October 24, 2017 – Lviv, Ukraine – Ukraine was named the “Offshoring Destination of the Year” at the 2017 Global Sourcing Association (GSA) awards ceremony which took place in London, October, 19th. N-iX nominated Ukraine as a candidate in this category as a country with a reputation of one of the leading IT outsourcing destinations in Europe.
Andrew Pavliv, CEO & Co-Founder, N-iX, Supervisory Board Chairman, Lviv IT Cluster comments on this nomination:
“One of our missions is to unlock the potential of Ukraine as engineering and innovation nation. The abundance of highly-qualified developers, competitive prices, rapidly developing business, and IT infrastructure make Ukraine a good candidate for an Offshoring Destination of the Year. This award is our humble contribution to strengthening of IT brand of Ukraine in the world.”
Ukrainian IT industry now amounts to $2.5 billion, which constitutes 3% of the country’s GDP. By 2020, it is expected to reach $10 billion with 5.7% contribution to GDP. Ukraine has consistently featured in Gartner’s top 30 offshoring and outsourcing destinations for the past six years and is ranked as number one for outsourcing markets in Eastern Europe, by Outsourcing Journal. The export-oriented segment of Ukraine’s IT services market grew two and a half times over the past five years (according to PwC research).
Ukraine takes the 1st place in Europe and 4th place in the world by the number of IT professionals (230,000 according to the government). Also, Ukraine holds the 3rd place for the number of certified IT specialists worldwide.
An importance of promoting IT in Ukraine and Ukrainian IT in the world was one of the issues raised by the leaders of the prime IT companies in Ukraine at IT Arena 2017, one of the biggest tech conferences in Eastern Europe, took place in Lviv during September 29 – October 1. They outlined that the leading IT companies in the country need to unite their effort and shape a powerful and appealing brand of Ukraine, giving it a unified voice and presenting the country at global tech and business events.
For 14 years in a row, GSA UK Awards recognizes companies that demonstrated best-practice in outsourcing. This year N-iX has shortlisted for the GSA UK Awards in five categories:
- International Outsourcing Contract of the Year;
- Offshoring Destination of the Year;
- Telecommunications Outsourcing Project of the Year;
- ITO Project of the Year;
- Digital Transformation Project of the Year.
Kerry Hallard, CEO of the GSA UK, said:
“This year marks the 30th anniversary since the founding of the GSA (previously known as the National Outsourcing Association), making this year’s awards particularly pertinent. The sourcing industry is being disrupted at unprecedented speed and on a global level. This makes the fabulous results delivered by our award nominees even more remarkable, demonstrating impressive collaboration across client and provider teams and a commitment to driving ever greater value-add across contracts. I’d like to congratulate all 58 organizations who made the shortlist in the first place and, of course, the twenty eventual category winners”.
The Global Sourcing Association (GSA) is the industry association and professional body for the global sourcing industry. We are the home of the Global Sourcing Standard, a world first for the provision of a portfolio of best practice methodologies and accreditation programmes supported by both buyers and suppliers of sourcing.The GSA is a not-for-profit membership association which serves to share best practice, trends and connections across the globe bringing the global community together in a wholly interactive manner for the first time. Its overriding objective is the ongoing development and dissemination of the standard and supporting portfolio of qualifications in order to improve the benefits and positive reputation, and therefore size, of the global sourcing industry