Blog #16

Blog #14

 13 Nov 2017

According to the latest Tech Nation report, published earlier this year, the North of England is doing well compared to past performance and other regions.

Spread across Yorkshire, the North West and the North East of England, there are around 125,000 employed in the digital and tech sectors, generating a Gross Value Added (GVA) of £5.4 billion. Average salaries are said to be around £41,000 - although we’ve done our own homework on that:
Check out our salary guide here.

All sounds pretty good, so far. But we know the North, like any regions beyond Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London, is competing for talented developers in a global marketplace. Finding a talented developer, skilled in the language(s) you need, with the right experience, who actually knows what they're doing is not easy. We know. We do this for our clients every day.

Across the country, there are 1.64 million employed in the digital and tech sectors, including hundreds of thousands of developers at varying levels of skill and experience. Naturally, London generates more revenue (£56 billion) employs more people (300,000) and is responsible for a much larger GVA (£30bn) than the rest of the country.

We know this is a question that gets asked every so often; but, how do we compete, especially when trying to attract developers to the North?

Attracting Tech Talent To The North

In the early 2000s, Sunderland-based Leighton opened an office in Ontario, Canada to ensure they had enough developers. Speaking to The Guardian, Chairman Paul Callaghan CBE said the problem was that “Universities were creating graduates but they were all being attracted to the south.”

Clearly, this is not a new problem.

If you'd like to find out more, click the image below to Download 'Hainton's Guide to Recruiting Developers'.

Or View Our Diary And Book In A Call.

Also included in the guide:

  • 10% Flat Fee Recruitment - What You Get (And Don't Get)
  • How Your Business Can Use Social Media To Attract New Recruits
  • Why Developers With Start Up Experience Are Worth Hiring


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