Bulgaria Human Capital Map

Bulgaria’s outsourcing sector employed 24,000 in 2014 compared to 17,000 in 2012 and I expected to grow to over 60,000 in 2018. Bulgaria has highly-qualified, well-motivated, flexible and multilingual labour force.

  • 53 Universities, colleges and higher schools
  • 494 vocational high-schools and colleges
  • 80 000 Bulgarian students in foreign countries
  • 28% of population hold university degree
  • 7% of the workforce has engineering degrees
  • English language studied by ≈ 85 % of students
  • Each year approx 15,000 students pursue a university degree in language studies including Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Scandinavian, and Slavic languages
  • 45.5 % from the population in Bulgaria speak at least one foreign language
  • 52.4 % of the workforce aged 18-35 speaks at least one foreign language



Bulgaria’s professional and language high schools are an ideal base for the development of the outsourcing sector.

  • There are 1 145 secondary schools in Bulgaria.
  • 98% of the pupils enrolled in high school in Bulgaria study a foreign language, 73% study at least two foreign languages
  • Around 230,300 pupils speak foreign languages are expected to graduate from selective secondary schools over the next 3 years
  • There are over 100 specialied language schools with about 10,000 graduates per year, with knowledge of West European or other foreign languages
  • Other languages taught in Bulgarian secondary schools include Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Romanian, Swedish, Hindi, Hebrew, and Turkish
  • Over 544 offer schools with over 33,000 graduates per year offer concentrations in business, technology, arts and crafts or related degrees.