UK Welcomes Tech and Language Specialists
Britain’s open for business; or, at least, that’s what Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping to make clear with a new round of immigration changes designed to encourage highly skilled migrants to come and work in the UK. Now that the recruitment process crosses continents and countless counties, it’s vital for governments around the world to offer immigration routes which are appealing to the best candidates.
Tech-savvy types are the first to benefit under the terms of this new scheme, as the UK looks to solidify its position as a leading light in the technology sector. People who want to move to Britain to work in this sector will not need to be sponsored by an employer; rather Tech CityUK is able to sponsor the right candidates instead.
Tech City UK is the UK’s up-and-coming answer to California’s Silicon Valley; nestled in London’s East End, it may not pack quite the same punch as its American counterpart, but it’s still drawing huge numbers of international technology professionals. It’s
Likewise, linguists proficient in languages rare to Britain will also be welcomed, in order to improve the UK’s already poor reputation for foreign languages. The flagship Mandarin language course is just one small part of Britain’s continued courtship with China. And, what’s best about this route into the UK is that applicants are sponsored by the UK Government
Flexibility is another area where companies wanted to see improvement: they want the best employees to have all the flexibility they need in terms of immigration and this is something that the government have addressed. Instead of employees having to worry about obtaining, extending and sorting out their visas, they are now free to concentrate on their contribution to the British economy. The terms of these visas have been improved, too, with an extra two years’ stay on offer- taking the total from three to five.
Whether or not the scheme will attract as many highly skilled workers as the Government wants remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. If the UK wants to keep its place at the top of the global recruitment tree, more schemes like this will be needed to encourage the migration that the country needs.