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Parimatch Tech backs employment project for Ukrainian refugees

| By Robert Fletcher
Parimatch Tech has announced its support for a new initiative aimed at helping Ukrainian refugees find work following their displacement as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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“Give a job for UA”, also backed by Global Compact Network Ukraine, together with Local Network Poland and Happy Monday, aims to unite businesses in the search for vacancies for Ukrainians worldwide, matching refugees with relevant jobs.

The project will also urge the maximum number of companies to create opportunities for Ukrainians as they settle into life in their new surroundings. 

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over four million Ukrainians have left the country, losing their homes, jobs and sources of income, while 79% of Ukrainian businesses were forced to halt or almost entirely stop operating. 

Global Compact Network Ukraine said that even after the invasion ends, Ukrainians will not be able to immediately return home due to landmines, destroyed infrastructure and other factors that will take time to resolve.

As part of the new initiative, global job search site Jooble and Ukrainian career platform Happy Monday created website sections for vacancies from European companies and participants of the Global Compact Network. 

Jooble has also launched a Telegram channel for Ukrainians with daily job offers sorted by the country. 

The scheme will also include collecting general information for background questionnaires for job searches, listing local job search portals and language learning resources, evaluating local regulatory requirements and recruitment nuances and negotiating with companies on the allocation of jobs for Ukrainians as a part of corporate social responsibility programmes.

“Russian military aggression forced millions of Ukrainians to leave their homeland,” Global Compact Network Ukraine chief executive Tatiana Saharuk said. “They lived through horrible things and lost their homes and jobs. Some of them left their families. 

“Every day they worry and fear for their relatives who remained in Ukraine. And yet, Ukrainians want to work and bring their knowledge and skills to benefit those companies that will lend them a helping hand. Global Compact Network Ukraine encourages businesses worldwide: Give a job for UA, give them a chance for a decent future.”

Parimatch chief sustainability officer Maryna Grytsenko added: “The Ukrainian economy is struggling and we are trying to sustain it in all possible ways for the future of the country. Support of the project allows us to help our compatriots to survive and send funds to those who remain in Ukraine. 

“Also, the project is an opportunity to help Ukrainians who are wholly focused on volunteering but ready to work for European or American companies remotely.”

Based in Ukraine, Parimatch has announced a series of schemes in recent weeks to support the country and people impacted by the invasion.

Last week, Parimatch partnered WeHelpUkrainians, a platform that provides Ukrainians with aid resources as part of the Ukraine Hospitals Appeal, with the aim of raising €1m (£834,999/$1.1m).

At the start of March, Parimatch removed its brand from Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. Parimatch had been operating in Russia through the Betring LLC.

At the time of the withdrawal Parimatch announced that it had set aside UAH30m to provide vital resources for those fighting for Ukraine. Parimatch later announced that it had doubled this to UAH60m.

Last month, the operator also ended its partnership with Russia-based esports team Spirit.

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