Who needs London? Work in Edinburgh if you're priced out of the capital

There’s a reason that tech talent from across the globe is waking up to opportunities in the Scottish capital: it gives you access to world-class companies, a close-knit digital community and a high quality lifestyle.

Edinburgh skyline


London’s economy is booming but as a place to live it is simply unaffordable for many young people. So is the smart choice to move to one of the UK’s other thriving tech, culture and financial hubs? The Guardian met with Sri-Sri Perangur who has already made the leap from London to Edinburgh to work with Unicorn company Skyscanner.

Skyscanner HQ, Edinburgh. A cube forged in steel, glass and Foster and Partners chutzpah on the site of what used to be the city’s Royal Infirmary. Known as Quartermile, the area has become shorthand for young, moneyed Edinburgh and, in recent years, the city’s booming tech scene. Most of that is down to Skyscanner, launched in Edinburgh in 2001 and now the world’s second-biggest travel search engine with 700 employees globally (half of whom are based in this building) and 50 million unique monthly visitors. Only the rain-lashed views of the Castle and Old Town remind you that this is south Edinburgh, not Silicon Valley.

Find out why Sri-Sri chose Edinburgh over London.

Do you have the skills?

It’s an exciting time for Edinburgh’s growing tech sector, with 82% of digital companies reporting a rise in revenue in the past year.

But to help them continue to push the boundaries of innovation, firms need talented individuals like you.

Key sectors are EdTech, FinTech, and software development, but there are diverse opportunities in a range of exciting companies, from start-ups to established home-grown names.

And with demand for skilled workers currently outstripping supply, companies are raising the bar to attract the right candidates, creating fantastic opportunities for those passionate about technology.