Which UK cities are essentially the most AI-ready?

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Cambridge could possibly be first in line to profit from a rising urge for food for synthetic intelligence in enterprise and the general public sector, new analysis has revealed.

The college metropolis scored highest within the AI-readiness Index devised by AI and analytics specialist SAS – intently adopted by pleasant rival, Oxford.

The index is compiled from seven standards, together with the variety of AI-related MSc programs and job adverts, tech meet-ups and quantity of funding from Innovate UK in a city or metropolis.

Together with having the best quantity of AI-related jobs inside a five-mile radius, Cambridge additionally has a 43% five-year enterprise progress charge, and one of many highest volumes of analysis and growth spend.

Manchester and Salford additionally seem like a power to be reckoned within the AI stakes, taking third and fourth place respectively. Collectively, they’ve 1,392 AI-related jobs obtainable – essentially the most exterior London – indicating excessive demand for individuals with information abilities. 

Rank Metropolis College MSc programs Jobs close by GDP/per head Meetup occasions 5yr enterprise progress R&D spend by £m Innovate UK spend by £m Index rating out of 700
1 Cambridge 2 802 54210 20 43.24% 347.97 54.49 415
2 Oxford 1 334 48123 6 10% 506.52 90.38 356
3 Manchester 3 692 47433 31 28.62% 167.1 13.1 337
4 Salford 3 700 34042 36 15% 169.9 0 307
5 Edinburgh 13 495 48718 14 28.57% 126.18 0 304
6 Birmingham 17 461 26812 12 31.85% 67.82 26.26 267
7 Bristol 12 413 37312 20 36.18% 85.41 8.76 289
8 Leeds 8 367 36247 10 73.89% 89.31 5.33 246
9 Coventry 8 121 19208 1 69.57% 52.23 88.56 242
10 Peterborough 0 30 35423 0 61.76% 347.97 54.49 227

The evaluation additionally revealed which components of the UK are least ready to utilise AI to its full potential, and profit from the roles and funding it might probably convey.

Regardless of seven of the least AI-ready cities being within the devolved nations, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cardiff all seem within the prime 15 of essentially the most AI-ready cities, with Edinburgh having the second highest variety of AI-related programs general.

Within the capital, Camden positioned first within the rankings of essentially the most AI-ready London boroughs, adopted by Westminster and Hackney.  

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“AI, machine studying and information analytics are reworking the best way companies and different organisations function, and the truth that so many cities are embracing it as a constructive signal. Many, resembling Manchester and Salford, are exterior London and the South East, which is nice information for the federal government’s ‘levelling up’ plans,” mentioned Glyn Townsend, senior director of training providers at SAS for Europe, Center East and Africa.

“On the identical time, our analysis additionally reveals massive discrepancies between essentially the most and least-prepared areas. Measurement and the remoteness of the placement would possibly clarify why some are lagging behind – however it’s vital they’re given alternatives to stand up to hurry.

“For a begin, the UK doesn’t have sufficient information expertise to satisfy demand for AI, so we have to enhance the expertise pool with extra alternatives for individuals to upskill and reskill, as an alternative of solely counting on graduates.

“Authorities figures present there are as much as 234,000 vacancies for ‘laborious information abilities’, but solely a possible provide of 10,000 graduates per yr. We have to look to complement this with clear studying paths and profession development for others too, resembling Trendy Apprenticeships, and continuous studying. 

“Companies must also take actual benefit of the apprenticeship levy, and the numerous return on funding that coaching gives.”

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