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Why Will Software Development Companies in the Netherlands Outsource More in 2018?

Author Juliya Mankovskaya
Posted Oct 15, 2018

According to Mainsoftware50, the software industry continues to be a driving force for an increasing number of companies being set up in the Netherlands. In 2017 the software development sector grew by 5% and is predicted to grow another 4.5% in 2018. As a result, software development companies in the Netherlands are continuing to grow but also outsourcing software development to other countries in order to optimize cost and combat local tech talent shortage.

Topics covered in this article:

  1. Which Industries in Dutch Software Development Are the Most Popular?
  2. Talent Shortage: 4 out of 10 Entrepreneurs Say They Have Problems Finding the Right Talent.
  3. Why Will Dutch Companies Outsource IT services in 2018?
  4. 5 Reasons to Build Extended Development Teams with Daxx.

The Dutch tech scene is considered as one of the strongest in Europe. According to Holland Trade and Invest, the Netherlands has generated globally-competitive software programmers and IT consulting in a variety of sectors including business, simulation, mobility, healthcare, and safety. No wonder that in such a fast-growing and constantly evolving environment, the Netherlands is considered as one of the four largest IT service providers in the world. Sixty percent of the companies mentioned on the Forbes 2000 list are located in the Netherlands. These companies include Cisco, Oracle, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Verizon, Huawei and many other global players. Amsterdam alone is home to more than 800 startups and 170 different IT companies.

Which Industries in Dutch Software Development Are the Most Popular?

Software development sectors in the Netherlands are characterized by the development of cloud computing and the digitization of the economy.

In order to handle the pace and growing demand for software development services, the number of software development companies in the Netherlands is growing as well.

The software development sector growth is predetermined by the development of cloud computing and the digitization of the economy.

The software development sector is growing at an accelerating speed. Dutch software development companies specialize in producing application software (67%) and system software (33%).

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Software development sector in the Netherlands 2018 (application and system software)

One of the fastest growing sectors is security software. This growth can be partially explained by this fields rising complexity and an increasing number of technological threats. Starting in January 2016, Dutch companies are required to report data about leaks and hacks that could affect other users.

Additionally, the Netherlands has taken a leadership role on the recently adopted EU directive for data protection and IT security.

The software development sector in the Netherlands is divided into corporate and local software development. Software development companies in the business sector generally provide services in data analysis and information sharing. As a result, this facilitates the growth and usage of software development in government and financial sectors. In comparison, local software development concentrates on business applications and custom products.

What Are The Most Common Challenges for Software Development Companies in the Netherlands?

Finding the right personnel and tech talent shortage remain the most time-consuming challenges when it comes to software development growth. In 2015, 2 out of 10 Dutch entrepreneurs experienced talent shortage and considered it the main barrier to the expansion and development of the software development sector. Today this number has grown to 4 out of 10 employers experiencing talent shortage in the Netherlands.

4 out of 10 business entrepreneurs consider talent shortage as the main barrier preventing the development and expansion of the software development sector.

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Talent shortage growth is the main challenge for Dutch companies

Jan Willem Bergsma, a managing partner at Xuntos, a Dutch Software Development Agency, on the topic of talent shortage: “There are many tech companies but not enough software engineers. It doesn’t depend on the city, there’s a nationwide shortage.”

There are many tech companies but not enough software engineers. It doesn’t depend on the city, there’s a nationwide shortage.

Talent Shortage Forces Dutch Companies to Outsource More

Due to the fast pace of the software development industry and labor shortage, a growing number of mid-sized companies are continuing to outsource their IT functions and augment their teams with developers in other locations. Other factors are also contributing to this hunger for IT outsourcing. There is a strong need to focus more on core business principles, improve service quality, reduce costs, and access to resources, innovations, etc. Jurgen Delfos, the CTO at Carerix, shares his perspective regarding innovations: “As a small or medium-sized business, you should and must outsource. You simply don’t have enough people to shake things up and innovate. See outsourcing as an advantage not in terms of money, but in terms of flexibility and manpower.

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Reasons why Dutch companies outsource

According to the Dutch Outsourcing Study 2018, 81% of companies confirmed that they will continue to outsource IT services at the same or at an increased pace. The graphs below clearly shows that 42% of Dutch companies are guaranteed to outsource more, 39% will outsource at the same speed and 19% will not outsource or are still unsure.

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Outsourcing trends in the Netherlands 2018


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There are many tech companies but not enough software engineers. It doesn’t depend on the city, there’s a nationwide shortage.

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  • You are able to hire a single programmer or an entire development team depending on your needs.

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CTO at Carerix

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Juliya Mankovskaya

Juliya Mankovskaya is an avid Outreach Specialist at Daxx. She is passionate about Digital Marketing, IT and modern technologies. Julia is responsible for Daxx social media promotion and external publications.

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