IT outsourcers offered an agreement to the Ukrainian government

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IT outsourcers offered an agreement to the Ukrainian government

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Torben Maygaard, head of Ciklum, one of the most prominent outsourcing companies in Ukraine, wrote an open letter to Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremet.

In his letter, Torben invited Pavlo Sheremeta to meet with representatives of the IT-Ukraine Association, which brings together Ukrainian software developers, to discuss the future of the industry and the steps the government and outsourcers can take together.

At the same time, Maigaard immediately offered a mini-agreement. He outlined the steps the government should take and said that outsourcers are ready to do each other:

From the government they want the following:

  1. The government, together with representatives of the software development industry, will send powerful messages to the world that the parliament is ready for the further development of the Ukrainian IT industry.
  2. The Government confirms that it will work actively with industry to increase investment in the Ukrainian education system, especially the university system.
  3. Give the necessary authority to a separate department or ministry in the government to promote the development of the industry. Representatives of the IT industry see Pavlo Sheremet in this position.

For their part, software developers declare to significantly expand investments in Ukraine:

  1. Provide work for all qualified IT developers
  2. Invest in sales and marketing to attract new customers.
  3. Invest in infrastructure (buildings, offices, employees).
  4. Expansion of its internal training programs, which will improve the skills and competitiveness of Ukrainian developers.

More details on the proposals can be found here.

It will be recalled that the field of IT outsourcing is one of the most promising sectors of the Ukrainian economy. It employs highly qualified specialists with average salaries of 1-2 thousand dollars. Last year, Ukrainian outsourcers earned about $ 1.5 billion. The industry is highly competitive and in need of investment, so the government’s guarantees for further development are critical.