Over the first 6 months of 2019, the Hi-Tech Park’s resident companies hired 524 foreign talents, as reported by the ONT TV channel.
New data shared by the Ministry of Internal Affairs shows that Russia was the biggest supplier of foreign tech staff (65%) to Belarus. However, the HTP also opened its doors to IT pros from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the US and Germany.
Currently, the Belarusian tech industry employs roughly 70,000 specialists. Tech companies accounted for half of the country’s GDP growth over the first 8 months of the year.
In the first half of 2019, the export of software, goods and services produced by the companies based at the HTP increased by 46% to $901.6M.
Belarusian tech entrepreneur Viktor Prokopenya predicts that the total IT export value in 2019 will breach the $2B mark.
The Belarusian tech industry in figures
- In 2018, the the largest proportion of all new jobs in the country (14.5%) were created in the tech sector.
- IT generates $350 million in direct and indirect taxes, or 3% of the Belarusian budget.
- The ICT sector amounts to 5,5% of the country’s GDP, which is close to the 6,4% contributed by agriculture and forestry. The construction and transport industries account for 5,4% and 5,8% of the GDP, respectively. By 2022, the percentage of GDP contributed by the tech sector is set to reach 10%.