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Fifth of Belfast workers employed in digital tech sector

Tech Nation has said a fifth of Belfast's workers are now employed in the digital tech sector, as it prepared to hold an industry event today.
Tech Nation has said a fifth of Belfast's workers are now employed in the digital tech sector, as it prepared to hold an industry event today.

By Mark McConville

Tech Nation has said a fifth of Belfast's workers are now employed in the digital tech sector, as it prepared to hold an industry event today.

Belfast's digital tech sector had almost 17,000 vacancies during 2018, according to research by the Government body into digital tech jobs.

The Bright Tech Futures tour, led by Tech Nation, visits Belfast today as its jobs and skills report shows that the city's tech sector employs 60,041 people, or around a fifth of the city's workforce.

And people working in the sector also enjoy significantly higher-than-average remuneration, Tech Nation said.

The median average for tech sector salaries in the city comes in at £40,000 compared to £34,000 across all sectors.

Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan, said: "I'm thrilled that the Bright Tech Futures tour is bringing together so many of the region's experts to discuss how we can help further strengthen the UK's reputation as a leading player in the global technology sector."

Higher-than-average salaries in the digital technology sector reflect not only the premium placed on tech skills but also growing demand, Tech Nation said.

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It cited the annual business survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which said that numbers of digital business births had more than doubled between 2011 and 2016.

While start-up companies are the main driver for tech sector job growth, there is also demand for staff from more traditional companies for tech roles.

Tech Nation said that as well as the province's two universities, Northern Ireland was also the location of other programmes which support digital innovation, such as Ulster Bank's entrepreneur accelerator, Pixel Mill and Catalyst Springboard.

The Bright Tech Future discussion takes place today at Belfast's Ormeau Baths.

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