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Access to the qualified workforce and favourable investment offers – that is why Poznań attracts companies from the IT industry

Poznań is a good location for running an IT business because of the access to the skilled workforce, rich education offer, and infrastructure. This is confirmed by the report "IT Sector Investment Potential in Poznań", prepared by ManpowerGroup for the City of Poznań.

Poznań is one of the most important business centres on the map of Poland. Both domestic and foreign companies, including those operating in the IT sector, eagerly locate their capital here. There are 120 business shared services centres in the capital of Greater Poland and 30 of them are related to the area of information and communications technologies. They employ over 8,000 employees. Companies have here access to the highly qualified workforce and attractive office space offer, as well as City’s support at every step of the investment.

In Poznań, we focus on modern technologies because we know how important they are for an innovative economy. The report prepared by ManpowerGroup confirms that the direction we have chosen is bringing positive results. IT employers in Poznań continue to develop, increase employment and implement new projects. I encourage you to read the report, which presents the climate of the IT market in Poznań, indicates its advantages and shows forecasts for the future – says Jacek Jaśkowiak, Mayor of the City of Poznań.

The document is based on a survey conducted among employers and employees of the Poznań IT sector. The collected data was compiled with official national and local statistics, and internal datasets of the company producing the report.

Almost 90% of the IT companies in Poznań is planning to increase employment.

Despite the pandemic, the demand for the IT services continues to grow not only on the Polish market but also on the European one. According to the report "IT Sector Investment Potential in Poz-nań", due to the growing importance of all virtual activities, the IT industry is one of those which have found space for development even in times of epidemic. Therefore, it is not surprising that as many as 87% of the surveyed IT employers in Poznań intend to increase employment within a year.

One of the elements guaranteeing good conditions for business development is access to the skilled employees. There are 7 universities in the capital of Greater Poland, which educate over 12,000 students in the IT/ICT and engineering and technology fields of study. – In terms of educational offer, Poznań is a completely unique city on the scale of the entire country. As an academic centre, it is famous not only for the high education quality, but also for a wide range of study courses – mentioned in the report.

A good investment climate in Poznań is also influenced with the support offered by the City, which helps entrepreneurs even at the very first stage of the investment such as choosing the location for the future office.

We are in constant contact with employers from the IT industry and provide them with comprehensive support. In recent years, we have developed our employer branding activities for Poznań investors, and we also got involved in several sector events that took place in Poznań. In cooperation with IT companies, we have already organised two editions of the conference for specialists Pozitive Technologies. The third edition will be held in November 2021. We are aware that students of Poznań universities are appreciated on the labour market, and the IT related community is developing very well. We believe that thanks to the exchange of experiences between business, universities and the local government, we can build the investment potential of Poznań – says Katja Lożina, Head of the Investor Relations Department.

RECRUITING CANDIDATES – SALARIES AND BENEFITS

According to the data presented in the report, IT companies located in Poznań use both external and internal ways of recruitment. The vast majority (90%) of employers are looking for professionals through job advertisements, but at the same time they run command programs in their organisations. Curiously, employees also consider these two methods to be the most effective ways of recruiting, but they rate the command systems much more effective (36.2%) than job advertisements (27%).

The next step after a successful recruitment is usually signing the job contract. With a choice of form of employment, most employees would choose to work on the basis of a B2B contract (74%) or employment contract (62%). In order to meet these expectations, companies remain flexible by offering an employment contract (92%) or B2B contract (82%).

Despite the difficulties which many entities experienced in the spring of 2020, the upward trend observed in earnings in the IT industry is continuing. Moreover, the competition has been intensified on some levels of experience (especially higher ones). Depending on the position, salaries fluctuate from 4,500 PLN (Junior Manual Tester) up to 19,000 PLN (Senior Java Developer).

The most desirable benefit among Poz-nań IT professionals, especially in times of the COVID-19 pandemic is the possibility of working remotely – 93% of respondents indicate it as attractive. Other ones on the list are: flexible working hours (89%) and the possibility of taking part in external training sessions (60%). For obvious reasons, such benefits as trips and infrastructure closed because of lock-down are no longer important.

We encourage you to read the detailed analysis of the IT industry in Poznań. The report "IT Sector Investment Potential in Poznań" is free of charge and available both in Polish and English languages. Its full version can be downloaded here: poznan.pl/invest. It is worth mentioning that the other important aim of the report is presenting the results of research based on verifying the potential and opportunities for development of the IT industry, and the competences and the expectations of employees.

For this purpose, ManpowerGroup conducted two studies. The first survey involved 40 companies representing the local IT sector. The second one involved 141 IT professionals who were at different stages of their careers. The publication provides readers with information on the current situation, trends and attractiveness of the ICT sector in Poznań and the Poznań agglomeration.


Number of potential IT employees posessing technical skills.

Source: declarative values by LinkedIn users.

C/C++ - 3 106

HTML - 4 332

JavaScript - 5 466

Linux - 3 874

SQL Server - 31

Unix - 448

Python - 3 687

Spring - 1 205

SQL - 7 286

Java - 4 035

CSS - 4 970

C# / .NET - 2 455 / 1 298

Oracle - 1 275

PHP - 2 935

Hibernate - 941

Windows Server - 1 281

MySQL - 3 130

Jboss - 265

Ruby on rails - 276

Scala - 171

Sybase - 72

Swift - 229

PostgreSQL - 1 608

Security Analyst / Consultant / Engineer - 2 389

Network Administrator - 286

SAP Consultant - 216

Scrum Master - 749

System Administrator - 496

Database Administrator - 221

Helpdesk - 845

Project Manager - 3 733

Product Manager - 1 994