Developers in Romania: Insight into Their Culture and IT Market

Developers in Romania: Insight into Their Culture and IT Market in 2020

Why web development in Romania is here to stay

Overview of Romania as an Outsourcing Location

This article is aimed to cover the key aspects of outsourcing software and web development in Romania. It is the 9th largest country in the European Union by area and the 7th by population.  Besides its capital, Bucharest, there are several cities associated with IT sector, such as Cluj, which is often called a European Silicon Valley, Iasi, Timisoara, Brasov. The official language is Romanian, however, Romania is a multilingual country. The level of English especially among the developers in Romania is fairly high.

Romania joined EU as a member in 2007. Since then the IT sector has significantly expanded and established itself among top outsourcing markets. The political and economic situation is pretty stable and government offers strong support to attract foreign investments. The annual growth rate of the software outsourcing sector is between 15 and 20%. Romania’s IT sector by the projections will increase to 12% of the GDP in 2025, from a current value of 6% of the GDP.

Web development in Romania

Romania has more developers per capita than US, India, China or Russia. It is said that Romania has about 110 000 employees working in software development which makes it the country with the largest numbers of IT specialists in Central and Eastern Europe. The majority of these are software and web development professionals. Romanians are known best in web development and fintech. Hence the most widespread programming languages are PHP, Java,  JavaScript.

On Clutch there is a list of 50 companies recognised as the top web developers in Romania. They typically charge rates within the $25-$49/hour bracket and include the following companies: eJump Media, IntelligentBee, Tapptitude, HyperSense Software and Synergo Group to name a few. There is also a range of premium vendors who charge upwards of $50/hour, for example, VerticalWave Solutions and High Contrast.

There are numerous of companies working with Romanian software developers, such as Luxosoft, Gameloft, Ubisoft, Oracle, Microsoft, Ericsson, Adobe etc. As for fintech, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, ING, UBS are continuously expanding their developer teams in Romania. Overall Romanian software developers offer high-quality services for a reasonable price as the rates are lower than in other outsourcing destinations.

Hard and soft skills of developers in Romania

The educational system of Romania favours technical and multilingual skills which leads to an increasing number of certified IT professionals. Developers in Romania have solid knowledge and competence in a broad range of technical areas and based on the ratings on Hackerrank (Ranked #20 in the world) Romanian web developers have a good reputation.

Original Source: HackerRank Blog

Romanian developers tend to be open-minded, flexible, good team players, reliable and responsible. Due to the proximity to the Western Europe Romanian developers have successfully adopted western standards and business practices. At the same time they’re also a bit more risk averse as a result of decades of the oppressive communism. Within the context of the software development industry, this sometimes means that the Romanian developers are lacking an innovative approach.

Overall, IT Specialists in Romania have well developed communication skills as they work closely with the companies from all over the world. Web developers, who constitute most of the workforce in IT are considered as capable of thinking creatively to solve complex problems, tech savvy, adapting to the customer’s needs and meeting deadlines.

2.2 Perfect team, Eastern Europe

Written by
Tristan Senycia

Tristan Senycia is an ex-Product Manager at YouTeam.

He is also the founder of LeverPoint Advisory, which consults in the areas of commercialisation management, go-to-market strategy, High-Tech marketing strategy and customer development. 

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