Five UK cities have more than 10% of their populations employed within the digital tech sector, recent research for the Government’s Digital Economy Council has revealed.

Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, Belfast and Newcastle all have a large proportion of their population working in the sector, and in Cambridge half of the working population are employed in digital tech.

The research, by Tech Nation, looked at data from the ONS, Adzuna and Numbeo to investigate opportunities the digital economy is creating across the country.

Fast growing tech hubs are adding jobs at a rapid rate, with the research finding almost 1.7 million positions advertised during 2018 across the 12 biggest tech centres in the UK.

Outside of London, Manchester saw the most tech openings with 164,000 roles with Leeds closely following.

Jeremy Wright, Digital Secretary,  said: “We are one of the best places in the world to start and grow a tech business and this new data shows the success is bringing good jobs and helping spread prosperity across the country.

“We are determined to seize the future opportunities for technology to improve people’s lives by investing heavily to boost the nation’s digital skills.

“Alongside the fantastic talent coming from our world-leading universities, we have revamped the computer science curriculum, announced new funding to support thousands of AI and data science training courses, are rolling out a new National Retraining Scheme, and are investing £84m in a new centre for computing education led by tech experts.”

George Windsor, Head of Insights at Tech Nation, added: “With over 2.1 million people working in digital technology in 2018, the tech economy is bigger than sectors like hospitality and construction.

“However, increasingly, those lines are getting blurred, with technology jobs crossing over into the mainstream sectors like financial services and health, helping them evolve and stay competitive and productive.

“As countries transition to network based economies in a globalised future, the need for tech jobs and skills is reaching a generational high point, which is why this report is so timely and important in highlighting how the demand for tech skills continues to evolve and grow over time across the UK.”

This research comes after the recent Tech Nation Report 2019 which revealed the success of the UK digital tech sector.

This report found that the total venture capital invested in UK tech last year reached £6.3bn.