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The Rise of Tech Heads – Emerging Techie Towns

IT course providers Computeach and job site reed.co.uk join together to reveal the towns and cities most interested in an IT career. Their data reveals the UK’s top 20 emerging techie towns and cities due to the number of IT course enquiries and IT job applications, which helps to gain more insight into the nation’s interest and involvement in the rapidly changing IT industry, hence the rise of the tech heads.

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Blackpool, London, Manchester and Leeds top the list the UK’s emerging techie towns

Figures from Computeach have helped shed light on where in the country individuals are the most interested in starting an IT career. Notably, the towns and cities tended to be in close proximity to larger business communities.

The percentages shown indicate the likelihood of individuals in this location to purchase a course based on the volume of visits to the site.

Commenting on the findings, Sales Director at Computeach, Gordon Sutcliffe claims:

“Knowing the geographical location of where individuals are interested in starting an IT course helps us to gain a better and realistic understanding of the nation’s interest in IT on a local level.”

City

Most likely to start a course

1

Blackpool

7.77%

2

Bushey

7.47%

3

Brentwood

7.45%

4

Wembley

6.90%

5

Southampton

6.53%

6

Sale

6.37%

7

Dudley

6.36%

8

Coventry

6.35%

9

Leicester

6.34%

10

Oldham

6.19%

11

Norwich

6.16%

12

Brasted

6.10%

13

Glasgow

6.10%

14

Aberdeen

6.05%

15

Cambridge

6.00%

16

Ipswich

5.96%

17

Poplar

5.95%

18

Colchester

5.92%

19

Reading

5.90%

20

Iver

5.90%

London remains top of the list for IT job applications

Figures from reed.co.uk have helped reveal which towns and cities receive the most IT job applications. Such data can be used to demonstrate where the emerging ‘techie towns’ are located in the UK once qualified. London remains the most popular city within which reed.co.uk receives IT job applications, with towns and cities across the UK making up the other prime locations to land an IT job.

Tom Bunkham, Marketing Manager at reed.co.uk, had to say on the results:

“Whilst London remains by far a hotbed for IT vacancies, what really stands out is the variety of locations away from the capital that cater for technology positions. No matter the region of the country you’re looking to work, companies are hiring IT staff with vigour in 2014 – with over 13,000 opportunities across the UK on reed.co.uk right now.”

Town/City

IT Job Applications

1

London

390,632

2

Manchester

61,020

3

Birmingham

59,453

4

Milton Keynes

36,165

5

Leeds

35,682

6

Reading

31,723

7

Newcastle Upon Tyne

28,283

8

Bristol

27,981

9

Cambridge

20,783

10

Nottingham

20,249

11

Croydon

14,830

12

Coventry

13,603

13

Glasgow

13,190

14

Guildford

13,172

15

Slough

12,382

16

Edinburgh

12,018

17

Sheffield

11,817

18

Southampton

11,736

19

Cardiff

11,637

20

Oxford

11,008

The results from this research, highlights the need for investment in businesses in this sector, after all technology is our future.

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Ivan Widjaya is the Owner/Editor of Noobpreneur.com, as well as several other blogs. He is a business blogger, web publisher and content marketer for SMEs.

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