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Offshore destinations — where to outsource developers

After you’ve decided to hire offshore developers for your project, the first question that you may ask yourself will be “Where to outsource?” Apart from the best offshore locations, other questions that may arise are “How to outsource?” and “How much will it cost?” To have those questions answered, we recommend that you carefully research the market of offshore destinations to find the one that fits you best.

Why Offshore Outsourcing?

Before we jump to the most preferred countries, let’s understand the amazing benefits outsourcing offers.

1.    Better exposure to an untapped global talent pool of well-educated and highly-trained professionals.

2.    You can go to any country and yet work according to your time zone, which means you can hire talent as per your requirement, experience, project and time-zone without any compromise on quality.

3.     Offshore outsourcing can lower down your development and operation cost from anywhere ranging from 30% to 60%.

4.    Offshore locations consider asset protection a priority and therefore offer higher risk management by partitioning the operations

5.    Cutting edge technology and the constant evolution of innovative solutions are the lifeline of offshore teams. They have a lot of expertise in diverse industries and therefore work constantly to bring about the latest innovations to add more value to your idea.

Here are some destinations that you can consider for outsourcing developers:

Poland. Located in Eastern Europe and being one of the few outsource destinations actually belonging to the European Union, Poland is quite an attractive country to build an offshore development team. Other advantages comparing to other offshore locations are competitive rates (an average yearly salary of a software engineer in Poland is $23,349), stable economy (as of 2018 Poland belongs to the top 10 European countries with the biggest GDP), similar cultural and business etiquette standards (if you’re based in Europe), favourable tax conditions, and rapidly growing IT market (5-10% a year).

Romania. This is one more Eastern European country that you can choose as your preferred outsourcing destination. What you need to know about offshore software development in Romania is that it belongs to the top 5 EU countries with the fastest growth of the economy. Other benefits are relatively low costs (75% lower as compared with Western and even Eastern Europe), little timezone difference with Europe due to convenient location, EU membership, and broad tech expertise with a wide scope of technologies.

Serbia. Eastern European country that is a candidate to the EU since 2012. Among the main advantages of software development outsourcing to Serbia are an attractive climate for international cooperations (including foreign investments, and great tax-saving provisions for IT outsourcing companies), minimal timezone difference with Western European countries, and high professional level of employees from Serbia (starting from the high level of development skills and English fluency and finishing with a similar working culture).

Ukraine. Ukraine is also located in Eastern Europe. It’s quite easy to reach the major European capitals from Kyiv, the capital of the country. Moreover, now Ukrainians can travel to the EU without a visa, which is quite convenient for European clients who’d like to invite members of their team to the head office. Ukraine is the world’s third country by the number of certified IT specialists. At the same time, the rates are quite affordable, starting at $20 per hour. Just like Polish developers, Ukrainians have business etiquette standards that are close to those of Western Europe and the United States. Therefore, Ukraine is also quite a favourable place to build an offshore development team.

If you want to check the background of your potential Ukrainian software contractor, you can get a full compliance investigation by requesting an audit through Contractor Intelligence.

Belarus. One more Eastern European country with a reputation of hard-working and high-quality software engineers. Belarus is still growing its IT potential and shows four to five times faster progress comparing to an international IT sector. Up to 60% of Belarusian software developers are working in outsourcing.

Moldova. Moldova is a less typical choice for software development outsourcing simply because such countries as Ukraine and Poland outnumber this small Eastern European country in terms of tech talent. But Moldova’s IT sector shows constant growth from year to year. Moldovians are strong in web development especially in Java, PHP, and Python.

India. This is probably the most popular offshore destination. The population of India is currently 1,339 billion people, among which are 5.2 million software developers. This number is both an advantage and disadvantage: a huge talent pool to choose from vs. challenges related to finding the right talent in India. The Indian offshore development market is quite diverse, with numerous local freelance platforms that you can use to hire developers. The main benefit of hiring tech talent in this country is low costs. However, this can often mean low quality. A more reliable option would be to collaborate with outsourcing companies instead of looking for developers at freelance websites.

Latin America. Over the past decade, Latin American countries have managed to grow their reputation in the IT domain and become one of the top destinations when it comes to offshore software development. Companies choose countries such as ArgentinaColombiaChileBrazilUruguayCosta Rica, and Mexico among other offshore destinations because of little timezone difference with the US, English language proficiency, and solid educational foundation. For example, here are the 6 reasons for outsourcing software development to Mexico. At the same time, it becomes difficult to choose the right candidate because of the large tech talent pool. Additionally, the software development costs are significantly higher than in other destinations – starting from $40 per hour. Other drawbacks are complicated tax policies, lack of discipline, and political instability of the region.

Vietnam. The country well-known for its surprisingly low labour and product development cost – 90% less than in the US, Vietnam offers a lot of well-educated and highly skilled talents in the field of software development at reasonably affordable prices. Moreover, the Vietnam government continuously supports technological growth and endorses foreign investment opportunities. Quality and cost-effectiveness do make a deadly combination as the most appealing offshore outsourcing destinations in the world. Many tech powerhouses like Microsoft, IBM, etc, have outsourced their projects to Vietnamese service providers.

Philippines. With a literacy rate of 95.6%, a growth rate of 46% and over 92% of English-speaking population, Philippines is one of the leading countries in the outsourcing landscape in Asia and across the globe. Due to its low labour costs, it stands out as one of the most attractive IT services hubs amidst the financial breakdown post-pandemic. The country’s efficient communication, language diversity, highly-proficient cost-effectiveness, and most importantly have made the Philippines, one of the hottest spots for offshore services.

Malaysia. Greatly preferred for its IT services, Software development, and BPO offshoring services, Malaysia stands as an established player and one of the strong competitors for the top outsourcing countries in 2020. It has received a very high ranking from world-class companies. The country is cost-effective and is well-noted for its value-oriented assistance. It’s a great pick for mid-sized firms that are looking for high quality at a lower cost. The IT industry of Malaysia is highly vibrant because of its collaboration and partnership which attracts businesses from across the globe.

The Location Checklist for Hiring

Before you select from the list above, we highly recommend you to check off the most important points to make sure that you are making the best decision. We have prepared the top seven points that we feel should be covered before you make a location choice for building your offshore development team.

  1. Developers skill-set: It’s an important one. Make sure that developers from the outsourcing company you choose have the right skill set to deliver a high-quality project.
  2. Reviews and Work History: You can also cross-check the quality of work through previous reviews from clients. This will give you more insight into the quality offered, company culture, work process and much more.
  3. Language Barrier and Communication: Countries with a high English-speaking population like India, Philippines, Ukraine and countries with multi-lingual skills within your budget are the friendliest offshore locations. Selecting from such locations will help you avoid any type of language barrier or miscommunication.
  4. Convenient time zones: This is another important determinant and a huge difference-maker. In a fast-paced business ecosystem, you cannot be waiting all day or for their time-zone to get things moving.
  5. Affordable prices & Quality Work: Speaks much for itself. While a developer in the U.S. earns over $80/hour in average, you can get the same work done in the same or better quality from the aforementioned locations with half of the price than the US. A cost-effective decision indeed.
  6. Location and culture: Language is not the only barrier in offshore outsourcing, Sometimes, the culture clash can be a major disadvantage. It is ideal to choose a site with similar or compatible cultures.
  7. Data & Asset Security: Last, but not least, the security of your project and data is of utmost importance. Make sure that the location and company you choose is highly reliable and can be entrusted with confidential information. Check for their work history, if any client had any issue with a data leak.

Before you pick a location for outsourcing your business, or software development, pay very close attention to your requirements first, compare the costs, infrastructure, cultural differences, time zone, and most importantly, the talent pool. Prepare your own selection checklist and see which country ticks all the right boxes.


To conclude, this blog has listed out many countries that are well-known for providing cost-effective, high-quality services. However, this is not the end of the list. There are numerous countries out there, who are best in providing niche services. Some are best for BPO, some are best for providing software development services.

It’s up to you to choose where to outsource and which offshore location to choose. It depends on various factors, such as project scope, technology stack, time zone differences, business etiquette differences, estimated development budget, etc. We wish you good luck in choosing a perfect offshore destination and building your dream team.

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Singapore. One of the most renowned locations for offshore incorporation, Singapore offers some captivating benefits to companies such as globalization, high security, data privacy, intellectual property, and legal maturity that have encouraged many businesses to outsource their services. Moreover, the corporate tax rate price in Singapore is very low, 17%  to be exact, which is a major attraction that appeals to foreign corporations to set up their offshore company. The top talent is usually hard to find in Singapore, though, but it’s a good location to set up your offshore team at.

Hong Kong. One of the prominent and prestigious financial centres across the globe, Hong Kong is the freest economy in the world as rated by the Index of Economic Freedom for the 20th consecutive year. It has topped the chart of the Financial Development Index, leaving the United States and the United Kingdom behind. Hong Kong has a robust and transparent international business and regulatory environment, wide-ranging investment opportunities, efficient banking system, strong corporate laws, competitive tax system and low-income tax rate makes it one of the most desirable tax havens globally.

The Cayman Islands. Another country renowned as a major tax haven and offshore banking centre is The Cayman Islands. Situated in the Caribbean Sea and British Overseas Territories, The Cayman Islands is an important and popular financial hub for offshore business services. It is recognized as the fourth largest international financial centre in the world owing to its economic and political soundness and the attractiveness of tax-related advantages. The Cayman Islands is also home to numerous financial institutions like global banks, accounting firms, hedge funds, insurance companies, and investors. Moreover, according to the Financial Secrecy Index, The Cayman Islands is one of the safest locations for asset protection.

Belize. This tiny but prominent Central American country is a first-rate choice for overseas and offshore businesses. Belize has an amazingly robust infrastructure, a high literacy rate, a highly educated workforce, and government support through attractive tax incentives.

Written by
Polina Berkova

Digital Marketing Specialist at YouTeam, a Y Combinator-backed marketplace for building remote dev teams.

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