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article imageFewer tech workers see the U.K. as top choice for relocation

By Ken Hanly     Aug 11, 2017 in Technology
A new report shows that many international tech workers no longer see the U.K. as a top choice. Only six percent of those surveyed listed the U.K. as a top choice for relocation due to concerns over Brexit the report claims.
A new report by international recruiter Hired indicates that anti-immigration governments are causing anxiety throughout the tech sector.
While governments in the U.K. and the U.S. want curbs on immigration, a large majority in the tech industry have positive views about immigration. According to the Hired report, many in the U.K. tech industry see immigration as an economic driver: 84 percent in the U.K. said that immigration helps innovation.
In America, the lackluster immigration is beginning to affect tech companies. U.S. employers are already struggling to recruit staff as fewer candidates are applying. The number of U.S.-based companies requesting interviews with foreign workers outside the U.S. has declined 47 percent in the first quarter, and 37 percent in the second quarter, compared to 2016.
Canada was named by respondents to the Hired report as the top choice for relocation outside the U.S. The most favorable EU destination was Germany, which was preferred over France or the Netherlands. However, globally workers are tempted to relocate to China as it offers advantages to other countries and is spending large sums to become the leader in AI as discussed in a recent Digital Journal article.
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