The technology sector in both Cardiff and Bristol has been growing exponentially in the last few years and a new Cyber Innovation Hub in the Welsh capital could assist the country in becoming a global leader in the industry.
As it stands, the Welsh cyber sector employs 4 per cent of the cybersecurity professionals based in the UK, with 51 cyber-related businesses based in Wales.
The new Innovation Hub, which received a total of £9.5m in funding, hopes to train over 1,000 cyber-skilled individuals and target more than a 50 per cent growth in the Welsh cyber sector by 2030.
According to Kellie Beirne, the city deal director of Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) – one of the co-funders of the new hub – this initiative will drive opportunities in the cyber security sector and help those with tech careers move in an upward trajectory.
The Southwest of England will also see an expansion of the tech sector, with Bristol being named one of the UK’s fastest-growing tech hubs.
In 2021 alone, unicorns in Bristol attracted over £100m in venture capital funding and research for the government’s Digital Economy Council expect an increase in investment and job opportunities in the flourishing sector.
The study found that Bristol has over 3,000 tech job opportunities, ranking the vibrant city in the top five of a “Tech Power League” table of cities behind Edinburgh, Oxford, Manchester and Cambridge.
See also: A guide to the Silicon Fen tech sector
It goes without saying that the tech scene in Bristol is booming with job opportunities, and according to an analysis by the Digital Economy Council, the average advertised salary for jobs in the sector is £50,404.
For those looking to advance their career in the tech sector, there are a number of market leaders and major players in Cardiff and Bristol hiring at the moment. We have highlighted three companies in the UK also worth looking into, and there are a wider range of job opportunities to discover on the Growth Business job board.
Founded in 2000, eClerx is now a major player in advanced analytics and smart automation. With over 13,000 employees worldwide, including remote work opportunities, the firm provides top level analytical services to Fortune 2000 enterprises.
On the digital side, job opportunities with eClerx allow for team members to use a suite of high tech analytical tools to help companies increase lead generation while maximising customer retention.
eClerx Markets offers technological innovation for financial organisations worldwide, allowing team members to develop expertise across different time zones. There is also a customer operations service that will allow you to develop in a role that is both technology-fueled and customer focused.
There are plenty of opportunities on the job board.
Amadeus is a global tech company that currently has more than 16,000 employees working across a number of departments. Hailing from 149 nations, Amadeus’ staff members have the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds while developing their tech skills.
Some of the main reasons why people join Amadeus in a tech role are to explore complex technology systems, be part of one of the largest evolving industries world wide, and to have the newest technology to explore at the tip of their hands.
If you are looking for opportunities to learn something new in a multinational company with an inclusive culture, then have a look at what opportunities Amadeus has to offer.
His Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC)
His Majesty’s Government Communications Centre has a number of vacancies available for recent graduates or those looking for a junior position in high-tech. Whether you’re looking for an entry-level role as a software engineer or a junior role as an electronics design engineer, HMGCC is also recruiting for apprentices in software development and testing, mechanical manufacturing, electronics and IT.
As well as having above average salaries for graduates, HMGCC has several perks for employees. Some of the benefits of working for HMGCC include flexible working hours, a fitness centre with a tennis court and access to an occupational health nurse and welfare counsellor. What’s more is that the company offers three days of paid leave every year for staff to use towards volunteering for a registered UK charity.
If you’d like to work in a technical innovation hub that understands the importance of social responsibility and is committed to your career development, you can explore some roles here.
Discover thousands more job opportunities in tech on the Growth Business job board.
Filomena Kaguako is a freelance journalist and Jobbio contributor based in Ireland.