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Shortage of tech talent in the UK

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

The UK is heading towards a “catastrophic” digital skills shortage “disaster”, the think-tank The Learning & Work Institute has warned.

Fewer than half of British employers believe young people are leaving full-time UK education with sufficient advanced digital skills, while 76% of firms believe that a lack of staff with adequate digital skills will have a significant impact upon their profitability.

Against this backdrop, the UK Home Office is actively encouraging overseas tech-talent to consider living and working in the UK.

Shortage of tech talent in the UKThere are a variety of applicable UK visa categories for tech workers, including:

  • The Skilled Worker category – available to those individuals who have received an offer of full-time employment from a Home Office approved UK employer. A number of tech sector positions, such as ‘software developer’ and ‘systems designer’, are classed as ‘shortage occupation’ roles and such roles attract less onerous visa requirements.
  • The Start-Up/Innovator category – available to those individuals who have an innovative, viable and scalable concept for a new UK business which has been endorsed by a Home Office approved governing body.
  • The Global Talent category – available to those individuals who are an established or emerging talent in the digital technology field and have been endorsed by Tech Nation (the relevant Home Office approved governing body).

Gherson has extensive experience in helping overseas tech-talent to navigate the requirements and process of migrating to the UK. If you have any queries, or are interested in talking to us about your specific circumstances, please contact us to discuss your immigration matter, send us an e-mail, or alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.


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