Southeast Europe: a new land for Business Process Outsourcing

Romania, Bulgaria and other SoutEastern European countries are experiencing an outstanding growth, despite the economic crisis in Europe. Call center debt collection also boom in Eastern Europe.

Romania and Bulgaria have true democratic political regimes and are members of the European Union. This translates itself not only in the protection of the overall business environment by the EU’s laws and regulations, but also in a much better trained workforce. As many students now have the opportunity to study in world renowned universities in the EU, they not only improve and consolidate their multilingual skills, but also are presented with the opportunity of having first hand contact with the cultural values of those countries, with the system of values that govern their societies and also with the way in which their citizens behave in certain given situations.

When a customer calls to report a problem and get help, agents in countries like Romania or Bulgaria have such backgrounds that they are will able to much better address his/her needs than SouthEastern Asian competitors, thus improving the level of customer satisfaction for companies. For this reason, an increasing number of companies haved started to consider exploiting this potential “HR gold mine”, which combines low labor costs and large multilingual labor pools, and decided to outsource this branch of their business to SouthEastern Europe providers.

Aside from the outsourcing of IT and telecom services, there is also a recent growth in the outsourcing to Eastern Europe of customer care support for ecommerce companies.

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Why SouthEast Europe wins over SouthEast Asia

Even though many countries in SouthEast Asia claim to have democratic governments, in reality this is far from the truth as dictatorial abuses and major corruption scandals involving high ranking government officials have shaken many countries in the region, including India and the Philippines.

Another major advantage is represented by the low probability of armed conflicts and terrorist attacks. If we are only to consider the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and the threat that North Korea poses to the entire region, we could easily come to the conclusion that SouthEast Europe is much safer for business.