may not fit your specific needs. Therefore, before hiring a candidate for a full project, go for a small test project to judge their skills. Also, make sure you have an adequate project budget to accommodate sample testing.


Hiring ROR developers with the needed skill set or a ROR development company with expertise in your industry is challenging. iWebservices helps you in finding the programmer suitable for your project. Get in touch to know more.

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