Oursky is a software product studio based in Hong Kong. They aim to create open-source solutions to help enterprises in their digital transformation journey and help developers build secure and privacy-aware software.
Since 2020, the 70-person Oursky team has been expanding its business internationally, establishing offices in Taiwan, the UK, and Canada. Now they’re striving to broaden their reach into even more markets, and ramp up hiring to diversify their team of experts who collaborate on global projects.
Founder and Project Manager, Ben Cheng wears many different hats at Oursky—from laying out his vision for the company to managing operational and HR matters. But as they expanded, more of his time was consumed by administrative work. They also spent a lot on hiring local lawyers, accountants, and consultants in each market to maintain compliant hiring. Soon, Cheng realized this approach was unsustainable.
Cheng was introduced to Deel through a friend in the startup world, and started using Deel to hire contractors. With Oursky running a global operation, Deel’s streamlined and automated platform allowed them to easily navigate an increasingly competitive environment. Without any wait time or back-and-forth contact, Oursky generates contracts with a few clicks, hires quickly, and gets new team members on board. Cheng also appreciates how Deel ensures employees in all offices get paid on time, no matter the time zone or currency.
Cheng is planning on using Deel to expand Oursky’s global offices and relocate employees around the world as they identify new business opportunities.
“Deel saves me up to 80% of time doing admin work,” says Cheng. Now he can focus more on integrating new team members into the office and their team culture.
Hiring global talent can be challenging for startups, not only due to complicated admin but limited in-person opportunities for fostering a sense of trust as well.
“When I hire overseas, I find that people know and trust Deel. Upon learning that their contract will be signed through Deel, they feel reassured because they know that the platform can be trusted, and it gives them peace of mind too,” says Cheng.
“The way we’re using the latest technology even when it comes to hiring also says a lot about who we are as an employer. This is really important, especially when it comes to remote hires. The tools you use can be a reflection of your office and culture.”
Oursky was founded with a hybrid working model 12 years ago, and has always understood the importance of technology when it comes to managing the workforce and enhancing workflow.
Throughout the years they have consistently re-examined and overhauled their toolkit (both software and hardware) to ensure that their workers have the best working experience—from video conferencing equipment to onboarding, payroll, and project management tools.
In addition to growing their team globally, retaining talent is a top priority for Oursky. With the office set up for hybrid working and global collaboration, Oursky offers remote working opportunities to its employees. Deel can ensure each contract signed by a full-time employee or contractor is entirely compliant with local regulations in over 150 countries, so Oursky can retain talent wherever they decide to move.
“As we continue our overseas expansion efforts across the globe, I will definitely turn to Deel,” says Cheng.