Three-quarters of UK tech workers willing to leave the country for work

A new study has found that 75 per cent of UK tech workers could be tempted to move abroad if they were offered better opportunities.

The figure is in stark contrast to the 61 per cent of non-tech workers who said they who would be willing to head overseas, according to the survey conducted by Totaljobs.

The report said that London is ranked as one of the top locations globally for tech workers, however, the rest of the UK is far less attractive as a proposition for most workers.

To attract and retain talent, the UK’s tech sector should focus on a healthy work-life balance (1st), followed by good relationships with their peers (2nd) and with their managers (3rd), according to the research. Pay was only ranked in 5th place in the order of importance when choosing an employer for UK tech workers.

Alexandra Sydney, Group Marketing Director at Totaljobs said: “This research has identified that tech workers across the world, particularly those in the UK, know what they’re looking for and aren’t afraid to move countries to find it.

“The UK technology sector is growing 2.5x faster than the overall economy and is worth nearly £184 billion of the UK’s GDP. This means that there’s an onus on employers to increase employee attraction and retention to ensure the UK has enough tech talent to cope with demand.”

“Any company keen to attract tech talent in the UK should look to create a workplace that encourages a positive and productive outlook; key demands for the UK workforce. By fostering a good work-life balance, alongside an open, friendly culture, employers can ensure that they retain skilled digital workers.”

This study, Decoding Digital Talent, saw 27,000 people polled in 180 countries with expert-level knowledge in such skills as programming and web development, mobile application development, artificial intelligence, and robotics and engineering.