Part 1: International Talent /

Share of employment

13% of the UK’s digital tech industries workforce are non-UK workers – making digital tech more international than the rest of the workforce

Although the majority of digital tech workers are UK nationals, we can see a growing number of international workers in the digital sector.

In the UK’s digital tech industries in 2015, workers from non-EU 1 nations account for a higher share of employment than EU workers (7 per cent vs 6 per cent) – EU numbers here and elsewhere exclude UK workers 2.

This is a higher share than they account for in the rest of the workforce where non-EU workers comprise 4 per cent of the workforce. The share of employment made up of EU nationals is the same for digital tech and non-digital tech industries at 6 per cent.

The digital tech sector is therefore more international than the rest of the workforce, with non-UK workers accounting for 3 per cent more of the digital-tech workforce.

Note: These shares are based on digital tech workers being defined as workers who had either a main or second job in the digital tech industries listed here.

Notes:

  1. We exclude non-EU EEA countries – the largest (by population) being Norway and Switzerland.
  2. Here and elsewhere, country is defined in terms of nationality rather than country of birth

Share of employment by nationality in non-digital 2015

Nationality Share of employment
Rest of EU 6%
UK 90%
Non-EU 4%

Share of employment by nationality in digital tech 2015

Nationality Share of employment
Rest of EU 6%
UK 87%
Non-EU 7%

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