Belfast is one of the best cities to develop a digital career

  • Monster’s Digital Cities highlights the top 10 cities outside of London that are the best to start a digital career. The ranking was curated by taking into consideration a variety of factors -- such as economic growth, available digital jobs, and quality of life -- to give an overall score.

    “Our first Digital Cities ranking shows the digital industry is thriving all over the country, not just in London. With London fast becoming unaffordable for the majority of young people starting out their careers, we hope this ranking will give them confidence that there are exciting opportunities in their home or university cities. You don’t have to move to London to make it in digital!”, commented Louise Goodman, Marketing Director at Monster.

    Belfast ranked eighth in the ranking for best places outside the capital to work, with low rents (£528.50) pairing well with large digital growth (37%) and an average salary sitting at £37,785.

    Leeds has a slightly higher average rent recorded (£587.5) and a significantly higher number of jobs available in the digital sector, with 310 being reported compared to Belfast offering 116.

    Birmingham topped the list thanks to the availability of over 437 digital jobs combined with 33% industry growth year-on-year and average salaries of over £43,000.

     “Technology plays a major role in terms of economic development in Northern Ireland and Belfast in particular- we have a long history of software development excellence and inward investment. Foreign direct investment is currently at its highest ever level and we are one of the fastest growing knowledge economies in the UK and pride ourselves on being future focused, outward-looking, and at the forefront of new digital technology”, commented Councillor Donal Lyons, Chair, Belfast City Council Growth and Regeneration Committee.

    “Under the Belfast Region City Deal we hope to create another 20,000 jobs, many of them in STEM-related industries and new technology, alongside a 10-year programme of inclusive growth for Belfast. We are prioritising significant investment in a Smart District, technology testbeds and next-generation digital connectivity to enable businesses across the region to connect to new markets and opportunities. By 2035 we plan as part of the Belfast Agenda to have attracted 66,000 more residents to Belfast and have created up to 46,000 new jobs."

    For more information on each of these top Digital Cities and how to apply for digitally focused jobs in the area head to https://www.monster.co.uk/digital-cities.  

    Source: Monster Press Release

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