IT Recruitment Lancashire
IT Recruitment in Lancashire is not as competitive as other nearby cities, but it’s quietly growing. Presently, Preston is a small city with a population of around 350,000 people. However, it has 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.
Challenges of Recruiting IT, Digital, and Marketing Professionals In Lancashire
Recruiting tech talent in Lancashire may require more effort and creativity than in other UK cities. Below are the main challenges digital employers might find in this city.
Compared to larger nearby cities like Leeds, Preston has fewer corporate organisations. Lack of competition from larger organisations should make it easier for smaller businesses and tech startups to attract top talent. However, the opposite is true; those major players could help Preston retain digital talent.
Preston is close to major cities like Manchester and Liverpool, offering strong job markets that attract top tech talent. Consequently, smaller companies in Preston may face competition when attracting skilled IT, digital, and marketing professionals.
Although Preston is home to three universities, they are smaller than those in neighbouring cities, and therefore, the resulting talent pool is smaller. The need for more tech professionals makes it more difficult for employers to find the talent they need locally.
Preston has a strong manufacturing heritage, but its digital and tech sectors have a long way to catch up with other UK cities. Therefore, employers often need help attracting top IT and digital professionals with specialist skills.
The cost of living in Preston is generally lower than in other UK cities, so local tech professionals have lower salary expectations. Higher salaries in Manchester, Leeds or London challenge Preston employers to compete.
How We Can Help
Working with specialist IT, Digital, and Marketing agencies can play a critical role in helping Preston employers secure the tech talent they need. For example:
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 two decades of experience in IT recruitment Preston, we deeply understand the skills, knowledge, and qualifications required for specialist roles in this locality. Our expertise helps companies find candidates who best match their specific needs.
We offer flexible solutions to meet the unique needs of each client seeking interim contractors, permanent placements and executive search.
Improve Your Employer Brand
Specialist technology recruitment agencies can help companies improve their employer brand to attract top talent. We understand what works and can help your company showcase its culture and values to potential candidates.
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.
Our team have specialised in recruiting for the technology, digital and marketing sectors in the north-west since 2004. Since then, our reputation has grown, and we are now proud to be one of the most trusted digital recruitment agencies in the UK.
What Attracts Digital Professionals to Preston?
Despite being a small town, several factors make Preston 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, Preston has a relatively affordable cost of living. More disposable income means tech professionals can enjoy a better quality of life without breaking the bank.
Excellent Transport Links
Preston 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.
Access to Top Universities
Preston is home to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), with a strong reputation for digital and creative courses. Having such academia on its doorstep provides excellent opportunities for professionals to further their education or collaborate.
Vibrant Cultural Scene
Although smaller than surrounding Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, Preston has a vibrant cultural scene, with the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Playhouse theatre, and several museums focusing on local industry and history. Preston’s cultural heritage creates opportunities for professionals to engage with the local community and enjoy a rich cultural experience.
Areas We Cover
Our Preston recruitment team cover the city centre and surrounding areas. Below are the top places in Preston for IT, Digital and Marketing jobs.
- Preston City Centre
- Bamber Bridge
- Ribble Valley
- Lancashire Technology Park
Our team covers the Preston area and recruits talented tech professionals all over the UK. If your vacancy is in an area of Preston or the surrounding areas 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.