Ukrainian IT Specialist – 2015 [Infographics]

The Ukrainian IT market is continuing to improve all the time and IT specialists are playing the greatest role in these changes. Have you ever been interested about the key figures of the Ukrainian IT market, like the ratio of outsourcing employees and product company employees, work places, work positions, criteria for choosing an IT company, gender, age and marriage status of Ukrainian IT specialists, English language knowledge and so on?

Dou.ua has the answers and prepared informative and colorful infographic on most aspects that you could be interested in with Ukrainian IT. Check the picturesque blog post below.

The total number of respondents is 3533.

Work

Main and additional employment

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The ratio between outsourcing and product companies is almost the same when comparing them to the results of the survey from December 2014. Still the biggest part (60%) of all Ukrainian IT specialists is working in outsourcing companies.

Only 10% from all respondents have project contracts, while others work on a full-time basis. Freelance and remote projects are becoming more available due to rapid developing technologies, but their popularity has not increased since the last survey: still only 4%. Despite the popularity of startups, only 3% chose a startup or their own project as their main work employment. Programmers prefer to work with the personal projects during their free time: 25% of all respondents answered that they have such projects, 80% of them are in the IT area.

Work positions

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55% of all respondents are involved in software engineering. What’s interesting, is that almost half of them are Middle Software Engineers. Also 11% of responds work as testers and QA specialists. So, almost 70% of the respondents are responsible for development and technical processes which are led by 14% of the project managers and tech executives.

Business Component-Based Software Engineering

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A good fact is that the biggest part of IT specialists care about the business component of their project, but 43% of them answered that they don’t really understand how it should be realized. 30% of respondents understand all the business processes and use it during their job tasks, while 18% think that it’s a responsibility of a project manager. The remained 9% answered that their employer is not interested being involved in the business process.

Criteria for choosing an employer

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Over the last two years, the priorities of Ukrainian IT specialists have not changed a lot. Juniors value salary and training, middle and senior specialists – salary, interesting tasks, and work conditions. So the salary criteria is the most valuable (two years ago it was 84%), interesting tasks has taken over second place from work conditions.

Prospects of professional growth

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Here respondents had an opportunity to choose more than one option. So 40% of IT specialists choose their technical growth as a specialist and relocation abroad (16% – for some time, 24% – for permanent residence). 18% has chosen only technical growth. Third place is taken by the possibility of project management.

Ready to relocate

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The results of this question are bit different from the previous one. 80% are ready for relocation to another city or another country. It’s interesting that 11 people decided not to answer this question.

Home and Family

Gender

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According to this statistics, the number of women working in IT is constantly increasing, and in 2015 it’s almost 15%. So what are your predictions for 2020?

Age

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The average age of a Ukrainian IT developer is 27 years old. 75% of all IT specialists are men aged from 24 to 25 years old.

Marital Status

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Kids

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While the number of IT specialists is increasing, the number of those one who are married and have kids has decreased: 46% of respondents are in a civil or official marriage (this was 53%) and only 21% of IT specialists have kids (this was 24%). But you should remember, that the average Ukrainian IT specialist is getting younger, so these numbers could change in the future.

Real Estate

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Exactly like two years ago, half of all IT workers are living in rented apartments. But 30% of respondents have their own apartment and this confirms the fact that IT specialists are well-paid.

Car

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A car is still a luxury item for most Ukrainian specialists, and programmers are in the same situation. So only 31% have their own car. This could also be explained because more young people prefer to use public and environmentally friendly transport.

Pets

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It’s official: the cat is an the ideal pet for an IT developer (28% of all asked have cats). However, about 10% of all respondents (a quarter of those who have pets) are not limited to only one pet. For example, 4% have a cat and a dog.

Education

Education

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More than 90% of all IT specialists have at least a BA degree, and most of them have graduated from technical universities and colleges. This is not strange, as Ukraine is in 4th place worldwide for the number of certified IT specialists. What else’s is interesting, is that 2% of respondents answered that they are planning to get a second higher education degree.

English level

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Frequency of use of a foreign language

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A good specialist will always find a way to get the right information. Outsourcing and cooperation with foreign companies, and a good English knowledge level (78% of specialists have Intermediate level and higher) allows to Ukrainian IT specialist to improve their professional skills all of the time and stay updated with the latest tech trends.

Are you a student at the moment

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Where else you could find so many specialists that are learn new things constantly? Almost 81% answered that self-education is an essential part of their personal development, and more than 31% study in some foreign languages courses. Almost all students from tech colleges have spent some time for self-education.

Leisure

Sport

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Right now you can follow one of the great trends between Ukrainian young people – a healthy way of life and regular sport activities. As a result, 52% of IT specialists periodically visit a gym or play sport games, and 28% do it regularly.

A night owl or an early bird

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Most Ukrainian IT workers are night owls. Why is this so? Because the biggest part of outsourcing projects are from western countries that have from 2 to 7 hours of time difference. So it’s common to come to the office at 1pm and leave at 9 pm.

Leisure

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What does an IT specialist prefer the most? Right, technologies. How would he spend his free time? Right, reading, learning and completing IT tasks. That was the answer for 65% of all IT specialists about their free time. Also 56% answered that they prefer books reading (probably about IT as well? J ). More than 40% prefer to visit cinema, theatre or galleries; to travel; and to play videogames.

Also, to learn more about a typical Ukrainian developer, you can check-out  a blog post about their experience and preferences of using programming languages for work and personal projects .

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