While London is ranked as the most attractive city in the world for its global tech industry, a new study has found that three out of four UK tech workers (75%) are willing to quit for overseas jobs.
Digital experts are among the most in-demand workers but due to the transferable nature of tech skills, they are also the ones to relocate the most, compared to only 61% of non-tech workers who were willing to move overseas.
The results come as part of a new study called Decoding Digital Talent, which is part of the ongoing Decoding Global Talent series from Boston Consulting Group, Totaljobs and the Network. 27,000 people were polled in 180 countries with expert-level knowledge in programming, web development, mobile application development, artificial intelligence, and robotics & engineering.
UK tech talent’s inclination to move abroad for work is similar to that of digital experts based elsewhere, with two-thirds of the global tech workforce admitting they’re prepared to move. Reports suggest that while London may be favored for the tech industry, the UK on the whole is less attractive and requires to compete with other markets in order to recruit and retain the digital experts who are crucial to the country’s economic development.
Alexandra Sydney, Group Marketing Director at Totaljobs said: “This research has identified that tech workers across the world, particularly those in the UK, know what they’re looking for and aren’t afraid to move countries to find it. Any company keen to attract tech talent in the UK should look to create a workplace that encourages a positive and productive outlook; key demands for the UK workforce. By fostering a good work-life balance, alongside an open, friendly culture, employers can ensure that they retain skilled digital workers.”
Nick South, Partner & Managing Director at BCG added: “The digital workforce is highly skilled, highly mobile and in high demand. 75% of digital workers in the UK are willing to move abroad for work, which is more than other UK workers. Whilst it is good news that London remains the most attractive city in the world for tech workers globally, UK companies have to think very smartly about how we attract and retain the best UK and global digital talent.”