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Nearly Three-Quarters of UK Tech Workers Thinking of Leaving Post-Brexit

According the recent research by Hired, 70% of UK technology workers are considering a move to other European cities after Brexit. Brexit

It also found that British companies offering tech roles to candidates outside of the UK have dropped by almost 30%.

Candidates from Europe have also become more cautious about new job roles while the terms of Brexit and freedom of movement are under discussion. The number of applicants looking for UK-based IT roles has decreased by 20% since the referendum last June.

Mehul Patel, CEO of Hired, said:

"Candidates and clients are behaving cautiously until they know what the path forward looks like and can plan accordingly. As the UK looks to map out a more definitive plan to leave the EU and things like skilled worker visas come into sharper focus, it will give both sides a better understanding of the rules of engagement."

The technology industry has been very vocal about their concerns that due to Brexit it would become even more difficult to find talent to fill empty roles.

Even without Brexit, the UK is suffering from a skills gap, and the research from Hired showed that available tech talent from outside the UK has already halved.

72% of tech workers claim that Brexit has caused an uncertain future for the technology industry with fears that innovations will be affected (75% of tech workers believe that Brexit will have a negative impact on UK innovation.)

When it comes to UK startups, 41% of tech workers said that they would be less likely to set up their own business because of Brexit.

Patel continued:

"Fewer tech startups will likely result in Britain's innovation economy being less competitive globally - particularly if, as our survey suggest, these talented and entrepreneurial people are leaving for what they perceive as greener pastures."

Source: Computer Weekly


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