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Tech workers are choosing London over other European locations © Clem Onojeghuo / Unsplash
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London is the Most Popular European City for Global Tech Talent

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Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 27 February 2018
New research has revealed London is the most popular European city among global tech talent.

The UK capital attracted more EU and non-EU tech workers last year than other entrepreneurship hub across the continent, according to an analysis of LinkedIn data by the Mayor of London’s promotional agency London & Partners.

A worker near London's Old Street roundabout | © Clem Onojeghuo/Unsplash
A worker near London’s Old Street roundabout | © Clem Onojeghuo/Unsplash

Berlin was the second most popular destination within the EU, while Paris was the second most popular destination among workers from non-EU countries.

The figures are good news for the UK tech community, which has faced mounting concern over whether Brexit would deter international tech talent from taking jobs in the UK.

In November 2016, a survey from Tech London Advocates revealed that a third of firms saw talks with potential overseas hires break down as a result of Brexit.

At the time, founder of London Tech Advocates Russ Shaw said diminishing access to European talent would make growing a tech company harder. “But London is focused on strengthening its relationship with tech hubs across Europe and around the world that are already fuelling our investment pipeline,” Shaw added.

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London attracted more EU and non-EU tech workers last year than other European city | © Clem Onojeghuo/Unsplash

Commenting on the newly released figures, Joshua Graff, head of LinkedIn in the UK said: “It’s clear that within the technology sector, London remains an incredibly attractive place for people to further their careers, develop new skills and find employment.

We continue to encourage businesses to speak-up about why it’s so important for companies to continue being able to seamlessly access skilled professionals from around the world.”

Find out why tech talent is flocking to London with the 7 reasons why London is Europe’s top tech hub.