Leeds Digital Jobs Fair offered up an estimated 500 job opportunities  last weekend, bringing together exhibitors with tech professionals and exhibitors.

Asda, Sky Betting & Gaming, Barclays, NHS Digital, Jet2.com & Jet2holidays, Morrisons and Callcredit were some of the big name employers attending the event.

It was organised by online jobs board Herd with support from LeedsBID, Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and the First Direct Arena.

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Theresa Lindsay, head of marketing at Hitachi Capital Consumer Finance, said: “If you’re looking to get in front of some of the best IT talent in the region, then the Leeds Digital Job Fair is definitely the place to do it.

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The crowds gather at the First Direct Arena

“We’re making multi-million pound investments in technology at Hitachi Capital to support the rapid growth of our consumer finance business and as a result we’re constantly looking for  a range of skills, from developers and  UX designers, alongside business analysts and project managers, all of which we met in one day.

“You just couldn’t have achieved the connections we made in such a short time frame outside an event like this.

“It’s a real vote of confidence in the strength of the city’s IT expertise and a great platform to showcase the opportunities.”

Tom Walton, director of Infinity Works, added: “It’s absolutely brilliant having a job fair like this.

“It shows that Leeds is on the map and you don’t have to go to London to find companies that are really riving and delivering new technologies in new, innovative ways.”

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Gwen Diagram from Yorkshire Digital who warmly endorsed the event

The event also won a glowing endorsement from Gwen Diagram of Yorkshire Digital, a hub for the region’s digital and tech community, who said: “The Leeds Digital Job Fair has been such a welcome addition to Leeds, it's a fantastic place to find out what companies are in Leeds and what roles are available.

"It's been an absolute pleasure to be able to represent Yorkshire Digital at the job fair, the local Leeds tech community has so much to offer and we love seeing new faces at all the tech events around Leeds. The questions that the attendees asked this year were a lot more focused than previously so the work put into this year's event has really shown.

“It's fantastic that technology as a career is getting easier to break into and the Leeds Digital Job Fair is a big influence in that.”