Ukraine tech firms ready for new UK contracts

By Ben Carey on 27 April, 2022

Swindon-based BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, along with the IT Ukraine Association, are urging businesses to consider Ukrainian companies when tendering for tech contracts.

According to the two organisations, Ukraine’s tech sector is back to 90 per cent efficiency, ready for new business and prepared to fill the gap now that many UK companies no longer work with Russian consultancies.

IT Ukraine, a trade association with 75,000 members, has conducted research showing Ukraine’s tech industry is meeting the vast majority of commitments to clients.

To support the drive, BCS has offered free IT specialist membership to all Ukrainians. This includes use of office space at its London office, networking opportunities and advice from its current members.

Konstantin Vasyuk, Executive Director of IT Ukraine Association, said, “We are not asking for donations or charity; just for more trust in our business and in our ability to operate in the current situation. You see these awful pictures of destroyed buildings, but we have managed to save our business and our tech industry. Now this business is going strong, we want to tell the world and share this information.

“We were supposed to have been met by the second strongest army in the world. Our people and soldiers on the front know Russia is not the second strongest army in the world anymore; and it is the same regarding cyber security. The claim that Russia’s cyber army is one of the world’s strongest is another myth which we have disproved again and again.

“The expertise and experience of cyber professionals in Ukraine is world class as is our work in other areas, such as AI, which we have been building for years and it works super efficiently now.”

Ukraine’s well-developed infrastructure and fibre-optic network have all helped the stability of internet connectivity, and this has been supported by 5,000 of Elon Musk’s Starlink devices.

Konstantin added, “There is a huge deficit of IT talent in world markets and we just proved that even in these conditions, we can work. We are a human centric industry; there are 5000 IT companies in Ukraine and our IT business in general is very socially responsible and very flexible in its ability to find solutions.

“The most important support that companies outside Ukraine can give us is continuing with the contracts they have with us, continuing to work in partnership.”

Rob Deri, Chief Executive at BCS, said, “Having spoken directly to our counterparts in the Ukraine, the message they asked us to pass on to all our members, their businesses and contacts is clear: Ukraine is open for business and what the country needs is investment. Continuing to work with them on IT projects, as well as offering them new contracts, will help them rebuild their economy and ultimately people’s lives, which have been so negatively affected by the war.

“BCS is about making IT good for society and our members will do all they can to support these aims. The Institute is also offering practical help by opening our networks, expertise, and facilities to all technologists from Ukraine.”