Do you think of India or China when you hear about outsourcing? Wrong! India has long predominated other countries as the top IT outsourcing destination, but there are better alternatives. Whether you are a small or big fish on the market looking to hire a full-stack development team, Eastern Europe and destinations like Poland will be the best bet.
According to the A.T. Kearney’s Global Services Location Index from 2016, outsourcing to Poland is a prominent choice - we are one of a top 10 destinations. Polish startup scene is growing more and more. As a result, more and more people are interested in new technologies and choose IT studies, which has led to a rise in the number of talented developers available for hire. It is no surprise that many companies outsource their web app development to software houses in Poland (such as Merixstudio ;) ).
Poland remains the most attractive IT market in Central and Eastern Europe. We regained our independence in 1989 but in a short time, we’ve become an economic superstar in the Central Europe. Check out why Poland is the top place to outsource development.
5 reasons why Poland became top outsourcing destination for web development
#1 Low Costs
It's no surprise that every company, no matter it is a startup or a big business, is looking for a high-quality software development firm to work with that won’t break the bank. While professional software development is never cheap (even if outsourcing), Polish development teams have a lot to offer. It's because of the lowest labor costs within in the European Union. According to the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL), you can find and hire highly experienced Polish developers for under $3.000 a month. As you can see, a world-class and experienced dev can be hired for $30.000 - $40.000 a year. Try doing it in Berlin or London, not to mention Silicon Valley, where you have to pay about $100.000 a year. Multiply it by 20 or 30 developers and big money come to play.
#2 Small Culture Gap
One of the largest advantages of outsourcing a development process to Poland is the fact that there's nearly no cultural gap. English is a standard in Polish schools, so our programmers usually speak English very well. Also, a lot of software houses provide English courses to their teams (it's also one of job perks at Merixstudio). As a result, Poland is ranked 9th in the world for English skills in the EF English Proficiency Index 2015 (we’re getting ahead of countries like Germany, Switzerland or Singapore), so you shouldn't be afraid of communication problems.
To be honest, we probably watch more American and English TV series than Polish ones, so we have the western culture at fingertips. It's a powerful mix; no surprise that Silicon Valley reaches to Poland when it needs brainy devs.
OK, you're right, you can outsource even cheaper to India or China. But those who have already tried to do it would probably claim that the culture differences are much bigger than in Poland and quite often negatively impact effective product management and code delivery.
#3 Experienced Programmers
As I mentioned before, Poland is still considered as emerging market. It wasn’t until the fall of the Soviet Union that we've opened up to the (also tech) world. But it does not mean that we are some muggles! Polish software houses give their dev teams a chance to work with some of the world's best IT companies, and in multicultural environments (according to ABSL 66% of people working in large IT services companies are employed by foreign enterprises). We can simply make it stick in an example of Merixstudio. Just look at our portfolio with a dozen of projects we did for offshore clients.
Moreover, Poland is currently ranked 5th in the world in the Top Coder ranking (we're the sole country in top five that uses the Latin alphabet!), and Polish developers regularly take high positions in international coding competitions. It speaks for itself.
#4 First Class Education
70.6K, it's a number of IT students in the academic year 2013/2014 according to GUS (Central Statistical Office in Poland). Polish tech universities graduate over 15.000 new specialists annually. These statistics prove that Poland can be called next software development hub that is in the top of cutting-edge technologies.
In addition, Poland is becoming an increasingly popular study destination, with more than 46.000 international students choosing Poland in 2014/2015. As you can see, the top-notch Polish universities attract talented young people from all over the world. It's because of their excellent reputation and low-cost of living in our country.
What’s more, Warsaw University of Technology features in the QS University Rankings, and it's ranked 18th among universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia. It claims a place among the leading technological institutes in Europe and is one of the region’s largest providers of technical education.
To make it short, the talent pool in Poland is one of the reasons why companies and startups decide to outsource their development to our country.
One of the main reasons Poland has become an IT hub and outsourcing destination has to do with its location. Poland's strategic position is advantageous; it allows both clients and developers find solutions in a quite short time.
Outsourcing to Poland from UK or Germany means practically no time zone differences because it's just one hour (or none). So, when it comes to nearshoring, all works can be organized in the same way, which streamlines the development process.
You can ask "that's great, but I'm from the US - what about that?". Just think that overlap in the working day will be even bigger when you decide to hire a development team from India. Not to mention about cultural barriers you will undoubtedly be faced. It's maximum 9 hours difference between Poland and the US - it’s not that bad, isn’t it.
The closer location and overlapping work times the better communication. It means less frustration, quick respond and speeding up of a development process.
Why outsource your IT needs to Poland?
Companies from all over the world come to Poland for numerous reasons. One of the most important of them is flexibility and the talent pool of young devs'. In addition to their great knowledge, they are hired by international firms because of their excellent communications skills.
If you decide to invest in Polish software development team, you can be sure that you can focus on your business, and you'll receive a high-quality digital product at the same time.
The IT market in Poland is constantly growing. This fact, mixed with low labor cost and talented programmers, triggers many excellent business opportunities which both startups and mature enterprises can only benefit from.