The second Leeds Digital Job Fair is expected to attract tech and media giants such as Google and Sky in October.

Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 will take place at the First Direct Arena on Thursday 20 October.

The hugely successful inaugural event, held at the same venue in February, attracted more than 1,300 attendees and 35 digital and tech companies including Google, William Hill, Callcredit, Sky Betting & Gaming, Provident Financial, Sky and Lhasa Limited.

Those numbers are set to grow significantly this autumn with up to 50 companies expected to be present. 

They will showcase hundreds of new jobs graduate schemes and apprenticeships to graduates as well as tech professionals seeking a new career challenge.      

The fair is again being organised by online jobs board Herd with support from Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds BID, First Direct Arena and Tech North. 

Herd founder Amy De-Balsi said she believed Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 would set a new standard for large-scale tech recruitment events in the North. 

Leeds Digital Jobs Fair

(From left to right): Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive, Leeds BID; Cllr Mohammed Rafique, Executive Member for Employment, Enterprise and Opportunity, Leeds City Council; Amy De-Balsi, Founder, Herd; Richard Gregory, Director, Tech North; Ben Williams, General Manager, First Direct Arena

“More than 70,000 people are now employed in the digital sector across Leeds city region,” she said. 

But with this number growing all the time, firms are finding it increasingly challenging to fill the hundreds of new vacancies being created.

“We received very positive feedback from the first Leeds Digital Job Fair earlier this year which was held in the atrium of the First Direct Arena.

“However, such is the level of demand from employers, Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 will be hosted in the main performance area, providing a spectacular backdrop for the day.

“I recently led a Leeds delegation to London’s biggest tech industry job fair, Silicon Milk Roundabout, where we gained valuable tips to make our event even bigger and better.

“These include best practice in promoting Leeds Digital Job Fair 2.0 to companies and tech professionals from overseas.”     

Below: Amy De-Balsi features on BusinessCloud's Tech Tour podcast