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Why you should build a software development team in Poland

Poland has long been recognized as a reliable country  for tech talent outsourcing. It is one of the biggest IT hubs in Eastern Europe. According to Glassdoor, the estimated total pay for a Software Developer is \$114,943 per year in Poland. Junior developers with less than one year of experience make around \$12,450, while senior experts can make up to \$31,680 a year. As of 2022, software development market size in Poland equals € 8,2 billion, with an estimated 63,058 software development companies, 6% more than in 2021.

Polish software developers rank 3rd in the list of top countries with the best developers worldwide. China and Russia are the only countries which outrank Poland, so keep reading on to discover why you should consider Poland as your next outsourcing destination!

Software development market overview in Poland

Countries like India were long considered to be among the most popular places for software development outsourcing. However, Eastern Europe has established itself as  a hotspot where businesses can hire full-stack teams for their projects. In the Emerging Europe Rating, Poland has achieved an impressive 61.40 score, becoming the first country with such a rating. Evaluation criteria including High Level of Expertise and English Proficiency, as well as a business-friendly environment make Poland one of the best places where you can find developers with various skills suitable for your needs!

Poland is among the largest IT hubs in Central and Eastern Europe, with the software development market size that equals €8.2bn in 2022. The average business in the Software Development sector in Poland now employs more workers than it did five years ago.

The minority of Polish software developers work in the software development outsourcing industry, so Polish software outsourcing has not reached its full potential yet. 

Because of the positive business environment, more and more companies are opening across Poland. It is estimated that as of 2021, 63,058 software development companies are successfully operating in the country, which is 6% more than the year before. One thing you should know about Poland is that you’ll get the best value for money with hardly any challenges.

R&D centers in Poland

As of 2022, there are more than 400 R&D centers operating in Poland, including Google, ABB, SABRE, Delphi, Fujitsu, Capgemini, IBM, Motorola, Shell and more. Further, according to Clutch, there are nearly 50 thousand software companies and over 800 of them offer custom software development solutions.

Tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have established big R&D centers in Poland. Some of the notable IT hubs contributing towards the growth of the Poland tech landscape include:

  • Warsaw – R&D facilities for Samsung and Microsoft
  • Krakow – R&D facilities for CISCO, Google, Fujitsu and UBS
  • Wroclaw – R&D facilities for Nokia and IBM
  • Katowice – R&D facilities for Hyland and Kroll
  • Poznan – R&D facilities for Roche

The country also has 493 tech-related startups — the highest number in the region. These include MDBootstrap, Gamehag, LiveWebinar and others.

According to Statista.com, the most popular programming languages in published job offers in Poland were JavaScript, Java, and Python, as of the third quarter of 2021.

Positive business environment, highly skilled developers and optimal time difference to major European tech hubs make the country one of the best places for software development outsourcing. Below are the rates for custom software development in major European tech hubs.

The benefits of outsourcing software development to Poland

Qualified talent pool

Polish software developers are among the most qualified in the world. They have considerable coding experience before even getting their first job. Further, polish software developers start coding very early, as 7.7% of them learn to code as early as 5-10 years of age, according to 2018 Developer Skills Report.

High English proficiency

Smooth communication is one of the most important skills foreign companies are looking for these days. Since Polish developers are mostly university-educated professionals working on international projects, their English proficiency level is high.

Convenient location

Due to the country’s close proximity to some of the major European financial centers like Lodon, Geneva, Amsterdam and Paris and optimale time difference with most European countries and the US, the country is considered one of the best locations for building a software development team for your business needs.

Optimal rates

Poland has relatively low cost of living, while their labor costs are lower than in most software outsourcing countries.

Stable economy

Poland has one of the most stable and rapidly growing economies among European countries. In 2019, the country experienced a massive GDP rise of 4,5%, while during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis Poland ranked 4th with the lowest decrease in the whole Europe. A 38-million-strong domestic consumer market that comprises 61% of GDP, as well as the country’s membership in the OECD and the EU have made the country one of the most appealing countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to foreign investors. These and other factors make Poland a great destination for software development outsourcing!

Dynamically growing IT market

Information technology sector takes up a large share in Polish economic development. The sector is responsible for generating 8% of the country’s GDP, making it a great place for the development of tech business. As a member of the European Union, Poland has established itself as a country with a consistent economic growth and attractive business environment. 

Close proximity to the major European tech hubs

Apart from the optimal time difference with major European tech hubs, Poland can boast about regular direct flights to most European capitals. Poland is in the Central time zone (GMT + 01:00). Most European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Czech, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, belong to the same time zone. The time difference with New York is 5 hours, while California is 9 hours behind Poland.

How to hire the best developers in Poland?

Although it is obvious that Poland is a great place where you can find a team of professional software developers, you also need to know how to engage with  the market — good developers aren’t easy to come by. So what can you do to find the best developers on the market?

  • Be specific about the candidate’s role. Otherwise, you risk wasting both yours and the developer’s time. Outline the core responsibilities and skills required for the specific position;
  • Provide details about the project. Fill the developer in on all the crucial information so that they understand if the position is what they are looking for. Mention the size of the team, the client and how the developers and other team members communicate inside the team; 
  • Apart from hard skills, check the candidate’s soft skills too. Positive work environment is impossible without the experts knowing how to communicate, work with other team members, be respectful and result-oriented. 
  • Make sure to access the candidate’s Linkedin profile for additional information about their professional journey. 

Grid Dynamics Digital Team will help you hire the most experienced developers for your project in Poland. We stick to excellence to ensure that our clients can access best outsourcing destinations with the most qualified talent available. 

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