The recent two months of war have divided the life of every Ukrainian into before and after. We are all going through a period of rethinking and transformations, inventing of a new BCP plan for the Ukrainian economy in general and for the IT industry in particular.
In these new realities, our industry is almost the only one that has succeeded to took a hit and provide an economic support for the state. Our resilience and steadfastness impress international partners. Stable connections, an extensive network of representative offices abroad, high qualification and creativity of IT specialists allow Ukrainian companies to fulfill their obligations continuously. Due to the Covid years, when our teams gained the skills of effective remote work, more than 85% of specialists are already involved in operational work online or offline. IT specialists showed their multitasking: 2% joined the Armed Forces, 5% - in the cyber army, others combine volunteering with the implementation of current projects and contracts.
Forced mass relocation has caused significant shifts in the IT map of Ukraine, created conditions for the new IT centers and perspective hubs to appear. Moreover, the structure of the industry will face the transformations with the focus on militarization of its capabilities and post-conflict recovery.
Confirmation that we have justified the credit of trust from our customers, who despite all the risks did not leave the market, but instead stood side by side with Ukrainian companies and provided them with comprehensive support, is keeping our cooperation and contracts going. As a result, the industry remains financially stable, provides regular foreign exchange earnings to the state budget and pays taxes in advance.
As never before, we need consolidation and synergy of all IT market stakeholders, only with a united front we will be able to survive and ensure the further development of the industry that has a prospect of becoming a driver of post-war reconstruction and Ukraine's new economy.
Recognizing the importance of in-depth analytical research of the national IT industry for the state and business to elaborate an effective strategy of its further development, IT Ukraine launches a new study "Ukrainian IT Industry: reboot in wartime" with participation of members of the Association and in partnership with Ukrainian IT clusters in Vinnytsia, Dnipro, Kyiv, Konotop, Mariupol, Odessa, Rivne, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv as well as other partner organizations.