Here are the top 15 places to find an iOS developer:
Based on the facts publicly available as of 01.01.2019
Toptal is a professional talent matching service, initially created with only tech talent in mind. Although it has expanded its pool of talent to include designers and finance experts, the company's bread and butter is its developer vertical. If you want to be sure that an iOS developer is up to the job, hiring an exceptional developer from Toptal is likely your best option.
Why? Toptal boasts an elite developer base. Their trademark system for vetting talent allows for only the best to become a part of their community. According to Toptal, only 3% of applicants make it through their battery of technical tests and their comprehensive vetting process.
Authentic Jobs is a job board for leading web, design, and creative talent. It has been steadily rising in popularity since its inception; the board is used by The New York Times in part of its acquisition process.
As iOS development often involves both creative and technical aspects, Authentic Jobs is a great place to begin your search. Much of their job board is populated with listings of iOS, web, and mobile developer positions which are likely similar to your own needs.
Authentic Jobs allows for posting developer positions remote or local, so you won't be limited to remote employees or freelancers.
Stack Overflow is a resource for every developer and designer on the web. The site has garnered a large, dedicated community of practicing developers, including iOS developers. For those unfamiliar with the site, its main function is to serve as a knowledge base for both expert and novice programmers alike. Users can ask and answer questions about programming in Swift or ask others how to debug iOS apps, for example.
How can you find freelance iOS developers? How can you snag full-time iOS specialists using Stack Overflow? Luckily, Stack Overflow has set up its own job board, one that has thousands of visits a day.
4. GitHub Jobs
Don't waste your time perusing large job boards like Monster and Indeed. You'll have far better luck with job boards geared toward tech talent. GitHub has a massive developer community as it's one of the largest open-source online repositories for coders. For a relatively small fee, you can post an iOS developer job listing and gain a great deal of exposure on GitHub's huge developer community.
Crew assembles teams of freelancers to join your project. Like Toptal, it provides an on-demand professional matching service. Although, admittedly, it's network of skilled freelance iOS developers is considerably smaller when compared to Toptal. Crew claims to match quickly, just as Toptal does, with a promise of a suitable match under 24 hours. If you short on time and have the resources to spend, Crew could prove to be a suitable choice.
If recruiting services and job boards aren't your thing, you might want to consider a freelance marketplace like Upwork.
Upwork has one of the largest marketplaces with millions of registered freelancers. You can hire contractors for a few simple coding tasks or begin a long-term relationship with a series of complex iOS projects. If you like the idea of finding, interviewing, and managing freelancers, Upwork's colossal marketplace will likely meet your needs.
PeoplePerHour is a curated freelance marketplace of medium size that prides itself on screening of its users. Just like most marketplaces, you can post your project at an hourly or fixed-rate. Interestingly, freelancers post boilerplate jobs, called hourlies, to attract work. It's best for finding iOS developers with entry-level skill for small iOS projects.
Dice is a well-established tech and IT job board with 3 million registered tech professionals. Dice boasts high traffic to its site with over 2.4 million unique visitors a month.
Posting a job listing will be a little more expensive than niche job boards as a single job listing costs approximately $400. The price shouldn't deter employers too much, however. The exposure your job listing will receive will more than justify the price of the listing.
Gun.io has a growing community of developers over 25,000 strong. Like Toptal, their service is designed to take the tedium out of hiring. Gun.io vets their talent and ensures that their freelancers are committed to each and every project.
Gun.io prides itself on its humanism. Every employer is connected with a VP, instead of a sales representative, and freelancers are provided with the resources to succeed.
What's most alluring about the network? Gun.io manages and replaces talent – with no risk to you – and back every single hour worked with a 100% money-back guarantee.
Guru has a large global network of freelancers—albeit smaller than Upwork's and People Per Hour's massive pool. You can explore the profiles of 1.5 million gurus, propose projects, and pay your hired talent with their secure SafePay system.
Guru isn't focused on developers, let alone Angular developers, as it is a freelance network comprised of every sort of professional. So, like with Upwork and People Per Hour, you'll have to narrow your search yourself. Also, as with many freelance networks, the vetting and interviewing will be up to you.
Freelancer is an absolutely massive marketplace with 25 million registered users, 12 million total posted jobs, and thousands of completed projects. With the size of the marketplace comes a unique challenge, however. Finding the perfect iOS developer is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Although website development is one of the most popular job categories on Freelancer, you still will have to search through thousands of Freelancer profiles, vet and interview candidates yourself, and manage payments yourself.
If you're looking for an affordable option, however, Freelancer is a wonderful hiring solution. For more long-term commitments, you'll want to consider matching services like Toptal, Codeable.io, or Gun.io.
12. Swift Jobs
Swift Jobs publishes only iOS-related job listings. While GitHub and StackOverflow's job boards give you access to giant developer communities, iOS-specific job boards help you pinpoint only iOS developers.
At present, there aren't too many job boards solely devoted to iOS developer positions. So, unfortunately, Swift Jobs is a very small job board at the moment. Posting a job is relatively affordable at only $99, but you won't be guaranteed a great deal of exposure.
13. Find Bacon
Find Bacon is a job board aimed at eliminating the hassle of searching for design and development jobs. Find Bacon is a pleasant alternative to massive job boards like Indeed and Monster and is highly affordable. Posting a job posting for a 30-day period is only $99 dollars.
They also offer subscription packs which allow for 10 job posts a month. If you're a company looking to fill multiple positions or are planning on hiring freelancers on an ongoing basis, you may want to consider investing in a subscription pack for a niche job board like Find Bacon.
X-Team matches you with qualified iOS developers who receive mentorship and educational resources just for being a part of X-Team. Like Toptal and Gun.io, they do the heavy lifting of hiring. You won't be saddled with rifling through resumes or preparing personalized interview scripts.
X-Team is adept at organizing teams. If you're only looking to hire an individual iOS developer, you'll want to use a different matching service.
We Work Remotely is a spectacular job board. It's worth exploring other remote-focused job boards, however, if you're interested in finding freelance iOS developers without the help of an on-demand matching or technical recruiting service.
RemoteOK.io is similar to We Work Remotely in many ways: it's a job board dedicated to remote jobs and mostly attracts professionals interested in software development. In addition, posting a job with RemoteOK allows your job ad a great deal of exposure at a slightly lower price than offered by We Work Remotely.
Scalable Path matches you with their talent. They can craft teams for you and even supply you with a team leader. If you're an inexperienced manager, Scalable Path may be a relatively good fit. It's another matching service akin to Toptal, but it has a few key drawbacks.
According to Scalable Path, matching clients with developers take on, on average, from a few days to three weeks. If you absolutely need a highly-skilled iOS developer within a week, you may want to utilize Crew or Toptal.