IT Recruitment Lancashire
The Lancashire IT recruitment landscape is less competitive than other nearby cities, but Preston, Blackburn, and Burnley are quietly growing and becoming more attractive. Take the example of Preston, a small city with around 350,000 people and huge plans for growth. The city has embarked on a ten-year project to upgrade transport infrastructure, build 17,000 new homes and create 20,000 more jobs. The town’s ambitious plans have increased the demand for skilled IT, Digital, and Marketing skills in recent years.
Challenges of Recruiting IT, Digital, and Marketing Professionals in Lancashire
Recruiting tech and digital talent in Lancashire may require more effort and creativity than in other areas in the North West. Below are the main challenges digital employers might face in this area.
Compared to larger nearby cities like Leeds or Manchester, Lancashire has fewer corporate organisations. The lack of competition from larger organisations should make it easier for smaller businesses, tech startups and recruitment agencies to attract top talent to Lancashire. However, the opposite is true; those major players could help Lancashire retain top-tier tech talent.
Preston, Burnley and East Lancashire are close to major cities like Manchester and Liverpool, offering strong job markets that attract top tech talent. Consequently, smaller companies recruiting in Lancashire may face fierce competition when attracting skilled IT, digital, and marketing professionals.
Although Preston is home to three universities and Lancaster University is one of the top universities in the UK, it’s a common trend, not just in Lancaster but in many university towns, for graduates to move to larger cities like London or Manchester for employment opportunities. This makes it more difficult for employers in Lancashire to find the talent they need locally.
With its rich history in the Industrial Revolution, Lancashire has several towns and cities known for their strong manufacturing heritage. Still, its digital and tech sectors have a long way to go to catch up with other UK cities. Therefore, Lancashire IT recruitment agencies find it challenging to source top IT professionals with specialist skills in the local talent pools.
The cost of living in East and West Lancashire is generally lower than in other areas in the North West, so local tech professionals have lower salary expectations—higher salaries in Manchester, Leeds, or London challenge Preston and Lancashire employers to compete.
How We Can Help
Working with specialist IT, Digital, and Marketing agencies can play a critical role in helping Lancashire employers secure the tech talent they need.
Access to a Wider Pool of Talent
We have access to an extensive database of tech talent. Our expansive network enables us to source candidates UK-wide and beyond and leverage our networks to find the best candidates for your role.
Experts in our Field
With 20 years of experience in IT Recruitment in Preston, Bury, Lancaster or Wigan, we understand the skills, knowledge, and qualifications required for IT roles in Lancashire. Our expertise can help your company find candidates who best match your needs.
We offer flexible solutions to meet the unique needs of each client seeking interim tech contractors, permanent placements and executive search.
Improve Your Employer Brand
Specialist IT recruitment agencies can help your company in Lancashire improve its employer brand to attract top talent. We understand what works and can help your company showcase its culture and values.
Save You Time
We help streamline your recruitment pipeline by managing job postings, screening candidates, conducting interviews, and providing expertise to help you make quicker hiring decisions. Doing this legwork can save employers time and resources and ensure the hiring process is as efficient and effective as talented professionals expect.
We specialise in connecting talent with promising opportunities in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the US. With 20+ years of success, Adria Solutions is now one of the UK’s most trusted digital and tech recruitment agencies.
What Attracts Digital and Tech Professionals to Lancaster?
Several factors make Lancashire an attractive place for IT, Digital, and Marketing professionals to live and work:
Rapid Digital Growth
In 2021, Preston was the UK’s fastest-growing tech hub, with the number of advertised tech roles increasing by 53%. Several tech companies and startups operate in the city, creating opportunities for professionals to work on innovative projects and collaborate with like-minded individuals.
Affordable Cost of Living
Compared to nearby Manchester or Liverpool, rural Lancashire, Blackburn, Bury or Preston have a relatively affordable cost of living. More disposable income means tech professionals can enjoy a better quality of life without breaking the bank.
Good work-life balance
Lancashire is an excellent place to work and maintain a good work-life balance. Lancashire has a rich cultural and historical heritage, and many towns in Lancashire have a strong sense of community. Furthermore, Lancashire natural spaces offer ample opportunities for outdoor activities.
Access to Top Universities
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in Preston, and Lancaster University have strong reputations in tech, digital marketing digital technologies, while Edge Hill University, in Ormskirk, offers courses in computing and information systems. Having such academia on its doorstep provides excellent opportunities for professionals to further their education or collaborate.
Excellent Transport Links
Lancashire is well-connected to other major cities in the UK, with excellent transport links by motorway, rail, and nearby airports in Manchester and Liverpool. Being part of such a good transport network makes it easy for professionals to travel to Preston for work or leisure. For tech professionals who like to make the most of their weekends, beaches at Lytham St Annes, Blackpool, Ainsdale and Formby are all within 20 miles, and the Lake District is less than an hour and a half drive away.
Areas We Cover in Lancashire
Our Lancashire IT recruitment team covers Preston city centre, the surrounding areas, the West and the East of Lancashire. These are some of the top places in Lancashire for IT, Digital and Marketing jobs:
- Preston City Centre
- Bamber Bridge
- Ribble Valley
- Lancashire Technology Park
Our team recruits talented tech professionals all over the UK. If your vacancy is in an area of Lancaster not listed above, please don’t hesitate to call or fill in the contact form below. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss how we can help you find the right candidate for your job opening.