As a continue to our previous post about Ukraine (link), if the choice for your software development centre destination is Ukraine, the second step to be is to choose where is the best location. Ukraine has 24 cities and districts. The most popular for IT is Kyiv, Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk), Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv. Although, the cost is a major factor, there are several other important aspects you might have to consider:
- Where recruitment is easily
- Where logistic and infrastructure is better
- Where retention rate is higher
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To summarize, if you vague between what city to choose, our suggestions are:
First, it's really important to consider skills availability and expertise in particular business domains. Good indicators for that are number of R&D centers in the city and technical educational institutions. While Kyiv is capital of country and its main innovation hub with wide diversity of talents, skills and expertise, Dnipro is the second largest community of startups and R&D centers with strong historical technical traditions of innovation in rocket science and the mechanical engineering. The domain expertise of the region is focused on Gaming, Telecommunications, Enterprise and Transportation.
Second, there's no much difference in logistic and travel time, both cities have good infrastructure and direct flights from Tel Aviv. The travel time between cities is 5 hours by train.
Third, there is also no much difference in retention, since it's always depends on particular company's ability to manage people and their expectations by giving them a clear vision on their personal development opportunities. And this is something Copler could help you with.