This month on TechdeckTalks we are talking to Roman Tyden, a Ukrainian IT professional living and working in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Roman has been working in the IT industry for nearly 20 years. He began his career as a Systems Administrator after studying at KROK University and IT Step Academy in Kyiv. Since then, he has gone on to work as a remote support engineer; Virtulisation engineer, Freelance Field Support Engineer and more recently, as a Site Infrastructure Manager.

Read more below and find out Roman’s first-hand experiences of working in IT during the ongoing war and how the invasion is impacting the industry as a whole

Many IT Professionals are now defending the Country

The Ukraine has always had a reputation for being a prominent force in the IT industry, we have a lot of talent here, with our major tech hubs being in Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro and Odesa. The country’s strong tech background is recognised around the world. Recently, whilst volunteering in Bucha and Gostomel, two small towns near Kyiv totally destroyed by the Russian offensive, an Australian IT colleague commented, “…eight of ten Ukrainians must be from an IT background.”

At the end of 2021, a survey revealed that around 285,000 people worked in IT and by June 2022, this had dropped by 60,000. The war restricts all men aged 18-60 from leaving the country. Many IT professionals have now been enlisted to the territorial defence and the armed forces or they have relocated abroad.

Companies are relocating their IT workforce to other countries

For tech companies, people are their greatest asset, so it is no wonder that they are encouraging workers to relocate abroad. Around 50,000 – 57,000 IT professionals are known to have moved to work abroad since February 2022. However, a vast majority of people, like myself want to stay here in the Ukraine, no matter what.

The war has bought uncertainty around housing and jobs, so understandably many younger families are looking to relocate abroad for more stability but ultimately, we want to remain in our own country.

Ukrainian refugees, including those with a wealth of IT experience are actively seeking employment, even if it is temporary, and not just waiting for help from the authorities in the host countries where they have been granted refuge.

Business activities are almost fully resumed

It isn’t all negative though, according to the recent IT Research Resilience survey, 85% of companies have reported that, as of May 2022 they have managed to resume their business activities fully or almost completely. 63% noted a positive financial result, with 13% stating an increase in income by 25-50%.

There is no doubt that when Ukraine wins, and in the years to follow, the country will be very attractive to entrepreneurs and investors, especially with our wealth of IT experience and strengths in the industry.

From a Personal Perspective

The conflict continues to have a huge impact on my career and personal life. My family are currently living in Poland, and I’ve remained here in the Ukraine to work and support them the best I can. The company I work for have relocated many of the workforce but only the women, so most of the local offices here are all empty.

The separation from my family is by far the hardest thing to deal with – I haven’t seen my one-year-old daughter for 6 months.

For further information on the impact of the war on the IT industry in Ukraine, please visit: https://itcluster.lviv.ua/projects/it-research/

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