10 Reasons You Should Hire Ukrainian Developers for IT Outsourcing

Mar 17, 2016

This post was updated on March 09, 2017.


An increasing number of businesses are considering Ukraine as a primary destination for outsourcing their software development needs or opening their own offices there. In fact, the country has repeatedly ranked as a top outsourcing destination in numerous sources:

  • the 1st outsourcing market in Eastern Europe (Outsourcing Journal)
  • the 1st in CEE by outsourcing volume (CEEOA)
  • among the top 20 offshore locations in EMEA (Gartner)
  • among the top 50 countries by the volume of outsourcing activities (A.T. Kearney)

We’ve compiled a list of the key reasons that best explain why Ukraine has been gaining momentum as a destination for offshore software development.

1. 90,000+ Tech Workers

Ukraine is home to the largest number of IT professionals in Europe. The country also ranks fourth in the world by the number of tech workers after the United States, India, and Russia. The country currently employs over 90,000 IT specialists, including 50,000 software developers. By 2020, Ukraine’s IT engineering workforce is expected to surpass the 200,000 mark (1).

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Ukrainian software engineers are skilled in a variety of technologies, with Java (26.3%), C# (15.4%), JavaScript (13.8%), PHP (13.1%), and Python (8%) being the most popular programming languages (2). 

Meanwhile, our own research shows that there are a number of technologies that are more widely used in Ukraine than they are in any other country in the world.

Ukraine ranks first globally in the number of Unity3D game developers and C++ engineers, and second when it comes to JavaScript, Scala, and Magento developers.




Ukraine also claims the third spot for the number of Node.js, Python, ASP.NET, Ruby, Symfony, and PHP developers.



When it comes to front-end web developers, Ukraine takes the fifth rank, and there’s no shortage of Android app developers and iOS developers either (3).


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2. 36,000+ Tech Graduates Annually

Ukraine’s 402 universities and colleges (4) boast more science graduates per year than many other countries prized for innovation, like Japan, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands (5).

3. 1,000+ IT Companies & 2,000+ Startups

Ukraine has over a thousand IT companies that offer virtually every kind of software service, including web and mobile design and development, software development, quality assurance and testing, dedicated team building, R&D services, IT consulting, and full-stack solutions.

And it’s not just about the quantity. Recently, 13 tech companies that either have a large branch office in Ukraine or are fully local have been selected as the world’s top software outsourcing companies (6).

The country’s rich tech scene has also fueled rapid growth amongst the local startup community. Jooble, DepositPhotos, TemplateMonster, GitLab, PetCube, Mobalytics, Preply, Attendify, CleanMyMac, Grammarly, InvisibleCRM, Looksery (acquired by Snapchat in 2015), and Readdle are only a few of the big names that got started in Ukraine.


Ukrainian startup Mobalytics wins the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2016

Additionally, Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital and major tech hub, has more investors than Warsaw, Vienna, Oslo, and Copenhagen (7). These include AVentures Capital, Chernovetsky Investment Group (CIG), Digital Future, Imperious Group, SMRK, TA Ventures, and Vostok Ventures.

4. 100+ Multinational R&D Centers

Given the fact that Ukraine has one of the 50 most innovative economies in the world (5), it should come as no surprise that the country is home to more than 100 R&D centers for global tech giants, including Boeing, Ericsson, Siemens, Oracle, Aricent, Magento, and Wargaming, just to name a few. Many of these entered the Ukrainian market through M&As, joint R&Ds, or outstaffing companies like Daxx.

5. A Vibrant Tech Community

Agile Eastern Europe Conference, PyCon Ukraine, iForum, IT Arena, and DEV_Challenge are only a few of Ukraine’s major tech events giving the country’s IT professionals the opportunity to meet their peers and pick up on the best practices of the industry leaders. The largest conferences attract over 7,000 attendees and international speakers. On a more local level, smaller tech events take place all the time.

  • web-challenge
  • frameworkdays
  • framework-days
  • pycon
  • agile

6. 80% of Ukrainian IT Professionals Speak English

Eighty percent of Ukraine’s tech workers report having an intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (9).


7. 1 Hour Ahead of Most European Countries, 7 Hours Ahead of the US (EST)

Being only 1 hour ahead of most European countries, Ukraine is an incredibly convenient location for nearshoring, as it enables smooth communication and workflow between geographically dispersed teams.

The country also makes for an attractive offshore choice for North American companies, since the 7-hour time difference between Ukraine and the East Coast provides the opportunity for much more convenient shared working hours compared to India, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other lowcost outsourcing destinations.


8. Best Price/Quality Ratio

Compared to its neighboring countries — such as Poland, Belarus, and the Czech Republic, Ukraine offers more competitive outsourcing rates paired with a much larger tech talent pool.

The average hourly rate for software development is within the $25–40 range, with the average software developer salary varying between $2,500 and $4,000 per month (excluding taxes and social contributions).


Admittedly, these rates may seem higher than in some other popular IT outsourcing countries. But they’re still significantly lower than those in Western Europe and North America, where an engineer of similar calibre could cost close to $100 per hour, or even more.

Additionally, the recent reforms in licensing have dramatically improved the ease of doing business in the country — Ukraine ranks 20th globally in terms of how easy it is to start a business here (10).

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9. Only 10 Holidays with Paid Time Off

Compared to Ukraine, countries in South and Southeast Asia are a lot more culturally and ethnically diverse, with each religious or ethnic group celebrating their own unique holidays on which employees expect to receive paid vacation days. In Ukraine, however, there are only ten universally observed public holidays.

10. Cultural Compatibility

Ukraine belongs to a low-context culture, as do the western cultures, which means that here, facts and figures are more important than personal relationships, while in most of the Eastern world, top priority is given to honor and reputation.

The work ethics dominating the outsourcing industry in Ukraine is also very similar to that of Western businesses. Ukrainian tech workers aren’t just performers. They’re open to challenges and confrontation, get personally involved in the projects they’re working on, and are interested in facilitating their success. This is especially true if you communicate with them directly, without any third-party involvement.

Here’s what Alex Oleynikov, Director of Software Engineering at Compuweigh (USA), says about working with Ukrainian software developers:

“Our team in Ukraine is very loyal and dedicated, Ukrainian developers really strive to understand our business and add value to it.” (Read the full case study.)

Interested in hiring software engineers in Ukraine? We’d love to help! Tell us your requirements or check out the CVs of developers available for hire right now. 

  1. Ukraine Digital News and AVentures, IT Ukraine: IT services and software R&D in Europe’s rising tech nation, February 2016.
  2. DOU.UA, Programming language popularity ranking, January 2016.
  3. Daxx, How Many Developers Are There in Ukraine, Really? April 2016.
  4. Including all the country’s higher education institutions and scientific research institutions. Source: Ministry of Education of Ukraine.
  5. Information technology and innovation foundation, Contributors and detractors: ranking countries’ impact on global innovation, January 2016.
  6. The 2017 Global Outsourcing 100® by IOAP.
  7. Techstars, 540+ VCs and €23.8B in the Last Two Years, September 2016.
  8. Bloomberg Business, These are the world’s most innovative countries, January 2016.
  9. DOU.UA, Developer salary report, December 2015.
  10. Out of 190 countries. Source: World Bank, Doing Business 2017, June 2016.

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