Naturally, offshore rates will always be a factor in your mind when outsourcing software development. Saving money on projects is a priority for any business, but other aspects must be kept in mind—a good vendor will take into account a complex of such important factors as the financial attractiveness of the project, the availability of the offshore developers, and the business environment keeping a balance between the quality and reasonable prices. You should also take taxes, benefit policy and employment guidelines of the outsourcing country into account.
It’s important to be aware of public holidays as well. For example, according to research by Mercer, India and Colombia enjoy 18 days of public holidays per year, with Mexico having only 7. Poland, Belarus and Vietnam have 10, and Russia, Malaysia and Indonesia have 14—it varies a lot, and it’s worth looking into when considering offshore development.
Alongside public holidays, it’s also helpful to investigate the minimum annual leave in the country you are considering: China and the Philippines have 5 paid vacation days, whereas India and Indonesia have 12.
Work conditions and rules are also highly relevant when choosing an offshore development solution—some countries prohibit a 40-hour night-shift week, such as Malaysia and Slovakia. In other countries, including Egypt and the Philippines, it’s prohibited for women to work full-time during the night. Sometimes a specific work ruling can increase employee costs by as high as 70–80%—in Brazil, taxes and employee benefits (e.g. a 30-day vacation and food vouchers) can make certain forays into externalizing more expensive than they first seem.
Saving money on projects is a priority for any business, but other aspects must be kept in mind—a good vendor will take into account a complex of such important factors as the financial attractiveness of the project, the availability of the offshore developers, and the business environment keeping a balance between the quality and reasonable prices.
The Benefits of Outsourcing to Belarus
The Largest Pool of Tech Specialists
Belarus has a vast talent pool, with over 50,000 IT professionals, in which there are beyond 45,000 software developers ready to undertake work on your company plans.
What further sets Belarus aside as a pinnacle of offshore software development is the education of the professionals on offer. With over 16,000 tech graduates annually, the majority of Belarus software developers are university educated, and possess English language skills. Belarus is among leaders on the list of countries with the biggest number of software development graduates. The database is ever-growing, and new experts in established and frontier fields are added daily.
An often overlooked benefit of outsourcing to Belarus is the time zone it resides in—with only a 1-2 hour difference from Western Europe, efficient correspondence is very achievable. It’s even perfect for regions such as the East Coast of the U.S., as the morning there is Belarus’ evening; a client can set a task, go to sleep, and wake up to see it completed by their Belarus team.
Low Corporate Tax/Expenses
Among the world’s technology capitals, Minsk has great corporate tax rates, at only 1,500/15,000 ($/year), as opposed to cities such as Berlin (11,133/50,000 $/year) and New York (7,500/50,000 $/year). It’s interesting to look at the cost of living in Belarus, too: a 1-bedroom apartment in the center of Minsk is around a $325 monthly rental, and outside the city center you can get one for around $212, with lunch in the city costing around $4–7. This is great for the software development staff you will be outsourcing to, allowing them to live well on their wage, positively impacting their work output.
Ease of Doing Business
Belarus is highly regarded as a great place to do business ranking 37 among 190 countries. It’s a justified worry that enacting even simple business procedures can be difficult when corresponding overseas, but Belarus has a proven record of being a great environment for visiting companies; the work ethic and culture works well with those in Western countries, facilitating the growth of great projects.
Internet in Belarus is rapid, yet cheap—an unlimited data connection is around $20 per month, enabling your development team to provide quick updates, contact you efficiently, and also have additional benefits such as quick uploading to the project YouTube channel.
A Strong IT Community
Belarus has an incredibly developed and vivid IT Community which boasts regular hackathons, international and local tech conferences, as well as networking events. The participants of such events are enthusiastic people who are passionate about software development. Belarus #13 in Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Regulation Index.
The active development of the community has impacted outsourcing to Belarus very positively—it helped to spread a better understanding of Belarus mentality and culture. Now, foreigners know that Belarus software developers always argue their case, are eager to support a healthy work environment for everyone involved, and never say “yes” unilaterally.
Growing Startup Environment
Belarus has 1,000+ IT startups, and this number is growing every day. These include many famous companies, such as Flo, MSQRD, Lung Passport, SCORUM. Some were acquired by world giant as Facebook, Google, Mail.RU.
Moderate Rates for IT Services
Many people have a warped perception of the level of salaries in Belarus, often thinking of it as rather low. The demand for Belarusian software developers is high for the aforementioned reasons, which promotes the growth of the standard of living. In turn, the paycheck must rise—software developer rates don’t follow standard logic, as their skills are liquid on the global scale, regardless of their own location. But the good news for companies looking to outsource is that the salary levels are still far below the Nordics, London, or Silicon Valley. This allows you to get world-leading software development for a lower cost than locally, while still tapping into a ground-breaking sphere of motivated and creative engineers.
Based at DAXX 2018 report.