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Research Shows Significant Risk of Tech Talent Shortage Post-Brexit

This new research comes from the Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017, representing the views of more than 3,200 technology professionals from 84 countries.

Almost 4 in 10 tech immigrants to the UK are from Europe, equating to a tenth of the entire tech working population in the UK. Moreover, UK workers make up at least a fifth of the tech immigrant workforce of Ireland and Germany. It comes as no surprise that 73% of the tech industry say immigration is critical to their country's success.
This new research comes from the Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017, representing the views of more than 3,200 technology professionals from 84 countries.

For each country where there was a statistically significant sample size, the survey delved further into where tech migrants come from.
It revealed some interesting insights:
• Netherland's tech immigrants are overwhelmingly from Europe (70%).
• Australia's immigrant tech population mostly (and unsurprisingly, given its proximity) comes from Asia (62%).
• However, the UK - about as far away from Australia as you can get - represents 19% of tech immigrants in Australia, illustrating the strong cultural connection between the two countries.
• Singapore tops the chart for foreign tech people at 88%, followed by Hong Kong (75%) and Switzerland and Australia (both 66%)
Colin Morley, Recruitment Solutions Director at Harvey Nash comments, "If every one of the UK's tech migrants went back to their place of birth tomorrow, many tech departments across the U.K., Ireland and Europe would face a significant skills shortage. Tech talent is in high demand and businesses need to prepare now for a change in their resourcing strategy. In the UK, flexible, scalable measures will be key post-Brexit and we await further news in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23rd November to understand if the Government will follow through on its plans for IR35 for the public sector. This could set a precedent for the private sector and in an uncertain post-Brexit environment we need to be making it easier for UK businesses to take on skilled contract tech resource ... and not harder. We must remain competitive."

The full survey, including a downloadable CSV file of complete data, is available here: http://www.harveynash.com/techsurvey/full-report/
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