5 Trends of the Ukrainian IT Labor Market in 2017

Total automation of main IT processes, mobile recruiting, trend of remote cooperation with workers, moderate wage growth – all these were part of 2016. But what is waiting for us in 2017? Read our blog post to find out the answer to this question.

Anna Stecenko, the founder of the recruitment agency Indigo, predicts 5 trends that will rule the Ukrainian IT labor market in 2017.


1. Generation Z is entering the labor market and makes employers crazy.
So soon many of us will start working with Generation Z, those one whose birth years range from mid-1990s to early 2000s. Its ‘representatives’ haven’t played much outside, but have spent lots of time playing video games and liking photos on social networks. Good junior developers start working while being at their third year at the university.

IT companies should spend some time thinking about motivation, proper labor and tasks management in order to avoid routine work and to achieve goals by this young generation. But with well-organized working process, Generation Z could lead a company to the right direction as they really understand all the latest tech trends.

2. Changing the education paradigm to peer-to-peer learning and courses without teachers and lectures.
Online courses are becoming more and more popular. That’s confirmed by our regular posts with free online IT courses. For example, check for this month – http://blog.softheme.com/free-online-it-courses-february-2017/

Another example is School 42, a French private, nonprofit and tuition-free computer programming school, that does not have any professors, does not issue any diploma or degree, and is open 24/7. The training is based on peer-to-peer pedagogy and project-based learning. Students validate projects by correcting each other’s work. Validation of a project increases students’ level, allowing them to unlock new challenges.

Right now, we also notice the trend of anti-conferences for HR managers. That’s when there are no clear boundaries between speakers and an audience, there is no prepared presentations, reports and so on. All members are speakers, as like in a speaking club. They discuss a problem, share their opinions and find out solutions.

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3. Increasing adaptability of HR processes.
In 2017, Big Data is not a shadow perspective, it’s an urgent business need for the right decisions using mathematics and statistics. That’s why Data Scientist specialists are becoming highly evaluated on the labor market. These specialists could solve such HR problems as motivation management and staff turnover processes, as well as create a recruitment strategy.

Chat bots will be used more for communication with potential candidates and employees. That will speed up the communication process and reduce mistakes. For example, Slack has HR-bots that are reminding the whole team about important dates and birthdays etc.

4. Candidates Search (Sourcing)
According to dou.ua, right now there is approximately 100K of IT specialists in Ukraine. Not all of them have a profile on such social networks for professionals as LinkedIn, GitHub and StackOverflow. Therefore, recruiters try different searching methods on such websites with potential candidates as Tinder, Airbnb, CouchSurfing, Coursera, Strava, Runkeeper and others.

5. Level of wages
It’s expected that salaries of senior developers won’t change in 2017 and will be from $3500 to $4500. Salaries of IT-recruiters are expected to decrease by 20-30%. Data Scientists will earn the highest salaries that could be from $5000 to $7000.

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