London has been revealed as the most sought-after destination in Europe for international tech jobseekers in a new report from global jobsite Indeed.

Tech jobs in the UK are almost three times more likely to attract interest from international job seekers than careers in other sectors.

However, whilst one in three tech roles in the UK are currently located in London, other cities such as Cambridge and Leeds now have a proportionately greater number of tech jobs than London, with Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham not far behind.

In Cambridge, 14% of all jobs advertised are tech roles, in Leeds it’s 9%, whereas in London it’s only 7%.

As the UK’s digital economy grows, Indeed data show that highly skilled tech workers are increasingly flocking to smaller UK cities to find work. Demonstrated by increased competition for roles and an uptake in hires, the “talent gap” (ratio of job seeker interest to job postings), is closing more quickly in Cambridge and Manchester than in London, suggesting faster growth of tech hubs outside of the capital.

The composition of the most searched for tech jobs suggest a diverse talent mix looking for tech opportunities across UK cities.  While London and Cambridge appear to be the most preferred destination for data scientists, Web Developers appear to be attracted to Manchester and Leeds.  The top five most common tech job searches in the UK are:

  1. Data analyst
  2. Web engineer/developer
  3. Network engineer
  4. Software developer
  5. Software engineer

Tara Sinclair, chief economist at Indeed and associate professor at George Washington University, said: “Understanding where the future opportunities in tech are will be crucial for both employees and jobseekers.

“As London house prices continue to rise and the pressure on earnings increases, jobseekers might eventually find it less appealing to work and live in London, and smaller tech centres will become more competitive. These smaller cities often offer better opportunities in terms of working culture and in turn attracting the next generation of employees that will fuel the digital economy.”

And Sinclair said a move towards flexible working options could also help attract tech professionals.

She said: “Employers inside and outside of London should consider offering remote or flexible work options that enable people to commute to work from somewhere else to attract highly skilled jobseekers wherever they may choose to live.

“They should also consider how they can reach more candidates with the right skills across the country. Talent drives the desire for flexibility, and it is an important tool for companies looking to attract talent and bring people with new skills into the market.

“For the UK as a whole, in the context of an increasingly globalised tech market attracting highly skilled workers is under threat. The typical java developer is paid 47% more on average in the US than in the UK, and thicker tech labour markets and higher density of tech firms in the US allow tech workers in US cities to enjoy much higher wages compared to London. If London is to retain its title as a leading tech hub for Europe, it will need to strive for higher levels of competition for talent, and better job/employee matches.”