Manchester might have built its reputation on football and music, but as the city has enjoyed rejuvenation and investment over the past decade, its tech sector has also begun to truly blossom. Last year, it was estimated that the sector generates almost £3 billion every year. This makes Manchester the fourth largest IT hub in the country, after London, Reading and the Bristol & Bath area.
Talent attracting employers
In some ways it seems unusual. We are used to seeing a world where the locations with the high profile employers attract the biggest talent. In Manchester, it has happened the other way around. The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford are all respected educational institutions with a great track record in developing the best technical expertise.
These have served as a beacon for some high profile employers including LateRooms and Autotrader, both of which have set up home in the city. This has resulted in a remarkable 62,500 tech jobs in Manchester – a figure surpassed only by London.
It’s not just the big names
This is the age of the entrepreneur, so it should come as no surprise to learn that it is not just the big names that are playing a role in Manchester’s technological revolution. When Tech Nation evaluated the 50 fastest growing tech companies in the north of England, it was noted that 14 of them are based in Manchester.
Tech startups, though, are only the start of it. Probrand is an IT support company based close to Old Trafford. This is an organisation that has been quick to recognise that tech is something that is essential to every business across any sector you can think of, from retailers to financial service providers to estate agents.
They offer outsourced IT support to businesses, providing them with cutting edge technical expertise and allowing them to free up their own internal resources to spend time on areas that are within their own spheres of knowledge. It is a business model that works well, and the fact that businesses of all types and sizes are increasingly choosing to go down the route of appointing third parties to take care of their technical support needs tells its own story.
Want to be a part of it?
Whether you are just starting out in the world of work or you are looking for a career change, the technical sector makes sense on every level. Plentiful opportunities, attractive salaries and career opportunities that can take you into a whole range of different directions are just a few of the benefits.
The new technology hub at Manchester Technology Centre will be home to a whole host of startups and is expected to generate a further 2,000 jobs over the coming decade in a wide range of technological areas. In other words, there has never been a better time for Mancunians to update their CVs, brush up with some online courses and get professionally involved in their city’s technological revolution.