The community of Ukrainian software developers (DOU.UA) has recently published results of its 2012 IT salaries survey based on 3,000+ questionnaires. More than 50% of survey participants were software developers, more than 12% – QA engineers and the rest of respondents were team leads and project managers (PMs), software architects, system administrators, business analysts, etc.
Over the last eight years, the volume of software development and IT outsourcing services Ukraine has provided has grown by a factor ten, according to the "Exploring Ukraine. IT Outsourcing Industry" report, just published by Ukrainian Hi-Tech Initiative, leading association of Ukrainian software development and IT outsourcing companies. In 2011 the volume of IT outsourcing and software development services provided in Ukraine reached US$ 1.1 billion and the number of IT specialists working in the industry reached 25,000 people with 20% growth.
With the boost of technologies starting in the beginning of this century, the outsourcing from remote markets became more profitable and thus more attractive for global market economy. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in the field of Information Technologies, initially considered as just the sub-sector of economy which probably might be developed somewhere in the future, rapidly was becoming stable, mature and perspective industry involving more and more countries, companies and sectors in the competition.
By Aviram Eisenberg, Israel & Germany. I have done business in Ukraine for quite some time now and I must confess I saw the country's great potential, took a bet and won. Nowadays, the rapid developments in Ukraine, including protests that pushed out Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych and Russia's subsequent moves in Crimea, have drawn international attention to the region...but didn't manage to scare me off. As fears have risen that the conflict between Russia and the West over Ukraine could shift into a military confrontation, I think there is little risk of global financial contagion or of major blowback to Western economies. So, how does the thriving Ukrainian IT market cope with the "Great Depression"?