Tech companies widely use UK Tier 2 visa to hire non-EU workers, as revealed by the latest report for the Tech sector in the UK. The composition of the 1.7 million strong digital labor force in the UK has been analyzed by this in-depth study.
The study has revealed that majority of international workers in the UK Tech sector are non-EU nationals. These have been hired by the employers via the UK Tier 2 visa. For this, they possess the sponsorship licenses for the Tier 2 visas, as quoted by the Work permit.
Tech industry of the UK is concerned over skills shortage owing to Brexit. The access to EU workers will be restricted once the UK quits the EU. More than half of the 13% workers in the Tech sector are likely to be employed via the UK Tier 2 visa. This has been revealed by the research conducted by Nesta and Tech City UK.
The percentage of overseas workers in the London who are outside the EU accounts for 20% of UK’s digital sector workers. On the other hand, overseas staff from the EU constitutes 11% of the skilled labor.
The study of the Tech City UK claimed that overseas workers outside the EU are sponsored by UK employers through Tier 2 visa. These are more likely to be having a high level of education. It elaborates that 17.6% of overseas workers outside the EU possessed Masters or Doctoral degree. On the other hand, only 12.5% of the workers from within the EU possessed these qualifications.
The recruitment of EU citizens for Tech job has increased at a higher rate between 2010 and 2015 when assessed with workers outside the EU.
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