7 reasons why you should start your tech career in Leeds
Leeds is the best place to start your tech career. Don’t believe us? Read these seven reasons why finding a tech job in Leeds is the best idea.
Leeds is a fantastic place to start a career, especially if you’re looking for a job in tech. Not only is the city blossoming into a food and culture hub, but it’s also one of the best places to live for general happiness and work-life balance.
Lonely Planet recently ranked it in its top 10 places to visit in Europe, while the Sustainable Cities report marked it out as the best British city for quality of life.
But what makes it such an exciting place to start a career in tech?
It’s growing fast
Leeds is one of the fasting-growing cities in terms of its tech offering in the world. Anyone who has just entered the world of work knows how important the people around you are for impacting your working style. The number of innovators and creatives in Leeds makes it an incredibly exciting city to start your career in.
Leeds Digital Festival
Growing every year, the Leeds Digital Festival brings speakers from all over the world to West Yorkshire. Combine this with a variety of events for both the tech-savvy and the tech-shy, and you’ve got yourself an exciting addition to your calendar. Keep an eye out in February 2018 for the first announcements for the next event, taking place in April 2018.
It’s a fantastic place to graduate
Graduating can be a nervous time for anyone, but Leeds is one of the best places to start your life in the working world. It was even cited as the third-best city in the UK for students going to university, earning it the title of a Graduate Hubspot.
Leeds International Festival
As the largest film festival outside of London, the Leeds International Festival is one of the city’s most popular events every year. From world exclusive premiers to cult favourites, its fantastic two-week schedule is one not to be missed.
Going solo? Why not?
There’s a growing number of self-employed people across the UK and Leeds is a fantastic place to become your own boss. Leeds University backs a programme – SPARK – to encourage students to become entrepreneurs, while Leeds City Council is behind a 3.7 million grant to support tech projects.
Leeds has some incredible employers
Leeds has major employers, such as NHS Digital, Sky, Callcredit, Jet2, and First Direct that call it home, meaning there are plenty of jobs for those who want a badge on their CV. However, there’s also an exciting number of start-ups that will allow you to earn your stripes and innovate your way into the tech world. Cocoon and Ten10 are just two of Leeds’ favourites. You may find yourself with a tech career without actually realising.
There’s a fantastic work-life balance
In its latest Good Growth report, which looked at factors that make cities the best to live and work, PwC ranked Leeds in the top position. With its variety of world-class theatres, a Michelin-starred restaurant and plenty of others that are biting at its toes, and many entertainment hotspots, it’s not hard to see why Leeds is such a fantastic place to settle. On top of this, it’s also on the doorstep of some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.
Now thinking of moving to Leeds? In that case, grab yourself a tech job! Find out more about a tech career, check out our job board and get signed up to Leeds Digital Job Fair on the 28th of February 2018.