December 14, 2016 Last Updated 7:37 am

Job security and single market access top concerns of UK IT professionals post-Brexit

London, UK – December 2016 – The prospect of BrexIT has made 40% of UK IT professionals feel less secure in their job, and half say their organisation has responded by shelving projects and with IT investment plans being hit.

40% of respondents to an email poll of CBRonline.com’s database and Computer Business Review Dining Club members put access to the single market as of key importance and almost the same number saying they feel less secure in their job because of the referendum result.

Just under half of those polled agreed or strongly agreed with the statement:
BrexIT has led to projects being delayed or shelved.

In terms of job security 40% said BrexIT made their job less secure, 13% said it made their position more secure and just under half said it would have no impact on their job security.

54% of respondents agreed that as a result of BrexIT and the falling pound the cost of IT hardware has risen.

In contrast to worries expressed by the industry two thirds of those polled said that BrexIT was not making it harder for them to attract the right IT skills.

Just under half (48.5%) disagreed with the statement:
“BrexIT has made it harder to attract the right IT skills”

15% strongly disagreed with the same statement.

On issues of Data Residency, Data Sovereignty, Data Protection Regulation and Cloud Computing the respondents ranked access to the Single Market as most important from a list of four topics.

Ranked in order of importance:

  • Access to the single market
    Most important: 41%
  • General Data Protection Regulation
    Most important: 33.3%
  • Data sovereignty
    Most important: 11.7%
  • Data residency
    Most important: 9.6%

The low ranking of data residency and data sovereignty as “most important” was reflected in responses to the question:

BrexIT means that going forward I would only move workloads to the cloud if it was guaranteed my data would stay in a data centre located in the UK. Forty per cent of respondents said data would not have to be located in the UK. A quarter of respondents said data would need to be located in a UK data centre if they were to move to the cloud.

“While some have reported fears about access to skills and data location and residency as rising up the agenda for IT post BrexIT, our findings revealed a rather different set of concerns. In our survey IT professionals are not ranking attracting the right skills as a major concern and nor are they particularly concerned about where their data is located once it is in the cloud. However they are clearly concerned about the uncertainly of BrexIT and its impact on their job security and reported that projects have being shelved. The ranking of access to the single market as being most important to 40% of those polled reflects the IT profession’s position at the forefront of the acceleration to the digital economy,” said Ambrose McNevin, Editor, CBRonline.com.

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