Three-quarters of UK’s tech workers willing to move overseas for their career

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 compares with 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.

Topping the list of attributes that attracts employees in the tech sector is a healthy work-life balance, followed by good relationships with their peers.

Pay is only ranked in fifth place in the order of importance, according to UK tech workers who responded to the survey.

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 2.5 times 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.

Julian Cox, Head of Employment at iLaw, said: “Employers and HR professionals across the UK will already be aware of the challenge of attracting and keeping talented employees, particularly in the tech sector.

“It is interesting to note that remuneration packages, whilst important, are not the primary consideration, with ‘work-life balance’ yet again being cited as a key aspect when considering a job offer.

“The right to request flexible working is now enshrined in law and many companies now proactively provide this – along with home working – as an option to their employees, whilst successfully balancing the needs and objectives of the business.

“Having in place a clear policy on flexible working arrangements, set out in your employee handbook, not only provides clarity for employees but can help with both recruitment and retention levels.

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