In need of an additional PHP developer and thinking about hiring a Remote PHP Developer from emerging economies such as India, Pakistan or the Philipines? Before you start hiring, please use this top 7 key skills checklist to verify a candidate’s suitability to ensure success.

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 To be a successful PHP developer, it’s important to possess a combination of technical and non-technical skills. Here is a top-7 checklist that you can use to validate his or her key skills as a PHP developer:

1. Proficiency in PHP

As a PHP developer, you should have a strong understanding of PHP programming language fundamentals, including variables, data types, control structures, functions, classes, and object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts. It’s crucial to be well-versed in PHP syntax and its core features.

2. Web Development Concepts

Familiarity with essential web development concepts is essential. This includes knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, as these languages are often used alongside PHP to build dynamic and interactive web applications.

3. MySQL and Database Management

PHP is frequently used in conjunction with MySQL or other databases to store and retrieve data. Having a solid understanding of SQL and database management concepts is crucial for building efficient and secure applications.

4. Frameworks and CMSs

Being familiar with popular PHP frameworks like Laravel, Symfony, or CodeIgniter can significantly boost your productivity and streamline development. Additionally, knowledge of content management systems (CMS) like WordPress or Drupal is beneficial for building websites.

5. Problem-Solving and Debugging

PHP developers should have excellent problem-solving skills to identify and resolve issues effectively. Proficiency in debugging techniques and using tools like Xdebug or logging frameworks can help you troubleshoot and fix bugs efficiently.

6. Version Control Systems

Git, a widely used version control system, is essential for collaborating on projects, managing code changes, and maintaining code quality. Understanding Git’s basic concepts, such as branches, commits, and merges, is crucial for working in a team environment.

7. Continuous Learning and Adaptability

PHP is a dynamic language with a vast ecosystem. Successful PHP developers embrace continuous learning and stay up-to-date with the latest trends, libraries, and best practices. Being adaptable and open to new technologies ensures your skills remain relevant and helps you tackle evolving challenges effectively.

Disclaimer, although we tried to create a generic top-7 key skill set, the skills that we eventually included in this list are not exhaustive. Ultimately, your personal requirements may vary depending on the specific project, company, or industry. 


Nowadays, (temporarily) scaling-up your IT team with an additional PHP developer can be a challenging and costly business. Experienced local freelance developers are scarce, and the competition to hire them intense driving up their salaries.

Developing economies from emerging countries like India have the opposite going on. An ever improving education sector is producing more IT talents than the number of jobs created by a still maturing economy. Whereas local competition keeps their salaries extremely competitive. In addition, power currencies like the USD and the Euro create extra purchasing power for us Western countries. And make it possible to hire the best and multiple .PHP developers for the same price you would pay to hire one locally.

Hiring a Remote PHP developer from a country such as India offers the following benefits:

  • Direct cost savings of 40 to 65%
  • Full flexibility scaling up- and down
  • No additional workplace required
  • Zero recruitment costs
  • No time required to onboard and/or train your new employee(s)
  • Less risks of onboarding the wrong person: if you are not happy, we will find you someone else
  • No risk of absence due to holiday or illness (as that is our risk!)


For those who are in need of additional PHP developers on a short notice, WeSquare offers the option to hire one or more remote PHP developers from their development team in India. Offering the full and free support from their experienced Dutch senior developers in the Netherlands to ensure your success. Click here for more information, or call us on: +31 853 012 993


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