IT specialists in Lviv in 2021
workplaces in adjacent industries are created by one IT specialist
IT companies in Lviv

IT Research

Unique research of the IT market in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk


IT Research is a research network with a unique methodology, thanks to which a large-scale study of the Lviv IT market has been conducted in the city since 2015 on the initiative of Lviv IT Cluster. The IT Cluster team is ready to move forward, expand the geography of the research and involve even more Ukrainian tech hubs in the project. In 2021, Ivano-Frankivsk IT Cluster joined IT Research to conduct a deeper and broader study of the IT industry in two western Ukrainian cities.

The first survey in 2015 aimed to provide an overview of the IT industry and characterize the Lviv IT market. The second research from 2017, the third one (2018) and the fourth (2019), apart from providing the market overview, focus on measuring the economic effect of the IT industry in Lviv. The fifth research (2020) evaluates the impact of the pandemic on the activity and development of the tech industry in Lviv. In 2021, the research was performed in cooperation with Ivano-Frankivsk IT Cluster aimed at a more extensive study of the IT industry in two cities of western Ukraine – Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk. Apart from analyzing the economic effect of the IT industry, IT Research 6.0 studies human capital, the impact of higher education, COVID-19 effect on the IT industry and more.


IT Research aims to trace the IT industry growth dynamics and the development of IT business, as well as its effect on the economy of Lviv and Ukraine, related industries, and the overall economic impact, in particular. The research results allow interest groups, businesses, partners, potential investors, IT companies of various sizes, which strive to grow and develop in Lviv, understand the potential of the IT industry and IT market.


The sixth analytical study of the IT industry contains complete information on the structure and development of the IT industry in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk, the number of IT companies and specialists, detailed analysis of the economic effect of the IT companies. IT Research 6.0 traces the impact of COVID-19 on the IT industry, features of IT professionals’ work during the pandemic, attitudes to vaccination, describes the structure and ways of human capital inflows, analyzes the educational ecosystem, and more.


Number of IT companies and IT specialists in Lviv

Despite the pandemic, the number of IT companies’ growth dynamics is 4%. There are 511 IT companies now, whereas, in 2020, the number equaled 492. Despite the unfavorable situation due to the pandemic-induced crisis, the number of IT specialists has been growing – 30-31 k, compared to 26-26.5 k last year.



The consolidated majority (76%) of the respondents have a positive attitude towards COVID-19 vaccination. 74% of the respondents noted they had already received the COVID-19 vaccine, and 67% had completed the vaccination cycle. One-third of the vaccinated (33%) received at least one dose of CoronaVac, and every fifth vaccinated person received Pfizer (23%), AstraZeneca/Covishield (26%), or Moderna (19%). The majority of respondents (84%) indicated that their employer supports employees’ vaccination.


The median age of IT specialists in Lviv in 2021 is 29±1; last year, the number equaled 29. The share of Junior specialists is 23%, Middle – 41% and Senior – 35% correspondingly. Most IT specialists are men 62%, whereas the share of women in tech in 2021 is 38%.


The total economic effect of the IT sector in Lviv in 2020 amounted to $1,412 billion (in contrast, in 2019 it was $1,295 billion), out of which the direct economic effect reached $865 million, indirect (the effect of IT on related sectors of the economy) – $557 million.


The IT Research 6.0 project is a dynamic study of the IT market of Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk. Now on the website, you can view the beta version of the survey, which possibly will be slightly improved and updated. Do not hesitate to contact the project manager if you have suggestions or additions.


Want to see extended report?

A detailed version of IT Research 6.0 is available only for Lviv IT Cluster members.


IT Research 2020

In 2020 we got the most up-to-date information on the industry development dynamics, its economic effect, and a portrait of an IT specialist in Lviv. In addition to the economic indicators, IT Research 5.0 analyzed the impact of the pandemic-induced crisis on the Lviv IT sector.

IT Research 2019

In 2019, we analyzed the dynamics of the IT industry’s growth in Lviv and economic and financial indicators related to its activities in the city. The dynamics of growth during this year were enormous compared to all previous years. We also tracked changes in the portrait of the Lviv IT specialist and the average monthly income.

IT Research 2018

In 2018, we analyzed the IT industry’s economic effect in Lviv, conducted a detailed analysis of the IT market, and investigated its impact on other business areas – real estate, banking and automotive, insurance, medicine, and education, entertainment, and others.

IT Research 2017

In 2017 we analyzed the economic impact of the IT industry on adjacent in Lviv: real estate, banking, insurance, automobile, Horeca, medicine, education, and others. The research gives comprehensive information about the number of workplaces created in related industries by one IT specialist, IT market dynamics and the economic effect of the IT industry for Lviv.


IT Research 2016

In 2015, having interviewed more than 400 IT specialists, we gathered comprehensive data on the IT industry in Lviv. In particular, information about the city’s average IT specialist, their qualifications and salary. The margin of error is less than 5%. To view the data, download the report below.


FAQ on the project

  • How did you get the data?

    The research methodology is complex, so to make the results as true as possible we used the following information gathering methods: expert analytical interviews, face-to-face interviews with the directors of IT companies, online survey of IT specialists according to the representative sample, statistical data gathering using appropriate requests, web research for data check.

  • Are the research results trustworthy?

    The information gathered was subject to case cross-analysis. The research design is the result of using scientific approaches, which have been used for many years in marketing research and proved their effectiveness. The representative sample for IT specialists’ survey is based on the data from the IT companies about the number and the division of positions in each company. Therefore, we proportionally covered big, medium and small companies, taking their business-model into account.

  • Who are the client and the contractor for the project?

    Lviv IT Research has been conducted by Lviv IT Cluster together with sociological agency “Fama”. IT Cluster owns the research results. Information provided by companies and individuals is confidential and is presented in generalized form for analytical purposes only.

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