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Global tech firms are lining up to hire Ukraine’s world-renowned coders


Female and male software developers are working at their computers in Kiev’s Luxoft Holding Inc. office on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

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There are many companies that want to hire Ukrainian coders, who were caught in Russia’s invasion.

Over 2,000,000 Ukrainian citizens were displaced over the past weeks. Many of them have high-demand technical skills.

With over 500 postings for jobs in tech, there have been dozens of companies. This website is called Remote Ukraine and was set up to aid businesses all around the world hiring Ukrainians. Most of the companies come from Europe, but there are some from Canada and the U.S.

Modular Automation in Ireland and Sportradar in Switzerland are just a few of the companies who have posted job ads. There is a range of roles from Web3 developer to senior 3D artist.

Martin Armstrong (UK-based Somerton), founder of a technology platform which aims to match athletes and coaches with coaches, said to CNBC that five offers have been made to engineers, writers, and salespeople. He can’t obtain visas.

Armstrong declared, “There are no processes if there is not a relationship here.” “(U.K. Priti Patel, Interior Minister of India says that she plans to change it. Here’s hoping.”

He has made an offer to another Ukrainian to move to Warsaw and work for him remotely.

Cutover Software, an enterprise software company based in London has established a subsidiary. separate “fast-track”Engineer role, specifically designed for Ukrainian engineers who have been displaced.

Oscar White (CEO of Beyonk), a venture-backed platform for travel tech, said to CNBC that he is looking out for potential job candidates from Ukraine.

He stated, “They’re supposed to be some the most talented developers in the entire world.”

Technology powerhouse

Software developers and engineers in Ukraine have created a surprising amount of technology that allows us to live our daily lives.

Ukrainians founded WhatsApp, Grammarly. Gitlab. Solana. Google and SamsungAll have national research and development centres.

Christian Reber (CEO of Pitch presentation app) told CNBC that three Pitch engineers are based in Ukraine. The company supports them as best it can.

He stated that Pitch had offered transportation and accommodation for affected employees as well as their families and granted them unrestricted time off, without any questions.

Pitch, like other companies has offered to pay salary up to 3 months ahead and helped set up foreign bank accounts.

Denys Zhadanov is a Ukrainian entrepreneur who told CNBC that there are 230 people in Ukraine.

“The majority of the people are now in Odessa,” he stated.

CleverFiles is a U.S.-based company which helps people to recover lost computer files. It employs more than 20 full-time employees from various cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Zaporizhzhia.

Alina Mulova (senior online marketing manager), said that employees are trying to locate safe places for their families at this moment. She spoke on Monday to CNBC. Some people were able to relocate to the western Ukraine while others couldn’t leave their homes and have to stay in shelters.

Mulova claimed that CleverFiles Ukrainian employees have been kept on payroll despite the fact that many are unable to work.

Citizens educated

Misha Karpenko is co-founder of Pitch and senior software engineer. She told CNBC that there are many factors which make Ukraine an attractive market for tech talent.

He stated that Ukraine has many big universities in technical fields and encourages students to go on higher education. Ukrainian society regards technical studies as more important than humanities.

He stated that “more broadly, the Soviet Union was a time when many Ukrainians experienced new freedoms and connectedness with the West, but also lived in poverty, so they couldn’t afford computers at home. It led to an increase in computer and software interest among teenagers and children who grew up between the 1990s and 2000s.

Kyiv is home to more than 10 universities. The country places a lot of emphasis on engineering, mathematics and science.

CNBC spoke with Josh Feldberg about his role as digital leader at the Barcelona-based climate change organization. He said that Ukrainians enjoy a “very positive reputation” in coding.

Feldberg stated that every Ukrainian coder he has worked with had received a formal education. He said, “They don’t just self-taught.”

Feldberg stated that “a lot” of these people studied computer science and added that they take time to understand Java, which is one of the most essential computing languages.

Feldberg shared his experiences with data scientists, front-end developers, and designers from Ukraine.

What obstacles to conquer?

The vast majority of Ukrainian tech workers are male, just like other countries. The government has made it clear that men between the ages of 18 and 60 aren’t allowed to leave Ukraine. They want them to fight for their country.

Many Ukrainian developers of software are now able to do so. still in the country and working under Russian bombing.

Tatyana Perebiynis was Monday’s guest. She was an accountant at Gismart mobile game and app publisher Gismart. reportedly killed in the city of IrpenShe was accompanied by her two children, and their pet dog, near Kyiv. Russian mortar fire decimated them.

Employers have moved some other Ukrainian tech workers into neighboring countries. Tango is an Israeli social media company that has assisted its 90 employees in research and development to relocate to Poland. It has recently opened a new office.

Localyze, a U.K.-based start-up has offered free relocation services for Ukrainian workers.

However, Ukrainian coders are not able to travel anywhere they want at will.

For example, Britain will only allow people to enter if there is immediate or extended family. A family member should have British citizenship, permanent residency, or indefinite leave to stay.

Reports indicate that many Ukrainians trying to find refuge in the U.K. face bureaucratic obstacles or are turned away entirely.

A government minister stated Wednesday that about 760 visas were granted through the Ukraine Family Scheme. Another added that more than 22,000 applications are still being processed.

U.K. Priti Patel, Interior Minister of the United Kingdom said ThursdayAccording to the Ukranian Embassy, the process of entering Britain is not yet streamlined. They also stated that Ukrainians no longer have to go to visa centres in order for them enter the U.K.