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A large number of technology workers have considered leaving the UK since its decision to leave the European Union (EU), according to research.
Recruitment firm Hired found 70% of tech workers are thinking of moving to other European cities after Brexit. The net firms are casting to find technology workers has narrowed too, with the number of British companies offering technology roles to candidates outside of the country dropping by almost 30%.
The number of candidates from outside the UK who are willing to accept offers for UK tech roles has also decreased by nearly 20% since the 2016 EU referendum.
“Candidates and clients are behaving cautiously until they know what the path forward looks like and can plan accordingly,” said Hired CEO Mehul Patel. “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.”
When UK citizens voted to leave the European Union, the technology industry expressed concerns that it would become even more difficult to find skilled workers to fill empty roles due to the number of foreign workers in technology roles.
The UK is already suffering from a skills gap without taking Brexit into account, and Hired research found the available tech talent pool outside of the UK has already halved.
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Many IT professionals feel the sector has already been hindered by the Brexit decision, with 72% of tech workers claiming Brexit has made the industry uncertain and 71% worrying about the industry’s future.
The industry also believes innovation will be affected, with 75% of technology workers expecting Brexit to have a negative effect on technology innovation in the UK.
The UK government has already been criticised for its lack of support for startups, despite various hubs across the UK being dedicated to making sure it is a good place for technology and small business innovation.
But 41% of tech workers said they would be less likely to start their own business in the UK after Brexit, and 85% of tech workers said restricting the movement of EU workers would have a negative affect on innovation for businesses and the UK more widely.
“Fewer tech startups will likely result in Britain’s innovation economy being less competitive globally – particularly if, as our survey suggests, these talented and entrepreneurial people are leaving for what they perceive as greener pastures,” said Patel.