London's Brexit tech risk
The UK digital tech sector employs a higher proportion of non-UK nationals than the rest of the economy as a whole. And non-EU workers account for a larger share of employment in the digital tech sector than EU workers, according to the International Talent report from Tech City and Nesta.
The research found non-EU workers comprise 20% of the London digital tech workforce while 11% are from the EU, and it’s likely that international workers are particularly important for the capital’s technology firms.
There is also evidence that some tech businesses in the UK start-up ecosystem have an even higher share of their workforce that is international, with a particular emphasis on workers from the EU. That means a hard Brexit could pose a serious threat to London's effervescent tech community.
“To ensure that the UK maintains its strong performance and global competitiveness into the future, employers will need to continue to be able to recruit talent from across the world,” the report says.
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