Did you know that Poland is rising to the heights of nearshoring in Europe? According to Raconteur and A.T. Kearney’s statistics, Poland places itself as the most attractive financially and essentially regarding software development. An average hourly rate of a polish developer, who often has better credentials, is even 3 or 4 times lower than his UK-based competitor’s. If you want to know why Poland is one of the best places to find skilled engineers, read on!
Comparing Poland with other countries, it’s easy to notice that we value our education. Within the IT industry, good English knowledge is a must, and every Polish developer knows that. From a very early age, polish students have contact with English and German and Russian languages. Foreign language lessons are provided even in kindergarten. Nowadays, a typical polish student should have gone through at least 12 years of foreign language lessons. This should result in at least a basic knowledge of grammar and the ability to communicate efficiently in said language.
With Brexit and rapid business development in mind, many UK based companies will have to change their direction and look for alternative hiring skilled software developers. Since London is the place to be for all aspiring startupers in Europe, high-quality specialists are hard to reach. There simply aren’t enough skilled software developers in the UK. On top of that, the available ones have entirely taken over the market, with their prices being way over the average startup budget. It’s no surprise that company founders are desperately looking for affordable alternatives.
However, many European entrepreneurs notice that working in two or even more time zones disarranged the project schedule, making it challenging to communicate daily.
Communication wise, language also becomes a significant factor, sometimes even a barrier, when offshoring to Asian countries. Cultural differences also add to miscommunication issues.
Of course, there are plenty of excellent, skilled, and educated developers all over the world. However, statistics say that Poles are exceptionally good at learning in general, and foreign languages are our spécialité. Alongside having some of the best technical skills.
Universities in Europe, Poland produces over 15 000 graduates with IT skills each year.
Poland has earned its current position, but there are no grounds for complacency in our culture. Polish developers are dedicated and focused on their work because they are aware of variables in science, technology, and the economy. If they want to stay on top, they have to work even harder.
Outsourcing product development can also be stressful. You may think it’s hard to manage a remote team, but again with good communication, your problems should be resolved shortly. Barely any difference in time zones means that both sides work similar hours so you can exchange ideas, answer questions and simply work together daily.
Cultural similarities between Brits and Poles and European countries’ shared history only tightens ties and create incredible products.