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Trump’s decree could affect Ukrainian IT specialists

Last week US President Donald Trump signed a decree “Buy American, employ American workers,” which strengthens the protection of certain goods produced in America and calls for a revision of the H-1B visa program.

This program promotes the work of highly qualified foreign specialists in the US in order to reform this program.

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How the human factor is boosting Ukraine’s promising IT export sector

Ukraine’s export IT segment showed an increase of 15 per cent in 2016, and continued to occupy the third place, by volume of total country exports, after agriculture and metallurgy. While we are speaking about the rates of growth, there are very solid grounds to expect that this positive tendency will be maintained and will grow to an optimistic 20 per cent in 2017.

As for today, an efficient IT ecosystem has been already been created in Ukraine and the exporting IT companies are operating on a global market, which continues to grow, so interest in our IT products and services will also increase in the future.

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Report: Ukrainian IT industry employs 100,000 people

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.

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US tech giants meet Ukrainian software development companies in Seattle

In late August the European Business Association, a leading business association in Ukraine, organized the Seattle Tech Days, the first Ukraine-US tech business forum of its kind. The event was supported by the consulate of Ukraine in Seattle.

A key city on the US tech map, Seattle hosts the headquarters of Boeing, Amazon, Expedia, Microsoft, CostCo, T-Mobile and other American business giants.

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Playtika acquisition: 600 Ukrainian IT specialists to work for Chinese investors

Last month a consortium of Chinese investors led by Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co. agreed to acquire Playtika, the social and mobile gaming branch of Caesars Entertainment Corp., in an all-cash deal of $4,4 billion.

Almost half of Playtika’s staff — 600 out of 1,300 employees operating globally — work in Ukraine, noted Ukrainian high tech blog AIN.UA.

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Report: Western Ukraine’s IT capital Lviv hosts more than 15,000 IT experts

Lviv IT Cluster, an association of IT firms operating in Western Ukraine, has released an in-depth report on the local IT scene, based on exchanges with no less than 400 industry professionals.

The study offers a detailed analysis of the local market volume, geography, structure and potential, as well as a complete overview of the business environment.

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SourceSeek co-founder Dave Hecker: “Finding an ideal software vendor is like looking for a spouse – a partner with the right personality”

SourceSeek finds and engages developers in a variety of technologies: PHP, Node, Javascript, Python, Ruby, embedded, Java, .Net, Meteor, and more. The agency matches international clients with software vendors from Ukraine, Argentina, Vietnam, China, Philippines and West Africa. Agency co-founder Dave Hecker shares his analysis of the global IT outsourcing market and Ukraine’s attractiveness.

This interview is an excerpt from “IT Ukraine From A to Z,” a research study on the Ukrainian IT outsourcing and software R&D industries published by Ukraine Digital News.

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Foundation aims to teach IT skills to veterans, people forced to flee war

A program to reskill people displaced from eastern Ukraine by Russia’s war is gearing up to start this month, with the organizers planning to train future specialists for the country’s burgeoning IT sector.

The BrainBasket Foundation and telecoms provider Vodafone Ukraine (formerly MTS Ukraine) started registering candidates for the technical education program, called Coding for the Future, one month ago. Lessons are free for internally displaced people as well as veterans of the war in eastern Ukraine.

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“The IT industry is developing more actively than ever,” says Dutch businessman in Ukraine

To explore the market opportunities and business potential of Ukrainian regions, the Embassy of the Netherlands has organized a series of trade missions to a number of Ukrainian cities, including Lutsk, Lviv (Lvov), Kharkiv (Kharkov) and Dnipropetrovsk (Dnepropetrovsk).

The most recent trade mission took place on October 12–14 in Dnipropetrovsk, which is the fastest growing region in Ukraine and one of the major centers of mining and finance, engineering and IT.

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Nearly 100,000 Ukrainians work in IT, says report

How many IT specialists work in Ukraine, where do they live, and how much do they earn? In which positions and which types of companies do they work? What is their level of English? Which developer are most in-demand in the labor market and why do junior specialists struggle to find their first job?

These and other questions find their answer in the 2015 edition of  Maksim Ischenko‘s review of the Ukrainian IT job market, which has just been released.

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