Are you a coder? Scotland is in the top 5 places for demand – DIGIT.FYI

David Paul
With UK searches for ‘coding jobs’ set to peak in early May, research has found Scotland is a top contender for coding career opportunities.
A new study, conducted by Code Institute, analysed the UK regions and cities with the most job opportunities for developers, ranking them by a variety of factors including the number of jobs, the percentage of total opportunities in software development, and average salary.
Data revealed that Scotland, which ranked fourth on the list for career opportunities, provides developers with the biggest relative pay rise.
Scottish coders are paid £51,215, which is 1.6 times higher on average than other available jobs in the country. Scotland also ranked highly for the percentage of available developer jobs, at 2.5% of the regional job market.
The data revealed that Northern Ireland offers the best opportunities for coders, with the highest proportion of coding roles in the country, amounting to 6.2% of available jobs.
London offers the most roles for developers, but it ranks behind Northern Ireland in terms of the percentage of coding jobs available, at 4.6% of available roles.
When it comes to cities, Belfast tops the list, with developer roles amounting to 9% of total jobs on offer and paying an average of 1.4 times more than other roles.
At the other end of the scale, Hull ranked as the fifth worst city for coding opportunities, and the worst large city. Only 0.7% of jobs are developer roles, and these careers pay 1.1 times more than other jobs.
Commenting on the survey, Jane Gormley, Director of Careers at Code Institute, said: “As the UK economy becomes more and more tech centric, we’re seeing certain regions and cities transform themselves into booming tech hubs.
“This is fantastic news for software developers and those who are planning to learn how to code, and job hunters can target these regions for the best opportunities.
“Learning how to code is a great gateway to the world of software development, as well as opening doors into other exciting careers like video game development and even ethical hacking. So whether you’re a student or you’re looking for a career change, taking an online coding course is a great way to reskill and take advantage of these opportunities.”
Over recent months, technology roles have seen a major boost in two of Scotland’s major cities, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
Data released in September last year established that roles in the two cities have increased more than 25% over the last two years, with tech positions making up 28% of all available Glasgow vacancies.
Figures showed that tech roles in Scotland, such as software developers and data scientists, have seen some of the highest growth across the UK.
Additionally, Scotland is now a good place for women to look for tech roles, after a survey looking at the best places for women seeking jobs in tech in the UK ranked Edinburgh as a top runner, coming in third of the five cities surveyed.
Edinburgh has generally seen strong growth over the last few years, raising a substantial £117 million in the tech sector.
The Scottish capital has also has very competitive salaries compared to other areas of the UK, with the average tech job paying £58,405 a year.
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David Paul
Staff Writer, DIGIT
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