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Pursuing an IT career in Bristol

The recession hit many families across the regions in the UK very hard: unemployment rates climbed, personal debt increased and wages stagnated. In terms of recovery, however, south-west England has been able to weather the storm very successfully, thanks in no small part to the cluster of thriving tech industries in and around Bristol. There, the unemployment rate has remained below the national average and the workforce has proved to be highly adaptable in spite of adverse economic conditions. In addition to its proud maritime history, Bristol has well-established sectors, including aerospace and microelectronics.

Current scenario

Nowadays, you will find that the creative industries thrive here, as do professional services, and most particularly, the city has forged ahead, creating new jobs across a number of tech industries. In fact, if you’re planning to pursue a career in IT, then Bristol is the first place you should be looking, not least because of the diverse range of employment opportunities and the ongoing success of the growing number of entrepreneurs running startup enterprises.

In 2013, the government highlighted the key tech areas it had identified for investment including:

  • advanced materials;
  • agriscience;
  • autonomous systems and robotics;
  • big data;
  • energy;
  • regenerative medicine;
  • space; and
  • synthetic biology.

Technology sectors for the future

Bristol is home to media and web companies, as well as those specializing in energy and microelectronics. In the local enterprise zone, Temple Quarter, biomedical and biotech companies work alongside software development organisations. A joint venture between two universities (Bristol and North West), known as The Bristol Robotics Laboratory, is producing robots and working on self-repairing systems. This is the largest lab of this type in the whole of the UK. Meanwhile, in nearby Portishead, you will find manufacturers of 3D printers for domestic use.

Among popular jobs in Bristol are those in the financial sector, energy, software development, aerospace and construction. Across all industrial sectors, there are jobs for IT support engineers and technicians, IT teachers and consultants, systems analysts, security specialists, website developers and program architects, among many others.

Advice, skills and experience

Whether you are at the beginning of your IT career or more experienced, it makes sense to use a specialist IT recruitment company, as this can help to expand your job search across the different sectors in Bristol. Depending on your IT qualifications, skills and experience, you may want to look at vacancies in energy companies, web development or robotics, for example. If you have a particular sector in mind, seek out reliable and established companies that specialize in those IT employment areas – for example, experts in energy technology recruitment.

The strengths of the tech sector in Bristol are extremely impressive and the city’s proximity to London means there is easy access to the capital. You will also find it’s a very pleasant place in which to live, with a wealth of historic sights, fun attractions, cultural and science centres, and stunning landmarks, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain.



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