Adding up one more working station the company management may often overlook as a cost. Practically, it is not obvious up to the point when the new employee officially signs the contract.
In many cases, the COVID-19 has increased this type of cost. Some of them due to uncertainty of the time frame of coming back to the office, while others due to obligatory distancing, work alternating shifts, and so on.
According to some estimates, by hiring remote software development professionals, a company saves up to 60% in operational costs which can be more cost-effective than adding the new members of an in-house system.