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More Than One in 10 Scottish Jobs Now in the Digital Sector

A rise in demand for services is reflected in the figures, as data found that more than 13% of all jobs are in Scotland’s digital sector.

New data has found that more than 13% of all jobs are in Scotland’s digital sector as UK tech hiring reaches a 10-year high.

One in ten jobs are now in Scottish tech, according to research by Adzuna and analysed by Tech Nation for the UK’s Digital Economy Council.

Since January 2022, there have been over 20,000 tech roles advertised in Scotland, with average advertised salaries hitting £52,893 across the country.

The new figures are being announced as Scottish tech companies continue to rapidly grow following an explosion in demand for tech products.

In 2022 alone, Scottish startups and scaleups have raised £281 million in funding, more than the total raised for the whole of 2019 (£253m.)

Scotland’s digital sector job growth coincides with an increase in tech roles across the rest of the UK. There were around 870,000 tech and digital job vacancies available between January to May 2022, the highest number ever recorded since Adzuna began collecting data in May 2012.

Since April this year, the number of open roles has adjusted down slightly (-1.59%) but hiring continues to remain 42% higher than in 2021. The increased availability of digital and tech-related roles has come as the UK tech sector continues to expand across the country.

The UK is the third-largest tech ecosystem in the world, with tech companies across the country raising £12.4 billion in venture capital funding this year to date, more than the whole of 2020 (£12bn).

While some tech companies have signalled plans to cut staff numbers, the tech sector continues to grow, in part due to the rapid rise of adoption of digital tools and services by organisations and enterprises that began during the pandemic.

Roles for software developers continue to remain the most in-demand by companies, while there has also been a strong uptick in hiring for security roles by companies that are adapting to business challenges.

Strong tech job growth in Scotland follows the rapid rise of digital adoption and the success of the country’s tech sector.

Average advertised tech salaries in Scotland are now £52,893, with over 20,000 tech jobs advertised this year. Scottish tech companies have raised £281 million in total so far in 2022, more than the whole of 2019 (£253m).

According to a survey carried out by Tech Nation and YouGov, 64% of people who work in UK tech said that having tech skills was essential for job security. Additionally, 26% believe that upskilling themselves in new digital or tech skills will allow them to earn more in the future.

Of the 16% of respondents who picked up a new tech skill since the pandemic, people have chosen to learn coding or cloud technologies, whilst others have learned data visualisation skills.

Dr George Windsor, Data and Research Director at Tech Nation, said: “The UK is continuing to be the leading light for tech in Europe and the scale of exciting job opportunities across the country is a reflection of that.

“It’s interesting to see how companies are responding to changing challenges, such as the rise in the demand for data skills and an increase in security skills across the board. It’s not just technical skills that can make a difference – but communication and management experience are increasingly important too.

“For anyone looking to enter this fast-paced and innovative industry, there is a role for you if you want it.”


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