EMPLOYERS are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit workers from within the EU following the Brexit vote and a fall in the pound against the euro.
This has led to more employers to look further afield. Since 2008 the UK has operated a points-based visa system for skilled non-EU workers with a maximum number permitted of 20,700 per year.
Since Brexit this service has been significantly oversubscribed with up to four times the number of applications from UK employers wishing to recruit.
Recent changes to the system have meant that the NHS visa applications are no longer included in the visa cap of 20,700 effectively increasing the number of visas available to businesses like Pinewood.
Pinewood Technologies employs one of the largest software development teams outside of London. Based in Birmingham, the DMS provider employs over 200 people with more than 10% from outside of the UK.
The company has also attracted software development talent from South America, Africa, Russia and Asia.
Lara Mazzolari, HR Business Partner at Pinewood said: “We are working harder than ever to source talent from other parts of the world. We’re also focussing on building home-grown talent.”
Pinewood recently welcomed 20 undergraduate placements – a mixture of software development and business students. Opportunities such as these can provide a gateway to a career in the automotive technology industry.