London is home to more tech talent than any other major city according to new figures from online developer community, Stack Overflow, and London & Partners, the Mayor of London's official promotional company for London.
Analysis of Stack Overflow users over the last 6 months shows that London is home to more than 71,000 professional developers, greater than any other European city, the metropolitan area of San Francisco and New York City.
Across Europe, London is attracting more developers than Stockholm, Berlin and Dublin combined and the nearest competitor city is Paris with 40,538 IT programmers.
Separate research by Oxford Economics, for London & Partners, found that the wider tech workforce in the city is predicted to grow by 22% over the next 10 years taking the number of people employed in London’s tech sector to 239,700 by 2025. Employment growth in London’s tech sector is forecast to outperform the national average, growing almost four times faster than all other sectors in the UK (total employment growth across all sectors at 6.4%)2.
The number of tech companies in London is also forecast to rise to 51,500 by 2025 according to Oxford Economics. This represents a 92% increase in the number of tech businesses since the launch of the Tech City project by Prime Minister David Cameron MP and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP five years ago.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP said: “London is a hotbed for tech talent. With Europe’s fastest growing tech hub and some of the world’s leading universities, London based businesses can benefit from access to an unparalleled talent pool. Five years on since the creation of the