Brexit will worsen the UK’s digital skills gap as an exit from the EU reduces British access to outside tech talent. Close to half of respondents to a survey conducted by IT training outfit Sparta Global believe Brexit has already keep skilled workers from heading to the UK.
The research across a number of segments, among them technology, media, retail and finance, finds that organisations are suffering skills gaps at all levels – at graduate grade (38%), mid-grade (55%) and management level (39%).
“As we move towards leaving the EU, and possible restrictions on overseas talent, it is crucial to address the way UK tech talent is cultivated in Britain,” says David Rai, Sparta CEO. “To enable the UK’s digital economy to flourish and drive its own recovery, government, businesses and educators need to work together to close the skills gap. Our survey highlights the need to take action in the way that we nurture UK technology talent and promote the industry as an exciting and fruitful career path for graduates.”