Monster’s Digital Cities highlights the top 10 cities outside of London to develop a digital career. To create the ranking Monster analysed a variety of factors across cities in the UK, including digital economy growth, available digital jobs and quality of life to create an overall score. The full rankings and corresponding information, including digital jobs available in these areas are available on Monster’s new Digital Cities Hub.

Louise Goodman, Marketing Director at, comments “Our first Digital Cities ranking shows the digital industry is thriving all over the country, not just in London. With London fast becoming unaffordable for the majority of young people starting out their careers, we hope this ranking will give them confidence that there are exciting opportunities in their home or university cities. You don’t have to move to London to make it in digital!”

Judged on salaries, rent costs, jobs available and digital growth, Bristol came fifth in the list of cities to develop a digital career according to Monster, the city ranks first in the south of the UK.

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Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Bristol University said, “We’re delighted that Bristol has been recognised for its digital credentials, Channel 4’s recent decision to home one of its creative regional hubs here, further shows that it’s the place to be when it comes to innovation and opportunity. There is a wealth of scientific talent at the University developing the latest in digital technology in collaboration with partners in the city.”

 “The University’s Smart Internet Lab is one of the world leaders in 5G research, while Ultrahaptics – the world’s leading mid-air haptics technology company, was based on technology developed at the University. Famed for its art, culture, history and ever-growing food and drink scene, Bristol is an exciting place to live and work and one that people are proud to call home.”

Geraint Evans