According to new research, the Belfast technology workers agree that the city is now among the top four in the UK for high-paying digital jobs.

Over the past year, more than 16,000 new jobs have been created in the fast-growing Belfast business, accounting for almost a quarter of all vacancies

Salaries of around £ 40,000 in connection with the cost of living also make the Northern Irish capital the best place to look for qualified technology roles that put us in direct competition with London.

Novosco is just one of many Belfast-based technology companies. Managing Director Patrick McAliskey said, "Although the technology sector has grown significantly in Northern Ireland in recent years, there is still incredible potential for further expansion.

"In our own experience, we have expanded our team of approximately 75 employees to over 200 in 2013. We expect to increase it to 300 employees next year."

And they treat these employees well with annual £ 2,000 worth of training, "a health and wellness program at work, free fruit and healthy drinks for all staff, acupuncture, massages and a gym on site, as well as regular breakfast, lunch and Friday pizza." , ,

"We're based at Catalyst Inc, which has a large group of technology companies," he added, "and it's a really exciting place with so many companies expanding.

"Employers like us invest heavily to attract and retain the right talent."

There are now more than 60,000 employees working in technology companies throughout Belfast.

An analysis of Tech Nation's figures published by the government's Digital Economy Council suggests that 10% of the city's population is in the industry.

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The sheer number of jobs offered in the local digital economy only takes us behind London, Manchester and Reading in the UK, where 2.1 million people now work in the industry.

Secretary of State Karen Bradley said: "These results show that Northern Ireland is a great place to start and grow a technology company and invest in world-class talent.

"In Belfast, technical jobs increased 120% from 2015 to 2018 (and) in the UK, digital job ad growth is highest.

"I welcome Tech Nation's fantastic insights that Belfast is the best place to be an experienced technician outside of London.

"This shows that the industry is booming and companies want to harness the enormous talent in the region."

A study for the Digital Economy Council of the Tech Nation government looked at data from ONS, the Adzuna construction site, and the Numbeo cost of living database to gain new insights into the opportunities of the digital economy.

Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright added, "We are determined to harness the future potential of technology to improve people's lives by investing heavily to improve the country's digital capabilities.

"In addition to the great talent of our world-leading universities, we've revised the computer science curriculum, announced new funding to support thousands of AI and data science trainings, launched a new national retraining program and invested £ 84 million in a new computer education center run by technology experts is directed. "

We are the fourth in the UK for numbers employed by tech companies

Belfast proved to be the best place in the UK to be a software or full-stack developer, taking into account the cost of living.

And these roles have salaries that are 17% above the national average.

However, tech companies of all sizes are also hiring employees with broader skills, including consultants, accountants, PRs, and marketing professionals. In fact, in 2017, two-thirds (42,101) of industry-employed employees worked in non-technology roles in digital companies.

Gerard Grech, Tech Nation CEO, said, "With more than 2.1 million people working in digital technology in 2018, the tech industry is bigger than industries like the hospitality and construction industries.

"However, these areas are increasingly blurring, and technology jobs are shifting to the mainstream sectors, such as financial services and healthcare, which will allow them to evolve and remain competitive and productive.

"With the transition of countries to network-based economies in a globalized future, the need for technical jobs and skills reaches a generation high point. That's why this report is so timely and important to highlight the growing demand for technical skills and grows across the UK over time. "

The Department of Commerce of Northern Ireland has welcomed the rapid growth of the industry.
A spokesperson said: "The digital sector is one of the priority sectors for the Northern Ireland economy. The department continues to work with employers and their representative bodies to support the development of skills supply and growth in this innovative sector. "

The statistics:

– 60,041 were employed by technology companies in Belfast (2017) – 10% of the population

– 16,853 jobs advertised in the digital economy (2018) – 24% of all job advertisements

– The average tech salary – £ 40,000

– Tech roles pay an average of 17.65% more

– Belfast is the best workplace in the UK for software developers and full-stack developers

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