IT Recruitment in Poland: 6 Reasons Why US Companies Move Their Tech Hubs

Characterictics of Poland

Time zone

Poland is located in the Central European Time zone (GMT + 01:00). Countries such as Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria belong to the same zone. The change to summertime in Poland takes place on the last Sunday of March to the end of October. What is more, the time difference between Poland and the USA can be from 6 to 9 hours. When it is midnight in Warsaw, it is only 6:00 pm in New York. The time in individual cities is shown in the image below.

Business hours/time zone

  • 8:00 am — 4:00/5:00 pm, Monday — Friday — business hours and days
  • 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm — lunch break
  • 40 hours — standard working week
  • Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1)

Good English skills

In Poland, there is no problem with communicating in English. When it comes to the knowledge of an exemplary group of Polish programmers, it is worth checking the results of the report on the IT labor market in Poland, which was published in 2022. Over 70% of the surveyed IT specialists declared that they use it at the B2 / C1 level.

Cultural characteristics

It’s worth checking Hofstede Insights to see similarities between both countries. For example, a high score on the Masculine dimension indicates that the society will be driven by competition, achievement and success, with success being defined by the winner / best in field — a value system that starts in school and continues throughout organizational life. Poland and USA are in this matter on almost the same level (Poland 64 points/USA 62 points).

Understandable types of contracts in Poland

In Poland, in the context of employing Polish programmers, you can most often meet with a B2B or UoP contracts. How are these employment contracts different?

Reasons why US companies move their tech hubs to Poland

1. The high potential of the IT sector in Poland

Polish ICT sector has found itself among the fastest growing ones in Europe in recent years. For example in 2009–2014 average annual growth was on the level of 8.64%. It has increased in the last five years by 16.72%. What is more, In 2021, the value of the IT industry increased by as much as 19%, from 75 billion PLN to 89 billion PLN . For comparison: the increase in 2019 vs 2020 was only 9%. Retaining the present growth rate will have a good impact on the position of Polish ICT sector in the international arena.

2. Cost savings

The currency in this country is the Polish zloty (1 EUR = 4.70 PLN, 1 USD = 4.62 PLN — exchange rate on August 17, 2022). What’s more, this currency has two official symbols — PLN or “zł”.

3. Location

Undoubtedly, the location of this country gives you a big advantage. From Warsaw itself, which is the capital of Poland, the road to major cities in Central Europe is relatively short. To give an example: from the Chopin airport in Warsaw to the capital of Germany — Berlin, the distance is 574 km by car. On the other hand, direct flights usually take only 1h 25 minutes. Poland is located in a good place, offering great opportunities in the context of quick travel to other European countries, especially when we need to participate in an important business meeting.

Good flight connections between Poland and the USA

Direct flights from Warsaw to New York, in the case of business meetings, take about 9h 20 minutes and take place 2–3 times a day (information from August 2022). Due to the well-developed airports in Poland, it is worth analyzing the arrival to this country from the USA, also to other cities.

4. Talented Software Developers who are appreciated all over the world

The fact that you can have access to talented IT specialists in Poland is best demonstrated by many contests. One of them is Google Code Jam. Polish programmers took 1st place in 2005 and 2016, during this international programming competition. The other years are also successful (for example in 2018 Polish programmer took 2nd place).

5. Educated employees with a high work ethic culture

According to data from GUS, 19% of men graduated from higher education in 2021. However, among women it was 26.9%. It can therefore be concluded that the number of people with higher education in this country is high. Moreover, Poles are described as employees with a high work ethic, who care and take responsibility for their duties. The average number of hours that an employee in Poland works per year is 1766 hours, while the EU average is 1513 hours.

6. Presence of other highly developed American companies

Poland is an important destination in the region of Central and Eastern Europe for international ICT companies. Business processes are developed in Poland by American corporations such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, IBM, or Intel. It is estimated that the USA has invested 38,3 mld PLN in Poland over the last 30 years. The fruitful collaboration can be proven by many success stories from US companies, which opened their branches in Poland.

Summary

If you consider opening a branch in Poland or cooperating with an IT recruitment company and you have doubts, we will be happy to help you. Software Developers from this country are great employees who are appreciated in American Software Development teams and other departments involving modern technologies. You can send us a message or we can talk during a free consultation. As an IT recruitment agency in Poland, we will be happy to help you.

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Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing

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Aga Babicz

Aga Babicz

Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing