Northern Powerhouse lives up to its name for tech talent

The North of England is on track to become home to 363,000 tech workers, according to a report by CWJobs.

The research indicates that while London is still seen as the best location for IT and technology talent (65% of respondents), when it comes to start-ups one in four (24%) would choose to launch in the Northern Powerhouse rather than the capital.

Other key findings are the pre-eminent position of Manchester (pictured) within the technology sector in the North, with 71% of respondents saying their organisation is increasingly hiring talent from the city.

Overall, as in the rest of the UK, recruitment remains a challenge, says the report, with 88% of the 300 respondents saying that they find it harder and harder to hire IT and technology talent.

According to the report, entitled ‘Nurturing the Northern Tech Hub’: “The growth of the Northern tech hub can, in part, be attributed to the government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative. This was established in 2015 to boost the local economy by investing in skills, innovation, transport and culture.”

To date, £3.4bn has been allocated to the North through growth deals, £70m has been invested in the Northern Powerhouse Schools Strategy, and £13bn has been spent on transport.

The report says that when it comes to being able to attract tech talent, Manchester has several distinct advantages over competitors. These include a good educational infrastructure and its status as an advanced learning hub, as well as a good work-life balance.

CWJobs says that its own data on job listings provides evidence of the growing strength of technology across the North of England. Within a 9% increase in tech job listings overall, between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018, it says it saw a 71% increase in Liverpool, a 47% increase in Manchester and a 20% increase in Newcastle.

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