In a few months’ time, three leading outsourcing firms will open offices in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv.

Representatives of Scale Focus, 60К and UNIFY announced at a conference titled “Outsourcing Destination Bulgaria” in Plovdiv on Friday that they had picked the city due to the combination of universities, affordable office rental rates, and the support of the municipal authorities for the launch of their businesses.

60K said it was planning to open an office in Plovdiv in the beginning of 2015 with a staff of 100, with plans to increase the headcount to 150-200 by end-2015, , according to mediapool.bg.

Stefan Stoyanov, Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv, suggested that the demographic indicators, the strategic geographic location, the high quality of life, and the well-developed educational system made Plovdiv the second most attractive investment hub in Bulgaria for IT and business process outsourcing.

He claimed that the fact that Plovdiv had won the title European Capital of Culture 2019 made it even more attractive for investors.

The participants in the forum discussed the difficulties which outsourcing companies in Bulgaria were facing, including the lack of skilled employees, and the ensuing need for educational reform.

The participants in the event agreed on the need to boost cooperation in the sphere of project development and to attract university lecturers with experience in the sphere of industry.

They also exchanged views on opportunities for retraining and hiring foreign employees, as well as proposals for changes to high school programs.

The conference was organized by the Plovdiv Municipality and Industry Watch in cooperation with the Bulgarian Outsourcing Association, the InvestBulgaria Agency, the ICT Cluster Plovdiv and the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies.

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