Sheffield and Rotherham hailed for digital success

Sheffield and Rotherham hailed for digital success

Sheffield and Rotherham have been hailed for their booming tech cluster in a new report by Tech City UK.

The report,described as ‘the most comprehensive analysis of the UKs Digital Tech economy to date’, identifies the towns as one of 27 digital tech clusters in the UK.

There are 14,313 digital tech jobs in Rotherham and Sheffield pumping £273m Gross Value Added (GVA) into the local economy.

Last year, the average salary a tech professional could expect in Sheffield was £42,058 – much higher than the average working salary in Sheffield of £26,141.

Edward Highfield, director of Creative Sheffield, the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield has a strong tech and digital sector and this plays an important part in attracting and retaining talent within the city.

“We have some innovative support and accelerator growth programmes in Sheffield, which have contributed to the success of the sector in recent years; a trend that is set to continue with projects such as the Digital Campus underway.”

The Tech City report also highlights the benefits of tech clusters within Sheffield and Rotherham, through responses from local digital and tech businesses that use them.

A total of 62% of people citing the commercial property that is available through tech clusters as a benefit to this working arrangement, 53% noting business support and 67% declaring graduate talent as a major benefit of working in a tech cluster.