India has been the primary outsource of IT for a long time. However, with Eastern and Central Europe growing its IT talent hub and gaining momentum, the days of India being the sole outsource are long gone. The Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union regime had isolated many countries from supplying the IT labor force. Right now, these countries are quickly gaining force, thus posing competition to India and other Asian countries.

Quib Labs prepared a report which shows adetailed by-country rate of software developers. The information in the reportentails the considerations that clients make on the location from which tosource software development and their budgets.

Eastern Europe is a place worth consideringas an outsourcing destination. Here are 10 facts about these countries.

10 reasons for outsourcing to Eastern Europe

1.   Easy team scaling

The talent pool in Eastern Europe is large and the various tech stacks have numerous experts which you can hire. These are the many options from which you can make your choice. Hence any company looking for IT outsourcing can start by hiring one or several developers. As demand increases, they can increase the team from the same location.

It is easy to establish an ODC in Eastern Europe when the team begins to function independently. This implies that outsourcing in this region comes with cost-effectiveness and comfort as you grow.

2.   Easy business traveling

European countries have highly developed infrastructure and flight schedule whose convenience cannot be overestimated. As a result, it is effortless for clients in distant regions to visit Europeans offshore development centers and their outsourced teams. These transportation hubs are hassle-free, making it very favorable.

3.   Convenient time zone

The time difference between states in Western and Eastern Europe is very minimal. Both in-house and outsourced teams can, therefore, schedule meetings and operate in conjunction without overtime hours for any of the offices. This convenience in time zones facilitates convenience in that the working conditions in any of the areas are not affected on days when there has to be collaboration, meetings or co-working between teams in either region.

4.   Growth potential is high

At present, the skilled IT professional in Ukraine who are ready to offer their services are more than 160,000 while those in Romania exceed 95,000. These figures make it evident that the growth potential is enormous. In the global scale, the CEE labor market is among the youngest. They are just making their entry into the labor market; and are set to grow exponentially.

5.   Convenient geographic location

Unlike Asia, which has a higher risk of calamities and natural disaster, the European region has low risks involved. Operating there is more convenient in terms of traveling and work schedules. The delays and loss of data will be minimal or nil, thanks to the less challenging operation of outsourcing in Eastern Europe.

6.    Higher English proficiency

The language barrier is a big deal for international companies and is among the significant challenges they face. There can be no common understanding among the staff without communication, and it will be close to impossible to reach the desired goals.

In Europe, the predominant language is English. The language barrier is a non-issue and it will be favorable for outsourcing coders and other forms of the labor force.

7.   A large pool of talent coolers

The emphasis on high-quality education by the Soviet Union has been long-standing and is being implemented by most former republics to date. As a result, the number of developers is vast and continues to increase. These developers have a solid technical background and in-depth knowledge.

Unlike any other countries in the world, the high education in European countries enables young people to acquire the set of skills they need to enter the IT workforce and to keep at a bar with the latest trends in tech.

8.   Affordability.

Coders from these regions are highly educated and deliver exceptional, high-quality services at a highly competitive rate. Their combination of quality and price outdo that of the western region.

Besides, this region offers cheaper office rent, supplies, equipment and software. Outsourcing to Eastern Europe is cost-effective, making it one of the best places.

9.   Cultural fit

Culture affects the interaction between the staff at the headquarters and those outsourced in areas such as punctuality, conflict resolution, teamwork, and management, among others. This clash is a threat to a project’s success.

Cultural misfit is not an issue in this case since the people in Eastern Europe have a similar mindset to that of westerners.

10.   Innovation

The international awards and prizes won bycoders form this region in the IT sector is a solid proof of their compliancewith the demands of modern technology. They possess a broad array of highlydemanded skills and have great potential in keeping up with the latest technology.They thereby compete favorably and are not left behind in the dynamics oftechnological advancement.

Here are the 10 countries to outsource IT.

Country No. of developers IT Hubs Specialization
Belarus >77,000Minsk, Grondo, Gomel Java and PHP
Bulgaria >50,000Sofia, Varna, BurgasJava, html, JavaScript, SQL and C#
Hungary >80,000 BudapestJavaScript, C#, java, Python and Ruby
Poland >70,000Krakow, Lodz, PoznanJava, C#, C/C++, .Net and Python
Romania>95,000Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj, Arad PHP
Ukraine >160,000Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv, KharkivJava, C#, C/C++, .Net