City set for huge digital jobs growth

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More than 20,000 people work in digital jobs in Sheffield according to the first comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital technology clusters.

The Tech Nation survey, welcomed today by Prime Minister David Cameron, revealed 21,403 people work in the sector – with a 17 per cent growth in new digital companies since 2010.

Nationally, 1.46 million people – 7.5 per cent of the UK workforce – are employed in digital industries, with job growth predicted to outperform all other occupation categories by 2020.

Tech Nation is the start of a nationwide initiative delivered by Tech City UK. It will include regular data analysis and reporting of the UK’s rapidly evolving digital economy.

With 1.46 million digital jobs across the country and 74 per cent of digital businesses outside of London, the report claims to show the UK’s digital business revolution is a nationwide growth story.

Baroness Joanna Shields, chair of Tech City UK and digital adviser to the Prime Minister, said: “The UK is recognised for its tech and digital strengths. Today’s report reveals the depth of the sector and the complex array of skills, specialisms and strengths that truly make us a Tech Nation.

“The unprecedented level of detail and analysis of business starts, revenue and job growth give us a first-hand view of the clusters and businesses that make up the UK digital economy. We are a Tech Nation and we hope this project will inspire innovation and growth for years to come.”

Sheffield is home to success stories including Servelec, Sumo, Zoo and wanDISCO.

Carl Cavers, CEO of games firm Sumo Digital, said: “Working within the vibrant digital community of companies and universities has been a huge benefit to Sumo Digital. Sheffield is rightly being recognised.”