As 160,000 mainly elderly Conservative party members hold the fate of the UK in their hands, Brexit is seen as the biggest threat to the future of the IT industry.
More than one third (36%) of 1,500 tech professionals surveyed by tech recruitment firm CWJobs said they were concerned about the impact of Brexit on the industry, compared to 28% worried about talent moving abroad or the state of the economy.
Despite these reservations, 89% of UK tech professionals believe the industry is in a strong position, due to the UK workforce’s skill set (35%), the development of innovative technology in the UK (34%) and the UK’s status as an IT leader (29%).
The greatest cause of optimism for the future is emerging technologies (cited by 36%). More than three quarters (78%) think artificial intelligence (AI) will have a positive impact on the UK tech industry.
Almost half (46%) think AI will have a positive impact on jobs, compared to 30% who expect its impact to be negative.