Reply to post: Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

> but if we must remove ourselves from so much free movement of labour, those of us left will earn more as a result.

You made me laugh.

Oversimplifying things a bit here, but the reason IT jobs (like yours?) exist in the UK in the first place is because it combines two (three) attractive premises:

1. Ease of access to finance (London)

2. Ease of access to qualified labour (EU)

3. (Bonus) English is a dominant world language, making things easier for everyone involved.

If you remove #2, you will see businesses moving to places like Berlin or Silicon Valley. Capital may follow (it's easier to move capital than people).

So instead of getting a higher salary for exactly the same job, you're more likely to end up having to pull up stakes and move to Berlin, San Francisco, Prague, or Barcelona.

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