IT in Scotland

The Electronics and IT industry represents a hugely significant sector within Scotland both in terms of the quality and number of people employed. Scotland has a 50 year history of expertise in electronics and IT with a wide range of Research and Development companies present such as Wolfson Microelectronics, Freescale, Atmel, NCR and Sun Microsystems as well as being home to some of the major global names such as Cisco Systems, Amazon, Dell, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft.

Scotland has a wide range of strengths across the entire breadth of the electronics industry from web design through to systems integration and software development. The industry is also a backbone for a number of market sectors including Defence; Telecoms; Industrial; Energy and Financial Services.

The Scottish Electronics and IT industry hosts approximately 3,000 companies employing over 100,000 people. The career opportunities in this sector cover roles such as electrical engineers, software developers, test engineers, computer scientists, design engineers and research scientists. The average salaries across IT range between £20,000 for administration staff, through £40,000 for project managers and up to £86,000 for Heads of Engineering.

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