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Why You Should Look to Eastern Europe for Offshore IT Services

March 1, 2009

The number of companies who are looking to Eastern Europe to outsource their IT business is growing – and with good reason.  As of 2006, less than 1 percent of the $30 billion global market for outsourced IT services came from Eastern Europe.  Since 2006, the number of offshore jobs in Eastern Europe has tripled.  This increase in business is partly due to an increase in demand for offshore IT services in the U.S. and Western Europe.  It makes sense for Western European companies to look to their neighbors for IT services rather than to look further oversees. 

Compatible business hours, European language skills and similar educational styles made for smoother business transactions with less risk for the employer.  With the Western European IT market still in a period of growth (industry analyst IDC estimates growth at a rate of 5 percent over the next 5 years), the demand for first rate offshore services in Eastern Europe will only continue to increase. 

No matter where in the world your business is located, outsourcing IT services to Eastern Europe brings with it considerable advantages over more traditional offshore locations such as India, Malaysia and the Philippines.  The costs of outsourcing to Eastern Europe are low.  In fact, wages for IT services in Eastern Europe are comparable with those in India.  And with the region’s relatively low wage inflation, the Eastern European market should remain competitive in the years ahead. 

Despite the low cost of offshore IT services in Eastern Europe, the quality of work is high.  Reliable infrastructure in the region, political stability and an increasing number of college graduates with competitive IT skills equals less risk for your business. 

The most popular areas of IT work in Eastern Europe include senior managers, business consultants and advisers, administrative support, web design, software or database development and programming.  Skilled IT technicians can be found across the region in countries such as Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Belarus and the Baltic countries.  The Czech Republic is a major player in the global market, coming in just behind India and China in the number of offshore IT projects. 

Executives in the United States and Europe can get in touch with service providers in Eastern Europe through the Internet. There are several online resources that enable businesses to post projects or long-term positions online and receive offers from a variety of Eastern European freelancers and IT companies.  Some of these sites are free of charge; others may require you to become a member or pay a small monthly fee.  Most provide a secure, reliable forum that enables employer and freelancer to find each other. 



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