One of the main challenges for IT companies and start-ups is not a lack of ideas or funding but a shortage of skilled developers. As the demand for software engineers and IT professionals grows year on year companies are experiencing difficulties recruiting the staff they need to grow. This is particularly acute in developed countries like the US, UK, Israel and Northern Europe. Even if the talent can be found the salary demanded may be difficult for the company to fund, particularly at the beginning of a start-up. Companies are starting to look farther afield for talent on a project or dedicated basis. Many are discovering the enormous benefits of hiring a dedicated developer from the Ukraine.
Strong Skills, Lower Salaries
Ukraine is estimated to have over quarter of a million IT specialists. This arises from the strong science and technology training during the Soviet era. Ukraine has one of the largest number of graduates of any country in the world and their vendor certifications are in the top 5 in the world from companies such as Microsoft, Adobe and Cisco. These graduates often have excellent language skills in English, French and German along with their computer skills. This enormous pool of talented developers has largely been untapped till now as companies have outsourced to countries like India and China.
Many US and European companies are embracing the nearshoring concept for IT outsourcing. Working with developers from a similar cultural background and within similar working time zones has many advantages over dealing with companies in India. As Ukraine is not a member of the EU these IT professionals are often forced to remain in the Ukraine causing the salaries to remain low. On average a skilled and certified Ukrainian developer will cost at less 50% less than the equivalent in the US or Western Europe. This provides a huge opportunity to hire developers on an ongoing basis at a lower cost.
Dedicated Developer Teams
Many US and Western European companies are turning to a dedicated developer team outsourcing model. This allows a business to hire a team to work like an in-house development team but with lower costs and more flexibility. This model has been particularly successful with agile software development projects.
Many software development companies in the Ukraine now offers services to help choose and manage these dedicated developer teams and offer specialized support:
- Maintain recruitment databases of available candidates
- Recruit, test and interview prospective candidates based on your requirements
- Keep certifications and skills up-to-date
- Provide offices with the necessary facilities and infrastructure to allow the developers to work effectively and securely on your data
- Deal with all legal and tax requirements for the dedicated developer in the Ukraine
- Employ team leaders to manage the developers and project tasks day to day
- Provide project management systems to ensure real-time communication and collaboration between your employees and your “virtual employees” in the Ukraine.
Already, large global players like Samsung, Siemens, Gameloft and Abbyy have built R&D centers in the Ukraine to take advantage of the skilled workforce and lower costs. By hiring your own team of dedicated developers any company can copy their success.Trends: gameloft salaries ukraine