More than a quarter of open jobs in Cambridge are now in the tech sector, according to data from job search engine Adzuna and Tech Nation.

They report that 26% of available jobs in the region are tech roles, with only Belfast matching this demand in number.

Tech salaries in the city also beat wider UK figures. Open IT positions in Cambridge average £51,225, compared to the median salary for digital tech roles across the UK at £39,000.

Data scientists are some of the most highly-paid in Cambridge, with an average salary of £58,759, an increase of 32.7% from 2019.

Tech Nation said fast-growing companies in the region area also in need of data scientists in particular, with 107 vacancies across companies including Amazon, Microsoft, Premier IT and AstraZeneca​.

The city is home to 86 start-ups and scale-ups, which collectively raised $612.9m of VC investment in 2019, up from $466.2m the year before.

The University of Cambridge has helped to produce more European companies and founders than any other UK university, including four European unicorns.

Digital Secretary Caroline Dineage said: “As the UK looks to recover from the pandemic, the work of the world-class companies and talent in Cambridge will be crucial.

“The city has already produced five billion dollar ‘unicorn’ firms and it continues to punch well above its weight – creating new jobs and opportunities for people.

“I am delighted some of the country’s leading tech talent are coming together to discuss the growing demand for jobs and skills in the area and how we can help further strengthen the UK’s reputation as Europe’s leading tech player.”

Dr Tim Guilliams, CEO of Cambridge-based Healx added: “Cambridge is, and always has been, a hub of​ innovation. Being part of the Cambridge Cluster, Europe’s largest technology cluster, is a great privilege and gives us access to an incredible pool of mentors, employees and investors who want to support us in our mission of bringing novel therapies to rare disease patients across the globe.”