The world is changing, as is the economic landscape. Economies have generally leaned toward more specialized industries in the past half-century, based on the strength of their regional characteristics. While places like Silicon Valley have traditionally been synonymous with technological innovation, other, lesser-known outposts are emerging with real potential to become deep-tech hubs. Recent trends indicate that Poland, and the wider Central and Eastern European region, could reach the same influence level as countries in the G7 in the coming decade. With many eyeing the region as the most likely to produce the next tech unicorn, could Poland soon join the tech community’s head table?
Globally, technology has graduated to new levels of influence and potential; virtual services have increasingly become a way of life for us in the digital age, with the current pandemic only intensifying the demand for solutions. The emerging scramble for tech solutions positions Poland as fertile soil for innovation, particularly since the country entered the EU. Since the turn of the century, a new development strategy has defined Poland's new engines of growth, enabling it to exploit the opportunities of digitization. That has included obtaining grants and launching accelerator programs, such as Start in Poland, the largest platform in Central Europe founded through European funds, and government financing devoted to developing startups.
The Polish labor market’s available skill and dynamism has consolidated the country’s ability to harness its window of opportunity. Poland houses one of the largest tech talent pools in Eastern Europe, and global giants such as Intel realized this by opening one of their biggest R&D laboratories in Gdansk.
The country’s socio-economic circumstances have created favorable conditions for a highly motivated workforce in technology. According to ABSL, an average salary in Poland equals around €830 per month, while software developers’ salaries can be 3-to-7 times higher. Therefore, the number of people interested in software development is growing, expanding the overall tech talent pool.
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