Ukrainian IT Industry during the war: IT Ukraine Association & Kharkiv IT Cluster report
Kharkiv IT companies took part in a national project by the IT Ukraine Association and Kharkiv IT Cluster. The purpose of the research is to find out in numbers how the industry worked during the war and how it works now.
The research was conducted in partnership with the other Ukrainian IT clusters.
“Our Cluster regularly conducts surveys and research in partnership with The Big 4. But now the most important thing is to overcome common challenges. Kharkiv IT Cluster has always cooperated with other regional communities and synchronized resources with national associations, the most important of which is the IT Ukraine Association. So when the ITU offered to join forces to conduct research on their platform, we gladly agreed. Honest and transparent statistics are exactly what can help in decision-making, both at the business level and on the scale of large communities”, said Olga Shapoval, Executive Director of Kharkiv IT Cluster.
According to the study, during the full-scale war, the IT industry:
– retained 95% of its operating activities;
– transferred UAH 806 million for charity foundations and various humanitarian purposes;
– on average, one IT company pays the following amount of taxes to the budget of Ukraine every month:
- company of 1200-3000 people – up to UAH 42 million;
- company of 200-1200 people – up to UAH 1.5 million
– involvement of specialists in government projects and cyber-military from 5% to 9% in industry:
- in companies of 1200-3000 people. – 5% of employees;
- in companies of 200-1200 people. – 14% of employees;
- in companies up to 200 people. – up to 8% of employees.
New arguments for protecting ukrainian IT business
“We are grateful to the companies that actively participated in the study. Now we have strong arguments to defend the interests of the IT business in wartime. We hope that the collected data will help to reach a new level of dialogue with the authorities on mobilization issues, on permitting short-term business trips and taxation of temporarily displaced specialists in EU countries”, said Olga Shapoval.
Kharkiv’s IT community ranked second after Kyiv by the number of IT companies and IT specialists. With the outbreak of large-scale war, the scale and number of collaborations increased significantly. Currently, Kharkiv IT Cluster unites more than 180 participants and partners, implementing at the national level both humanitarian projects (IT4Life) and traditional (educational, marketing, service for our participants). One of the main values of the Cluster is the protection of the interests of the IT community. And this study is another step towards that.