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Your Guide to Hire Developers and Software Engineers in Bogotá

Bogotá plays a key role in international business across Latin America, especially in the startup world. Interested in building your tech team in Bogotá? Check out our guide below.

Blog Author - Janelle Watson
Janelle Watson
Feb 20, 20243 minutes
Blog Author - Janelle Watson
Janelle Watson

Janelle Watson provides content marketing for the international team at Justworks. With a background in higher education and journalism, Janelle helps tell stories that make international expansion and EOR accessible.

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It’s no surprise that Colombia's capital city is also home to some of the world’s top tech talent, including software developers, software engineers, UX designers, and other professionals. Indeed, Bogotá is one of the top talent pools to hire full-time and contracted developers and software engineers in Latin America. 

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How many developers are there in Bogotá?

There are more than 85,000 tech professionals, mostly software engineers and developers, working in Bogotá. 

Startups in Bogotá

Even before the pandemic, the Colombian government and Colombian businesses were betting on digital transformation and investing in startups. 

Today, Bogotá has over 1000 startups and over 50 venture capitalist firms, with more incubators, Latin American entrepreneurs, and accelerators moving to the city each month. The Latin American city is home to a number of tech unicorns, including Rappi, Globan, and Habi. 

74% of capital raised in startups in Colombia happened in Bogotá in 2023, meaning that the Colombian capital has become a place where software engineers and other tech workers can build their portfolios, gain new skills, and launch tech careers in the country’s booming IT sector and software development space.

For companies based outside of Colombia, this investment in startups and technology means there is more top tech talent than ever before available for hire in the country. 

Why companies hire developers in Bogotá

For businesses looking to find new talent and establish themselves in the Colombian market, hiring developers, software engineers, and top tech talent in Bogotá comes with many advantages.

Highly educated population 

Bogotá is home to more than 100 colleges and universities, including the prestigious Universidad Nacional Sede Bogotá (UNAL) and Universidad de los Andes.Most universities require English courses, meaning that a large majority of university graduates are bilingual. 

Fast internet

Bogotá has the 4th fastest internet in Latin America, with better broadband than most cities in Argentina, Mexico, and Peru. 

Co-working spaces

Remote workers in Bogotá can connect with other Colombians, expats, and digital nomads in co-working spaces. This is a great option for businesses looking to build a hub in Colombia but aren’t ready to open an office quite yet. 

Lower employer costs 

The cost of living is significantly lower in Bogotá than most cities in the US or Europe, meaning that you can both save on employer costs while offering competitive local salaries. This makes it easier for businesses to recruit and retain top talent. 

Central airport

Bogotá’s airport, El Dorado International Airport, is the country's busiest and one of the most common points business travelers pass through when flying into Latin America. For this reason, Bogotá is home to a number of international enterprises. 

Types of developers and tech professionals and working in Bogota

As the largest city in Colombia, Bogotá is home to a diverse range of tech professionals and you have ample opportunity to find the right for your business needs. Some common professionals include: 

  • Software engineers

  • UX/UI designers

  • Project managers

  • Developers 

  • C# developers 

  • Application developers

  • Game developers

  • Mobile app developers 

  • JavaScript developers

  • PHP developers

  • Go developers

  • WordPress developers

  • Blog developers

  • .NET developers

  • AngularJS developers 

  • NodeJS developers 

How to recruit developers in Bogota

To recruit software engineers, developers, and other tech professionals in Bogotá, employers can use job boards and post a job, partner with recruiting partners, network, or consult other platforms.

  • Standard job boards

  • Colombian job boards

  • Remote-focused job boards

  • Freelance platforms

  • Developer sites

  • Recruiting agencies

Salary ranges for developers and software engineers in Bogotá

Salary ranges for developers in the software engineer range depend on years of experience.

  • Most junior developers make between $277-$705 USD per month or $3,324-$8,460 USD annually. For contractors, the rate is around $10-$18 per hour.

  • Mid-level developers can make $1,094-$1,775 USD per month, or $13,128-$21,300 USD annually. 

  • Senior software engineers and developers can make as much as $26,000-$32,000 USD per year. For high level consultants, the hourly rate is around $50-$70 USD per hour.

Here’s a look at average developer salaries by programming language:

  • $15,000-$16,000 USD per year for NodeJS developer 

  • $14,000-$15,000 USD per year for JavaScript developers

  • $16,000-$17,000 USD per year for AngularJS developers

  • $12,000-$13,000 USD per year for PHP developers

  • $13,000-$14,000 USD per for WordPress developers 

How to hire with an EOR and build a tech team 

Justworks EOR emerges as the perfect solution for small businesses seeking a smooth and efficient avenue for international expansion, especially international hiring. 

Employers that partner with an EOR recruit and build their teams. The EOR simply takes care of the paperwork, including onboarding, offboarding, payroll, benefits, taxes, employment contracts, ongoing compliance, and all other HR processes.

As your strategic partner abroad, an EOR can help you determine the right salary to offer candidates abroad to ensure that your compensation package is locally competitive. 

How Justworks Can Help 

Justworks’ global EOR is the solution for small businesses looking to easily hire talent in countries where they don’t already have a legal presence. 

Justworks has direct entities in 11 countries, with the ability to hire in 100+ additional countries upon request through our trusted local partners. You can fearlessly handle HR essentials like payroll, benefits, local compliance, and more. 

Learn more about our EOR services, and get started today!

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.
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Blog Author - Janelle Watson
Janelle Watson
Feb 20, 20243 minutes

Janelle Watson provides content marketing for the international team at Justworks. With a background in higher education and journalism, Janelle helps tell stories that make international expansion and EOR accessible.

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