Last week we made a post that characterizes the working preferences of Ukrainian IT developers in 2016, according to the research by dou.ua. Today we’d like to talk about the education, personal qualities, achievements, and preferences of most Ukrainian tech specialists.
86% of all respondents have a higher education degree, while more than a half of all Ukrainian developers (64%) have graduated from a university with a Bachelor or Masters Degree in computer science, programming, or some other technical fields of study. An interesting fact is that those ones who haven’t studied computer science in college, have a higher interest in programming as they have to study a lot of new things while working with the reallife projects.
There is no doubt of how important English is in today’s business and tech world. It’s the language of science and technology, and it has clearly been established as the main language of the international scientific communication.
80% of Ukrainian IT specialists know English at Intermediate or upper levels. Most top managers, business analysts, and project managers have an advanced level of English knowledge, while most developers, QA specialists, and system administrators know English at an intermediate level.
It is important to mention, that there is direct line between the level of English knowledge and salary satisfaction – as the higher level you have, the more you’ll be satisfied with your salary and working conditions.
Most developers are in relationship (30%) or even married (40%). But at the same time, every third developer is single.
76% of all IT specialists don’t have kids at all, while 24% have at least one kid. These two numbers (marriage and kids) haven’t changed a lot since last year’s survey.
About a half of all respondents (48%) are renting an apartment or house, while 35% of developers have their own place. Comparing to last year, this number has increased by 5%. 32% of those one who are renting a place for living, do not plan to buy their own apartment/house. There could be several reasons for that, but one of them is the opinion that renting is more profitable.
Almost half of all developers (47%) are eco-friendly people, so they’re using public transport to get to the office. At the same time, a quarter of others (25%) are using their own cars, mostly top managers and project managers.
In Kyiv and other big Ukrainian cities most developers spend 20-40 minutes to get to their working place. Smaller cities are better in that number, as usually it takes less than 20 minutes.
The most popular pets among programmers are cats and dogs. While 60% of all respondents don’t have any pets at all.
Talking about spending free time, we can notice some interesting trends, comparing to last year. So in 2015 the most popular way of spending free time was … IT (65% of all respondents answered that). But this year more and more developers are following the healthy way of living, such as walking (60%), tourism and travelling (40%), cinema, theatre, and museums (40%). And Ukrainian IT specialists still like reading (48%).
Most Ukrainian developers are working with European and American companies, so it’s not surprising that most of them are “night owls” (66%) and sleep 5-8 hours per day (44%). But at the same time more than a third of all developers (34%) are “early birds”.
Half of all respondents prefer coffee if they need a shot of energy, while almost a quarter (23%) prefer tea. Smoothies are not so popular, even among startuppers in the coworkings 🙂
Talking about bad habits, more than a half are using bad words (52%), as sometimes programming can be emotional and stressful, and almost a half of developers are drinking alcohol (45%). But at the same time, many developers (40%) have answered that being hardworking is their worst habit.