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Britain's digital tech industry is growing faster outside London

IT jobs in major regional cities grew 3% in the last three months, compared to a decline in the capital.

by Jack Torrance
Last Updated: 04 Aug 2015

It’s often said that discussions about Britain’s tech industry are too focused on what’s happening in London. And while 70% of IT workers are based in the capital, it seems the rest of the country is catching up.

A new report from recruitment firm Experis found that the number of advertised IT jobs in Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle grew by 3% in the three months to June. That’s not explosive growth, but it’s much better than the 10% decline that apparently occurred in the capital.

Though the figures are good news for the regions, London’s poor performance weighed badly on the industry at large as overall demand for IT workers declined by 6%.

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‘It is likely that uncertainty in the run up to the General Election in May will have caused many organisations to postpone permanent hiring decisions until the election results were known,’ said Geoff Smith, Experis’s European MD, who pointed to a slight rebound in June as evidence that the phenomenon was temporary.  

The uptick in the regions was driven largely by demand for specialists in cloud computing (up 13%) and IT security (up 5%). Those looking for a tech job might pause a moment before fleeing London though, as salaries were up around 0.5%, compared to a 0.5% decline across the board. And those companies that are still hiring techies are battling harder to recruit talent than ever.

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