10,000 Russian and Ukrainian IT experts arrived in Serbia
Out of about 200,000 people who have come to Serbia from Russia and Ukraine since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, approximately 10,000 are experts in information technology, confirmed director of the Digital Serbia Initiative, Nebojsa Bjelotomic.
„Exceptional IT experts who are doing something we have not seen before have come,“ Bjelotomic said at the Forum „Europe is coming home, is this an opportunity for Serbia?“.
However, they are a segment of the IT service from the Russian market that has known customers, usually in the west, and they just physically relocated and continued to do their jobs, Bjelotomic explained.
So, he continued, on the other hand, „these IT experts have not influenced our labor market, in terms of the engagement of the workforce, and this investment is not visible.“ „They even brought their laptops,“ the director of „Digital Serbia“ noted.
„In this sense, apart from renting space, these people are not seen in any other way, but what is seen, however, is the entry of money for their salaries, which is not low, because, as I said, those who came are mostly seniors, people with serious knowledge and very good incomes.“
Therefore, the money that goes into their income is probably significant and it is spent here, Bjelotomic said, noting that, from his point of view, it is a positive thing.
Bjelotomic pointed out that Serbia’s IT industry currently employed 100,000 workers, half of whom were programmers, and between 7,000 and 8,000 people entered the sector every year.
The Digital Serbia Initiative is a non-governmental and non-profit organization with the aim of strategic development of a strong and globally competitive digital economy in Serbia.