03 June 2008

UK 'needs more skilled IT workers' for sector to succeed

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The UK has been warned it needs to attract more skilled IT immigrants to the country if the sector is to succeed. A report from the Work Foundation has said politicians and policy makers should do more to increase UK immigration in the technology sectors.

If the British IT industry wants to remain globally competitive, it needs to attract more foreign highly skilled workers, Work Foundation warned. Katerina Rudiger, the author of the report, said, "Global firms need more global people — not just to fill shortages, but for the sake of enabling firms to innovate. The UK needs to be seen, along with the US, Canada and Australia, as being among the most open and attractive places for highly skilled people to want to move."

Ms Rudiger added that while the new points-based UK immigration system will help, it will not be enough on its own. She said UK visa holders will want to be reassured of well-paid salaries, the opportunity to work in diverse, exciting cities and a wide variety of career choices. According to Migrationwatch, figures from the British Government showed 2.3 million people chose to move to the UK in the past 16 years.

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