Outsourcing to Lahore or Karachi? These Pakistani cities may not be at the top of your list. But the government and several trade associations in Pakistan are trying to change that. Unfortunately, travel advisories from the U.S. State Department confirm that it is still somewhat unsafe for Americans to travel there.
Pakistan shares India’s British colonial history and has a large number of English-speaking workers. As in India, many workers have returned home after working in Western countries.
Pakistan is playing catch-up with India in offering various outsourcing services. Expert software development with smart, English- speaking programmers is one of them. The Pakistani government is offering a 15-year tax exemption on software exports, and is encouraging investment in IT. They are looking to attract multinational corporations to set up operations in Pakistan and to encourage software outsourcing vendors to offer services offshore.
The Pakistani government has set up four IT parks in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad with good working conditions, Internet connectivity, reliable electricity, and minimal bureaucratic red tape.
Accelerance Partners in Pakistan
The ecosystem of Accelerance Certified Expert (ACE) partners includes companies from Pakistan that have been thoroughly screened and vetted. These ACE partners have good command of English and have agreed to Accelerance’s terms for intellectual property protection.
Our partners in Pakistan offer excellent talent as well as rates that are lower than India because of the current lack of demand. Pakistani engineers can handle most programming projects, especially those that use standard technology stacks of .NET and Java.