Technology and engineering

Scotland’s technology sector is booming - growing one and half times faster than the overall economy. Our universities produce thousands of skilled graduates every year and digital tech salaries are 26% higher than the Scottish average.

9,400 Tech companies

Contribute £4.9 billion to the Scottish economy and support nearly 100,000 jobs.

Fast-growing sector

Scotland's digital tech sector has one and half times faster growth than the rest of the economy

15,000 graduates

Annual number of graduates in digital technology fields

Source: ScotlandIS

Scotland's Digital Technologies 2019 summary report

Why choose Scotland for your tech company

  • Highly skilled workforce – our universities produce thousands of graduates in tech, maths, engineering and science subjects each year
  • Strong tech cluster – we have over 1,500 technology companies, and our digital technology sector is forecast to grow twice as fast as the Scottish economy overall
  • Competitive costs - salary costs are among the lowest in Europe (fDi benchmark report)
  • Access to market opportunities - Scotland is globally connected with strong links to the UK, Europe and the rest of the world
  • Excellent innovation infrastructure - including universities and innovation labs that encourage collaboration between companies in digital health, data, sensors and oil and gas
  • Fantastic quality of life – low commuting times, beautiful countryside and buzzing cultural life make Scotland a great place to live as well as do business

Scotland's tech sector

Scotland’s tech sector has particular strength in software development, data science, digital health, sensors and connectivity.

Our innovation labs have been designed to encourage collaboration between companies, academic and public sector organisations. This means innovative products can be designed and tested in real world scenarios.

Edinburgh was recently named the UK's top city for start-ups and attracts more foreign investment than any other tech cluster in the UK, outside London. According to Tech Nation, it has 92% growth potential.

Read our interview with Nigel Eccles, founder of FanDuel on what makes Edinburgh the ideal place for tech companies.

Presentation at the Data Lab, Edinburgh

"When you factor in the level of tech talent available, and the quality of life the city has to offer, you start to see why Edinburgh is quickly establishing a reputation."

Nigel Eccles, founder of FanDuel and Flick

Software, data science, digital health and sensors

Skilled tech staff

Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of universities in Europe, with four regularly featuring in the top 200 universities in the world. Over 50% of the population has further education, more than anywhere else in the UK.

Chris Gough from Hewlett Packard explains why Scotland’s workforce was the deciding factor in locating here.

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