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War of the Tech Cities: IT skills in demand across UK beyond London tech hub

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02 February 2015

Former deputy editor

There's a growing demand for technology skills across the UK, as cities nationwide follow London's Tech City design to encourage IT talent with competitive salaries as an added incentive.

54,000 UK IT jobs were advertised between October and December 2014, according to recruitment firm Experis, and 28 per cent of the positions were advertised outside of the capital.

The study is describing it as a battle of the UK’s Tech Cities, as the model of London’s Tech City initiative is being repeated nationwide, with Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow noted as UK tech hotspots.

The areas accounted for 11,000 jobs, with the majority of vacancies in mobile, cloud and web development. In fact, mobile and web development account for two thirds of roles advertised nationwide, demonstrating how popular the sector is.

Additionally, the report also found that businesses in the non-London tech cities are providing competitive salaries to snatch the best talent. While London still provides the highest average permanent role salary at £51, 588 – factoring in the higher cost of living – Cambridge has an average of £40, 994, followed by Birmingham with £39,773 and Glasgow on £39, 143.

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Geoff Smith, managing director, Experis Europe, said: “The government has declared its ambition for the UK to be the technology centre of Europe and for technology to bring prosperity to ‘every corner of the country’. Great progress has been made towards this in the past few years and as technology continues to filtrate into every aspect of a business, regardless of industry sector, this trend is only likely to gather pace in 2015 and beyond.

“There are strong indications to suggest that tech job opportunities are on the rise throughout the UK. We’re seeing an increasing number of London-based companies establishing remote working centres to ensure their hunt for IT skills doesn’t miss out on talent that sees more appeal in the quality of life outside the capital – this could be one of the factors driving this shift.

“And with the continued investment in rail and road infrastructure to better connect northern towns and cities, the future is looking bright for businesses that take the right steps to manage their talent pool.”

Indeed, one of the transport enhancements currently taking place at present is the £14.8bn Crossrail project, and Real Business looked at how it will impact businesses and commuters alike – meanwhile, London is said to have the most expensive and dirtiest transport service globally. 

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