Ukraine is the largest country entirely in Europe, with a population of around 42 million.
The semi-presidential republic has a multi-party system. Initially neutral, in 2002, the country entered the NATO-Ukraine Action Plan reflecting the new Western-oriented generation’s values and aspirations.
Ukraine’s IT industry
Once the “Breadbasket of Europe”, Ukraine has also become a major technology hub and the go-to offshore/nearshore outsourcing destination.
Apple, Google, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Samsung, and Siemens moved some of their development and hired professionals in Ukraine.
Global corporations like ABBYY, Amazon, Ericsson, Google, Huawei, Magento, Samsung, and Siemens opened their R&D centers here.
GitLab and Grammarly are two Ukrainian unicorns worth over $1 billion.
IT companies in Ukraine
of Fortune 500 companies have remote development teams in Ukraine
R&D centers of international companies
largest export is IT services
billion was brought in by IT services export in 2022
of the market for Ukraine’s IT industry is made by the US & UK
in investments were raised by Ukrainian startups in 2021
IT experts in 2021
higher institutions prepare IT specialists
IT specialists graduate annually
place among the best programmers globally (Pentalog, 2022)
startup ecosystem globally
place on the Global Innovation Index 2022
Top reasons to hire Ukrainian developers
Ukraine has been among the top 30 countries for offshore development services for many years due to three factors: a large tech talent pool, diverse expertise, and competitive prices. However, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
01A large world-class talent pool
There are over 280K IT professionals, and nearly everyone has at least one specialized higher education diploma. Many have a foreign education and/or experience working abroad.
The number of new tech talent graduating annually is expected to hit 20K soon. About 42% of the current software developers are mid-level, and 26% are at the senior level. Most have years of experience working with proven processes and using the latest industry solutions and project management tools.
85% continue their tech learning throughout their careers through courses, workshops, events, etc. Outsourcing firms thoroughly recruit and pre-vet the programmers so clients can expect the highest-quality results.
02Varied and thorough tech expertise
Ukrainian software developers have expertise in all popular programming languages and frameworks and strong problem-solving skills.
The programmers score high in HackerRank and SkillValue challenges and rank 21st globally due to high technology and data science skills levels. They are up to date on innovations and attend tech conferences worldwide.
03Excellent price/quality ratio
Customers get high-quality coding and products at a considerably lower price in Ukraine.
Ukrainian companies may charge between $30 and $65/hour for their software developers’ work, depending on technology and expertise level. This is nearly twice lower than their American and Western European counterparts.
Some vendors even waive their platform fee for companies contracting Ukrainian developers during wartime, which means extra savings.
04Smooth communication and collaboration
Ukrainian IT experts’ attitude when working with their clients and employers is respectful and friendly. 80% have an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency.
Thanks to international projects, foreign education, or experience working abroad, most are familiar with the Western working culture and share those values, such as time management, hard work, and integrity.
As employees, they are down-to-earth, proactive, with a strong work ethic and a can-do attitude, and can work independently and on in-house and distributed teams.
05Convenient time zone
Ukraine is only 1-2 hours ahead of most European countries and 6-10 hours from the US. This enables seamless cooperation and timely communication in the main office in any European country.
For the US, many Ukrainian outsourcing providers offer optimized collaboration plans and suitable work schedules. Their developers and project managers are flexible and experienced with adjusting their work processes to ensure an uninterrupted workflow for their clients.
06Favorable business conditions
The country presents minimal bureaucratic hurdles. Its laws are consistent with the European legislature and it offers favorable tax policies.
Ukraine’s intellectual property laws provide copyright protection for databases and computer programs. NDAs that protect your business ideas are standard practice.
Established Ukrainian IT firms follow best security practices and comply with international regulations and industry-specific certifications like HIPAA, PCI, and ISO.
Most outsourcing companies deal with local vendors that hire software engineers as independent contractors and cooperate under service provision agreements.
By delegating paperwork and other administrative functions to trustworthy vendors, customers save significant time and tens of thousands of dollars.
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