Ukraine’s biggest tech employer EPAM has thousands of jobs for local talent

Ukraine’s biggest tech employer EPAM has thousands of jobs for local talent

Ukraine’s biggest tech employer EPAM has thousands of jobs for local talent
U.S. publicly-traded tech company EPAM has been operating in Ukraine for the last 13 years. In this time, it has grown to become the country’s largest tech employer, with a staff of now 5,500 people.

It’s a reflection of the company’s growth worldwide. Founded in 1993 by two Belarus natives, EPAM since then has become a global provider of software engineering and information technologies consulting services with 26,000 employees and offices on four continents. This year, EPAM’s revenue hit $1.5 billion.

Ukraine’s branch is one of the key ones. With its five offices in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipro, and Vinnytsia, it accounts for 20 percent of the company’s global revenue.

For Ukraine, it means a lot of high-paying jobs. Already being the biggest tech employer in the country, EPAM Ukraine plans to nearly double the number of employees in three years.

Creating as many jobs as possible is especially important to EPAM Ukraine CEO Yurii Antoniuk.

“I’d like to live in a prosperous country,” Antoniuk, a Ukrainian himself, said in an interview with the Kyiv Post. “But it won’t be possible if Ukrainians are unhappy, don’t have jobs, and think of how to steal instead of how to earn.”

For Antoniuk, the local booming IT industry is the answer to most Ukrainians’ sparse livelihoods. Managing Ukraine’s EPAM branch, he tries to set an example of how the industry can provide good, high-wage. He hopes other companies and industries will follow suit.

If they don’t, no one will, he says the government “doesn’t think enough about creating jobs,” he said.

“What our government is enthusiastic about is collecting taxes, fighting with customs or doing other (nonsense),” Antoniuk said.

Today Ukraine has over 50 IT firms that employ from 320 to 5,500 people, with EPAM, SoftServe, Luxoft, GlobalLogic, and Ciklum as the top five, being responsible for around 20,000 jobs.

Antoniuk thinks that by creating well-paid jobs for skilled workers Ukraine can finally break out of the “vicious circle” of low prices for goods and services in the country and low wages. And if the government is incapable of doing it itself, it should concentrate on letting business take care of it, he says.


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