The Ukrainian IT industry now employs 99,940 people — up from 89,300 last year — according to the latest report of DOU.UA, an authoritative industry resource. The figure includes programmers, QA specialists, project managers and other IT-related professionals.
Almost half of these professionals live in Kyiv (Kiev). Others are inhabitants of such other major Ukrainian cities as Kharkiv (Kharkov), Lviv (Lvov), Dnipro (previoulsy known as Dnipropetrovsk), and Odessa.
With its Ukrainian offices in Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Kharkiv and Vinnytsia, US-headquartered EPAM is the biggest employer in the industry. Among other industry leaders are such companies as SoftServe, Luxoft, GlobalLogic and Ciklum, if judging by the number of employees, says the report.
With monthly salaries reaching or exceeding $3,000 for certain specialties, remunerations in the Ukrainian IT sector are high or very high by local standards.
Women are becoming more interested in the field. This year the share of female specialists now reaches 15%, up two percentage points from last year.
Ukrainians have shown growing hunger for IT education, according to the study. In 2015, almost 30,000 Ukrainians attended IT courses.
Among the organizations supporting the educational effort is the BrainBasket Foundation, a Ukrainian NGO. Earlier this year George Soros offered his personal support to BrainBasket’s Technology Nation program through the International Renaissance Foundation.
Ukraine’s IT work force could double to some 200,000 by 2020, according to a recent report on the Ukrainian IT outsourcing and software devemopment by Ukraine Digital News and AVentures Capital.