You may be surprised to hear that, although many of the top companies to work for are located in London, our capital city isn’t actually one of the best places to work in the UK. Then again, if you have ever worked in London perhaps you aren’t surprised, what with the ever-delayed tubes, high prices and constant battle with the hordes of pedestrians to get across the streets!
But, if London doesn’t feature in the top 10, where does?
Well, research of 2,500 employees conducted by business Psychologists OPP found that these are the 10 happiest UK cities to work in:
The research found that employee satisfaction is rising, with 71% of people questioned across the country saying that they were satisfied in their roles. Of course, this varied regionally, but Norwich came out on top. This picturesque city, which is both friendly and affordable, saw a whopping 77% of people say that they love their job!
Not far behind is Liverpool with a 76% satisfaction rate (primarily due to the people, who are incredibly friendly and welcoming). The city, famous for its two Premier League football team and being the birthplace of The Beatles, has come along way in the past decade and its residents are excited for the future.
According to James Whatmore, director of Birmingham-based company JobLogic, this major city makes the list because it is “big enough to have the job opportunities, infrastructure and lifestyle of a major city, but small enough to remain friendly and down to earth.”
It is unsurprising that this colourful seaside resort features in a list of top 10 places to work when you could potentially be looking out to sea from your desk and your lunch break could be spent walking along the beach! It is also a hub for digital start-ups and a place that encourages creativity.
This vibrant waterfront city, situated on the south coast of Devon, is a very pretty location to both live and work in. According to Plymouth-based photographer Amber McCarthy “It is such a relaxed, easy working life in Plymouth. Everyone seems to work at a much slower pace but still gets the job done. It’s a great city to work in, without the intensity and fast pace of a big city.”
Sheffield is friendly, has a small community feel and a diverse variety of jobs, including many independent businesses – which is why it is one of the best places to work in the UK!
Capital One has been named as one of the best places to work for the fifth year in a row by the Great Places to Work Institute. The Nottingham-headquartered credit card company enjoys one of the best working environments in the country – both in and outside of the office!
Manchester is becoming known as a media hotspot now it is home to both the BBC and Media City. Is this Northern city starting to take over from London? It certainly looks like it – which makes it a very exciting place to work at the moment.
Southampton has the perfect balance of big companies and local independent businesses – giving the sense of a big city, with a strong sense of community.
Bristol tops many lists as the best place to live and work, due to having “one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, varied and beautiful housing stock, decent schools, buzzy culture and night life and access to some fantastic countryside.”
If you don’t already work in one of these cities perhaps it is time to relocate?
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