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EU vs Ukraine workplace: the hidden
differences
Alla Penalba (Resheten)
QA Lead
InvisibleCRM
Who am I?
• I’m a QA engineer since April 2007
• QA experience:
• 3 years in UA product company (banks and
telecom)
• 1 ye...
Overview
• Myths & truths
– You earn more in Europe ?
– Free social protection ?
– Taxes are high ?
• Difference in hiring...
Myths & truths : You earn more in Europe ?
• Income & taxes on 3000€ salary in Belgium
• 42% in your pocket : 1250 €
• Inc...
Myths & truths : free social protection
• Lot of taxes but at least social security is great !
– 40% of salary goes to soc...
Myths & truths : taxes are high ?
• Euphemism 
• Taxes on income : up to 50%
• Taxes on bonus : up to 70%
• Social securi...
Difference in hiring process
• LinkedIn is more used
• Majority of recruiting company
• Length of process :
– Multiple int...
Working attitude : teamwork & overtime
• Internal resources : cheaper, hard to fire
• Consultant : expensive, easy to fire...
Working attitude : Growth & promotion
• Internal growth :
– Training
– Promotion
– Salary increase
• Promotion
– depending...
Good, the bad & the ugly
• Good:
– Job safety
– Benefit in kind : company car, phone, home internet, hospital protection
–...
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QA Fest 2014. Алла Пенальба. Eu vs Ukraine workplace the hidden difference, или что я узнала, работая в ес
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QA Fest 2014. Алла Пенальба. Eu vs Ukraine workplace the hidden difference, или что я узнала, работая в ес

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Многие сейчас задумываются о возможности работы за границей. Но немногие осознают, что условия работы и требования к квалификации ИТ специалистов достаточно разные в Украине и Западной Европе. Во время данной сессии я бы хотела поделиться со слушателями своим опытом поиска работы в ЕС: как постоен процесc рекрутинга и на что стоит обратить внимание при поиске. Также я поделюсь личным опытом работы в бельгийской продуктовой компанией, расскажу как у нас были постороенны процессы и в чем разница между ИТ компаниями в Украине и Западной Европе.

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QA Fest 2014. Алла Пенальба. Eu vs Ukraine workplace the hidden difference, или что я узнала, работая в ес

  1. 1. EU vs Ukraine workplace: the hidden differences Alla Penalba (Resheten) QA Lead InvisibleCRM
  2. 2. Who am I? • I’m a QA engineer since April 2007 • QA experience: • 3 years in UA product company (banks and telecom) • 1 year in EPAM on e-commerce project • 3 years in Belgian product company • Few months in UA product company • Lived for 4 years in Belgium and came back to Ukraine 6 months ago
  3. 3. Overview • Myths & truths – You earn more in Europe ? – Free social protection ? – Taxes are high ? • Difference in hiring process – Legal constraint • Working attitude – Team work & overtime – Growth & promotion in company • The good, the bad, the ugly
  4. 4. Myths & truths : You earn more in Europe ? • Income & taxes on 3000€ salary in Belgium • 42% in your pocket : 1250 € • Income & taxes on 1500€ salary in Ukraine (self-employed) • 90% in your pocket : 1350 € • Gross & Net are 2 different world
  5. 5. Myths & truths : free social protection • Lot of taxes but at least social security is great ! – 40% of salary goes to social security…. (hardly free) • Hospital costs : pretty much free • Doctors : 30-50% reimbursed – GP : 10$ – Dentist : 50$ • Appointment ? Earliest one is in 3 weeks, interested ?
  6. 6. Myths & truths : taxes are high ? • Euphemism  • Taxes on income : up to 50% • Taxes on bonus : up to 70% • Social security : up to 40% • Engineers with salary above 2500$ a month will pay up to 60-70% of taxes
  7. 7. Difference in hiring process • LinkedIn is more used • Majority of recruiting company • Length of process : – Multiple interview (recruiter, HR, technical lead, manager, HR) – Legal constraint : work permit (couple weeks), residency permit (months) • Contract signing & package negotiation
  8. 8. Working attitude : teamwork & overtime • Internal resources : cheaper, hard to fire • Consultant : expensive, easy to fire • Outsource : SLA based, expensive • Paid/compensated overtime
  9. 9. Working attitude : Growth & promotion • Internal growth : – Training – Promotion – Salary increase • Promotion – depending on internal turnover & external turnover – Age/gender based
  10. 10. Good, the bad & the ugly • Good: – Job safety – Benefit in kind : company car, phone, home internet, hospital protection – Vacation, parental leave, sabbatical leave – Social security : hospital, unemployment (non limited in time…) • Bad – Salary increase (1-2% a year) – Difficulty to get promotion – Legal constraint : work permit, residency – Cultural challenges & mentality • Ugly – Taxes
  11. 11. www.goit.com.ua facebook.com/goITclub vk.com/goITclub

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