Press release №2211
12.09.2019
SOFTWARE SPECIALISTS FROM RUSSIA

IN BRIEF

  • Half of respondents consider that Russian software specialists are the best in the world (54%)
  • The majority (85%) believe that Russian software programs can equally compete with the foreign ones
  • 30% of Russians say that the quality of computer science training in Russia is as good as abroad
  • Russians consider the profession of software specialist to be prestigious, as nine years ago (70% vs 71% in 2010)
  • The share of those who want their children to become software engineers has increased by 9 p.p. since 2010 (56% vs 47% in 2010)

Russian software specialists are the best; their software programs can compete globally. The number of those Russians who want their children to become software engineers keeps rising.

MOSCOW, September 12, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the findings of a survey devoted to Programmers’ Day.

Today the word “programmer” is associated with the Internet, computer and software programs in the Russian mind (52%). Russians also consider the IT specialist to be a skilled and educated person (10%); they think the profession is linked to IT technologies (5%), innovations and movement forward (4%).

Every second Russian (54%) believes that Russian software specialists are the best in the world. Respondents also highly assess IT specialists form the U.S.A. (22%), China (14%), Japan (10%) and India (5%). Most of Russians are confident that the software products developed in Russia can compete with the foreign ones (85%); they are only opposed by 8%.

As to the quality of the Russian IT training courses, Russians are divided in their opinions: every fifth respondent considers that computer science training in Russia is better than abroad (19%), whereas every fourth (26%) says the quality is worse. Those who give negative opinions are mainly young Russians aged 18-24 and 25-34 (38% respectively), as well as active Internet users (31%). Thirty percent of Russians think that the quality of the Russian training programs and foreign courses are equal.  

As nine years ago, Russians still think that the profession of software specialist is prestigious (71% gave “4”or “5” in 2010 vs 70% in 2019). However, fewer respondents consider that this profession is high-paying (69% in 2010 vs 55% in 2019). The demand for this profession is still at the same levels (a demand “above average” was reported by 72% in 2010 vs 63% in 2019).

Over the recent nine years the share of those who would like their children and grandchildren to be a software specialist has grown up (47% in 2010; 56% in 2019). They are mainly the 45-59-year-olds (62%) and persons aged 60 and over (59%). Remarkably, younger generations are less likely to support this opinion; those who are opposed are basically respondents aged 18-24 (55%) and 25-34 (40%).

VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on September 10, 2019. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

What comes to your mind first when you hear the word “programmer”?  (open-ended question, up to 5 answers, shown are answers of at least 1% of respondents)
  Total  respondents
Internet, computer , programs 52
Skilled, educated person 10
IT 5
Future, innovations, movement forward 4
A relative or friend 4
Prestige, demand 3
Computer genius 3
Positive  associations 3
Planning, forecasting 2
Money, high income 2
System manager 2
A lean nerd wearing glasses in front of a computer 2
Negative associations 1
Hacker 1
Cool guy, young man 1
Calculations, accountancy, digits 1
Gamer, computer games 1
Office loafer 1
Office worker 1
Other 4
Don’t know 23

 

In your opinion, what countries have the best software specialists?  (open-ended question, up to 5 answers, shown are answers of at least 1% of respondents)
  Total  respondents
Russia 54
USA 22
China 14
Japan 10
India 5
Germany 3
Great Britain 3
None 2
South Korea 1
Israel 1
Korea 1
Other 2
Don’t know 30

In your opinion, can the software products developed by Russian IT specialists compete with the foreign ones? (closed-ended question, one answer , %  of total respondents)
  Total  respondents
Definitely yes 40
Rather yes 45
Rather no 5
Definitely no 3
Don’t know 7

In your opinion, is the quality of computer science training in Russia better/the same/worse than abroad?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total  respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and over
Rather better 19 16 18 19 18 23
Rather worse 26 38 38 30 22 16
The same as abroad 30 27 28 27 31 33
Don’t know 24 19 16 24 29 29
In your opinion, is the quality of computer science training in Russia better/the same/worse than abroad? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total  respondents Those who use the internet almost every day Those who use the internet several times a week/a month Those who use the internet occasionally or never use it
Rather better 19 16 27 25
Rather worse 26 31 20 12
The same as abroad 30 30 25 33
Don’t know 24 23 27 30
Using the criteria below please evaluate the profession of software specialist. Please use a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is the lowest assessment, and 5 is the highest assessment. (closed-ended question, one answer per line, % of total respondents)
  Year 1 — the lowest assessment 2 3 4 5 — the highest assessment

Prestige  (social status)

2010

2

4

23

40

31

2019 2 1 27 40 30
Income, remuneration 2010 1 3 26 39 30
2019 2 2 41 33 22
Demand in the labor market   2010 2 5 21 36 36
2019 2 4 31 29 34

If you have children/grandchildren, would you like them to become a software specialist?  (closed-ended question, one answer % of total respondents)
  2010 2019
Rather yes 47 56
Rather no 24 37
Don’t know 29 7

If you have children/grandchildren, would you like them to become a software specialist?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total  respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and over
Rather yes 56 39 54 53 62 59
Rather no 37 55 40 41 31 31
Don’t know 7 7 6 6 8 9

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