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Open Source Collective is Hiring Maintainers
Published on March 1, 2023 by Benjamin Nickolls

Open Source Collective is now able to hire maintainers, full or part-time, including benefits and healthcare, to work on projects with sufficient financial support.

Open Source Collective exists to promote a sustainable and healthy ecosystem and to sustain open source technology for the future. We take a practical and additive approach to address the challenges we see in the space, working alongside others to offer solutions that build on top of their work, or to provide the foundational services for others to build on top of themselves.

One such challenge we see, which has become inescapably relevant this year, is that there is still a major hurdle for maintainers to vault, even when they have adequate financial support.

They lack an employer.

While it's easy to shout 'pay the maintainers', many a maintainer will tell you that without appropriate healthcare, pension and employment provisions, they simply can't leave their job to become an independent software developer. This is where Open Source Collective is stepping in.

Open Source Collective can now employ maintainers on sufficiently funded projects, including healthcare, benefits, paid annual leave and sick leave as needed. We can do so across the US and internationally in 75 territories around the world. Projects will set salaries and appropriate policies for management for staff (we'll publish guidance for this as needed) while we manage payroll, withholding and paying appropriate taxes and state/territory contributions. Open Source Collective will charge a nominal fee for managing employment and pass on any additional fees from our employment providers.

How do I apply?
Open Source Collective can only offer employment to projects hosted by us, but our organisation's status enables us to work alongside other organisations and funding methods. If your project has a sufficient amount of funding, and enough of those funds are managed through us, we will be able to employ you.

Limits and restrictions
We are a US-based organisation; as such we are able to employ in territories that are not restricted by US sanctions. In addition, we are limited by our employment service provider's coverage. That said our coverage is extensive and growing.

If you're unsure whether you qualify, or you'd like to apply get in touch using this contact form.

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Ruth Cheesley

Posted on March 1, 2023

This is really great news, kudos to everybody for making this a reality!
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Jason Pearl

Posted on March 2, 2023

This sounds really great for projects that have enough funding. Very excited to see it scale up! I’m not certain that those “shouting ‘pay the maintainer’” are any less interested or effective at solving the underlying problem. I’ve spent time both a contractor and as an employee with benefits here in the US. They can both work. Ultimately we’re talking about money in whatever form can make sustainable open source a viable vocation for the legions of folks that spend their lives making it. I applaud any and all efforts that can make that a reality.
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Posted on March 4, 2023

Awesome news!! 

Congratulations to all the hosted collectives and kudos to the OSC team. 🎉

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Al Smith

Posted on March 8, 2023

This is awesome!
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Anoop John

Posted on March 21, 2023

This is a really interesting model. Great to see models like this evolve.

Antwan Carter

Posted on March 29, 2023

Sounds like fun!


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Posted on April 12, 2023

Is the contact us link supposed to take people somewhere else other than
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Richard Littauer

Posted on April 12, 2023

Probably. Here's a better link:

Josh Goldberg

Posted on June 15, 2023

This is such a good idea, thank you open collective folks for working on this!