Research reveals jobs in UK tech startup scene are up by 22 per cent

Jobs: Tech startup jobs are on the up

Research compiled by London's Silicon Milkroundabout and Adzuna has shown a year-on-year increase in tech and digital jobs vacancies for startups of 22 per cent.

The figures revealed the prospect of tech jobs with startups was showing more signs of appeal for job hunters, with two-thirds saying they would be "easily persuaded" to join a start up and a quarter saying they were only considering startup roles.

The London tech startup market - which has been boosted by initiatives such as Silicon Milkroundabout and Google Campus - showed the strongest signs of job growth, holding 34 per cent of the country's current open position. The data was compared to the same study conducted a year ago by Adzuna.

Following London in the job market was Cambridge with 27 per cent of vacancies, 11 per cent of the country's tech start up roles in Brighton and eight per cent in Bristol.

Co-founder of Silicon Milkroundabout, Pete Smith, said: "More and more people are considering working for a startup because of the benefits that can't be offered to employees at a bank or larger tech company.

"Our survey found that when looking to work for a startup, candidates highly rated equity (65 per cent), job satisfaction (97 per cent) and learning opportunities (97 per cent), as well as getting a say in hiring colleagues, closer proximity to customer and being at the cutting edge of technology.

"As the UK tech startup 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."

Of the jobs currently available, developers were in the highest demand at tech startups. Businesses were particularly keen to find Ruby developers in the startup scene at 14 per cent hiring those skills compared to just two per cent across the wider industry. Android, iOS, Java and Python developers were also being sought.

The research also found that startups were less likely to hire graduate-only candidates in comparison to the wider tech sector and 72 per cent of respondents said a higher salary was not their priority, indicating that startups were in a stronger position to attract talent away from banks and corporations.

Adzuna co-founder Andrew Hunter said: "It's great to see the UK tech startup scene really moving through the gears in 2013. It's clear from the data that more and more jobseekers are choosing startups over banks. The pay might not be quite as good but the excitement of startup life and the chance to make an immediate difference are clearly enticing more and more bright minds into startups.

Sectors being targeted by startups for tech workers included software as a service (SaaS), travel and holiday, retail and e-commerce and music, gamine, business management and social.

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