It’s no secret that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to hire developers in the world’s leading tech cities. A shortage of talent in places such as London, San Francisco and New York is forcing companies to think outside the box when it comes to hiring engineers.

In the UK, Brexit is creating additional pressure, with companies voicing concerns over the impact it’s having on access to skilled workers. Chairman of Inskin Media, Andrew Walmsley, recently stated in an article published in June on Tech Crunch:

As a growing tech business in the UK we’re already seeing the Brexit effect, restricting access to the best talent and holding back advertisers from investing in brand growth.

According to the Statistica, the total numbers of programmers and software development professionals actually decreased in the UK in the year following the referendum, bucking a 5 year growth trend.

 

Graph shows the total numbers of programmers and software development professionals in the UK

Graph shows the total numbers of programmers and software development professionals in the UK

 

So why Madrid?

Top notch developers
Madrid’s talent pool is up there with the best and its developers consistently appear towards the top in world rankings. The latest rankings from Penta show Spanish developers performing above the US, UK and India (as does Hackerrank). The upturn in the Spanish economy also means that many Spaniards are returning home. Many have spent time abroad working with tech companies in the UK, US and Ireland bringing home range of valuable experience.

It’s a great city
Madrid is a culinary, artistic, sporting, dynamic town that brims with culture and energy. It is the third-biggest city in the EU by population (after London and Berlin), with a thriving start-up scene and numerous universities. Oh, and need I mention the weather?

Well-connected
Madrid is very easy to get to from the UK. There are multiple daily flights from London, Manchester, Bristol and other major cities. Flight time from London is just over two hours, while from Manchester this is around two and a half hours. From Madrid’s Barajas Airport, a taxi ride to the city centre takes 20 minutes, and it won’t break the bank. Music to the ears of those who regularly travel to and from London’s airports!

Ease of communication
The time difference between Spain and the UK is one hour, meaning communication is very easy. Daily contact is straightforward, and there are an abundance of communication apps available that help (Google Hangouts, Slack, Skype, and so on). The standard of English in the workplace in Madrid is high, particularly in the growing tech sector.

There’s more here about setting up a nearshore team in Spain or feel free to email me at Colm@zartis.com.