The IT Ukraine Association reports on the first month of the E-Support! Service, which was launched on the second day of the war to support participants in the IT industry. From the beginning, the service was designed to help members of the Association. However, we cannot stand aside from the problems the other companies in the industry face, and we help everyone who applies.
At first, companies needed assistance in implementing the Business Continuity Plan (BCP), namely in organizing the relocation of businesses, employees, and their families to safe regions of Ukraine (40% of applications). We helped with:
- contacts of transport agencies to evacuate people from the East of Ukraine.
- contacts of places to stay and offices in the West of Ukraine.
- legal advice on documents for crossing the border to relatives of IT specialists.
- legal advice on the procedure and list of documents required for legalization of stay abroad.
- consultations on choosing a country to open offices, including tax regime and terms of doing business, opening bank accounts, procedures for banking operations, etc.
We are very happy to say that while thinking of how to save business, our IT companies also were asking - how to help Ukrainian defenders, how to help people. Most companies have already resumed operations and continue with their daily operations. However, even now, after spending huge funds to ensure the safety of their employees and their families, companies continue to donate significantly to those at the forefront,said Konstantin Vasyuk, Executive Director of IT Ukraine.
From the first days of the war, the Association organized a fundraising campaign to purchase the first aid kits and blood stoppers for Ukrainian defenders and civilians in cooperation with the Foundation Ukraine and the Mayor of Wroclaw Jacek Sutryk.
On March 15, the IT Ukraine Association and the Techiia Foundation NGO (part of the TECHIIA international holding company) signed a memorandum of cooperation. Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion to Ukraine, the Techiia Foundation has donated $7.9 million (UAH 231 million) for humanitarian aid.
Starting from the second half of March, the most frequent topic of requests to E-Support! was the mobilization of specialists of IT companies. We helped with legal advice on:
- a list of documents to be drawn up by the personnel department for a specialist who goes to the territorial defense units or has received a summons from the military enlistment office.
- a list of documents to be submitted to the military enlistment office, for those specialists who are exempt from mobilization in accordance with the legislation.
- a list of documents to be submitted to the military enlistment office, to issue a possible deferment of conscription and join in the 4th mobilization group.
It should be mentioned that according to a poll conducted by the IT Ukraine Association, since the first days of the war, almost 2% of IT professionals with military experience have joined the Armed Forces. In some small companies with a staff of up to 200 people, 20% of specialists joined the Army. 5% of industry specialists are involved in cyber forces that work in the field of state cybersecurity and support the critical infrastructure facilities. Ukraine's economic front is now defended by more than 85% of IT professionals.
To get Є - Support!, you just need to fill out an application on the Association's website and the Association’s employee will contact you to further communicate the necessary counseling and assistance.