Where are all the tech R&D jobs? Top 10 UK software firms ranked by number of researchers

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VC firm Truffle Capital has ranked the top 100 European software companies in order of revenue from software and services. We’ve taken a look at the UK companies that have made the list and ranked them according to the size of their R&D workforce.

According to the research, the UK is only the third best country in Europe in which to find an R&D job.

Software firms in Germany lead the board with 23,085 R&D employees, followed by France (11,409) and the UK (6,887). However, R&D employees in the UK make up just 10.8 percent of companies’ total employees, compared with Germany’s (37.7 percent). SAP is the largest employer of R&D staff, with 17,804 in 2013.

In terms of R&D budgets, UK software firms invest 12.4 percent of their budget in R&D, totalling 859.3 million. This is far behind German firms’ 2,889 million investment, 41.8 percent of the total.

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