IT Services industry in Poland:
According to information from the Association of Business Service Leaders of Poland (ABSL), the IT Services industry employs more than 140,000 people and has been registering tremendous growth in recent years. In fact the IT Services industry which contributes roughly 29% to the entire Polish IT sector in value terms constitutes approximately 1.7% of the global IT services industry.
In fact, in the four-year period 2009-14, the number of IT Services providing companies rose from approximately 40.2 thousand to 60.7 thousand, i.e. the number of business enterprises in this sector rose by a half in the four-year period 2009-14 alone.
The majority of this growth was centered around the cities of Wrocław, Krakόw, Lublin and Rzeszόw.
Some of the most prominent Polish companies providing IT Services today include: ASSECO, engaged in the production and development of software; COMARCH, engaged in the manufacture and integration of IT solutions; and IT KONTRAKT, which provides IT personnel outsourcing.
On the other hand, the two main Indian companies engaged in Poland’s IT Services sector are: HCL and TIETO. HCL, which began operations in Poland in 2006 and employs 500-1000 people, is engaged in the IT support and the development of IT applications and infrastructure services.
Similarly, TIETO, which began operations in Poland in 2008, and also employs 500-1000 people, is engaged in providing IT infrastructure related services.
Nearly 52% of Poland’s IT sector, valued at approximately USD 3.14 billion in 2013, is devoted to the design and development of IT software. This is followed by a 29% share of IT support services and a 19% share in the IT outsourcing segment.
In terms of demand for IT Services, the single-largest driver of growth for this segment is the financial sector, which accounts for a 24.1% share in the IT Services market. Other growth drivers for this segment of the IT sector in Poland include: Administration, with a 20.5% share of the sector; Media & Communication, with a 16.4% share; and Manufacturing, with a 14.3% share of this segment.
Further useful information on this sector may be found on the website of the Association of Business Service Leaders of Poland (ABSL), a link to which is provided below: