Poland is no US/UK and when it comes to hiring people in bioinformatics - applications from experienced people are rare (well, inexperienced don't apply here either). There are not that many experts here, and people from other countries choose either prestige or money (or both).
With the recent grant I've just submitted, hiring options are quite flexible and I consider either outsourcing or hiring a freelancer for some parts of the project. I have some idea about potential workforce in case of outsourcing (I went through bioinformatics gigs on freelance sites), however I don't know if I have a chance of hiring somebody skilled on a flexible (and remote) contract.
I don't have the money yet (and it will take another half a year to know if I will have), but some decisions need to be made relatively fast, hence the questions:
What is the status of freelance bioinformatics right now? Do you know many freelancers in this field? Is it better to seek a academic collaboration instead of outsourcing/subcontracting?
EDIT: It seems that it's not that bad. Within 3 hours of posting the question two people contacted me stating that they are interested, even if I only expressed some interest to try something in the future.