New Apprenticeship Levies and the Games Industry
Improving the number of apprenticeships in British industry is a top priority for the new government, which has set a demanding target of 3 million new apprenticeships over the next Parliament - a target which will be overseen by an specific implementation committee at the Cabinet Office.
To fund this the government proposes a new levy - a mandatory payment by businesses into a common pot which is then used to pay for shared benefits, such as in-work training and apprenticeships.
Stand up, be counted: the importance of the Creative Skillset Census
While the campaign to get robust sales figures to understand the size of the digital marketplace in games rages on, we mustn't lose sight of other sets of data that are equally important for our industry - namely who we are, how many of us are there, where we are and just how big our businesses are.
Games in Scotland: your views to Parliament
We have submitted evidence to an inquiry by the Scottish Affairs Committee in the UK Parliament. The Committee are examining the Creative Industries in Scotland, and asked for views on what more should be done to strengthen the sector.
Games studios need smart immigration rules.
Add your voice to the #saveskilledmigration campaign
As government statistics show a rise in net migration to the UK, Ukie warns that the games industry and the tech sector as a whole could be prevented from growing and bidding for new projects as a consequence of stricter new rules hindering firms recruiting foreign talent to meet business needs.
Ed Vaizey backs games industry progress
Five years after first speaking to the conference, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey gave a warmly-received keynote address at Develop:Brighton today.
Hailing these "incredibly exciting times" for the UK games industry, after the introduction of Video Games Tax Relief and the reintroduction of computing into the curriculum, the Minister particularly welcomed Ukie's contribution to this ongoing work.
What the July Budget means for the games industry
Today’s Budget was the first from the Chancellor of a majority Conservative government since 1996, and announcing a significant change in economic strategy with cuts to taxes and welfare and the introduction of a National Living Wage. You can read the full Budget speech and documents here.
Ukie submission on skilled immigration rules
The government recently asked the Migration Advisory Committee, a semi-independent board of experts, to come up with ways to reduce skilled immigration into the UK. They are holding a consultation over the summer, which Ukie will be fully engaged in. They were also asked to give some initial thoughts on whether the salary thresholds for tier 2 visas (those for skilled immigrants) should be raised, and what impact this would have.
8th July Budget: Ukie calls for talent hub in each regional games cluster and support for exports across country
In advance of the post-election Budget on 8th July video games trade body Ukie is calling on the Government to recognise and support major games clusters across the United Kingdom.
Inspiration Week: A Video Game Ambassador's Experience
We recently caught up with Ryan Courtier, Producer at Kuato Studios, after his VGA activities at a local primary school.