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Portrait Of A Ukrainian IT Specialist

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Posted 24th January 2014 at 07:26 AM by MobiDev

Eastern Europe, and Ukraine in particular, has occupied one of the leading positions in the IT outsourcing. The main attractiveness of software developers from this country is that their hourly rate is rather low, their skills and education level are very high, and they have a special attitude to work - they care for what they create. But what's the portrait of an IT person from Ukraine? Let's draw it number by number, with the help of some interesting stats.

1) If a hobby is really the best job one can get, then software developers are happy people, since 69.3% of them called information technology the primary passion of their lives. The closest hobby to approach IT is literature, which 56.7% called one of their main interests. 53.9% are cinema fans, 43.9 are fond of travelling, 41% are music lovers. These hobbies are followed by various kinds of sports, including fitness, bicycle sports, swimming, football, tennis etc.

2) 83% of IT specialists live in cities with population more than 1 million - this means cities with the biggest technical universities. The three richest cities in this respect are Kiev (45%), Kharkiv (16%), and Lviv (10%).

3) Only 34% of respondents own a car. 92% live within one-hour distance from work, so perhaps a car is not much of a necessity for them, considering all the busy streets and traffic.

4) 90,2% of the surveyed IT people work on full-time positions at companies, preferring coordinated and comfortable teamwork to freelancing.

5) 91% of IT specialists are men, and 87% are from 22 to 34 years old.

6) 53% of respondents are married, but 74,6% don't have children yet. 49% of people don't have their own dwelling places, therefore they rent them.

7) As for pets, 63.5% have none. Cats are the most popular pets, with 22.3% being owners. 6% of IT people have a dog, and other popular pets include fishes, parrots, chinchillas, and rabbits.

8) 57% respondents stated that they don't plan to move abroad for a lasting period of time. 28% plan permanent residence abroad. 7% of IT people want to travel abroad for about a year, 5% - for two years, 3% want to stay there for a longer time.

9) We'd like to conclude this with the key criteria of choosing one or another employer. For 84.3% of Ukrainian IT people salary matters, 51.9% value opportunities of personal development and education at work. 30.8% appreciate convenient location of the office. 46.2% require comfortable working conditions, 15.5% pay special attention to the image of the company. Last but not the least - 66.8% lay weight on opportunities to work on interesting projects, which also shows passion for their work.

This was a portrait of a Ukrainian IT specialist - the person highly demanded and entrusted with tasks of creating innovative and advantageous software products. The stats are based on a study conducted among 1800 people by DOU and BIONIC Hill. Lots of companies around the world have fruitful and long-lasting collaborations with offshore IT specialists from Ukraine, and maybe yours is (or will be) one of them.

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