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Would You Want To Live And Work In A New-Build Tech Town?
London comes second only to New York in terms of its status as a major financial centre, according to the IMF. The city also performs robustly in tech terms and remains the leading tech hub in Europe, as well as a strong performer in the global top 10.
As a result, London is widely considered to be one of the world’s most important financial and technology capitals. And outside of the capital, there are a large number of other areas and hubs of increasing tech importance, such as Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds, Belfast and Manchester.
Of course, it makes sense for tech hubs to grow in established cities where infrastructure and good talent pipelines already exist.
This is a key focus for the government, which announced as part of Budget 2023 that 12 investment zones in eight areas clustered around universities in England, will benefit from almost £1bn in extra funding as part of a range of measures.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said this will be done “to drive business investment and level up” the country.
Planned tech town
These rising centres of UK IT excellence represent opportunity not only for startup companies, but also for tech talent.
But what if there was another way? In the U.S. thanks to land and housing pressures in cities such as San Francisco, a group of tech entrepreneurs is exploring the idea of creating a brand new tech town.
Located in the Solano County area of California, north east of San Francisco, the group wants to create “a community with tens of thousands of residents, clean energy, public transportation and dense urban life.”
An antidote to crowded cities and an on-going housing crisis, the plans remain on paper thus far–– but in terms of the UK perspective, planned towns are nothing new.
The concept of the “garden city” was dreamt up in the Victorian era, and came to fruition in Letchworth in 1903, and Welwyn Garden City in 1920, for example.
Until the UK––or the U.S.––gets its first planned tech town, in the meantime, no matter where you’d like to work in the UK, the SkillReactor Job Board is the place to start your search. It contains thousands of open roles, like the three software jobs below.
Software Engineer, ITV Jobs, Manchester
Software Engineer, Experian, Leeds
Software Engineer, Ripple, London
Ripple is seeking a Software Engineer to join the team, building trading and liquidity infrastructure at Ripple. In this role, you will deliver reliable, high-throughput, low-latency (micro)services to support systematic market making, trading, and execution to deliver best-in-class liquidity to customers. You’ll also participate in the full software development lifecycle, and you’ll dive deep in researching and understanding what practices to bring from traditional financial systems to the crypto space and continuously raise the standard of engineering excellence by implementing and driving best practices for coding, testing, and deployment. To be considered, you will need two or more years’ of hands-on software development experience on large scale distributed systems, and experience building and deploying containerized applications (e.g. Docker) into modern distributed computing environments such as Kubernetes. See more requirements now.