Some of Romania's Advantages (compared to other offshore and nearshore countries), include:

The rest of Western Europe uses Romania including Germany and Italy
-- So why have the UK only favor India for Offshore skills to date - when Romania has so many proven advantages?

Very low cost and high quality IT developer skills.

Excellent clear English and very similar culture to the UK.
-- so project specifications and UK standards and working methods are easily and quickly understood by our Romanian developers

Only 2 hours time difference - from the UK
-- so project progress telephone discussions can take place every day - with all staff working in a similar time zone

Only 3 hours flight time - from the UK
-- so if necessary - major projects can be reviewed etc. by traveling to Romania and returning on the same day or the next day.

Internationally acknowledged IT skills.

A solid software industry which employs over 25,000 people.

Over 5000 IT graduates per year - A highly educated workforce is available to the UK.

Romanian programmers are high-tech, creative and reliable professionals.

An IT industry developed around excellence centers of Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj and Timisoara

Presence of European and USA IT companies in Romania.

Microsoft CEO - Steve Ballmer - recently said that he appreciated the high talent on the Romanian market, especially in computers and Mathematics - "The Romanian education system distinguishes through its quality"

Romanians are the best linguists in Europe.

Workforce with good knowledge of English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

Romania – More Advantages

Low cost of work force.

The quality of programming is one of the best in the world.

According to a global IT IQ report made by Brainbench, Romanians already dominate Europe with more than 16,000 certified specialists The research indicated that Romania ranks 6th place in the world and 2nd place in Europe in professional competence and intellectual training.

"For industrialized countries in Western Europe, Romania is emerging as a promising alternative supplier of IT outsourcing services in addition to India, China and Russia", according to a study published on 12.09.2003 by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) GmbH.

The study, "Offshore Romania 2003 - Analysis of the Offshore Industry for Software Development and IT services in Romania," claims that the Romanian market for offshore IT services increased by 43% in 2002, compared to the year before, PAC said in a statement.

A well-developed educational system which produces each year 5,000 IT graduates and 2,000 graduates in associated fields.

Romanian skilled workforce work within various multi-national companies.

Strategic locations for EU contractors.

Advanced technology -- A nation of engineers and scientists - Developed their own first aircraft, own first jet engine, own first laser etc.

An intrinsic cultural and linguistic ability to supply services powered by IT technologies such as call centers.

Romania has a strong history of education and research in all fields of engineering and software.
There are 116 universities, 36 of which have a computer science related faculty.

Workforce with good knowledge of English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

"Romanians are the best foreign language speakers in Europe" -- according to The Eastern European Translators Association. According to a study made by this organization, 60% of the Romanians speak a foreign language, usually English. Some 25% of them speak 2 foreign languages".

High mobility and flexibility of work force.

A motivated workforce with natural entrepreneurial capabilities.