UK dev workforce falls 9%

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A stabbing wake-up call was dealt to the UK games industry today with new independent data revealing that the sector's workforce has contracted by nearly nine per cent since 2008.

The extraordinary rate of decline – revealed for the first time in the latest issue of Develop – represents thousands of job losses nationwide, as a growing group of British developers move abroad for work.

The result is a UK games industry on the precipice of another disastrous fall down the global league of game development nations – a situation some say is worsened with the UK bereft of state aid while the likes of Canada and France offer world-leading tax breaks to encourage investment.

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