Last year, investment in London tech was double that of any other European hub, according to a report by London & Partners. We spoke to some leaders in the sector to ask why, despite Brexit, there’s never been a better time to grow your tech career in the UK capital.
Here’s 4 reasons to be excited about a career in London tech.
2017 saw London receive £2.4 billion in tech investment, followed by Paris (£564.97 million) and Berlin (£456 million) with an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 tech startups active in the city right now. Paul Abercrombie, Head of Talent EMEA at Bazaarvoice, believes it’s this commitment to funding that puts London head and shoulders above other cities.
“London is the tech centre for Europe, there are still more opportunities and investment for people here than anywhere else.”
London is renowned for having a highly engaged tech community, there are a plethora of networking events and meetups to choose from. Not only are these events a great way to learn about industry developments, they’re also a great way to connect with potential employers, mentors and even investors. For Anna Roe, Global Head of People at Airsorted, the number of startups looking to effect positive change are what makes the city special. When asked what’s the most exciting thing about a career in London tech right now she said: “The variety of amazing companies that there are to join, all trying to make the world a better place.”
Focus on culture
High levels of employment in the UK capital, coupled with a shortage of skilled talent mean that candidates are prioritising cultural alignment when considering job offers. The result is a more engaged and contented workforce and for Harry Brown, Lead Talent Partner at Capital One, a more fulfilling job. “Given the amount of opportunities available, candidates can afford to take their time and find the perfect role and company for them. It makes my job so much more rewarding when we find a candidate that is well informed and genuinely wants to be part of our team,” he said.
London may be renowned for fintech but there’s a wealth of different companies and subsectors at the heart of the city. Alex Balfe, People & Culture Manager at beryl said it’s this diversification which makes London such an exciting place to work. “The sheer variety of projects and industries you could be involved in. Anything from smart doorbells, to urban mobility, or even bespoke dog food – the opportunities really are endless!” he said.