Just one-third of non-British workers accepted technology job offers in the UK in the third quarter this year, compared with 40% in the quarter before last year’s Brexit vote. And there’s also Techxit to consider here, as half of UK tech workers surveyed by Hired says they would consider moving to work in another country in light of Brexit – with the US and Europe the top relocation choices.
“We can see further evidence of this potential Techxit in the fact that 30% of tech employees say working for a company with a European network has become more important since the vote,” says Hired.
Plus Brexit seems to be having a major knock-on effect in terms of demand for tech talent, with 70% of UK tech workers saying they’ve seen a noticeable increase in contact from recruiters since the vote to leave the EU.
Hired points out that the government has taken some small steps already, including helping train 2 million people in digital skills, along with a commitment to doubling the number of highly skilled tech visas to 2,000.
“But this latter figure seems far too small in comparison to hundreds of thousands of foreign tech workers we rely on.”