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Choosing outsourcing location: Poland

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Did you know that Poland is in 2nd place with the best developers in Europe?

The country is known for a vast talent pool of IT graduates with many international award-winning developers. The reason the country’s recognition is growing is due to a solid services sector and its talent pool.

What is more, the stability of the Polish economy makes it more resistant to economic crises. Boasting a stable GDP growth, the country provides a business friendly environment to investors being second among the world’s 50 best countries to invest in, according to Polish Investment and Trade Agency.

Key factors placing Poland on this position are business openness and technological readiness. The investors also appreciated the professionalism and commitment of Polish employees, the quality of business infrastructure, the freedom of movement and the tax system.

Let us show you some of the many advantages that Poland has to offer.Choosing outsourcing location: PolandSource:
A.T. Kearney’s 2019 Global Services Location Index


1.
Location

Poland is in the centre of Europe, which has a lot of advantages.

The time-zone of GMT +1 enables effective communication between the parties, which is extremely important. It allows our engineers to quickly respond to challenges and meet clients in person.
Speaking of meetings, by choosing Poland you can benefit from international airports, which makes it easy to travel to major European cities in just 1-3 hours.

Air transportation in Poland is also flourishing. Since Polish airports can handle around 50 million travelers a year, there will be no problems with frequent contact.

Also, work and leisure culture is similar to that of clients based in Western Europe and work days are aligned.

2. Talent

The largest academic hub in the EU

The education system in Poland gives learners an opportunity for 22 years of uninterrupted and free education.

Information Technology is the most popular field of study, with 71,000 students and 11,000 graduates a year, allowing the country to develop into a fully-fledged outsourcing location, with many developers speak fluent English.

According to the 2019 EF English Proficiency Index, Polish citizens are among world’s best speakers of English (11th place), showing a ‘very high level’ of proficiency, just like Swedes, Germans or Finns. What is more, around 40% of Poles know at least one foreign language.

Poland is also third in the ranking of the World’s Best Developers, with a score of 93.38% and second in Europe.

No wonder that well-educated Polish engineers, IT specialists and scientists are highly sought-after and appreciated employees who find employment in IT companies, R&D centres and scientific institutes.

3. Business

Poland has become one of primary outsourcing destinations in Europe, offering qualified specialists and consultants. Being a member of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) and joining Schengen zone has made international trade easier than ever and companies are evidently taking advantage of that.

Poland is the 8th biggest economy in the European Union and, according to EC’s European Winter Economic Forecast, economic growth remained high in 2019 and GDP is said to have increased by 4.0%.

The World Bank Group’s flagship Doing Business report which compares Business Regulation in 190 Economies, gave Poland the 40th place out of 190 countries listed in the ease of doing business ranking, which compares to 55th and 61st place for Romania and Bulgaria respectively, 64rd for Ukraine, and 31st place for China.

Additionally, Poland is steadily developing, welcoming more and more modern technologies in its infrastructures. Not only does it show its awareness of what is happening on the market but also a stable economy, capable of investing into innovative solutions.

Last but not least, in the latest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, Poland had the score of 60/100. This gives it 36th position among 180 countries included in the ranking.

4. Culture

Common ground and understanding are crucial factors that can make or break an outsourcing relationship.

When it comes to culture, Poland is very close to other European countries, so the risk of facing a large cultural gap is very low. This is why choosing Poles as your partners may be a way to go.

Poland enjoys the highest degree of familiarity and proximity to Western Europe and a deep cultural connection with the U.S. In comparison to some other popular outsourcing destinations further away, Polish way of communicating and working is very similar to that of most of Europe, posing almost no communication barriers.

Polish professionals are also generally comfortable with providing suggestions for improvements, ideas for a better solution or letting their partners know if there is a problem.

5. Cost-effectiveness

Poland has very competitive pricing, especially compared to domestic markets.

We can consider Poland as one of the most cost-effective country, and it is easy to have a good budget-control. You are still likely to outsource to Poland at very competitive rates, since labor costs are lower than those for similar experts in the western part of Europe.

A lot of companies from US and Western Europe choose Poland over other countries because of its professionalism going hand-in-hand with lower prices.

What is more, there is no additional VAT reverse charge in Poland, which makes it a very attractive location for outsourcers. In addition to that, Poland follows the EU restrictions and laws. And in this very case, lower costs do mean excellent quality.

According to Bloomberg’s Top 50 Most Innovative Economies, Poland is 22nd, developing the IT industry as one of the main bases of its economy.

As years go by, Poland becomes one of the most often chosen outsourcing locations, especially in the IT sector. Its combination of talent, location and competitive prices makes it a top choice for outsources from around the world.

That’s why, if you want to successfully develop high-quality products, outsourcing to Poland is the way to go.

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