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Technology, Digital and Sales Recruitment in Manchester

Want to know more about what's going on in the 'rainy city'? Whether you're looking for your next role or next team member - we can help.
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The world's first industrialised city...

Hailed as the top UK tech hub outside of London three years running, Manchester is a city with huge potential for candidates and recruiting businesses alike. It’s home to over 5,700 tech companies - the highest volume in any regional city - and has attracted some of the UK’s largest companies away from London.

Both the BBC and ITV moved a significant portion of their operations to Manchester in the early 2010s to reside in MediaCityUK, a mixed-use property development known as a hotspot of technological innovation. Its residents and initiatives draw huge amounts of investment and talent to the city: Innovation hub HOST launched HOST50 in 2021, a scheme to deliver fully-funded support and mentoring to fifty tech entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.

Schemes like this highlight the significance of startups to the speed of Manchester’s tech development. In 2014, two unicorns in and around Manchester announced IPOs; online retailer and fashion brand Boohoo. Businesses like these are a testament to the fast-paced growth of startups in the area and the viability of Manchester tech jobs.

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Tech jobs in Manchester

There’s no better time to begin a tech and IT career in Manchester - the city’s digital market is worth a huge £5 billion, and Information & Communication employment is set to rise by 6.36% by 2025.

Living in Manchester is almost a quarter cheaper than in the capital, and the city’s investment in transport links means that you can travel across the country and beyond, fast. For tech lovers, the local scene is full of things to do, with events like Manchester Tech Festival, Manchester Tech Week and regular tech meetups to keep the city connected to its digital community.

The city is home to dozens of global tech businesses. American multinational IT innovator Cisco has a UK office in Didsbury and international technology corporation IBM has two separate locations in the city.

The arrival of both new and established businesses into the area is only set to continue - in 2021, PwC announced the creation of 1000 jobs over three years at its new Manchester technology hub, and KPMG announced plans to invest a further £5.5 million in its Manchester base in 2022.

Looking for IT recruitment agencies in Manchester? Our specialist consultants are here to help. We’re experts in finding the perfect fit for you, supporting you throughout the interview process and beyond.

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 IT or tech job in Manchester. 

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IT recruitment in Manchester

A big factor in Manchester’s enduring position as the leading tech hub outside of London is the vast number of tech-minded people drawn to study in the city.

Manchester’s five universities attract a wealth of tech specialists, most notably to study at The University of Manchester’s Department of Computer Science, which was the birthplace of the modern computer. The prestigious reputation earned by the city’s universities draws thousands of students every year and provides a wealth of highly-trained graduates to enrich the local tech scene.

The availability of office space and the city’s affordability also makes it a very desirable location - at the end of 2022, there was 3.2 million sq. ft of available supply, and the cost of living in the city is estimated to be 24% cheaper than in London.

If Manchester sounds like the right fit for your business, we can help. At Applause IT, we’ve been expertly sourcing candidates for a variety of businesses for over 20 years. Our data-led approach sets us apart from other IT recruitment agencies in Manchester, and we pride ourselves on our long-term working relationships. We work on both IT contract jobs and permanent roles, so there’s no one better to complete your team. Get in touch today to find out how we can best assist your hiring process.

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