Every 4th programmer from Central and Eastern Europe lives in Poland
Currently, 250,000 programmers work in Poland, accounting for as much as 25% of the entire developer community in the Central and Eastern European region. Most of them live in Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw.
These are the conclusions from the Central & Eastern Europe Developer Landscape 2017 survey, conducted by Stack Overflow on behalf of infoShare. These numbers show that Poland, thanks to its human capital and the scale of the labor market, is an attractive location for the development of investments in the IT industry. According to data collected by Stack Overflow, the number of programmers in the Central and Eastern European region counts 1 million people. About a quarter of them lives and works in Poland (250,000). Ukraine has 166,000 and is followed by Romania (118,000) and the Czech Republic (100,000). In the remaining countries, the number of specialists engaged in coding is less than 100,000.
The study also analyzed how many specialists create the code per 100 working people living in different countries. In this ranking, however, Poland performs worse with a coefficient of 1.4. This is slightly more than the average for the region, or 1.3. By comparison, in much smaller Slovakia, this index is as much as 3.7.
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“The results of the survey confirm that Poland is the market of talented programmers in Europe in our region. This is a clear indication that it is worth investing here and entrusting IT processes to Polish companies. On the other hand, we must remember that even the leading position in the region does not mean that the demand for specialists in this area has been met. On the contrary, according to the estimates, there are about 50,000 software developers in Poland. Therefore, further efforts are needed to encourage this field of study, as well as continuous education of people who already have a graduate in IT education. The world of new technologies is changing so fast that only continuous training allows to keep up with it “- comments Dariusz Świąder, president of the management board of Linux Poland.
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As you can read from the Central & Eastern Europe Developer Landscape 2017 survey, in most countries of our region, there is a clear concentration of programmers in capital cities. Latvia ranks first in this ranking, as many as 93% of all software developers living in Latvia work in Latvia. For comparison, in Warsaw, this number is only 29% (over 74 thousand), which means the smallest degree of concentration in the whole region. Poland is dealing with several dynamically developing IT centers, which makes the country additionally attractive to investors. Another largest center bringing together programmers is Kraków (32.5 thousand programmers), followed by Wrocław (24.3 thousand), Katowice (24.2 thousand), Poznań (22.4 thousand), Tri-City (16 thousand .) and Łódź (10.7 thousand). This gives Poland as many as 7 centers that can boast a population of more than 10,000 of polish software developers.
“Warsaw is still an important center of the IT industry in our country. For a long time, however, Krakow or Wroclaw had such a reputation. With the development of the market, we are observing decentralization. The best example is the development of our company, which currently operates in 5 cities. Today, developers can work on ambitious projects for international brands also in smaller centers such as Białystok. For many people it is also a way to reconcile career development with family life “- summarizes Marek Safiejko, CEO of 9bits.
The article was originally published on iTWIZ. Author – Adam Jadczak.