When the market for development talent is so stretched, can you afford to say no to freelancers?

September 26, 2023


​When the market for development talent is so stretched, can companies afford not to hire freelancers?🤔

It’s no secret that the market for Developers in the Netherlands is nearly at a breaking point.

A booming Dutch tech economy, coupled with the lack of incoming talent due to travel restrictions, has left the employment market short on job seekers🔍

For the first time in my career, I’m being approached by developers who want to start freelancing because their current company is “under-staffed”, and there is too much pressure on them😓

They want to escape that environment and see freelancing as a route to that.

Yet I still speak to many companies who are reluctant to hire freelancers due to the perceived costs, but is it worth losing your permanent staff over?

When good developers are so challenging to find and expensive to replace, surely it’s worth biting the freelance bullet for 6-months?📆

It will enable you to keep your projects on track and allow your current team some breathing room.

Have you found yourself or your colleagues turning to freelance due to an unmanageable workload?


Written: September 26, 2023

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