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Technology, Digital and Sales Recruitment in Bristol

Find out everything that Bristol has to offer. Whether you're looking for your next job or you're adding to your team, we're here to help.

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Silicon Gorge

Few cities outside of London are as respected in the digital space as Bristol. Tech companies are the beating heart of the city’s start-up culture, with the 208 tech startups and scaleups employing over 13,000 people and generating a combined turnover of £4.69b in 2022.

Bristol forms part of the South West’s famous ‘Silicon Gorge’, alongside Gloucester, Bath and Swindon. This reputation stems all the way back to 1972, when a pioneering microchip developer from California chose to locate their UK base in Bristol thanks to the city’s history of aeronautical innovation. The founders of FSI went on to create Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip manufacturer by revenue.

The region has a particularly high concentration of high-growth technology companies and draws huge amounts of investment each year. This stellar reputation has led to impressive year-on-year growth in the sector, which is only predicted to continue. Information & communication employment in Bristol has risen by 4.7% since 2015 and is projected to rise by a further 3.34% by 2025.

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Why look for Bristol tech jobs?

The city’s  3,140 dedicated tech companies provide a wealth of opportunity; in 2021, the technology sector replaced engineering as the city’s number one industry. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is the leading specialism, making up 31% of the city’s tech businesses, but the top companies span areas like fintech, pharmaceuticals, energy, and cyber security.

The city’s well-established tech foundations have led to the creation of several events and forums, for like-minded people to socialise and collaborate. Future Space is a lab and flexible workspace on the UWE Bristol campus that offers support to entrepreneurs and start-ups, while the TechSPARK hub runs regular tech and digital events in the city.

If you’re looking for Bristol tech jobs, our team of consultants are here to help. We’ve been helping candidates find their dream positions for more than 20 years, and recruit across a number of specialisms:

Our extensive network of clients gives us access to jobs you won’t find online, so get in touch to find your dream tech or IT job in Bristol. 

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IT recruitment in Bristol

Bristol’s tech success stems from its mix of a highly skilled graduate population, a long-established reputation for innovation, and a commitment to levelling up the city’s infrastructure.

The two local universities - the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol - achieved an average score of 81 in the Guardian’s computer science degree rankings, and collaborated to found the Bristol Robotics Lab, an academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research. Plus, UoB graduates were named as the 3rd most desirable for Britain’s top 100, ahead of both Oxford and Cambridge.

As well as a thriving grad market, Bristol is investing heavily in its facilities; the city is making significant improvements to its broadband and internet infrastructure to attract more businesses, and help to achieve the goal of becoming one of the nation’s first smart cities. Broadband operator Netomnia is rolling out its full-fibre network in and around Bristol, with an initial investment of £47.5m. 

This advancing infrastructure is accompanied by a lower price point - offices in Bristol are 50% cheaper than the capital on average, which is both helping start-ups to boost their growth and drawing large multinationals away from London.

Whether you’re an IT start-up or a multinational, there’s no better time to explore IT recruitment in Bristol. If you’re looking to unlock the city’s potential for your business, Applause IT can help.

We work on both IT contract jobs and permanent roles, so there’s no one better to help with your IT recruitment in Bristol. Get in touch today to find out how we can best assist your hiring process.

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