The globalization of hiring has significantly accelerated over the past three years, propelled by the pandemic and the resulting shift in work practices. With talent spread out in remote locations worldwide, companies quickly adopted new methods to seek and hire the best talent before their competitors did, irrespective of where this talent was located.
This article provides an overview of the top 10 countries to hire tech talent.
Sometimes referred to as The Land of Fields (the country's Polish name, Polska, translates as such), Poland, due to its peculiar geographical situation, has historically been a country of western and eastern influences. Poland is strategically located and within effortless reach of most major European capitals. It's a place where business booms, and it shows. With over 430,000 well-educated, English-speaking IT specialists available, Poland routinely ranks in the top 3 countries with the best programmers.
Poland offers additional advantages that support its privileged offshoring position. A favorable taxation framework incentivizes businesses and a relatively stable economy and political system. Because of this positive environment, many international companies have chosen Poland as their offshoring location. Amazon, IBM, Nokia, and Cisco, to name but a few, have established R&D centers in the country.
We recently published a full article listing the benefits of hiring in Poland.
Over the last decade, Bulgaria has invested heavily in developing its IT industry. This has led to the country becoming a prime outsourcing destination. There are many reasons for this rise in the outsourcing market: emphasis on tech education, taxation, rapid development, excellent English language proficiency, great geographical location, affordable costs, and many others.
We recently published a full article listing the benefits of hiring in Bulgaria.
Vampire lore has long been one of Romania's tourist attractions. The region of Transylvania, in central Romania, will forever be associated with the legend of Count Dracula, that timeless character born out of the mind of Irish writer Bram Stoker.
Software teams care little about such myths, however. Today's Romania is a sought-after outsourcing location for several reasons. It has one of the lowest cost bases in Europe, for example. But more importantly, Romania just happens to be located in an ideal geographical spot, just a couple of hours’ flight away from most places on the continent. Romania's capital, Bucharest, has emerged as a major technological hub. Global corporations like Gameloft, Hewlett-Packard, Ericsson, and Huawei have established outsourcing locations in the country.
We recently published a full article listing the benefits of hiring in Romania.
The Czech Republic has a thriving tech industry and has been ranked as one of the most advanced CEE countries in technology development. The country boasts a highly skilled workforce, a favorable business environment, and strong government support for innovation. The tech sector is primarily concentrated in the capital city of Prague, with many startups and established companies choosing to base themselves there.
The Czech Republic's tech industry is growing rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down. With a skilled workforce, supportive government policies, and a favorable business environment, the country is well-positioned to continue its success in the tech sector.
Portugal has made strides in tech development, with a thriving startup ecosystem and government support for innovation. Fintech and e-commerce are powerful areas, with companies like Farfetch, Outsystems, and Talkdesk gaining international recognition. Portugal's tech industry is still small but has significant potential for growth with continued government support and a focus on entrepreneurship.
We recently published a full article listing the benefits of hiring in Portugal.
Many countries in eastern Europe boast strong academic policies, ideal time zones, and affordable costs. All this has been noticed, and a great deal of corporations in western Europe and the United States have software development hubs in the region.
Though a relatively late arrival to the IT industry, Ukraine has established itself as a prime location for software development outsourcing. While other economic sectors took a massive hit after the pandemic, the IT industry bucked the trend. For example, exports rose over 20% in 2020 to beyond $5bn.
The reasons are clear. Ukraine offers more than 200k skilled programmers from various universities featuring many technical courses. Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro cities stand out as educational, cultural, and business hubs. Overall, 39 technical universities produce an average of 30,000 specialists per year. And the international market has taken heed. Software giants like Oracle and Google have set up outsourcing bases in Ukraine.
We recently published a full article listing the benefits of hiring in Ukraine.
India earned itself a bad reputation in the early years of outsourcing. The expression 'jobs have been Bangalored' entered the popular lexicon in the 90s. Back then, this expression had rather negative -almost pejorative- connotations. It meant that a company was outsourcing its IT jobs to a low-cost country, often India (hence, Bangalore).
The city of Bangalore is two things: it is the capital of India's southern Karnataka state and the epicenter of India's high-tech industry. Microsoft, Google, IBM, and many startups have found a home in this city of about 8.5m people.
Bangalore (and India as a whole) offer a seemingly endless supply of skilled talent for all aspects of the IT industry. This, together with a high level of English proficiency and a well-established outsourcing infrastructure, puts India firmly on the global outsourcing map.
We recently published a full article listing the benefits of hiring in India.
Israel has a thriving tech ecosystem, with companies operating in various fields such as cybersecurity, fintech, biotech, and artificial intelligence. Many of these companies have gained global recognition for their innovative solutions, and major tech companies have acquired several.
Israel's tech industry has received significant investment from international companies, and the country has also developed close partnerships with other tech hubs, such as Silicon Valley in the United States. With its innovative spirit and strong government support, Israel's tech industry will likely continue to thrive in the coming years.
Soccer, coffee, and Christ the Redeemer are three of the best-known aspects of Brazil. The largest country in South America by far, Brazil's sheer size makes it an ideal location to serve international business partners. For example, the country is a perfect onshoring destination for the United States, as the time difference between the US's east coast and Brazil is just one hour.
Brazil's IT market is expected to grow by 11% this year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC Brazil) and the Brazilian Association of Software Companies (ABES). A relatively low-cost base also plays a major role in attracting international business, which maximizes operating costs. But the low cost would mean nothing without a strong and well-educated workforce. The University of Sao Paulo ranks first among the Best Global Universities in Latin America and 122nd globally.
We recently published a full article about outsourcing in Latin America vs Eastern Europe markets.
Much like Brazil, Colombia is well known for its coffee exports. (Arabica beans grow exclusively in Colombian soil.) But apart from being a coffee lovers' paradise, Colombia is also a prime location for nearshoring. For example, the country's timezone is close to many areas in the United States, so working hours are similar. (Medellin is just a four-hour flight away from Miami.)
Because of this high proficiency in English, Colombia is perfectly positioned as a location to open customer tech support centers. These facilities can offer support as stand-alone facilities or as part of a network of strategically positioned sites worldwide so the client can enjoy round-the-clock support.
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