Jobbatical has published new research examining the factors driving mobility decisions in global talent, as well as perceptions of global tech and innovation hubs. The research, completed in partnership between University of Cambridge and the think tank Launchfield, aimed to identify factors driving mobility decisions in global talent, determine the defining factors of tech and innovation hubs around the world and map perceptions of global tech locations held by tech professionals and startup founders.
Jobbatical’s Global Talent Mobility research arrives as the UK tech sector goes from strength to strength, with research from London & Partners revealing that British tech firms have received £5 billion worth of VC funding since June 2016 - more than France (£1.55 billion), Germany (£2.15 billion) and Sweden (£644 million) combined.
Findings from Jobbatical’s Global Talent Mobility research include:
London identified as the most attractive city for start-up founders
Europe leads North America and Asia as a popular destination for tech workers
Contrary to popular perceptions, Silicon Valley is behind other destinations as an attractive location for entrepreneurs
Jobbatical founder and CEO Karoli Hindriks commented: “A welcoming and diverse culture is helping Europe to become a major crossroads for global tech. From Lisbon to London, there has never been a stronger, more developed group of tech and innovation hubs within the continent. There is more work to be done to meet the needs of European tech, but the destinations identified in our research are getting a leg up on attracting global talent thanks to a culture of openness and innovation.”
Jobbatical’s Global Talent Mobility research also ranked concerns for technology entrepreneurs and startup founders faced when looking to move to a different country. Ease of doing business, entrepreneurial spirit and availability of global networks were the top three criteria for making a city a good place to start companies. Earlier this year, Jobbatical announced it was working with the Estonian Ministry of the Interior to design the world’s first Digital Nomad Visa, which will help streamline the process for global talent to work in the country.
Hindriks believes that the growth of Europe’s tech sector is based first and foremost on access to talent. “There is little in place by way of policy to support modern ways of working,” she says. “In order for Europe, including the UK, to continue to develop its tech industry, issues around access must be solved. A review of the visa process, in particular, is a crucial first step, with ideas like Estonia’s Digital Nomad Visa a welcome step in the right direction for the way governments can support tech companies and tech workers.”