Where to find the best app developers?

Are you looking for a good, experienced developer to create your mobile application? Are you considering a cooperator from the other part of the world to outsource your project but don’t know where to look? Check which country has the best programmers in the world according to some worldwide research.



Although programming is not an Olympic domain, there are a lot of competitions for IT pros to test their skills and compete with others.

The best-known of them, HackerRank, assess programmers in 15 categories, from their mathematics and algorithms skills to popular languages, such as Java, Python or C++. Programmers from all over the world can take part in the assessment by solving chosen coding challenges prepared by HackerRank. They are ranked based on a combination of their accuracy and speed. The company gathers and analyzes the outcomes then and prepare a ranking of countries which representatives did the best in general.

There are also other similar research that assess IT specialists basing on various factors. For example, Topcoder community gathers programmers from all around the world and enables them to learn and compete in development, data science and design challenges. Basing on single developers’ outcomes, they create a ranking of countries with best programming pros.

You may also find it interesting to check Stackoverflow research outcomes. This developers community conducts a survey of 45 questions, ranging from geography and age to occupation and education. The outcomes are presented on a map, so you can check where a great number of good developers is located.



The overall score of HackerRank shows no doubt – the first three positions are taken by Chinese, Russian and Polish programmers who all score very near to the maximum 100 points. These nations are followed by Swiss and Hungarian who turns out to be very close to the podium.

Also Topcoder’s research shows similar outcome. The top 5 in this ranking includes Russia, China, Japan, Poland and Ukraine.

In general, programmers from two main parts of the world perform exceptionally well in both HackerRank and Topcoder research, including Central and Eastern Europe and the Far East. Especially, Central and Eastern European countries cope very well with the given tasks, as 4-5 out of ten best countries were from this part of the world and 2-3 of them get to the top three.




The most important thing for those who look for a good mobile programmer is, of course, the expertise in mobile programming languages. The one included in the HackerRank research was Java – the language used for developing Android applications.

An average score for Java specialists was the highest in European countries, with Poland at the top of the list. The high position of Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries doesn’t surprise though as this mobile platform is the most popular one in the region and the needs of the market are huge.

Other programming languages included in the research were:

  • C++ – with the golden medal for French, followed by Russian, Hungarian, Italian and Swiss respectively,
  • Python – in which Hong Kong wins, while Poland, Hungary, China and Russia took the next top places,
  • SQL – won by Denmark, followed by Finland, Switzerland, Russia and Hong Kong,
  • Ruby – with Finland at the top and Nigeria, Switzerland, France and Poland following closely.



Apart from exceptional skills in five programming languages above, HackerRank research also measured other categories necessary for app development including algorithms, security and artificial intelligence.

The best skills in algorithms are presented by Russian, followed closely by Polish and Chinese. The outcome in this area is very important as algorithms are one of the basic programming skills. Hence there is no wonder that this category is the most popular and competitive one.

When it comes to artificial intelligence, the first place taken by Japan is not a surprise. This country is famous from their achievements in this area and creation of advanced robots. Other top nations in this category include Belgian and Vietnamese.

An important category when it comes to mobile development is also security area. If you want the best security options, work with Ukrainian, Chinese or Swiss – the winners of the competition in this area.



According to Stackoverflow research, there are some key areas where the majority of developers can be found. Those include Europe, Southern and Eastern Asia and United States of America.


What’s more, in these regions some cities can be perceived as outsourcing centers, where the majority of outsourcing companies are located. According to TholonsTop 100 Outsourcing Destinations 2016 raport, the most popular outsourcing city in Europe, for example, is Cracow, Poland.



As the IT technologies develop, there is no wonder that the competition between programmers become very tough. Therefore, some nations develop mainly in specific areas of IT and become experts among the others and rankings based on the competition between them can be an interesting starting point when you are looking for a mobile developer for your app.
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Katarzyna Lorenc
Marketing Specialist

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