Why Hire a Software Development Team in Poland
IT outsourcing has always been a viable way to cut down on development costs while tapping into the best IT talents. Today, while the rest of the business world is only starting to explore the advantages of remote work, IT outsourcing is booming. IT services market size was estimated at $520.74 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow rapidly with an annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7% from 2020 to 2027. Given this, 65% of businesses are planning to increase their outsourcing efforts in the future.
A wide range of US and European companies consider countries of Eastern Europe as appealing destinations for IT outsourcing as they offer access to qualified and seasoned IT specialists as well as favorable conditions for building a successful partnership.
Among all the Eastern European countries Poland has the largest concentration of tech specialists with top-tech skills, a European mindset, and a decent level of English.
TopCoder ranks Poland among the top 10 countries with the strongest developers. The International Collegiate Programming Contest puts the Polish University of Warsaw on the fourth and sixth lines among the top universities with the most skilled developers in the world.
In this article, we’ll explain what advantages you can get from outsourcing your IT projects to Poland.
IT Services Market Overview
Poland is one of the largest hubs of software developers in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2019, it amounted to 401,000 developers, encompassing the biggest number of software developers in Eastern Europe. In 2021, it was ranked 7th among the most powerful IT industries across Europe with a revenue of 8.9 bln euros ($10.4 bln).
The IT industry in Poland is rapidly growing, it’s been increasing by 9.5% since 2016 and constitutes about 8% of Polish GDP.
In 2019, Poland had 1,400 foreign and Polish BPO, SSC/GBS, IT, and R&D service centers with 307,000 employees in total.
Such well-known digital companies as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle Capgemini, Comarch, Cisco, Google, Atos, and others outsource their IT projects to Poland, taking advantage of the Polish tech talent pool.
Polish software vendors provide outsourcing software development services to companies from various business domains, including FinTech, e-commerce, mobile and web development, and many others.
Software Developers in Poland: Developer Skills
Poland has a range of world-recognized universities which provide strong technical education with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The most-known universities are:
- Warsaw University of Technology with a global score of 47 and #275 in Best Universities of Engineering;
- Wroclaw University of Science and Technology with the global score of 46.2 and #362 in Best Universities for Engineering;
- AGH University of Science & Technology with the global score of 45.1 and #364 in Best Universities for Engineering;
- Poznan University of Technology with a global score of 31.5 and #440 in Best Universities for Engineering.
In the recent Polish IT Community Report it is mentioned that 75% of respondents who work in the IT-sphere graduated from a university, while 59% of employees have Master’s degrees, 8.8% of employees have Bachelor degrees, 31% studied engineering, and 1.3% of respondents have Ph.D. The same report shows which business areas are the most popular among Polish software developers to work in. They include: