Genes Bring the Wins

Ukraine’s tech industry was well positioned to capitalize on this opportunity thanks to the dramatic evolution it’s undergone in recent years. Since the first IT companies appeared in the mid-1990s the sector has experienced a meteoric rise. Today it accounts for 4 percent of GDP and employs roughly 200,000 people, boasting some of the country’s highest salaries. Much of this growth has been built on outsourcing. But while in the early days the main sell for international customers was the ability to hire competent programmers at lower prices, as the industry has matured the value proposition has shifted considerably, says Chubay. “It’s not about the cost anymore, it’s about the expertise and ultimate outcomes,” says Chubay. “We have moved up the value chain. We have become more holistic, and we are gaining more and more responsibility over bigger chunks of our client’s businesses.”

BBC World News.

Oh yes. Ukrainian programmers charge like total bastards. And good for them. I don’t think anybody should undersell their labor. But the idea that you can hire them cheaply – this hasn’t been true since last century. This creates a weird situation in Ukraine where a class of people makes the kind of money that’s way higher than even the US median while the rest makes between 1/10 and 1/5 of US median.

I’m still not fully over the poor guy who left all this and went to Mexico with the hopes of recreating the Ukrainian programmers there.

2 thoughts on “Genes Bring the Wins

  1. I am glad if Ukrainian programmers truly get high salaries since it lessens a bit the pressure to hire cheap foreign programmers for Israeli companies. Unfortunately, I do not think it will be sufficient in the long run. 😦

    On another topic, have you read ‘Октябрь Шестнадцатого’ Александра Солженицына? I would love to read a good novel ‘о российском обществе, находившемся на грани Русской революции.’ Is it worth reading?

    A librarian recommended this new novel, but online reviews are mainly negative:

    // «Сад» — новый роман Марины Степновой, автора бестселлера «Женщины Лазаря» (премия «Большая книга»), романов «Хирург», «Безбожный переулок» и сборника «Где-то под Гроссето».

    Середина девятнадцатого века. У князя и княгини Борятинских рождается поздний и никем не жданный ребенок — девочка, которая буквально разваливает семью, прежде казавшуюся идеальной. Туся с самого начала не такая, как все. В строгих рамках общества, полного условностей, когда любой в первую очередь принадлежит роду, а не себе самому, она ведет себя как абсолютно — ненормально даже — независимый человек. Сама принимает решения — когда родиться и когда заговорить. Как вести себя, чем увлекаться, кого любить или ненавидеть. История о том, как трудно быть свободным человеком в несвободном мире.

    «Это роман, который весь вырос из русской литературы девятнадцатого столетия, но эпоха декаданса и Серебряного века словно бы наступает ему на пятки, а современность оставляет пометы на полях». (Елена Шубина)

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