Setting up an offshore software development center or hiring software development teams from other countries is an increasingly popular trend in the tech industry. So if you are considering hiring offshore developers, you might be wondering if Poland is a good location for IT outsourcing.
The answer is: yes, it is, for a number of reasons.
As a CEE country, Poland has a very large pool of highly-qualified tech professionals, reasonable IT salaries, and a robust and stable economy (Poland is a member of the EU and NATO). All these factors translate into excellent conditions for the creation of top-notch centers for modern business services and continue to attract investors from all over the world, including such technology companies as Google, Amazon, Akamai, and Microsoft.
In this post, we will guide you, step by step, through all these factors to show you that Poland is a great choice for an offshore software development team.
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Key facts & figures
“Poland has the largest IT expert pool in the Central and Eastern Europe region. With that quantity comes high quality. Poland consistently ranks as one of the top three countries with the world’s best programmers” the Forbes magazine wrote.
This fact is further supported by the rankings by HackerRank and by official statistics (see below).
The top six most in-demand programming languages in Poland are:
The highest-paying technologies are Scala and Java. Detailed IT salaries by roles are described in the section “Salaries of IT professionals in Poland”.
Language & tech skills and work culture
As a result of very good education combined with early work experience, Polish programmers are regarded as some of the best in the world. It is no coincidence that one of Humeo’s clients once said: “Polish programmers are five times more effective than our team from the United States.”
Based on Humeo’s experience as a leading IT recruitment agency in Poland and job advertisements on such websites as Inhire.io, Just Join IT and No Fluff Jobs
Examples of recommended salary ranges for senior IT specialists working remotely (data from Q3/2022 | updated on a quarterly basis):
|The role||B2B = net/month | UoP = employment contract, gross/month**|
|*Backend Developer||B2B: up to PLN 30,000|
UoP: up to PLN 26,000
|Frontend Developer||B2B: up to PLN 28,500|
UoP: up to PLN 23,500
|*Mobile Developer||B2B: up to PLN 27,500 |
UoP: up to PLN 22,500
|DevOps Engineer||B2B: up to PLN 37,000|
UoP: up to PLN 32,500
|QA/Testing||B2B: up to PLN 24,000|
UoP: up to PLN 20,500
|Project Manager||B2B: up to PLN 24,000|
UoP: up to PLN 18,500
|Product Owner||B2B: up to PLN 30,000|
UoP: up to PLN 25,000
|Security Engineer||B2B: up to PLN 27,000|
UoP: up to PLN 25,500
* the actual pay levels may vary slightly depending on the programming language required in a specific job
** read more: The Guide to Hiring IT Developers in Poland: All You Need To Know About B2B and Employment Contracts
Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, the Tri-City area (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot), Katowice and Metropolis GZM, Poznań, Łódź
Modern business service centers in major cities in Poland according to a report by Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) [data from Q1 2022]:
IT centers accounted for the largest share of new investments made in 2021 (26.5%), followed by SSC/GBS (24.5%), R&D (20.4%), and BPO (18.4%).
These centers have been established chiefly by foreign investors. Of these, 20.4% were American, 16.3% were German, and 12.2% were Japanese. In total, Poland has modern business service centers from 46 countries of the world. Of these, the American centers are responsible for more than 112,000 jobs.
Job openings for programmers by city (according to a report by inhire.io):
Remote working has become the norm in modern business service centers. Among those working there:
Importantly, the growing popularity of remote work allows you to offer a more attractive salary regardless of location. As companies cut back on office space to save money, even smaller centers such as Bialystok offered IT professionals some of the highest salaries in Poland in Q2 2022. Such cities as Kraków, Poznań, and Gdańsk were ahead of Warsaw in terms of salary levels. Similarly, foreign companies may offer programmers higher salaries without requiring them to relocate or work onsite.
Poland has been a member of the European Union since 2005, and joined NATO in 1999. As the first country from the former Eastern bloc, Poland was recognized in 2018 by the Russell Index (run by the Financial Times Stock Exchange, or FTSE) as belonging to the group of developed economies. Equally importantly, Poland was described by US news as “[t]he country that experienced economic growth even during the recent global financial crisis.”
For those who want to set up a software development center in the CEE region, Poland is now also one of the best alternatives to Ukraine. Unlike such CEE countries as Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, Poland enjoys the security umbrella afforded by NATO. In turn, migrations from the former Soviet Union countries are driving up economic growth in Poland.
In addition to a considerable talent pool, Poland also offers foreign investors a high level of security and stability and good conditions for growth:
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In addition, Poland continues to develop in the area of innovation and cybersecurity:
All in all, programmers in Poland are offered slightly higher salaries than in other countries in Central and Eastern Europe (or popular non-European IT outsourcing destinations, such as India and the Philippines). However, this translates into significant benefits such as the ease of doing business, a more robust and reliable economy, an excellent infrastructure, and one of the world’s best tech talent pools.
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Business centers, office space, transportation – airports
According to an ABSL report, Poland’s top three business centers (cities with modern business service centers) in Q1 2022 were:
“In 2021, the total supply in nine key office space markets in Poland exceeded 12 million m2. The share of office space in the main regional markets (Kraków, Wrocław, the Tri-City area, Łódź, Poznań, Metropolis GZM, Lublin, and Szczecin) is already almost equal to the total modern office supply in Warsaw” – we can find this information in the summary of 2021 and forecasts for 2022 on the economic website egospodarka.
Poland has a total of 15 airports with a total of 297,648 flight operations in 2021 (compared with 444,661 operations and 49,013,538 passengers served in 2019, before the pandemic). These airports are:
Smaller airports in: Bydgoszcz, Warsaw-Modlin, Świdnik, Szczecin, Szymany, Nowy Kramsk, and Radom (the latter is temporarily closed).
Importantly, Polish airports are connected to Western Europe through a fixed network of airline connections (Wizzair, Ryanair, LOT, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Finnair, and other major European airlines).
In conclusion, Poland is an excellent destination for foreign companies that want to set up a software development center in the CEE region to benefit from lower costs (office space, legislation, salaries) and a top-class infrastructure. Poland understands the needs of today’s world and adapts quickly to modern challenges, which is confirmed by the fact that over half of the capital invested in the CEE region goes to Poland, and the country ranks second in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of fintech startup funding rounds and first in terms of the number of “unicorn startups.”
The fact that Poland is a good location for an IT hub is demonstrated by the presence of many tech giants and well-known brands.
Poland is an excellent choice for tech companies regardless of their size. These include both multinational corporations (Google, Amazon, and Microsoft), well-known brands of Polish origin (such as Asseco, PGS Software, and Comarch), and startups that were established and continue to develop in Poland (DocPlanner, Brainly, Estimote, Allegro, and so on).
To find out more about different forms of employment, read Humeo’s guide:
You already know the key facts about the Polish IT market, including the size of the talent pool, salaries of IT professionals, and the business infrastructure. This should give you a general idea about the benefits from creating a software development center in Poland. Many tech and non-tech companies have already taken this step. Now it’s your turn! 🙂
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