Edinburgh tech scene racing ahead

Published: 22 May 2018

Edinburgh saw the number of jobs in digital tech grow at more than triple the UK average in the three years to 2017, as the sector proved to be one of the best-performing in the UK, according to a recent report.

Unveiling its 2018 research, Tech Nation said the progress reinforced the UK’s ambition to be the best place in the world to start or build a digital tech business. The study found that the digital tech sector is worth nearly £184 billion to the UK economy, up from £170bn in 2016.

We started in Leith after the dot-com bust – so we learnt from Silicon Valley blogs and articles. ..We still want to keep learning from the best in the world – as well as leveraging a now vibrant local scene...

Gareth Williams, Chief executive and Co-Founder, Skyscanner

 

Additionally, between 2016 and 2017 the turnover of digital technology companies grew by 4.5 per cent, compared to UK GDP’s 1.7 per cent growth over the same period, according to figures compiled by the organisation, which aims to help accelerate the growth of the sector across the UK.

Looking at Edinburgh, jobs in digital tech were found to total 9,704, while business turnover for the city reached £1.1bn and turnover by employee came in at £118,000. Tech Nation also flagged a strong year for deals including big data outfit Aquila Insight being bought by Merkle...

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