Where can you still find good and affordable developers these days?

  • 18 / 01 / 2019

Digitization, Industry 4.0, IoT - Germany and the EU is lagging behind. Companies across the country are looking for experienced developers, but they are lacking to find the adequate ones. By 2020, there could be about 756,000 job vacancies for coders, engineers and tech specialists across the bloc, according to the European Commission.

This applies to entry-level positions as well as intermediate and senior positions. In the meantime, since the requests are higher everyday companies are increasingly relying on trainees and student trainees who want to win over them in the long term as junior staff. That's why most of the headhunting companies are actively working to help them find suitable employees.

This works very well up to junior level. However, even here the demand for talented computer scientists is already far higher than the supply of German universities, colleges and trade schools. And with increasing demands, the problem is exacerbated. Senior positions often remain vacant for a long time and require new recruiting methods to reach more applicants. For example: Active Sourcing, increasingly addressing suitable candidates, publishing job offers on various job boards and optimizing the candidate journey. As a result the total cost including time consuming and human resource, market research and other facilitate options to hire suitable candidates is increasing".

Lately, more and more companies are searching in vain for developers

"Almost every company is looking for developers. Attracting the best talents poses new challenges for young, but also old-established companies. "- Jannik Keller, founder of Campusjaeger, one of the leading Headhunting companies in Germany.

The solution?

While it's clear that the shortage of skilled developers is affecting most digital companies, there has not been a viable solution so far - though developers.

Nearshoring is not so popular in Germany, only a few small and medium-sized companies use appropriate services. What hardly anyone is aware of: in countries like Kosovo, there are many Tech Companies and Developers who have enjoyed good education and as professionals can solve the very problems that companies in this country are facing.

The Republic of Kosovo is currently experiencing a tremendous economic boom. More than half of the Kosovars are under 30 years old and many of them are studying at the various universities in the country. And the fact that field work is not so welcomed in Kosovo from youth, they are preferring more to stay inside and develop new skills. The "developing trend" became famous since the technology is extremely growing the last decade and the market seems to be quite promising for youth to work for.

It quickly became clear that the developers had all the necessary skills to successfully work on outsourcing projects. These include, for example, Java, JavaScript, React, Angular, Node.js, and Python etc.

A common source of misunderstandings in international teams is the language barrier. To create a common ground, the exchange with Kosovar Companies takes place in English and as a result 74 percent of Kosovo IT companies export their services to EU countries and beyond. And thanks to the Diaspora, a lot of youth speak German too.

In addition, Kosovo convinces by further advantages: the official national currency is also euro and the time zone corresponds to Germany. This makes the country very well suited as a nearshoring destination. Although Kosovo is not (yet) a member of the EU, the country adheres to many of the EU regulations.

The ICT market in Kosovo is growing with the fastest pace in comparison to other markets since the end of the war in 1999. Currently, the ICT sector is considered as one of the few sectors with positive trade balance. The vast presence of international organizations has been one of the main drivers for the rapid ICT growth, starting with demand for equipment and later shifting to software and services. The ISPs were among the first services, making Kosovo’s network one of the most developed fiber optic networks in the entire Balkan region. The coverage of Internet access in Kosovo territory has then exceeded 90%.

Advantages of nearshoring with Kosovo

- Tech Companies from Kosovo can provide various types of flexible and short-term contracts, but also long-term contracts.
- The Kosovar developers have vast work experience and knowledge of technology.
- From a request to Kosovar Company, until the developers are fully integrated into the projects in Germany, it takes a maximum of four weeks.
- Since Kosovo is in the same time zone as Germany, the integration with a Kosovar Company in everyday working life is easily possible and participation in online meetings or arrangements via Skype is not a problem.
- Kosovo is only 2h away by flight, and most Major EU cities have daily direct flights to Kosovo.
- Most Kosovars speak both German and English. In addition, they know the culture and economics of the German Speaking Countries and can thus ideally match requirements and needs.
- All data transmitted to Kosovar Companies will be processed according to the GDPR. The Government has already drafted a law that aligns Kosovo’s legislation to the GDPR and comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Kosovo’s Tech Companies are the solution of finding software developers

If you are looking for a software developing solution, fill in the STIKK Lead Generation form and we will shortly offer you the best possible cooperating partner.


Bardh Kadiu
Chief Executive Officer at CODA TECH
+383 (0) 49 312 242