As the saying goes, if you build it, they will come. This especially rings true when considering Manchester’s flourishing tech scene.
Greater Manchester is a £5bn digital powerhouse home to more than 10,000 digital and tech businesses. Collectively, they raised a record £532m from investors in 2022, according to Dealroom data.
Manchester has tech sub-sector strengths in cybersecurity, AI, ecommerce, fintech, gaming and creative. Recent data compiled by Deloitte as part of the government’s Kalifa Review identified Manchester as an “emerging cluster” for fintech.
The city has outperformed other European cities, including Rome and Lisbon, in terms of investment. Over the past five years, Manchester companies have secured more than £1.8bn in VC funding.
It’s also produced several tech unicorns, including data company Matillion, which in 2021 surpassed the $1bn valuation milestone after raising £108m in Series E funding.
In 2022 funding beneficiaries included Modern Milkman, which secured £50m, and BE.EV’s £110m round. This year, Arctic Shores raised £5.75m in a Series B funding round.
In addition to tech startups, Manchester is home to well-known brands who are key employers in the city region. In 2019, Siemens UK chose Manchester as the head office for its UK operations.
Fintech Starling Bank has also established an office in Manchester and intends to create 1,000 new jobs.
Similarly, Booking.com’s £80m Manchester office is its second largest globally and employs 1,300 people from over 70 countries.
Manchester is also home to financial and professional firms including PwC, which announced a further 1,000 jobs at its tech hub in 2021.
The city also benefits from two universities — Manchester and Salford — as well as the nearby University of Liverpool, meaning skilled workers are in plentiful supply.
Manchester tech job appeal
All of these contributing factors make for a compelling argument for working in Manchester. The lower cost of living compared to London is another string to add to its bow.
It’s estimated that the cost of living is 30% cheaper on average than London, with housing coming in at a whopping 39% cheaper, transport 40% cheaper, and entertainment 19% cheaper.
So whether you already work and live in Manchester or are contemplating a tech job move, the UKTN Job Board is the perfect place to start your Manchester job hunt.
It features thousands of tech jobs in companies that are actively hiring, like the three below.
AI technical architect, PwC, Manchester
PwC is looking for an AI technical architect to help with the design and engineering of business-facing AI applications. These applications deal with a range of technology, from generative AI to optimisation modelling. You’ll work with other technical specialists and subject matter experts from wider tech central teams and business SMEs.
Key responsibilities will include undertaking a structured analysis of technical issues, identifying and triaging deeper issues that need fixing and looking for opportunities to collaborate and reuse components, communicating with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
Technical director, Electronic Arts, Manchester
Located in the market town of Wilmslow, just 13 miles south of Manchester, EA’s Playdemic is home to the award-winning Golf Clash. As technical director you will provide technical leadership to the studio, promote a development culture of healthy accountability, maximise potential and pride in accomplishments, and lead the engineers, providing regular mentorship and career development.
You will also set studio standards by defining high-level architecture, processes, tools, and technical budgets, create and manage a technical roadmap to forecast delivery dates and approve high-risk technical designs.
Cyber project manager, Dentsu Aegis Network, Manchester
As cyber project manager, you will ensure the successful delivery of small, large and complex security projects. This project manager will ensure projects are delivered on schedule, within the approved scope, a defined budget, and at quality standards, while ensuring stakeholder satisfaction.
You will also be required to establish, lead and motivate the project team to achieve project goals, mitigate project risks and issues, work collaboratively with project stakeholders to ensure a successful handover to run functions and complete status reports as per the security reporting cycles.