Over 20 IT companies from Ukraine have opened representative offices in Poland due to the war
Since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, at least 20 Ukrainian IT companies have registered representative offices in Poland.
This information was reported by DOU.eu.
According to the portal, the companies that have relocated their offices employ almost 870 people in Poland and 15,000 worldwide. Among them are two companies with global reach employing over 1,000 employees each — Plarium and Valtech.
The mentioned companies include Forte Group, Creatio, Dev.Pro, MobiDev, NeoGames, Brightgrove, Yalantis, Itera, Techstack, AMC Bridge, Beetroot, Apriorit, Erbis, Mate academy, Axon, Viseven, Vakoms, MEV, and Master of Code Global. The companies that entered the Polish market before February 24, 2022, are not mentioned.
Plarium has the highest number of employees in Poland, currently employing 223 people, and the company has 23 job openings. Forte Group ranks second with 114 employees in Poland and 14 job openings. Creatio closes the top three with 85 employees and 25 job openings. The company with the fewest employees in Poland is Master of Code Global, with only two specialists among a total of 250 worldwide.
After the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, having offices abroad became a guarantee for obtaining new contracts from clients for whom having R&D presence in a war-affected country is a risk factor. Therefore, 2022 was marked by the opening of a large number of IT hubs by Ukrainian companies in Europe. Poland became the most popular location for understandable reasons, as it is home to the largest number of Ukrainian refugees.
Additionally, considering the significant number of Ukrainians in Europe (particularly in Poland), other Ukrainian businesses, such as the logistics company Nova Poshta and the online store and marketplace Rozetka, have also started entering the European market.
In January 2023, the Polish Economic Institute conducted a study which found that 45% of the new companies that appeared in Poland since the start of the full-scale war were opened by Ukrainians. According to the institute's experts, there are 24,100 companies with Ukrainian capital in Poland, accounting for 25% of all foreign companies. Most of these are trading companies (22%), construction companies (19%), and transport and warehousing companies (14%). Moreover, 66% of the respondents stated that their activities in Poland would continue independently of the situation in Ukraine.