Most Umbrella Company Employees who specialise in IT contracting would agree that London, with its thriving Tech City, is the undisputed hub of UK’s tech industry; however, new research from professional resourcing specialist Experis suggest that London is now facing competition from cities from all corners of the country.

The “Tech City” model that has proved so successful in generating jobs and contracting opportunities in the capital is being adopted with gusto by other cities, the new Tech Cities Job Watch reveals. Experis will be updating this report on a quarterly basis to provide IT candidates, recruiters and employers with a barometer of the trends in IT recruitment across the UK.

Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow and Manchester in particular are emerging as new IT recruitment hotspots. The survey analysed more than 54,000 IT jobs and contracts advertised in the UK during the final quarter of 2014 and found that more than 11,000 were generated by these five new hotspots.

Experis Europe’s MD, Geoff Smith, explained the rise of multiple Tech Cities: “The government has declared its ambition for the UK to be the technology centre of Europe and for technology to bring prosperity to ‘every corner of the country’. Great progress has been made towards this in the past few years and as technology continues to filtrate into every aspect of a business, regardless of industry sector, this trend is only likely to gather pace in 2015 and beyond.”

With continued investment in road and rail infrastructure to improve connections with northern cities, he added, the future for IT firms outside London looks brighter than ever.

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