The Scotsman

Boom­ing tech sec­tor among key em­ploy­ers in Scots cities

● 113,300 rel­e­vant jobs ad­ver­tised in Scot­land in 2019 ● Ed­in­burgh has 23% of work­force in dig­i­tal tech roles

- By EMMA NEWLANDS emma.newlands@jpi­me­ Business · Tech · Scotland · Edinburgh · Glasgow · London · United Kingdom · Brunei Darussalam · Amazon · Fife · Dundee · FNZ · Iain Stewart · Government of the United Kingdom

The tech sec­tor is one of the big­gest em­ploy­ers in Scot­land’s largest cities, with about 70,000 jobs in dig­i­tal tech ad­ver­tised in Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow last year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished to­day.

New data an­a­lysed by Tech Na­tion for the Gov­ern­ment’s Dig­i­tal Econ­omy Coun­cil ahead of Lon­don Tech Week has found that more than a fifth of both Scot­tish cities’ work­force is now em­ployed in dig­i­tal tech.

The re­port found that the UK re­mains the undis­puted leader of the tech sec­tor in Europe with more “uni­corns” – star­tups valued at $1 bil­lion (£761m) or more – than any other coun­try on the con­ti­nent. To­tal ven­ture cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in UK start-ups in 2020 has reached €8.5 bn(£7.6bn)tod ate, ac­cord­ing to TechN at ion’ s Data Com­mons.

The au­thors of the rep or t said Scot­land’s tech sec­tor has been one of the strong­est in the coun­try – out­side Lon­don and the South-east–for sev­eral years now, and has been home to the for­ma­tion of uni­corns Brew­dog, FNZ, Skyscan­ner and Wood­macken­zie.

Also high­lighted were re­cent an­nounce­ments such as Ama­zon un­veil­ing plans to cre­ate hun­dreds of new roles in Fife and Dundee.

Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow are two of nine cities out­side Lon­don that now have more than a fifth of the work­force em­ployed in tech. Fur­ther­more, last year about 113,300 va­can­cies were ad­ver­tised in dig­i­tal tech po­si­tions across Scot­land.

Ac­cord­ing to Adzuna data, 16.5 per­cent of ad­ver­tised roles in Scot­land are now in tech, and de­mand for par­tic­u­lar skills such as en­gi­neers in Ed­in­burgh has jumped by a quar­ter while Glas­gow has seen very strong de­mand for de­vops en­gi­neers and en­gi­neers, up by 85 per cent and 84 per cent re­spec­tively. Ad­di­tion­ally, front-end developers are among the top ten mostad­ver­tised roles in Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh.

The me­dian salary for dig­i­tal tech roles was £44,938 in Ed­in­burgh, while Glas­gow’s came in at £40,000.

The UK gov­ern­ment’ s Scot­land min­is­ter Iain Ste­wart said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see our multi-bil­lion pound dig­i­tal tech sec­tor not only con­tinue to thrive but make a vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to eco­nomic re­cov­ery as we emerge from the coron­avirus pan­demic. We are at the fore­front in push­ing the bound­aries in ar­eas such as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, big d at a, cy­ber se­cu­rity, fin­tech and gam­ing. The UK Gov­ern­ment is proud to cham­pion the dig­i­tal tech sec­tor and will con­tinue to sup­port its growth in Scot­land.”

Tech Na­tion boss Ger­ard Grech said: “With dig­i­tal adop­tion ac­cel­er­at­ing in ev­ery area of our lives, it looks likely that the tech sec­tor will con­tinue to be one of the best sources of new jobs this year and can pro­vide the jobs of the fu­ture, right across the coun­try.”

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