It is already hard enough for the UK's most exciting digital businesses to find enough skilled talent to keep pace with their rapid growth. We all know that the sector has exploded and that it will continue to represent the lion's share of our growth over the coming years.
Even before Brexit business leaders have faced a rapidly increasing skills shortage but I worry that this will be exacerbated following the triggering of Article 50.
Governments subsidise raw materials and negotiate trade treaties when industries are threatened by lack of access to raw materials, it might be time for policymakers to start planning on how to sustain our tech sector's growth by making it easier to hire the right talent whether that is homegrown or not.
Just a thought...
Shortly after the result of June’s referendum result, Tech City UK conducted a poll of 1,200 UK digital start-ups. Some 45 per cent of digital businesses we surveyed drew more than 30 per cent of their staff from outside the UK. In 30 per cent of businesses, over half of employees hold an EU passport. In 42 per cent of digital businesses headquartered in the UK, British citizens are in the minority - although this does change as companies grow and require fewer specialist tech staff.