UK needs more immigrants to fill IT skills gap, says report


UK needs more immigrants to fill IT skills gap, says report

Antony Savvas

The UK must attract more highly skilled migrant workers to support the knowledge economy, says the Work Foundation.

In a report, the foundation says the UK will need to attract highly skilled workers from the European Union and outside it in order to secure the future of "high technology, knowledge-intensive industries".

The report says a combination of increasing demand for knowledge workers - especially in IT, science, healthcare and technology fields - skill shortages among employers, and an ageing population means that policy-makers must do more to ensure the UK remains an attractive place for highly skilled migrants to come to.

A climate of hostility towards immigration in general has the potential to harm the ability of firms to attract skilled, talented people from abroad, the report warns.

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