Umbrella Company Employees specialising in technology may be tempted to consider new assignments in the UK’s thriving tech startup sector if they share the views of tech workers polled by the startup jobs fair Silicon Milkroundabout.

67% of the respondents said they’d be ‘easily persuaded’ to work for a tech startup, while a hard kernel of 25% were ‘only considering a startup’ for their next role. Banks could well be losing their traditional advantage in attracting talent: 72% of respondents said they didn’t care about the higher salaries offered by banks. 97% rated tech startups highly because of the job satisfaction they delivered and because of the learning opportunities on offer.

Tech startups across the UK are expanding, according to research from Silicon Milkroundabout and jobs search engine Adzuna. Hiring rates rose by 22% on 2012’s level, with London and Cambridge outperforming the average at 34% and 27% respectively. The total number of new hires has reached 3,229, with software as a service (SaaS) experts snaffling 1,122 of the vacancies on offer. Ruby developer roles comprised 14% of the vacancies, while iOS experts took 8% and Android experts 7%.

Adzuna’s co-founder Andrew Hunter said: “It’s great to see the UK tech startup scene really moving through the gears in 2013. It’s clear from the data that more and more job seekers are choosing startups over banks. The pay might not be quite as good, but the excitement of startup life and chance to make an immediate difference are clearly enticing more and more bright minds into startups.”

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