With the future of the UK’s relationship with Europe in a state of uncertainty, migration data has never been so key for the UK to renegotiate its relationship with Europe.
It is imperative that evidence on the international share of employment in fast growing and economically significant sectors like digital tech is published and brought to bear in the policymaking processes.
This report has shown that:
- Employment in the UK’s digital tech industries has grown since 2011 with both the number of UK and non-UK workers accounting for this increase. Over this period non-EU workers have accounted for a larger share of employment in the digital tech industries than EU-workers.
- Between 2011 and 2015, employment among EU nationals has grown faster than non-EU nationals rising from 4 per cent to 6 per cent, while non-EU national employment has remained stable at 7 per cent. The UK’s digital tech industries have a higher share of non-UK workers than the rest of the workforce as a whole (13 per cent vs 10 per cent).
- Non-EU workers in the digital-tech industries, were more likely to have Master’s or PhD qualifications than EU and UK nationals.
- In terms of digital tech sub-sectors, non-EU workers accounted for the highest workforce share in Computer Consultancy activities and Other IT and computer service activities at 9 per cent on average between 2011 and 2015.
- There is significant regional variation, with London and the South East containing higher levels of international workers (both EU and non-EU nationals) in terms of absolute numbers and as a percentage of the workforce than other UK regions. London accounts for a significant proportion of digital tech employment, as shown in Tech Nation 2016.
- 20 per cent of the London digital tech workforce is comprised of non-EU workers and 11 per cent from the EU. This compares to, for example, 5 per cent EU, 4 per cent non-EU in the East of England and 2 per cent EU, 3 per cent non-EU in the West Midlands – implying that international workers are particularly important for the capital’s digital tech industries.