Recruiting a Tech Lead in Belarus

What is a Tech Lead?

Tech Lead is a software engineer who is responsible for leading the team and coordinating the technical direction. Providing strong technical direction involves creating a vision, resolving disagreements, and managing the technical quality of the team’s results. A good Tech Lead ensures that the team uses appropriate engineering techniques (such as CD or automated testing), invests in continuous improvement of tools or technical debt, and that the system evolves to meet the changing needs and environment.

Sometimes team leadership is general, but rarely technical. A Tech Lead can co-lead a team with people in other roles, such as a Product Manager or an Engineering Manager/Team Lead. Where a Product Manager focuses on the “What’, a Tech Lead focuses on the “How”. Where an Engineering Manager/Team Lead focuses on “People and Team Growth”, a Tech Lead focuses on “Technical Growth” of team members and the system. As you can see, the main focus for a Tech Lead is to control the technical side and quality for the team. They may also have additional responsibilities depending on the specific team.

They work with the team and the product to update and develop it, making it a reality. A Tech Lead must constantly work with the code to make informed decisions, identify technical risks, and maintain trust with the developers.

What a Tech Lead should know and be able to do

While the scope of a Tech Lead varies, the required skills do not. A Tech Lead should have a balanced set of skills in the following areas: leadership, architecture, and development.

The specific technical skills will depend on the product requirements. Language, framework, and other technologies used. Leadership skills are very similar to those of a Team Lead. Of course, a Tech Lead is a team player. A good specialist will always be ready to help, suggest and solve the problem not only within his team, but also when interacting with the teams of other departments (design, QA, even management). Often, they are also good mentors not only for new and inexperienced team members, but for existing developers as well. 

Experience in architecture development will be very useful, because development is only one part of building a product. Tech Leads should have a broader understanding of how the software fits into the overall system. They should have a clear understanding of how the software will be deployed, managed, and operated in a production environment.

Average salary of a Tech Lead in Belarus

The average salary of a Tech Lead in Belarus ranges from $3500 to $8000. But one should understand that the figure will depend on the experience and skills of the developer. In our experience, there were also cases when the client was ready to agree on the salary suggested by the candidate, if, of course, the latter was up to par.

Salary research in IT in Belarus

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