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Best UK cities for tech jobs

If you’re looking for a job in the UK tech sector, where is the best place to be?

According to Tech Nation’s 2018 Report, employment in the digital technology sector has increased by 13.2% since 2014. And on average, tech salaries are £10,000 higher than in jobs that don’t require specialist tech skills.

We’ve taken our pick of the best UK cities for technology jobs. Our shortlist isn’t restricted to salary alone, and includes factors like the type of jobs on offer and the companies that are based in each city. For an overview of the cities with the highest tech salaries, take a look at Tech Nation’s salary data.


According to Tech Nation, there are over 300,000 tech jobs in London and over 7,500 start-ups. In 2017, tech companies in London raised £2.45 billion in investment, which accounted for around 80% of all of the UK’s tech funding.

With an average tech salary of £61,800, the UK’s capital is home to no less than thirteen billion-dollar tech companies, including BenevolentAI, Blippar, Deliveroo, TransferWise, and Funding Circle. Fintech and eCommerce jobs tend to be the most frequently advertised roles in the city.

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Manchester is one the UK’s largest technology hubs. Home to Media City, which houses companies like the BBC, ITV, and Ericsson, the city has a good balance of established and start-up tech firms. Manchester’s digital sector is worth £2.9 billion to the local economy, and has the largest number of digital jobs outside of London.

With an average tech salary of £47,349, the city tends to advertise jobs in media, eCommerce and biotech. For an overview of the technology sector in Manchester, take a look at this short documentary created by Tech City News in partnership with Cisco:

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Scotland’s capital city has made a name for itself in the fintech and gaming industries. Home to companies like Rockstar North, FreeAgent, Skyscanner, and FanDuel, digital technology is the city’s fastest-growing sector. With over 25,000 digital jobs, and 350+ start-ups, Edinburgh was voted Entrepreneurial City of the Year in 2016.

The city provides several co-working spaces and is home to the UK’s largest technology incubator, CodeBase. With an average tech salary of £52,639, Edinburgh not only offers tech job seekers a good standard of living, but job satisfaction too.

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With the second-highest average tech salary in the UK of £53,255, Reading is a popular city for tech job seekers. The city has a digital tech turnover of £12.5 billion and offers over 45,000 tech jobs.

With its roots in science technology and enterprise, Reading is home to several multinational tech companies, including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and Oracle. The city also does well to support tech entrepreneurs with its largest co-working space Grow@GreenPark housing over 300 members.

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Bristol and Bath

Traditionally known for its engineering and innovation, over 60,000 people work in tech in Bristol and Bath. The area tends to advertise data management, software, EdTech, and analytics jobs and has an average tech salary of £47,063.

Bristol is home to the largest robotics lab in Europe and recently saw the opening of Future Space, which provides laboratories and workspaces for tech companies. For an overview of Bristol’s technology sector, take a look at this video produced by O2 UK Business:

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With a burgeoning fintech industry, Birmingham is home to companies like Deutsche Bank and Oxygen Finance. More than 38,000 people work in the tech industry in the city, which is home to over 6,000 tech companies.

Birmingham has an average tech salary of £43,718 and the sector has strong links with the city’s four universities. One of the city’s most recent tech developments is Silicon Canal, an initiative that supports the tech community through meetups and other events.

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Known for its thriving arts scene, Brighton is an up-and-coming tech city with over 12,500 digital jobs and 218 technology start-ups. The city tends to advertise roles in creative tech sectors like gaming, media, and digital marketing. It’s home to companies like American Express and Brandwatch and hosts a number of tech-related events like Brighton SEO and Brighton Digital Festival.

The city has an average tech salary of £44,608, and supports talent across the digital and tech sectors with initiatives like Wired Sussex.

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