Tony Parish

There are many Bristol tech companies and they are all searching for talented individuals to join their teams. These companies also comprise of some of the coolest companies in Bristol.  

Fast becoming known as ‘The Silicon Gorge’, with its very own Silicon Gorge Tech Meet Up.   

The growth of Bristol tech companies.

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.  

The large companies based in Bristol that will be looking for tech talent. 

Amongst the most interesting Bristol tech companies are Just Eat such high profile organisations will be on a perpetual search for talent.

The South West can also boast a strong connection with some large financial institutions. With Fintech being the buzzword on everyone’s lips, companies such as Lloyds, AXA and The Bank of Ireland have created a host of exciting opportunities for IT professionals within this growing area of the banking sector.

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
Which? – Career Page
Hargreaves Lansdowne – Career Page

Medium sized tech opportunities…

Zone – Career Page
OVO Energy – Career Page
IMDB – Career Page
Aardman Animations – Career Page
Polecat – Career Page
Abide Financial Services/NEX – Career Page
ForgeRock – Career Page
Creditcall – Career Page
Yellowdog – Career Page
Ecotricity – Career Page
Adarga – Career Page

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 suggest 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 IT companies recruiting 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.

Secondly, our top tip for reaching the best and most exciting technology companies Bristol has to offer would be to access the best job search engine in the world – Google For Jobs (GFJ). GFJ is yet to roll out in the UK, although with a few browser tweaks you can use GFJ in the UK today! 

Of course, you are always free to contact us for an introduction to some of our clients???

Tony Parish, Co-Founder and Director of Technology at Ignite Digital Talent

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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