This week, following an employer consultation Ukie responded to, the Department for Education has published the details of the funding rates and rules that will apply to the apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in April 2017.
The levy is designed to create and fund new apprenticeships as part of the Government’s ongoing drive to upskill millions across the UK to ensure that they can build successful and lasting careers in a changing digital world.
Ukie EU poll: games companies favour remaining in EU
Ahead of the EU Referendum on 23 June, we have published results of an anonymous sentiment survey of our members, which asked what their position was on the implications of a remain/leave decision on their games business.
The survey, sent out in March, before the official launch of the Referendum campaign, reached developers, publishers, and games service businesses of all sizes. We received 62 responses, which represents approximately 21% of our membership. Respondents answered the survey anonymously.
Announcing a renewed push to remove barriers to innovation and employment, Business Secretary Sajid Javid today revealed two new consultations:
- A public survey asking for views on what the government should include in its new Innovation Plan; and
- An upcoming call for evidence on whether "non-compete clauses" in employment contracts are stifling entrepreneurship
Making the announcement, the Business Secretary said:
This week Ukie was appointed the official secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Video Games. The APPG brings together MPs and Peers from all political parties who are interested in and supportive of the games industry, acting as the core network of games-friendly politicians.
The most important policy debate currently happening that will shape the games industry's future is the European Commission's strategy to complete the Digital Single Market. This covers a wide array of issues, including consumer protection law, copyright, privacy, competition law, data protection and more.