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Nearshore Software Outsourcing: Why Germans Hire Polish Software Developers?

Is your company struggling with a shortage of software developers? One of the most effective solutions to this problem will be outsourcing. In this article you will find out what you will gain by hiring Polish programmers. We invite you to read it to find out if it is a good idea for your company.

Why should companies consider IT outsourcing?

Before we answer why Polish programmers can help your company’s success, we will try to explain why you should consider outsourcing. According to Deloitte, the first reason for outsourcing (70%) is cost reduction. The second one is flexibility (40%), and the third — speed to market.

These factors mean that outsourcing is becoming increasingly popular, and companies are more and more willing to choose this solution. Statista predicts that the global IT outsourcing market will be worth $425.19 billion by 2026.

What is nearshoring?

In short, nearshoring is a kind of outsourcing in which a third-party company provides specific services from another country located relatively close. An example of this is outsourcing services to Poland by a German company. These countries are close to each other — both geographically and culturally.

To learn more about nearshoring and the main difference between nearshoring, onshoring and offshoring, read our article: Onshore, Nearshore & Offshore – What Is It?

German companies that decided on nearshoring to Poland 

Many German companies have already decided to outsource to Poland. There are 7247 companies in Poland in which one of the shareholders is a German company or an individual who is a German citizen.

The most popular German companies that have decided to open offices in Poland are:

  • Bayer
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Bosch
  • Allianz
  • BMW
  • Volkswagen

5 Key Reasons Why Germans Hire Polish Software Developers

1. Cost reduction

As we mentioned before, the most important reason why companies decide to outsource is to save money. And in this case, financial issues are also very important. According to data from three trusted sources: Glassdoor, PayScale and SalaryExpert, the national average salary for a Polish Software Developer is around €26,000 per year. This amount is significantly lower than in Germany, where the average is about €62,650.

Annual salary of a software developer

As you can see, the difference is huge. Especially if we are talking about hiring an entire software development team. When you analyze the costs, you should also take into account that nearshoring of IT services in Poland brings a lot of other savings such as lower costs of the recruitment process, payroll, taxes, administrative fees, benefits, and many more.

2. Cultural and geographical proximity

Poland is one of the best destinations for IT outsourcing also due to its location. The geographical proximity of these two countries means many business advantages such as:

  • same time zone
  • many opportunities for live meetings
  • cultural proximity, facilitating daily communication and understanding.

Poles have been working successfully on the German market for years and work closely with Germans in many sectors, which confirms that cooperation between employees from these countries will be successful.

3. Good communication

If you are worried about language problems, look at this data. According to the EF English Proficiency Index, Poland ranks 14th in Europe with the highest level of English proficiency. Poles have been successful in international companies for years, and English is widely spoken in many Polish offices. Therefore, when you hire programmers from Poland, you can be sure that you could communicate with them in English.

What is more, German is the third most popular foreign language in Polish schools and is currently studied by 23% of students. Many Poles speak German, so there is a chance that you may even find employees who speak your language.

4. Experience and skills

Did you know that Poles are the third-best software developers in the world? Their representatives regularly get the highest ranks in international programming contests such as TopCoder, Microsoft Imagine Cup, Google Code Jam, or the Central European Programming Contest or TopCoder.

Moreover, Polish developers are also well-educated. The current data shows that 39% of Poles aged between 25 and 34 have university degrees. In Poland, there are more than 500 universities. Many of them, such as Warsaw University of Technology, the University of Gdańsk, or Jagiellonian University, are well-respected in the academic world.

By hiring experienced and qualified employees from Poland, you provide your company with the opportunity for rapid growth and competitive advantage.

5. Time savings

We have already talked about financial savings, but there is one more point worth mentioning — time savings. 

A report from IW (Institut de Deutschen Wirtschaft) indicates that there are as many as 440,000 unfilled MINT (Mathematicians, IT Specialists, Natural Scientists and Technicians) vacancies in Germany.

With such a significant staff shortage, it takes a long time to find a good specialist. For example, in Berlin, it takes about 50 days to hire a developer.

A time-consuming and lengthy recruitment process can cost your company a lot of time, effort and energy. To avoid this situation, you should consider hiring a Polish IT outsourcing company that will provide you with developers tailored to your preferences within a short time.

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