Software outsourcing to Romania comes with many benefits. You get access to a large pool of skilled software engineers, that easily integrate into your teams. The technical know-how of our engineers covers all mainstream programming languages (Java, .NET, C++), web and mobile development technologies, as well as specialized frameworks.
Also, you can save costs while bringing products to market fast. Thus, IT outsourcing to a Romanian company offers you a competitive market edge.
As a company looking for a reliable and trustworthy technology partner, why should you consider outsourcing to Romania? With 19 years of experience in offering software outsourcing services, we know that Romania’s competitive advantage in the region comes from its highly skilled workforce, multilingual talent, and cultural similarities with Western cultures.
Explore a few facts about outsourcing to Romania when deciding on Eastern Europe for software outsourcing.
Reasons to Consider Software Outsourcing to Romania
Romania is the second-largest country in Central and Eastern Europe and the largest in SEE. The country is “recommended for investment” by all three major international rating agencies (S&P, Moody’s, and Fitch).
Romania has almost 120.000 professional developers and has experienced steady growth of the technical talent pool. The year-over-year growth of the professional developer talent pool across Romania is higher than in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Bulgaria, Hungary, or Croatia.
According to The State of European Tech 2020 report, 3.311 in 1.000 inhabitants is a software engineer here. These figures place Romania in the top 10 countries with the highest number of professional developers in Europe.
Therefore, it has one of the most dynamic IT industries in Europe. This makes it an ideal nearshore and offshore software outsourcing location. Firms seeking a highly skilled and friendly workforce and a close and favorable business climate outsource to Eastern Europe.
The country’s economic growth has been one of the highest in the EU since 2010. The World Bank classified Romania as a high-income country, a significant development with a high impact for investment rating decisions and not only.
In the last five years, several management consulting groups listed Romania in rankings on the attractiveness and the dynamics of the IT business ecosystem.
In 2019, Romania ranked 28th in the Global Services Location Index (GSLI). This is an index created by A.T. Kearney and ranks the top 50 most attractive offshore destinations. The research relies on three main criteria: financial attractiveness, people’s skills and business context.
Moreover, according to KPMG, it is one of the top 31 emerging locations worldwide for IT-BPO outsourcing. Also, Cluj-Napoca is the most interesting outsourcing location in Romania.
The Deloitte Technology Fast-500 EMEA program recognizes multiple Romanian technology companies for their fast rates of revenue growth. Fortech was recognized 4 times by Deloitte for its growth and once by EY for entrepreneurship.
Also, The World Bank gives Romania a score of 55 of 190 in the ease of doing business worldwide rank.
Romanian Software Development Skills
The software developers in Romania are competent and skilled in a variety of technologies and methodologies. They master the traditional, core technologies needed for Java, .NET, C++, Web, or Mobile development. These translate into full life-cycle Java development outsourcing services, high-value .NET outsourcing development services, and high-quality C++ projects for our partners.
Moreover, Eastern European software developers are skilled in modern technologies. For example, skills in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, or DevOps can be easily found.
iOS developers and Android developers with expertise in React Native and HTML5 are also a big part of software developers teams in IT companies from Eastern Europe. They build successful mobile applications and also offer Xamarin outsourcing services.
Lastly, you can find software engineers skilled in legacy technologies such as COBOL or niche ones, such as Teamcenter.
IT professionals are valued for their technical excellence and confidence. These traits make a precious mix in any field. In conclusion, by software development outsourcing to Romania, firms can successfully manage complex software projects.
Education and IT hubs in Romania
IT talents are cultivated in top high schools that focus on mathematics and computer science. The students perform at the highest levels in global Informatics and Math Olympiads. In fact, the country is recognized for having more Informatics and Math Olympiad medals than any other European nation.
Nowadays, Romania trains more than 6700 engineers and computer science graduates in 41 Technical Universities each year. The engineering universities here were included in top 3 in the IEEE Design Competition every year since 2001.
The largest tech hubs have grown in the historical education centers of Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Brasov, and Iasi.
Among these, Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca host the offices of the largest software houses.
In recent years, local initiatives led to the growth of multiple IT hubs and a strong community of business angels.
Also, existing firms promote the IT industry through conferences, contests and training sessions, among others.
Moreover, several unions represent the interests of IT companies at a national and regional level.
Among the most influential ones, we can find ANIS and ARIES.
Cultural Fit with Western Europe and the USA
The Eastern European culture, values, and lifestyle is very similar to the one of the United States or Germany. Moreover, any American visitor finds our culture a perfect fit with the North American one. Romanians are generally cultured, educated, fluent English speakers and resourceful, creative people.
Many have studied or worked in other European countries or the USA, which leads to good intercultural and communication skills. These help them easily work with developers from the western world.
Even more, most Romanian software developers have experience in working for global firms. Also, ITC professionals often work with clients from DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Nordic or other Western European countries and the United States.
In 2019, a CEE report found that Romanian firms have 74% of clients from Europe and 22% from the USA. Thus, the culture and values of the software developers are shaped by western influence. Also, they quickly adapt to the customs of their clients and extended teams.
The Communication Skills of Romanian Software Developers
Over 90% of software graduates speak fluently English and over 25% of them speak French. Also, many of them are also fluent in German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and other languages. Being fluent in at least English is part of the job criteria for any software development position in Eastern Europe.
The language skills of Romanian software developers make video conferencing easy.
On top of this, software outsourcing companies in Eastern Europe invest heavily in soft skills training session. For example, software developers in Romania are introduced to interpersonal communication courses and leadership and coaching sessions, among others.
In conclusion, outsourcing in Romania and working with Eastern European software developers is prone to make your projects succeed.
Outsourcing to Romania for Long-term Relationships & Stability
IT companies usually value stability and long-term relationships. Most Romanian software companies maintain dedicated teams for their customers.
At Fortech, we have over 60 dedicated long-term partnerships. Moreover, many of our clients from the USA or Germany have been with us for more than three years. Always delivering on schedule and at the highest quality is in our culture.
Also, our software teams often build long-term relationships with customers.
This helps maintain a high retention rate among employees and creating a dedicated long-term team. Read more about dedicated software development teams here.
Even more, Eastern European software developers are known for their attention to detail. With reliable software engineering processes, ISO certified, any team has the right framework to deliver top quality software.
In conclusion, by outsourcing to Romania, you can find a long-term and reliable technology partner dedicated to your success.
Easy Access to Romania
Romania is easy to reach with a 1-2-hour flight from London or Frankfurt. Several international airports are present in the major cities (Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Brasov, among others).
Also, since the country joined the European Union, traveling within its borders is easy. This keeps transportation costs at low levels, reducing the costs of software outsourcing services in the long run.
Romanian Outsourcing Rates
One of the country’s key strengths remains the competitive costs of the workforce. Since 2013, IT salaries increased by 11.5% (CAGR). Still, the salary of IT specialists in Romania is over 50% lower than in Germany or the USA.
In general, Romanian rates are lower than in other European countries like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Poland or the Czech Republic.
Furthermore, the government adopted a law on the tax exemption for software development activities. This is a strong incentive that triggers and supports the growth of the IT sector.
Also, it enables software outsourcing companies to provide competitive rates to their customers in Western Europe or the United States.
Compatible Time-zones with Western Europe and the USA
Outsourced projects run smoothly because of the flexible time zones. The Eastern European time zone is compatible with the Western one (max. 2h difference). The developers are also able to work efficiently with USA clients during the day (2-3 hours of overlap).
Therefore, a Romanian developer can work during daytime with worldwide clients. The high-speed broadband internet ranked fourth worldwide is another key factor that makes the process convenient.
All in all, Romania is ideal nearshore and offshore software outsourcing destination. The skills of its software professionals, as well as the business climate, lead to the development of successful software projects.