The results of a survey by ‘Hired’ website have highlighted the fears in the UK tech industry that the recent Brexit vote could mean that the UK will not be able to attract in tech talent from other European countries and could face a significant skills gap.
The Report Findings
The report, which looked at the state of the UK’s talent and skills base and how it aligns with the needs of companies highlighted 4 key findings:
- The UK faces a skills gap in areas of data, security, Python, Ruby, UI and UX, and investment in up-skilling in these areas is therefore necessary.
- Brexit could mean that the UK’s position as digital powerhouse is threatened because it means that we are unable to attract high-skilled workers from across the globe to supplement the home grown talent. The result could therefore be general tech skills gap.
- Lower average salaries for London tech jobs compared to e.g. San Francisco and New York could lead to a brain drain.
- The number of UK students graduating with computer science degrees is falling which could make the formal skills gap even worse.