London may hog the lion’s share of tech roles in the UK, as the sheer number of high-profile companies headquartered there ensures this, but between startups, scaleups and household names, a new narrative is unfolding outside the capital with ample regional tech jobs.
Leeds recently topped a list as the place with the best-paying jobs outside of London, followed by Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester.
“Silicon fen” Cambridge took second place and though it is well-known for its tech and life science clusters, it is also an AI employment hotspot, alongside Oxford, both boasting 320 and 190 AI jobs per 10,000 workers, respectively.
This is compared to a measly average of 25 AI jobs per 10,000 in London, 103 AI jobs per 10,000 in Manchester, and 64 AI jobs per 10,000 in Bristol.
Towns and cities with prominent universities will often be home to a higher proportion of tech startups in exploratory and quickly evolving fields, so job seekers keen on innovation should keep places like Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester front of mind.
With Big Tech redundancies hitting the headlines over the last couple of years, and a hiring slowdown in larger organisations in place, it’s the perfect time to think outside the East London, Tech City box and hunt for regional tech jobs.
In fact, a new report reveals that the hiring rate in late-stage companies has dropped from 62% to 31% in 2023, compared to early-stage companies which dropped 21%, and growth-companies which dropped 16% in the same period.
And while startups and scaleups are hiring more sustainably – less gluts and more gradual growth – this means founders are hiring consciously into essential roles, and once you’re in, there is a bigger focus on retention, including upskilling and continuous professional development.
Looking to land a new regional tech job outside of London? Check out the UKTN Jobs Board for a constantly updated list, including these five below.
Software engineer, Electronic Arts, Guildford
Electronic Arts, based in Guildford, is hiring into Frostbite, its state-of-the-art, multi-platform game development engine. Reporting to the senior manager of rendering engineering, the software engineer will be part of the VFX cell driving the tech forward to power future titles and push the boundaries of visual quality in games.
The ideal candidate will have a BSc degree in Computer Science, or equivalent experience, and real-time simulation knowledge, as well as C++, design and software architecture skills, maths skills, and participating media, Sky or cloud rendering experience.
Software developer, OpenText, Cambridge
In Cambridge, OpenText, formerly Micro Focus, is creating software solutions and services that help thousands of customers worldwide manage core IT elements of their business. Part of OpenText is IDOL Server, an industry leader in machine learning, AI, enterprise search and audio, and video processing, and its R&D department is in constant need of top-class graduates.
For these software developer roles, the organisation is looking for candidates with a 2-1 or first degree in a technical subject like maths, natural science, engineering or computer science, good working knowledge of Windows or UNIX environment, and knowledge of C or C++, as well as motivation to work in small teams, creativity and problem solving. Agile and Scrum development and Python scripting would also be a plus.
Software developer, Greggs, Newcastle upon Tyne
Household name Greggs has an opening in its digital team as a software developer in Newcastle upon Tyne, who will help deliver a suite of innovative greenfield products to ensure digital and in-store ordering is as seamless as possible.
Working across kiosk ordering, click and collect, new till software, order fulfilment with Apple, and customer loyalty apps means there’s lots of variety, and famously, the company distributes 10% of its profits to employees with six-months service or more, every year.
There are also a number of other benefits including pension contributions, equity schemes and health insurance. The ideal candidate will be passionate about writing clean code, have experience developing CI/CD pipelines, be comfortable working across cloud platforms, have an in-depth knowledge of C#, . NET and object-oriented design principles and patterns, and will have experience working with RESTful APIs written in .NET.
Software engineer / senior software engineer, Diamond Light Source, Didcot
Work in the railway town of Didcot in Oxfordshire as a software engineer in the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, based primarily on site but with some home working available. The company hiring is Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, which accelerates electrons to near light-speed creating beams of lights from infra-red to X-ray that are used in academic and industry research across many disciplines.
This role will support and enhance the User Administration System (UAS) used within Diamond, a web-based enterprise system using modern database technologies. Developing integrations, designing new micro-services and websites, and inputting to scientific software architecture are all part of the gig, and the ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in modern object-orientated programming, front-end and middleware dev tech, Java, Spring Core + Security, user interface design, as well as Scrum and Agile processes.
Software development engineer, Autodesk, Sheffield
In the Steel City, you’ll find Autodesk Construction Solutions, a company addressing the complex scheduling needs of the construction industry. It is seeking a senior software development engineer to develop non-UI web libraries and implement solutions to improve web applications maintenance by partnering with other teams and software architects to build and release pipelines.