Sir Jony Ive lauds importance of tech immigration

Apple design chief emphasises role of cultural diversity in tech success

Jony Ive 2

The lead designer of the iPhone has spoken out about the value of immigration for the tech and business sectors.

Apple's head designer Sir Jonathan Ive spoke to BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the vital role that immigration and the large-scale intermingling of different cultures plays in Silicon Valley.

"[One] thing that is particularly unusual about the area is that people have travelled from all over the world to participate in the energy and to join other like-minded people to be here," he said. "And so I think there's a tremendous sort of diversity, a cultural diversity, but there's also, I think, that sense of people electing to be in a particular area, to develop their ideas and to see what's possible."

"That general principle [of people coming together] is terribly important for creating a context for multiple companies to grow and in a healthy way explore and develop new products and new product types," Sir Jonathan said. "I think at Apple we've been very clear on how important it is that we have a diverse pool of talent that we can hire from."

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

In the midst of calls for stricter immigration laws and lower caps following Brexit, some British businesses are worrying about the impact that less immigration will have on their ability to hire skilled workers, particularly tech firms. 

These fears may not be unfounded, as early figures indicate that EU migrants have already begun to desert Britain en masse, potentially including many skilled IT staff. The Institute of Directors has already warned that employers "risk losing key members of staff in positions that cannot easily be replaced from the homegrown pool available".

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/business-strategy/33311/apple-launches-new-tv-gaming-and-finance-services
Business strategy

Apple launches new TV, gaming and finance services

25 Mar 2019
Visit/business-strategy/startups/354539/uk-tech-investment-jumps-44-despite-brexit-uncertainty
startups

UK tech investment jumps 44%, despite Brexit uncertainty

15 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/laptops/354509/apple-macbook-pro-16in-review-a-little-bigger-a-lot-better
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 16in review: A little bigger, a lot better

10 Jan 2020
Visit/mobile/23617/the-best-smartphones-to-buy
Mobile

Best smartphone 2019: Apple, Samsung and OnePlus duke it out

24 Dec 2019

Most Popular

Visit/microsoft-windows/32066/what-to-do-if-youre-still-running-windows-7
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
Visit/operating-systems/25802/17-windows-10-problems-and-how-to-fix-them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020
Visit/policy-legislation/data-governance/354496/brexit-security-talks-under-threat-after-uk-accused-of
data governance

Brexit security talks under threat after UK accused of illegally copying Schengen data

10 Jan 2020
Visit/hardware/laptops/354533/dell-xps-13-new-9300-hands-on-review-chasing-perfection
Laptops

Dell XPS 13 (New 9300) hands-on review: Chasing perfection

14 Jan 2020