A step-by-step guide
Once you decide to recruit software developers in Poland, there are several questions you need to answer. Where can you find the best tech professionals? What criteria should you apply to choose the best recruiters for your needs? What recruitment model should you choose?
In this guide, we will address all these questions and more. We will walk you through all the steps you should take to recruit the right IT specialists for the right roles in an IT hub, a software development center, or an offshore or nearshore IT team. We will give you plenty of useful tips to help you improve your hiring process if you want to recruit yourself and an overview of pricing models if you prefer partnering with an IT recruitment agency in Poland.
Finding and hiring tech recruiters: the who, where & how
1. Demand for IT recruiters in Poland is now almost as high as demand for IT specialists. We can tell you from experience that Humeo’s recruiters receive up to several dozen job offers every month.
2. If you are looking for experienced recruiters, here are a few tips to help you up your recruitment game:
3. Hiring a highly-skilled tech recruiter in Poland is not easy, which is why tech companies often choose to outsource IT recruitment to tech recruitment agencies in Poland. This will save you time and, in the long run, also money. Above all, however, you will gain a reliable recruitment and business partner that provides a stable, trustworthy, and comprehensive solution for companies that want to enter the Polish market.
site coordinator at LeoVegas Group, one of Humeo’s clients
RPO from Humeo turned out to be the perfect solution for us. When we decided to open an IT hub in Poland, we knew that hiring developers would be the biggest challenge. RPO services allowed us to start quickly and save a lot of time on searching for recruiters. The cooperation goes very well and on top of superb recruitment services, we also get flexibility, expertise & market insights that Humeo acquired in their many projects.
Did you know?Humeo’s RPO was used by one of our clients, Sweden’s LeoVegas Group. Humeo’s recruiters needed just six months to set up a software development team of 14 Java Developers, a QA Engineer, a Team Leader, and an HR Manager. In addition, we helped our client choose a location for the office of the newly-opened branch in Poland, work out a strategy for recruiting candidates in Poland, and in the long run, also for onboarding new employees.
Read our case study: Creating an IT Hub for Sweden’s LeoVegas Group to learn more about Humeo’s RPO solution (a tech recruiter handling recruitment processes only for your company) and its benefits for your business.
Job boards, employer branding & recruitment tools
If you have an in-house recruitment team that you can use to recruit IT specialists for a new development or tech team in Poland, here is a list of tips and resources you can use.
How you tell your company’s story matters. Phrases like “we are a fast-growing company” and “you will be joining a young and vibrant team” will only make the Polish tech professionals smile and, let’s be frank, roll their eyes, perhaps with a sigh of resignation. Job advertisements riddled with clichés are a big no-no.
Instead, you should focus on what makes your company authentic. We know it’s hard to put all these things into a job advertisement. For this reason, you should leverage your social media presence to describe your company and its activity. You should also raise this issue during job interviews. Remember to cite specific sources that candidates can later check on your website. This will definitely bring the candidates one step closer to deciding that they want to join your company.
So let’s dig a little deeper into how you can achieve this goal.
Here are a few EB tips along with examples of such actions taken by some of Humeo’s clients:
In addition to good employer branding, you should not forget about a good recruitment strategy adjusted to the realities of the IT market in Poland.
Here are only some of the aspects you should consider in this context:
It will definitely not be easy to decide on all these issues, especially if you are not familiar with the Polish job market. Many companies therefore decide to use Polish consultancy firms to find out more about these aspects of recruitment. Those who expect even more comprehensive solutions choose to partner with local IT recruitment agencies.
When opening a new IT hub in Poland, LeoVegas Group decided to use Humeo’s services, more specifically the RPO solution. Humeo’s tech recruiters Lidia and Patrycja supported (and still support) LeoVegas in all of its recruitment processes. They drew on their experience and knowledge of the Polish IT market to help our client choose office space in Warsaw, designed the recruitment process, and remained actively involved in the onboarding of new hires. In this post on Humeo’s blog, Lidia and Patrycja describe this project in their own words: “Working with Swedes” – Humeo’s RPO Recruiters Lidia & Pati at LeoVegas:
Once you’ve decided on the form of communication, the presentation of your company, the recruitment process, and the content of job advertisements, you should consider the places where you can post them. We suggest five job boards, which we believe are the most popular websites with IT job offers.
To find top software developers, you can also use more advanced sourcing methods and visit the websites that Polish programmers usually use to find answers to questions related to their daily work:
For more sourcing tips, read Humeo’s blog post “How to find good software developers in Poland.”
Using specialist recruitment tools for all recruitment processes is also a good idea that will save you a lot of time and consequently money. In addition, your recruitment process will be more effective and more enjoyable for candidates.
Here are some of the tools that we believe are worth exploring:
Recruitment & pricing models
If you feel overwhelmed by all these issues related to hiring tech recruiters, you don’t have the time to recruit software developers for an offshore tech team, or you simply want to have a reliable business partner that will guide you step by step through the creation of a software development center, you can explore the solution we propose in this e-book with a comparison of recruitment services.
Here, we would like to remind you that if you decide to recruit IT specialists in Poland, you will be typically choosing between an external IT recruitment agency (the success fee model) and an IT recruiter dedicated to your business (either an in-house recruiter or a freelancer). But you can also choose Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), a solution that combines these two options: you partner with a recruitment agency and receive a highly-skilled tech recruiter who handles only your recruitment processes.
So if you don’t have the time or resources to hire full-time tech recruiters who know the Polish IT market, the best solution for you will be to engage a recruitment agency in Poland. IT recruitment agencies typically use two pricing models: the success fee and RPO. We describe them in this e-book:
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