70% of tech workers thinking of leaving UK after Brexit

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has many UK tech workers considering a move abroad

Research by recruitment firm, Hired, has revealed that nearly three quarters of technology workers have considered moving to other European cities since its decision to leave the European Union (EU).

The number of British companies offering technology roles to candidates outside of the country has already dropped 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.

Hired CEO Mehul Patel 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.”

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.

Innovation is also thought to be affected, with 75% of technology workers expecting Brexit to have a negative effect on technology innovation in the UK.

Although various start-up hubs have been setup across the UK, 41% of tech workers said they would be less likely to start their own UK business after Brexit, and 85% of tech workers said restricting the movement of EU workers would have a negative effect on innovation for businesses.

Patel continued:
“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”.

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