The number of businesses thinking about Ukraine as a top software development outsourcing destination and entrusting their projects to Ukrainian dedicated teams has increased.
Indeed, Ukraine is regularly found among top IT outsourcing countries in various sources:
4) Among the world’s top countries with the best programmers
5) Among the top 20 offshore locations in EMEA (Gartner)
We’ve found 10 main reasons why Ukraine is a lucrative place for most businesses to hire software development team for their software projects.
1. Software companies in Ukraine count 330,000+ IT professionals
The number of IT specialists in 2023 has reached about 330,000 people. Startup investments surpassed $832 million in 2021. Ukrainian software development companies are eagerly expanding their staff and are opening offices in new locations in the Ukrainian IT hubs, namely Kyiv, Lviv, and Rivne. Moreover, quite a lot of startups (more than 2,000 companies), as well as R&B centers, are increasing in size.
2. Engineering excellence & extensive expertise
In the span of the last several years, Ukraine has been getting recognition concerning higher education institutions. With over 800 universities to study in, 36,000 students graduate from universities with degrees in IT-related fields. Ukraine boasts numerous educational opportunities (in Computer Science, AI, Data Science, IoT) launched with software development companies and IT clusters. As to the impressive Ukraine development in the IT outsourcing market in recent years, the high demand for strong tech education appeared. Universities invest in engineering faculties and STEM programs, while IT companies launch new programs every year to educate new specialists.
Is Ukraine the second Silicon Valley? There are over 15,000 registered software outsourcing companies in Ukraine, and most of them are integrated into the Western business world.
3. Sustainable development in Ukraine for the reasonable price
Commissioning your project to Ukrainian software development is a much more affordable option than hiring a specialist from the UK, the US or Australia. Despite the fact that the prices are lower it doesn’t make the quality worse. If you have doubts you can check out one or two apps developed by Ukrainians. Indeed, Flawless App, a tool for iOS developers to compare the expected design and the real app right inside iOS Simulator, has been used by such well-known brands as Uber, Disney, and eBay.
The ballpark figure Ukrainian companies charge according to Clutch.co ranges from $25 to $50. Ukraine has a much larger talent pool compared to countries bordering with Ukraine.
4. 80% of Ukrainian software developers are fluent in English
As reported by DOU, most software developers in Ukraine have intermediate or higher English skills. Intermediate or upper-intermediate levels of English proficiency make communication with the customer smooth and crystal clear.
5. Loyal to clients
Both, client and custom software development companies are protected by the Ukrainian government fostering teamwork between foreign and local companies. There are no misunderstandings in case an issue arises, as Intellectual Property Court in Ukraine knows how to deal with it. Clients, as well as Ukrainian teams, can visit each other’s offices, meet their teams to negotiate project requirements, and build stronger relationships.
A non-disclosure agreement allows customers to protect sensitive information. Most of Ukrainian IT companies go in line with intellectual property laws, so your ideas and developed solutions will not be shared with third parties or used without your consent.
Security policies, procedures, and technical safeguards used by your partnering outsourcing company must be on a high level. Outsourcing in Ukraine is on the top places among other countries with the best developers in respect of security according to HackerRank. To keep the data safe Ukrainian outsource companies use basic security procedures such as office security, security awareness training for employees, and data protection.
7. Timezone convenience
Thanks to globalization all boundaries that existed in international communication disappeared. Eastern Europe’s location and convenient time zone UTC+2 (UTC+3) makes it easy to handle business meetings and communication with clients and partners.
8. Major tech brands already work with Ukrainian software developers
Ukrainian software developers have been gaining popularity and are in great demand globally due to strong programming skills. Numerous software outfits and R&D centers of globally leading companies are already functioning in Ukraine (Nextiva, SimCorp, Samsung, Huawei, Wargaming, Siemens). The country claims to have the fourth-largest number of certified software developers in the world (according to the Ukrainian Hi-Tech Initiative).
If to look through the Fortune 500 list of the most impactful companies, we will find out that more than 100 representatives are customers of the Ukrainian IT outsourcing business. Such worldwide-known companies as IBM, CISCO, Grammarly, Netcracker, Lebara, Audi, Volvo, and many others have been loyal clients of software engineering in Ukraine for years.
9. IT company statistics
Thanks to dynamic Ukraine development, over 1,600 software development service companies currently operate in the country. They are divided into IT outsourcing companies, IT product companies, and captive centers of global business. Therefore, choosing an outsourcing company in Ukraine can be quite challenging.
Examine the vendor’s portfolio and make sure that their previous experience meets your expectations in the matter of quality and style. Visiting some popular review platforms like Clutch, AppFutura and others might help you, as they provide customers with feedback about different IT outsourcing offshore software development companies in Ukraine. To be on the safe side, look for well-known industry awards that the company possesses such as Global Outsourcing 100, GSA UK Awards, IT Europa Award, etc.
10. Growth opportunities
A vibrant tech community is flourishing in Ukraine. IT events and festivals like IT Arena, iForum, and Agile Eastern Europe Conference are held annually. Such tech events unite IT, professionals, from all over the world allowing exchanging experiences. The biggest of such conferences host up to 10,000 attendees, including international speakers from global cooperations.
If these 10 reasons don’t sound persuasive, what does? Engineering excellence and extensive expertise allow Ukrainian developers to remain one of the best outsourcing teams to work with for years. In case you decided to hire developers in Ukraine, contact inVerita.