UK tech in metrics
Over one-quarter of the latest UK technology jobs are advertised in cities outside of London, according to the Tech Cities Job Watch from Experis. Which is a soft way of saying that close to three-quarters are in the capital. The salary skew is pretty pronounced, too, with average Londoon pay coming in at £51,500, ahead of Cambridge’s £41,000, Birmingham (£39,700) and Glasgow (£39,100).
The metrics don't stop Experis coming out with the reveal that ‘the hunt for top IT skills is extending to all corners of Britain, in line with the government’s drive for nationwide tech growth’. “The government has declared its ambition for the UK to be the technology centre of Europe and for technology to bring prosperity to every corner of the country,” says Geoff Smith, md, Experis Europe.
Way to go. And there is some way to go here. How many UK companies feature in the latest Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators rankings? Zero. Japan boasts 39, more than any other nation, and uncoincidentally spends 3.4% of its GDP on R&D, compared to the UK’s mere 1.7% (the UK lags the rest of Europe’s 2.2% to 3.4% range).