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Edinburgh now offering among UK’s top paid tech jobs

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Travel search engine Skyscanner is one of Edinburgh’s success stories (pic: Terry Murden)


 

Edinburgh is providing some of the best paid jobs in the technology sector, according to a new report showing cities across the UK sharing the skills boom.

The city now employs  48,118 people in the digital tech sector on salaries almost 15% higher than average as the UK’s fast-growing clusters, particularly Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast, compete with London and the South East for people with high-level skills – and are paying to get them.

Analysis by Tech Nation for the UK government’s Digital Economy Council reveals that the tech economy is now bigger than sectors like hospitality and construction with 2.1 million workers, and these fast-growing tech hubs are adding jobs at a rapid rate.

Almost 1.7m positions were advertised during 2018 across the 12 biggest tech centres. Outside London, the cities with the most tech openings were Manchester, where digital commerce and marketing is strong, with 164,000 roles and Leeds, with 88,000 jobs.

For those looking for work as an analyst, Edinburgh is the best place to work; while a Python developer is best paid in Glasgow and an IT system architect would get the best deal in Cardiff.

However, while Edinburgh has emerged as a tech hub, it employs just 4% of its workforce in technology while 11% of Newcastle’s labour force is in the sector, 20% of the workers in Belfast, 25% in Oxford, 33% in Reading and half (50%) in Cambridge.



When cost of living is taken into account, cities including Leeds and Belfast are better places to be looking for work than London. A data scientist would be better off working in Leeds than in London and the best place in the country to find a job as a software developer. The best place for a full stack developer is in Belfast where demand for tech roles has risen by 120% in the past four years.  

Companies of all sizes are hiring staff with broader business skills including consultants, accountants, PRs and marketeers. The report reveals a strong need for HR and legal professionals across the digital tech sector. In some cities, as many as a third of those jobs advertised in the tech sector are for people in non-tech roles, which gives an indication of how fast-growing tech companies are rapidly becoming larger organisations that require many different roles and professionals.

Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech Nation, said: “With over 2.1 million people working in digital technology in 2018, the tech economy is bigger than sectors like hospitality and construction. However, increasingly, those lines are getting blurred, with technology jobs crossing over into the mainstream sectors like financial services and health, helping them evolve and stay competitive and productive.

“As countries transition to network based economies in a globalised future, the need for tech jobs and skills is reaching a generational high point, which is why this report is so timely and important in highlighting how the demand for tech skills continues to evolve and grow over time across the UK.”

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “Scotland’s tech sector is thriving, with numerous innovative companies that are based here making major contributions in artificial intelligence, fintech and gaming. I am pleased to see Edinburgh is one of only two places in the UK that can command higher salaries than the London average, with the median salary for tech roles more than £40,000. The UK Government continues to champion Scotland’s booming tech sector, supporting its growth and ensuring it continues to offer high quality jobs.”

Stuart Lunn, CEO and Founder of LendingCrowd, said: “LendingCrowd has grown rapidly and we are proud to be part of Edinburgh’s thriving tech ecosystem. But as we grow, we need access to a greater range of skills that will complement the tech talent we already have. Tech sector roles are not just for people with coding or engineering skills but can provide great jobs for people with all sorts of creative and problem-solving skills.”

Bryan Dove, CEO, Skyscanner: “It’s never been a more exciting time to be a technology company in the UK. We are seeing more and more great businesses and that’s a testament to the quality and diversity of talented people living and moving to the UK. While Skyscanner is a global company, our roots are in the UK with 60% of our team based between Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. We’re lucky to be part of a thriving tech community in each of these cities: communities which demonstrate the strength of the sector across the nation.”

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Highlights

Edinburgh

  • The increase in demand for a Full Stack developer role is reflected in the high growth rate. This has gone from 32 roles in 2015 to 556 roles in 2018.
  • Project manager, Business Analyst and Test analyst roles have seen a decline in demand.
  • Software developer – role with the most advertised vacancies has also seen an increase in demand.

Glasgow

  • Software and Java developer roles are the top two most in demand roles within the digital technology sector and have also seen an increase in employer demand.
  • Although Project manager and Business analyst roles are within the top in demand roles for digital technology roles. The growth rate of these roles have more than halved.
  • In terms of employer demand, we see roles such as IT System Architect, Devops Engineers, Data scientists and Full Stack developers at least doubling in their growth rate.

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UK Cluster

Total Digital Economy Jobs (2017)

Unicorns

Total Digital Economy Job openings (2018)

% Jobs in Digital Tech

Median Salary – all Tech roles in Digital Economy (2018)

Digital Tech Salary vs City Average

Tech Jobs in all companies (2017)

Jobs in Digital Tech (2017)

Total Non-Tech Jobs in Digital Tech companies (2017)

Non-Tech Digital as % of Digital

London

574,562

45

915,471

6%

£53,296

26.90%

256,082

318,480

62,398

10.86%

Manchester

100,520

5

164,043

4%

£35,000

2.94%

38,414

9,704

39,154

38.95%

Reading

100,507

48,742

33%

£40,000

8.11%

25,416

10,258

15,711

15.63%

Belfast

60,041

16,853

20%

£40,000

17.65%

26,999

24,754

42,101

70.12%

Birmingham

59,131

75,401

2%

£37,500

7.14%

41,550

17,581

23,969

40.54%

Cambridge

52,196

5

85,679

50%

£39,000

2.63%

69,837

30,683

21,190

40.60%

Bristol

51,753

2

86,247

5%

£35,520

4.47%

51,071

8,970

2,245

4.34%

Edinburgh

48,118

3

44,879

4%

£42,500

14.86%

34,742

12,103

28,710

59.67%

Leeds

46,845

2

88,042

6%

£35,000

9.38%

36,693

15,503

22,639

48.33%

Oxford

37,458

5

72,844

25%

£36,000

5.88%

25,637

11,821

13,816

36.88%

Newcastle

35,674

29,760

11%

£35,000

6.06%

42,398

58,109

15,158

42.49%

Sheffield

28,243

26,059

2%

£32,500

8.33%

21,508

4,640

15,825

56.03%

Cardiff

26,148

24,923

2%

£35,000

6.06%

22,034

6,209

16,868

64.51%

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