Brexit has certainly proved to be a problematic and somewhat uncertain time for the country, it is now expected that the Prime Minister will bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (as opposed to a motion on the Bill) in the first week of June. If the Bill fails to pass, Theresa May’s premiership will most likely come to an end. This does mean further worry for many industries but does effect the employment and recrutment sectors? There are in fact many positives coming into force as outlined below, so the future might not look so daunting.
Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State, delivered a speech at the launch of TechNation 2019 in which he praised the strength of the UK digital economy and highlighted how the UK is the number one destination for tech talent, employing five percent of all tech scaleup employees globally.
He also mentioned that the immigration policy needs to welcome the very best digital talent (particularly post Brexit) and cited the TechNation Visa and the Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur Visas as initiatives to help ensure this. Wright also emphasised the need to improve domestic skills training, and said that the Digital Skills Partnership, AI Sector Deal, and AI Masters have all been introduced by the Government to support digital skills training across the country.
The Secretary of State believes that building partnerships between business, civil society and government is the key to delivering inclusive growth. Examples of Government interventions include the Inclusive Economic Partnership, which run a Partnership Accelerator offering financial support for projects that aim to combat challenges by combining the knowledge and skills between social innovators, big business and civil society.
In further news, Lord Henley - the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, outlines the Government’s support package for the Artificial Intelligence sector, including £20m investment through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to support next generation services using AI.
It's also been agreed that additional budget will be used for work coaches to support people gain the skills they need to take full advantage of technological advancement.
Andrew Little, Client Services Director at Electus Recruitment comments:
"It's encouraging to know that the Technology & Digital sectors within in which we work remain strong and that there's future Government funding being provided. It's our ambition at Electus to make the Brexit transition as seamless as possible for our client and candidates involved."