International workers in digital tech industries are more likely to have advanced higher educational qualifications
Analysis shows that non-UK nationals have a high share of Master’s and PhD qualifications (Master’s degrees being much more common than PhDs). For non-EU workers 17.6 per cent have a Master’s degree or PhD, while for EU workers, 12.5 per cent have a Master’s degree of PhD.
Average share of digital-tech industry workforce by nationality (2011 – 2015) with Master’s degree or PhD.
|Nationality||Proportion of workforce with Master’s degree or PhD|
|Rest of EU||12.5%|
For non-EU workers 17.6 per cent have a Master’s or PhD qualification – this is consistent with the requirements of the UK migration policy system – under the Tier 2 skilled worker route, many non-EU workers in skilled jobs will be required to hold higher educational qualifications 1.
There is also evidence from analysis by LinkedIn of its platform data that migrants have higher levels of qualifications than domestic workers.
This work has found that 40% of professional migrants 1 into the UK in the past three years are from EU with 60% having a Masters or Doctoral degree in comparison to 34% of UK LinkedIn members.
It was also found that highly qualified professional migrants are 1.3 times more likely to work in the tech sector 2