Nov 19, 2020

UK technology talent visa applications rise 48% in last year

UK
Tech
Talent
Visa
William Smith
2 min
A new report from Tech Nation has revealed an increase in demand for the UK’s Global Talent Visa, of which it is an endorser
A new report from Tech Nation has revealed an increase in demand for the UK’s Global Talent Visa, of which it is an endorser...

A new report from Tech Nation has revealed an increase in demand for the UK’s Global Talent Visa, of which it is an endorser.

The visa allows international technology talent to come to the UK and work in areas such as artificial intelligence, fintech, gaming and cyber security, with two pathways for individuals with “Exceptional Talent” and “Exceptional Promise”. Valid for up to five years, it allows for application for extension or permanent settlement after the initial period. 

In a press release, Stephen Kelly, Chair of Tech Nation, said: “The UK is a global talent magnet for Tech founders. The UK provides rich opportunities for entrepreneurs to set up, flourish and scale a business. The Global Talent Visa is crucial to making this process easy and accessible. Tech Nation’s Visa Report shows that, despite the pandemic, international interest to work in the UK tech sector has never been higher. Attracting tomorrow’s tech leaders to the UK is crucial to the continued growth of the sector, the UK’s place in the world, and driving the nation through recovery to growth in the digital age.”

The report found applications for the visa have risen significantly in the past two consecutive years, up 48% this year and 45% the year before. Total applications for the visa since November 2018 totalled 1,975, with 920 endorsed for individuals from 50 countries.

The report said that in the future, demand was expected to increase even further thanks to citizens of the EU becoming eligible for the scheme.

52% of those coming to the UK on the visa are employed by UK tech firms, with 28% being tech founders - with 421 individuals setting up UK businesses in 2020.

A beneficiary of the scheme, Hao Zheng, co-founder and CEO at RoboK, said: “I decided to work in UK tech because of the well-established ecosystem, world-class research and innovation and the high-level of experience that is extremely valuable for startup technology companies.”

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Jun 16, 2021

How can technology help cut business costs?

technology
Cloud
digitaltransformation
RemoteWork
3 min
With the increase of digitalisation across many businesses, we take a look at some of the way that technology can help cut business costs

Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and help increase profitability. Choosing quick fixes that reduce expenses, such as redundancies, can often decrease quality, and also impede the company’s reputation. 

Upgrading technology and how the company use it can improve the business, although it may require an upfront investment, it will help save money in the long run. We take a look at some of the different ways that technology can help improve business costs. 

Increase productivity 

 

Time is precious when you have a business, every hour counts, and the budget accounts for each hour, whether that be operating costs or paying employees. Implementing efficient processes is a way to decrease delays, and make sure the business runs smoothly. 

Technology can help to quicken everyday duties such as:

  • Communicating with team members
  • Accessing and locating files
  • Scheduling meetings and tasks
  • Monitoring progress and results
  • Managing annual leave and absences

Digitising files 

 

Going paperless is becoming more common, and there are many advantages of paperless environments in the digital age. It eliminates the need for physical storage solutions, so you don’t need to pay for using an off-site storage facility. If you usually keep files in the office, storing them digitally will create more space so that you can grow your team.

With a paperless system filing documents no longer means printing them out, then having to search for them manually later on. Digital storage can be done in seconds, and retrieval involves a quick computer search. The reduction in employee work hours spent on menial tasks is significant.
 

Moving to the cloud 

The 2021 Flexera State of the Cloud Report shows that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on cloud adoption in 2020. The report found that multi-cloud continues to be the dominant strategy, adopted by nearly all surveyed enterprises, 92% of respondents reported having a multi-cloud strategy. 82% are taking a hybrid approach, combining the use of both public and private clouds.

With cloud computing, businesses can store and access data over the internet no matter where they are. It helps employees who are located in different areas to collaborate in a highly convenient and secure manner. Cost saving is one of the biggest Cloud Computing benefits. It helps you to save substantial capital cost as it does not need any physical hardware investments. Also, you do not need trained personnel to maintain the hardware. The buying and managing of equipment is done by the cloud service provider.

Remote working 

 

Running your business digitally gives you the option to operate remotely, full or part-time. With employees working from home, it enables businesses to downsize or remove the office altogether, to save on rent costs. With minimal staff onsite there will be other savings such as electricity and cleaning. Having remote employees could also reduce the cost of serving refreshments/catering, which some companies offer. 

Ensuring your staff members can operate efficiently and safely from home is extremely important. Providing equipment such as laptops, monitors and mobile phones is essential, but to also make sure these devices are secure and have sufficient security measures. 

Video conferences 


The past year forced businesses to adapt quickly to remote working, and video calls become the norm. Zoom, a popular video call app, generated $2.6 billion revenue in 2020, a 317% increase year-on-year. Instead of paying for travel for client meetings, you can conduct them for free through a video conference tool. You can also access or host webinars through video conferences.

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