Ukraine is recognized as one of the best outsourcing countries in the world and keeps gaining higher positions in international outsourcing ratings year after year. The ever-improving quality of development, availability of tech talent, ease of doing business, and a strong educational system have made Ukraine’s tech a multi-billion industry. All these aspects combined have made outsourcing to Ukraine a popular business move for many companies all over the world and secured the country’s first place by outsourcing volume according to CEEOA and Outsourcing Journal. Continue reading to find out more about these and other significant IT outsourcing ratings Ukraine has been listed in.
- Ukraine in International IT Outsourcing Ratings
- Awards for Developing Business Infrastructure in the Tech Industry in Ukraine
- IT Awards Won by Ukrainian Programmers
- Recognition of Ukrainian Higher Education
Ukraine’s outsourcing industry has grown 40 times larger since 2003, when it was only starting to develop. In 2019, IT outsourcing brought Ukraine about $4 billion, all thanks to the country’s vast talent pool of 200 000 Ukrainian developers, moderate average rates, and exceptional quality of the provided services. Clearly, these results couldn't go unnoticed — here’s a list of international outsourcing awards Ukraine has received in last decade:
Global Outsourcing 100
More than twenty Ukrainian tech companies are listed in the 2020 Global Outsourcing 100 by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.
Ukraine moved up four positions in the Global Services Location Index by A.T. Kearney and now takes 20th place among the 50 most attractive outsourcing countries in 2019.
CEEOA, Outsourcing Journal, Schneider Group
CEEOA, Outsourcing Journal, and Scheider Group rank Ukraine as the first largest IT outsourcing country and software development center in the CEE region.
Global Sourcing Association
The Global Sourcing Association has nominated Ukraine as the Offshoring Destination of the Year for talent availability, perfect quality-cost combination, and moderate software developer salaries.
Gartner rated Ukraine among the Top 30 World Outsourcing Destinations in 2010–2014 and the Top 20 Offshore Locations in IMEA.
The business environment in Ukraine is gradually improving — 4 000 tech companies that are currently active in the country serve as the best proof of that. Most of Ukraine’s tech life is concentrated in Kyiv (home to 40% of Ukrainian developers), Kharkiv (15%), Lviv (14%), Dnipro (8%), and Odesa (5%). Lviv has even gone as far as to single out the tech industry as the key element in the city’s competitiveness strategy.
Ukraine’s IT Awards for Developing Business Infrastructure
The 2020 Excellence in Strategic Partnerships list by IAOP names more than twenty Ukrainian software outsourcing companies, recognizing the world-class level of services they provide.
Ukraine holds first place in the 2019 A.T. Kearney’s Global Services Location Index for talent availability and financial attractiveness.
Ukraine moved up 25 positions in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2019 rating and currently takes 71st place.
Global Innovation Index
The Global Innovation Index lists Ukraine as one of the Top 50 Most Innovative Countries.
Five tech companies from Ukraine got on the list of Inc. 5000 in 2018.
Each year, the Ukrainian tech talent pool adds about 36 000 specialists with technical degrees and grows by 26% annually. As of 2020, the Ukrainian tech market operates with about 200 000 tech specialists including software developers, DevOps and quality assurance engineers, business analysts, project managers, and other specialists.
In Ukraine, the tech industry is one of the most desired career paths so it attracts high-quality talent. Many specialists from related and even unrelated industries leave their careers and shift to tech for the sake of international collaboration and new professional opportunities.
Ukraine takes first place among CEE countries in the number of software developers in the Colliers International index.
Ukrainian developers are among the top ten in the 2018 IT Ranking Of The Best Developers In the World by SkillValue, outperforming peers from the UK and France.
The TopCoder Report 2018 gives Ukrainian developers sixth place in the Programmers Activity list.
Bench Games placed Ukraine second in the Most Master Level Certified Nations list and third in the International Most Certified Citizens list in 2013.
The 2019 Erasmus Higher Education report showed that 652 Ukrainian universities have about 1.5 million students each year. About 36 000 of them graduate with a technical degree. A large number of non-technical graduates also go on to join the tech industry filling the marketing and human resources vacancies, or pick up technical skills after university.
Good Country Index
Ukraine takes first place in the Good Country Index for making contributions to science and technology, leaving 153 countries behind.
The Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Rankings lists three Ukrainian universities among the 300 best universities in developing countries. Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv takes 30th place, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University is 60th, and the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” is 62nd.
CIA World Factbook
A team representing Ukraine took fourth place at the International Math Olympiad in 2018.
With a strong technical educational background rooted in the times of the USSR, Ukrainian businesses started to collaborate with international tech companies in the early 2000s. Ukrainian tech has managed to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry in just two decades.
Over the years, there’s barely been a single outsourcing rating that didn’t recognize Ukraine as the top offshore and onshore outsourcing destination with great talent availability, moderate developer rates, high-class development services, and ease of doing business.