What is the hourly rate for Flutter developers?

Launched in 2018,  Fluter is an open-source framework by Google that helps you create great, natively compiled applications. The framework is hugely popular because with a single codebase and programming language , you can create both iOS and Android apps, even Linux, Web and Google Fuchsia. The user Interface toolkit is written in C, C++ and Dart.

The reasons for Flutter popularity:

1. The developer’s capability is increased several times fold – Hot Reload feature

The main reason why many companies prefer to shift to Flutter is because of the capability it has to increase the potential of the developer. The entire development process is smooth, and Flutter helps them make instant changes in the code seamlessly. Flutter offers the Hot Reload feature through this capability, so the developer can instantly see the changes they made. They don’t have to strive too hard or wait for a long time to see the  changes they made reflected in the coding. They can see the changes within seconds. 

2. Developers can innovate with the UI

Flutter comes equipped with powerful material UI components so developers can make creative, innovative apps on the premium category. It gives the developer the ability to customise anything, irrespective of how complex the app is. Flutter makes the entire UI process smooth, flexible and simple and allows for shape/color/shadow manipulations and other shared element manipulations. 

3. Comes with own rendering engine

Another reason why you should choose Flutter is that it comes with its own rendering engine, showing once more that the framework is a very powerful one. In fact, it is one of the major reasons why you should adopt Flutter if you haven’t yet already. Flutter uses Skia so the UI built on the framework can be launched on any framework. That means, the developers no longer have to work on adjusting the UI during launches, thereby simplifying the development process several times fold. 

4. Easy plugins, flawless development

The availability of a huge collection of plugins makes it easier for developers to create super-fast applications that deliver. 

5. Quick testing and release

You can reduce testing time with Flutter because the same app has a shared codebase and can be shared across different platforms. You just need to test one version of the app, and ensure that it would work well on all other platforms too. 

6. Comes with platform-specific logic implementation

Most advanced mobile applications rely on modern features like GPS, bluetooth, permission handling, sensor data, etc so while developing the application, you need to incorporate all those features with a ready-to-use plugin. These plugins are supported by Google. In case your application needs to have an OS-level feature that is not there as a plugin, then Flutter makes it easy to open the communication between Dart and platform-native code with the help of platform channels. This makes it easier for you to implement anything on the Flutter app that you can on the native app. 

Paying for the Flutter developer

After going through a proper hiring process, you will finally hire a skilled developer who would take your business and app to the next level of growth. You must be prepared to pay well for the right person. To make this easier for you, we have described the different payment models that are in vogue. Going through these models would help you plan your budget correctly. Whether you hire the developer from a software development company in India, or from any place else, you need to plan out the packages such that you can choose the best engagement model for them. The three main engagement models are:

  • Contract on a part-time basis
  • Contract on an hourly basis
  • A dedicated team

The cost also depends on what model you choose – choosing  the hourly model

If you are looking for a very experienced developer either to work on an existing project, or to start a project from scratch, then choosing the hourly model would be perfect. You can choose to pay for the number of hours worked by the end of the day, week or month depending on what works best for you. There are time tracker apps that would help you track the time the developers work for you, so they can bill your correctly. These trackers would take screenshots of the developers work as they go about it, so you if they work remotely, you know you don’t have to breathe down their necks to know the progress of the project. 

Depending on what your requirements are going to shape over the months, you can continue the project or wrap it up.

This kind of engagement model only increased the competency level of the developers since they are clear on what’s expected from them. It also makes it easier for companies to hire people remotely depending on the skill level and prices charged. You have no limitations on the skilled people that would be available to you. It is easy to get people on your budget, provided you know where to look. Many developers prefer to choose the hourly model because they can move on to the next project once the deadlines are met, and the project is wrapped up. Other benefits of the hourly model include:

There is a clear link

In an hourly model, you have a clear link between a particular task and the amount quoted. Everyone is on the same page, and there are not likely to have any complications, and the work done will be rich in quality. The developer will prioritise accordingly, and the time will be aptly utilised. 

Control of the time slot

Since the work done is hourly, there is more control for the companies  involved, and they can see the progress of the project. Especially since you can track it from where you are.

Periodic delivery

When the project is on an hourly basis, the whole project can be divided into any number of smaller tasks. This can be analysed on a weekly or monthly basis to check the progress. Periodic delivery leads to better control. 

How much to pay when it is on the hour

The salary of a developer would of course vary from country to country. If you are looking at reasonable rates with highly skilled developers then you can choose India. 

The charges for an Indian developer would depend on which city you are hiring from (There are Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities). So the charges would be around $20 an hour (for an intermediate developer) or $75 an hour if you want a highly skilled developer. 

Be prepared to pay $50-$100 an hour if you are hiring from any of the European countries. The rates in America are also similar. 

The charges for developers from Australia are pricer, ranging from $100-$150 an hour. 

As you can see the developer rates in India are much lower when compared to other countries. And there is plenty of talent that you will never be disappointed. 

Interesting Links:

What are the pros and cons of flutter app development?

More information about Flutter

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The author: Sascha Thattil works at Software-Developer-India.com which is a part of the YUHIRO Group. YUHIRO is a German-Indian enterprise which provides programmers to IT companies, agencies and IT departments.

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