Sunderland named among UK’s top tech cities


DCC Fellow city Sunderland has been named among the UK's top tech cities with £118million turnover and rapid job growth in the digital technology sector, according to the Tech Nation 2018 Report.

Sponsored by JLL, Barclays and Ernst & Young, the Tech Nation Report is part of a groundbreaking annual series that captures the strength, depth and breadth of digital tech activity in the UK.

Figures from the report show that Sunderland is one of the top places for job creation within the tech industry, with the number of people working in the sector growing by 26% over the past four years.

The report also revealed that the city’s digital technology businesses turned over approximately £118million last year, averaging around £78,000 for every employee working in the industry.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the city. We have worked extremely hard over recent years to establish ourselves as a city at the forefront of digital technology and we’re really starting to reap the benefits. 

“The sector is now one of our fastest growing industries and is helping shape a new future for the city, making it a more competitive and prosperous place.”

Tech Nation also singled out praise for the University of Sunderland, Sunderland Software City and online gaming giant tombola, for continuously investing in the city and helping drive the sector forward.

See the report summary and key findings at