It’s Not all About London! Best Places to Work Outside The Capital

Tech Locations in the UK

We wrote recently about how London is the home of tech jobs, but just because you don’t live in London doesn’t mean that you aren’t near the exciting, innovative tech companies. Outside of London there are a wide variety of different cities where you can live and work in an environment that is going to make a substantial difference to the tech industry.

With the increasing rent prices in London, more and more businesses as well as employees are moving away from the capital, this is only set to increase in the future. Now may be the time to consider moving on to another role outside of London before the competition really heats up. 

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Tech Careers in Bristol

Average Wages: 

Software Engineer: £30, 560
Software Developer: £29, 872

In 2013, Bristol was voted the best place to live in the UK, with the second highest national average wage. Of the 12 largest cities in the UK, Bristol has the third best average wage, and is £820 higher than the national average. In 2008 Bristol shockingly became the number one most environmentally friendly city in the UK, beating Brighton & Hove. We spoke to Sarah-Jane Stratford, the Delivery Manager at N-tier Selection Ltd about working in Bristol, and the tech sector in the city.

“Bristol has always been a great place to live and work. There is a big community feel to the City which has as many large, well established employer opportunities as it does young, vibrant start-ups and SMEs. In the technology sector Bristol is bursting with entrepreneurs and the need for good quality IT recruiters has always remained buoyant even the age of digital marketing and direct sourcing.”

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 Tech careers in Edinburgh

Average Wages:
Software Engineer: £39, 855
Software Developer: £29, 422

England is not the only place in the UK where the tech industry is booming. Edinburgh in Scotland is home to Rockstar North, the makers of huge video games such as Grand Theft Auto. In 2015, it was Edinburgh that was voted the best place to live in the UK.  With the fast broadband, affordable living and higher salaries Edinburgh is one of the best places for IT and tech professionals to relocate. One of these professionals is Gordon Willmott, the associate director of IT & Change at Meraki Talent, who believes that Edinburgh is the place to be for IT professionals who are looking to progress their career.

“Edinburgh’s expansion within the technology space over the last few years has been exponential and there’s something here for everyone. There’s a great mix of established global organisations housing large IT teams, expanding tech firms and a huge plethora of exciting start-ups often within incubators such as Codebase and Techcube. The career progression opportunities within such organisations together with the chance for a great work life balance, minimal travel time, breadth of industry, the chance to work on new technologies along with excellent compensation packages make Edinburgh a great choice for both the experienced or developmental IT professional.”

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Tech Careers in Newcastle

Average Wages:
Software Engineer: £30, 181
Software Developer: £26, 202

Newcastle is famed for its nightlife and retail centres, meaning that this is a city where young people (just like the ones working in tech) will thrive. Newcastle employees over 25,000 people in the tech industry, and it has been referred to as ‘Silicon Shore’ and is the home of Think Digital, the world renowned tech conference. Sage, the only tech company in the FTSE 100 is based in Newcastle and has been for the past 33 years and the HMRC has based its Digital Delivery Centre in the city. Despite the fact that Newcastle is one of the furthest cities away from London, this has not stopped it taking a huge chunk of the tech scene.

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Tech Careers in Leeds

Average Wages:

Software Engineer: £31, 173
Software Developer: £25, 252

Leeds is also becoming known as a northern tech hub, which is growing more and more influential. More than 45,000 people are employed in the digital sector in Leeds where the digital teams of major brands such as William Hill, SkyBet and Asda are based. Leeds also made history who is ‘internet independent’ from London as it has its own internet exchange; IXLeeds giving it more authority as a tech powerhouse.

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The IT and tech industries are constantly evolving and growing, meaning that more areas in the UK will soon open up their doors to these industries. Working in tech and creating something that could define the industry doesn’t mean that you have to live in London or even San Francisco; a growing industry means a growing space to work in.

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