Indian vs Ukrainian developers. Who’s better for outsourcing?

In recent years, software development outsourcing has been reaching popularity in the best-developed countries. This trend isn’t likely to cease, stimulating IT sectors in developing countries of Asia or Eastern Europe. Ukrainian developers work in conditions of constantly increasing competition with Indian colleagues – mainly in terms of the price-quality ratio. 

Why do Indian and Ukrainian developers compete?

IT industries in Ukraine and India are developing at an impressive pace. Both countries have enormous talent pools – proportional to the size of their populations. Bloomberg Innovation Index reports that Ukraine is 53rd in the world for its technological innovations and adaptations. International IT companies open their branches in Ukraine, giving jobs and growth opportunities to highly competent local engineers. As for Ukrainian companies – the top 15 have been included in the list of the best 100 outsourcing providers globally. India – Ukraine’s main competitor, has up to 3 million IT professionals. They provide their services to the global market, mainly in the English-speaking world. Such a rich talent pool exists because of many years of intensive development in this sector.

What places Indian and Ukrainian developers in competition is the price and quality of the provided services. Ukrainian companies work according to generally accepted standards – in terms of technical implementation and management. While Ukrainian rates are slightly higher than Indian prices, the quality of the final product and general project execution process corresponds to the European style of work. India, in its turn, offers lower rates and a larger pool, but management and organization of work leave certain gaps.

The Difference

A high percentage of developers in leading world companies are Indians. They are usually considered to be valuable and highly competent employees. However, we can question the quality of most IT professionals from India, and here’s why.

Compared to “Western” colleagues, Indian developers choose IT without any vocation but due to its prestige and popularity. IT sphere offers the best salaries and comparing comfortable working conditions. That is why young people often choose to develop without inclination toward this type of work. Hence, we have problems with motivation and responsibility, causing the famous “Indian code” and workflow.

Quite oppositely, Ukrainian IT clusters value their talent pool and stimulate constant growth and development. Young people are offered quality education, a variety of specialties, and comfy working conditions in supporting environments. Ukrainian developers receive mentoring, tutoring, and support from their senior colleagues and progress fast in their professional formation. MagnificSoft is also super positive about knowledge sharing and support inside dev teams.

The main difference between Indian and Ukrainian developers is their attitude to project management and delivery. This fact is noticed by clients across the world and confirmed by Indians themselves. Among the reasons, we can name a lack of communication skills, a specific mentality, or “Yes” people in management. Companies don’t value enough their talents, since there are always many more to come. The gaps in the organization lead to poor delivery in terms of tech specifications or deadlines. Of course, it does not refer to each company in India. There are lots of competent pros who are serious and motivated. But in Ukraine, you will receive much better services for a reasonable price.


A combination of several factors makes Ukraine very attractive for outsourcing. It’s the competence of developers, affordable prices, European thinking, and a comfy time zone overlapping with all other countries. Ukrainian developers are very collaborative and follow flexible project management principles. Be prepared to receive alternative suggestions or improvements to your initial project approach.

Here in Ukraine, we don’t just say “Yes” – we aim to implement your project optimally and use the best solutions.