The tech industry is booming and Computer Science is among the UK’s most in-demand degrees right now. It's also one of the top 10 highest paying degrees in the UK in 2021 with an average starting salary of £27,000.
We’ve already written in some detail about the top 10 highest paying computer science jobs, but now the question is: Where can you find these jobs?
The answer in short, is pretty much anywhere!
Most medium to large size companies have a need for computer science graduates, no matter what industry they’re in. But naturally, it’s the tech industry where the top companies for computer science jobs in the UK can be found.
So, that’s where we’re focusing on in this article. Here we cover some of the best tech, software, and IT companies to work for in the UK with your degree. Most of these are high profile startups you may (or may not) have heard of, but there are a few BIG names too. Better yet, a quick cross reference through online job listings shows that all 10 of these companies are hiring computer science professionals right now!
In some cases, jobs for recent graduates may be more difficult to come by, but there’s always a strong chance of completing an internship just in case. Either way, any of these companies would do wonders for your CV.
Here are the top 10 companies for computer science jobs in the UK
If you haven't heard of Google by the way, you should probably look it up on an internet search engine. You’ll be impressed! Anyway, enough bad jokes from me.
Google is seemingly always hiring, in their bid to take over the whole of the online world. Given its size and prestige, it’s no easy feat getting a job at Google. And even if you do, it can be pretty hard work.
But if you do get in, the money, work culture, and benefits (including free lunches!) are reported to be great! Plus, people will always be impressed when you tell them you work at Google.
Visit any city in the UK and you’ll see bicycles flitting around the street, their riders wearing the Deliveroo packs on their back as they courier food from restaurant to customer’s front door.
It’s one of the UK’s most successful startups, and has since spread to 14 countries, partnered with 80,000 restaurants and has 60,000 delivery riders.
Now… you could use your shiny computer science degree to get a job as a delivery rider (that would be pretty easy), or… you could try to get a job as a computer scientist, adding to their 2,500 full time staff.
Revolut is one of the new breed of revolutionary digital banks, who in 2020 became the UK’s highest valued fintech startup. They’ve built a pretty slick, multicurrency banking platform that’s become seriously popular with the millennial generation.
And they’re still always growing and always looking for bright young minds. In the past year or two, they’ve taken their staff numbers worldwide from 1,500 to 5,000, and show no signs of stopping any time soon.
4. Benevolent AI
Benevolent AI is an extremely impactful startup. They only launched in 2013, and have since developed a range of AI, data analysis and machine learning tech offerings.
They work mostly in the medical space with a research facility in Cambridge, helping to influence how medicine is designed and tested. With R&D programmes in place to help combat crippling and fatal diseases like ALS and Parkinson’s, this would be a place where you could make a real difference to the world.
And we’re back with another bank. Wise does pretty much what Revolut does, making banking easier, more borderless, and more digital. In fact they’d claim to do all of this better, but who are we to say?
One thing they’re doing just as well as their rivals is trying to grow at a rapid rate though! To that end they’ve constantly got dozens of job openings in a variety of positions, many of which are in the computer science niche.
Darktrace is another impressive AI startup, this one tailored to cybersecurity. It’s a pretty cool idea, using machine learning and AI to recognize and neutralize cyber threats all across the Internet of Things, cloud networks, and the good old fashioned world wide web.
They’re seemingly often on the look out for cyber engineers, software engineers, data analysts, and a whole host of other computer-smart professionals.
Also read: Jobs that are in high demand in the UK
Blockchain and Cryptocurrency… those digital money things that not many of us really understand, but those who do understand absolutely love! Blockchain is one of the biggest players in the Crypto game.
It’s an online platform that supports popular currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum, offers Bitcoin wallets, as well as a search engine and market information. Basically, it’s a one stop shop for crypto enthusiasts.
Given the nature of their work, Blockchain is always trying to improve its security, ramp up its product, stay ahead and grow even more in a quickly changing environment. Thus, they’re always on the lookout for young computer geniuses!
It’s a super competitive task to get a job at Apple as a new graduate, but further down the line in your career, a computer science degree will help you secure a job at the world’s biggest company.
Naturally, the world’s biggest company offers some of the world’s highest pay, with software engineers earning upwards of £60,000 per year.
Most of their available jobs are usually in the retail sector, which makes sense given that they have around 40 stores throughout the region, but if you’ve got a computer science degree, there’s plenty of room to dream a little bigger.
Also read: Top 12 highest paying degrees in the UK
Salesforce might not be the best known name on this list, but they’re pretty huge. It’s one of the world’s biggest customer relationship management (CRM) platforms in the world, they’re in the Fortune 500, they pull in over US$13 billion a year.
Oh, and they’re apparently an amazing company to work for! They’ve previously appeared at number 1 in Fortune’s Best Companies To Work For ranking, and are currently ranked number 2!
We finish off on yet another giant in the tech world. Microsoft is the oldest company on this list, having been founded in 1975 (Apple came along one year later, in case you’re wondering). And, like Apple, they’re one of the biggest companies on planet earth.
They employ over 120,000 people worldwide, and over 3,000 in the UK alone. The great news for computer science students is that Microsoft is pretty active in enrolling computer science students in their graduate programmes, which help you take your first steps into a career with the company.
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