Software outsourcing is one of the most common trends in IT. With large software houses connecting some of the best freelance developers, it doesn’t come as a surprise that more and more companies decide to outsource rather than employ people on their own.

For many years India and China have been main sources of software developers. Now, however, European countries are leaders on the market. Why outsourcing is such a positive trend and what are the market prices compared to employing a development team on your own?

Advantages of outsourcing

Outsourcing, also known as offshoring has its pros and cons, although the advantages mostly overshadow all the worse aspects of the matter. First of all, there’s the case of swiftness and expertise. Most of the times tasks are outsourced to vendors who specialise in their field. Those developers have the knowledge and skills which you could look for and not find in a hundred of candidates applying for a position in your company.

Developers come to you and they are willing to do the job. Outsourcing gives you the time to concentrate on core processes of your company, leaving the software development to professionals. You get the best of both worlds if you decide on outsourcing – having specialists develop your software without worrying about major costs of the job.

Costs of outsourcing software developers

A significant decrease of software development costs has been one of the main advantages of outsourcing for a long time now. At the same time, everyone realises that lower costs don’t necessarily mean the same quality as a company would get with their own programmers. However, there is no doubt that there are a lot of skilled developers ready to work in an international environment and are willing to do so at a reasonable price.

Just to make the point stand out more, it is worth mentioning that total costs of hiring an employee is about 50% bigger than their salary alone. With outsourcing, the only costs that the employer is spending is the salary for the developer. It’s also worth mentioning that outsourced developers don’t comply to working hours set by the government of a certain country, which means that you pay only for the hours they have actually work.

The hourly outsourcing cost in Poland is $36. You could get even cheaper with countries such as India or China, but if you want to get high quality at a reasonable price, central-eastern European countries are the way to go.