The tech skills that can get you a skilled worker visa for the UK

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I am surprised it has taken so long before some millionaire tells us "these figures are too low".
 

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The IT salaries quoted are for junior's correct?
No, they've thumbsucked them. £25k for a Dev? That's what 1st line call centre analysts earn.

Having said that I've noticed that salaries have taken a knock since COVID pushed up our unemployment rate.
 
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Cyril says HOORAY!!!
I think he inherited the problem from Zoom Zoom and as nothing changed after he took over, people gave up and started leaving even more-so.

His "tie them to a tree" was also aimed at whites that are leaving, which makes me think he doesn't believe the huge number of young black professionals leaving is worth fighting for instead (and since when did they start believing white people can help the country anyway?), and this would have also resonated a lot more with those people, who can, and did, leave.

It's sad. But sometimes, much like an alcoholic or drug addict, you have to hit rock bottom before you admit you have a problem and change.
 

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The IT salaries quoted are for junior's correct?
Yup, thumbsucked. From Glassdoor and co. (Which is title based and not profession based, so they omit people with titles like senior software engineer, principal software engineer, software architect, etc.)
 

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No, they've thumsucked them. £25k for a Dev? That's what 1st line call centre analysts earn.

Having said that I've noticed that salaries have taken a knock since COVID pushed up our unemployment rate.
Yea, but it shouldn't have affected the I.T sector THAT badly (I keep an eye out for that). I'm glad I landed my job before COVID then, and I.T has mostly been deemed an essential service, so can't think of why the salary would drop for them that much. I guess UK will UK.

Having said that, remote working options in South Africa (a lot of remote companies these days) are very limited even though SA is pretty much an ideal spot time zone-wise. SO many companies passed just because they saw "Africa" in my location
 

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Are these job titles from 1995? No one calls themself a “web developer” anymore (except Tim)
 

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I see things differently.

People working in IT/ICT won't settle for scraps.
We do actually work hard. Contrary to the belief of some.
People working in Tech will find other means to sustain themselves and their income.
Start-ups, service delivery, outsourcing etc.

If they don't resign/leave and stick it out with crap pay, merely getting by. Then I would be surprised.
These companies will soon realise how vital their staff is and do a turnaround on their decisions.
I haven't worked at one place where IT is probably one of the most important departments.
I've been an IT Manager, Sys Admin, Network Admin and even an IT Techie when I started yonks and yonks ago.

They will realise. You don't skimp on staff. Especially staff vital to their own success.

I went a bit off topic.
Point I'm trying to make is that there shouldn't be a need to go to the UK or elsewhere for work.
 

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Praise be. We can finally return to the motherland a little easier.
But in all seriousness, this is going to pull a lot of local talent across of all races.
 

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I went a bit off topic.
Point I'm trying to make is that there shouldn't be a need to go to the UK or elsewhere for work.

South Africa has become a scary place for many, with some people trading down on quality of life they have in ZA to move to other countries. Money/work is not the main reason why people move, its just a means to sustain yourself where ever you choose to live.
 

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I'm not sure how easy it will be to actually get one of these visas if you need a job offer first. Places like London have ready access to some of the worlds best talent anyway, and a lot of them are already living there. When I lived in the UK I had way more competition for roles than I do here in South Africa.
 

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South Africa has become a scary place for many, with some people trading down on quality of life they have in ZA to move to other countries. Money/work is not the main reason why people move, its just a means to sustain yourself where ever you choose to live.
I comprehend and understand the other reasons why people prefer to live elsewhere.
Safety is a major concern on it's own.

Living elsewhere is just a dream to many. Unfortunately you need more than basic tech skills to up and move.
You need money. Lots of it.
 

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Yea, but it shouldn't have affected the I.T sector THAT badly (I keep an eye out for that). I'm glad I landed my job before COVID then, and I.T has mostly been deemed an essential service, so can't think of why the salary would drop for them that much. I guess UK will UK.

Having said that, remote working options in South Africa (a lot of remote companies these days) are very limited even though SA is pretty much an ideal spot time zone-wise. SO many companies passed just because they saw "Africa" in my location
There's like a £10k difference for some roles now. Company I work for retrenched 150 people. Few months later, and all their jobs are being advertised at the branch in India.
 

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I comprehend and understand the other reasons why people prefer to live elsewhere.
Safety is a major concern on it's own.

Living elsewhere is just a dream to many. Unfortunately you need more than basic tech skills to up and move.
You need money. Lots of it.
If you're well skilled and have enough experience there are companies that will pay for your relocation. It is not just a money thing, hard work can get you the opportunities as well.
 

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Notwithstanding the cost of emigration, it is not easy to move to the UK, and it can be even more difficult for those without citizenship or a specialised visa.

This is a silly statement. If you're a South African with dual British citizenship it's 99% of the battle won if you want to move to the UK. And if you're young and don't have any kids or wife it's even easier. Literally book a ticket, pack a bag, and get on the flight.
 
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