Is the North West now the number 1 place for digital, outside of London?

Is the North West now the number 1 place for digital, outside of London?

Is the North West now the number 1 place for digital, outside of London?

This sort of claim will always be disputed, however, over recent years the digital scene in Manchester and Liverpool is holding strong despite the effects of Brexit anxiety and uncertainty. Exciting new digital start-ups, fin-tech unicorns, robotics, AI and ambitious automation projects within advanced manufacturing clearly demonstrates the growth potential for digitally-driven business enterprise within our region.

On the flip side, it is frustrating that the skills shortage continues to hamper businesses across critical job roles such as Developer, Dev Ops, System Architect and Data Scientist. According to a recent survey by Manchester Digital involving over 250 digital and technology businesses (Manchester Digital Skills Audit 2019), the most difficult role to fill is that of the Developer. Perhaps not surprisingly, this role has seen the biggest increase in pay levels across the region over the last 12 months. Whilst this is great news for seasoned developers, it doesn’t support business growth plans or encourage inward investment.

All surveys seem to agree that the Developer skillset will continue to grow in importance over the next few years. With this in mind – how do you future-proof your business? You might have already tried offshoring, bumping up your remuneration packages or paying headhunter fees. Part of the solution could be through employer-designed Software Development apprenticeship programmes.

NowSkills is a North West based IT and digital apprenticeship specialist supporting organisations that want to gain a competitive advantage by developing and retaining their own talent.

Find out whether a software development apprentice could work for you by getting in touch with us today at contact@nowskills.co.uk