Ukrainian community of software engineers and IT specialists, DOU has recently released the results of their annual IT job market survey 2018, and this is our wrap-up of its key findings and most thought-provoking highlights.
As the survey suggests, the number of specialists employed in the Ukrainian IT sector has exceeded 160,000, which marks a 26% increase from the previous year. Over the past 2 years, the Ukrainian IT industry volume has increased by a whopping 60%.
Tech talent pool in Ukraine
IT Job Openings in 2018
The number of job openings published on DOU alone has increased 1.5 times over the year: from 3,111 to 4,606 a month.
In general, the number of applications increased by 23% compared to the last year: from 270,000 to 330,000. The number of organizations posting their open vacancies increased by 38%: from 2,419 to 3,339.
Year-by-Year Breakdown of Job Openings
In 2018, the most sought-after skills were front end development, QA, and PHP: the share of these three categories combined accounts for 31% of all the vacancies published.
Total Number of Job Openings in 2018: Breakdown by Skills
Salaries in the Ukrainian IT Sector
On average, all tech salaries in Ukraine rose by around 15-20% over 2018, while senior Ruby on Rails developers enjoyed 27% and junior QA specialists – 25% increase in salary.
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For the first time since 2014, there is an upward trend in junior and middle QA engineer salaries: junior QA and middle QA specialists’ salaries increased from $400 to $500 and from $1,100 to $1,300 respectively.
Last year, senior RoR developers saw the highest surge in salary: +$800.
On average, Project Managers’ salary rose by $200 over yesteryear. This is the first positive change in the PM remuneration trend since December 2013 (see image below).
Evolution of Ukrainian IT Salaries: 2011 through 2018
Salaries vary substantially not only by work experience but also by city. A Kyiv-based PM makes twice as much as a PM in Odessa or Lviv does. Surprisingly enough, junior Java developers earn more in Odessa, while in Lviv, a mid-level Swift developer can make $900 more than their same-skilled colleague working in Kyiv.
Speaking about social benefits and perks provided by employers, the top 3 are as follows:
- Corporate events (i.e. parties): 51%
- Flexible work hours: 42%
- Lounge zone availability in the office: 18%
Top 3 desired (nice-to-have) benefits are:
- Unlimited paid vacation (e.g. sabbatical): 25%
- Interest-free material aid (e.g. loans): 19.8%
- More extrinsic rewards: 18%
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