10 Reasons Why Smart Businessmen Outsource to Ukraine
Ukrainian specialists are highly appreciated in the world. You might think that these are just empty words and “every cook praises his own broth”, but in fact, Ukraine was called the best offshoring destination by GSA. What is more, 18 Ukrainian outsourcing companies were listed among the 100 best ones in the annual rank by IAOP. Such awards are a good proof that Ukraine is a reliable and qualified outsourcing partner. Need some more? Here they are!
1. Quality per cost ratio
Every smart businessman looks for two factors – fair price and good quality. Ukrainian IT outsourcing market meets both of these requirements: the rates of Ukrainian programmers are lower that the rates of their US and Western European fellows, although the level of coding skills is among the highest in the world.
Here is what Jeff Moriarty from MothersFamilyRings.com says about advantages of outsourcing to Ukraine:
We are a jewelry retailer located in Crown Point, Indiana. We have been in business for over 30 years. Our online websites have been in business for a little over 10 years now.
In the past, our company would hire US based programmers that worked on our website, but the cost was just very high. We were unable to do a lot of the work to improve the website and marketing due to not being able to afford it.
That is when we started going to the freelance websites and finding help when we needed it. Most of the programmers there were from out of the country, which concerned us in the beginning.
After working with a few programmers from Ukraine, we found them the most knowledgeable and very inexpensive. The work that was needed to get done with completely quickly and way within our budget.
One of the freelancers we regularly used started his own company there and we stuck with him. Him and his associates now do all the programming work for us for our 3 websites. They even help with other tech work at our company. It’s the best work we have ever had, they speak excellent English and get the jobs done when we need them.
I wouldn’t use anyone else and it’s why we highly recommend others to use programmers in the Ukraine as well.
2. Large numer of tech experts
Ukraine is the second biggest country in Europe. And if you’re looking for a tech expert, you will be spoiled by choice – Ukraine can boast about 127K programmers. And his is a population of a fairly big European city!
While other countries are facing the rising issue of skill gap, here in Ukraine there are plenty of developers of any tech stack, starting from wide-spread PHP and Java, and up to rare AI an IoT experts! No doubt, you will be able to find a needed specialist among them.
3. Convenient time zone
When choosing an outsourcing destination, always mind the time zone. Try to find the country where the working hours overlap with you local ones. Depending on your industry, you might need from 1-3 hours to a whole working day to cooperate with a remote team efficiently. And Ukraine’s geographical location can give you such benefit. There is only two hour difference with Western European countries, and six hours between Kyiv and New York.
4. Client-oriented approach
Those who consider outsourcing are often in two minds – to be or not to be. The decision is hard indeed because the market is full of unreliable freelancers who take a task and never come back. Ukrainian programmers do not tolerate such irresponsible behavior; they stick to the highest standards of client-oriented attitude which makes outsourcing to Ukraine safe and convenient.
Phil Weaver, CMO of Learning Success, shares his experience of working with Ukrainian PHP programmers:
I hire Drupal developers exclusively from the Ukraine. I’ve tried hiring from the US, India, and the Philippines as well but have never had luck in any of these countries. Since every Ukrainian hire has been a win and stayed with our company long term I no longer consider these other countries. Ukrainian developers, in my experience, are highly skilled, have great work ethic, are great communicators even when there is a slight difficulty in English, and are priced competitively. I’ve tried many times to hire PHP developers in other countries but have regretted it each and every time. So I no longer try.
I also find that most Ukrainian developers like to work independently. I give them a job and then after some time when I haven’t heard from them I start to worry. Are they getting it done? Then, all of a sudden they pop into my slack with the completed work. Usually completed beyond my expectations. Even after experiencing this over and over I am always surprised. Probably because my other employees need so much more oversight. Ukrainian PHP developers are the best. I no longer look anywhere else.
5. Tech Education
Thousands of students graduate annually from polytechnic universities and institutes in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Vinnytsia. Soviet tech universities were considered to be one of the best in the world, and Ukraine inherited the most efficient methods of education and combined it with the modern ones to give a boost technological development of the country.
What is more impressive, 14% of Ukrainian developers have two university degrees. Here it is not a problem to find a professional economist or agrarian with programming skills.
Variety of programming courses and internships also make a great contribution to the high level of tech education in Ukraine.
6. Growing IT community
According to statistics, 52% of senior developers visit tech events to boost their knowledge, so no need to hesitate about the programming skills of the local developers.
7. English proficiency
Communication is a key to success. On the one hand, clients should explain their demands so that their remote workers understand them clearly. On the other hand, developers must be able to convey their ideas and the ways to implement them. And in outsourcing it usually happens that clients and developers have different native languages, and the only tool for communication is English. And the good news is that Ukrainian developers are skilled not only in programming languages. Average level of English proficiency is upper-intermediate (31%) and intermediate (33%).
Steven Millstein, CFA and CFP of Credit Zeal, points out English proficiency as one of the biggest advantages of outsourcing to Ukraine:
We outsource all of our web design and maintenance to the Ukraine and it has been one the best business decisions we have made.
We […] have been impressed with the quality of the work for the price.
We looked for a vendor with a proven track record of success.The team we work is very hardworking, loyal and dedicated. There is nothing they have not been able to handle.
We had previously tried outsourcing to Asia but we found the language barriers to be a problem but have not experienced this at all working with our team in the Ukraine.
8. Visa-free regime
Ukraine is a young democratic country that shares European values and obeys the laws. The country proved that and got a visa-free regime with the Schengen zone in 2017. Besides having a tremendous impact on travel industry, visa-free regime also has a positive influence on business, including IT outsourcing. Clients from Europe don’t have to wait for weeks to get all the necessary documents and approvals for their Ukrainian developers. Now just invite your remote team and the next day they can come to your office.
9. Trustworthiness and consistency
Outsourcing is delegating any kind of tasks to vendors, starting from daily routine that steals time and up to large-scale projects. No matter what they outsource, they trust their remote employees and continue working with them for the years.
I’m Zach Hendrix, Co-founder of GreenPal, tells how outsourcing saves his time and makes him more effective:
I have used a virtual assistant named Marianne in the Ukraine that I contract for three years with great success.
She helps me with all sorts of tasks doubling my effectiveness and stretching my time two fold.
Over the course of three years I have managed to offload the following tasks to her:
- Research for email and contact information for sales prospects
- Social media monitoring and interaction
- Excel spreadsheet data entry
Each of these skill sets I had to take the time to instruct her how we wanted them done, however once we have them in place it has been a tremendous timesaver for me.
Utilizing Skype and screen share services I can instruct her to do any remedial tasks to offload from my day to day workload. This enables me to focus on high leverage activities such as product development, strategy, and planning.
It’s quite possible we wouldn’t be where we are today without her.
10. Leading companies
The last but not the least convincing reason to outsource is following the example of the world-known companies. Such giants as Samsung, Siemens, or Magento have already recognized the benefits of outsourcing to Ukraine. Rest assured, they considered every smallest detail to take a decision, and the decision proved its value and became their smart solution to optimize operational costs.