Making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business is contingent on our ability to skill, attract and retain the brightest global talent.
The Skills, Talent and Diversity programme seeks to ensure the UK has a world-leading tech workforce by breaking down the talent challenge into three broad questions.
- What are the skills needed to enable the UK’s existing workforce and pipeline of talent to become digital leaders?
- How do we ensure that for globally competitive roles, the UK is an attractive location for talent from across the world?
- Innovation thrives from diversity of thought, how do we attract and retain a diverse workforce into the sector?
The UK’s tech sector has thrived thanks to both our domestic workforce and our ability to access talent, tapping into the flexible EEA labour market and importing talent from further afield when needed. Access to talent is integral for the UK tech sector yet the existing Rest of World immigration system is failing, and the prospective future system brings EEA nationals under this creasing system. This will create more burdens for employers and increased fees relating to immigration.
Looking to 2019, it is important to note the future immigration system is not finalised; the Immigration Bill is progressing through Parliament in the first quarter of 2019 and the Immigration Rules are not due until the end of the year, providing much time for us to advocate for change.
The techUK Migration Group steers our position on immigration, the group is also convened when it is necessary to educate members on political and policy developments, for instance the EU Settlement Scheme.
techUK’s skills policy works centres around equipping UK talent with the resilience to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The skills needs of the modern economy require an overhaul of our existing education system, from early years through to lifelong learning. At techUK, we are seeking to engage with stakeholders across the skills landscape to ensure the UK’s education system is fit for purpose in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The techUK Skills and Diversity Council is an elected body of senior individuals who seek to promote this agenda across our member organisations and to the wider skills and diversity community.
A year on from the first mandatory gender pay gap reporting, techUK is seeking to continue to shine a light on gender pay and ensure companies have guidance on what to do in year two. Looking beyond gender, techUK is keen to expand our diversity project work and in 2019 is looking at how we better connect with the LGBTQ+ community and the neurodiverse.
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