According to a new government report released ahead of Birmingham Tech Week, the region has been recognised as a top performer for digital growth and is predicted to create an additional 52,000 roles in the sector over the next four years – a bumper increase of 55 per cent since 2019 alone.
The West Midlands has been named the country’s fastest-growing tech sector and the region’s thriving digital industries are expected to create thousands of new jobs by the end of 2025.
Key facts to take away from the report conducted by the DEC, Tech Nation, and Adzuna.
- The area is predicted to create an extra 52,000 tech roles by 2025
- The region could add £2.7 billion to the economy by 2025!
Tech growth in the region grew by an average of 7.6 per cent a year between 2014 and 2019, the fastest region in the UK. Moving forward it is expected to generate at least £2.7 billion for the local economy by 2025!
It comes as new figures compiled by job search engine Adzuna and investment analysts Dealroom for the UK’s Digital Economy Council and Tech Nation show tech companies in the West Midlands are on track to raise more venture capital investment in 2021 than they did a year earlier, and tech job vacancies advertised in the region have almost doubled since December 2020.
Tech companies in the West Midlands have raised £454 million in venture capital funding already this year, compared to £358 million last year, while tech vacancies have increased from 5,099 in December 2020 to 9,287 in October 2021 – this certainly is reflective of the high number of vacancies that we have seen in the past 6 months, here at EDIT Recruitment, Digital and Tech Specialists.
“As Birmingham Tech Week kicks off it’s great to see the digital sector in the West Midlands entering a golden era.
There are high-quality and well-paid job opportunities for those who want to pursue a career in tech and the region is fast becoming a powerhouse of digital talent.
We are determined to level up the country and we are working around the clock to back digital businesses with pro-innovation policies to boost digital skills and create jobs so everyone can benefit from this dynamic sector.”Digital Minister Chris Philp
Alongside local and national investments in digital skills, including the Digital Entitlement, the Kickstart scheme, and the confirmation last week of increased government-funded scholarships in AI and data science, the rollout of Gigabit broadband will provide Britain’s tech innovators with the bandwidth to process ever-increasing amounts of data, and utilise new advances in internet-connected technologies.
As more people work remotely, it will also give tech entrepreneurs the reliable connectivity they need to start and run businesses from anywhere in the UK, even in remote areas.
Thanks to the government’s bold measures to encourage investment and bust barriers, Gigabit coverage in the West Midlands has exploded from less than three per cent in 2019 to 63 per cent today.
The West Midlands was recently named as one of the areas set to benefit from the government’s £5 billion Project Gigabit – the biggest broadband rollout in British history.
The region also benefits from having the highest proportion of households with internet access at 97 per cent.
Dr George Windsor, Head of Data and Insights at Tech Nation, said:
With 1 in 8 job opportunities now in the digital sector, it’s clear that strong employer demand is prompting astonishing growth in tech roles across regions and UK nations.
Following the launch of the government’s UK Innovation Strategy this summer, the rapid growth of the West Midlands’ tech sector is a testament to the quality of digital talent, innovation policies and opportunity in this thriving region of the UK.
We at Tech Nation have been delighted to welcome tech scaleups from the West Midlands into our Applied AI, Libra, Upscale and Fintech cohorts over the past month – such as Birmingham-based 3D printed vitamin health tech Nourished and AI driverless vehicle company Conigital – as they work across industries to shape the UK – and the world – for the better.Dr George Windsor, Head of Data and Insights at Tech Nation
An explosion in tech jobs:
As the UK starts to recover from the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the digital economy in the West Midlands is enjoying a growth spurt. Analysis by Tech Nation shows Birmingham is the second top-ranked city for the cost of living versus salary for tech roles, with these roles making up 22% of all job openings in 2020 – a growth of 17% from 2018.
A burgeoning startup scene:
The West Midlands has been successful in attracting large digital sector employers, particularly in Birmingham. The region is also home to 1,308 startups, which are transforming industries such as Ed-tech, Digitisation and Manufacturing, according to Tech Nation’s Data Commons.
A top-five tech city:
Birmingham has an average advertised salary of £51,774 for digital tech roles according to Adzuna.
The highest paying jobs in the city include Data Architect, with an average advertised salary of £76,052; Technical Architect, an average advertised salary of £74,043, and Python Developer, an average advertised salary of £63,480.
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