Why is It Worth Hiring a Team of Software Developers in Ukraine?
In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine an organization without a remote team performing complex tasks. Ukraine has become one of the leading destinations for building remote technology teams. In this article, we take a look at why many companies worldwide choose this country to rely on for technical talent.
Ukraine is internationally recognized as the most economically viable outsourcing destination and home to hundreds of famous product companies. In fact, 20% of the world’s leading companies have offices in one or several Ukrainian cities. Through the power of remote work, Ukrainian technology talents have gained significant experience working for international startups and software development companies.
If you are considering establishing a remote team of software developers in Eastern Europe, Ukraine offers some of the best engineers in one of the most cost-effective destinations. Let’s take a look at key reasons why you should hire Ukrainian developers.
Reason 1. A vast pool of technology experts
Ukraine’s tech scene is one of the fastest growing in the world. As a matter of fact, the IT services industry in the country has reached 3.6 billion over the past several years. The companies within this industry are not even discouraged by severe competition. In Ukraine, the number of software engineers currently exceeds 220,000, and the vast majority of them are building intelligent software solutions for companies in Europe and North America. The IT industry has transformed cities like Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipro, and Odesa into IT hubs that host hundreds of companies.
The county’s job market is thriving with thousands of technical vacancies created each month.
Reason 2. Ukraine is a convenient air travel destination
Lviv and Kyiv airports are the busiest in the country. The reason lies in numerous convenient flights to European and North American cities. From Kyiv you can fly to 84 destinations with 31 airlines. The most popular flight destinations for business purposes are the following:
- Kyiv-Frankfurt: 2 hours 20 minutes by Lufthansa.
- Kyiv-Amsterdam: 2 hours 55 minutes by KLM.
- Kyiv-London: 3 hours 25 minutes by UIA.
- Kyiv-New York: 10 hours and 40 minutes by UIA.
Ukrainian developers have no problem traveling to Western head offices since Ukrainians can travel to 90 countries visa-free, including all countries of the Schengen Agreement. Combined with the GMT+3 time zone, it’s an ideal country for nearshore IT engagements.
Reason 3. No communication barrier between Client and software development teams
This one is among Ukraine’s magical outsourcing secrets. English is a compulsory subject at all universities and most graduates master this language at an upper intermediate level and can communicate successfully in a business environment. Additionally, most IT companies sponsor private English classes to level up the engineers’ language proficiency. To ensure a stable communication and workflow, IT companies provide the necessary infrastructure so developers and the client’s team can have daily team calls, review projects, plan sprints and generally work as if under one roof.
Reason 4. Cultural fit
Culture fit is the glue that holds an organization together. This statement is especially relevant for working in a distributed environment. Ukrainians usually have an easy relationship with their Western partners because the employees resonate with the culture and values. But most of all Ukrainians are appreciated for their eagerness to put in the hours and a great deal of diligence into the client’s project. Many of them have experience in working for European and North American companies, or even have lived there, so they know the specifications of the management style. Overall, Ukrainians are family-oriented and appreciate good work-life balance while working 40-45 hours a week.
In addition to having a chance to learn innovative technologies, developers in Ukraine are motivated by financial factors. The income of an IT expert is one of the highest among other professions. With juniors’ salaries dropping each year, developers are eager to sharpen their knowledge and level up throughout their career.
Reason 5. Quality and Cost balance
For many business owners the cost factor is essential in growing a profitable company. Ukraine offers the cost-benefit together with talented and skilled developers. In 2018 a salary of a software developer averaged $27,000/year. Here is the salary range for software developers by programming language and role.
Overall, the salaries are 40%-60% lower than in Europe or North America with engineers having a strong educational background and a history of implementing projects for global companies.
To sum up
Here are the key reasons why it’s worth it to hire a Ukrainian team:
- A pool of over 220,000 talented software engineers with higher education and experience in working in a geographically distributed environment.
- Convenient team visits due to numerous flight connections between major cities in Europe and North America
- Cultural proximity of engineers to the Western mindset and values
- An average salary of $27K / yearly and reducing administrative expenses
Setting up a team of engineers in Ukraine means having access to a broad talent pool combined with the engagement easiness. Most vendors offer to build a team from the ground up, and you as a client get to choose whom to hire firsthand.