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Tech hubs around the country, including London’s Silicon Roundabout, are hiring for 3,229 positions, up 22% since 2012 according to data from Adzuna and Silicon Milkroundabout. London leads the start-up job market with 34% of all current open positions found in the UK, followed by Cambridge with 27%, Brighton with 11% and Bristol 8%. Software as a Service (SaaS) came out top with 15% of the total demand, followed by Travel & Holiday, Retail & E-Commerce and Music with 11% each, followed by Gaming, Business Management and Social at 10%.
Developers are in hot demand with 1,122 jobs currently on offer, with marketing roles second at 642 and product developers at 527. In comparison to the wider UK tech market, start-ups are eager for Ruby programme developers with 14% of start-ups hiring, compared to just 2% across the broader tech industry. This is followed by iOS at 8%, Android at 7% and both Java and Python at 6%. Start-ups also tend to look for more experienced candidates: only 6% of the roles on offer at Silicon Milkroundabout are for graduate-level positions, versus 10% in the wider UK tech market.
The growth in start-up jobs corresponds to a growing trend in the technology sector for people to join these smaller, younger companies. In a survey of tech workers conducted by Silicon Milkround roughly 67% of respondents would be “easily persuaded” to join a start-up company and 25% of people said they were “only considering a start-up” for their next job. For many this is a new direction: amongst those surveyed 49% have never worked for a start-up before. Moreover, 72% of respondents did not expect or care about having a higher salary – suggesting that the traditional advantage banks and bigger technology companies have held over start-ups is lessening in importance.
“More and more people are considering working for a start-up because of the benefits that can’t be offered to employees at a bank or larger tech company” said Pete Smith, co-founder of Silicon Milkroundabout.
“Our survey found that when looking to work for a start-up candidates highly rated equity (65%), job satisfaction (97%) and learning opportunities (97%), as well as getting a say in hiring colleagues, closer proximity to customers, and being at the cutting edge of technology.
“As the UK tech start-up scene continues to mature, more of us will get the chance to experience from the inside the excitement and pace of development that is being achieved in these small, ambitious teams.”
Andrew Hunter, Adzuna co-founder, added "It's great to see the UK tech start up scene really moving through the gears in 2013. It's clear from the data that more and more job seekers are choosing start-ups over banks. The pay might not be quite as good, but the excitement of start-up life and chance to make an immediate difference are clearly enticing more and more bright minds into start-ups"