Manchester, Leeds and Bristol outpace London in hunt for tech talent

Tech Cities Job Watch report suggests cities outside of the capital are advertising more IT roles and offering "London-beating" salaries

Manchester, Leeds and Bristol are “gaining ground in the battle” with London for tech talent; advertising more IT roles than businesses in the capital over the last quarter, findings from Experis’ Tech Cities Job Watch report suggest.

A monitor of the 52,000 UK IT jobs advertised from July to September 2015, the report claims that the number of jobs advertised in the capital dropped 8% to 35,610 while cities such as Manchester posted more roles during the same period.

According to the findings, Glasgow is also fast becoming a tech hub having advertised for almost twice as many permanent tech roles in the past quarter – predominantly in the financial services sector.

Businesses are also beginning to outpace London when it comes to salaries offered. Companies in Edinburgh and Birmingham were found to offer “London-beating” average salaries for big data roles (£69,733 and £66,667 respectively).

Overall, average salaries have also risen outside of the capital; Cambridge salaries have gone up 7% to £44,821 and Manchester by 5% to £38,900 yet London jobs still offer the highest average permanent salaries (£52,649).

Geoff Smith, Experis Europe managing director, commented on the report: “Since the start of the year, the proportion of roles advertised in tech cities outside of London has been on the rise.

“In this quarter nearly one in every three jobs we’ve analysed is now being offered outside the UK’s tech capital. This has been the dominant trend through 2015: a country invigorated by positive economic sentiment to hi-tech skills. Efforts related to government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative are set to further support this trend.”

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