UK tech visa applications hit record high despite Covid-19

The number of applications for the UK’s Tech Nation visa rose to its highest level on record last month as the thriving sector shrugged off the impact of coronavirus.

Applications for the visa, which grants employees and founders in the tech sector the right to work in the UK for up to five years, hit a record-breaking 122 in September.

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Across the third quarter numbers were up 42 per cent on the previous three months and eight per cent compared to the same period last year.

“The data flies in the face of claims that remote working and Covid-19 will deter people coming to the UK to work,” said Stephen Kelly, chair of Tech Nation.

“Quite the contrary. In an environment where talented entrepreneurs are facing potential obstacles in moving to the US, the UK is a natural home.”

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September 2020 breaks record for UK tech visa applications

Data from Tech Nation has revealed that September 2020 saw the most UK tech visa applications since records began in 2014 September 2020 breaks record for UK tech visa applications image

August 2020 saw the third highest number of applications, according to Tech Nation data.

The UK Tech Nation visa, designated to Tech Nation by the Home Office, allows tech talent worldwide to work in the country’s digital technology sector, contributing expertise and innovation.

In the third quarter of 2020, visa applications rose by 42% from the previous quarter, and were up by 8% from Q3 2019.

Applicants to the scheme have predominantly come from India, Russia and the United States, with the most common backgrounds being artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and software development.

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Wireless Carriers Achieve Record High Satisfaction with Business Customers During Pandemic, but Challenges Loom on the Horizon, J.D. Power Finds

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J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study (Graphic: Business Wire)

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J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study (Graphic: Business Wire)

TROY, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 8, 2020–

In March of 2020, as virtually every aspect of routine business was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, one critical piece of technology kept the world connected without interruption or slowdown: the mobile phone. Accordingly, business wireless customers have responded with the highest-ever customer satisfaction scores for wireless carriers in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study, SM released today. However, as deferred billing that amassed under the Keep America Connected pledge comes due, some of these high scores may be compromised.

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J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study (Graphic: Business Wire)

“Wireless has been a lifeline for business customers during the pandemic, and

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