A year ago we published an article on the tech companies in Bristol that were hiring. As we approach the new year and people are starting to think about career change and progression, we thought we would revisit the list. Read on for links to the tech companies that are hiring right now.

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The Bristol tech scene

The growth of the UK’s digital landscape means that tech opportunities are being created twice as fast as in the wider economy and investment in the sector in the UK is greater than in any other continental country.

It is not surprising to learn then, that IT has become the UK’s highest-paid job sector, and amongst the regions, it seems that Bristol-based companies pay well.

At over £47,000, the South West offers a salary higher than the national average, a figure which has grown by almost 10% in the past 5 years.

The UK Tech Nation Report only serves to cement the region’s tech and digital prowess, and it is no secret that Bristol has risen to the top of the food chain digitally speaking.

Its rich figures are worthy of high esteem. Together, Bristol and Bath, join forces to comprise the South West Digital Cluster….a region that has enjoyed an 87% growth of digital business, has an annual turnover of £8.1 billion and employs a 35,000 strong tech army.

In fact, it has such a high digital concentration, that The Silicon Gorge hosts 4 times more digital firms than the national average….17% of which can be categorised as firms of high growth.

The who’s who of Bristol technology companies.

A quick sweep of Bristol’s tech landscape points to some noteworthy residents. Hewlett Packard, EE, global mobile tech giants Somo, XMOS.  The region is also famed for its digital creativity.

Creative media firms such as IMDb operate from here, not to mention the highly acclaimed and Academy Award-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations.

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Large companies hiring right now:

Just Eat – Career Page

Hewlett Packard – Career Page

Lloyds – Career Page

AXA – Career Page

The Bank of Ireland – Career Page

Sun Life – Career Page

Aviva – Career Page

Hargreaves Lansdowne – Career Page

BT – Career Page

Cray UK Ltd – Career Page

Nokia – Career Page

Medium-sized tech companies hiring right now:

Zone – Career Page

OVO Energy – Career Page

IMDB – Career Page

Aardman Animations – Career Page

Polecat – Career Page

ForgeRock – Career Page

Creditcall – Career Page

Ecotricity – Career Page

Blu Wireless – Career Page

BookingLive – Career Page

Immersive Labs – Career Page

Brightpearl – Career Page

True Digital – Career Page

Eunomia – Career Page

Nomensa – Career Page

Somo Global – Career Page

Ultrahaptics – Career Page

Wriggle – Career Page

Atomic Smash – Career Page

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Bristol tech startups.

Of note are firms such as Ultrahaptics, OpenBionics and who are doing groundbreaking work in the VR and robotics.

Indeed, these are just some of the 225 startups who blazed their trail from Bristol since 2011. For more details on Bristol’s tech startups have a look at out in-depth startup list here.

What are these IT companies paying?

So, with all this opportunity, which skills are most in-demand?

If value is placed on a position by salary, you are highly desirable in Bristol if you have Data Architect as the strapline on your CV.

In this position, you can expect to earn an average of almost £72k annually. Following this, as a Tech Lead you will be rewarded with a salary in the region of £54k and if you fall into the categories of a Systems Engineer, a Python Developer or a Product Manager you can expect to earn somewhere in the region of £51-52k per year.

In broader terms, research conducted by Indeed suggests that there have been industry shifts which are affecting the job search of candidates across the tech space.

Current trends across the ecosystem have affected the mindset of UK tech professionals, and are directly steering job seekers toward certain lines of specialism.

Job searches for careers in Blockchain grew by 224% last year, whilst candidate interest in Cyber Security careers leapt by 196%.  Creative Digital Media Apprenticeship searches rose by a huge 240%, suggesting that candidates were prepared to forego a massive salary in order to get their foot in the door of this desirable industry.

Locally, research conducted within the startup community, points to the lack of highly skilled workers as a challenge to the growth of their business, with more than 70% of local startups believing this to be true.

How do you find all these tech companies hiring right now in Bristol?

Our list is not exhaustive and if you are looking to proactively search for which Bristol tech companies are recruiting there are a couple of options for you.

Firstly, you can have a look at all of the best tech job boards currently available and work your way through those job boards one-by-one.

If you are looking for a role within tech then give us a call or visit our jobs page to see the opportunities we have available.


About the author: As a founder of Ignite Digital Talent, I lead our brilliant team to ensure we deliver time and time again for our clients. I also stay closely networked with industry influencers to ensure we are well placed to understand the issues and challenges our clients face.

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