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Andrii H


Senior Data Engineer | Database Architect | AI/ML

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Andrew Davis

Tampa, United States

Software & Data Engineer for Your Project

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Srikanth Tangirala

Mumbai, India

Data Analyst / Data Scientist

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Irtaza Ahmed

Johar Town, Pakistan

Data Scientist, Data Analyst, ML Engineer

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Christine Straub

Irvine, United States

Full-Stack AI/ML Software Engineer

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Ankit B

Redmond, United States

9+ Years Building Data Pipelines ✨ | Data Engineer

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Irfan Sajjad


Data Analysis | Dashboard Creation | Reporting

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Zain Manna

Doha, Qatar

Data Scientist | Data Analyst

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Maxwell Mogambi

Nairobi, Kenya

Data Science Specialist Extraordinaire

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Meg Tsevegmid

Lisbon, Portugal

Data Analysis Expert & Web Developer

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Nhung Le.T.H


Data Analyst | Nice story now show me the data

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Chester King

Jacksonville, United States

Data Analytics Pro: Power BI, SQL, Affordable

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Fatimat Thanni

Lagos, Nigeria

Data Wizard: Visualize, Analyze, Excel ✨

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Adrian Gallard

Atlanta, United States

I'll make you the smartest person in the room.

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Bliss Wave IT LLC

Conroe, United States

Storytelling through Data Visualization

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carlos mackenzie

Bogota, Colombia

Data Scientist 15 Yrs Process Improvement 📊

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Rachel Von Breciño


Detail-oriented data entry specialist

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Anisha Jinna

Phoenix, United States

Data Wizard: Analysis, Visualization, & More

Common projects for Data Engineers

Building and optimizing data pipelines, architectures, and data sets.

Designing and developing data applications using selected tools and frameworks.

Implementing ETL processes and data warehouse architecture.

Managing and designing the reporting environment, including data sources and security.

Improving data foundational procedures, guidelines for data collection, and data sharing.

Creating data tools for analytics and data scientist team members.

Tips for working with and hiring Data Engineers

Understand your data needs

Before you hire a data engineer, make sure you understand your data infrastructure needs. This includes the type of data you will be working with, the scale of data, and how the data will be used.

Review their technical skills

A data engineer must be proficient in databases, ETL tools, and programming languages. Make sure to review their skills in these areas before hiring.

Look at their experience

Experience in relevant industries or projects can be a huge plus. A data engineer with experience in similar projects or industries will be able to bring valuable insights to your project.

Communicate effectively

Regular and clear communication is vital for the success of any project. Make sure to provide clear instructions and be open to discussions and suggestions from the engineer.

How to hire Data Engineers

Define your needs

Before starting the hiring process, have a clear understanding of what you need from a Data Engineer. This could include data infrastructure setup, ETL process design, or data quality assurance.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your company, the scope of the job, the skills required, and the project timeline.

Review applications

Review the applications you receive and shortlist freelancers based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Look at their past projects and reviews on their profile.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with shortlisted freelancers. Ask questions about their experience, approach to data engineering, and how they handle various aspects of data engineering. Also, discuss your project specifics and expectations.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right freelancer, make an offer through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Data Engineers

1. Can you describe a project where you designed and set up a data infrastructure from scratch?

2. What experience do you have with ETL processes and data warehouse architecture?

3. How do you ensure the quality of data in your projects?

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Frequently asked

A freelance data engineer is a professional who designs, builds, and manages the data infrastructure of a company. They prepare the 'big data' infrastructure to be analyzed by data scientists. They are responsible for creating and maintaining the algorithms to extract the needed data.

A freelance data engineer is a professional who designs, builds, and manages the data infrastructure of a company. They prepare the 'big data' infrastructure to be analyzed by data scientists. They are responsible for creating and maintaining the algorithms to extract the needed data.

Hiring a data engineer on Contra provides you with top freelance talent without the hassle of middlemen or commissions. You can review their skills, collaborate efficiently, and manage contracts and payments all in one place.

Data engineering is a field of study that focuses on the application and management of methodologies, techniques, and tools for the transformation and integration of data and information in a structured and useful way.

You can post a job detailing your project requirements on Contra. Data engineers who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of data engineers and invite those you are interested in to apply.

Data engineers often use tools like SQL, Python, Hadoop, and Spark among others. They also use ETL tools and cloud platforms like AWS or Google Cloud.

The cost of hiring a data engineer on Contra averages around $85 to $90 per hour. However, rates can vary based on the complexity of the project, the engineer's experience and skills, and the project duration.

Freelance data engineers are paid commission-free on Contra. They may charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. Payment for each milestone is funded individually at the beginning of the project and held in escrow. The funds for each milestone will only be released after you approve the deliverables for that milestone, or automatically within three days.

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