Author: Bettina Kleinsteuber – Maketing Manager at ServiceFactum
10 reasons why IT services from the North African offshore region Tunisia are worth a look.
Software developers from Tunisia are very talented specialists. This makes the North African country an increasingly attractive region for offshore services. But why should a company choose IT services from Tunisia?
With more than 60.000 specialists in the offshore services area Tunisia is a very competitive offshore destination. The Tunisian IT industry also offers high growing ecosystem, tech profiles that are attracted by cutting edge frameworks and technology as well as strong technical expertise. About 400 companies offer IT services, for example the Tunisian IT company Wevioo with over 300 employees – which is also one of the ServiceFactum partners.
Furthermore, the wages and salaries of IT developers are favourable in relation to Germany. Proficiency both in English and French are supporting the strength of Tunisia. France has already recognized this: For France, the North African country has been one of the most important locations for IT services for many years.
Tunisia is a strategic location between Europe and Africa with high quality, an available infrastructure as well as very talented and well-educated human resources. Therefore, it is a very good location for German companies to invest in an offshore engagement.
10 reasons for outsourcing to Tunisia
1. Big talent pool
A quality of higher education that is comparable to the Western European countries. This includes 240.000 graduates per year, 20.000 Engineers and Scientists graduates per year and 9.000 ICT graduates per year. In Tunisia are more than 50 engineering schools located that teach computer science.
2. Communication skills
28 % of the population speaks fluent French, English is taught in the school starting with class 8 and there are certified and professional language institutions for Germany. Several businesspersons in Tunisia also speak German and Italian. Around 40.000 pupils are learning German as a foreign language.
3. Problem-solving thinking
Tunisian business culture has been shaped by various regional, cultural and religious influences and bears the characteristics of Arab/Muslim, Mediterranean and French culture at varying degrees. Personal relationships, trust and hierarchy are some of the outstanding values that define the local business culture. The work culture can also come across as more formal and courteous than North American and Nordic countries. Indirect and non-confrontational communication define the way Tunisians prefer to negotiate with foreigners.
The working culture of software developers in Tunisia is like that of the west. They are interested in the success of the project and they treat it as their own. Developers have “get the job done” mentality and will always thrive to find a solution to the problem you are facing in a short time.
4. Financial Attractiveness
5. Internet connection
Tunisia is ranked 2nd in the southern Mediterranean region and Africa, 81st among 143 countries in the “Networked Business Index” published by the “Global information Technology Report 2015” in Davos. It is the leading country in the Southern Mediterranean region in term of telecom infrastructure. Tunisia has high internet penetration and usage. The internet bandwidth capacity is 200 GB/s since 2017.
6. Accessibility from Germany
Daily flight connections from Frankfurt am Main with a flight time of 2 hours and 25 minutes. No visa is required for up to 4 months travel.
7. German time zone
Although Tunisia couldn’t be recognized as a nearshore region since it is not within the same continent the time zone is as Berlin (Central Europe time). Tunisia does not utilize daylight saving time.
8. Similar working hours
Working times are from Monday to Friday. There are 11 public holidays in Tunisia. During Ramada the offices closes in the afternoon normally.
9. Good political conditions
Tunisia is growing to be among the premier investment locations in North Africa. More than 3.500 companies worldwide and more than 2000 companies from Europe settled in Tunisia.
Germany and Tunisia have had diplomatic relations since the latter gained independence in 1956. The German Government has been supporting Tunisia’s political and economic transformation through intensive cooperation since the democratization process began in 2011. The reform partnership concluded with Tunisia in 2017, Germany’s bilateral contribution to the G20 Compact with Africa initiative, is aimed at improving the environment for private-sector investment and creating employment. Tunisia has joined the European Agreement of Data Protection in November 2017.
10. Economic Facts
The Tech GDP rate is 7.5 % (2019) NIS Tunisia, population was 11.8 mio. In 2019. The local economy is largely orientated towards services, which accounts for 63.6 % of the GDP, including the booming sectors of ICT (Information and communication technologies) and tourism. The service sector employs 52.2 % of the country’s workforce. Population of the main cities: Tunis (638.845), Sfax (272.801) and Sousse (221.530).