Ukraine is one of the most significant IT outsourcing countries on Earth. Many things have made this situation possible: the growth of the IT field in the world, startup boom, even political changes. This country takes a high place in Global Outsourcing 100 by IAOP, going up in different industry ratings. Here are some short facts and numbers to see prospects of hiring a Ukrainian dedicated team:
- Kearney independent rating claims Ukraine was in the top 20 of outsourcing countries in 2019.
- Meanwhile, StartupBlink ranking has given Ukraine 31st place in the world.
- The growth of the Ukrainian IT field reaches 25% per year.
- The amount of tech companies in Ukraine has exceeded 4,000.
- In 2019, there were more than 200,000 IT specialists of all kinds in the country.
- Experts say the IT field revenue will rise to $5 billion in 2020.
What is Ukraine briefly
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, with nearly 43 million population. Bordering with other European countries, it is convenient because of the similar time zone and geographical location with any natural disasters on the list. Furthermore, Ukrainian culture doesn’t differ much from other European, unlike the culture in farther countries. It has gone 23 positions up in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business for the last 3 years. And it encourages more and more investments each year. For example, the sum was $2,490 million of foreign capital in 2018.
Ukraine stays in second place from the end in the Big Mac price rating, having just $1.64 per portion. At the same time, this country has taken 50th place out of 157 on the Human Capital Index. That means it has more people with high skills and knowledge than citizens of 2/3 world countries. Therefore, you can pay much less for a high-level specialist who can solve your problems.
Sophisticated companies remember Ukrainian specialists for their optimal rates. Requesting the third part from their colleagues from high-standard countries (the USA, Germany, Japan, or others), developers from Ukraine offer good quality for the best price. Collaborating with Ukrainians, European companies can save up to 60 percent of in-house spending.
You have several variants of interaction:
- Delegate the whole project to an outsourcing company that will build the product from scratch.
- Hire several people lacking in your own company for a particular period (with rates lower than in your own country).
- Ask the whole Ukrainian office to work for you — with PMs, designers, marketers and HR/Recruiters. In this case, you can save a significant amount of money spent on office rental in your city.
High professional level
The Ukrainian educational branch is huge by its size. It produces around 30,000 IT professionals annually. Besides that, the country has different academies and training courses to raise the level of professionals to the top. Usually, it concerns such quick-developing fields as blockchain technologies, big data, VR-development, and others.
Foreign markets experience
The Ukrainian IT market doesn’t work for itself. In the last few years, it has been spreading in foreign countries such as the United States, Canada, or Western Europe. Mainly, dedicated teams in Ukraine already know how to interact with foreign clients. The developers here have at least intermediate English level while PMs or business developers often speak English fluently.
There is another side of interacting with the other world. Ukraine has received notable foreign investments in the last few years. Some companies, such as Cisco, IBM, Atlassian, and others, already have partnered with Ukrainian engineers to create their products under the perfect circumstances.
Top 5 Outsourcing Cities in Ukraine
With a convenient salary map, you can check any locality for necessary IT experts. We’ll tell you about the most popular Ukrainian cities to hire developers.
Being the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv is also the center of its IT industry. It has more than 68,000 IT specialists working with international companies. There are more than 50 foreign R&D offices of large enterprises in the city, such as Samsung or NetCracker. And it is also the capital of IT startups, such as Grammarly or Preply. By the way, Kyiv has the highest rates in Ukraine – which are still low in comparison with another world.
This city is a large educational hub with 38 institutions where many professionals get their high-quality knowledge. Among all the countries working with Kharkiv, the USA is the leader taking 65% of more than 450 service companies in the region.
While Kharkiv is working with the US market, Lviv takes Western Europe. The city has more than 300 companies with over 20,000 IT professionals. Lviv has advanced IT-cluster and modern institutions educating high-level developers.
Having about 16,000 IT specialists, Dnipro takes 4th place in our small rating. While three first cities are overwhelmed with young blood, Dnipro can offer experienced professionals developing certain skills for more than five years on average.
Being number 2 in Ukraine by wealth, Odesa has raised more startups than any other Ukrainian city. With more than 10,000 IT workers, this city has an entrepreneurial spirit in it with talented, enterprising specialists.