Tech & Digital

DavidsonMorris acts as immigration legal advisers to a range of tech companies, from ambitious start-ups through to larger, more established digital organisations. 

The tech sector is reported to make up 6% of the UK economy. Yet recent parliamentary studies also show the UK tech sector is suffering a critical shortage in skilled digital workers.

In last year’s ‘Digital Skills for the Economy’ report, the Government acknowledges the shortage in ‘suitable digital skills’ for tech jobs among the UK-born working population. This is cited a being ‘a major risk to business growth, innovation and broader societal development’.

The Government is actively pursuing long-term measures to close the domestic skill gap, including introduction of the Apprenticeship levy to fund on-the-job training for young workers as they enter the job market.

In the short-term however, tech businesses still require talent – best talent within highly specialised areas – to be able to realise their commercial goals, such as competing on a global scale.

With a range of visa options potentially available to digital workers, and onerous immigration duties on employers, employing foreign workers can seem daunting – particularly for start-ups with little-to-no experience of moving talent to and from Britain.

To meet their recruitment needs, many tech companies are looking overseas. Acceleration initiatives such as Tech City UK and visa concessions in instances of exceptional talent are geared toward supporting tech companies in competing with established hubs such as Silicon Valley for skilled digital workers.

DavidsonMorris provides a complete managed immigration service to the tech sector.

We provide strategic global mobility consultancy, designed to direct your immigration activity to meet your talent needs while remaining compliant with your legal duties as an employer.

We also advise on entry and settlement routes and can advise on the most suitable visa option, through to handling visa applications and liaising with employees to guide them through the process.

We work with tech sector companies to ensure they remain compliant with their duties under UK immigration rules, and avoid civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance.

Our tech sector immigration services include advice on:

We also deliver a regular programme of legal updates and webinars covering HR compliance training, mobility trends and relevant topics regarding visa and immigration for tech companies.

Immigration services

managed immigration services
audit compliance
immigration training
ongoing support
right to work consulting
sponsor licence renewal

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