I believe most clients who consider collaboration with Ukrainians have a lot of surmises: "Why Ukraine? How can I benefit from the work with Ukrainians? What risks do I undertake?" Here you can see some facts that will shed the light:

  • Maybe the greatest fear is that Ukraine is in war. However, the news you can watch and read from your mass media cover only a small part of Ukraine where the war takes place. Look at the map and you'll see how far our capital is from the dangerous parts. One of our clients from London said that the streets of London look much less safe to him as the streets of Kyiv, what is proved with the criminal rates: Kyiv is ranked 143d and London is the 120th. So, unless you walk in the outskirts of Kyiv at late night wearing a nice suit or visit the occupied territories of Ukraine, you should feel safe.

  • Ukraine is a proven Software development partner of the USA. Samsung, NetCracker, SysIQ, Wargaming and more than other 90 different global tech companies have R&D centers in Ukraine. If you go to the LinkedIn and check the list of employees, you'll be surprised how many people with classic Ukrainian names and surnames (e.g. ending in -ko) with Ukrainian education work, say, in Paypal. Around 45% of these companies have headquarters in the US.

  • According to the rating “The Global Outsourcing 100”, 4 Ukrainian companies are in TOP-5 outsourcing companies and 3 more are the best 75 leaders. The rating was assumed according to the recommendations of clients from the USA and Europe.

  • Ukrainian IT market is the first country in Europe and the fourth in the world by the freelancer earnings, and it’s growing even more actively. Upwork statistics shows that the annual income on this platform is about $61m for approximately 123 thousand Ukrainians. What is more, the tendency is positive as Ukraine is in TOP-10 countries in the rating of freelance earnings growth (10-25%).

  • Ukraine has a decent technical education system, which is represented by 800 higher education institutions with 15000 annual graduates in the IT sphere.
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  • Most Ukrainian IT companies are oriented at long-term projects with technological challenges. There are about 1000 outsourcing IT companies in Ukraine, so the competition is high.

  • Good external conditions in Ukraine are achieved by exemption from VAT and 5% tax for IT industry.

  • Ukrainian time zone is really close to Europe, so there will be almost no difference to work with freelancer. Moreover, we often practice working at our clients' offices for some time, especially at the beginning or when growing.

  • Of course, trust requires time to be earned. That's why, some basic rules should be applied, regardless the country of origin of the developers. Don't forget to have a signed NDA, check references before you start the contract with a team. Even the smallest teams or individual programmers are afraid of bad repute, so you can benefit from this advantage of globalization. Moreover, IT community of Ukraine is very active and news spread very fast here.

I hope you find these facts useful. If you have any questions or if you are ready to benefit from our engineers - contact us now.

2016-07-27