12 techies per 1,000 population: IT market growth in terms of people
IT-PEs in numbers
In 2018, the number of IT-PEs increased by 23%, while the total number of all private entrepreneurs in Ukraine increased by only 4%.
According to the United State Register of Legal Entities, Private Entrepreneurs and Public Organizations of Ukraine, the number of IT-PEs is 154k against 125k in 2017.
Computer programming remains the top activity of IT-PEs with 102k registered specialists. Computer consultancy activities (24k) and Data processing (almost 19k) are also popular. The latter increased by 25% in a year.
Geography of IT-PEs
Last year saw an increase in the number of IT specialists across all the regions in Ukraine, except for ARC (Autonomous Republic of Crimea), where the number of registered specialists decreased by 1% over a year.
Small regions were growth leaders in 2018. The highest increase in the number of IT-PEs took place in Cherkasy, Poltava and Khmelnytskyi regions, where the number of registered IT specialists increased by 28%. Most active regions also included Ternopil, Chernivtsi and Kirovohrad regions with 27%, 26%, and 25% increase respectively.
As expected, Donetsk and Luhansk regions showed the lowest increase in the number of IT specialists, although the two also demonstrated an actual increase with 12% and 8% accordingly. In addition, other regions with the lowest rate of growth were Kherson (16%), Mykolaiv (17%) and Zakarpattia (18%).
Despite the very different growth rates of IT specialists in different regions, the rating of regions by their number has not changed: only Poltava region managed to beat Zhytomyr region in the number of IT-PEs, and Rivne region managed to overcome Kherson.
Kyiv and Kyiv region remain the undoubted leader with almost 30% of all IT-PE registrations. Kharkiv region legs behind Kyiv with 14% of all IT specialists registered there. The third place, same as a year ago, is with Lviv region (10%). Dnipro region came fourth with 9% of all IT specialists registered there.
If we take into account the population of the regions and count the number of techies per thousand population, then the rating will not change: Kyiv and the region are in the first place followed by Kharkiv and Lviv.
Curiously enough, there are 12 techies per 1,000 population in Kyiv.
75% of IT specialists are registered in large cities with a population of over 100,000 residents (in fact, this is the level of regional centers).
Sex ratio of IT-PEs
A number of women among IT specialists is growing, although very slowly – in 2018 the number of women in IT increased merely by 1% (25% in 2018 versus 24% in 2017). There is a slightly higher chance of meeting a female specialist in IT in cities with over one million people (26% of all registered IT specialists), as well as in Lviv (29%), Mykolaiv (28%) and Kharkiv (28%) regions.
In related news: a programmer compiles a rating of regions of Ukraine by number of closed IT-PEs with Sevastopol in last place with the least number of closed IT-PEs.