Edinburgh has been recognised by Monster Jobs as one of the best cities outside of London to pursue a digital career in the company’s new city ranking.
New data from jobs site, Monster.co.uk, shows that outside of London, Edinburgh is one the best cities in the UK to develop a career within the digital industry followed by Belfast, Newcastle and Cardiff.
Digital Cities highlights the top 10 cities outside of London to develop a digital career. To create the ranking Monster analysed a variety of factors across cities in the UK, including digital economy growth, available digital jobs and quality of life to create an overall score. The full rankings and corresponding information, including digital jobs available in these areas is available on Monster’s new Digital Cities Hub.
“Our first Digital Cities ranking shows the digital industry is thriving all over the country, not just in London. With London fast becoming unaffordable for the majority of young people starting out their careers, we hope this ranking will give them confidence that there are exciting opportunities in their home or university cities. You don’t have to move to London to make it in digital!”Louise Goodman, Marketing Director at Monster.co.uk
Birmingham topped the list thanks to the availability of over 437 digital jobs, combined with 33% industry growth YoY and average salaries of over £43,000 alongside average costs of £638 to rent a one bed home and £4 for a pint.
Leeds saw higher average earnings (£50,041) and lower cost of living, but had slightly fewer jobs than Birmingham available (310) granting it fourth spot on the UK wide ranking.
Edinburgh, seventh in the ranking of best places outside of London to work, saw the highest average wages (£53,019) and eighth place Belfast saw the lowest rents (£528.5) combined with the largest digital growth with 37%.
Monster Digital Cities ranking:
“Edinburgh is the best city in the world to live in and with such a vibrant and growing economy it’s also a great place to work.”Adam McVey, Leader at the City of Edinburgh Council
“Edinburgh’s creative industries and technology firms are booming adding a huge amount to the success of the Capital. Over the last decade we’ve seen digital careers grow rapidly and we are now home to major tech companies such as Amazon, Microsoft and successful home-grown companies like our two ‘unicorns’ Skyscanner and Fanduel.”
“The European Business Magazine voted Edinburgh as the best city to locate your tech business, and it’s this fantastic business climate that has led to amazing new companies providing fantastic opportunities in the city, a great case in point being Codebase, the UK’s largest tech incubator which houses over 90 tech start-ups which have raised over half a million dollars of investment between them. The fact that Edinburgh also remains the most prosperous UK city outside of London is an additional draw for employers and our thriving mix of financial, academic, creative, hospitality and digital careers makes Edinburgh a vibrant choice for jobseekers.”
For more information on each of these top Digital Cities and how to apply for digital focused jobs in the area head to:monster.co.uk/digital-cities.