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Get insights on how to outsource software developers or expand your IT team to the LATAM region. We’ll give you a closer look at the most relevant outsourcing destinations in Latin America to unwrap hourly rates, tech stack, skills, talent pool, and other statistics that will save you more than 40% of the cost when hiring offshore programmers.

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Build and Scale a Tech Team in Mexico

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Global & Latin America IT Outsourcing

Of today’s most in-demand outsourced business processes, IT services and software programming are the top 1 on the list.

Outsourcing in the technology industry has shown benefits in the short term, such as starting projects faster and getting them to market more quickly. In the long term, such as cost savings and increased productivity.

For a long time, the outsourcing industry was focused on the Asian and Eastern European regions. However, the Asian giants, China and India, remain the leaders in the IT outsourcing market as they have the largest number of software engineers in their talent pool.

Latin America vs. Asia vs. Eastern Europe

The top three options for outsourcing globally are Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, with each region having its unique benefits and challenges.

comparing asia eastern europe and latin america IT outsourcing

Region Hourly Rate STEM Graduates/per year Top Countries
Asia $10 – $25 7,330,000 China and India
Eastern Europe $25 – $35 190,000 Ukraine and Romania
Latin America $25 – $50 739,000 Mexico and Brazil

We can see above why Asian countries are hard to ignore when looking for an offshore destination. However, North American technology companies that prefer quality over quantity have found a better ally in Latin America to expand their technology teams or outsource IT services.

Latin America’s Top 5 IT Outsourcing Regions

Unlike Asian or European countries, Latin American countries are the closest geographically to US companies, which makes Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia very convenient outsourcing destinations.

Latin Americas Top 5 Tech Regions

Country Monthly Salary STEM Graduates/per year US Shares Time Zones Outsourcing Speciality
Brazil $5,600 475,000 EST Software Development
Argentina $6,066 134,000 None Staff Augmentation, Software Development
Costa Rica $4,171 4,000 CST BPO, Software Development
Colombia $2,176 84,000 EST Software Development
Mexico $3,165 130,000 PST, MST, CST, EST BPO, Staff Augmentation, Software Development, Build-Operate-Transfer

Why is Mexico the best choice for collaborative IT outsourcing?

In the last ten years, Mexico has become a destination for IT outsourcing and nearshoring. Companies, both large and small, have established entire technology teams or hire remote engineering talent in the region to support their internal operations.

Names like Amazon, Facebook, Intel, Uber, LinkedIn, Google, IBM, or Microsoft have become more and more frequent in the resumes of software developers in the leading technological cities of Mexico.

One of Mexico’s significant advantages over other outsourcing competitors is that it shares a border with the United States, which gives it a high level of linguistic and cultural competence within its group of technological talents.

However, there are many other benefits to choosing Mexico as a collaborative IT outsourcing destination:

  1. Cost Savings
  2. Similar Time Zones
  3. Growing and Specialized Talent Pool
  4. Intellectual Property (IP) Laws
  5. Tech Infrastructure

Mexico’s Key Numbers:

  • Amount of graduates per year: 130,00
  • Most common software developers: Front-end developers, Full-stack developers
  • Average salary: $3,165/month ($20 – $30/hour)
  • Top companies with an outsourcing presence: Honeywell, Cisco, Salesforce
  • Outsourcing specialty: Build Operate Transfer, Staff Augmentation, BPO, Software Development
  • Shared U.S. time zones: PST, MST, CST, EST
  • Top tech cities: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana, Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico's Tech Ecosystem

Top cities for collaborative IT outsourcing and nearshoring in Mexico

Mexico has invested in more than 20 technology hubs in Queretaro, Chihuahua, Aguascalientes, Coahuila, the State of Mexico, Guadalajara, Durango, and Jalisco, to name a few. These tech hubs have attracted foreign investment and transferred IT skills across the country.

However, five cities with a strong muscle in the IT industry have become the primary providers of talent for international companies.

Mexico City – The Gateway to Latin America’s Engineers

Mexico City is the epicenter of the country’s software industry, with more than 500,000 software developers and engineers. As a result, Tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and HP began building offices in the city.

Key numbers:

  • Average Salary: $22 – $34 dollars per hour
  • Talent Pool: 500,000 available + 45,000 new tech graduates every year.

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Monterrey – Silicon Valley’s newest secret

Monterrey accounts for over 10% of the country’s GDP and 11% of its exports, making it the fastest growing and one of the most modern cities in Mexico. It’s also home of the Tecnologico de Monterrey – one of the best universities in Latin America. Thousands of skilled software engineers graduate through it every year.

Key numbers:

  • Average Salary: $21 – $34 dollars per hour
  • Talent Pool: 100,000 available + 14,000 new tech graduates every year.

Tijuana – California’s Backyard

Sixty-five major American companies, including Uber, Honeywell, and Youtube, have offices in Tijuana. Twenty miles from San Diego, its location is one of Tijuana’s many incredible benefits to tech companies looking to build a second office. However, location isn’t the only reason; Tijuana produces skilled and culturally fit talent for U.S. companies at more affordable rates.

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Key numbers:

  • Average Salary: $21 – $32 dollars per hour
  • Talent Pool: 100,000 available + 20,000 new tech graduates every year.

Yucatan – The Rising Tech Ecosystem

Once home to the Mayans, today is one of the fastest-growing tech hubs. The Yucatan government has consciously invested in making it a competitive destination for national and international IT investment.

It is worth mentioning that senior-level engineers prefer the tropical and beach lifestyle that this destination can offer them over a city life, which is why Yucatan receives a large migration of skilled IT professionals every year.

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Key numbers:

  • Average Salary: $19 – $30 dollars per hour
  • Talent Pool: 9,000 available + 1,600 new tech graduates every year.

Guadalajara – Digital Creative City

Ever since Guadalajara went viral for being considered the Mexican Silicon Valley, both the Mexican Government and MIT invested in creating a city with infrastructure and technological talent capable of supporting multinational companies.

Since then, more than 600 technology-focused companies have established their bases of operations in Guadalajara, such as IBM, Oracle, Intel, HP, Dell, and Gamesoft.

Key numbers:

  • Average Salary: $22 – $35 dollars per hour
  • Talent Pool: 115,000 available + 10,000 new tech graduates every year.


Are you interested in building your software team in Mexico?

There are three ways you can do it:

  1. Software Outsourcing – For companies with development needs but not a tech focus, outsourcing part or all of their IT and Development needs to a Latin American-based company is the best choice.
  2. Staff Augmentation – It’s an excellent option for growing companies who want to find quality talent at a much lower cost. These companies can hire employees to work remotely while integrating them into the organization’s core operations.
  3. BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) – Companies that want to build a new office or an offshore team but do not have the bandwidth or the necessary know-how to do it without risk. The BOT model allows companies to partner with a local agency to hire and operate the staff until it reaches a sustainable point to be transferred entirely to the company.

Your business can maintain a competitive advantage while working at scale without increasing costs by outsourcing outside the United States. Whichever option you choose to outsource in Latin America, CodersLink can help.

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