India leads the outsourcing market

Are you looking for a software developer? India could be the solution with its booming outsourcing sector. IT outsourcing to offshore providers is becoming more and more popular, and not only for cost reasons.

Another factor, which is just as strong, is the chronic skills shortage for software developers. India, in comparison to Germany or other industrial countries, has a large selection of excellent developers who began to specialise in international projects with foreign clients many years ago.

And in countries like Germany software developers enjoy growing demand that cannot even be covered by the ever increasing number of IT graduates. This has led to a high level of rates and salaries for German software developers.

Skills shortage in software developers: India serves the excess demand

Frank-Jürgen Weise, head of the German Federal Employment Agency, estimates that there will be a lack of 7 million IT professionals on the German market by 2025 – although his estimate might be a bit high. However, other bodies have confirmed that the situation will worsen, such as official statistics from BITKOM, the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media, which represents both organisations and employers, as well as employee interests in IT.

While a year-long study concluded in November 2014 showed that there was a lack of 41,000 IT professionals on the German labour market, BITKOM reported there were already 43,000 positions for IT specialists in 2015. 17,500 of those related specifically to companies in the IT and communications sector (ITC). BITKOM asks over 1,500 business leaders and managers every year from companies in all branches for the representative survey.

The professions hit the hardest include application developers, experts in big data, cloud computing and IT security, as well as IT project managers.

BITKOM President Prof. Dieter Kempf has known about the existing “dangers of outsourcing work abroad” for many years and has warned about it since. However, companies experienced a need for software developers have no other choice, and need to adapt to the situation as well as possible.

India – software developers from all areas

Not all programming languages are equally sought after, and this is reflected in salaries in Germany, India and everywhere else. According to the newest data from IEEE Spectrum, Java is the most popular language. Then come C, C++, Python, C#, R, PHP and JavaScript. Developers for these languages are paid very well, as shown by an international salary comparison from Gooroo Insights.

Companies that fight the skills shortage through targeted outsourcing can save significantly. Software developers in India often offer their services at a fraction of the cost of their counterparts in Europe. You will not need to compromise on quality and professionalism, a fact that is shown in the large interest shown by IT corporations in Indian software developers.

Did you know that IBM employs more than 150,000 employees in India? Accenture has 80,000 and Oracle has more than 31,000 employees. Google also has more employees in India than in any other foreign location, and recently started a partnership with 30 Indian universities to educate an incredible two million Android developers in only three years.

How to find a software developer from India

If you are looking for an Indian software developer and are in new territory with software development outsourcing, we can help you get started with our comprehensive approach. outsourcing4work can organise an experienced Java, C/C++/C#, PHP, Python or any other kind of software developer for you.

But we don’t leave you alone once we have found you a software developer. As a European contract partner we also take over the responsibility for a professional implementation of your project. We use our own Agile/Scrum trained project managers who have many years of experience with Indian professionals and who will look after every detail of your project.

You can realise projects at a fixed price or on an hourly basis with us. You can also hire a complete team of Indian software developers who will work exclusively for you in India.

Indian professinals

Test automation plays a decisive role in software development in finding errors, vulnerabilities and areas for improvement. Suitable test automation tools can quickly test numerous factors to a very large extent once they have the testing criteria. With the help of the results, the software tester can target specific points or software components and will then perform manual tests and a detailed code review.

Through repeated testing, logging results and partly through an automatic evaluation, test automation makes it possible to check the software in various scenarios. This is often the only way to find such problems which usually aren’t found in one-off tests in standardised environments.

What is tested with test automation

A test automation test run checks a number of test cases in a single run. The resulting metric lets you create an objective comparison criterion, which lets the software be assessed qualitatively. Improvements or even deteriorations then become obvious through the modified program code.

Test automation can also answer a number of important questions on the basis of the specific test results:

  • Was a specific bug fixed?
  • Was a specific requirement met by the software?
  • Who on the development team is responsible for which problems and solutions?
  • Is a specific developer finished with their work?
  • What level of quality does the software reach, or what stage of development is it at?
  • Is one software version better than the other?
  • Does troubleshooting or a new component change the overall behaviour of the software?
  • What instructions or specifications need to be included in the documentation?
  • Does it keep to the set schedule, or does it need to be adapted?
  • Is the software ready for release?

The test automation is a dynamic process in relation to these specific questions. In the context of these test runs, new test cases or entire test routines will be defined to be able to focus on specific aspects and problems. This especially concerns critical errors which are only resolved once all individual test cases have been successfully passed.

Test automation and outsourcing

There is a range of suitable tools for test automation. A specific automation tool will be most suitable depending on software type and programming language. Each of these tools follows a different operating philosophy and even syntax and semantics will differ from case to case.

It is therefore an essential criterion when selecting a software tester that they are experienced in the preferred tools of the developer team. As you can see in the Wikipedia list of software for automated software tests, and the corresponding category for testing tools, there is a huge selection possible.

Since almost all test automation tools are used all over the world, it is almost always possible to find an expert as an outsourcing professional for a specific tool. India especially has many well-educated software testers who are often also excellent software developers, thanks to its booming IT sector. In comparison to European workers, you can save a lot of money this way. And it is often better to use an outsourcing specialist, rather than wait for a software tester to learn the test tools.

outsourcing4work can provide you with a specialised IT professional from India for specific test automation tools. Just share your specific requirements with us, and we will take care of the rest. Thanks to our own project managers who are trained in Scrum/Agile, we can ensure that there are no problems during the offshore collaboration. You also conclude the contract directly with us as a European company.

Affordable outsourcing to India

Editing photos can be a time consuming and cumbersome task. This is especially true if you have hundreds or even thousands of individual images to sort through, and need to have a large volume of images manually edited.

This is often a chore for professional photographers, one which takes away time from actual shooting. According to the International Society of Professional and Wedding Photographers, photo editing takes up twice as much time as the photography itself. It’s the same for their colleagues in event photography – especially when shooting fairs or galas.

Outsourcing: when professionals edit photos affordably

Editing and optimising photos is usually a task for professional graphic designers and image editors. Luckily you can find them all over the world, and, since linguistic knowledge plays almost no role in photo editing, you can easily use offshore outsourcing and delegate this task to professionals abroad.

Photographers who have their photos edited by image professionals in India can use this new free time for additional work. Since a professional photographer’s hourly wage is much higher than that of an Indian retouching professional, they can even increase their own productivity and personal profit. Usually this task will then be done even faster, since an outsourcing agency specialising in photo editing can distribute the retouching among several employees – even overnight orders of a large scale are possible.

In addition to a qualitative improvement in the image thanks to contrast correction, as well as to the brightness, saturation, gamma and colour, specialised photo editing providers in India will also take on tasks that go above and beyond photo editing. In addition to noise reduction, sharpness, cropping and straightening, they can also perform tasks such as trimming, removing the background and black dots, increasing the background relative to the people and object or targeted colour manipulation according to specific criteria.

However, not only professional photographers can benefit Indian outsourcing providers specialised in photo editing. For companies in the media industry or any other institution that needs to regularly work through large amounts of photos, outsourcing to external professionals is often useful.

A real estate agent will often get photos from clients which are of a low quality, or they will hire their own employee to regularly work on the many property images. Event and advertising agencies also work with a lot of images, be it for clients, their own home page or image databases.

For results that are as professional as possible, only real image specialists should edit photos, although this is not always the case. Your own employees might be able to do a simple retouching of a few images. If you are under time pressure or have a large amount of photos it can be well worth it to use an Indian agency.

Photo editing services: how to find a provider

outsourcing4work can provide you with an Indian outsourcing agency for professional photo editing. We can easily find a perfectly suited provider based on the subject and your specific requirements. We have contact to many professional image agencies who are specialised in photo editing for a wide range of topics. We always pay attention to references and demo image material to give you the highest quality at the lowest rates.

Leading position for IT offshoring

India has long held the leading position for IT offshoring. The Asian country holds a considerable share of 55% of the international outsourcing market. Clients from all over the world appreciate the relatively unbureaucratic management in the country, as well as the high IT expertise of Indians.

While China rose to economic power as the so-called workbench of the world over the last decades, India developed itself as the market leader in the area of IT services. As a former English colony and established democracy, India found it easy to enter the global collaborative economy.

The fluent English language skills of an emerging Indian middle class played a large role in the rise to the world’s most respected IT offshoring nation. English is the second native language for more educated Indians and, therefore, for Indian IT professionals, who completed school and university in English. In difficult situations this makes it much easier to be able to communication with international clients. IT professionals from China or other low-wage countries are at a definite disadvantage.

IT offshoring is not only worth it for large corporations

Before the turn of the century, the first large outsourcing wave hit India as branches became established there. British Airways was suffering from increasing competition and high staff costs at the end of the 1990s, and moved a division of 300 employees to India.

Meanwhile, many major corporations became active in IT offshoring, and companies in the IT sector built up their own sites in India. IBM employs more than 150,000 Indian employees, Accenture 80,000 and even the software giant Oracle is well represented with 80,000 employees.

Thanks to the internet revolution and the expansion of broadband connections, IT outsourcing changed and became a large, completely virtual service outsourcing sector. Thanks to IT offshoring nearly every service can be affordably outsourced to India, from web design to business process outsourcing (BPO) for office jobs, digital photo editing, up to application software and mobile apps.

If you are considering software development or other complex IT services outsourcing to India, you will be in good company and will not need to enter the market alone. In India there are companies specialised in offshore IT outsourcing with hundreds or even thousands of employees who specialise in the specific needs of long-distance cooperation.

Professional support when offshoring

If you would like to take advantage of IT offshoring for your company, we are glad to help. We provide specialised IT professionals from all areas for cooperation with international clients. Creating websites and online shops, app development and SAP or MySQL database development are just a few examples of activities that can be outsourced to India with us.

We do not only act solely as a provider for IT offshoring, but also assume responsibility for implementation as your European contract partner. We ensure that your orders are processed exactly as you want them to be. We use our own project managers who are trained in Scrum/Agile who guarantee optimal communication and cooperation with you throughout the entire project phase. 

Software testing without high cost

ISTQB Certified Testers can provide their expertise in software testing through a globally recognised certification process. The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) offers a range of various certificates depending on experience and expertise to verified knowledge through standardised testing.

ISTQB Certified Tester as a label of quality has caught on all over the world and is now often seen in job advertisements listed under the requirements. But what exactly should an ISTQB Certified Tester be able to do?

Basics for every ISTQB Certified Tester

With a tailored methodology and the right software testing tools for every software project, ISTQB Certified Testers ensure that the software meets the desired specifications.

They will check that programs run error-free and that the program code, languages, libraries and APIs interact successfully on the target hardware. While the main focus is on software bugs, aspects such as the proper function of the interface also play an important role.

An experienced ISTQB Certified Tester is able to design scenarios and appropriate test cases for test concepts and test specifications. They work very closely together with the responsible software developers, and in particular with the respective project manager.

Because ISTQB offers several different certifications graded on the level of knowledge, you should know the difference between them before choosing an ISTQB Certified Tester.

ISTQB Certified Tester at Foundation Level

The Foundation Level is the entry point for a ISTQB Certified Tester. They have the fundamentals such as the software life cycle, statistical tests, test case design processes and the popular test tools. Because knowledge is purely theoretical, an ISTQB Certified Testers at the Foundation Level should therefore already have good experience in software development so they can put their knowledge to use.

ISTQB Certified Tester at Advanced Level

Now is when it gets interesting with this level of certification. It builds on the foundation level and requires a minimum of 18 months’ practical experience in software projects. Existing knowledge is deepened and the participants are introduced to the tasks of a test manager.

ISTQB Certified Tester at Expert Level

The software tester will have additional specific skills for building and managing test teams. An in-depth knowledge of technical design and the improvement and automation of test routines is also part of an ISTQB Certified Tester’s role. This can be an especially large advantage in smaller developer teams with only one software tester.

Software tester as an outsourcing professionals

You can easily find an experienced software tester abroad with the quality assurance from ISTQB. If you would like to add an ISTQB Certified Tester to your team as a virtual team member, you should make sure they have already reached the advanced level. If they will be working completely independently as a software tester, then it might even be recommended to use one at the Expert Level.

The knowledge represented by ISTQB are ideally combined with many years of experience in software development, of course, in addition to at least a basic know-how in programming languages and software frameworks that are being used.

Once you know what the profile of the ISTQB Certified Tester should include, it is often easy to find the suitable outsourcing professionals from India who are also familiar with Scrum project management.

Outsourcing4work is specialised in providing Indian IT professionals and can take over the recruiting and even the subsequent coordination for you. We employ our own Scrum project managers who are well-versed in the online management of offshore freelancers. The contracts are concluded directly with us as a European company for your security and convenience. We have various contract models for fixed price projects or for services billed hourly. We can make a suitable offer for every project!

Are you in a difficult search for a software developer? Freelancer, permanent employee or outsourcing to a specialised company are the three traditional scenarios which you have surely already considered.

The ever-increasing IT skills shortage will only complicate the search in all three approaches. According to the German industry association of the information and telecommunications branch, BITKOM, there were 43,000 vacant IT specialist positions in 2015. This is a significant increase when compared to 2014 – and there is no end in sight.

It’s no wonder that outsourcing to IT agencies or freelancers is gaining in popularity. The costs for such external providers are accordingly high due to the large demand. With regards to their salary, it surpasses even your permanently employed staff.

According to BITKOM, 60% of all IT companies now see a shortage in IT, meaning more than every second company is affected. And the majority of the companies surveyed expect the number to increase in the coming years.

Software developers – freelancers at home and abroad

If you have already decided to take the step to cover your lack of software developers with freelancers, you shouldn’t limit yourself to your own country. By outsourcing to external providers you have already made a big decision, the step toward offshore providers which are significantly cheaper is much smaller in comparison.

Here’s a small example calculation: a PHP developer in Germany with a computer science degree and three years of experience will receive a salary of approximately €60,000 – not including extra costs and holidays.

Software developers for other popular languages such as C++, Python or Java receive significantly more, just like everywhere else in the world. A comparison from Gooroo Insights shows a very good overview of the relative differences in salary between the programming languages.

But let’s get back to our example with the PHP developer. If you hire a German PHP professional as a freelancer out of necessity, you can assume they will charge an hourly rate of 65 euros. If you compare that to an equally qualified Indian PHP developer, they will only charge an hourly rate of 20 euros. It is clear just how much offshore outsourcing can benefit you when looking for a developer with such drastic cost differences.

Software developers: freelancer or agency from India

Whether you decide on a company specialised in IT outsourcing or an Indian freelancer makes no difference. Depending on the scope of the project and the expertise required one or the other model can be used.

outsourcing4work is happy to take over the time-consuming search for you, and to provide you with a highly qualified Indian software developer. Freelancers sometimes require a bit more coordination than agencies. However, you will not need to worry thanks to our comprehensive service.

We ensure precise implementation according to your wants thanks to our own project managers who specialise in Scrum/Agile. Therefore, you will always have a knowledgeable contact partner in Europe who will understand the technical details at a glance. You will also conclude the contract with us instead of one of our Indian partners, which will guarantee you legal certainty and less red tape.

If you are looking for a web developer, you have surely noticed the IT skills shortage. There has been a lack of professional web developers for years. Technical development and the need for more and more complex web applications has progressed too quickly.

Looking for a web designer or a web developer?

While ten to fifteen years ago web developers often had a lot to do with the creation of complex websites, and web designers had in-depth programming knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, CSS and PHP, the field has now split.

CMS interfaces such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal are now often used for websites. WordPress is the market leader by a wide margin and is used on more than a fourth of websites worldwide.

The great advantage of modern CMS systems is that setup only requires rudimentary programming skills, or even none at all. Web designers take over the installation of the server-side powered CMS and adapt the look and function with the help of templates and plugins.

If you are looking for a true web developer, this is usually for complex matters such as creating websites. Generally, web developers work on developing web applications which run on a web server such as WordPress and dynamically display content in the browser.

The most important web programming languages

A look at the global statistics from W3Techs shows that PHP is the most widely used web programming language by far. PHP is used on over 80% of websites worldwide. Next comes ASP.NET (15.7%), Java (2.9%), ColdFusion (0.7%), Ruby (0.6%), Perl (0.5%) and a few other languages.

If you are looking for a web developer this will almost always be for a PHP or an ASP.NET developer.

The most important differences between ASP.NET and PHP

PHP is used as a server-side scripting language on an optimised Linux system in almost every case. In almost all cases, this is a LAMP stack, a combined use of Linux as an operating system, the open source web server Apache, MySQL as server side data base software and PHP as programming language.

Many PHP software developers work in the field of CMS development or in adapting existing CMS software packages for clients. WordPress plays an important role as the most important PHP application. The market for WordPress templates and plugins is a lucrative field for a PHP software developer, who may work on software products either individually or as part of a team. The quality of these products needs to meet the requirements of thousands of customers.

As an older list of the most important PHP application shows, the programming language can also be used for many other web applications such as browser-based email programs, database software, social networks or as a web-based desktop operation system with custom apps such as in the case of eyeOS.


ASP.NET was brought onto the market within the .NET technology group as a web application framework by Microsoft as a PHP alternative. C++, C#, Perl or Python, the .NET programming languages, can be used to develop ASP.NET web applications. This makes web application development very easy for many developers. In contrast to the freely available LAMP stack, ASP.NET web programs need access to Microsoft’s commercial operating system Windows Server to run.

Whether ASP.NET or PHP is better suited to your need depends on how much you rely on Microsoft software, and if you already use Windows Server for anything else.

Web developer wanted – India is the solution

If you are looking for ASP.NET or PHP web developers, or if you are looking for a professional web designer with advanced CMS experience, it’s well worth it to look at India. The country contains excellent IT specialists who offer their services globally as outsourcing service providers. At the same time, the low cost of living and wages in the emerging IT country provide huge cost advantages.

outsourcing4work can provide you with excellent web developers from India whose rates are much lower than their European counterparts. We take over the responsibility for successful implementation with our own project managers, and ensure that your needs and requirements are fully respected during development. And since you conclude contracts directly with us as a European company, you are always on the safe side.

Indian web developers have long established themselves in the global outsourcing market. Many companies have fully or partially handed over website development to affordable IT experts in India. In addition, Indian web developers also cooperate on many CMS projects and their expansions.

Web developers nowadays work in a variety of areas. Traditional website creation is now just a fraction of their work. A majority of websites around the world use pre-made CMS systems such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. This also relates to specific website types such as online shops, social networks, web forums or even some multimedia portals.

Nearly every web developer has experience in the necessary key technologies HTML, PHP, JavaScript and SQL. They concentrate most of their work on specific products such as templates, plug-ins or other modules which can be integrated into established CMS systems.

A web developer for your own website

Usually a web designer is enough for setting up a simple internet page, one who can add together the individual elements for a website into a coherent whole. For complex projects it is often useful to hire a web developer who can then adapt or supplement the existing webpage code. These can be adapted to the commonly used CMS WordPress for websites, or self-developed plug-ins.

Most web developers who work in website development offer their services as a web agency and work in small teams or alone. Once the requirements for the planned project have been discussed in detail they will do their work at a distance.

Many web developers are found on the global IT outsourcing market, and India plays an increasingly large role on this market.

Find Indian web developers for your own online project

On request, outsourcing4work can create a first-class web agency with experienced web developers from India. No matter if you need support or special expertise for an existing project, or are planning a completely new online presence.

We take over the responsibility for successful implementation, and guarantee you rates that a European web developer cannot compete with. Our very experienced European project managers ensure that your wishes and requirements are fully respected during the development stage. And since you conclude contracts directly with us as a European company, you are always on the safe side.

Depending on your needs you can carry out projects at a fixed price or hire temporary employees. We have the right offer for every project size with various work models such as dedicated employees or a branch (light) in India.

India outsourcing has become a fixed phrase in many companies. India outsourcing primarily describes the relocation of IT activities to countries in the East. While offshore outsourcing is a global phenomenon with many players, India has attained the leading position in the technology sector.

At the same time as China revolutionized the area of industrial production and became the workbench of the world, India specialized in IT services. As a former colony and established democracy, India found it easy to enter the global collaborative economy. The fluent English language skills of an emerging Indian middle class played a large role in the rise to the world’s most respected IT nation.

India outsourcing turned the IT economy upside down

Currently, India’s share of the international outsourcing market is 55% – the country is the undisputed market leader, and the term India outsourcing is on everyone’s lips. The Indian IT industry has more than three million employees, a large part of which are active in multinational companies or international projects.

Large IT companies have already positioned themselves and created sites in India. Did you know that IBM employs more than 150,000 employees in India? Accenture has 80,000 and Oracle has more than 31,000 employees. Google already employs more people in India than in any other location abroad.

Small and mid-sized enterprises can also benefit from India outsourcing

Thanks to rapid technological progress, nearly everyone can participate in India outsourcing. Fast internet connections and professional outsourcing service providers like outsourcing4work make it possible.

There is a vast number of highly trained Indian suppliers in all areas. Whether web development for small websites, game developers, COBOL experts, or Indian app developers for professional cross platform projects for major customers – in India you will find a professional for all imaginable niches with international experience.

Play it safe with the best of both worlds

outsourcing4work uses a special approach in India outsourcing to reduce the risks in international division of labour to a minimum. Even with experienced Indian partners, factors such as time zones, differences in mentality and legal hurdles can hinder success.

outsourcing4work is therefore not a pure provider, but takes on the responsibility for the success of your project as a European contract partner.

Therefore, we employ project managers who are specialised in Agile software development, which not only ensures smooth communication, but also actively controls the progress of your project.

India outsourcing is therefore just as easy for our clients as if they hired a European company and European software developers.

Many companies now hand over specific work areas to outsourcing companies. The outsourcing market has been booming for years and knows almost no limits thanks to the internet. Whilst the first large outsourcing wave was more focused on areas like manufacturing and logistics – the more physical parts of the value chain – nowadays service and IT services receive more attention.

The internet plays an important role; communication and data exchange are no longer the challenges they once were. Even high-definition video conferencing equipment is now standard in international companies thanks to broadband connections.

Offshore outsourcing: companies now operate globally

Technological progress has led to a dramatic increase in former developing countries. China is now the second largest economy, and India is also moving steadily upwards – and is already the number one location for outsourcing companies.

While China currently only dominates the area of industrial manufacturing, India began to specialise in IT services years ago. And this is especially interesting for outsourcing companies. Did you know that India’s share of the international outsourcing market is around 55%, and that the Indian IT industry has more than three million employees?

IT outsourcing companies in India

If China is the workroom of the world, India has the title of the world’s leading development field in IT.

Top companies in the IT sector recognised this early and build large sites in India.  IBM employs more than 150,000 people in India, Accenture 80,000 and Oracle more than 31,000. Google already employs more people in India than in any other foreign location.

The search giant has continued to invest and has just announced a partnership with 30 Indian universities. Google has the ambitious plan to educate two million Android developers in just three years. Many of them then later work in outsourcing companies.

Take advantage of Indian outsourcing companies for your benefit

With the help of outsourcing certain IT areas you can also use this development for your company. outsourcing4work provides you with excellent outsourcing companies for all possible IT areas.

Whether you need traditional software developers for important programming languages, web agencies, app developers, game designers, database experts or professionals for Microsoft products like SharePoint, Dynamics and .NET. We will find the right professional for your need – at a fixed price or as a temporary or dedicated employee, and you can even create your own branch (light) in India with our help!

When implementing complex software project you will remain on the safe side thanks to our many years of experience and our European project managers. All contracts are concluded with us as a European outsourcing provider, even though the employees working for you are in India.