Many people consider offshore development. They seek quality for a lower cost and look where to hire developers. Customers search online, read reviews, or ask for referrals to find the software development team that best fits their goals. Ukraine has become one of the top locations where customers across Europe, Asia, and North America go for developers to build their products from scratch.
This article highlights the most relevant reasons that foreign customers should consider hiring an offshore company in Ukraine.
Ukraine has developed good workforce dynamics and improved its qualitative indicators according to the IT Ukraine Association and DOU, Ukraine’s largest developer portal. The latest research by StackOverflow shows that there are more than 150,000 outsourcing programmers in Ukraine. The Ukrainian software outsourcing market also includes high-performing quality assurance specialists, UI/UX designers, and managers.
More than half of Ukrainian IT specialists have obtained higher education and hold degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Ukraine software outsourcing has received the highest rankings by Central and Eastern European Association (CEEOA), Outsourcing Journal, and Colliers International.
Ukrainian web developers also are ranked highly for their ability to use advanced technologies to build innovative products. Ukrainian developers build both IT outsourced products and locally produced products.
According to Ukrainian Hi-Tech Initiative, Ukraine exports its services to the G7 countries and other key target markets:
Ukrainian tech talent commands a reasonable rate compared to tech talent in neighboring countries like Poland, Belarus, and the Czech Republic.
The average hourly rate of Ukrainian companies listed on Clutch.co ranges from $25 to $50. Also, when clients contact work overseas to find out about the price, they see that the hourly rate is much lower than in North America or Western Europe. In those regions, a software engineer with similar skills costs $100 per hour or more.
DOU.ua reports that most Ukrainian software developers have intermediate or upper-intermediate English skills. Their knowledge of English allows Ukrainian developers to easily communicate with customers and make adjustments to projects when necessary.
The Ukrainian government has simplified the process of business cooperation between foreign and native IT companies. It made it possible for both parties feel protected and do business easily and fruitfully.
The Ukrainian government fosters collaboration between foreign and local IT companies. All foreign companies that hire software developers from Ukraine don’t have to pay VAT. If any issue may rise upon project completion, Intellectual Property Court in Ukraine settles all misunderstandings. Foreign companies can create a branch if it’s complaint with Ukrainian business laws.
Clients can travel on business trips to Ukraine for up to 90 days without a visa to meet their teams in person, negotiate, discuss project requirements, and establish closer connections. Ukrainian teams can easily travel across Europe and can also get visas to the US and UK to meet with clients.
Customers can always request to sign a non-disclosure agreement before disclosing any sensitive information. The vast majority of Ukrainian IT companies adhere to intellectual property laws, so whatever you have developed won’t be passed to third parties or taken credit for without your consent.
Officially, Ukrainian employees have an eight-hour working day. All IT companies in Ukraine work five days a week and have two days off at weekends. Employees can work overtime. Developers in Ukraine usually start work between 9 am to 11 am and finish between 6 pm and 8 pm. As far as vacation goes, software developers typically have 20 paid vacation days a year. There are ten public holidays each year in Ukraine.
To end a business agreement in European countries might take two to six months, whereas this process is more flexible with IT outsourcing in Ukraine. If a client decides to terminate their agreement with a Ukrainian IT company, they need to provide advance notice. The time required for this notice depends on the policy of a specific company and is made known when signing a contract.
Ukrainian IT companies put clients first and maintain a strong work ethic, resulting in developers taking responsibility for their projects. Ukrainian developers treat their work just as seriously as their Western counterparts. They strive to make each project a success and put their efforts into building reliable software. They’re ready to work with challenging tasks and deal with confrontation. Clients who communicate with teams directly often leave positive reviews on online outsourcing marketplaces like Clutch.co about the involvement that software developers from Ukraine show.
Ukraine is one to two hours ahead of most other European countries. This makes Ukraine convenient for nearshoring. European clients can communicate with Ukrainian software development teams almost every day via Skype, Hangouts, Slack, or other means of communication to get updates on their projects.
Ukraine’s location is also convenient for offshoring. The seven- to nine-hour difference with North America (seven hours for the East Coast) makes for better shared working hours compared to other popular outsourcing destinations like Vietnam, India, and the Philippines.
Ukraine is one of the best countries for software engineers. It has a high concentration of developers, especially in regional centers like Kyiv, Odessa, Vinnytsia, and Lviv. Software is developed in Ukraine for many prominent foreign companies including Panasonic, Google, and Ford. You can find Ukrainian IT specialists who know any programing language you might need to build reliable software. They’re zealous workers and show respect to their clients. They also make sure their collaboration is lawful and protect the intellectual property of their clients. What’s more, the Ukrainian government fosters collaboration between foreign clients and the local labor force.