1. We chose Porto for a reason…or several
When Zühlke was shortlisting countries for a third global delivery centre, they had several criteria in mind. Portugal and Porto ended up being chosen because they had a good mixture of all of them.
Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, so we have all the conveniences of a big city but still have that small city feeling where everyone feels welcome and you can get to know your way around quite easily.
You have the mild climate, close to the beach and the river, with an average of 220 sunny days per year. Then there is a good balance between the cost of living and salaries. Did you know that for expats we are the European country of choice, ranking 1st when it comes to expat quality of life, personal happiness, ease of settling in, feeling at home and local friendliness? This made Portugal a great addition to the group to attract talent from other countries as well.
The Portuguese talent pool was also a big factor, of course. Our country is 2nd highest in Europe in the share of engineering graduates per year – Porto’s macro region alone has about 3,000 IT graduates per year and more than 50,000 STEM students in the Greater Porto Region. So it is a booming market for IT, and we have lots of great IT companies and start-ups.