JavaScript Salaries, Rates, and Team Costs Review Comparison UK and Ukraine

JavaScript Salaries, Rates, and Team Costs Review Comparison UK and Ukraine

In this study, we relied on deep knowledge and detailed monthly market analyzes in JavaScript technologies – ReactJS, VueJS, ReactNative, NodeJS, as well as delivery teams consisting of PM, BA, QA, DevOps specialists.

For each position in the team, we will provide a short definition, project role and minimum skill set.

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UK developer cost structure

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Taxes (19%)

The normal rate of corporation tax is 19% for the financial year beginning 1 April 2021 and will be maintained at this rate for the financial year beginning 1 April 2022.

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Paid vacations (11.6%)

Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave a year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday.

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Benefits (13%)

Insurance (8%) and HR, office expenses (5%)

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Recruitment fees (20%)

As a general rule, a recruitment agency will charge between 10-30% of the base annual salary. So in average you get 20%

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Ukraine developer cost structure

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Taxes (6,5%)

Ukraine has privileged taxes for IT companies. So overall taxes are 6.5% and this tax is traditionally divided between employee and employer.

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Paid vacations (7,5%)

Ukrainian workers are guaranteed 18 days of paid vacation under the law.

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Benefits (10%)

Accounting, management, benefits, insurance, etc.

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Recruitment fees (10%)

Recruitment Agencies typically charge 8-12% of the total compensation of the new hire.

Lead Developer

The main tasks are to lay down the correct architecture of the project in accordance with the requirements of the development and scalability of the project, control and make decisions regarding the frameworks, libraries and technologies used. As the ice is responsible for the composition of the team, the distribution of tasks according to the skills of the team and coordination within the team.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    Able to work independently on projects and provide technical and architectural solutions and can delegate tasks to senior, middle, and junior developers.

  • ok

    Level D3 of the competency matrix in key languages and frameworks – it means maximum theoretical knowledge.

  • ok

    At least 8 years working experience as a developer and was a part of a team in 2-3 projects.

  • ok

    Practical experience in development team management.

  • ok

    Experience in building project architecture from scratch, able to communicate with customers.

  • ok

    English C1+

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Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £48,980

£41,160

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£43,740

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £100,585

£84,525

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£56,360

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £69,097

£58,065

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£51,663

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£7,555

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£5,166

Vacations
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£6,735

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£3,875

Recruitment fees
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£11,613

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£5,166

Average inhouse costs
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£94,994

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£65,871

Average inhouse rate
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£49

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£34

Average outsourcing costs
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£132,342

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£92,219

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£69

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£48

Senior Developer

On a project, as a rule, a senior developer is responsible for creating the main components of the project in accordance with the laid down architecture, controlling their quality, compatibility and maximum performance in accordance with the assigned tasks. In addition, he leads the investigation & resolution of complex software issues.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    Able to work independently on projects and provide technical solutions.

  • ok

    Excellent technical expertise and business domain knowledge.

  • ok

    Can delegate tasks to middle and junior developers.

  • ok

    Level D3 of the competency matrix in key languages and frameworks.

  • ok

    At least 4 years working experience as a developer and was a part of a team in 2-3 projects.

  • ok

    English B2+

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £46,356

£38,955

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£30,998

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £100,585

£84,525

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£46,966

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £68,223

£57,330

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£42,270

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£7,453

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£4,227

Vacations
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£6,650

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£3,170

Recruitment fees
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£11,466

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£4,227

Average inhouse costs
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£93,792

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£53,894

Average inhouse rate
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£48

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£28

Average outsourcing costs
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£131,308

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£75,451

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£68

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£37

Middle Developer

The main tasks of these developers are the development of small project components and the development of existing components. Simply put, this is an independent work on tasks of average complexity in accordance with the laid down architecture. In fact, on every project there are about 50% of such tasks, where complex architectural solutions are not required.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    D3 matrix capability level in key languages and frameworks.

  • ok

    2 years working experience as a developer at least at 2 projects.

  • ok

    Complete the task independently.

  • ok

    Communication skills within the team.

  • ok

    Skills of resolving atypical situations.

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UK Taxes

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £23,160

£21,315

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£23,483

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £82,217

£69,090

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£37,573

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £45,482

£38,220

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£28,180

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£4,969

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£2,118

Vacations
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£4,433

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£2,114

Recruitment fees
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£7,644

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£2,118

Average inhouse costs
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£62,528

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£35,930

Average inhouse rate
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£32

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£18

Average outsourcing costs
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£87,539

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£50,301

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£46

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£29

Junior Developer

The main tasks of these developers is to help develop parts of components or pattern blocks of a project. Junior programmers work under the strict supervision of senior engineers, in fact, they are assistants to developers on the project and help to perform more routine tasks, thereby saving the senior’s time and delay. Often in projects such tasks are from 20% to 40%. Junior Developers may suggests software development direction & provide status reports. Also, he may be involved in the investigation & resolution of issues.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    Well versed in technology, but has little or no commercial experience.

  • ok

    Level D2 of the competency matrix.

  • ok

    At least 1 year working experience as a developer.

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £23,178

£19,477

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£12,211

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £41,721

£35,059

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£18,787

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £30,700

£25,798

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£15,029

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£3,354

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£1,503

Vacations
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£2,993

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£1,127

Recruitment fees
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£5,160

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£1,503

Average inhouse costs
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£42,207

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£19,162

Average inhouse rate
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£22

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£10

Average outsourcing costs
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£59,089

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£36,408

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£31

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£18

Project Manager/Business Analyst

Manages a project, and may lead its teams. Responsible for all aspects of project management & ensures timely, quality deliverables. Promotes regular communication. Monitors and reports on project progress. Works closely with client to set directions, develop & implement strategies, solutions and process improvement initiatives.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    2+ years IT PM / BA experience.

  • ok

    Good knowledge of project management foundations: planning, scheduling, project communication, issue resolution, change management, and risk management (PM).

  • ok

    Ability to engage with the client in technology discussions.

  • ok

    Experience in the use of multiple structured Agile methodologies (PM).

  • ok

    Thorough understanding of the scope management and control (BA).

  • ok

    English C1+

  • ok

    Good understanding of software architecture design and development principles

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £33,587

£28,224

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£14,090

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £84,579

£71,074

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£28,180

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £53,310

£44,798

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£24,483

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£5,824

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£2,348

Vacations
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£5,196

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£1,761

Recruitment fees
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£8,960

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£2,348

Average inhouse costs
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£73,290

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£29,941

Average inhouse rate
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£38

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£15

Average outsourcing costs
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£102,606

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£41,918

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£54

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£26

Lead PM/BA

The tasks of the Lead PM / BA are to control the quality and efficiency of the development process, set up the work process for a new project, plan scaling, composition of the delivery team, coordinate PM, BA, QA on the project.

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £39,359

£33,075

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£23,482

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £117,028

£98,343

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£37,573

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £68,354

£57,440

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£30,998

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£7,467

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£3,099

Vacations
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£6,663

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£2,325

Recruitment fees
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£11,488

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£3,099

Average inhouse costs
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£93,972

uk

£39,522

Average inhouse rate
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£49

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£21

Average outsourcing costs
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£131,561

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£63,236

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£68

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£33

QA Manual

This position is required to save time for developers, PM / BA and Product Owner on a project, as well as to analyze all dependencies when creating new product features and to minimize the number of bugs in production.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    Report bugs and errors to development teams .

  • ok

    Create test cases and test plans for manual web-based testing .

  • ok

    Review and analyze requirements to create test cases and scenarios .

  • ok

    Write clear and accurate user documentation, instructions, and release notes

  • ok

    Understanding of software development life cycle.

  • ok

    Experience in HTML / CSS and knowledge of SQL as well as experience in API testing .

  • ok

    Knowledge of testing methodologies and processes .

  • ok

    Experience in manual functional, regression, specification, usability testing .

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £19,697

£16,552

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£12,211

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £55,628

£46,746

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£23,483

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £32,450

£27,268

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£16,908

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£3,545

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£1,690

Vacations
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£3,163

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£1,268

Recruitment fees
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£5,454

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£1,690

Average inhouse costs
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£44,612

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£21,558

Average inhouse rate
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£24

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£11

Average outsourcing costs
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£75,839

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£36,648

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£40

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£18

QA Automation

This position is especially important in the later stages of product development. Automating the testing process significantly saves the team’s time for testing and deploying new versions of the product.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    Strong test automation design skills (OOP, composition, Page Object, Singleton, Keyword-Driven testing, SOLID, etc.).

  • ok

    Strong skills in interaction with web systems (HTML, XML, cookies, web storage, cache, HTTP, REST).

  • ok

    Strong Cypress usage skills.

  • ok

    Ability to write advanced SQL queries (SELECT incl. JOIN, INSERT, UPDATE, inner queries).

  • ok

    Experience in testing REST API and backend servers.

  • ok

    Experience with mobile automation testing (Appium or alternatives).

  • ok

    Experience testing and troubleshooting web applications (e.g. Chrome Dev Tools).

QA Automation Ukraine vs UK

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £30,088

£25,284

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£14,090

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £96,211

£80,850

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£30,059

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £54,491

£45,790

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£23,483

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£5,953

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£2,348

Vacations
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£5,312

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£1,761

Recruitment fees
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£9,158

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£2,348

Average inhouse costs
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£74,913

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£29,941

Average inhouse rate
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£39

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£15

Average outsourcing costs
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£104,879

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£41,918

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£54

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£26

UIX Designer

The main tasks of a UX designer are to work closely with a Business Analyst on a project and create user interfaces for the future product. When working on UX, designers analyze the basic needs of users and the relationship between the main modules of the product to create the most convenient interface. t in which the main development of the front-end team is carried out.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    At least 2 years of commercial experience as a UI/UX Designer.

  • ok

    Good understanding of the iterative development approach.

  • ok

    Good knowledge of mobile design patterns, iOS, and Android guidelines.

  • ok

    Experience with responsive web design.

  • ok

    Ability to translate wireframes into UI, provide variability of styles.

  • ok

    Extensive experience of work with Figma, using components and auto-layouts.

  • ok

    Extensive experience in prototyping and interaction design.

  • ok

    Experience with user research and testing.

  • ok

    At least an Upper-Intermediate English level.

UIX Designer Ukraine vs UK

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £31,286

£26,291

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£15,029

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £104,258

£87,612

uk

£30,059

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £56,852

£47,775

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£26,301

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£6,211

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£2,630

Vacations
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£5,542

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£1,973

Recruitment fees
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£9,555

uk

£2,630

Average inhouse costs
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£78,160

uk

£33,534

Average inhouse rate
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£40

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£18

Average outsourcing costs
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£109,424

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£53,654

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£57

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£26

DevOps

Among the main responsibilities of DevOps on a project are continuous integration and delivery (CI / CD), server deployment automation (IaC), monitoring, reporting, and working closely with backend engineers to develop the most effective solution that meets product requirements.

Required skill set and experience

  • ok

    Experience in Linux / UNIX administration must be practical, at least 2 years.

  • ok

    Experience with MSSQL, Postgres databases.

  • ok

    Deep understanding of ELK stack.

  • ok

    Knowledge of Bash / Shell.

  • ok

    Knowledge of Log + visualization: Graylog + Grafana.

  • ok

    Experience with CI / CD processes (Gitlab).

  • ok

    Experience with high-load distributions of systems.

  • ok

    Experience with Docker and Kubernetes.

DevOps Ukraine vs UK

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Cost-saving

Salary minimum including taxes
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Tax. £23,178

£19,477

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£23,483

Salary maximum including taxes
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Tax. £64,899

£54,537

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£42,270

Salary average including taxes
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Tax. £38,222

£32,119

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£32,877

HR expenses (accounting, management, benefits, insurance etc)
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£4,176

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£3,288

Vacations
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£3,726

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£2,466

Recruitment fees
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£6,424

uk

£3,288

Average inhouse costs
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£52,547

uk

£41,918

Average inhouse rate
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£27

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£22

Average outsourcing costs
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£73,566

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£57,950

Average outsourcing rate per hour
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£38

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£33

Frontend development Team Composition and cost

In Javascript, frontend teams can develop both web and mobile, using technologies such as React Native. In modern development, it is supposed to work closely with the backend teams that develop the API, transfer the necessary endpoints for the development of frontend components that are independent of the backend.

Typical team composition

  • Lead Frontend Developer. The lead developer can be hired full-time at the start of the project and then part-time as a consultant after the main team is assembled.
  • Further, as a rule, the team can be linked with a Senior developer, 3 Middle developers, 1 Junior, or 2 Middle, 2 Junior developers – depending on the complexity of the project.
  • To coordinate such a team, you will need BA full time, as well as QA. PM can be part time, or one for the whole project – for back and front teams.

Frontend Team Ukraine vs UK

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Cost-saving

Senior React/Vue developer
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£10,928

£7,805

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£5,872

Middle React/Vue developer
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£7,285

£5,203

uk

£4,698

Middle React/Vue developer
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£7,285

£5,203

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£4,698

Junior React/Vue developer
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£4,917

£3,512

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£2,936

UIX designer
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£9,106

£6,505

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£4,110

Business Analyst
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£10,948

£7,820

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£4,110

Manual QA
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£6,312

£3,713

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£2,936

Part time PM
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£4,270

£3,050

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£2,055

Lead as a service
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£2,767

£2,767

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£1,908

Full team
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£63,818

£45,578

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£33,323

Backend development Team Composition and cost

The main tasks of the backend team are creating a scalable backend architecture, working with databases, developing the platform API and the necessary endpoints for developing the frontend. Moreover, if web and mobile are developed using hybrid technologies such as React Native, very often one backend team is able to work with several frontend teams.

Typical team composition

  • The backend team is assembled according to the same principle as the front-end team. Truthfully, except for the skills of the chosen framework, specialists with skills in working and optimizing databases are often needed. And also the attraction of DevOps for high-quality configuration and optimization of the server or cloud solution. In small teams DevOps may be partially involved.

Backend Team Ukraine vs UK

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Cost-saving

Senior NodeJS developer
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£10,928

£7,805

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£5,872

Middle NodeJS developer
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£7,285

£5,203

uk

£4,698

Middle NodeJS developer
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£7,285

£5,203

uk

£4,698

Junior NodeJS developer
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£4,917

£3,512

uk

£2,936

Business Analyst
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£10,948

£7,820

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£4,110

Manual QA
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£6,312

£3,713

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£2,936

Part time DevOps
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£3,061

£2,187

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£2,642

Part time PM
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£4,270

£3,050

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£2,055

Lead as a service
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£2,032

£2,767

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£1,908

Full team
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£57,038

£41,260

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£31,855

Full-Stack development Team Composition

As a rule, in a full-stack team consisting of front-end and back-end developers, we will single out a PM in a separate role, who is responsible for the interaction and development process of the entire team.

Typical team composition

  • In addition, we have introduced such positions as CTO as a Service, Delivery Manager as a Service, which allow projects to attract maximum expertise for development, while not spending expensive specialists on full-time in the team for permanent work.

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Frontend team
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£63,818

£45,578

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£33,323

Backend team
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£57,038

£41,260

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£31,855

Full team
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£120,856

£86,847

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£65,087

Development environment and cost

In addition to the costs of paying for developers’ time, as a rule, you need to pay for a development environment and a treasure of services or a server, among which are required an environment for managing projects such as Jira, systems for development and version control such as Gitlab or GitHub, cloud providers such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud, IDE software, code quality control systems, etc.

Summary

In this article, we have provided statistics based on salary analysis resources – Glassdoor.com, Indeed.com, Dou.ua , as well as our experience in launching a large number of projects with dedicated medium and large teams and analysis of the work of our colleagues for small and medium-sized ones. and large IT companies that provide outsourcing services for development teams.


All data are relevant at the beginning of 2022, and we plan to update them every quarter, since now the development market is developing very quickly and changes can occur quite quickly.


In case of inaccuracy of certain data, please write to us, and we will immediately make the necessary corrections. Also, if you have comments or questions on any block, we will be happy to advise you.

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