By Lewis Catchpole
Sheffield and Rotherham have been named as one of the major digital tech clusters in the UK for the second consecutive time, in a report conducted by Tech City UK.
The report by the company has been called the “most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s Digital Tech economy to date”.
According to the report there are 14,313 digital tech jobs in Rotherham and Sheffield, pumping £273 million Gross Value Added (GVA) into the local economy.
The average salary a tech professional can expect in Sheffield is £42,058 – much higher than Sheffield’s average working salary of £26,141.
Mel Kanareck, director and co-founder of Sheffield Digital, which helps Digital businesses in the area, said “It’s the second year Sheffield has been included as a tech cluster and we are very pleased.
“It is a strong and thriving industry in Sheffield and it is starting to take its place on the international stage. It is what we are becoming known for”.
She continued: “It creates high value jobs which attracts people to the city and for them to stay in Sheffield”.
Sheffield has support networks and programmes in place that have helped to contribute to the rapid growth of the tech sector. Such as the University of Sheffield’s Bioincubator scheme.
The scheme provides office and lab space for business start-ups and entrepreneurs wanting to co-locate on campus to collaborate with world class researchers at the university.
Sheffield City Council’s own tech Growth Adviser, James Wilson, said “There is a lot of optimism amongst Sheffield’s tech community as local businesses are expanding and taking advantage of new opportunities.
“Last year Sky Betting and Gaming, a leading tech business that works in the Italian gaming market, opened its Sheffield base in Electric Works, creating over 100 jobs in the city.
“So the growth of the sector will hopefully lead to greater prosperity in the city and greater standards of living for the people of Sheffield.”
It looks as though there will be a continued growth in Sheffield as construction has begun on a new £20m development, which will provide additional capacity for digital industries, further enhancing Sheffield’s reputation as a hub for digital tech businesses.