Staff Augmentation vs Outsourcing vs Hybrid Approach: A Detailed Comparison

IT companies must deliver projects on time with quality. However, the needs in software development are ever-changing. As a result, it becomes impossible for one company to possess all the skill sets needed to deliver challenging projects. This is where the three IT models become important, namely-

  • Staff augmentation

Is one model better than the other? What motivates companies to choose one over the other? Let us discuss.

Staff Augmentation

Staff augmentation is when a company hires external personnel temporarily to augment its capacity. Such a company may hire people from other companies offering staff augmentation services for fulfilling its requirement.

Some common reasons why company choose augment staffing are:

  • Companies may need specialized skills such as brand and logo design technology or facilities.

Benefits of Staff Augmentation

  • People, hired from staff augmentation services, can be easily blended into internal teams.

Limitations of Staff Augmentation

  • Not recommended for projects that need a contextual or deep institutional knowledge

IT Outsourcing Services

When companies need to execute a whole IT project by using the resources of an IT outsource company, it’s called project outsourcing.

This is a more specialized form of cost-effective staffing because it limits the hiring to just getting the job done by a specialized set of professionals. You may focus on their core operations while hiring the skills or expertise of professionals hired through outsourcing.

When do companies need IT Outsourcing exactly?

  • When they want their in-house employees for other productive tasks

Benefits of IT Outsourcing:

There are many benefits of IT outsourcing services. Some of them are:

  • Overall cost reduction and better ROI

Limitations of IT Outsourcing

  • An overseas IT outsourcing company may have significant time differences that may affect progress.

Hybrid Approach

Many times, IT staff augmentation and project outsourcing are blended in a way so as to meet the specific needs of the project within a company. A hybrid approach combines the benefits of IT staff augmentation and IT outsourcing.

Benefits of Hybrid Model

  • Access to a pool of global talent that can be increased or decreased depending on niche projects

Limitations of Hybrid Model

  • May require an additional position of a project manager to manage all the teams


Outsourcing in general has helped several businesses post-pandemic. Software and application development requires an updated talent pool — a factor that may not be possible with remote working. As a result, a combination of IT outsourcing and staff augmentation is the future.

If you are looking to adopt a hybrid model, or need staff augmentation services or IT outsourcing, feel free to contact us.



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Chapter247 Infotech is a full service software partner specialized in solutions for Web, IoT, Analytics, AI and Cloud Technologies.