Finding your dream job can be challenging. However, it also depends on where in the UK you actually live. According to research by UK employment site Adzuna, you can increase your chances of finding your dream job simply by changing where you’re submitting your application.
London has a booming economy, the highest number of top jobs and the highest full-time average tech salaries in the country with an average salary of £52,982. However, it is simply unaffordable as a place to live and the competition for top jobs is pretty stiff, sometimes with hundreds of applicants vying for the same job. Today, the average house in the capital costs half a million pounds. For most people, the chances of buying a home and raising a family in London range from slim to none.
No other region in the UK is going to rival London anytime soon. However, according to the Tech Cities Job Watch Report published by recruitment firm Experis, several major cities in the UK experienced stronger growth than the capital, and tech hubs in other cities are growing at a faster rate than London. In some cases, they are even paying more.
For example, London does not pay the same for freelancers in the tech field, and Bristol offers the highest rate for contractors in the cloud sector at £520 per day. Furthermore, Cyber security freelancers could make a daily £495 in Edinburgh, £425 in Glasgow and £420 in London. This is why the smart choice may be to move to one of the UK’s other thriving tech, culture and financial hubs.
Here are the top 10 cities and towns in the UK outside London ranked in no particular order for having excellent employment opportunities.
Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire with a budding population. According to job and recruiting website Glassdoor, Cambridge has been crowned the best UK city for job opportunities with as many as 20 jobs going for every jobseeker in the city.
However at a staggering half a million pounds, the average house price in Cambridge is now more than 16 times the average median salary of £36,000. It is therefore probably not a particularly viable alternative to London.
Guildford is a large town in Surrey, England, located 27 miles from central London with a population of just over 137,000. It is the most attractive and safe shopping destination in the UK, according to the Eve Prime Retail Survey 2004, but it is also one of the most expensive places to buy property in the UK outside London.
Guildford has been named as one of the best places in the UK to look for work, with 11 jobs available for every person looking for employment and a rate of 0.09 jobseekers per job.
With an economy that is one of the fastest growing in the country, Liverpool has been named as the UK’s best city for finding a job. The city’s top employment sectors are health, tourism, retail and education. Incomes in Liverpool are above average, with the average Liverpool resident earning a gross weekly income of £509.30 in 2015.
With the average house prices at £156,000, Liverpool has had some of the lowest property price growth in the country this year. The weekly household food expenditure is just below the average at £53 per week, while car insurance premiums are well above average.
With the exception of London, Edinburgh has a stronger economy than any other city in the UK. The top employment sectors in the city include technology and software, retail, financial services and tourism. Edinburgh is a great place to live and work, particularly in the booming tech industry.
In fact, the city is beginning to emerge as a major technology hub with new tech companies being established there in record numbers. July saw the announcement of Edinburgh’s £1.1bn City Deal, which is set to result in thousands more jobs and thousands more with new homes.
Furthermore, Edinburgh also has some of the highest average salaries for tech workers. As a matter of fact, it was listed as one of the highest paying cities outside London for permanent salaries.
Reading is ranked the UK’s top economic area for economic success and wellbeing, according to factors such as employment, health, income and skills. According to recruitment site Adzuna, Reading has been ranked as one of the best towns in the country to find employment, with just 0.15 job seekers per vacancy.
As the second fastest growing economy in the country, Manchester is considered the UK’s ‘second city’ behind London and the “uncrowned capital city of the north.” Its top employment sectors are knowledge-based, including software development, biotechnology and electronics and IT. In fact, it has been reported that Manchester is expected to see more growth in office-based employment than other cities in the UK – including London – over the next five years.
Some of the biggest names in media are now located in the city including the BBC, ITV, and dock10 which is why it is becoming known as a media hotspot.
Furthermore, the technology sector in Manchester has been booming since the establishment of MediaCityUK, and is home to a whole host of design and technology businesses. More and more incredible companies are springing out of Manchester.
Brighton is an English seaside resort town and a popular day-trip destination. It is recognised as the 4th happiest city in the UK, with 9 out of 10 residents happy with where they live.
According to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), 58.8 per cent of the Brighton and Hove population are relatively highly paid workers. Compare this with the average town or city in the UK which tends to have a percentage that is closer to the average of 45.5 per cent. This confirms the notion that Brighton is one of the best cities in the UK to be for affluent workers.
Research shows that there were 41.5 per cent more jobs advertised in Brighton in July 2017 than the same time last year. Furthermore, pay jumped by 7.7 per cent during this period as businesses are also advertising jobs with far higher salaries, which was 2.4 per cent higher than June.
The local tech sector has also been heating up in Brighton, so much so that the city’s technology hub is now referred to as “Silicon Beach”. An increasing amount of companies are opting to relocate there.
Southampton has been named as one of the best places in the UK to live and work. According to new research by the 2015 Good Growth for Cities Index, Southampton comes sixth in a list of places in the country, ahead of locations such as London, Liverpool, Manchester and Bristol.
Portsmouth is a port city in the county of Hampshire. It is located 70 miles south-west of London and 19 miles south-east of Southampton. It is the UK’s only island city. According to CV Library, Portsmouth saw an 18% increase in its number of employment opportunities in 2016.
The biggest industries in Portsmouth are aerospace, creative, late night, marine, and retail. Portsmouth also houses multiple well respected companies including BAE Systems, the Royal Navy, EADS Astrium, IBM, and the Pall Corporation.
Thanks to Gunwharf Quays, the £200 million waterfront retail development, and the Spinnaker Tower, a British national icon, Portsmouth is recognised both nationally and internationally as a fantastic place to live, visit, and work.
Oxford is a city in the South East of England and the county town of Oxfordshire. It is the 52nd largest city in the UK, and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. Oxford is known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
In Oxford, there are 0.13 people for every job vacancy, which means there are over seven jobs for every person looking. However, with the average house price at £415,900: more than 10 times the average salary. This makes it one of the least affordable places to live in the country .
Leeds is the third biggest city in the UK, and the regional capital of Yorkshire. It is another northern city that has recently seen a considerable increase in job vacancies, with advertised vacancies increasing month-on-month. This is despite fears that it would be hit hardest by Brexit due to its high levels of exports to EU member states.
It has also been reported by investUP that thanks to its traditional financial services sector, Yorkshire has great potential to become a hub for financial technology companies. Furthermore, Leeds also thrives in other areas of professional services, such as the legal sector.
Bristol has emerged as one of the best places to live and work if you work in or want to get a job in the IT industry. The city was named as the UK’s most desirable location in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide. Employment sectors include Creative media, aerospace and electronics, which create many jobs in this city.
Bristol has been nominated the third best location for tech worker productivity for the second year in a row behind London and Reading. It also topped the list of the “best places to live in Britain” in the report with 92% of tech workers in Bristol rating their quality of life as good, in comparison with just 59% of Londoners.