Recruit expert talent for tech and smart cities businesses

Recruitment agencies and advice

There are a large number of specialist recruitment agencies in the UK tech and smart cities space, with the number of tech jobs advertised per month far outstripping those of other European tech centres.

Recruitment agencies include Method Resourcing, Hired, Talent International and Opus Recruitment.

Talent locations

Tech talent tends to be clustered round public and private sector centres of excellence. Centres for tech recruitment include:

  • London, with particular strengths for fintech
  • Edinburgh for AI (artificial intelligence) and data science
  • Leeds for AI and fintech
  • Wales for AI
  • Manchester for e-commerce and cyber
  • Sheffield for edtech
  • Cambridge for healthtech and AI
  • Bristol for smart cities and IoT (Internet of Things)
  • Belfast for cyber and fintech development projects

Expertise through knowledge transfer

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme provides opportunities for businesses who have an idea, but do not have all the talent needed to develop it. The scheme can link your company with an academic or research organisation, providing you with the services of a graduate as an associate.

A KTP is part-funded by a grant, with a contribution also made by the company.

Find more information on the KTP website.

Next steps

Find recruitment consultants who specialise in tech on the Investment Support Directory.

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