How to find an IT specialist in Poland

Katya Ovcharenko
Katya Ovcharenko September 26, 2019

Over the past few years, a lot of IT companies with offices in Ukraine have opened new locations in Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw and other cities.

We were really interested in where Polish recruiters are looking for developers.

Why Poland?

Today, more than 1 million Ukrainians have already emigrated to Poland, and a large percentage of them are IT specialists. Over the past 5 years, about 42% of developers aged 26-30 have left Ukraine, and 26% of them left for Poland.

Many companies around the world prefer to hire developers from Ukraine and Poland. Both countries are leaders in IT outsourcing in Eastern Europe and both entered the top 10 European countries with a large number of professional developers. Moreover, StackOverflow states that Poland and Ukraine have the largest talent pool in the CEE region. Poland occupies one of the leading positions (the 5th place) according to TopCoder and in the 3rd place according to HackerRank data.

According to the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH), nearly 40% of the outsourcing R&D centers in Eastern Europe are located in Poland. Among them are centers of such companies as Google, Microsoft, Unilever, Motorola, Intel. And favorable conditions for business play an important role here as well. According to the World Bank Group, Poland is ranked 33rd out of 190 business-friendly countries, and in the Bloomberg Innovation Index 2018 it entered the top 40.

The largest IT communities of Poland are located in Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Lodz.

Technologies.

According to No Fluff Jobs, the most common programming languages in Poland are JavaScript, Java and .NET.

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The most in-demand developers are Back-End (34%), Fullstack (20%) and Frontend (17%) developers.

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Search channels

If you have a task to find an IT specialist in Poland, you can search here:

LinkedIn, GitHub, and Stack Overflow are the most popular sites for IT sourcing. This is confirmed by a recent poll of Polish recruiters by Kasia Tang.

Job Boards in Poland are very popular and some of the most famous are:

Pracuj.pl – is a Polish portal for posting vacancies and resumes.

JustJoinIt – is a Polish portal specialized in IT. 

NoFluffJobs.com – is an international portal for developers.

GoldenLine.pl – is a Polish portal for posting vacancies and resumes.

Bulldogjob.com – is a Polish portal specialized in the IT industry.

Polish recruiters use Facebook mainly for communication in specialized communities (for example, ROC community, IT Recruiters Poland, React Polska, Vue.js Poland, Praca w IT / Jobs in IT, etc.). They look for candidates on FB too, but they prefer not to write there with job offers.

Google and its X-Ray queries help find developers all over the world and Poland is no exception.

On MeetUp, 4Programmers.net, Rubyonrails.pl and Twitter, our Polish colleagues communicate with developers and expand their networking.

The main difference between the letters written by Polish and Ukrainian recruiters is that Polish recruiters almost always indicate the type of employment contract. This is important, because the amount of taxes depends on it and, accordingly, the salary the specialist will get in the end. The most common type of contract in IT industry is on B2B terms (B2B means “Business-to-Business” and the terms are similar to our “Private Entrepreneur”).

Also in Poland they take GDPR very seriously and always ask the candidate for consent to the processing of his personal data.

Otherwise, searching for developers in Poland doesn’t differ from searching in other countries.

The main thing is not to forget about the main traits of a good recruiter - attentiveness, personal approach and empathy. And let it be easy for you to find developers in any country in the world :)