GVR Report cover Engineering Services Outsourcing Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Engineering Services Outsourcing Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Service (Designing, Prototyping, System Integration, Testing), By Location, By Application, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: 978-1-68038-236-5
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2020
  • Industry: Technology

Report Overview

The global engineering services outsourcing market size was estimated at USD 1.3 trillion in 2021. It is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.6% from 2022 to 2030. The growing alliance between Engineering Service Providers (ESP) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) is predicted to be one of the direct factors propelled by the increase in the acceptance of engineering services outsourcing (ESO). The global R&D developments, the rising demand for incorporating the most delinquent technologies in the product offerings, and the increasing need to trim the product lifecycles, and trim costs are also anticipated to contribute to the market growth. The ESO market has constantly been growing in line with the substantial passion for the customers to outsource different services as part of the measures to cut costs.

U.S. engineering services outsourcing market size, by service, 2020 - 2030 (USD Billion)

The ESO model has also been developed subsequently to deliver smart solutions to customers. The ESO industry has noticed a paradigm transformation from core-engineering services to embedded engineering solutions, combining automation, analytics, and the internet of things (IoT), among others. Furthermore, technological advancements have opened the way for Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) plans with combined IT solutions.  

The global R&D activities have made the major ESO industry players include global systems of delivery in their business strategies. The market has witnessed a remarkable shift in engineering service requirements from mechanical and non-core needs to center competencies in place markets. The change in approach toward product lifecycle development focuses on the position of ESPs in the OEMs’ supply chains.

As the ESO delivers and continues to evolve, ESPs are making service delivery standards, which combine much more comprehensive engagement portfolios and a licensing framework that encourages innovation and accelerates both bottom-line and top-line growth. Furthermore, the rapid digitalization among various industries to increase their productivity is also impacting the market growth significantly.

The execution of Industry 4.0 is enabling intelligent manufacturing and propelling the demand for the most delinquent industrial solutions based on robotics, AI, and ML, thereby extending possibilities for IT combining with the service offerings of ESPs. End application enterprises and industry verticals, specifically automotive and aerospace industries, among others, which need reliable hardware manufacturing qualifications, appear as possible clients for providing digital conversion services.

Also, the increasing need for automation tools in the available system architecture is anticipated to open tremendous opportunities for ESPs. On the other hand, new players may find it contesting to establish a foothold in the ESO market concerning a lack of project expertise, technology expertise, and business operations. Nevertheless, global digitization also shows cybersecurity issues.

The binding of various end application enterprises and industry verticals trade large magnitudes of information, containing data connected with observing, freight management, and grade assurance with assistance providers, OEMs, and customers. Also, service providers, OEMs, and suppliers often trade personal data on technology, implementation, and points of services or equipment to improve collaboration on design, development, and support. 

Consequently, manufacturers are embarking on preventive measures, such as setting the network operations, saving important information with key codes, and including the original arrangements of the design or the original code, as part of the efforts to save the Intellectual Property (IP). As the result of the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic and the following lockdowns in different nations across the globe, the market changed, relying on the end application enterprises and industry verticals.

Industrial buildings, manufacturing plants, and public transportation were shut down for some time as part of the measures to stop the disease's reach. Consequently, the binding of enterprises and industry verticals, such as automotive and construction, had to face a decrease in the need. Nevertheless, sales of private vehicles are predicted to grow in the near future as people choose to avoid public transport in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Location Insights

The on-shore part accounted for the highest revenue share of around 57.0% in 2021 and is predicted to dominate the market from 2022 to 2030. The political and geopolitical boundaries, time zone fences, and language & cultural boundaries are some of the obstacles that boost OEMs to opt for outsourcing on-shore engineering services. On-shore outsourcing significantly rejects language obstacles and aids in improving communication between OEMs and service providers, which additionally enhances the delivery of products and services.

The off-shore part is predicted to witness slow growth corresponded to the on-shore part due to the international inflation rates, high mix rates, training costs, and increasing preference for outsourcing to on-shore partners. Further, ESPs need to accept various rules in outsourcing contracts while catering to customers present in other countries. The segment growth can be propelled through the availability of optimal cost resources and effortless adequacy of a qualified skill pool in countries such as China, India, Malaysia, and Mexico.

Application Insights

The industrial part is registered with the highest revenue share, around 60.0% of the prevailing market in 2021, and is predicted to continue to dominate the market over the next eight years. Digitalization is increasingly embraced in different probe services, including the drilling process, blasting process, crushing, and tunneling processes.

Industrial goods manufacturing companies are significantly embracing cloud infrastructure to contemporize their information technology-driven infrastructure, drive automation, and streamline inheritance processes through the execution of the private, public, and hybrid clouds. The performance of the industrial internet of things to decrease downtimes, catch and control faults, and cut supervision costs is especially anticipated to drive the growth of the industrial segment 

The healthcare segment is expected to record significant growth with a CAGR of around 21.0% from 2022 to 2030. The growth can be propelled through aggressive investments in cutting-edge medical equipment, laboratories, and medications. The ESPs noticed sustainment in their sales as they are precisely favored by the healthcare industry, particularly in the past few months, to produce drugs and vaccines that will eradicate the harmful consequences of coronavirus.

Healthcare companies increasingly collaborate with the ESPs to improve clinical ability and cut operating costs. Different healthcare organizations are hitting strategic collaborations with the ESPs to increase their market existence and deliver benefits to enhance the client-contractor connection. For instance, in August 2021, Symphony Health and PRA Health Sciences' data solutions division extended its data assistance across the globe by striking a pact with international sales audits and medical prescription providers.

Service Insights

The testing part is anticipated to have the highest income share of around 31.0% in 2021.  The necessity to create and redesign product prototypes with higher optimization and error-free processes has been propelling the growth of the testing part over the past years. OEMs are specifically engaging with software testing assistance from ESPs for establishing easy usage for users and error-free software. Also, the increasing demand for outsourcing testing services to facilitate manual intervention and about-face time is predicted to contribute to the development of the testing segment.

Global engineering services outsourcing market share, by application, 2021 (%)

The designing part is anticipated to witness the fastest growth accounting for a CAGR of around 27.0% over the forecast period. The increase can propel the growing sophistication of designs and the demand to reduce costs by outsourcing design to a professional but somewhat low-cost workforce. The increasing vogue of industrial, graphic, and architectural designing for next-generation logistics solutions and tools is predicted to initiate the demand for innovation engineering over the projection period.

Regional Insights

The Asia Pacific registered with the highest revenue share of over 41.0% in 2021 and is predicted to glimpse substantial growth from 2022 to 2030. The region is a home for industrial goods manufacturing and cost-effective hiring assistance supplied by highly proficient engineering professionals. The area also performs as the heart of central software outsourcing service providers. The growing demand for technological invention and the persistent combination of embedded software into the current models is foreseen to drive the development of the Asia Pacific regional market.

South America is expected to witness the fastest growth registering a CAGR of over 29.0% during the forecast period. The area has emerged among the numerous preferred off-shore outsourcing establishments for manufacturers and suppliers based in the U.S. As a result; several major companies are attempting to achieve hold in South America. Another critical factor driving the growth of the South American local market is the steady salary inflation reached in other off-shore locations. Also, the paperwork needed for outsourcing activity in the area is highly detailed, which acts as a benefit, thus making it an attractive market for both parties.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major incumbents of the market include Alten Group, Altair Engineering, Inc.; Infosys Limited; Tata Consultancy Services Limited; Boston Engineering Corporation; and Altran. Major industry performers have been developing solutions to help manufacturers implement cutting-edge technologies in their engineering projects. The ever-changing customer tastes have raised the stress on the OEMs for proper and faster delivery, thereby making it essential to indulge in outsourcing in their operations.

ESPs aim to cater to the clients' needs and further the latter’s root competencies as part of the measures to create and improve customer commitment and sustain long-term collaborations. OEM-supplier alliances help blend the business operations and actions while lowering the overall costs by simplifying work processes and promoting diversification. For instance, in July 2017, Edelway of Switzerland and Akka acquired the CTP SYSTEM SRL of Itali.

Both the engineering enterprises optimize in the pharmaceutical industry verticals and life sciences, and the assets have bolstered the position of Akka's life sciences business as an engineering fellow in the healthcare industry. Further, top ESO vendors are also creating an incursion into full-time consultation and setting strategic relationships with the end-applicants by helping them in their product offerings, thereby improving their operational performance. Some of the prominent players operating in the global ESO market include:

  • AKKA

  • Alten Group

  • Capgemini Engineering

  • Entelect

  • HCL Technologies Limited

  • Infosys Limited

  • Tata Elxsi

  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited.

  • Tech Mahindra Limited

  • Wipro Limited

Engineering Services Outsourcing Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 1619.12 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 9,398.95 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 24.6% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Services, location, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Mexico; U.K.; Germany; France; China; Japan; India; Brazil

Key companies profiled

AKKA; Alten Group; Capgemini Engineering; Entelect; HCL Technologies Limited; Infosys Limited; Tata Elxsi; Tata Consultancy Services Limited.; Tech Mahindra Limited; Wipro Limited

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global ESO market report based on services, location, application, and region:

  • Service Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Designing

    • Prototyping

    • System Integration

    • Testing

    • Others

  • Location Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • On-shore

    • Off-shore

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • Aerospace

    • Automotive

    • Industrial

    • Consumer Electronics

    • Semiconductors

    • Healthcare

    • Telecom

    • Others

  • Region Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

    • Asia pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

    • South America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

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