The UK is lagging behind other European nations in terms of tech innovation, according to a new study by the research arm of UK company Walgreens.
In the 2017 World Economic Forum’s top 20 tech giants rankings, UK was ranked as number one, despite not having a strong tech sector.
Its second-place ranking is largely due to its high number of employees and its reliance on the services of international tech giants.
The study found that the UK ranked 13th in the global number of tech workers in 2017.
Walgreens has invested in a number of startups in the UK, including a $10bn investment in a new food delivery service.
But the company is also the subject of a recent class action suit, which claims it discriminated against female staff in a bid to boost sales.
The company denies the claim and the case is now in the hands of the UK courts.
Wales, a country which was ranked 18th, is ranked 21st, according the study.
In 2017, the number of UK tech jobs rose by 1.8%, while jobs in other European countries fell by 1%.
The number of people in tech jobs in the United States fell by 12.9% to 1.6 million.
The UK ranked last for job creation in the region.
It was the second year in a row that the country’s job creation fell compared to last year.