Top 10 UK cities where people in tech want to work
Jobs website Indeed.co.uk has analysed its data to reveal where in the UK jobseekers are looking for tech jobs
According to jobs website Indeed.co.uk, the following cities are the top 10 most popular locations in the UK for people looking for their next job in technology.
1. 10. Cambridge
Cambridge, home of the university and also known as Silicon Fen for the number of technology companies based there, was the 10th most popular city where people were hunting for IT jobs.
Tech companies based in Cambridge include chipmaker ARM and cybersecurity software startup Darktrace. There is also the Cambridge Science Park, where firms like Citrix, Qualcomm, Philips Research and Worldpay have offices.
2. 9. Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle is at the centre of the tech revolution in the North East, which is developing successful software companies. Accounting firm Sage is headquartered here, while notable startups include group messaging platform Palringo, customer activation and loyalty platform SoPost and Recite Me, an accessibility platform for visually-impaired people.
3. 8. Nottingham
The man behind one of Nottingham's most successful tech firms is also involved in a multi-million pound investment to create a tech hub in Nottingham that hopes to rival London's Silicon Roundabout.
Mark Onyett launched TDX Group, which was later sold for £200 million. He is now a partner in Blenheim Chalcot, which is backing three tech companies in the city with £40 million.
Many companies based in Nottingham are known employers of software developers, including TDX, Capital One, Experian, Parexel, Exco inTouch, Ikano bank, Insurance Initiatives and HD Decisions.
4. 7. Leeds
The government last year announced that a third high-speed rail network (HS3) between Leeds and Manchester would help to join up the northern tech clusters.
Osborne's Budget earlier this month also launched Leeds as one of two pilot 'Sharing Cities' (the other is Manchester). The two cities will share £700,000 to trial local sharing initiatives, like shared transport, public space, health and social care.
5. 6. Edinburgh
SkyScanner relocated to Edinburgh in 2003, prompting the growth of Edinburgh's tech 'hub'.
More than 100 technology startups are based in the city. TechCube, an incubator that specialises in the development of early-stage startups through community and mentoring, is also based here.
6. 5. Bristol
Recognised by management consulting firm McKinsey & Co as a 'globally significant' city, Bristol has a strong microelectronics industry, and is also where HP is based in the UK.
It is also home to notable startups, such as SETsquared, a university partnership that aims to accelerate business growth, social media analytics tool SecondSync (bought by Twitter) and business management tool Brightpearl.
7. 4. Glasgow
Glasgow, which wants to join the Internet of Things by becoming a connected smart city, also recently opened a data hub at its Glasgow Science Centre.
The Scottish city was also one of the locations where BT said it would be recruiting for graduates and apprentices.
8. 3. Birmingham
In January, it was announced that a new incubator is being built in Birmingham to help support the city's startups. The iCentrum facility, set to open in March 2016, hopes to help create 400 jobs, while also giving back £25 million to the local economy each year.
Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said of the iCentrum incubator: "Its rich mix of entrepreneurship and collaborative activity will be a magnet for an increasingly mobile workforce; it will firmly position us on the UK’s tech map."
9. 2. Manchester
The UK's 'second city' is also the second most popular place for tech workers seeking jobs. In 2013/14, the city's technology and communications sector was responsible for £1.9 billion, the highest economic GVA outside London for tech. It employs more than 30,000 digital workers.
Furthermore, in his Budget earlier this month, chancellor George Osborne announced funding of £4 million to create an eight-floor tech incubator in Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter.
10. 1. London
It’s hardly a surprise that the UK’s capital city is number one on the list, with its Silicon Roundabout for tech startups and the likes of Google and Facebook having offices based in London.
The question is, will it always remain top of the pops with the investment going into building tech hubs outside London?