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Four top UK cities to live and work in
When talking about the best cities in the UK to live, work and play in, there is a lot of disagreement – and often some surprise too. Lists are frequently being compiled and recompiled as cities develop and progress (or do the opposite) – but there is one contender that consistently ranks low. Despite its high salaries and abundant entertainment options, London fails to make the top five – even the top 10 – thanks to its expensive housing, crowded trains and highly competitive work scene.
A city that is, however, consistently identified as a prime place in which to work and reside is Cambridge – and in this article we look at why that is, before profiling another three top locations.
This historical city has been named the best place to live and work in the UK in this year’s list by recruitment website Glassdoor. They looked at the job opportunities, cost of living and overall satisfaction of employees in cities and towns across the country, and Cambridge came out tops. It has a rapidly-growing technology sector, a comparatively lower cost of living, and high levels of job satisfaction.
Salaries are decent, with the average hovering around £35 000. It’s a vibrant place with excellent schools and universities, roads and rail connections that make travel efficient and easy on the eye with beautiful old architecture and surroundings.
While it doesn’t immediately spring to mind when thinking of career opportunities, the university town of Reading has jobs – lots of them, and good salaries to boot (better than Cambridge in many cases; the average is £43 000). To make it even more appealing, the cost of living is much lower than London, which is just 30 minutes away. For those looking for a busy nightlife scene, Reading is a great option – there are restaurants, bars, comedy gigs and music festivals galore.
One of the UK’s most creative cities, Brighton is the perfect place for progressives and digital smithies. Amidst the start-ups are colourful cafes and shops that give the area a young, fun atmosphere. There is a strong emphasis on work-life balance that results in high levels of resident satisfaction.
Entertainment-wise, the buzzing nightlife, busy calendar of festivals and seasonal seaside activities mean there is always something to do. Most places are a short walk away, meaning you can get by without a car. The cost of living is quite a bit higher than many other places, but the amenities and quality of life make it worthwhile.
The capital of Scotland has a lot of history, culture and potential – it’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, with a booming job market and an average salary of £30 000. It’s got all the amenities and entertainment options of any big city, ensuring that residents never run out of things to do. Edinburgh is a place of hard work and big rewards, lovely architecture and affordable living costs (lower than the UK average). All of these features add up to make it one of the most attractive work destinations in the country.
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