UK tech industry’s trade association, Deputy CEO, Anthony Walker, remarked: “MAC will play a critical role in determining the economic outlook of the UK, post-Brexit.”
He claims that Brexit is already ‘shaping the future of recruitment’, which will affect Britain’s ability to compete globally. If a decision is taken to restrict access to international talent, Britain’s economic future looks bleak, as talented and skilled immigrants contribute abundantly to Britain economic growth.
Walker stated that, “This study has been a long time coming, but could not be more important. Recent research already shows a 10% dip in the number of EU job applicants across the tech industry.”
MAC report won’t be made available until September 2018, just six months before the Brexit deadline. Critics argue that the report will be delivered ‘too late in the day’ to have any meaningful impact.
WALKER STATED, “ACCESSIBLE EU IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IS NEEDED, POST- BREXIT.”
The tech UK deputy CEO said that the industry’s ability to generate jobs for the future is linked to its accessibility to the brightest and best talent from across the EU and the world.
The tech sector in Britain is currently creating jobs faster than they can be filled, Walker claims. He said: “For every ten high skilled roles, the sector creates four more jobs elsewhere in the economy.” Overly focusing on immigrant numbers in Britain is of no help to the economy or the country’s tech sector.
As per Walker, the government’s manifesto undoubtedly views the digital economy as a ‘strategically important sector.’ He believes that the MAC’s analysis of UK immigration is an opportunity to prove that the government’s commitment to the UK tech sector. He wishes for a flexible UK immigration system, post-Brexit.
NEW IMMIGRATION SYSTEM BEFORE BREXIT
Institute for Government (IfG), warned that any new immigration system is unlikely to be ready prior to the UK’s formal exit from the EU. Consequently, the UK government will be left with little choice but to support the free movement of people for several years after Brexit.
Rutter has urged that the existing process for dealing with permanent residence applications from EU nationals is ‘not fit for purpose’. The government has also acknowledged the verdict. He wants it be streamlined as a matter of priority, and to mark the first step towards a new post-Brexit system.
Brexit Programme Director at the IfG, Jill Rutter, said: “The political urgency for an overhaul of immigration is significant, but so is the administrative challenge. The scale of the task, creating a new immigration system, is huge and it is critical that the government gets it right.”