TechUK has released a new report, urging UK politicians to recognise the critical significance of international talent in driving success for a Global Britain.
The ‘Global Tech Talent Powering Global Britain’ report found that the UK’s digital sectors account for 16 percent of Gross Value Added (GVA), 24 percent of total UK exports and three million jobs. From the three million, 18 percent are foreign-born of which one third is from the EU.
UK’s tech sector is believed to face what TechUK refers to as a ‘triple hit’, based on its ability to recruit and retain talent. This is because the UK’s domestic digital skills pipeline still struggles to meet the growing demand.
There is also significant uncertainty on access to EU talent, and following Brexit new restrictions to hiring non-EEA workers could further hinder the industry from April 2017.
The report also urges the UK Government to commit to avoiding a “Tech Talent Cliff-edge,” to ensure that European talent already in the UK stays in the UK.
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