It’s amazing to learnthat with only 16,000 graduates a year, the IT industry in Ukraine is growingby approximately 25,000 to 30,000 specialists annually.
For this reason, the Ukrainian Prime Minister began the IT Creative Fund in September 2019. This fund is dedicated to training newly qualified IT specialists in the IT industry in order to help its growth.
Deciding to use Ukrainian developers is very attractive. The process is stress-free and if you choose to fly to the country, you will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere.
Ukrainian developers have assisted with many international projects. They helped build the infotainment system in Ford’s cars and the award-winning photo app from Reuter. They also took part in Nokia’s customer retail experience and The Risk Management System that is used by Deutsche Bank. And that is just to name a few. So where does this technical background come from?
A History of IT since the USSR
While the Chernobyl incident was catastrophic it does show us how Ukraine’s tech industry began to form. Under the USSR, Ukraine was a technology hub. It was here where the region developed its strong base for engineering, maths, and physics. The Ukrainian Academy of Science then had 81,000 employees, 14,000 of whom were scientists.
Since then, there have been a number of technical advances coming from Ukraine. Igor Sikorsky from Kyiv designed the first helicopter for full-scale production. Ivan Pulyui, born in Ukraine, assisted with the design of the gas-filled tubes used in the first X-rays. More recently, while at the Kyiv Institute of Cybernetics, Viacheslav Petrov has created a prototype of the CD.
Today’s technology in Ukraine
It all began in the early 2000s. Software companies started popping up and gaining in size and strength. Between 2013 and 2018, the Ukrainian IT industry has grown by more than 50 times, from 0.06% to 3.3% GDP.
And the demand continues to grow. Which is why the IT Creative Fund was set up. This fund will be used to create new campuses and IT courses for specialists. It will also go towards the financing of scholarships for university students and grants for young scientists in Ukraine.
Working with Ukrainian Developers
Ukrainian developers have an excellent cultural fit with both European and Western markets. This is due to the history it shares with Europe and the extensive work with international companies. Things have become further attractive since Ukraine joined the European Union in 2013. It also has a central time zone which helps with communication in various countries.
Companies in Ukraine have had and have opportunities to work on a range of projects from startups to multi-national projects, allowing them to develop quite a wide range of experience.
On the whole, the IT industry in Ukraine has been and will continue to gain momentum thanks to the strong roots and the support of the government. If you choose to outsource to Ukraine, research the company first, ask the important questions, and confirm the reputation by speaking to previous clients. Why not even take a trip and meet the team.