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Jobs at UK tech startups grow by recession-busting 22%

Figures released today by Adzuna and Silicon Milkroundabout show jobseekers are leaving the City for tech startups

Tech clusters around the country including London are hiring for 3,229 positions, up 22% since 2012.

London still leads the startup job market with 34% of all current positions, followed by Cambridge with 27%, Brighton with 11% and Bristol 8%.

Ruby on rails still in demand

Unsurprisingly, developers are still hot property with 1,122 jobs currently on offer, with marketing roles second at 642 and product at 527.

Compared to the rest of the UK tech market, startups are eager for Ruby developers with 14% of startups hiring, compared to just 2% across the broader tech industry.

Salaries no longer relevant?

In a survey of tech workers conducted by Silicon Milkroundabout, 67% of respondents would be “easily persuaded” to join a startup company and 25% of people said they were “only considering a startup” for their next job.

25% of people said they were “only considering a startup” for their next job

72% of respondents did not expect or care about having a higher salary – suggesting that the traditional advantage banks and bigger technology companies have held over startups is lessening in importance.

“More and more people are considering working for a startup because of the benefits that can’t be offered to employees at a bank or larger tech company” said Pete Smith, co-founder of Silicon Milkroundabout.

Young people think small is beautiful

“Our survey found that when looking to work for a startup candidates highly rated equity (65%), job satisfaction (97%) and learning opportunities (97%), as well as getting a say in hiring colleagues, closer proximity to customers, and being at the cutting edge of technology.

Scroll down for an infographic from the report

Reacting to the figures, Joanna Shields, CEO at Tech City Investment Organisation said:

‘These statistics are extremely encouraging. I passionately believe that technological innovation is by far the most powerful change agent and that entrepreneurship is the greatest force for economic growth. It’s vital that more and more people see joining a young business or starting a company of their own as a viable career path”.

Mind Candy, which recently celebrated the fifth birthday of Moshi Monsters (its core product) was the top hiring startup in the survey, followed by King and Skyscanner.

Silicon Milkroundabout’s next jobs fair will take place on 11th and 12th May at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.

Attendance for jobseekers is free and companies attending include: Badoo, King, YPlan, Moo.com, Songkick, Lift London, General Assembly, Dattch, Apps for Good, Skyscanner, onefinestay, Notonthehightstreet, graze, Blaze Components, Click Mechanic, and Hungry Planet Games