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Brexit Skills Fears Driving Software Development Overseas

A sweeping majority of CIOs are planning to move some of their software development overseas amid concerns about a loss of developer talent after Brexit, according to a survey by software and services company Pivotal released today.

The study reveals 66 percent of IT decision-makers believe the UK is in danger of losing vital software developer talent following the EU departure, with 59 percent of CIOs predicting lack of access to talent will hinder their organisation’s success.

James Governor, from software sector analysts RedMonk said: “Brexit will be the biggest systemic shock to British business in more than 70 years. The scale of change will require an unprecedented investment in IT, with in-house application development becoming more important than ever to deal with complexity.”

Brexit Skills Fears: 93% Say Software Development Vital in Responding to European Exit 

With the CBI cutting the forecast for UK economic growth, partly over concerns surrounding Brexit’s impact, Pivotal’s study shows UK businesses believe they’ll be left fighting for personnel to help optimise operations.

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The majority of CIOs surveyed have plans to move a portion of software development overseas, potentially taking work away from skilled workers remaining in the UK and giving it to rival thriving tech hubs in Europe. Over three quarters of CIOs plan to have staff outside the UK assist in the development and deployment of software post-Brexit.

brexit skills“With software innovation considered such a key ingredient to prosperity post-Brexit, the notion that operations will be moved overseas is concerning,” said Robbie Clutton, Senior Director at Pivotal Labs.

He added: “Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, companies can choose to either shape themselves or be shaped by the circumstances. Organisations can pick the route of innovation over submitting to the status quo, but it requires technology, culture and the right people working together in ways that foster agility and create business value.”

Acknowledging the importance of software development capabilities today, 93% of CIOs and 84% of IT decision makers cite their ability to develop software as essential for equipping their organisation to respond to Brexit. Recognising continuous innovation is necessary to succeed in business, 44% of CIOs stated they’ve invested more in software since the vote to leave to help optimise operations and innovate.


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