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Edinburgh and Glasgow See Digital Sector Jobs Boom

David Paul

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Scottish tech roles
Scottish tech roles in the two major cities have increased more than 25% over the last two years, with tech positions making up 28% of all available Glasgow vacancies.

Job vacancies and roles within tech are booming in Glasgow and Edinburgh, according to Britain’s Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Newly released figures show Scottish tech roles, such as software developers and data scientists, have increased by more than a quarter over the last two years – some of the highest growth across the UK.

According to data analysed by smarter job search engine Adzuna for the UK’s Digital Economy Council and Tech Nation, IT-related vacancies now make up 13% of all UK job vacancies.

In Edinburgh and Glasgow, tech jobs make up an even higher proportion of roles – up 30% and 28% respectively – as companies seek to find staff with talent following the Covid-19 pandemic.

As well as this, tech startups and scaleups in Scotland collectively employ 135,000 people, the third-highest in the UK after the South East and London.

Commenting on the data, Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Scottish tech is booming and this thriving sector is creating exciting opportunities up and down the country.

“The UK government is determined to see this success continue and is investing heavily to help people in Scotland get the skills they need to seize the opportunities on offer and build back better from the pandemic.”

The strength of the sector in Scotland is also translating into high salary offers, with Edinburgh boasting some of the highest salaries for the UK tech industry. The median digital tech salary in the city is £41,250, which is second only to the £55,000 top-range salaries in London.

Glasgow is currently ranked third in the UK for the cost of living versus salary for tech roles. The median digital tech salary in Glasgow is £38,500 compared to £29,000 for all industries, and around 33% of all tech jobs in the city are in non-technical roles.

Additionally, 2021 is has been a record year for venture capital investment across the UK. Tech companies have raised £13.5 billion in the first half of this year, overtaking 2020’s investment of £11 billion. In Scotland, tech companies have raised £446 million, the highest number so far.

Dr George Windsor, Head of Insights at Tech Nation said: “Edinburgh is proving to be one of the fastest-growing tech cities in the UK, with a higher number of opportunities and salaries compared to other cities.

“Glasgow is also making a name for itself as a destination for tech workers, with some of the best cost of living standards compared to the median tech salary of the whole UK.

“With scaling companies in sectors such as fintech and health tech, Scotland’s tech sector is only expected to grow in the next few years.”


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Software developers are consistently one of the most in-demand roles from companies across the industry.

The main skills employees look for in software developers include mathematical aptitude, problem-solving skills, programming languages, accuracy and attention to detail.

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, added: “There has been an explosion in demand for skilled tech talent in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the past few months with companies across all industries increasing their hiring for specialist tech roles from software developers to systems architects.

“Non-tech roles that are important for the delivery of tech products have also been increasing, with project managers in particular able to command high salaries in Edinburgh.

“We look forward to seeing how this trend develops as businesses continue to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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