‘Brain Drain’ Affecting Digital Sector Growth

12th August 2018

The head of Digital Jersey says the island has ‘brain drain’ and needs to stop talented people from leaving the island.

The industry body has published its half-year review, outlining what the needs to do to create a more skilled workforce.

Image Credit: Digital Jersey.

Tony Moretta says he’s determined to create more training opportunities locally:

“A harsh reality facing Jersey right now is the island’s brain drain. As a small island community without a university, there’s a constant flow of talented people leaving to go to university and often not coming back. We need more degree education and other upskilling options on-island.”

Conferences, classes and other training events have been staged at the Digital Hub on Grenville Street to help that, with more than 3,000 people attending in the first six months of 2018.

Mr Moretta says despite more work still to do in creating a workforce with the right skillset, the island is already appealing for tech firms:

“When we meet people off-island, a lot of businesses are impressed. A lot of people don’t realise it, but what we have in terms of 100% fibre-optic broadband connections, pretty much nowhere else in the world has that. The equivalent in the UK is about 3%, so infrastructure like that is very desirable.”

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