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Where Do German and Dutch Companies Outsource Software Development? We’ve Surveyed 300+ Businesses

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Over the past 3 years, we’ve been communicating with Dutch and DACH region business executives that outsource software development. As a result, we’ve collected the answers of 98 business executives operating in the Netherlands and 204 executives from the DACH region, which allowed us to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Determine the most popular outsourcing regions for Dutch and German companies;

  • Discover what are the top 5 outsourcing countries among our respondents;

  • Find out how company size influences the choice of an outsourcing destination.

Continue reading to see the results of our yearslong research in the form of interactive statistics and learn the conclusions of our business development experts.

Where Do DACH Countries Outsource Software Development?

127 companies in the DACH region (101 in Germany, 22 in Switzerland, and 5 in Austria) indicated their outsourcing destinations. On the basis of the data collected, we’ve calculated that 75.58% of DACH hire developers for their projects in Europe, 20.48% in Asia, 3.15% in Africa, and only 0.79% in South America. 


Outsourcing destinations for DACH countries

Due to the fact that the majority of DACH region respondents are German companies, we’ve decided to concentrate our further research on software outsourcing patterns among German companies.  

Where Do German Companies Outsource Software Development?

Our research shows that 77% of German companies we surveyed outsource IT projects to Europe, 18% to Asia, 4% to Africa, and 1% to South America. Convenient time zones and access to a large tech talent pool make Europe the most attractive outsourcing region for Germany.

Outsourcing region Percent of German companies
Europe 77%
Asia 18%
Africa 4%
South America 1%


Outsourcing destinations for German companies

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Based on our country-level research, there are 5 popular countries to outsource IT services among the German companies surveyed:

Czech Republic, Serbia, and Spain were correspondingly chosen by 3% of German respondents. 

Lithuania, Slovenia, Egypt, and Croatia are outsourcing countries of the same number of our respondents—2%. 

15% of German respondents outsource software development projects to other countries which include Macedonia, Vietnam, Slovakia, Tunisia, Turkey, China, Brazil, Palestine, Thailand, etc. 

16% of German companies surveyed outsource to 2 or more countries, the combinations are the following: 

  • kraine, Macedonia, and India; 
  • Poland and Romania; 
  • Ukraine and Romania; 
  • Czech Republic and Spain; 
  • Belarus and India; 
  • India and Poland; 
  • Bulgaria and Turkey; 
  • Romania and Moldova; 
  • Czech Republic and Romania; 
  • Poland, China, Taiwan; 
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina and India; 
  • Bulgaria and India; 
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia; 
  • Ukraine and Belarus; 
  • Poland and Spain; 
  • some Asian countries including India.  

What percentage of German companies surveyed outsource to the countries listed below?

Outsourcing country Percent of German companies
Ukraine 17%
India 12%
Romania 10%
Poland 9%
Belarus 4%
Czech Republic 3%
Serbia 3%
Spain 3%
Lithuania 2%
Slovenia 2%
Egypt 2%
Croatia 2%
Other countries 15%
2 or more countries 16%


Top 5 countries for outsourcing among German companies

How Does Company Size Influence the Choice of an IT Outsourcing Destination?

We studied German companies that outsource to the top 5 countries according to their sizes and detected how enterprize size affects outsourcing decisions.

Check out the results below:

German outsourcing statistics by company size

Country Micro (1-10 employees) Small (11-50 employees) Medium-sized (51-200 employees) Large (201+ employees)
Ukraine 7.35% 48.50% 36.70% 7.30%
India 27.30% 9.10% 18.20% 45.50%
Romania 10% 40% 10% 40%
Poland 44.40% 44.40% 11.20%
Belarus 33.40% 33.30% 33.30%


Where do German companies outsource depending on company size?

Small (11-50 employees) and medium-sized (51-200 employees) companies from Germany tend to outsource IT projects to Ukraine and Poland, while large enterprises (201+ employees) in combination with either micro, small (11-50 employees), or medium-sized businesses (51-200 employees) prefer India, Romania, and Belarus.


Simon Ricker,
Business Development Manager at Grid Dynamics

"Smaller and mid-sized businesses with less than 500 employees need to focus more recruitment efforts on middle and senior software developers. Like any other company, they need highly talented people to build well-functioning software in a reasonable amount of time. As opposed to junior developers, this target group is a challenging task to attract both for smaller German and Dutch companies.

Firstly, it’s easier for larger companies to attract senior level talent, because they can offer higher salaries and more perks.

Secondly, senior developers don’t tend to change their workplaces regularly. So it takes a lot of effort and resources to bring them on board.

Thirdly, in cities like Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart Region, Hamburg or Frankfurt small and mid-sized businesses are competing with large corporations for local talent.

I think that when small and medium-sized companies consider outsourcing, they prefer European countries such as Ukraine, Romania, Poland, and Belarus for several reasons. They receive fast and direct access to a pool of software developers with a solid technical education, with at least several years of commercial experience, little time zone difference and a great price quality ratio.

In short, Europe is an attractive destination for those looking to produce high-quality software in an agile atmosphere with constantly changing requirements and new feature requests. Companies with more than 500 employees or more than 50 million in turnover have more opportunities to accumulate tech talent with different seniority levels locally, which means their main outsourcing need isn’t centered around finding missing talent. Instead, their goal is to build large offshore development teams that will function independently and substantially cut costs. And by large I mean 50+ staff.

The Indian software outsourcing market is capable of fulfilling this need: The number of available software engineers is huge and the time zone disparity isn’t that important when fully functional business units are outsourced. This is the main reason German corporations are attracted to this destination. What often surprises them in hindsight are the differences in perceptions and approaches to software development they had to learn to consider while outsourcing software development projects to Asia."

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Where Do Dutch Companies Outsource Software Development?

84 companies in the Netherlands revealed their outsourcing destinations and based on the indexes collected, we found that 66.60% of Dutch companies outsource software development to Europe, 28.80% to Asia, 3.60% to Africa, and only 1% to South America. Dutch outsourcing statistics repeat German patterns, proving that countries share similar preferences, such as a minimal time zone difference and access to a wide talent pool.

Where do Dutch companies surveyed outsource software development?

Outsourcing region Percent of Dutch companies
Europe 66.60%
Asia 28.80%
Africa 3.60%
South America 1%


Outsourcing destinations for Dutch companies

According to our calculations, there are 5 top countries Dutch companies surveyed prefer as their outsourcing destinations: 

Serbia and Bulgaria were both chosen by 3.50% of Dutch companies. Czech Republic, Macedonia, Hungary, Russia were all indicated by the same number of companies surveyed—2.30%. Over 18% of Dutch businesses outsource IT services to other countries, including Pakistan, Georgia, Vietnam, Spain, Philippines, Egypt, etc. 

Whereas 10% of Dutch companies in our research outsource to 2 or more countries, the combinations are the following: 

- Romania and Macedonia; 
- Russia and Ukraine; 
- Bosnia and Serbia; 
- Poland and Belarus; 
- Philippines and Ukraine; 
- Ukraine and Belarus; 
- Russia, Vietnam, and Romania; 
- Romania, Ecuador and India. 

What percentage of Dutch companies surveyed outsource to the countries listed below?

Outsourcing country Percent of Dutch companies
India 18%
Ukraine 14%
Poland 9%
Romania 9%
Belarus 5%
Serbia 3.90%
Bulgaria 3.90%
Czech Republic 2.30%
Macedonia 2.30%
Hungary 2.30%
Russia 2.30%
Other countries 18%
2 or more countries 10%


Top 5 countries for IT outsourcing among Dutch companies

How Does Company Size Influence the Choice of IT Outsourcing Destination?

To strengthen our preceding research, we studied Dutch companies that outsource to the top 5 countries according to their sizes and determined how business scope influences the choice of an outsourcing destination.

Here’s what we found:

Dutch outsourcing statistics by company size

Country Micro (1-10 employees) Small (11-50 employees) Medium-sized (51-200 employees) Large (201+ employees)
India 26.70% 46.70% 6.70% 20%
Ukraine 25% 58.30% 8.30% 8.30%
Poland 50% 50%
Romania 25% 37.50% 25% 12.50%
Belarus 50% 50%


Where do Dutch companies outsource depending on company size?

Based on Grid Dynamics calculations, micro (1-10 employees) and small companies (11-50 employees) in the Netherlands outsource to Ukraine and India; small (11-50 employees) and medium-sized (51-200 employees) outsource to Romania, Poland, and Belarus. 


Imre Wessels
Business Development Manager at Grid Dynamics

"The majority of companies prefer to have their remote team closer to home—66.60% of companies have their teams in Europe. Dutch companies value clear communication and face to face contact, which is easier to achieve when you are working with a team from a similar cultural background and same time zone."

India is also a preferred option for larger companies that have established, more rigid, development processes. Interesting to note that the tech talent pool in India is approximately 20 times larger than in Ukraine but they are only slightly more favored by Dutch companies in our research. Nevertheless, India is a popular option for smaller companies that work in competitive industries where margins are tight and the workload is not overly complex, such as certain web development projects."

Summing Up the Results

Our self-conducted research depicts similar software development outsourcing patterns between Germany and the Netherlands. Both Dutch and German companies prefer outsourcing to European countries, namely 66.60% of Dutch companies and 77% of German companies. 

The Netherlands and Germany also share the same pattern concerning other outsourcing destinations: 28.80% and 18% correspondingly outsource to Asia, 3.60% and 4% to Africa, and only 1% of either countries outsources IT projects to South America. 

Furthermore, country-level research illustrates that the Netherlands and Germany share the same top 5 software outsourcing countries: Ukraine, India, Romania, Poland, and Belarus.

Outsourcing Software Development to Ukraine

Ukrainian IT industry boasts a thriving tech environment, which continues growing yearly—Ukraine was recognized as the 2nd largest IT export industry of 2018, there are 4000+ tech companies, and 1000+ IT events held annually.  Software outsourcing services in Ukraine brought in an income of around $3.6 billion in 2017 (3.4% of the country’s GDP).

The high-profit rates take their roots in the rapid growth of tech market in Ukraine—throughout 2017, the software outsourcing market in Ukraine has grown by 20% and is expected to reach $8 billion by 2025.

The most reliable way to hire Ukrainian developers remotely is to establish cooperation with a tech partner, like Grid Dynamics, who will: 

  • Choose the tech stack necessary to implement your project;
  • Structure appropriate team composition for your product;
  • Take care of the entire recruitment process;  
  • Manage your team retention and handle all administrative issues;
  • Foster well-ordered communication between you and your dedicated team;
  • Provide you with comprehensive support whenever you have questions.

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