A new survey of the British technology sector has revealed something we already knew – that Edinburgh is one of the top places for tech sector employees to live and work.
Photo: Views of Edinburgh from Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland by Glen Bowman, used under Creative Commons
The report, Tech Nation 2016, was commissioned by Tech City UK to discover hot spots for growth in the industry.
Factors contributing to Edinburgh’s stellar growth include the availability of commercial property, flourishing local networks and a large pool of graduate talent.
We’ve already recognised this, taking part in local initiatives and running our own, very successful apprenticeship and graduate recruitment schemes.
CompanyNet’s specialist area, enterprise software and cloud computing, is noted by the report as a key specialism for the city.
The report also revealed that salaries in Edinburgh’s tech sector have risen by 26 per cent since 2012, pushing it into the top three UK cities for tech salaries.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh has been named the UK’s biggest hub for tech start-ups outside London, with 44 start-ups coming from Edinburgh University alone.
Last year Scotland produced its first two so-called ‘unicorn’ companies. SkyScanner, the air travel app, and PureLiFi, which transmits data over light, were the first Scottish tech companies to be valued at more than $1bn.
Add to this the fact that Edinburgh is statistically the number one place in the UK for quality of life and you’ll see why it’s such a great place to live and work.
We’re always looking for great technical staff, graduates and potential apprentices – have a look at our careers section to find out more.