Justin Hassall, Chief Operating Officer was joined by Lauren Ellis (Personnel and Professional Development Services team) at the House of Commons where passionate speakers from across the digital sector offered detailed insight into the report. This ranged from leading industry figures to political perspectives including; Louise Haigh MP, Shadow Minister for Culture and Digital Economy and Nigel Adams MP, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.
The report articulates the importance of global mobility on digital skills within the progressive tech sector. With the current UK digital skills gap, uncertainty around movement of EU talent following Brexit, and further restrictions on Non-EEA members, techUK have put forward practical and pragmatic recommendations urging government consideration.
Commenting on the report launch, Charlotte Holloway, Policy Director at techUK, commented:
“The UK’s tech success over the last decade has been built on access to global tech talent. UK tech must continue to be underpinned by talent that is attracted to and able to work in the UK. The Government has repeatedly voiced support for tech in its recent Industrial Strategy and Digital Strategy. Now that Article 50 has been triggered, it’s time to back up that approach with concrete details on how the sector will be able to access the talent it needs. The recommendations laid out today will be key in designing a thriving talent environment fit for Global Britain.”
Quote abridged from techUK article.