Why Glasgow Is A Great City For Web Developers
12 September 2018

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A fascinating career that offers all sorts of prospects within the digital sphere, web development is a creative, demanding and exciting professional route to take for people interested in computer science, tech and IT.

With a wealth of talented web developers across the UK, it’s definitely a candidate driven industry, meaning developers can take their pick of where to work since digital skills are hugely valued in the contemporary workplace. But what does this mean for web developers? How do you choose a city to work and live in that best accommodates your skills?

Here are some of our reasons why Glasgow is a great city for web developers, from its monthly tech meet-ups to awesome salaries and cheaper living.


There’s A Huge Thriving Tech Community

Our dear green place has received some great press for its tech developments, home to start-ups like Rookie Oven, offering co-working spaces for the tech community, and social media scheduling platforms like Yatter, run by experienced software architect Richard Norman. You can read our interview with him about his new digital ventures over on the Primo Associates blog.

Glasgow is also home to other major players in the global tech game, hosting Morgan Stanley's European tech team, Barclay’s tech functions and the offices of the FDM Group and SAS.

There are also regular tech meet-ups including Code Craft, Glasgow PHP and Maklab where developers and others discuss the latest news and opportunities in the industry. Find out more here.

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There Are Heaps Of New Digital Businesses

Glasgow is home to a multitude of exciting start-ups as well as already established tech and digital businesses. Fintech, e-commerce, social networking and software solutions are dominating as well as newly emerging space tech from the likes of Alba Orbital, Spire and Clyde Space. There’s an estimated 331 start-up births in Glasgow and an 81% sector growth potential according to Tech Nation. Barclay’s is also set to create 2,500 new jobs at a tech hub in Buchanan Wharf, something Nicola Sturgeon has labeled ‘transformational’.


Glasgow Offers Excellent Quality of Living

Unlike other major UK cities, Glasgow offers an excellent quality of life since house prices, rent and other living costs are very low, meaning you’d make the most out of your salary. Although you’d get higher pay in London for example, cost of living factors there would mean you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the higher salary, having to fork out a lot more for living costs and transport. Check out more detailed info on housing and living costs, moving costs and food, restaurant and transport prices in Glasgow here.  

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You Can Gain Real Recognition Your Work

Eager to recognize its digital accomplishments, Glasgow is no stranger to rewarding to its businesses for hard work and innovation in the industry. There are regular awards ceremonies that you can apply to including the Digital Tech Awards and The Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards, Glasgow Business Awards. Not only with these look great on your CV, but these ceremonies provide excellent networking opportunities and the chance for you to get yourself better known by businesses across the country.


Up for nabbing a web developer role in Scotland’s favourite city? We’ve got heaps of vacancies including an iOS Developer role and a Web Developer role. Check out the rest of our vacancies or call up our IT and Tech Recruitment Consultant Alanna on 0141 212 5130. 

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