London ‘still a major draw for international tech workers’ despite Brexit


London continues to be a major draw for international tech workers, despite Brexit.

According to data compiled by LinkedIn and Stack Overflow for London & Partners – the Mayor of London’s promotional office – the UK’s capital city remains the top choice technology for workers looking to live and work outside their own country.

LinkedIn’s data also showed that London welcomed more European Union-based tech workers than any of its European counterparts last year.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “London is the tech capital of Europe and home to some of the best tech and creative minds from across the world. Global tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google continue to invest in London because of our city’s diverse international tech workforce, and our startup ecosystem is vibrant and innovative.

“That’s why it’s vital that London’s tech businesses continue to have unrestricted access to the best tech talent from Europe and the rest of the world. The best way to do this is for London and the UK to remain part of the Single Market and Customs Union, and I will continue to lobby the government on this in order to protect our status as a global tech hub, while also investing in homegrown talent to ensure that young Londoners share in the benefits of digital growth.”

Joshua Graff, head of LinkedIn UK, also commented on the findings.

“Since the Brexit result we’ve regularly analysed our data to help companies understand how it may impact their business as it relates to talent.

“It’s clear that within the technology sector, London remains an incredibly attractive place for people to further their careers, develop new skills and find employment.

“We continue to encourage businesses to speak-up about why it’s so important for companies to continue being able to seamlessly access skilled professionals from around the world. It’s this diversity that helps British businesses thrive,” Graff concluded.

A separate study conducted by Stack Overflow highlighted the fact that London is home to more software developers than any other European city – with over a quarter of a million workers based across the capital.

With this in mind, Natalia Radcliffe-Brine, regional director at Stack Overflow, added: “London remains a leading destination for global developer talent to build their careers. Our data shows that London’s developer community is by far the largest of any European city, offering a major attraction to global enterprises and the innovative startups pioneering cutting-edge technologies.”

Tech giants in London

Today’s findings come after Facebook said it would look to create an additional 800 jobs for its new London office this year.

Music streaming giant Spotify, which is rumoured to be going public, also said it would look to expand its R&D operation in the UK’s capital city. Amazon has also revealed plans to increase its R&D staff in London from 450 to 900 tech roles as it opened its new UK headquarters in East London.

Meanwhile, Google has already began work on its new London HQ, set to house up to 7,000 employees and Apple is due to open a new London headquarters in 2021 for its 1,400 London-based staff.