If we tell you that we believe that Poland should appear on the list of countries to consider for IT outsourcing and that Polish developers just might be among the best in the world, you might think that’s just our opinion.
When you’re responsible for IT outsourcing budgets, you have a lot of decisions to make and factors to consider. And we think we can make a convincing case for Poland as a – maybe the – leading IT outsourcing location in 2021.
In this article, we’ve gathered facts and stats about Poland’s economy, business environment, achievements, and its awesome people so you can judge for yourself if this emerging country fits your IT outsourcing needs. In any event, you’ll probably discover some things you didn’t know about the Poles and it might just be enough to stir your curiosity for further exploration.
- Outstanding remote work culture
- EU Funding
- Economic recovery
- Polish IT and startup ecosystems
Polish IT professionals get the highest ranks in international coding competitions and IT scoring in terms of accuracy and speed (HackerRank, SkillValue, Top Coder, etc.).
They earn recognition for being passionate about coding and providing the best quality possible. Determined to bring innovative solutions to the table quickly even in the toughest situations, they meet the deadlines and always find a way to solve the problems.
For them, staying up-to-date with the recent technological trends is paramount to constantly improve their skills and work. That’s why they never cease to explore what’s new in terms of technologies, tools, libraries, and frameworks. And ultimately, this has a positive impact on their efficiency and speed.
Polish developers have a strong sense of ownership and responsibility. They examine any problem from different perspectives and usually propose creative solutions instead of traditional ones, exceeding clients’ expectations.
Many business owners appreciate their honesty in making accurate estimations and delivering the best solutions fast, cutting costs and saving valuable time.
Finally, Polish developers are hardworking and persevering. They just don’t give up and are very competitive. Their tenacity is reflected in HackerRank’s “Countries that never give up”.
With their knowledge in cutting-edge technologies and experience in working directly for global brands, Polish software development shines in almost all industries and markets worldwide, whether Cloud Computing Services, IoT, Cybersecurity, or IT Infrastructure.
They are also renowned for having exceptional project management and organizational skills.
Polish developers are comfortable working in distributed teams and are experts in remote development.
Their high productivity and industry best practices are appreciated by collaborators from the US, the UK, Germany, Norway, and Sweden, with whom they share the same values and western mindset.
With more than exceptional tech skills, Polish developers also bring greater flexibility and agility to the table.
According to the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, Poland has more than 400 gaming companies and 480 game premieres every year.
CD Projekt’s The Witcher series, based on fantasy novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, is one of the best-selling video game franchises in history, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide.
The thriving gaming industry in Poland is based on people’s creativity, heritage, and individualism, inspired by the real-life conflict between environmental, business, and political interests.
In general, Poles have seriously high-quality education. It starts in elementary school, where the subjects include not only mathematics, sciences, and technology, but the basics of programming. This continues through post-secondary education at over 500 universities, with two of them (Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the University of Warsaw) in the top 10 universities from emerging Europe and Central Asia. This excellent reputation acts as a magnet for the many international students who come to Poland to attend these universities.
Harvard’s Business Review ranked Poland in 5th place among the most tech-skilled labor markets in the world, with young and ambitious engineers, speaking good English and having a Western mentality.
In 2004, Poland became a member of the European Union and, between 2007 and 2020, the country received over 140 billion EUR from the EU’s budget to build new roads, airports, motorways, to develop the rural areas, to improve digitalization, and to invest in business development – making Poland the largest beneficiary of EU funding.
Today, those changes are visible: Poland is the eighth-largest economy in the European Union in real GDP terms and has many prosperous industries.
Poland’s economy has not only been markedly less affected by the Covid pandemic but is also recovering more quickly than the rest of Europe.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development forecasts 3% growth in 2021, which would make Poland the only EU member to reach its pre-crisis level by the end of 2021.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, many Polish companies, including governmental ones, have been investing in digital transformation, seizing the opportunity by further intensifying the development of remote tech solutions.
In turn, that has increased the need for software engineers to develop fast and reliable digital solutions.
Poland’s outsourcing sector has around 700 business service centers that employ over 150,000 specialists.
Krakow and Warsaw are already tech hotspots, leading the way with the highest number of outsourcing offices in the country and a large number of innovative tech startups, while Gdansk is emerging as the next new outsourcing destination in Poland.
In the most recent World Bank report, Poland is recognized as one of the most startup-friendly ecosystems in the world, ranking higher than established hubs such as Australia and Great Britain.
The US Chamber of Commerce ranked Poland the 18th-safest outsourcing destination in the world. At least some of that follows from Poland’s membership in the European Economic Area (EEA) – critical for both intellectual property concerns and the legal aspects of outsourcing arrangements.
Polish software companies are up to date with strict requirements regarding data privacy and personal data processing.
Why Outsource Your IT Project to Poland?
Right. Good vodka, the Crooked Little House, and worldwide success in gaming software – they may not be enough to convince you that you should add Poland to your list of countries to consider for IT outsourcing projects.
But Poles’ remote work culture, exceptional internet access, tech versatility, problem-solving abilities, and top software skills – appreciated by the entire world – must be attractive from a business standpoint.
Poland has lower software development costs than West European countries – another essential advantage in getting top coding quality at reasonable prices.
In a nutshell, Poland combines:
- Round-the-clock support from dedicated remote teams of highly-skilled, English-speaking engineers – with geographical proximity
- Robust infrastructure – with wonderful cuisine
- Attractive rates – with respect for legal, ethical, and intellectual property concerns
- Developers who will not quit until you have what you contracted for – with a delightful quality of life
When you want to entrust your IT project to experts, think Poland.