IT OUTSOURCING PLAYBOOK
General information. The second largest pool of IT specialists in Ukraine is Kharkiv. Having the population of almost 2 million people, Kharkiv used to be a scientific and industrial center for over a hundred years, hence, the city has the great scientific legacy. Due to the military conflict in the eastern Ukraine, a great number of IT companies and specialists moved from the city to both other cities and abroad. However, for the past two years, owing to the enthusiasts and those who still stayed in the city, Kharkiv gains back its position in the TOP-5 of biggest IT centers of Ukraine. The city occupies 16% of IT sector.
Location. Kharkiv is located in the north-east of Ukraine, thus, a big number of its clients are from Russia and Belarus. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is only directed to the east. Numerous companies work for the western clients and occupy a significant share of the market.
Education. Kharkiv offers a lot of educational institutions, training centers and schools preparing over 3 000 graduates annually that are involved in different branches of IT outsourcing industry. Today, Kharkiv’s talent pool comprises of over 14 500 IT specialists like software developers, QAs, PMs, support staff. The Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics is the second in the national list of institutions preparing the graduates for the IT industry in Ukraine. Among the others are National Aerospace University – Kharkiv Aviation Institute, National Technical University Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, etc.
Cost of living. Kharkiv’s cost of living index equals to 27 if compared to the USA (out of 100). This index is made on the grounds of several items like prices of food, rent of both apartment and office, travel expenses, etc.
Salaries. Average salary in Kyiv varies between $1300-1800 for developers, programmers, QAs, etc, whilst support’s salary starts from $148. For complete chart check Salary chapter.