Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tech City versus the Rest of the UK; London Tech Firms Still Recruit the Majority of IT Professionals but Other Regions Are Now Doing Their Best to Lure Talent Away. Linda Whitney Looks at How Tech Hubs Such as Cambridge and Manchester Are Trying to Boost Their Appeal, and What It Will Mean for IT Jobs in London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tech City versus the Rest of the UK; London Tech Firms Still Recruit the Majority of IT Professionals but Other Regions Are Now Doing Their Best to Lure Talent Away. Linda Whitney Looks at How Tech Hubs Such as Cambridge and Manchester Are Trying to Boost Their Appeal, and What It Will Mean for IT Jobs in London

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Byline: Linda Whitney

LONDON is still the most important tech hub in the UK. It boasts the most IT and tech companies, the highest levels of investment in the sector, the most job opportunities and the highest salaries, according to the first Tech Cities Job Watch report from Experis, the professional resourcing arm of recruiter Manpower Group, specialising in IT recruiting and services. However, Geoffrey Smith, managing director of Experis Europe, says: "While seven out of 10 jobs in the most in-demand tech disciplines are in London, it is no longer the only place for tech professionals to go. Other cities around the UK are now competing for their skills."

Experis scanned 54,133 UK tech jobs in 10 cities to pinpoint which cities and tech disciplines offered the highest salaries for both permanent and contract employees. Most roles (39,187) were in London. The highest salaries were also found to be in London, where the average for permanent tech roles was PS51,584 21 per cent above the national average of PS42,671.

Of the five tech disciplines examined (big data, cloud, IT security, mobile and web development) the highest salaries were in big data, where permanent salaries in London averaged PS62,499 compared to PS58,941 across all 10 cities polled. But the regions are fighting back. The second highest salaries overall were in Cambridge, followed by Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Smith says: "We are seeing an increase in the number of companies deserting the capital for the regions, powered by the high cost of London office space and wages and fierce competition for talent."

Combine this with the fact that regional cities are making efforts to attract tech companies, and you have the recipe for a tech talent war between London and other regions.

Cities are becoming identified with different specialities. While London is acknowledged as the leading city for financial technology and e-commerce, Cambridge specialises in bioscience and hardware, Bristol is leading in robotics, Manchester for media tech, Edinburgh for artificial intelligence, and Newcastle for gaming. …

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