There is still a high level of interest from jobseekers in the EU to work in the UK. Many may see their access to the UK curtailed by post-Brexit visa rules. However, according to a leading jobsite,
EU workers maintain high interest in lower-paid skilled roles.
Brexit uncertainty has so far barely dented the UK’s ability to attract high-skilled tech professionals from abroad, according to new analysis by the world’s largest job site.
One in 10 enquiries about currently available British tech jobs comes from jobseekers outside the UK, the figures reveal. Tech-related roles are especially popular among non-EU jobseekers, and three of the four most in-demand UK jobs among high-skilled global jobseekers are in technology.
The four tech roles in the 10 most popular jobs being sought by skilled non-EU workers, SAP consultant, iOS developer, Android developer and Java developer, pay an average salary of almost £52,000. For all four, India accounts for more candidates than any other country.
India’s emergence as an IT superpower has produced large numbers of highly-skilled tech professionals, on whom Britain’s booming, £184bn tech sector has become increasingly reliant.
The data reveals that a fifth of Indian jobseekers enquiring about UK jobs during the first nine months of 2018 were interested in tech jobs.
Meanwhile, jobseekers from the EU remain predominantly interested in skilled but lower paid roles in the UK, such as language teaching, international sales and translator jobs.
Under current UK work visa guidelines, the indication is that an annual salary of £30,000 or more is often required for non-EU citizens to secure approval to work in Britain. This may explain why highly-paid, high-skilled roles are the most popular among global jobseekers looking for work in the UK.
The government’s pledge to extend the same visa rules to EU citizens post-Brexit could mean many Europeans fall foul of the eligibility criteria.
Several of the most popular roles among EU citizens pay less than the £30,000 threshold. This raises the prospect of skilled Europeans deciding against working in a post-Brexit UK in favour of EU economies where they can work more easily, such as Ireland or Germany.
What the experts say: –
PawelAdrjan, economist at global job site Indeed, comments:
“Britain’s tech sector is a magnet for global talent. Its popularity among non-EU jobseekers could provide a valuable Brexit hedge, as the ability of non-Europeans to apply for work in Britain will be unaffected by the UK’s departure from the EU. That will provide some reassurance for Britain’s tech employers.”
“However, the government’s plan to level the playing field for EU and non-EU workers seeking to come the UK after Brexit may interrupt the supply of Europeans looking for skilled but lower-paid jobs”.
“A shortfall in European applicants for entry-level but specialist roles, especially language-based positions, is unlikely to be able to be filled by British applicants, with language learning in the UK continuing to decline.”
“While initially problematic, this may result in significant pay rises in these sectors to enable European workers to meet any future salary threshold and remain eligible for a working visa.”