UK Digital Entrepreneurs Say Skilled Expats Needed

By Fiona Moore, for 10 November, 2015

Over 230 UK-based digital entrepreneurs have expressed concern about plans from the UK Government that they say will restrict the entry of skilled expat workers to the UK.

The Coalition For A Digital Economy (COADEC), a not-for-profit organization, wrote an open letter to the UK Government. Over 230 startup founders and investors signed the letter, which calls for a rethink of Government proposals to further restrict visas for skilled workers.

The signatories are concerned about proposals from the UK Migration Advisory Committee, which they say would further restrict prospective applicants' access to the Tier 2 system of skilled work visas.

The letter states that the UK has the largest and fastest growing digital economy in the G20, worth over 10 percent of GDP, but that staffing is problematic and is hindering growth. It says: "The UK has become a global tech hub thanks in large part to startup founders, investors, and employees from across the globe. We are very concerned that changes to immigration policy will make it more difficult to attract and recruit the talent high-growth companies need to compete and succeed in a global marketplace."

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