Ukraine’s IT sector during the war
The IT sector in Ukraine has been growing consistently since 2010, despite the war raging since 2014. The revenue delivered from exports rose from $400M in 2010 to $4.84B in 2021, which is a 12-fold increase. Ukrainian techies adapted well to war conditions, the annexation of the territory with subsequent losses, as well as the pandemic that hit in the past years. Some might have thought that a full-scale Russian invasion would finally break them – but no.
Many clients worldwide were surprised to continue receiving Ukrainian tech products and services as scheduled with minimum to no disruptions. The secret was in comprehensive planning. Here’s just one example: the Business Continuity Planning initiative developed by WeSoftYou that minimised the disruption of the company’s operations by only 2 days. Its three pillars were employee safety, business continuity, and continuous company operations. The focus on safety and assistance to employees was a focal element of the plan. These measures were vital for stabilising the operations and workflow despite the life-threatening factors.
The results became evident within months of the aggression: the IT sector of Ukraine was the only one that continued to grow despite the war waged by Russia. Within the first 5 months of 2022, it delivered $3.2B in revenues from exports – a whopping 27% increase in comparison to the same period of 2021 (according to the National Bank). Such results became possible due to the favourable tax regime in Ukraine, the high professionalism and skills of the experts, and a strong will for victory and resistance during the difficult times of war.
Support of international and local companies
The majority of tech companies demonstrated compassion and understanding that materialised in life-saving support for thousands of Ukrainians. They encouraged and financed the relocation of employees to safer regions, paid bonuses, and offered other forms of support. Some went even further and helped with the relocation of their family members abroad.
Despite the challenges, tech companies are working on resolving them by developing new ways to continue growing. One example CryptoCossacks Club NFT collection, designed to showcase Ukrainian culture via new digital methods – as well as raise donations. The project provides 50% of funds raised to Ukraine, offers discounts for Ukrainian brands to the NFT holders, as well as early access to CryptoCossacks MMO games.