Last year saw a a 28% drop in applications from the EU, which was matched by a 30% drop in offers to EU candidates. This has led to record numbers of work permits being issued to IT workers from outside the EU. This is the fifth year in a row that these have increased.
Uncertainty surrounding the Brexit is being cited as pushing UK employers to look further afield for IT talent, combined with insufficient home grown talent to meet industry needs.
It is estimated that in excess of 36,000 technological roles were filled last year by non-EU techies, a number which is set to increase if the Brexit does indeed restrict access to EU personnel as predicted.
Positions highest in demand include business analysts, system designers, web designers and development specialists.
Experts are predicting that unless something is done to nurture home grown skills and increase computer science graduates and ICT apprenticeships the UK will become more reliant on Non-EU IT professionals and risks falling behind the EU in regards to IT advancement.