With its cost-effective workforce and vast IT talent resource, Ukraine enjoys the status of one of the most favorable locations for IT outsourcing in Eastern Europe.
Recent surveys show that average software developer salaries in Ukraine follow the global growth tendency. Nevertheless, IT workforce of Ukraine remains in great demand with European and North American IT firms, seeking to outsource their research and development.
According to the research of Ukrainian Hi-Tech Initiative “Exploring Ukraine IT Outsourcing Industry 2012”, Ukraine occupies the fourth place in the world by the number of IT Professionals. And the number of developers is growing significantly. More than 25,000 IT Professionals worked in Ukrainian companies in 2011 what is 25% more in comparison to the number of developers in 2010.
Ukraine's IT outsourcing sector has boomed over the last 10 years, reports the reputable British news source Financial Times in its blog post "Tapping Ukraine's IT Potential". According to the post, the Eastern European country earned over USD 1 billion on its IT services export in 2011 alone.
The streets of Kharkov, one of the EURO 2012 host cities, were orange due to the hundreds of Dutch football fans that came to support Oranje (the national Dutch football team). Only one of the largest squares in Europe, the Liberty Square with the area of 11.9 acres, was able to accommodate 6000 fans, and that is why it was chosen as a Dutch fan zone where more than 10,000 liters of beer were drunk before the match between the Netherlands and Germany. Armin van Buuren played live just near the Daxx's office to create an unforgettable atmosphere for those who wore orange colors.