Digital destination: Edinburgh’s world-renowned tech sector

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.

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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.

Work with the best

Despite being a relatively small city, Edinburgh has a truly global reach. Craneware, for example, provides financial software to one third of US hospitals, while FanDuel has become the market leader in the one-day fantasy sports industry. Mobile shopping app Mallzee also caught the media’s attention when its CEO turned down investment on popular TV show Dragon’s Den, in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to five multi-millionaires. It has since secured a partnership with Samsung.

As well as boasting companies from innovative start-ups to major brands, you’ll benefit from working alongside talented, passionate people who are at the cutting edge of developments within the sector.

And we can prove it. The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics has produced more world-leading and internationally-renowned research than any other university in the UK.

A global and local network

Just as most of its tech companies are globally connected, the city’s digital community is close and supportive. Tech City UK recently reported that 88% of people working in the sector felt part of a ‘digital cluster’ – the highest rate in the UK.

Regular meet-ups and events give you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of the wider community of more than 17,000 digital professionals, or simply meet new people. For a taste of what you could get involved in, visit the Open Tech Calendar.

Word class start-up incubation is also available through TechCube and CodeBase, creating a collaborative environment and producing some world-leading products.

As Edinburgh’s tech scene continues to grow, now is the perfect time to join one of the capital’s exciting innovators in a friendly, supportive and ambitious community, where you can take your digital career to the next level.

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