When Does it Make Sense to Hire Ukrainian Software Developers?


Published: 27 Jun 2019

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Our clients mention that good software developers are scarce and finding the right people for a project is not easy. Those who are comfortable with a remote environment are considering hiring from the world’s pool of talent. And those that already have experience running remote teams might want to give a try to other destinations like Eastern Europe. In this article, we take a look at cases in which involving software developers in Ukraine will make sense for your business. 

Reason 1. When you are disappointed in cheap providers

We’ve heard a lot from our customers that the major drawbacks of cheap providers are low-quality code and lack of project ownership. The tech scene indeed is booming, with lots of underqualified software engineers joining the ranks. Our engineers often complain about the code they have to fix after Asia-based developers, which slows down the Client’s project. Eastern Europe doesn’t have an equal workforce in terms of quantity, but it provides more qualified (and dedicated) engineers. Ukrainian developers come from strong technical schools and many of them have worked on a wealth of global projects.  

Reason 2. When you want the engineers to really “augment” your team

If you are looking to hire engineers remotely, chances are high that you don’t want them to be just the “body shop”. What you need is a team that would share your company culture and be passionate about what you do. In other words, you want the remote team to be Your Team. This team needs to act as a natural extension of your core development team and develop a sense of ownership for your project. In this regard, Ukrainian developers are comfortable with adapting to the work style of the Client’s team. In Ukraine, there are no strong behaviour patterns that define the day-to-day work. This can really be your team – from corporate banners on the walls to the members who resonate with your values. 

Reason 3. When you want to feel like your virtual team is next door

Ukraine is in the GMT+3 time zone which is very convenient in terms of cross-over hours for Clients from Europe. Working with North American companies, software developers Ukraine usually shift the start of the working day till afternoon to synchronize with the head offices. 

Geographical proximity is also beneficial – Kiev has two international airports from where you can travel to more than 80 destinations. This makes your team visits very convenient. For example, the flight from London takes less than 4 hours and from New York – nearly 10 hours. 

Coupled with daily video conferences and regular communication, it’s simple to create a sense of a strong connection between the teams. Additionally, your engineers can regularly travel to your head office for training. 

Reason 4. When you want to speak the same language with your remote engineers

To land a job in the Ukrainian IT job market, it is essential to master English to understand software requirements specifications in this language. Unlike their Asian counterparts, Ukrainian developers have good English skills – almost 80% of specialists have Intermediate and higher level. Communicating without the language barrier lets you save time for development instead of spending hours translating the documentation. 

Reason 5. When you want to build a team with a Western mindset

Ukrainian developers thrive under the Western management style. As long as you invest in their professional development, they will appreciate working with you. As a nation, Ukrainians are close to European mindset, valuing work-life balance but treating their work in all seriousness. Our clients value Ukrainians for their hard-working nature and problem-solving attitude towards tasks. They also notice the outspokenness as to be ready to share their concerns directly with the Client.  

In conclusion

Backed by our experience at NCube, it makes sense to hire Ukrainian developers when you want to:

  • Nurture a remote culture similar to the one you have in-house 
  • When you want your developers to share the passion for what your company does
  • Have a team that really augments your own development team instead of a body shop 
  • Have remote engineers that will work effectively during the cross-over hours 
  • Involve specialists with solid education background and English skills 


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