Top 6 Facts About IT Outsourcing To Turkey

Oksana Zabolotna
HBD at Qubit Labs

Outsourcing to Turkey is gaining momentum because there’s a substantial investment in the local software development companies. The country is experiencing a technological breakthrough, and local tech organizations put effort into turning the country into a software giant. Some businesses are signing cooperations with Silicon Valley-based companies, which is a significant step toward making Turkey one of the leading countries in the industry of low-code platforms. 

Turkey is becoming considered a promising IT outsourcing destination by a bunch of Western companies, being almost on the same level as the countries in Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Poland), Asia, and Transcaucasia (Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Philippines), and Latin America (Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica). 

The country is expected to experience an even more significant impact of the digital transformation because it has enough capabilities to do so. In this article, Qubit Labs provides insights on outsourcing Turkey to help you understand why more and more Western companies opt for it as a destination for hiring remote tech specialists


Outstaffing to Turkey Offers Access to a Large Talent Pool

It’s easy to find employees when opting for outsourcing services in Turkey because there’s an abundance of skilled specialists in the country. Turkey is considered an emerging software development talent pool. There are over 150,000 tech specialists in the country, and over 10,000 students graduate from local tech universities each year. 

As per IMD World Competitiveness strategy, Turkey scores 6.9/10 for the availability of qualified software engineers. It’s placed above such countries as Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania

Since the country is constantly encouraging local talents to pursue tech careers, foreign companies consider it a go-to destination for IT outsourcing. Also, there’s a growing number of incubators and accelerators in the country. This, in its turn, considerably nurtures the country’s top talent and contributes to the establishment of a strong IT community in Turkey.  


Outsourcing to Turkey Implies Leveraging Advanced Technologies

A notable advantage of business process outsourcing in Turkey is that the local developers are keen on the same languages that are popular in the tech organizations around the world. Turkish software engineers stay on the same page with the industry trends to deliver top-notch products.

Some of the most used programming languages in Turkey are C# and Java. Namely, about 41.2% of developers are keen on C#, while about 39.2% use Java, as mentioned by Software Technologies Report 2020. Additionally, Turkish programmers adopt newer technologies, for example, C and Ruby, which are especially popular among startups. As for the Nide.JS and .NET Core frameworks, over 30% of local software development specialists have experience working with them. 

Speaking of the most widespread front-end frameworks in the country, it’s React. It is used by 81.7% of developers. React is popular as well, being preferred by 74.% of local tech specialists.  


Turkish Software Developers Know the Nitty-Gritty of Working with Startups

Inspired and motivated people with the right set of skills are the ones who will put your company on the path to success. And if you’ve been looking for such employees, you should opt for outstaffing Turkey because, thanks to a recent startup boom in the country, local developers are at the top of the global talent search. Notably, Turkey ranked 10th among the countries that received the highest venture capital and angel investment in Europe during the first quarter of 2021.

During the mentioned period, 62 local companies received investments in the amount of $509 million. There’s a bunch of local startups that have already received global recognition, namely the food delivery app Getir, mobile game developer Gram games, and collaboration tool Zeplin. For example, Getir raised $550 million in an investment round in 2021. Currently, it’s valued at about $5,3 billion, which makes it Turkey’s second unicorn company. 

Besides, many Turkish software developers for hire are behind the scenes of globally-used products. For example, many of them work at Udemy, an online learning platform Udemy valued at $3.3 billion, and fintech platform Iyzico, valued at $165 million. 


Software Developer Salary in Turkey is Reasonable

One of the decisive points in selecting a software development outsourcing destination is the average salaries. And since software developer salary in Turkey is several times lower than in, for example, the US, many foreign companies have decided to give this location a chance. Although some business owners believe that lower salaries imply poor quality of services, they’re mistaken in most cases. 

One of the primary factors affecting the salaries in the country is financial stability. And since Turkey’s economic resilience is prone to changes, the wages of local software development specialists are lower compared to ones in Western countries. Yet, Turkish programmers deliver high-quality services that aren’t worse than the results of their foreign colleagues’ work.


So, let’s take a look at the average software developer salary in Turkey: 

Game (Unity) $28,913
Full-Stack $27,431
Python  $26,027
Web (Angular/React) $25,197
iOS $24,854
Java $24,433
Front-End $23,992
SQL $23,011
JavaScript $18,897
HTML/CSS $14,726


  • The average game developer salary in Turkey is $28,913 per year
  • A mid-level full stack developer salary in Turkey is $27,431 per annum
  • The average Python developer salary in Turkey is $26,027
  • On average, a web developer salary in Turkey is about $25,197 per annum
  • A mid-level iOS developer salary in Turkey is $24,854 yearly
  • The average Java developer salary in Turkey is $24,433
  • A front end developer salary in Turkey is $23,992 on average 
  • A mid-level SQL Turkey software developer salary is $23,011 per year
  • The average JavaScript software developer salary Turkey is $18,897 per annum
  • On average, an HTML/CSS Turkey software developer salary is $14,726 yearly


Outsourcing Services Turkey are of a High Quality

Some of the largest companies in the world either have their R&D offices in Turkey, or local employees work at their offline or online offices. These companies include IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and Google, to name a few. The cooperation with such tech giants allows local developers to pursue careers in the IT sector and work on various innovative projects focusing on cybersecurity and cloud computing. 

Also, local software engineers aren’t strangers to working at newly-established companies of any size because small and medium-sized companies make up 97% of Turkey’s businesses. Also, they employ 80% of the local workforce. So, Turkish tech specialists are keen on the software development standards and understand the approaches to work prevalent among foreign businesses.


Business Process Outsourcing in Turkey is About Easy Communication and Cultural Diversity

Since Turkey has a convenient location, just between East and West, it has a fertile ground for startups and multinational businesses. It takes just a couple of hours pon the plane to get to Turkey from European business capitals. Besides, the country has access both to Asian and European markets, which is a competitive advantage for the companies cooperating with local programmers.

Additionally, building diverse teams is a new trend among global companies. When hiring Turkish developers, you get new insights into the development process, which can significantly help you improve your products and services, appealing to a broader range of customers. Besides, having team members with different cultural backgrounds means enhancing the company’s problem-solving capabilities in general. In this way, you’ll make your business more adaptable in the constantly-changing global tech environment. 


Outsourcing to Turkey: Pros and Cons

Now that we have a complete picture of the Turkish tech scene, we’ve decided to make a quick recap of the strengths and weaknesses of outsourcing to Turkey:

Pros Cons
  • Rapidly-growing startup ecosystem
  • The country’s economic levels are unstable
  • Local developers stay on the same page with IT industry trends
  • The number of tech graduates is lower than in Eastern Europe or Asian outsourcing destinations
  • Turkey boasts an advanced tech talent pool
  • Local talents might lack certain hard or soft skills and require time to gain them
  • Turkish developers work at global tech giants (including Google, Amazon, and IBM)
  • Unforeseen costs might appear in the middle of the development process
  • Local developers deliver high-quality services at affordable rates
  • Software development outsourcing to Turkey implies working with specialists well-versed in Western approaches to doing business 

As you can see, software development outsourcing Turkey has specific disadvantages that may be a problem while cooperating with developers from this country. Unstable economic level, the lack of hard and soft skills and unforeseen cost all of these factors make Turkey less perfect than, for example, IT outsourcing destinations in Eastern Europe like Ukraine, Poland or Romania; or in Caucasus Region – Armenia, Kazakhstan or Azerbaijan. So, maybe, it is better to check the above mention locations to compare and make a final decision.

On the other hand, you can easily get to Turkey, especially if your office is located in Europe. For example, it takes about 3 hours 45 minutes to go to Izmir from London. Speaking of the US, it takes about 10+ hours to get to Istanbul from New York.  

Yet, you don’t have to visit your team in Turkey too often because there will be nothing to worry about. Usually, software development outsourcing vendors take care of the communication between the clients and the developers to ensure hassle-free cooperation. 


Entrust Hiring Top-Rated Developers to Qubit Labs to Access Unique Opportunities

Outsourcing to Turkey is gaining momentum, so opting for this country as your software development destination is forward-looking. But, this IT destination may not fit your requirements because of the unstable economic level, lack of hard and soft skills or low level of education. You can contact Qubit Labs and we will find the perfect location for your company that will meet all your needs, 

If you want to outsource your software development, Qubit Labs will gladly become your tech vendor. We have significant experience in the IT industry and have access to a global talent pool of programmers. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a free consultation call. 


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Oksana Zabolotna
HBD at Qubit Labs

HBD and Head of Partnerships at Qubit Labs. Oksana is proficient at Search Engine Optimization; performs as a speaker for international tech conferences; author of webinars and guides on peculiarities of remote recruitment, top markets for hiring IT experts, and latest tech trends. Oksana is one of the partners of Women in Tech Ukraine – large-scale social project created to increase the number of women in IT industry.