Fintech professionals can access a range of career opportunities as well as enjoy a high quality of life. They can develop careers with established global financial institutions such as RBS, Standard Life or JP Morgan or they can join a rapidly growing fintech firm such as Nucleus, Encompass or LendingCrowd.
As an alternative fintech centre to London, employees can enjoy a high quality of life at lower living costs. For example, Edinburgh is frequently ranked as the best place to live in the UK and the city's education system achieves good performance.
Alongside attracting experienced candidates, fintech firms in Scotland benefit from thousands of talented graduates. Scotland has more universities in the Global top 200 per head of population than any other country except Switzerland. These universities attract some of the world’s top students – those from across the world account for 22% in Scotland; the UK average is 19%.
Universities and businesses are also collaborating to ensure that graduates have the right skills to enrich Scotland’s fintech sector immediately after graduation. For example, Abertay University developed the world’s first Ethical Hacking course which is popular with cyber security firms.