The United Kingdom is one of the world’s most developed and extensive IT markets. This country offers high salaries, high standards of living, and great career opportunities in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data, robotics, and other popular technology industries.
Why the UK?
- Large IT market. The UK is the world’s 5th (and Europe’s 2nd) greatest digital tech services exporter in the world, at $42 billion in 2019, sitting behind India, the USA, China, and Germany (according to ITC data and Tech Nation’s Unlocking Global Tech Report). More than 1.4 million people are employed in the UK tech sector, excluding those who work in IT departments of marketing, finance, manufacturing, retail and HR organizations.
- Vibrant startup environment. The UK is 3rd in the world for tech unicorns behind only the US and China, with 77 companies valued at over $1bn and 95 “future unicorns” (companies valued between $250m and $800m). In addition, the UK is home to nearly 7,500 high-growth startup and scaleup digital tech businesses exporting globally.
- International companies. Many tech corporations, including Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft, have their offices in the UK.
- High IT salaries. On average, tech salaries in the UK are 40% higher than in jobs that don’t require specialist tech skills. The starting salary for technology jobs in the country is around £30,000 per year, and the average tech salary stands at about £50,000.