Monster Digital Cities

The best places to carve out your digital career path

London is the heart of the Britain’s digital industry, but it’s not the only place to develop a digital career in the UK. We’ve looked at digital economic growth and quality of living to form Monster Digital Cities – the top ten places for digital careers outside the capital. Click the postcards to find out more.

Manchester digital careers
Leeds digital careers
Brighton digital careers
Bristol digital careers
Cardiff digital careers
Milton digital careers
Newcastle digital careers
Belfast digital careers
Birmingham digital careers
Edinburgh digital careers
Manchester

Manchester

Manchester is already well-known for its music and football, now the reputation of its digital sector is growing. That’s thanks in no small part to MediaCityUK, where media organisations like the BBC and ITV are now based.

Its digital talent pool is bolstered by three local universities and bodies like the Manchester Tech Trust and Manchester Digital.

Digital growth

+23%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£47,349
Average rent (1 bed)
£634
Average cost of a pint
£4.00
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • NCC
  • ANS
  • UKFast
Industries
Digital Marketing
eCommerce
Web Development

Green spaces

Green Spaces Manchester

20% including Chorlton Meadows (170 acres)

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Leeds

Leeds

Leeds is a compact, accessible and pedestrian-friendly city – you can get just about anywhere by foot, from its cluster of restaurants, bars and clubs to the surrounding areas of natural beauty. Its thriving digital economy is boosted by three universities and several digital events including its Digital Festival.

Digital growth

+29%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£50,041
Average rent (1 bed)
£588
Average cost of a pint
£3.50
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • Emis
  • Bjss
  • Rockstar games
Industries
Digital Marketing
Web Development
Analytics
SEO

Green spaces

Green Spaces

22%, including tropical birds, butterflies and reptiles at Roundhay Park

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Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove is one of the UK’s most vibrant, colourful and creative cities. It’s home to the UK’s largest digital festival, a number of digital industries thrive there, and its digital economy adds just as much to the local economy as its formidable tourism sector.

Digital growth

+29%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£44,608
Average rent (1 bed)
£899
Average cost of a pint
£4.00
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • Brandwatch
  • Cogapp
  • Clearleft
Industries
Digital Marketing
eLearning
Web Development
Game Development

Green spaces

Green Spaces Brighton

10%, 147 parks and gardens including Stanmer Park

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Bristol

Bristol

Bristol is home to an increasing number of global businesses and is the UK’s leading academic centre for robotics research. It’s also the best place to live in the UK according to the Sunday Times’ Best Places to Live Guide 2017.

Digital growth

+23%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£47,063
Average rent (1 bed)
£740
Average cost of a pint
£4.10
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • BT
  • IBM
  • Nokia
Industries
Digital Marketing
SEO
Web Development
Graphic Design

Green spaces

Green Spaces Bristol

29%, including Ashton Court Estate

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cardiff

Cardiff

Cardiff’s flourishing digital tech sector is driven by robust infrastructure, excellent universities and competitive costs. Just a two-hour train journey from London, it’s a beautiful port city proud of its culture, history and language.

Digital growth

+28%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£43,459
Average rent (1 bed)
£617
Average cost of a pint
£3.50
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • Delio
  • DevOpsGuys
  • Admiral
Industries
Digital Marketing
Analytics
Web Development
SEO

Green spaces

Green Spaces Cardiff

8% including Roath Park, boasting tropical plants from around the world

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Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is the exception that proves the rule – the only large town that makes the Digital Cities list. Its digital economy is supported by the council, the EU and the Open University. Just 30 minutes from London, it has stunning parks and well-designed urban spaces.

Digital growth

+34%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£41,833
Average rent (1 bed)
£738
Average cost of a pint
£3.50
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • Open University
  • Santander
  • Xero
Industries
Digital Marketing
Analytics
Web Development
Financial Services

Green spaces

Green Spaces Milton Keynes

40%, including Emberton Country Park for a spot of camping

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newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle boasts the second-highest average digital earnings of any city on the list. Located on the stunning Northumberland coastline, Newcastle offers everything from sandy beaches to bustling nightlife.

Digital growth

+34%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£51,213
Average rent (1 bed)
£674
Average cost of a pint
£3.50
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • Sage
  • Orchard Information Systems
  • Performance Horizon
Industries
Digital Marketing
Web Development
Graphic Design
Software Development

Green spaces

Green Spaces Newcastle Upon Tyne

10% including Jesmond Dene and its tranquil waterfalls

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Belfast

Belfast

Belfast has become the ‘cybersecurity capital of Europe’, and is home to several other flourishing digital industries. It has a friendly, village-like atmosphere but is one of Ireland’s most exciting cities.

Digital growth

+37%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£37,785
Average rent (1 bed)
£529
Average cost of a pint
£4.00
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • Allstate
  • Citigroup
  • PwC
Industries
Digital Marketing
Cyber Security
Analytics
Web Development

Green spaces

Green Spaces Belfast

24%, 47 parks including Lady Dixon Park, home to 20,000 different blooms

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birmingham

Birmingham

the UK’s second city, Birmingham is home to many big multinational companies, but it’s also the country’s most entrepreneurial city and its digital economy is growing fast. Innovation Birmingham is a popular hub for the city’s digital and tech startups, and Silicon Canal helps to join up its tech ecosystem.

Digital growth

+33%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£43,718
Average rent (1 bed)
£638
Average cost of a pint
£4.00
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • SCC
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Telecom Networks
Industries
Web Development
Analytics
Graphic Design
Digital Marketing

Green spaces

Green Spaces Birmingham

25%, 600+ parks and green spaces including Cannon Hill Park and 35 miles of canals

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edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an important part of the country’s digital ecosphere, with the highest digital earnings of any city on the list. It boasts magnificent architecture, from the medieval Old Town to the towering splendour of Edinburgh Castle. And don’t forget its world-famous arts festival.

Digital growth

+34%

Employment stats

Economy
Average digital earnings
£53,019
Average rent (1 bed)
£682
Average cost of a pint
£4.29
Currently on Monster
Top employers
  • RBS
  • LLoyds
  • Standard Life
Industries
Digital Marketing
Cyber Security
Web Development
Analytics

Green spaces

Green Spaces

49%, the largest proportion of green space of any UK city

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