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The 30 largest companies employing IT specialists in Krakow in 2023

By MOTIFE Insights, 11 July 2023

The IT sector in Krakow has seen substantial expansion over time, boosted by the existence of over 500 IT companies and the availability of 55 000 IT specialists. Various major entities in the field contribute to the city's dynamism, with Business Services and Shared Services Centers collectively employing nearly 125 000 people. Remarkably, between 25-30% of these employees are IT specialists.

The role these key businesses have played in shaping the job market is undeniably impactful. In fact, the ten largest companies alone employ nearly 17 000 IT specialists, while the 30 largest companies provide jobs to approximately 27 000 IT professionals.

In the early 2000s, Krakow was home to only a few significant IT companies like Comarch and several foreign firms. However, as the need for engineers grew, the scenery began to evolve. This growth necessitated more university computer science courses, persuaded engineers from other fields to shift into coding, and drew talent from other Polish cities to Krakow. Moreover, it motivated more IT companies to set up their bases in the city.

Krakow's brand is well-known and highly regarded by investors, tourists, and residents alike. The city, a leading academic and research hub in Poland, attracts talent domestically and internationally. Over the years, Krakow has established a strong presence in sectors such as Business Services, IT, and Research & Development, creating a pool of experienced candidates, particularly in the financial services and fintech sectors.

This has firmly established the city as a prominent IT center in Europe.

Check out also: Krakow IT Market Report 2023

The growing role of the financial sector in the Krakow IT market

The landscape of Krakow's IT market is transforming with the growing importance of fintech and financial services companies. These firms are not just mere players but major contributors to the city's employment landscape. HSBC stands out among them, becoming in 2023 the number one employer of IT specialists in Krakow.

HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations, has its global operations, technology, finance, and risk & compliance center - HSBC Service Delivery Poland, situated right in Krakow. The center is a powerhouse of 4,500 employees, collaborating with an additional 2,000 B2B contract staff, providing specialized services that range from revamping banking systems to managing an astounding 2 trillion payments annually.

Krakow is home to global players and emerging fintech startups. Companies like Euroclear, Papaya Global, and Zilch are some of the recent entrants making their mark in Krakow's thriving financial sector. Indeed, Euroclear, the world's leading settlement system for securities transactions, recently set up its tech hub in Krakow, aiming to tap into the city’s thriving tech ecosystem and rich talent pool. With around 800 employees already, Euroclear plans to add another 400 in the next three years, making Krakow its second-largest office after Brussels.

Krakow has carved out a niche for itself as a hotspot for fintech and other IT companies, and there are several reasons for this. The city is home to top Polish universities acknowledged worldwide, facilitating the consistent supply of high-quality talent. Efficient communication links with other European cities and well-established collaborations with global players further augment Krakow's appeal. Alior Bank is one of the many firms that recognized this potential, setting up its Financial Technology Center of Excellence in Krakow and employing over 900 top-class specialists.

Fintech companies in Krakow have a wide range of roles and skill sets, from dedicated project managers and product managers to business analysts, UX designers, and teams of developers, testers, and specialists, all contributing to the city's tech ecosystem. With a positive environment and the available talent pool, Krakow continues to attract more global fintech players, further cementing its position as a leading tech hub.

List of the largest IT employers in Krakow (1000+ engineers/IT professionals)

1.

HSBC

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Headcount: 2 500 engineers and IT professionals (out of 6 500 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Financial Services
Country: United Kingdom
Krakow office setup year: 2010
Key competencies: Java, JavaScript, Python, Data integration

Check out also: Expert view with Grzegorz Góralczyk - Deputy Centre Director at HSBC (p.42, Krakow IT Market Report 2023)

2.

Comarch

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Headcount: 2 400 engineers and IT professionals (out of 3 300 employees in Krakow)
Industry: IT Services & Consulting
Country: Poland
Krakow office setup year: 1993
Key competencies: Java, .NET, Scala, JavaScript

3.

Aptiv

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Headcount: 2 200 engineers and IT professionals (out of 3 800 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Automotive, Manufacturing, Autonomous Vehicles
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2000
Key competencies: System Engineers, C, C++

4.

EPAM Systems

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Headcount: 1 800 engineers and IT professionals (out of 2 000 employees in Krakow)
Industry: IT Services & Consulting
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2011
Key competencies: Java, JavaScript, .NET, Python, DevOps/Cloud

5.

Motorola Solutions

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Headcount: 1 700 engineers and IT professionals (out of 2 500 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Telecommunications Equipment, Public Safety
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 1998
Key competencies: Java, JavaScript, Python, C#, C++, C

6.

HCL Technologies

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Headcount: 1 600 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 900 employees in Krakow)
Industry: IT Services & Consulting
Country:
India
Krakow office setup year: 2007
Key competencies: Systems engineers

7.

Capgemini

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Headcount: 1 300 engineers and IT professionals (out of 5 000 employees in Krakow)
Industry: IT Services & Consulting
Country: France
Krakow office setup year: 2003
Key competencies: Systems engineers

8.

Cisco

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Headcount: 1 200 engineers and IT professionals (out of 2 300 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Networking Hardware, Software
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2012
Key competencies: Python, Go, Node.js, JavaScript, Angular

9.

Sabre Corporation

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Headcount: 1 100 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 300 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Consumer Goods, Public Safety and Service Industry
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2000
Key competencies: Java, .NET

10.

ABB

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Headcount: 1 000 engineers and IT professionals (out of 2 200 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Industrial Automation, Robotics
Country: Switzerland
Krakow office setup year: 1997
Key competencies: .NET, Java, Cloud

List of the largest IT employers in Krakow (from 500 to under 1000 engineers/IT professionals)

11.

UBS

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Headcount: 850 engineers and IT professionals (out of 4 900 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Financial Services
Country: Switzerland
Krakow office setup year: 2008
Key competencies: Java, JavaScript, Python, Data integration

12.

Ericsson

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Headcount: 850 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 100 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Networking Hardware
Country: Sweden
Krakow office setup year: 2003
Key competencies: Java, C++

13.

Luxoft

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Headcount: 850 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 100 employees in Krakow)
Industry: IT Services & Consulting, Software
Country: Switzerland
Krakow office setup year: 2010
Key competencies: Java, .NET

14.

Nokia Networks

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Headcount: 700 engineers and IT professionals (out of 900 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Telecommunications, Networking Hardware
Country: Finland
Krakow office setup year: 2010
Key competencies: C, Linux, Networking

15.

Hitachi Energy

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Headcount: 650 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 300 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Energy, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy
Country: Japan
Krakow office setup year: 2019
Key competencies: .NET, Java/JavaScript, Python, Embedded, C, C++, React, DevOps

Check out also: Expert view with Krystyna Pietrzykowska -Head of Technology Center at Hitachi Energy (p.44, Krakow IT Market Report 2023)

16.

SII Group

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Headcount: 650 engineers and IT professionals (out of 800 employees in Krakow)
Industry: IT Services & Consulting
Country: France
Krakow office setup year: 2011
Key competencies: Java, .NET, Embedded, C++, Cloud

17.

Akamai Technologies

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Headcount: 650 engineers and IT professionals (out of 800 employees in Krakow)
Industry:
IT Services & Consulting
Country:
France
Krakow office setup year:
2011
Key competencies:
Java, .NET, Embedded, C++, Cloud

18.

Alior Bank

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Headcount: 500 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 700 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Financial Services
Country: Poland
Krakow office setup year: 2008
Key competencies: Java, JavaScript, Angular, Python

Check out also: Expert view with Jaromir Pelczarski - CIO, Managing Director at Alior Bank (p.45, Krakow IT Market Report 2023)

19.

Accenture

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Headcount: 500 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 300 employees in Krakow)
Industry: IT Services & Consulting
Country: Ireland
Krakow office setup year: 2013
Key competencies: SAP, Python, Java, JavaScript

List of the largest IT employers in Krakow (from 300 to under 500 engineers/IT professionals)

20.

State Street

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Headcount: 450 engineers and IT professionals (out of 3 400 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Financial Services
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year:
2007
Key competencies: Data integration

21.

IBM

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Headcount: 450 engineers and IT professionals (out of 2 500 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Information Technology and Services
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2005
Key competencies: Java, C++, Virtualization, and Cloud technologies

22.

Pegasystems

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Headcount: 410 engineers and IT professionals (out of 480 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Software
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2005
Key competencies: Java, Kotlin, React, JavaScript, Go, Pega

23.

Shell

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Headcount: 400 engineers and IT professionals (out of 5 000 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Oil & Energy
Country: Netherlands / United Kingdom
Krakow office setup year: 2005
Key competencies: SAP, Data integration

24.

IG

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Headcount: 380 engineers and IT professionals (out of 700 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Financial Services
Country: United Kingdom
Krakow office setup year: 2015
Key competencies: Java, C++, Android development, Python

25.

Brown Brothers Harriman

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Headcount: 370 engineers and IT professionals (out of 1 600 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Financial Services
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2012
Key competencies: Java, Angular, C++

26.

Ocado

Ocado

Headcount: 360 engineers and IT professionals (out of 420 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Online Retail
Country: United Kingdom
Krakow office setup year: 2010
Key competencies: Java, Linux, Networking

27.

Grand Parade

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Headcount: 360 engineers and IT professionals (out of 370 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Gaming & Gambling
Country: United Kingdom
Krakow office setup year: 2011
Key competencies: Java, Scala, React, node.js, Angular

Check out also: Expert view with Tomasz Manugiewicz - General Manager Poland at Grand Parade (p.47, Krakow IT Market Report 2023)

28.

InPost

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Headcount: 350 engineers and IT professionals (out of 700 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Courier & Delivery Services
Country: Poland
Krakow office setup year: 2006
Key competencies: Java, JavaScript, Python

29.

StoneX

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Headcount: 320 engineers and IT professionals (out of 350 employees in Krakow)
Industry: Financial Services
Country: United States
Krakow office setup year: 2018
Key competencies: .NET, Angular, Kubernetes, Low latency systems

Check out also: R&D in Poland: 5 questions to Tomasz Michalski, General Manager at StoneX in Krakow

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Non-IT Companies hiring engineers in Krakow

Not only software and IT companies hire engineers here. Krakow being a major business services hub in Europe, many companies started by employing non-IT personnel and then expanded to hire technology specialists. These non-IT companies are primarily financial institutions, such as HSBC (United Kingdom) which employs over 2 000 engineers/IT specialists and is de facto the 2nd largest employer of IT talent in Krakow.

Learn more about what international companies have achieved with their Krakow tech labs by downloading our Krakow IT Market Report 2023

Krakow IT Market Report 2023

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