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Ukrainian IT Market, December 2022 Update
Jobs are down, job applications are up
The IT job market seems extremely tough today. A lot of companies are letting people go and freezing new hires. Still, there are positions open and recruiters publish them on Djinni.
Here is an analysis of vacancies for IT professionals published in 2022.
There is a general decline in recruitment activity. Open jobs are down 50%
Requirements for candidates have increased. The share of vacancies for senior candidates grew from 13 to 22%.
Jobs for sales and marketing professionals in IT are on the rise amidst a decline in openings for developers.
The average salary range for senior developers is $4-6K
Publication of jobs halved YoY
16K jobs were published on Djinni in November 2022. It is half as much as in the same month last year. The russian invasion of Ukraine coincided with the global crisis in the tech industry and resulted in lower recruitment activity.
Senior candidates are less affected by the decline
There was a 50-60% decline year over year in vacancies for almost all levels of experience, except for senior candidates. The number of open senior positions every month has been more or less stable since February. Moreover, the share of senior vacancies grew from 13 to 24%. It indicates that companies are hiring less but with increased requirements.
The same goes for English proficiency. The percentage of jobs that require an upper-intermediate or advanced level of English grew from 36 to 54%.
Jobs for senior positions with a high level of foreign language did not see any decline at all. There are on average 2,6K of such vacancies published each month and this number didn’t drop since November 2021.
IT companies are hiring fewer QAs but more Marketing specialists
Non-technical positions like Sales and Marketing are becoming more in demand after the initial drop in March.
Top 5 professions recruiters are looking for in November 2022
Middle DevOps (at least 3 years of experience)
Middle and senior Java developers (at least 3 years of experience)
Junior and middle Marketing specialists (1 or 2 years of experience)
Middle PHP developers (at least 3 years of experience)
Marketing is the only category in this rating where companies are looking for less experienced professionals.
The median salary range for senior developers is $4-6K
On Djinni, recruiters are required to mention a salary range the company is willing to pay. They are not required to make it public, 84% of salaries in vacancies are hidden from candidates and used only for matching on the website.
We used the hidden salary ranges to create this dashboard
The chart represents medians of minimum and maximum salaries in the job for a given category and experience. For example, trainee programmers can expect $500-1000 per month (net). A developer with 3 to 5 years of experience will most probably land a job with a monthly net salary between $3K and $5K.
Companies are also willing to pay more than average for Ruby, Scala and Golang developers. The demand for them is higher than the number of candidates online, however, lower than for other categories.
On average, a vacancy receives 16 applications
Since there are more candidates than jobs, the number of applications per job tripled over the year. In general, the less experience needed for a job, the more applications it gets.
Here are the most competitive tech categories and the average number of applications per job for different experiences.
Ukraine and Poland are the most popular locations
When publishing a job, companies also mention countries where they have offices or employees. A lot of postings have multiple locations: 85% have a mention of Ukraine, and 17% — Poland. Some of the most popular countries also include Germany, Romania and Bulgaria.
About 15% of vacancies do not have Ukraine in this field. Only 20% of them offer help with the relocation.
The share of full remote grew from 23 to 48%
Jobs that require office presence are only 6% today compared to 16% last year.
In November, there were slightly more jobs where candidates can choose to work in an office because power cut-offs made it hard to arrange stable work from home.
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Although the market forecast does not look very bright, companies still need the job to be done. There are and will be new vacancies, but it’s gonna be hard to land a position without thorough preparation and good English.
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