A Quick Guide to Manchester Tech for Job Seekers

Over the past decade, Manchester has become a tech hotspot. It often ranks among the top tech hubs outside of London and the northern gem continues to go from strength to strength.

According to a Beauhurst report, Manchester is home to nearly 1,500 high-growth businesses. The city’s biggest startup success stories include e-commerce giant The Hut Group (THG) and digital health company Push Doctor.

Three other Greater Manchester unicorns include home appliance supplier AO.com, car market AutoTrader as well as fashion retail giant Boohoo.com.

The city is also home to a plethora of big tech names and multinational companies, including household names from Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Booking.com, Meta, Intel and Google.

So why are so many exciting start-ups and established businesses deciding to locate in Manchester? Well, there are a few reasons.

The BBC’s decision in the early 2000s to move jobs to the city helped initially populate the MediaCity area of ​​Salford Quays with creative individuals.

Today, it’s a thriving home for a wide variety of media, television, technology, arts and web businesses. KPMG reported in 2021 that 10,000 jobs in the region had been provided by MediaCity and the number of digital and creative businesses had increased by 70% since its launch.

Trained professionals

There is an abundance of educated professionals here to do these jobs. According Digital Manchester, the city has more than 500,000 inhabitants. Almost 40% of people are of working age and have an NVQ qualification at level 4 or above.

Manchester is also home to three world-class universities which help attract top talent to the region.

The city, along with Leeds, is a recognized fintech hub. The government’s 2021 Kalifa report declared it an “established cluster” and found it was home to around 135 fintechs, the highest number of companies outside of London.

Around 7% of fintech scale-ups nationwide are headquartered in the Pennines region, and specialties include lending, payments and regtech.

Manchester is also a dynamic and cosmopolitan place to live. The city has wonderful schools and excellent transport links, while property prices and the cost of living are also lower than many other cities in the UK.

The rise of remote working has also bolstered the credentials of the Manchester tech hub. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies are reassessing their office spaces.

Office rent in London is often one of a startup’s most expensive expenses. Many tech and media companies have downsized or created smaller regional offices.

This phenomenon has become so popular that it is now called “north-shoring”. In recent years, companies such as BNY Mellon, Natwest and Fitch Rating have benefited from establishing operations in Manchester.

So, if you’re looking for great job opportunities, a vibrant social scene, and a more affordable cost of living, you might want to consider moving to Warehouse City.

Before you decide to take the plunge, look for available positions on the UKTN Job Board. New job opportunities in the Greater Manchester area are available all the time.

A tech job available in Manchester right now

A technical Manchester role that is available at the moment is office analyst at the AQA (formerly known as the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance). It is the certifying body in England, Wales and Northern Ireland responsible for examinations such as GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications.

The Desk Analyst will join AQA’s Manchester office. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to play a significant role in shaping and shaping how AQA manages a modern Microsoft desktop environment.

The role is hybrid (up to three days a week working from home) and comes with a generous pension plan and 25 days of annual leave pay plus bank holidays.

To apply, you will need good knowledge of on-premises/Azure Active Directory, including Group Policy (GPMC) and knowledge of managing, maintaining, and supporting desktop hardware and mobile, operating system versions, and application deployment using Microsoft InTune (AutoPilot). obligatory.

Familiarity with policy configuration in Microsoft InTune would be an advantage. You can view the full application criteria here or view other vacancies at AQA.

For plenty of other great jobs in Manchester (and across the UK), keep an eye on the UKTN Job Board.

This article is part of a paid partnership with Career Marketplace Jobbio to share the most exciting UK tech jobs with UKTN readers.

Calvin W. Soper