There is a place, however, that complies with the same laws, its education & professional standards align with those of the Western countries, though labor costs are cheaper - making it a true opportunity for all seeking high quality for less, without a catch. Does that sound weird? Perhaps. Best thing? It’s not.
1. Quantity & Quality: A Deep Talent Pool Of Skilled Developers For Scaling Up Quickly.
Poland has the biggest population among the EU’s Central-Eastern European countries. With more than 38 million people, the country has more developers than some countries have people in total.
According to the Polish Statistics Office, the number of people employed full-time in the IT sector currently stands at around 250,000. Data from Stack Overflow says there are more at nearly 300,000. The difference could be based on the type of the contract — Polish official data only factors in those employed full time on an employment contract. Either way, the number is a bit lower than the population of Iceland but higher than the population of Andorra, and Monaco.
Education could be one of the factors behind the very high score. Education in Poland is one of the best in the World. According to the data published by the United Nations, as of 2019, the country’s Education Index is above the average value for the Highest Developed nations.
We know how to speak English, and we are culturally close to the West. If you come here, there is not much of a culture shock — in fact, you probably won’t have one at all. After all, geographically, we are a stone’s throw away — we are neighbors with Germany!
3. Geographical Proximity
Central-Eastern Europe is within the same time zone as the vast majority of European countries — only the UK, Ireland, and Portugal are not in the same time zone, with a 1-hour difference.
The time difference between Poland and the US East Coast (Eastern Time) is 6 hours (it varies slightly for a couple of weeks per year, but it's negligible). In practice, what this means, is that there can be a two-hour, three-hour, or even a four-hour overlap in working hours between the two countries without any sacrifices. That is not the case with South-East Asia, which exceeds 9.5 hours of difference from the US.
Not only are our developers among the very best in the World; according to data published by the OECD, Poles work almost exactly as much as Americans — which is more than the average for all member states.
5. Laws & Regulations You Can Rely On
Poland is the member of numerous international organizations: the World Bank Group (WB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the General Agreement on Trades and Tariffs (GATT), and perhaps most importantly, the European Union (EU).
There are pretty significant advantages for all those conducting business with EU members. This is because all member states of the EU have to comply with European rules and regulations.
What this means, in practice, is that what you expect in the Western-European countries is the same as what you’d expect in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE). Of course, all regulations related to intellectual property, labor laws, and so on, are very similar to our counterparts and we operate in a very similar regulatory environment.
To quickly sum up - we are geographically & culturally close, our developers are some of the best in the world, we work A LOT, it won’t break the bank to work with us to achieve your business & technical goals, our English is solid, and our education even better with a big talent pool.