Technology

Hertfordshire’s IT companies are particularly strong in computational R&D and digital media, including specialisms in security and cybercrime. Hertfordshire also hosts the headquarters of market leaders such as EE, Imagination Technologies and Computacenter.

KEY SECTOR DETAILS

IT & Telecoms employed 32,100 people in 2015, working in 6,090 enterprises. The number of firms has increased by 5.6% annually since 2010. A total of 50,100 science, research, engineering and technology professionals and associate professionals work in Hertfordshire.

KEY COMPANIES

  • Imagination Technologies
  • Computacenter
  • EE
  • Kodak
  • Kenwood
  • Harman International
  • Epson UK
  • Aeroflex Test Solutions
  • Bank Machines Ltd

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Centres of excellence include the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research, the Centre for Applied Science and Technology, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and UH Animation.

Other research strengths include adaptive systems, algorithms, bio-computation, compiler technology & computer architecture (CTCA), and software for the finance and banking sector.

Apprenticeships in Technology

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Facts & Figures

77,000 persons employed in Professional, Scientific And Technical activities
12.2% of employees in Herts are employed in Professional, Scientific And Technical activities
140% more people employed in technical activities in Hertfordshire than nationally

A Global Leader

The UK’s technology and telecoms sector is larger than the rest of Europe combined. It has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK over the last decade. British technology underpins all sectors from financial services and high-value manufacturing to retail and agriculture.

The UK offers an outstanding environment for global tech companies, with a strong start-up culture bolstered by tech clusters all over the UK. It ranked third in the world in the Global Innovation Index in 2016, has an active venture capital community, and hosts the largest e-commerce market in Europe. The UK’s technology economy has strengths in electronic systems, communications, data management and analytics, data centres, cloud services, Artificial Intelligence (AI), semiconductor design and sensors.

DYNAMIC INNOVATION

Hertfordshire’s IT companies are particularly strong in computational R&D and digital media, including specialisms in security and cybercrime. Hertfordshire was home to the first digital radio manufacturer in the UK, Pure; formerly a division of Imagination Technologies. Hertfordshire also hosts the headquarters of market leaders such as EE, the first mobile telecoms company to launch 4G networks in the UK; Imagination Technologies, whose multimedia and communications semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) cores are at the heart of innovative consumer electronics products; and Bank Machines Ltd, the largest independent ATM operator in the UK. Computacenter, Europe’s leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services, is also based in Hertfordshire.

The county is home to the headquarters of electronic product manufacturers including Kodak, Kenwood, Harman International, and Epson UK. Meanwhile, Aeroflex Test Solutions are working on the next 5G networks, and there are several other global satellite communications operators including Global Invacom.

IT & Telecoms employed 32,100 people in 2015, working in 6,090 enterprises. The number of firms has increased by 5.6% annually since 2010. A total of 50,100 science, research, engineering and technology professionals and associate professionals work in Hertfordshire.

Centres of excellence include the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research, the Centre for Applied Science and Technology, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and UH Animation. Other research strengths include adaptive systems, algorithms, bio-computation, compiler technology & computer architecture (CTCA), and software for the finance sector.

Connections to Markets

Hertfordshire’s infrastructure and excellent access to London and other finance and innovation marketplaces make it a prime choice for IT and Telecoms firms. Companies like BioPark Technology are leaders in CORE (common open research emulator) network platforms and M2M (Machine to Machine) services. With a growing number of cloud service providers serving the local and London markets, there is plenty of opportunity for innovative cloud based service providers and services. 

Prominent firms such as ACI Global, Fidelity Information Services, GBST, and Cardtronics UK (Bank Machines Ltd) provide software for the finance sector. There is a strong cluster of IT software and outsourcing providers, including Computacenter (HQ), Sopra Steria (HQ), and Northgate Information Solutions (HQ). Data centre providers include Gyron Internet (NTT Communications), CORETX (C4L), and ServerChoice. ACI worldwide (EMEA) Ltd is a world leader in electronic payments for financial institutions, retailers and processors. 

With its global HQ and technical centres in Kings Langley, Imagination Technologies is one of the UK’s most significant breakthrough companies in recent years, developing the graphic technology found in many smartphones and PCs. 

Computacenter is Europe’s leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services. The firm advises customers on IT strategies and manages technology infrastructures on their behalf. With its headquarters in Hatfield, Computacenter delivers on-site services in nearly 60 countries and supplies IT hardware and software to more than 100 countries.

'Technology' Job Vacancies

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Careers in Technology

Looking to work in Computing, Technology or Digital? You could be a communications operator, or an IT systems designer, a software developer, graphic designer or web development professional.

Job roles

Take a look at some job roles in the Computing, Technology & Digital industries to discover your dream career.

 

Training courses

Here you can find all the short courses and qualifications relevant to the Technology sector. Browse courses that are quality assured by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are one way to start a career in creative, film or media. Go to our HOP pages on Apprenticeships for more information on how to become an apprentice. 

 

You can find out more detail on what each apprenticeship qualification involves through the Institute of Apprenticeships.

Higher Education

The School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire puts exciting industry-leading technology into your hands.

 

You will benefit from world-class learning and experiential facilities to enable you to develop the practical skills you need to gain your dream career in the different fields of engineering and computer science. Their facilities include; commercial flight simulators, supersonic wind tunnels, driving simulators and specialist artificial intelligence and robotics labs all designed to give you the skills you need to succeed. Find out more here

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