Tech jobs spread out from London across UK

Jul 21, 2019 · ft.com

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Tim Jones has just moved 250 software developer jobs from Minsk to Manchester. In an independent coffee shop underneath the trendy co-working space at No 1 Spinningfields, the chief technology officer of MoneySupermarket.com, a price comparison website, said the tech scene in the northern British city was booming.

While it will be more expensive to recruit developers in Manchester, compared with eastern Europe, Moneysupermarket decided to put the city at the heart of all its product and service development. It is part of an annual £20m spend on technology.

"There are a number of British unicorns (start-ups valued at more than $1bn) that are already in Manchester or moving here. The digital skills are here. There is a lower cost of living than London and a better quality of life," said Mr Jones.

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