Top 10 Reasons to Open Nearshore Software Development Office or Offshore Development Center in Poland.


Nearshoring and offshoring have become popular trends in the software industry over the past few years. More and more companies are choosing to outsource their software development needs to offshore development centers (ODCs) and nearshore software development offices (NSDO). This is mostly driven by rapid technological advancement and enormous worldwide software developers shortage. (more about this topic here: ).

Offshoring means outsourcing work to a country or region that is geographically distant from the company’s home country. Nearshoring, on the other hand, refers to outsourcing work to a nearby country.

Among all countries, Poland has emerged as a top destination for nearshore / offshore software development thanks to its many advantages. Let’s now discuss some of them.

1) The large software developer’s talent pool.

Poland has a large and highly skilled software developers talent pool. According to the latest studies, there are over 600,000 software developers in Poland, which is the third-largest number in Europe after Germany and the UK. The majority of them (over 60%) have university degrees in computer science or mathematics. Moreover, Polish developers are known for their skills in .NET, Java, Python, and PHP development.

Poland has a proven offshore software development track record. Over the years, it has become home to many world-class offshore development centers and nearshore software development offices. Multinational companies such as Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel have offshore development centers in Poland.

2) The attractive nearshore software developers rates.

Polish software developers are among the most affordable in Europe. Their rates are up to 60% lower than the rates in other Western European countries. The typical hourly rate for a Polish offshore developer is $25-$35, which is much lower than the rates in the UK ($50-$100) and the US ($75-$150). The table below shows some more details on this topic.

Global Offshore Software Development Rates Comparison

For more information regarding nearshore software development services rates please take a look at this article:

3) The country has a well-educated and highly skilled workforce.

As mentioned before, over 60% of Polish software developers have university degrees in computer science or mathematics. Additionally, the country has a well-educated and highly skilled workforce. According to the latest World Bank report, Poland ranks high in terms of pupil-teacher ratio (1:14) and gross tertiary enrollment rate (77%). This places Poland ahead of countries such as Germany, France, and the UK.

The polish student’s scores are also pretty good. In the latest PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) study, Poland ranked 13th out of 72 countries in mathematics, 9th in science, and 5th in reading. This proves some huge human potential for offshore / nearshore software development services.

4) Polish software engineers are fluent in English making communication easy and efficient.

Polish software developers are fluent in English, which makes communication easy and efficient. In fact, most of them have at least C1 level of English proficiency, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This makes it possible for companies to communicate with them directly without the need for any translation or interpretation services.

Communication with software engineers is a very important factor in setting up a successful Nearshore Software Development Office or Offshore Development Center.


5) Polish software engineers position in global ranks.

The latest ranks from the world’s biggest offshore software development companies show that Polish developers are highly sought-after. They are ranked 5th in the world in terms of quality and 9th in terms of cost-effectiveness. This puts them ahead of countries such as India, Ukraine, and Belarus.

The Hackers Global Rank placed Poland 5th in the world for software development outsourcing. The other ranks that prove the high quality of skills:
– Nearshore Value Index: Poland is in 3rd position
– The best offshore destinations for IT outsourcing: Poland is in 5th position
– 50 countries with the best developers: Poland is in 8th position

6) The strong work ethic.

Polish workers are known for their strong work ethic through years of working abroad and in many BPOs. They are highly motivated and always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done. Close relations with the western countries provided also huge improvements when it comes to standards and frameworks crucial for the effectiveness of work.

Here is a quote from one of the former MS-Tech Directors: “I am extremely happy with the developers I have working for me and would not hesitate to recommend this destination to anyone looking for a nearshore software development office.”

7) The favorable location.

Poland also has a strategic location – it is located in Central Europe, making it easy for companies from all over the world to reach it. Additionally, Poland has favorable time zones – it is in the same time zone as the UK and the US, which makes it possible for companies to communicate with their developers easily and efficiently.

8) The vibrant business climate with great infrastructure and a stable economy.

Another important factor to consider before setting up a nearshore development office or offshore software development center is the business environment.

Poland offers a favorable business climate with low taxes and a stable economy. In fact, it is one of the most promising economies in Europe. The global “Doing Business Rank” place country in the 38th position, out of 190 economies.

Poland also has excellent infrastructure, including high-speed internet and transport links. This makes it easy for companies to do business without any limitations. According to the latest data, the country has the fastest average internet speed in Europe – at 113.6 Mbps.

9) Poland is a member of the European Union since 2004.

Poland offers great potential for offshore software development. As a member of the European Union, it provides investors and companies with access to the largest single market of over 500 million people. This is a very significant advantage over many offshore software development locations.


10) The developed business support and outsourcing services sector.

Poland has a well-developed business support and outsourcing services sector. This includes a wide range of services, such as legal, accounting, HR, and marketing services, which companies can use to help them set up and run their nearshore software development office or offshore development center.

Nearshore software development companies (vendors).

The offshore or nearshore development model requires some effort and activity in a different location. This can be handled alone or with a local partner offering nearshore software development services.

Some of the companies in Poland have specialized their services directly to the nearshore software development model. It means they switched from delivering software development services to offering comprehensive support for other businesses.

10) The developed business support and outsourcing services sector.

Building a team offshore or nearshore is one of the decisions that can have a significant impact on the success or failure of the offshore / nearshore development model. The following are some tips to help with this decision:
– Size of the team – A small team (10-30 people) is typically better than a large team. This is larger offshore teams can be difficult to manage and can lead to communication and coordination problems.
– Mix of skills – It is important to have a mix of skills in the team, including business analysis, design, development, testing, and project management.
– The availability of talent in specific areas (some cities have more developers available than others eg: Kraków).
– Office location – accessible for your team members to commute easily.

The typical software development team composition.

Team composition can also heavily depend on your company needs… for example, if you are working on a website, the team will need to include web designers as well. Additional roles that you might need to hire: mobile developers, QA automation developers (Selenium), and/or Dev-ops engineers. In fact, every software development team needs to be balanced. It’s a simple rule – to succeed, your team needs great programmers, experienced testers, and outstanding project leaders. The basic structure of nearshore teams should therefore include:
– Back-end Developers
– Front-end Developers
– Quality Assurance Engineers/Managers
– Project Managers

If your budget allows it you can also add business analysts, QA automation engineers (using QTP/UFT or Selenium). There is no golden number when it comes to size. At NxTide we have seen very successful nearshore software development teams with no more than 10 people on board. In fact, we believe that smaller teams perform better in the remote work environment, The real thing you should focus on is “the quality” not quantity.

Build-Operate-Transfer option.

There are a number of different ways that companies can set up their offshore / nearshore development office in Poland. One option is the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. Under this model, the local software development company (partner) sets up and operates the offshore / nearshore development office for a period of time (usually 3-5 years), after which it transfers ownership of the office to the client. This BOT model has a number of advantages you can read in this article.

Looking for a solid nearshore software development company?

Opening a Nearshore Software Development Office in Poland can be a great opportunity for businesses looking to outsource their software development projects. By partnering with a reliable and experienced nearshore development company, you can get access to a team of skilled software developers who can help you deliver high-quality projects on time and within budget.

Looking for a Nearshore Development Office in Poland? Contact us now! We are a reliable and experienced nearshore development company with offices in Krakow, Warsaw, Katowice and more.

About Us:
NxTide is a specialized company focusing on building local, Software Development Teams or larger Software Development Centers in major cities in Poland. We take care of all recruitment and quality control processes making it faster and more cost-effective for you. Here is some more information about our expertise: – Over 7 years experience in creating a variety of software development teams – Over 60 teams and 300 engineers successfully hired and deployed – Several dedicated HR and IT Project Management Teams acting on your behalf.

Please take a closer look at a dedicated and flexible offer we have prepared based on market needs:
1) Software Development Teams: dedicated to clients looking to expand their software development teams or create small remote teams from scratch.
Offshore Development Center: dedicated to larger and permanent projects. We’ve implemented the innovative Build Operate Transfer model to make the whole process faster, more efficient, and transparent.
3) Nearshore Software Development Office: dedicated to larger and permanent projects within the same region, continent.

Create a Nearshore Software Development Office with NxTide

Over our 7-year company activity we have helped many US and EU companies to successfully build Software Development Teams and Software Development Centers in a variety of locations in Poland.
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Marcin Dziedzic, CEO of Pragmatic Coders and NxTide.


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