engineers in our database.
What are the pros of investing in a talent from Warsaw?
There is an expanding population of bilingual professionals in Poland who are open to working remotely and internationally. The Polish workforce, especially the Warsaw one, continues to be among the most skilled and best-educated in all of Europe. These are the highly sought-after qualities that have drawn so many major corporations to actively recruit employees here (particularly in the strong local IT and engineering sectors).
How many polish specialists do you have in your database?
Over 40 000 candidates in the database in total as of February 2023 with over 28,000 exclusively being based in Poland. The numbers are growing rapidly everyday as we conduct over 40 simultaneous recruitment processes at the moment.
What makes you unique among your competitors on the Polish market?
DevsData’s priority is to maintain the highest level of transparency. We regularly gather feedback and brainstorm together on the next vital project milestones and plans. Honesty is our core business value, required from all our employees and contractors. But apart from that, the number one trait for our employees, contractors, and even non-tech personnel is the ability to come up with solutions to non-obvious problems. We discover it through a rigorous, multi-stage recruitment process that only the best can pass.
Highly skilled, senior recruitment workforce, deep industry know-how, combined with a work history with premium clients such as highly-technologies, VC-backed US and Israeli startups, hedge funds, financial institutions, private equity firms, and HNWIs, is what distinguishes us from competitors.
Are Polish IT specialists considered well qualified?
According to the Polish and Central and Eastern Europe Ecosystem Outlook, the number of ICT specialists in Poland reaches 401,000, which constitutes one-quarter of all tech talents in the CEE region. This data proves that Poland has plenty of highly-qualified IT specialists, and they rank high in global rankings (according to HackerRank, we currently rank third in the world, right after China and Russia).
Why is now the best time to hire Polish developers?
Nowadays, becoming an IT specialist is a very appealing occupation in Poland. In addition to universities that teach new developers, there are several private IT schools and programs. The intense market competition is undoubtedly the reason why Polish software developers are considered to be among the best in the world.
Do we need to start a legal entity before hiring talent in Poland?
No, it’s not required. You can use platforms like deel.com or remote.com to formally hire developers. Or, you can engage them as contractors, and actually, that’s what the vast majority of the IT workforce in Poland does - they work as self-employed, full-time, long-term contractors.
What are the specifics of the Polish market?
What’s unique about the IT ecosystem in Poland is that the majority of senior developers actually work as self-employed contractors, as opposed to being formally employed. You can think about it as a cultural difference in the region. Regardless of the legal form, they continue to think about themselves as permanent, core employees of the company.
Culture-wise, what are the things I should keep in mind?
Politeness is highly valued in Polish culture, so make sure to use formal titles and greetings when meeting new people. Saying "dzień dobry" (good day) and "do widzenia" (goodbye) are standard greetings in Polish. In meetings, Polish employees would expect a specific agenda and meeting outcome. The work ethic is high, and the people are goal-oriented.
What are the popular benefits for Polish employees?
Some popular benefits for Polish employees include health insurance, pension plans, paid vacations and flexible working conditions. In addition, paid private medical care, multisport - meaning access to sports facilities. Fruit days. Some offices allow you to take your beloved pet with you to work.
Is it legally possible to provide stock options/equity for my Polish employees?
It is legally possible to provide stock options or equity for employees in Poland, but the rules and regulations can be complex. You may want to consult with a legal expert or accountant to ensure that you are compliant with all applicable laws. We do have legal contracts based on the laws of the State of California that grant stock options to foreign personnel.
What are the best ways to look for an office space or a coworking space in Warsaw or Poland in general?
One of the best ways to search for office space or coworking space in Warsaw or Poland, in general, is to use online resources such as commercial real estate websites, real estate agencies and groups on social networking sites. Also, have a look at our dedicated website for Warsaw, Poland to see a few hand-picket recommendations regarding the office space, or reach out to us directly.
I’m concerned about the English-speaking abilities of the Polish candidates. How would you assess their level?
English-speaking abilities can vary among Polish candidates. One way to assess their level is to conduct interviews in English and ask them to provide writing samples or participate in role-playing exercises to gauge their communication skills. You can also consider administering language proficiency tests or hiring a language expert to assist with the evaluation process. In our subjective opinion, the English level in the country is rather high and communicative, to say the least. Also, when engaging us as a recruitment agency, English abilities are among the first few things that are being checked for.
Can you compare the work ethic between Poland and the US or Israel?
Work ethic can vary among individuals and organizations in both Poland and the US or Israel. Generally speaking, Polish employees are known for their diligence, attention to detail, and focus on quality work. However, there may be cultural differences in terms of communication styles, decision-making processes, and work-life balance that should be taken into consideration when working with Polish colleagues. In both the US (especially in bigger hubs like New York) and Israel, we observe the work ethic being extremely high. In Poland, people work 8 hours a day in a normal workday. However, on a lead or managerial level, it is not uncommon to see employees work 9 or more hours a day.
How much should I pay for a strong senior developer for Poland, and how much for a lead developer?
The salary for a strong senior developer in Poland can vary depending on factors such as experience, skills, and location. The average salary for a senior software developer in Poland is around 260,000 PLN (approximately $58,000 USD) per year. A lead developer can expect to earn more, with an average salary of around 300,000 PLN (approximately $65,000 USD) per year. Keep in mind that these are just general estimates, and actual salaries may vary based on a variety of factors, such as a specific tech stack you require from a particular Engineer, their communication and English abilities, and the amount of years of experience, of course.
How much does it cost to keep a Polish company operational for the entire year if I want to hire 10 people?
It really depends, but 1,000 USD monthly is a pessimistic estimate, 550 USD is realistic and possible.
What would be approximately the cost of an office or a coworking space for 10 people in Warsaw?
If you wish to use a coworking space, it’s about 200 USD per month. For a private office, it’s about twice that much.
Is there a strong talent pool in C/C++/embedded systems in Warsaw? How about other cities?
Poland is known for its strong IT industry and has a relatively large pool of skilled software developers. Warsaw, being the capital and largest city in Poland, is likely to have a relatively larger talent pool in C/C++/embedded systems than smaller cities. This is due to the higher concentration of companies and organizations with software development needs in Warsaw. Samsung is one of the exemplary companies with a sizable C++ workforce in Warsaw, Poland.
Other cities in Poland, such as Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, and Gdansk, also have thriving IT industries and universities with strong computer science programs. They are likely to have a significant talent pool in C/C++/embedded systems as well.
It is worth noting that the talent pool of specific programming languages can change over time based on factors such as market demand and technological advancements. Therefore, it is important to conduct updated research to determine the current talent pool in a specific location.
Can you name a couple highly-technological companies from Warsaw?
a. CD Projekt - a video game developer and publisher known for the popular Witcher series of games
b. Allegro - an e-commerce platform that is one of the largest online marketplaces in Poland
c. Brainly - an educational technology company that operates a global learning platform connecting students and teachers
d. IAI - a software development company that specializes in creating custom software solutions for businesses in a variety of industries
e. Docplanner - a healthcare technology company that operates an online platform connecting patients with healthcare providers and allows users to book appointments and leave reviews
Can you name a few global corporations with a strong IT presence in Warsaw?
The highest rated Information Technology global companies hiring in Warsaw are, for example: Google, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon or Atos. IT companies are very satisfied with choosing Warsaw as the place for running a business. The IT sector is one of the fastest developing economic areas of Warsaw.
How does Warsaw compare to Bucharest in terms of the cost of IT resources?
The cost of living in Bucharest is about 15% less expensive than in Warsaw. This is also reflected in the prices of IT resources, so the IT specialists from Bucharest could be a little cheaper to hire.
Can you estimate how many software developers there are in Warsaw?
As the capital, Warsaw is home to about 80,000 Polish developers. Warsaw is also one of the primary sources of new specialists, with over 3,000 ICT graduates entering the market every year.
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