Theresa May doubles visa numbers for tech workers

Theresa May doubles visa numbers for tech workers

"Technology is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy, and we will continue to invest in the best new innovations and ideas, in the brightest and best talent, and in revolutionary digital infrastructure", she said.

The home secretary Amber Rudd will meet with the industry for input on making the visa process more efficient. £20 million is being invested in a fund for public services to take advantage of AI and a further £20 million is going to a training programme for 14-18-year-olds about how to tackle cyber threats. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is also launching a £2 million pilot voucher scheme in Aberdeenshire; Bristol/Bath and North East Somerset; Coventry and Warwickshire; and West Yorkshire - to pay for full-fibre gigabit broadband connections in those areas.

The announcements were strategically made in the days leading up to the Budget, which is set to be announced on 22nd November.

"This new funding is an important part of our plans to make the United Kingdom the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business, with the benefits spread right across the country", Matt Hancock, digital minister, said.

Just a week before the annual Budget is to be announced, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond have announced plans of doubling the number of "exceptional talent" visas for high-skilled workers entering the United Kingdom to 2,000 in a major boost to British start-ups fearing a post-Brexit skills shortage.

"Working with us, they can provide technological fixes to public sector problems, boost productivity, and get the nation working smarter as we create an economy fit for the future", he concluded.

"Tech City UK has been an excellent advocate for the tech sector, understanding the needs of startups and scaling businesses and representing this coherently to government", Samir Desai, co-founder of Funding Circle, said.

'Our digital tech sector is one of the UK's fastest-growing industries and is supporting talent, boosting productivity, and creating hundreds of thousands of good, high-skilled jobs up and down the country, ' claimed May during a speech announcing a programme of initiatives designed to boost said sector. On 22 March 2018, the event will come to the United States for the first time, taking place in one of the world's most prominent business cities: NY.