Software Development in UK: Finding the Best Company
The software development UK industry is huge that hires software developers from the local market as well as from abroad through different skill-based visa programs. Both the offshore and nearshore development models also play vital role in the industry.
Let’s have deep dive into the different perspectives of the UK software industry, software design companies as well as the development ones and the scope of software developers and the software development services in the marketplace.
Software Development and Software Design Companies in UK
The total revenue of the UK software development industry stands at about £29 billion or ($38.64 billion) in 2017-18, as per the research report by IBIS World 2018. According to the report, the industry grew at a whopping 10.1% annual growth during the past five years. The majority of the business software UK development is focused on banking, finance, IT, Telecom and consulting services.
According to the DICE Research Report 2017 data, more than 13% of the IT professionals are employed in the programming software products and services. The project management (23%), support and operations (17%), and consultancy (16%) are the major areas where the software developers and IT professionals are employed in large scale.
The custom English software development mainly focuses on the custom products and platforms of big multinational software design companies in UK, such as Accenture, Capgimini, Cognizant, Cisco, IBM, SoftCat, Infosys, Google and other such big companies operating from the UK for the European region operations.
According to the Tech Nation UK Growth Report 2018 information, the digital economy of the UK is growing more than 2.6 times faster than the overall economy of the country. The total size of the digital economy stands at about £184 billion in 2018. According to the survey, London is the second most connected cities after Silicon Valley in the world. Opening a software development company in London or any other part of the UK is a dream comes true for the entrepreneurs nowadays.
The total market value of application development is expected to cross £31 billion in the UK by 2025, as found out in the UPBEAT research report. According to the research report, the application development will require as many as 380,000 developers in more than 8,000 companies directly working in the app development field. The cost of developing software will also increase as the salaries of the software developers are anticipated to increase substantially by 2025.
There is already a dearth of software developers in the UK, especially in London and in the South East of the country. To fulfill the demand of software developers, hiring the software dedicated developers through the nearshore hiring model from Ukraine is going to become very popular in the industry.
Software Developers in UK Market
According to the STATISTA information, there were about 292,000 software developers and computer programmers in the UK market in 2017. The number of software remote engineers hired remotely from abroad is not included in this research report. So, the total number of software developers is huge in the UK, and it is anticipated to increase the software industry substantially in the coming years, which will also increase the number of software developers in the country.
According to the upbeat research report as cited above, the number of software developers and software related jobs will cross 380 thousand by 2025. It will be a huge number of software development related roles that the UK market is going to demand in the near future.
This huge demand of developers is not possible through local talent; the companies will have to search for other options like remote hiring, offshore hiring, nearshore hiring from nearby countries like Ukraine and other Eastern European countries where the highly skilled and qualified developers are available in sizable numbers.
Major Cities with Software Developer Demand
According to the Dice survey report as cited above, London houses the most software developers in the country as compared to other cities. According to the Telegraph News Report, more than 72% of the jobs advertised in the UK are based in London. The majority of the multinational companies are based in London; so they hire developers in large number.
According to the Glassdoor research report, the best place for the developers to work is Slough followed by Manchester and Cambridge. This list covers many factors related to both the personal and professional life. The demand of web developer Vs software developer varies in these cities. The web developer is less demanded in multinational companies, but it is in high demand for small businesses and startup companies.
Let’s have a look at the top cities where the demand of the software developers is high.
London is the second highly connected city after Silicon Valley. A large number of multinational companies have their headquarters and regional offices in this city. The operation of multinational companies in the European countries is mostly handled from this city. A large number of software developers are required annually in this city for multinational, local and startup companies in this city.
Only the startup companies attracted over $682 million venture capital financing in just one quarter of 2015, as per the report published in Telegraph News. This creates thousands of software development jobs with the highest average salaries as compared to other cities on a regular basis.
Manchester appears at the second position in the Glassdoor survey report 2017 in terms of the popular city for technical jobs. This city offered over 41,555 thousand technical jobs majority of them in the IT domain. The median base salary of a developer in this city is about £39,136 per annum.
The city of Leeds creates more than 41 tech jobs. It is one of the most popular cities in the UK for the high tech companies to operate their businesses. The median base salary of a technology person is about £34,000 per annum.
The average salary of a software developer in the Birmingham city is about £36,212 per annum. This city accommodates more than 47 thousand jobs per annum. There are many big software development companies and SMEs that use the services of the local developers as well as they hire remote developers from abroad.
Why to Hire Ukrainian Developers for Software Development in UK?
The software development cost in the United Kingdom is very high as compared to many other countries of Eastern Europe like Ukraine, Russia, and others. The hiring of Ukrainian developers remotely for the software development projects in Europe and North America has become an attractive hiring option for the entrepreneurs. According to the STATISTA information, the total market value of outsourcing industry stood at about $88.9 billion globally.
There are many reasons for hiring the Ukrainian software developers dedicatedly for the software development projects across the globe. The main reasons are mentioned below:
#1 Low Development Cost
The development cost in Ukraine is almost 3 times lower than in the USA and about 2.5 times lower than in the UK and other major Western European countries. This makes the Ukrainian developers a top choice for the remote hiring.
#2 Larger Pool of Experts
More than 35% of the total Ukrainian graduates achieve their degrees in information technology, especially in the software development and design domain. This makes a strong pool of IT experts in Ukraine. There were more than 100 thousand developers in the country in 2017. The outsourcing client can get the most matching skill set for his/her project in the Ukraine.
#3 Ideal Geographical Location
Ukraine is located at ideal geographical location for many countries in the Europe, North America, Africa and even Asia Pacific region. For the European countries, it is just a few hours’ flight or even drive from the nearby countries to have a face to face meeting with the developer team. The sufficient working hours overlap in the Asia Pacific, North America and African countries with the Ukrainian working hours. So, it is very suitable for the companies from all over the world to establish more effective communication with their respective teams easily.
#4 High of Quality of Development Services
The quality of code developed by the Ukrainian developers is well known across the globe. The engineers and developers are trained as per European standards and the management teams make their work fully in compliance with the international standards and the quality benchmarks. The professional approach of software developers and management teams make it happen to achieve the full confidence of the customers.
#5 Common Language and Culture
Ukraine shares the common European culture inspired by the concept of the global village that makes the people of the country so adaptive and cooperative with the people from any part of the world. They speak English, which makes them acceptable for the communication with the clients from all over the world. The flexibility and professional attitude of Ukrainian developers make the best in the region for the successful completion of the development projects.
Cost Comparison UK vs Ukraine
The United Kingdom is a developed country where the cost of a software developer is very high as compared to the Ukrainian developer.
Living Cost in UK
The monthly living cost of a single person may range between £695 ($933) and £1,370 ($1,840). Thus, the living with a full family will definitely cost much more than this amount. The monthly living cost for a single person is about ₴9,982 Ukrainian Hryvnia or ($380 per month).
The living cost in the UK is very high, especially in the big cities like London. The majority of the software developer jobs are concentrated in major cities and towns in the UK. The high living cost, stringent rules for social security, healthcare and other fringes makes the hiring of a software developer in the UK so costly.
- Outsourcing in software development is increasing globally
- Demand of software developers in the UK is very high and with high salaries
- Supply of remote software developers in Ukraine is feasible for the UK companies
- Remote and dedicated hiring is very cost efficient
- Living cost in the UK is almost 2 to 3 times higher than in Ukraine
- Salaries in the UK are almost 2.5 times higher than in Ukraine
After having compared the market demand, living cost, development cost, quality and skills of professional software developers in the United Kingdom and Ukraine, we come to the conclusion that the cost of software development with Mobilunity in Ukraine is much more cost efficient than in-house development in the UK.