IT and BPO potential
Plovdiv is the second IT & BPO center in Bulgaria with over 7,000 employed in the sector. The city attracts labor from all regions with its highly developed educational system of nationally renowned high schools and universities contributes to the rapid development of the sector.
Great opportunities to find staff
The strong demand for a highly qualified workforce in the outsourcing sector lays the foundation for intensive cooperation between educational institutions and outsourcing companies. High schools in Plovdiv have a tradition of offering a very high level of education. The elite high schools that operate in the city are: Mathematical High School, Ivan Vazov Language High School, Plovdiv Language High School (enhanced study of English and German), French Language High School, National Trade High School.
Many of the employees of the local companies that require a high level of foreign language or highly developed analytical and mathematical knowledge, have graduated from these high schools. Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” and Technical University – Sofia, Plovdiv branch have long-lasting traditions in the training of good mathematicians and programmers.
In addition, The Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv trains graphic designers, VR specialists, art PR experts and others.
Advantages compared to Sofia and other large cities
Compared to the capital, as in other countries which serve as outsourcing destinations, the second largest city offers a number of advantages. Plovdiv as a city has been recognized for the higher quality of life compared to Sofia (due to less traffic and urban stress, opportunities to reach the workplace by bicycle, public transport, etc.). The employees in Plovdiv enjoy the city and its opportunities for sports, culture and art. Most of the higher-class jobs in the state administration, finance and B2B services are concentrated in Sofia, which is a factor for stronger competition in the demand for labor. In contrast, the labor market in Plovdiv is not characterized by such strong competition for talent as well as for middle-class employees. Compared to the big cities on the coast, employers in Plovdiv do not face fierce competition in the tourism industry.
Plovdiv is strategically located and allows its citizens to reach the biggest airpot in Bulgaria in only an hour.
Developing IT and BPO ecosystem
IT and outsourcing is already an established and widespread industry in Plovdiv. Its development over the past few years has come hand in hand with the construction of new Class A and B offices, shared work centers, business clusters and specialized events.
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